I got my GameCube late in the game, and as a result, I enjoyed ridiculously discounted game prices. That, of course, led to me buying up many games. At last count, I have 124 GC games. Some are classics that everyone has played, some are total crap, and honestly, there are a few that I haven't even played for more than a few minutes. But I wanted to make a topic on GC games that I found to be surprisingly fun. Whether it was other gamers bashing these titles, the corny premises, or just the titles being lesser known, I had lowered expectations going in, and these titles proved to all be very enjoyable gaming experiences. What titles would you include in your list?
(in no particular order)
-Taz: Wanted- big, colorful levels that are a blast to rampage through, plenty of objectives to give the game lots of variety, and it got surprisingly challenging as the game progressed. I'm guessing most wrote this one off because it's a kid's game, but it's definitely worth a play.
-A Series of Unfortunate Events- maybe this one is just because I love the movie and books, but this again was a surprisingly good kid's game. It's very linear and simple in its gameplay, but I found it to be very creative and fun. Given that you can find copies for 3 bucks, it's worth trying if you liked the movie/books.
-Star Fox Adventures- I'm not sure what the general consensus on this game is, but I remember hearing people whine and moan when it came out because it was not the sequel to Star Fox 64 they had expected. So, this is one that I went in with lowered expectations, and in general the critics were right, this wasn't a traditional Star Fox game. I felt that it played like a simplified Zelda, and offered up some solid gameplay and variety, and judging it as a game in and of itself, and not as a 'Starfox game,' this is a pretty good title.
-Batman Begins- not a perfect game, but fun for what it is, a stealth-based linear almost-puzzle-like beat em up. I do recall it being somewhat short and easy, though.
-Def Jam: Fight for NY- Now here's one that blew me away. Not only is it not a total piece of crap, as one might guess given the name and premise (essentially, a bunch of rappers playing different characters for some reason fighting in pits for some reason), but it actually plays very well. For fans of WWF No Mercy on N64 (and really, who isn't?), this game plays very similar. Now, I should note that I've played through a bit of the story mode, which gets boring pretty quickly. But the real value of this game is in the multi-player. That, and choosing Redman so you can hear him say, "I'ma take your tongue, and lick my ass with it!"
-Monsters Inc.: Scream Arena- a primarily multi-player dodgeball game, this one is loads of fun. I used to work with kids, and this is one that they enjoyed a lot. Very simple controls as well as some room to develop some skill at the game, it makes for a good, quick game for kids and adults alike. Though, I should mention the major drawback on this one is the pretty mediocre graphics.
-Tarzan Untamed- Again, not a good game, per se, but a game that is good for what it is. It's a very linear, fast-paced memory game that is loads of fun as well as visually appealing.
-Mario Sunshine/Luigi's Mansion- I'm lumping these together because they both seemed to be panned by critics initially, although they do seem to have gained some appreciation since. Mario Sunshine can get a bit difficult and frustrating for a Mario game (I'm having flashbacks of pushing a watermelon down a hill!), and Luigi's Mansion really isn't the kids game that I think people assumed it would be (not because it's too scary, but more just because of the difficulty level and nontraditional gameplay), but both are very enjoyable for us older folks.
That's my list, agree? Disagree? Have any titles you'd like to add?