Staying on the video game route for a little bit, I’d like to share my top 5 Nintendo Gamecube games, based on my NReviews website reviews and scores for Nintendo Gamecube games that I had played. But before I share mine, I’d like to take a look at some other websites’ opinions on this matter. Let’s start with GameSpot:
1. Metroid Prime (9.7)
2. Resident Evil 4 (9.6)
3. Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II (9.4)
4. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem (9.4)
5. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (9.3)
I have never played Eternal Darkness for the GCN. Is it really that good? I guess I’ll have to try it someday, if I can get my hands on it.
I have to take some liberties with sorting the top 5 lists from these other website, by the way. Perhaps GameSpot would put Eternal Darkness in the 3rd spot instead of 4. So, I keep my biases here for these lists. That includes the next one, where Prince of Persia: Sands of Time won’t make IGN’s list because the other 5 games probably more deserve to be up there:
1. Metroid Prime (9.8)
2. Resident Evil 4 (9.8)
3. Super Smash Bros. Melee (9.6)
4. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (9.6)
5. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem (9.6)
And again, Eternal Darkness makes the list. I will say, for as much as I like Melee, I do think Brawl is better. I am glad that Melee made the list.
I would give a list for GameTrailers, which is my favorite review website before GameSpot, but they didn’t do reviews for games like Metroid Prime, so their list wouldn’t be very conclusive. So, finally then, here is my list. A few notes are in order-while my review and score of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time/Master Quest (9.5) would put it highest on the list, I am not including it since it is basically only a port. Also, I never reviewed the GCN version of Resident Evil 4, so unfortunately, it won’t make this list. That said, here we go:
1. Metroid Prime (9.3)
2. Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II (9.3)
3. Super Smash Bros. Melee (9.2)
4. Soul Calibur II (9.2)
5. Pikmin 2 (9.1)
Anybody who knows me knows that there was no way that Pikmin 2 wasn’t going to make this list. Perhaps one other surprise might be Soul Calibur II. It ties for score with Melee, which are both very different games despite the fact that they might both be considered fighting games. Of course, Melee gets the edge here.
Here’s why I don’t consider Rogue Leader a surprise on this list. Despite the fact that it completely deserves to be penultimate to Metroid Prime, GameSpot also would have it in their Top 5 list if they ordered their GCN games by score. GameSpot is my second favorite review site, after GT, so I am happy that we agree on this. Not surprisingly is the unanimous vote that Metroid Prime is Nintendo Gamecube’s best game.