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  • Avatar for sam-stephens sam-stephens 2 years ago

    I have been playing Tri Force Heroes over the weekend and I must say the quality of the game depends on the your personal situation. It's not very interesting playing by yourself and still lacking without people you know in the same room. But if you can get friends or family to play with you, good god is it one hell of a game! Some of the more challenging and optional stuff is pure Nintendo genius. It's one of if not the best games of the year in that regard. It's a strange game that probably deserves two separate scores taking into account whether you have buddies or not because the low scores it has been receiving doesn't give the game justice if you have the "right" set of circumstances.Edited October 2015 by Unknown

    Posted in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes Review: Three's a Crowd [Update: Final Thoughts and Score!]

  • Avatar for sam-stephens sam-stephens 3 years ago

    Super Mario Land was the first I ever played, but Super Mario Bros. 2 was the first Mario game I owned and played to completion.

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: What Was Your First Mario Game?

  • Avatar for sam-stephens sam-stephens 3 years ago

    I tend to separate the 2D Mario games from the 3D ones when ranking them.

    1) Super Mario Bros. 3
    2) Super Mario Bros.
    3) New Super Mario Bros. 2
    4) New Super Mario Bros. U
    5) New Super Mario Bros. Wii
    6) New Super Mario Bros.
    7) Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels
    8) Super Mario World
    9) Super Mario Bros. 2

    1) Super Mario Galaxy 2
    2) Super Mario 3D World
    3) Super Mario 3D Land
    4) Super Mario Galaxy
    5) Super Mario 64
    6) Super Mario SunshineEdited 2 times. Last edited September 2015 by Unknown

    Posted in What's the Greatest Mario Game Ever? Find Out Where Mario Odyssey Lands in Our Updated Rankings! [Updated]

  • Avatar for sam-stephens sam-stephens 3 years ago

    My personal list would be Osmos, Cut the Rope, Ridiculous Fishing, Punch Quest, Spaceteam, Monument Valley, Threes!, Catchup, and Drop7. There are some other excellent games here such as Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, and Geometry Wars 3, but I really think they suffer from squeezing their design into the iOS interface and I will always choose the console versions.

    Posted in What Are the Best iOS Games?

  • Avatar for sam-stephens sam-stephens 3 years ago

    I would say Portal, Halo: Combat Evolved, Majora's Mask, Animal Crossing, Ikaruga, Advance Wars, 999, or any handheld game for that matter. There are plenty of other games that I would personally liked to have seen, but these are probably some of the more obvious omissions.

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: What's Missing From Our 15 Best Games Since 2000 List?

  • Avatar for sam-stephens sam-stephens 3 years ago

    I agree with Twilight Princess being better than Wind Waker. It's not a big difference or anything. I love all the Zeldas near-equally (well... except The Adventure of Link). Personally I like Skyward Sword just a little bit more than both: the way it rebuilds the entire Zelda experience from the ground up with motion/pointer controls, the clever navigational tools, the meat and potatoes streamlining a la Metroid Prime 3, and the overall creativity on display. It would be my obligatory Zelda entry on this list if Phantom Hourglass didn't exist. Edited August 2015 by Unknown

    Posted in The 15 Best Games Since 2000, Number 1: Dark Souls

  • Avatar for sam-stephens sam-stephens 3 years ago

    Dark Souls at number 1 is certainly surprising (why this one and not Demon's Souls?). Personally, it's not a game I can agree with being on this list. It's just way too obtuse for its own good. The game isn't so much difficult as it's the design working against the player. There's also a metric ton polishing issues and little frustrating details. I can understand people's appreciation for it, but more objectively speaking I can't call it well-designed.

    Overall, one could point out many omissions in a list of just 15 games. Halo seems to be the big one everyone is mentioning and I would agree. There are others that are equally deserving as the games mentioned. Majora's Mask and Portal are the big ones for me. All of this can be forgiven since the list is limited to 15 games, and I think we can all agree far more amazing games than just that have been released since 2000.

    The one thing I can't forgive is the complete lack of any handheld titles. There's not a single one on here. That's pretty shocking to me.

    Posted in The 15 Best Games Since 2000, Number 1: Dark Souls

  • Avatar for sam-stephens sam-stephens 3 years ago


    REmake is great, but its just so different from Resident Evil 4 that I don't think they can be compared to each other. I wouldn't even really consider them part of the same genre.

    Posted in The 15 Best Games Since 2000, Number 7: Resident Evil 4

  • Avatar for sam-stephens sam-stephens 3 years ago

    Yeah, Resident Evil 4 is definitely a must on any list. It's one of the defining third-person action games, maybe even one of the most important video games of all time. But it's also just a great game of threat management, and the Ashley sections really bring that point home. Resident Evil 5 kind of deserves an honorable mention. It's not quite is good as 4, but it gets a lot of things right.

    Posted in The 15 Best Games Since 2000, Number 7: Resident Evil 4

  • Avatar for sam-stephens sam-stephens 3 years ago

    While I respect BioShock's position on the list, I personally am not a fan of any of the games. That being said, I feel BioShock 2 is the best of the three. It's just a bit more refined and fully realized. The Big Sister fights, and optional Little Sister segments, the improved hacking, the more versatility of plasmids; it's the only game in the series I have ever desired to replay.

    The best thing about BioShock is definitely the Big Daddies. They are a very dynamic enemy type with a lot of interplay. The fights can happen anywhere, so the player must pay attention to their surroundings and use everything they have. It's the only time in the game where all of the weapons, plasmids, and other gameplay elements really come together.

    Posted in The 15 Best Games Since 2000, Number 9: BioShock