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411 Games Top 5: Top 5 Capcom Games

September 10, 2016 | Posted by Sean Garmer

Hello everyone, I hope it has been a good week for all the readers out there. This is the 411 Games Zone Top 5, where 411 writers get to make lists on a different topic each week. This week, with Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney coming out a few days ago, we are doing the Top 5 Capcom Games.

John Cash (Regular Contributor to the Games Top 5)

*Going with my personal, completely biased top 5 this week.*

5. P.N. 03: I’m pretty late to the party on this game, playing it only a year or two ago, but I’m kind of happy that I did, because it was interesting to compare it to a game I had played only a few months before; Bayonetta. The ultra-stylish nature of the combat was really familiar thanks to having experienced the joy that is Bayo, but it didn’t quite have the same level of narrative as Bayonetta did, but this game is surprisingly fun and under-rated.

4. Marvel Vs. Capcom 2: The greatest crossover fighter of all-time. Still holds up to this day, and is great on pretty much any port you can find, which is pretty rare in my experience. I have this rather than MVC3 because I prefer the sprite art, I think it just straight up looks better and it’s easier to anticipate an opponent’s next move based on the character’s animation.

3. Dead Rising: This has actually climbed up my list after playing through it again recently and saving as many survivors as I could. I had no idea there was a mechanic in the game were if you gather enough survivors, some of them will try to start a mutiny unless a demand is met! That’s a huge and cool thing to include in the game, in my opinion. I also didn’t know about the latte drink that makes you go faster until I saw a speedrun of this game, so I had fun goofing around with that.

2. DuckTales: WOOHOO. I don’t know how many times I’m allowed to bring up the soundtrack for a game as it’s sole starting basis for playing it, but I’m sure I’m close to it with this game. The gameplay is an acquired taste, but the music will keep you from giving up.

1. Rival Schools: United by Fate: If there was ever a fighting game that needed an HD Remix/Re-release, it’s Rival Schools. The way anime has exploded into American pop culture would turn this from a cult classic into a major hit I think. It’s kind of like if Kill La Kill wasn’t completely on drugs, now that I think about it. Great cast, fun and easy to remember combos, oozing charm, great fighting game.

Marc Morrison (Games Zone Reviewer, Co-Host of the Video Games 2 the MAX Podcast, Writer of the Games Zone 8-Ball)

5. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap: Minish Cap was the best Zelda game, not made by Nintendo. Sorry Wand of Gamelon fans! It didn’t break the mold any, but everything felt like it was refined, be it item selection, combat moves, puzzle solutions, and just the overall world that is presented to you. Minish Cap also had a much better “world-shift” mechanic (going tiny), than Twilight Princess did (going to the stupid dark world), that had actual gameplay ramifications. While the core storyline quest could be completed quickly if you powered through it, the game was more about meeting everyone, doing side-quests, fusing Kinstones and just seeing what the world had to offer.

4. Mega Man X4: Mega Man X4 remains my favorite Mega Man game, and probably the best in the series. If anyone says “Mega Man Legends”, you deserve to be stabbed. MMX4 has it all when it comes to what a Mega Man game should be, great stages, hilariously bad robot names (Cyber Peacock), incredible music, and two characters who played drastically from one another. While the anime cut-scenes might be cringe-worthy by today’s standards, they were effective back in 1997. The game also was much better detailed then past Mega Man games before, or since (except for Mega Man X8), with everything looking both cool and functional.

3. Resident Evil 4: Resident Evil 2 was the best of the “old generation” Resident Evil games, but Resident Evil 4 blew all of the old away. The first big change was that it didn’t have pre-rendered backgrounds or fixed camera angles, it adopted a behind the back camera, and actually functional controls. The game was also a lot faster than the previous games, with enemies that actively tried to kill you, rather than zombies to be ran around. Resident Evil 4 also set a good pace of being challenging but not too difficult as to be unbeatable. The only downside is the limited time where you have to babysit Ashley. The bewildering part about that is they somehow thought it was a great idea and incorporated it into Resident Evil 5 (making the game annoying to play), then further refining a terrible idea into Resident Evil 6, where it is just non-stop partner garbage. Resident Evil 4 was good because it was just a pure gameplay experience, and wasn’t bogged down with unnecessary garbage.

2. Street Fighter 2: The fighting game that really got the party started, Street Fighter 2 was the genesis of the fighting game as we know it today. Characters that were introduced in that game, Ryu, Chun Li, M Bison are as relevant today, as they were 20 years ago. The fighting was pixel perfect though, with many kids spending many hundreds of dollars in quarters in arcades, learning everyone’s moves and fighting against one another. Street Fighter 2 laid the foundation for fighting games, and while revisions and sequels have come out, and other franchises have sprung up, Street Fighter 2 will always be remembered as the king.

1. Okami: The best Capcom game, and one of the best games that has been made, Okami is still an astounding game to play and experience. Damn near everything about the game is perfect, the precise controls, the puzzle-solving, the story, and the combat all make it a fantastic game. The visuals get a lot of the praise as well, and they should. The game came out 6 years ago, and aside from being fuzzy (the PS2 version at least), still is damned impressive to this day. It’s actually the best “Zelda” game as well, which is another impressive feather in the game’s cap. If you have a system that the game is out on, PS2, PS3, or Wii, you owe it to yourself to track it down and experience the magic inside. The fact that this game, and God Hand didn’t sell well in the initial release, which caused Capcom to close down Clover is still a depressing realization. However, Platinum Games sprung forth from Clover’s ashes and is currently doing an excellent job of making Capcom pay for their short-sighted mistake, so perhaps it’s not all bad.

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This is where I’d like to remind readers that the 411 Games Zone does have an official podcast called “Video Games 2 the MAX.” Every week, Marc Morrison and myself, Sean Garmer, talk about the big news, games they are playing or reviewing, the new releases, and even entertainment stuff as well. So, be sure to check it out on I-Tunes, Stitcher, Tune-In Radio, Sound Cloud, Youtube, or wherever you like to listen to podcasts.

This week, the guys talk about the Playstation Meeting, Super Mario Run, the Battlefield 1 Open Beta, PS4Pro, and more.

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