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{TGE} Feature: Game Recommendations Part 3

The Gaming Experience

Feature: Game Recommendations Part 3

This is the time of year when people start postulating holiday wish lists, eager to take advantage of the opportunity for someone else to buy their junk for at least one month a year. While being the fan of tradition that I am, I certainly hope that there is more to it than that, I am well aware that you needn't necessarily be cynical to admit a little bit of selfish motivation during Christmastime. Because the usually bloated commercial industry becomes impossible to live with, it is sometimes helpful to look at a list of recommendations to help you decide which games are worth the trouble of begging your parents, bargain hunting, or spending your holiday money.

Therefore, The Gaming Experience would like to present a list of games for the PC and Wii that are sure to provide a rewarding experience. I'll outline the pros and cons of each game as well as what kind of tastes I believe they fit and why they are recommended. If I go through and review that game, I'll also link the review as well.


Today's theme focuses on the more challenging and strategic games, for the gamers that need to be clever in order to have a good time.


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Braid

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Braid - World 2



"But if we've learned our mistake, shouldn't we be rewarded for the learning rather than punished for the mistake? What if our world worked differently? Suppose we could tell her 'I didn't mean what I just said,' and she would say: 'It's okay, I understand,' and she would not turn away and life would really proceed as though we had never said the thing. We could remove the damage and still be wiser for the experience." Tim ponders these questions as he searches for the princess. Between philospohical musings, wandering through worlds to put the pieces of the puzzle back together, and clever tricks, you can turn back the time and rewind your mistakes. This becomes even more significant when it introduces mechanics that behave differently depending on how you use your time.

 

Recommendation: A game with incredible usage of thought-provoking story, stylistic visuals, clever gameplay, and above all, exceedingly tricky puzzles.


Pros

  • With each new world comes a new feature that will keep you at your wit's end
  • The exceedingly deep story has many layers, partly telling a story, partly telling you about the characters, partly explaining the new gameplay mechanics, and more for those willing to dissect it all
  • You can skip almost every puzzle, but you won't be able to reach the finale until you've put all the pieces together
  • Even after finishing the game, you'll spend quite a while looking for the secret stars
  • The attention to detail has even gone into the music, which changes speed or reverses depending on how you alter the flow of time.

 


Cons

  • One of the stars is impossible to get if you don't figure it out before you finish the world 2 puzzle, and some of the challenges are very difficult to solve without word of mouth
  • The game is rather brief, and the secret stars are a little too challenging to extend replay by that much
  • The meaning of the game's conclusion is very unclear, but it definitely means something

Similar games:

  • World of Goo (Clever physics and building mechanics used for several intriguing puzzles with an outstanding sandbox mode and a surprisingly unpredictable story)
  • Portal (puzzle-based gameplay mixed with intriguing character development, it is addressed in more detail in the other article)


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Metroid Prime Trilogy

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Metroid Prime 3 - Pirate Homeworld


The Metroid series has always been more about exploration than the combat or platforming. You comb through a labrynth of caves, using each new weapon or ability you earn to get closer to the next boss. When Retro Studios designed Metroid Prime, they may have switched to a First-Person Shooter perspective, but they retained this emphasis on exploration so you'll find yourself using the scanner feature often to figure out how to attack enemies and in some cases where to go next. Above all, the Wii's controls work perfectly for Metroid Prime, having since been applied to the entire saga following the success of Metroid Prime 3.


Recommendation:
First-Person Adventure game with both tricky puzzles and intense moments of combat.


Pros

  • The Wii controls are flawless. Everything is perfectly intuitive whether it is donning the helmet's scanner or aiming while locked on to your enemy. Even the nunchuk feels natural where its used.
  • Retro Studios took everything that made Metroid Prime 3: Corruption work on the Wii, and added it to the first two games. Then they offer all three games in one package for the same price. $50 for one game or for three... that's not a hard one to solve.
  • The scanner also allows you to collect lore, which allows you to piece together an eerie backstory. If you felt awfully lonely exploring the world's before, then wait until you read the history of Bryyo in the third installment.
  • The bosses are very climactic and often include some interesting method with which you must dispose of them
  • There are plenty of secrets and a robust achievement/award system where medals can unlock art, music, and extras.

Cons

  • Some of the clever sequence breaking techniques in Metroid Prime 1&2 have been rendered impossible, and some of the special effects are compromised.
  • The Wii's controls make some of the situations less difficult, so purists who are familiar with the first two games on the Gamecube may notice a difference in the difficulty curve.
  • If you abuse the scanner, it can feel repetitive even at times when you really need to use it.

Similar games:

  • -Virtual Console- Super Metroid (The Metroid series' signature classic. Also known for allowing the most noteworthy use of sequence breaking in the series, and one of the most memorably stories of its kind.. for its time)
  • Half-Life: Opposing Force (The alternate story of the original Half-Life game may still be dated, but its use of tricky situations, tough ambushes, and clever weapons help the game stand out)
  • -PC- Tomb Raider Anniversary (One of the most historic adventure games is remade in a form that tops the original while still fueled by nostalgia.)

 

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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition


"My name is Guybrush Threepwood: mighty pirate!" Too bad nobody will take you seriously. Then again, its just as well, as this clever point-and-click adventure game was always more about the quirky humor than the deep story. The remake adds voice actors and more defined graphics, though still offering the option to play the old version for the purists. From start to finish, the game is a barrell of laughs, and the hint system is often helpful in keeping the game from becoming too tedious or frustrating.


Recommendation:
A great sample of the point-and-click genre for those with a sense of humor.


Pros

  • The story ranges from hilariously corny to hilariously clever without missing a beat. The voice acting and improved graphics only make this more effective.
  • Some of the most hilarious situations in the game can come from the unexpected solutions to puzzles.
  • Each character is a memorable caricature, particularly the protagonist who's eager but awkward attempt at bravado fuels the story
  • The dialogue trees always offer interesting options, and it may be worth it just to come back and try different dialogue choices.

Cons

  • The pacing of the game is not perfect. The third act of the game feels far more tedious than anything that came before it.
  • Unless you're really clever, the hints may not always be enough of a nudge, even when they come out and tell you what to do. Additionally, there is also the possibility of the hints system bugging out.
  • The game is somewhat short and doesn't feature too awful much in the way of replay value. Of course, it does come fairly cheap.

Similar games:

  • Telltale Games Adventures (Telltale Games has a talent for episodic point-and-click series, and has at least three franchises under its belt, including Tales of Monkey Island and Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People)
  • Nancy Drew Mysteries (Clever puzzles set to the classic mystery-solving theme.)

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Pikmin

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Pikmin Combat


Real-time Strategy elements are combined with a huge atmosphere of exploration as you find yourself stranded on a faraway planet, with your only chance of survival relying on your ability to farm and utilize the native pikmin to repair your ship. There are three basic types of pikmin, each with their own exclusive attributes that will aid your quest. You'll find items that you need a certain number of pikmin to carry, or enemies that will quickly cut your army down to size if you are unprepared. While it was originally released on the Gamecube, its been updated with Wii controls which use the pointer to relieve quite a bit of frustration when it comes to managing your pikmin. Although not as strong as its sequel, it is still not one to miss.


Recommendation:
Excellent blend of exploration and strategy elements.


Pros
  • Handling the titular pikmin is far easier in the Wii version
  • The Wii version also allows you to return to any previous day instead of starting over should you not be able to make it in time
  • The scenery is quite impressive despite its age
  • Both combatting beasts and overcoming obstacles rely on your use of the pikmin, keeping the gameplay feeling consistent.
  • The update of the game includes a widescreen option, which can be readily appreciated for those who want to take in the scenery

 


Cons

  • The time limit (thirty 12-20 minute days) can make the elements of exploration in the game feel more restrained
  • Though quite impressive considering the game's age, it doesn't push the boundaries of modern consoles as much as the original did for its generation

Similar games:

  • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (A turn-based strategy game with a grand scale and effective core mechanics)
  • Mass Effect and almost anything else by Bioware (Each is a very fleshed out Western RPG experience, arguably representing the best the genre has to offer)
  • Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (The Wii take on the original horror game uses the Wii controls to arm you with nothing but a flashlight in an atmospheric and haunting adventure)


This should complete the list, though I won't pretend there aren't noteworthy titles worth looking into. However, if you're looking for a rewarding experience then there should be something on this list for you. Naturally, some will prefer some games to others, and surely there are games I've missed that offer a good experience. Talk about these games and your own favorites in the comments.

 

Be on the lookout for more reviews and articles by TGE. Until then, I hope to see you all on the forums and on the site!

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