Is Three the magic number?
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3, Saints Row the third, Resistance 3, Uncharted 3 and of course gears of War 3. It seems to be the time for that third game to arrive in the series for some that actually is the third in the series (Mass Effect) for others they’re round about ten but still carry the number three. Why is the third game in a franchise so important?
Traditionally it’s the make or break game in a series which either melds everything together to form the perfect mix, which doesn’t stray too far from the original formula but still rocks or just flat-out stinks. So I’m going to have a look at the three and list three others for that section, if a game ends up in the middle section it doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good game it just signifies that it didn’t go all out with changes.
So who are the three to make it in the middle?
Sonic 3: Pretty much the same style as we’d seen in the previous to but it did bring us Knuckles. With that Sonic saw a renewed boom in popularity for the time which may not have lasted too long but Sonic 3 was a darn good game.
Halo 3: Most loved the first one, hated the second and adored the third. Game play mechanics (for the main story) didn’t stray too much from what we’d previously seen but it was the multiplayer mode that really hooked gamers who are now looking forward to Halo 4 next year.
Crash Bandicoot 3: Best in the series in my opinion, the story and gameplay worked well with a good difficulty level. The racing sections added to it as did Coco, apparently it was the first non-Japanese game in Japan to sell over a million copies. Good effort Crash!
I’m sure I’ll upset someone with the next three but here we go:
The bottom end
Streets of Rage 3: Faster enemies, traps returned, better difficulty levels, more in-depth plot, multiple endings great ideas but poor execution. I hated Streets of Rage 3, apparently it’s now a collectors in the PAL region which is the only reason I wish I still had it. The fact there hasn’t been a SOR 4 should tell you that.
Crazy Taxi 3: Simply put there wasn’t too much difference to the first two games and because of that it felt stale and sluggish to me. I’m sure there are plenty of fans of the game out there but this was not for me.
James Pond 3: Oh dear goodness, Pond’s a fish and he’s a Bond spoof. Bond once went into space so lets stick Pond in space where we attempt to rip off Super Mario World in style and just fail. The fact that it took almost twenty years to get another Pond game just goes to show how much this fish stunk.
Lets save the best until last shall we?
Super Mario Bros 3.: By many this is regarded one of the greatest games of all time, and I can see why. You have the madness of SMB mixed with the madness of SMB2, add in a world map, Eight worlds, a ton of secrets, a few suits here and there and you just a perfect mix.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past: AKA my favourite game ever made. Why did it work? Zelda II: The adventure of Link is classed as a dud by most Zelda gamers, however it brought a lot into the series such as dark Link and villages now if only that could be mixed with the simplicity of TLOZ and you could have one darn good game. They did mix it together and we did.
Grand Theft Auto III: This brought sandbox to the mainstream and moved GTA from a pretty enjoyable series into the mega-power that it is today. A very open immersive world mix with some hilarious situations and make that in 3D. Sorted.
I’ve missed a ton of great games that I could have mentioned, but which one’s do you think should be in here? FFIII? Shining Force III? MKDD? The revenge of Shinobi? SFIII? Dragon Quest III? Many more? Let me know. You can do that in the comments or @NintendoLee on Twitter or even on my Facebook Page (the link’s on the top right of the page on the banner, just click the FB symbol).