KINKER KORNER’S TOP 32 VIDEO GAMES OF 2002 NSFW

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Right then, we’re deep into the new generation of gaming!.

 

32. Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance-Playstation 2

When this came out it had been quite a while since I’d enjoyed the Mortal Kombat series but I decided to give this one a bash. It ended up being a really fun 3d fighter with loads of new characters to add to the series lore. It in no way matched up to  the genre heavyweights like Virtua Fighter and Tekken but it was a perfectly solid fighter. My favourite new characters (I know you’re dying to find out) are Kenshi the blind swordsman and Mavado the leader of the Red Dragon clan. The intro in w8hich villains Shang Tsung and Quan Chi team up to kill poster boy Liu Kang was shocking.

 

31. Time Crisis 3-Arcade

The third entry into the classic light gun series is more action packed fun for the arcades. I was always a sucker for these games when I saw them at an arcade and would always pump money into them. This series along with Virtua Cop are the kings of the light gun genre and they have a great, cinematic quality to them and make you feel a real part of the action.

 

30. Spider-Man: The Movie-Playstation 2

After playing the great ps1 Spidey games I was ready for some ps2 action and the new console didn’t disappoint. It wasn’t a mind-blowing game but swinging around New York was fun and there are loads of scenes that deviate from the movie it’s based on. Tobey Maguire’s voice acting is some of the most half arsed I’ve ever heard from an established actor though….jeez he couldn’t be arsed.

 

29. Rocky-Playstation 2

In this solid boxing game you take Rocky Balboa from a lowly club fighter, train hard and make it all the way up to the championship match against Apollo Creed. It’s fun stuff for fans of the movies. There are certainly better boxing games out there but the gimmick of having the Rocky characters is a good time and it certainly works as a solid boxing sim.

 

28. Bloody Roar 3-Playstation 2

I never saw this in an arcade so when it came out for the ps2 and I saw it in the shops it was pleasant surprise. I was a fan of the first two games and they both made it onto their respective lists. I’d like to see a new game come out for the series as it’s been a fair old while. Transforming into animals and smashing the shit out of each other is a blast.

 

27. Mafia-Playstation 2

Often seen as a more grounded and realistic version of GTA, this open world game certainly doesn’t have as much of a lived in world that GTA does but the plot is great and straight out of the mafia movies. Similar to Goodfellas the story follows an up and coming mafioso who makes it big and inevitably it all falls apart.

 

26. Animal Crossing-Gamecube

A relaxing, cute and addictive game in which you move to a village filled with anthropomorphic characters and just….live your life. You see to your garden, help villagers with problems, go fishing, decorate your house and all sorts. I have no idea why I like this and no idea how it’s so popular but it’s just so damn relaxing and enjoyable.

 

25. The Thing-Playstation 2

A third person horror shooter that acts as a sequel to the brilliant John Carpenter remake movie from 1982. Carpenter himself makes a vocal cameo in the game which s a nice touch for fans. It certainly didn’t break any barriers in terms of gameplay and graphics but fans of the movie will definitely get a kick out the story and being a part of the world in the terrifying bitterness of the Antarctic.

 

24. Soldier Of Fortune 2: Double Helix-PC

Infamous and controversial for it’s “realistic” and graphic portrayal of violence with bullets doing damage to whatever area of the body is hit which was unusual for the time. It’s all about counter terrorism and stopping germ warfare  but really it’s about mashing people up and watching bad guy limbs fly.

 

23. Jet Set Radio Future-Xbox

The sequel to the hyper stylish Dreamcast classic is more of the same spray paint tagging, rollerblading, police dodging fun but this time it’s exclusive to the Microsoft console.Set in a dystopian future where freedom of expression is outlawed, you play a gang of colourful hip hop loving kids who want to make their city more colourful and artistic.

 

22. BloodRayne-Playstation 2

A smutty, sexy, violent, profane vampire hack em up starring a sultry dhampir (half human half vampire) protagonist called Rayne. It became a popular series and spawned a movie by Owe Boll…..not sure what it did to deserve that but there you go.

 

21. Metal Slug 4-Arcade

The popular and insanely fun run and gun series is back with exciting levels, lots of funny background action, inventive bosses and beautifully animated sprites. SNK were going through a horrendous time after filing for bankruptcy  but it showed that they could still bring the quality with the help of Playmore.

 

20. The House Of The Dead-Arcade/Playstation 3

Another entry into the popular b-movie style zombie splatterfest light gun series. This game was at my student union when I was at university and I would often go down and play it. Me and my buddy Paul finished it too…..money well spent. Actually we ran out of money but a couple of fellas that were enjoying watching us play pumped money into the machine to help us beat the final boss!. Good lads.

 

19. Timesplitters 2-Playstation 2

This series was super popular at the time and I’m amazed there hasn’t been a game in a long while as it had a real following. You travel through time stopping aliens from changing major events from the past. The local multiplayer was lauded and rightly so as it was so much fun and I’m not a huge fps nut.

 

18. WWE Smackdown!: Shut Your Mouth-Playstation 2

Yet another Smackdown game and this one is better than the last one with smoother animations, an updated roster and more modes. New to the series are the likes of DDP, Lance Storm, Jazz, Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar and more.

 

17. Super Mario Sunshine-Gamecube

Often seen as the black sheep of the main Mario series, this game was very different for  Mario game and some of it works really well but some of the brave decisions just didn’t pay off.Characters talking for instance….not a good idea but the introduction of a more fleshed out (for Mario) plot was interesting and the traversal using the floating device was really fresh too.

 

16. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell-Xbox

The game that introduced the world to grizzled special ops agent Sam Fisher who is voiced by Michael Ironside. The stealth action is helped by the stunning lighting effects helping you clearly stay in the dark and sneak up on your enemies with close quarters combat or the many gadgets Fisher uses. It started a popular series, most of which got better each time.

 

15. Medal Of Honour: Allied Assault-PC

Most famous for it’s depiction of the Omaha Beach D-Day landing scene. This and some other scenes are reminiscent of Spielberg’s 1998 movie Saving Private Ryan. Other notable scenes see you in action in Africa, Norway and France. It was pretty stunning for it’s time and really put you in the heart of the brutal action.

 

14. Metroid Prime-Gamecube

Big time fans of the Metroid series (and there are many of them) were in for a shock when this game came out as it was a first person 3d adventure instead of the established 3rd person 2d adventure style. Early fears were quashed when it became an instant classic and kept the exploration adventure aspect rather than just a flat out first person shooter. That said there are intermittent shootouts of course with all kinds of aliens and it’s a great mix of the two styles. It would go onto to become a much loved trilogy.

 

13. Kingdom Hearts-Paystation 2

Who the hell would have though this could ever happen? Characters from Square Enix games and…Disney! coming together for a massive, immersive, sprawling rpg adventure. When you have Cloud Strife and Donald Duck in the same game you know shit is on. The series has gone on to have a ridiculously convoluted plot but maintains an insanely rabid fanbase. It’s loads of fun interacting with the Disney characters and visiting their worlds and the cameos from Final Fantasy characters are always cool.

 

12. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem-Gamecube

A rare occasion that sees an original Nintendo game delve into the world of disturbing psychological horror. Notable for it’s unique nature is the sanity metre in which if you let your protagonists become too stressed they begins to lose their minds and strange, fourth wall breaking things begin to happen. Most famous of these is the game appearing to crash but also things like character’s heads disappearing, random noises coming from the speakers and all sorts of craziness.

 

11. Syberia-PC/Playstation 3

A  very interesting and engrossing adventure game in the tradition of Broken Sword mystery games. Unlike Broken Sword it goes for a more realistic style that doesn’t pop as much but makes up for it with it’s design and steampunk setting. Right…..I’m not a fan of the term steampunk although I use it because it’s a commonly accepted term. It’s derived from cyberpunk which was a genre that featured “punks” in a cyber setting. Street punks, punk gangs, punk hackers etc but steampunk rarely has any of that stuff so it’s a lazy term. Anyway….Syberia…..it’s a great game that follows Kate Walker as she travels to make a sale for her work and ends up in a bizarre French town where everything is powered by Victorian style robots and mechanisms. The subplot takes place over her mobile phone as her relationship is falling part. It’s great stuff that doesn’t need tonnes of bullets and explosions to hook you.

 

10. Resident Evil Zero-Gamecube

Nintendo shocked everyone when they announced they had the rights to the next three games (initially) in the ultra popular Capcom survival horror series. It’s a prequel to the original game that follows Rebecca Chambers in the Arklay mountains before she stumbles upon the Spencer Mansion. She teams up with the escaped prisoner Billy Coen (both of whom you play as) and explore an Umbrella training facility. The opening couple of hours on the train are just fantastic but the plot holes are way too numerous to ignore….it’s almost comical. Capcom and Shinji Mikami in particular felt bad about Rebecca’s portrayal in the first game as a wimpy, naive, subservient woman and waned to give her a little more strength in the series.

 

9. Onimusha 2: Samurai’s Destiny-Playstation 2

God dammit Capcom we need a new Onimusha game!. You play as Jubei Yagyu as he battles an army of demons using his swords and elemental magic in the name of revenge. I’d say there’s less of a horror aspect to this sequel and more pure action but it still has that supernatural theme and the combat is so good it would have been hard for the developers to not take advantage of that.

 

8. Sly Cooper And The Thievius Raccoonus-Playstation 2

The ps1/n64/saturn era was fantastic for mascot platformers, a genre I’m sick of typing but this era probably topped it. Here we have Sucker Punch getting in on the action with an incredibly stylish and likeable entry in the genre. Sly Cooper is sort of a Robin Hood figure who steals from the evil….only he keeps most of his findings. His lovable gang consists of Bentley the tech geek turtle and Murray the dim but powerful hippo. The cel shading and music go for a film noir aesthetic and it’s just a fantastic, enjoyable experience.

 

7. Gitaroo Man-Plastation 2

In my opinion Gitaroo Man is one of….if not THE greatest rhythm game of all time. You play a wee lad who is constantly bullied by classmates and ignored by his dream girl who is taught how to play guitar by a talking dog……sold? He transforms into Gitaroo Man and helps an alien planet from being destroyed by invading forces by having guitar battles. It’s batshit insane but the songs are great, the rhythm gameplay is excellent and it’s an adorable, fun piece of entertainment.In the words of Consolevania…..”It’s FUCKIN’…..GITAROO MAAAAN!”

 

6. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City-Playstation 2

After the monstrous success of Grand Theft Auto 3, Rockstar kept the momentum going with this open world crime game heavily based on the movie Scarface. Like other games in the series there’s a main plot about a released prisoner building a criminal empire but there’s hundreds of side missions where you take on jobs from several gangs and civilians. It’s set n the 80s during the crack explosion so it’s heavily drug influenced. As controversial and influential as ever with an excellent licensed soundtrack played through several radio stations. 

 

5. The Legend Of Zelda: The Windwaker-Gamecube

I remember the hilarious hullabaloo from grown adults when this game was first announced. The cel shaded, child like visuals had them absolutely raging which always made me laugh. The Zelda games have always been about the adventure and this one is a cracker that through the internet/youtube age has become a favourite for many fans. As usual you’re up against Ganon in a struggle for the triforce and this one sees you sailing the seas, fighting pirates and discovering new islands. One of my favourite Zelda games.

 

4. Guilty Gear X2: The Midnight Carnival-Playstation 2

The ultra stylish fighting game from Arc Systems is back with one of the series’ most fondly thought of entries. Heavy metal blasts away as you play as these beautifully drawn and animated sprites beat the ever loving shit out of each other. Guilty Gear has always been known for it’s inventive characters and this one brought in my favourite character, Zappa. He fights while he’s asleep and is controlled by spirits, one of whom is based on Sadako from Ringu. Insane as always but oh so much fun.

 

3. Ratchet And Clank-Playstation 2

Well then, here’s yet another mascot action platformer ,shooter but guess what…..this one might just be the best of them all. Loads of brilliant, inventive and funny weapons like the walloper (hilarious if you’re Scottish), the R.Y.N.O,the glove of doom and more but more importantly the game plays so so well.  The graphics are great and it follows Ratchet, a Lombax (feline humanoid) who travels from planet to planet doing mechanic work and his little robot buddy Clank that he meets and goes on an adventure with. It plays out like a brilliant Pixar movie. Looking back as the series went on it was clear that Ratchet was being a dick to Clank in this game which is why it doesn’t make the top spot!. Poor wee Clank, they remedied that in future games and they became closer.

 

2. Soul Calibur 2- Playstation 2/ Arcade

I love it when a fighting game makes it to a really high spot on the list because they’re always the underdog. the big sprawling rpgs and epic action adventure gets pipped at the post by an old school style one on one, batter each other, puss smacking, ball kicking, sword swinging fighting game. The Soul series is one of my favourites and this one is one of the best in the franchise with a great cast of characters, smooth mechanics and a continuation of the nonsensical plot that I somehow love. Each console got a specific guest character too which was cool. The ps2 got Heihachi Mishima from Tekken, the Gamecube got Link from Zelda, an the Xbox got Spawn. A legendary weapons based fighting game.

 

1 Resident Evil-Gamecube

Surely the greatest remake of all time!. Capcom absolutely hit it out of the park and this may have been the best looking game I had ever seen on a console at the time. As a massive nostalgia whore, the first time you enter the Spencer mansion blew me away with it’s recognisable but completely upgraded appearance bringing back all those memories of Rick, Ewan and I sitting terrified and trying to figure out the puzzles. All the major parts of the original are there but with that next gen polish but the addition of the tragic Lisa Trevor is the game’s most disturbing and genius addition. I can’t say enough good things about this masterpiece and I can’t wait for the Resident Evil 2 remake.

 

Ok thanks for looking in and reading as always and until next time catch me @swing_kinker how bou da?……oh god what have I become?.

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