17: What game do you never tell people you play?
I’m not sure I really have anything to answer for this one. I love talking about video games so even the most obscure or uninteresting ones I’ve mentioned at some point. Even games that most people would consider embarrassing to talk about, I’ve probably talked about.
3: Best game you’ve ever played?
Super Smash Bros. Melee, without a doubt. I absolutely adore the Super Smash Bros. series.
I’d also be inclined to say Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, but I feel like it’s too early to make an objective judgement on that one as I still have that new game hype with it, so come back in about 5 years and see how I feel then.
4: Worst game you’ve ever played?
The Wii/PS2 version of Sonic Unleashed is the first game that comes to mind that I truly hate. I just can’t stand it. I can’t believe there are people who actually like it. I can’t believe there are people who actually like it MORE than the 360/PS3 version. I can’t believe there are people who aren’t even aware it’s not the flagship version of the game. Sure, there’s a mobile version from Gameloft that’s even worse, but at least with the mobile version you don’t have any expectations to begin with. Sonic Unleashed Wii/PS2 is just painful to even think about. The developers didn’t even try to make it work. The level design is boring, the graphics are ugly, the controls are sluggish, the game’s missing levels, and the game mechanics aren’t well thought-out, and yet there are people who actually prefer this version? Why? It just feels half-baked and it clearly just exists in its 360/PS3 counterpart’s shadow. As someone whose only current home console at the time was a Wii, it was incredibly frustrating. I’m glad I never actually bought my own copy of the game and just borrowed my friend’s. I’ve played some terrible games that are soul-crushingly bad, but at least they’re not Sonic Unleashed Wii/PS2.
At least they ended up throwing Wii owners a bone with Sonic Colours. That was and still is one of the best Sonic games ever in my opinion.
Actually, no, I changed my mind. I think I might hate Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex even more. Fuck that game. That literally is the worst game I’ve ever played. I don’t know how they managed it, but Traveller’s Tales managed to make something terrible even by their low standards. There are absolutely no redeeming qualities with this game. Performance is bad (on PS2 and GC at least, not sure about Xbox), loading times are bad (on all platforms), level design is bad, bosses are bad, power-ups are bad, graphics are disgustingly bad, music and art design don’t even suit the series. It just feels like a cheap cash-in. It’s an insult to the excellently-crafted PS1 Crash Bandicoot games from Naughty Dog. And yet, some people are blinded with nostalgia about it, especially PS2 owners. Maybe it seemed better at the time because “woaahhh next-gen Crash Bandicoot!”, but in retrospect it’s just awful and I don’t think I really liked it that much back then either because I never bothered to finish it. Pretty much the beginning of the end of the series. It’s probably the first truly disappointing game I’ve ever played, and my disappointment has only grown. I don’t even want to see it on my shelf anymore. It’s making my other GameCube games look bad. I genuinely wish it didn’t exist.
It took me a while to come up with an answer for this and I ended up getting a bit carried away.