Tuesday, June 23, 2009

arguing about videogames

I normally wouldn't post such seemingly-mundane things as top-10 lists on this blog. Each day, gamefaqs.com posts a top-10 list submitted by members of the gamefaqs community. Most of them are highly opinionated and therefore not worth much attention. For example, a list of "top 10" RPGs ends up coming from some niche: maybe a devoted Final Fantasy VII fan, or a console RPG purist, or a WoW addict, etc. This one, however, is genuinely unique: "Top 10 Blockbuster games that split opinions" looks at some of the most popular games and outlines the debates surrounding them. Since all of these games have a huge fanbase, it is very interesting to read how people have criticized them over the years.

Some highlights include games that have been mentioned before on this blog: the MGS series, Kingdom Hearts series, and The Legend of Zelda. A surprise (mostly because I had forgotten about it) is Chrono Cross.

I encourage you to check out the reviews of any of these games on the site and read some of the arguments in more depth.


  1. I haven't been able to play Chrono Cross, but I heard it was utter bullshit.

  2. If you're looking for a sequel to CT, you will not find it.

    However, I thought it was a fairly designed game overall. The story, if you put the time into understanding it, was deep and interesting. Further, I would actually argue that in the general theme of the story, that of "time is important and our choices have far-reaching implications for past, present and future" it does /some/ justice to the "spirit" of the CT story.

    Given that, I still would argue that CT is clearly the better story. Not only was it the one of the first of what became to be the "popular RPG" here in the U.S., but it has genuinely charming characters and an overall great atmosphere (which is, arguably, /the/ defining feature of a good console-style RPG).