Starting off the list is my least favorite Crash Bandicoot game. Most people probably say that this game is better than the first game in nearly every way and most of this is true, but the first Crash Bandicoot game had something that was just missing in this game. I think it may have been that Naughty Dog tried to fix things from the first one that did not need to be fixed.
To add to the negative nature of the description of this game is all of the confusing unlockables that I could never figure out and it being not easy enough to have a fun casual playthrough, but not hard enough to challenge me in a fun and encouraging way. I'll admit though that they did get rid of the awkward camera angle that plagued the first game, sometimes making jumps harder than they should be. In addition they greatly improved the animation of Crash Bandicoot "walking" in the first game.
On the Nintendo 64, there was a game that many of you have probably heard of called Mario Kart 64. A less popular game known as Diddy Kong Racing came out and was considered by many to be better than Mario Kart 64. Crash Team Racing seemed to receive more inspiration from Diddy Kong Racing than Mario Kart and it improved on that.
It took the single player focus from Diddy Kong Racing and added so many fun challenges like having to get first place in a race while getting three letters hidden throughout the track, time trials, boss levels, and having to get all the crystals scattered throughout a most open level. These challenges make for a lengthy and enjoyable single player experience, but that's not all.
The multiplayer experience is equally as impressive allowing for intense and fun races with friends. It doesn't seem to be as balanced as Diddy Kong Racing's systems, but less luck based like Mario Kart. That's right, no Blue Shell. For having an equally enjoyable single player experience and multiplayer experience, I'd go as far to say, this is the best kart racing game ever made.
Many people probably assume Crash Bandicoot is Naughty Dog's first game, but it is not. It is just the first memorable and actually, you know, good Naughty Dog game. I mean I really doubt anyone is retaliating right now, saying Keef the Thief, Rings of Power, or Way of the Warrior was great.
When I said that this game was good and memorable, I didn't mean that lightly. I grew up with the Crash Bandicoot games, but this game was usually in the corner, crying because I would never play it. I loved the other Crash Bandicoot game, but I thought this one was too hard or something.
Recently, I have gone back to this game to actually beat it and I found it to be more fun than Crash Bandicoot 2, because of its challenge. Yes, the animation is pretty horrible, but it started many of the things that make Naughty Dog games, Naughty Dog games. Most noticeably, the running away from something with the camera looking at the front of your character and creative boss battles.
This game was genius, pure genius.
Uncharted 3, sometimes considered the best Uncharted game, sometimes considered the worst, but I say its spot is right in the middle, and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune didn't even manage to make the list. I thought of this game as a big disappointment, but it is still one of my favorite games of all time. That said, I feel all of the games ahead of this game are better.
The main reason I consider this game to be a dissapointment is because of its single player campaign and Uncharted has always had a big focus on single player with the first game not even having a multiplayer. The single player felt rushed, incomplete, and unsatisfying. The story was absolute and complete garbage. Did it manage to keep my attention throughout? Yes. Did I have as much fun as in previous entries in the series? No.
Looking on the other side of the spectrum is one of the best multiplayer experiences I've ever witnessed. There is nothing in the game, I feel is overpowered or underpowered. Nothing. Naughty Dog reworked the aiming system in this game and it makes the multiplayer considerably better. You don't find people primarily using their pistols, because you could actually hit someone from a distance.
Its kind of sad that they nailed the multiplayer, but the single player felt so shallow just so they could reach the release date 11-11-11. The game has been patched up considerably, and I'd recommend it more than ever, but one thing they couldn't patch was the whole single player experience
#6: Jak II (PS2)
While the original Jak game was cartoony and good p-latforming fun, the sequel does a complete 360. Jak can talk now I that he is in the future I guess. Guns fit nicely with the Jak and Daxter gameplay. I never would have even thought of that. Making Jak into a sci-fi sandbox game was an extremely risky. I knwo if I was Naughty Dog, I probably wouldn't have stuck with the idea, but they did and it turned out brilliant, just brilliant.
Though I wouldn't really encourage other developers to completely change the central ideas of their games, this game showed that being creative with something CAN produce good results, great actually. Though some of the missions might have felt a little cheap, it was all in good fun. Some of the mini games were not exactly stellar, but they somehow still added to the experience. If anyone here was skeptical of getting this game, because of the huge changes made to it, I urge you to forget about all of that and get this game. NOW.
#5: Jak 3 (PS2)
Take everything that was great about Jak and Daxter, but add guns and an open city to explore. You've got Jak II. Now, take everything about Jak II and triple and now I introduce you to Jak 3.
Jak 3 expanded upon all of the ideas in the first game, by tripling the amount of guns, and adding two new open worlds to explore bringing the grand total to three. Jak 3 added racing and light Jak and gone are the cheap feeling missions. I'm not saying the challenge isn't still there, I'm just saying it doesn't feel cheap.
Though Jak 3 wasn't the big jump Jak II was, it does distinguish itself from Jak II and brings a new standard of polish, creativity, and fun to Naughty Dog games.
When Naughty Dog was entering the next generation of gaming, they decided to ditch Crash Bandicoot, and replaced him with Jak and Daxter, whose gameplay happened to be very similar.
Instead of warping to level to level on a set path, Jak and Daxter had an open connected world. Unlike the other games in the series, this game had a big focus on platforming. The platforming in this game and great. The boss battles were completely epic and creative, but sometimes it could get kind of confusing on what to do and it might have benefited from some extra polish, but this is very nitpicky.
I feel this game is better than the two entries before this, because of the classic platforming feel of the gameplay has and how all of the gameplay elements are rock solid. This entry into the next generation was not a failure in the slightest.
According to Gamefaqs, this is the worst game ever and I know almost all of you know it is good, let me emphasize this. This game just breathtaking. It tells the story it tries to tell so well with Joel and Ellie being some of the best video game characters I've ever witnessed. The gameplay is very solid, and the crafting system is great. So great, I think more games should have a similar system implemented.
The multiplayer is great. I wouldn't go as far to say that it is better than Uncharted 3's multiplayer, but I will say that it seamlessly integrates the mechanics from the single player campaign into tools players can use against other players.
I was a little skeptical when I hear The Last of Us was being delayed, but I now know that is was well worth it, accomplishing one of the richest and exhilarating games I've ever played.
When writing this list, I decided to start with the easy ones to write about, thus I instantly went to this game, because I knew exactly what to say about it. It is easily the most fun of all of the Crash Bandicoot games and the only one I managed to complete, and when I say complete, I mean 104%... literally.
The boss battles are all varied, completely amazing and creative as the boss battles in Crash Bandicoot games usually are, but these are just so insanely awesome I HAD to mention them. The platforming in this game was the best of the series and getting a new ability after each boss battle made this game just it that much more awesome. I had a big incentive to get all of the collectibles: It was some of the most fun I've ever had i a video game. This made the game the longest in the series as well as the highest quality.
This is THE ideal platformer.
Naughty Dog started out the seventh generation of consoles, with the game, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Though it was very enjoyable, it was definitely Naughty Dog's first attempt at the idea. Uncharted 2 got everything bad about the first game and got rid of it, got everything good and made it better, and added multiplayer. Gone are the tedious firefights. Gone are the infinitely spawning enemies. Gone are the sometimes unresponsive controls. The multiplayer is completely skill based, which is actually unusual in games today (I'm looking at you Call of Duty). It has an amazing soundtrack the gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it. I can't think of anything wrong with this game.
The set pieces are outrageous and fun to play and if they weren't as gorgeous as they are, they probably wouldn't be as immersive. The story actually tied these set pieces together quite nicely, unlike another game I know called Uncharted 3. Making these set pieces was probably very time consuming, but they really paid off making the game seemlike a summer action movie. Definitely Naughty Dog's best work.
I encourage you to go get any of the amazing games on the list and I also I encourage you to look forward to Naughty Dog's promising future for we do not known what it holds, but I think we can be sure it's going to be pretty freakin' amazing whether it is a new Uncharted (most likely), a new Jak game, a new Crash Bandicoot game (not likely) or a new IP that will blow our minds and make us want a sequel to that more than anything listed here.
List by Jammer196 (10/03/2013)
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