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3. Shadow of the Colossus (2005) - 321 Points - 18 Votes - Highest Vote: #1 tokeeffe9, Ringedwithtile
Developer: Team Ico
Genre: Action Adventure
Platform(s): PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3
In an ancient time long past, a young man travels to the ends of the Earth, a place that is said to be forbidden to enter. He carries a young woman, who died from a terrible curse. He seeks the Dormin, a strange and God-like being that resides there. The Dormin is surprised that the man carries an ancient and magical sword, and speaks to the man. The man pleas for his help in bringing back the woman's cursed soul, however the being says it is the law of mortals that a dead soul cannot be brought back. He does say though, that if the man is willing to accept some heavy consequences, that there might be a way to revive her. But it will not be easy. The hero must embark on a quest to slay the sixteen colossi, giant creatures that tower hundreds of feet above the Earth. Using his ancient sword and his horse Agro, he must travel across the immense landscape seeking the colossi to save his love. Taking the form of various animals or bipedal human-like creatures, these colossi are tough and fierce. Their skin is tougher than leather, and the armor they wear is literally rock. However, by using his ancient sword, the man can penetrate the weak spot on them and destroy the towering beings and free his love's soul.
Shadow of the Colossus is set in the same universe as ICO, and is a prequel to it. The entire game is dedicated to locating and fighting the sixteen colossi, which must be faced and defeated in a particular order. Finding the giant creatures is not always easy: the hero must mount his horse and ride through the world's vast landscapes, using his glowing sword as an indicator of the colossus' proximity. There are no enemies or hazards in the game world outside of the colossi battles. After a colossus has been found, a large-scale battle begins. Most of the colossi are huge, and much of the challenge in the battles lies in climbing on top of these creatures and staying there, while they are trying to shake the player character off. In a certain way the colossi function as hostile, moving platform stages.
Other Votes: jsackel (13.), DeweyDecibel (19.), BlazingBahamut (13.), Dogtype (19.), Joetown (21.), DanteThePyro (4.), blakynt (5.), Sentinel Beach (25.), TechnoRage1127 (20.), naltmank (7.), Inustar (2.), Brandon_Reister (26.), Faaip (6.), Tokyo Slim (23.), Exist 2 Inspire (29.), Divinity (3.)
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2. The Last of Us (2013) - 359 Points - 15 Votes - Highest Vote: #1 Alex840, Sentinel Beach
Developer: Naughty Dog
Genre: Action-adventure, survival horror
Platform(s): PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
The Last of Us is a survival horror action adventure game. The story focuses on the two characters Joel and Ellie. The game starts in a contemporary, but post-apocalyptic version of Boston twenty years after the outbreak of the Cordyceps Brain Infection (CBI), an infection spread by a mushroom that turns anyone infected into zombie-like creatures in two days. The opening sequence is set during the outbreak and it has Joel escape the invaded city with the help of his brother Tommy. Twenty years later, civilization is almost entirely destroyed. Independent groups of survivors have organized themselves into military outfits that quarantine zones, hold curfew and distribute rations. Others are part of the resistance group the Fireflies, while Joel is a member of an independent group. Together with his friend Tess, he survives by smuggling goods in and out of the city. During a mission they get into contact with a Fireflies member who offers stolen weapons back if they escort the 14-year-old girl Ellie out of the city. After some events and revelations about Ellie's importance, Joel and Ellie end up together and their journey is documented in the course of a year and a few months, spread over five seasons.
The player controls Joel from a third-person perspective. Ellie can also be controlled by herself for some extensive parts in the later chapters. Similar to the developer's previous Uncharted games, gameplay combines action elements, exploration and puzzle-solving. Joel is however not as strong or acrobatic and he often needs to use ladders, planks and other items to climb and get around. Similarly, the survival horror theme with limited ammo and health makes him very vulnerable to attacks and a stealth approach is often more effective. Enemies include various five types of infected (Runners, Stalkers, Clickers, Bloaters and Spore Cadavers) each with their own characteristics, but also humans from the military groups and other survivors. There is a selection of close and long-ranged guns, along with melee weapons that can be modded, regular fist fighting, and items such as molotov cocktails, smoke bombs and nail bombs. Ammo is very limited and initially the reloading speed and firing rate are slow. Melee weapons can only be used a few times before they break down.
Other Votes: jsackel (9.), DeweyDecibel (5.), Karu (10.), tokeeffe9 (4.), Joetown (6.), Haru17 (3.), Lotias (5.), Browarr (9.), naltmank (25.), Faaip (7.), Tokyo Slim (8.), Divinity (8.), Brannox (4.)
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1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) - 436 Points - 20 Votes - Highest Vote: #1 jsackel, Hero of Lime, NCartwright15, FF7Cloud
Genre: Action Adventure
Platform(s): Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube
A young boy named Link was raised in the village of the elf-like Kokiri people. One day a fairy named Navi introduces him to the village's guardian, the Great Deku Tree. It appears that a mysterious man has cursed the tree, and Link is sent to the Hyrule Castle to find out more. Princess Zelda tells Link that Ganondorf, the leader of the Gerudo tribe, seeks to obtain the Triforce, a holy relic that grants immense power to the one who possesses it. Link must do everything in his power to obtain the Triforce before Ganondorf does, and save Hyrule.
Ocarina of Time is the first 3D installment of the Legend of Zelda series. Like most of its predecessors, it is an action game with puzzle-solving and light role-playing elements. Basic gameplay system is similar to the previous games, allowing Link to explore the world and complete dungeons to obtain key items and advance the plot. Sword combat as well as many familiar items such as boomerang, bombs, the series' currency (rupees) of various values, heart containers and their collectible fragments permanently increasing Link's health, etc., return in this installment. Link can now lock on enemies for melee and ranged combat, actively use a shield to deflect projectiles, as well as use various magic items. Dungeon exploration is somewhat more puzzle-oriented than in earlier games. Link can climb certain surfaces, dive underwater, as well as automatically jump.
Other Votes: DeweyDecibel (12.), Churchy (23.), Demmue (14.), Dogtype (21.), Joetown (3.), DanteThePyro (17.), Haru17 (9.), blakynt (7.), Oscillator (6.), benoit489 (7.), MiserablePerson (13.), Faaip (2.), Ringedwithtile (11.), Musou Tensei (12.), Tokyo Slim (12.), MCRMJ (11.)
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