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Favorite PC exclusives between 2006 - 2012
Most of them have ben released in the last couple of years. These are just my favorite, it's not a definitive list of all PC exclusives worth playing.
- Divinity 2: The Dragon Knight Saga
- Torchlight 2
- Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer
- Gothic 3 (with the community patch)
- Mount & Blade: Warband
- Legend of Grimrock
- Titan Quest: Gold Edition
- King's Bounty: Armored Princess (more of a RPG with TBS elements)
- Dungeons of Dredmor
- Eschalon: Book I & II
2. FPSs (haven't ben much of a FPS fan the last couple of years, but these i love)
- Stalker: Shadow of Cernobyl, Call of Pripyat and Clear Sky
- Tribes: Ascend
- ARMA II
- Team Fortress 2 (much more different than the console versions, it's practically a different game nowadays)
- Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad
3. Adventure games
- To the Moon
- Gemini Rue
- The Book of Unwritten Tales
- Dear Esther
- Lost Horizon
- Overclocked: A History of Violence
4. Racing games
5. Action/Adventure/Platformers (that doesn't qualify in the other groups)
- Magicka (action-adventure)
- The Binding of Isaac (2D weird ass action-adventure)
- Dustforce (2D platformer with unique gameplay elements, fun and fluid)
- Super Monday Night Combat (MP third person shooter)
- Chivalry: Medieval Warfare (first person medieval action)
- Amnesia: The Dark Descent (survival horror adventure)
- Alien Swarm (beautiful shoot 'em up)
- S4 League (MP third person shooter)
- Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason (survival horror)
- Hotline Miami (2D top down action)
- They Bleed Pixels (awesome 2D platformer/beat 'em up)
- Orcs Must Die! 2 (3D tower defence, fun as hell)
6. Rythm games (just one lol)
- Audio Surf(sort of like a racing game in which you play your own music tracks, fun as hell, limitless replayability)
7. Strategy games
- Starcraft II (traditional RTS)
- World in Conflict (RTS/Tactics)
- Sins of Solar Empire (space RTS)
- Shogun II: Total War (TBS/RTS)
- Supreme Commander (epic RTS)
- Warhammer: Dawn of War II (action heavy RTS)
- Anno 1404: Dawn of Discovery (city building)
- Crusader Kings II (Grand Strategy)
- Civilization IV + All Expansions (TBS)
- Civilization V + Gods and Kings (TBS)
- Spellforce 2: Shadow Wars + All expansions (RPG/RTS hybrid)
This list will pretty much be a Dreamcast guide. Despite that a good chunk of its more popular games have ben ported to other systems, the same can be said about most other consoles (hell, how many of the PS2's lineup is currently on other consoles aswell?), and then there's the issue of some of these ports being inferior compared to the DC version.
There are most likely a good deal of other games that may be worth getting that i have not listed, that's because i'll list only the games that i have, and thoroughly enjoyed. Jet Set Radio is gonna be ported to the PC, PS3 & 360 this year, so i'm not gonna list that in the exclusive list. I'll also add my own score to each game, here we go:
- DC exclusives:
Virtua Fighter 3tb (9/10) - fighting
Elemental Gimmick Gear (8.5/10) - RPG
Cannon Spike (9/10) - beat 'em up/shooter hybrid
Daytona USA 2001 (8.5/10) - arcade racing
Project Justice (9/10) - fighting
Bomberman Online (8.5/10) - party game - forget the 'Online' thing, you can play it with friends locally just fine.
Propeller Arena: Aviation Battle Championship (9/10) - arcade flight - though not officially released because of the 9/11 bombing, it was basically completed and it can be easily found these days.
Sword of the Berserk: Gut's Rage (8/10) - action/hack 'n slash
Zero Gunner 2 (8.5/10) - multidirectional shoot 'em up
Confidential Mission (8/10) - light gun game
4-Wheel Thunder (8.5/10) - arcade racing
Tech Romancer (9/10) - mecha fighting
Mars Matrix: Hyper Solid Shooting (8.5/10) - shoot 'em up
Giga Wing II (8/10) - shoot 'em up
- Ports that are superior on the DC:
Soul Calibur (10/10) - fighting - The XBLA port doesn't have the single player 'Mission Mode', which is a major part of the game. All of the content is also unlocked from the start,effectively cutting down on the commitment to play trough it. The only other port is on iOS which still misses the Mission Mode from what i've heard.
Test Drive Le Mans (9.5/10) - racing - The PS2 port has far lower quality textures and worse jaggies. The PC version is a port of the PS1 version, both being graphically inferior in a dramatic way.
Capcom vs. SNK (9/10) - fighting - The PS1 version has worse graphics, loading times, and inferior sound.
Bangai-O (9/10) - 2D mecha shooter - Compared to the N64 version, there are some gameplay differences, and on the technical side the DC version has far more better detailed backgrounds, better sprites, better quality sound and significantly less slowdowns. There's also a version on XBLA, though it wouldn't be fair to compare them since they are basically completely different games, with some differences that have ben criticized by fans.
Space Channel 5 (8.5/10) - rythm - The PS2 port has much more noticeable timing issues, and worse graphics.
Dead or Alive 2 (9.5/10) - fighting - The differences here between the PS2 and the DC versions are more minute, unless you bring jaggies into the disscusion, which is why i personally prefer the DC version which is far more easy on the eye. As far as content goes, some points have ben raised over time that the PS2 version is the one to go because of the 'Hardcore' Edition of the game, though it's basically the same as the 'Limited' japanese edition on the DC as far as i know.
- Top favorite games overall:
It doesn't really matter than some of these have ben ported to other systems, i don't have the other systems on which they are available. That may be the case for other people out there, and there's other influences that people may be subjected to getting the DC version (price, VGA output, etc.). Who knows, and like i said before, most of the libraries of older consoles have ben ported elswere. That doesn't degrade a system's awesomeness. Now on the list, and in no order:
Virtua Tennis 1 (i prefer it over the sequel because of the simpler gameplay, and better soundtrack, also avaiable on the PC but i can't find it anywere, except on amazon, though the DC version is far cheaper, so it's a no go for me)
Dead or Alive 2
Elemental Gimmick Gear
Ferrari F355 Challenge
Virtua Fighter 3tb
Tokyo Xtreme Racer 2
Mars Matrix: Hyper Solid Shooting
Skies of Arcadia
Zero Gunner 2
Sword of the Berserk: Gut's Rage
Space Channel 5
Jet Set Radio
Crazy Taxi and Crazy Taxi 2
Daytona USA 2001
Giga Wing 2
Samba de Amigo
Ready 2 Rumble: Round 2
Marvel vs. Capcom 1
Capcom vs. SNK
San Francisco Rush 2049
Test Drive Le Mans
Street Fighter Alpha 3
King of Fighters 99 Dream Match
Some more games that i have spent some time with, and found incredibly enjoyable.
Virtua Fighter 3tb - 9/10
Even though there's a severe lack of content, what made this game ridiculously enjoyable for me was the addictive fighting engine.There's only a punch and a kick button, with a guard and evade one aswell. Each character have distinct moves, and plenty of them, which are surprinsingly easy to do. I have yet to check a move list, and yet i've learn a decent chunk of them in the Training mode(which is prettycustomizable aswell) which tracks the buttons you've pressed on the screen.
I've easily spent a few hours with some of these characters on purely learning their intricate moves and using different strategies in matches against the AI. I've ben thoroughly enjoying every bit, and i've yet to check out the VS. mode to play with a couple of friends.
Elemental Gimmick Gear - 8.5/10
(I'm playing the US version of the game, above is the japanese cover solely because it looks infinitely better than the US God awful cover)
This is one criminally underrated game that i have had theprivilege to track down and add to my collection. I've ben playing it for about 5 hours now, and considering this game is about 20 hours long, i think i've formed a solid opinion. It's a action-RPG with a beautiful 2D artistic st.yle that has aged like fine wine. You play the role of Leon (or whatever name you want) who has ben asleep for over 5000 years in a robot, and recently awakened due to some misterious force. The story is pretty interesting and gets the job done, it's quite unique in some aspects.
The gameplay is excellent after you get used to controlling your robot, and pretty damn challenging, with tons of stuff to find and improve your robot which you'll ride (like the ability to throw fire balls, ice, etc.). There's a focus on dungeon crawling, and the dungeons are extremely well made and a joy to explore, with creative puzzles to solve. Wen you fight bosses, the game switched to 3D, which sprinkles some variety in your playtrough. Excellent game, definitely love it up until now.
F355 Challenge - 9/10
This is a racing game which i was a bit nervous about geting into, because i suck at simulators. Much to my joy, there are two modes to play the game in, a beginner mode and a experienced mode. Add to that a training mode detailing the best course of action on each racing map, and i found my self enjoying this game immensly. The gameplay is extremely satisfying, the car you're driving just feels right and sound rights aswell. Ofcourse the AI is right on track aswell, sometimes they even feel human. There are a ton of in depth modifications to do, to suit your driving sty.le, and besides the well made maps, there are some left to unlock.
The gameplay is simply on a addictive scale beyond what i imagined, and every single race is different, thus there's no repetitive factor.
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