411 Games Top 5 09.21.13: Top 5 Games Based on Toys
Posted by Sean Garmer on 09.21.2013
From Transformers: Fall of Cybertron and LEGO Star Wars to Pokemon, Army Men: Sarge's Heroes and more, the 411 staff counts down their top 5 video games based on toys, trading cards games and board games!
Hello everyone, I hope it has been a good week for all the readers out there, everyone likes Toys right?
This week the 411 staff was asked to come up with lists for the Top 5 Games Based on Toys, Trading Cards, and Board Games.
* In order for something to qualify as a "toy game" the subject matter had to be based on something that started as a toy or uses toys. Things like Star Wars, Marvel, or DC, that are popular franchises that have toys made of their characters DO NOT COUNT. Same thing applies to board games as well. However, trading card games are allowed to contain popular franchises like Pokemon *
Robert Cooper (Music Zone Reviewer, Writer of Hammer of Doom News Report, Regular Contributor to 411 Games Podcast)
5.Transformers: Fall of Cybertron-I'll be totally honest here, I've not played very much of this game. I played the demo and loved it, but unfortunately my broke college student status has denied me my devine right to play this game in its' entitety, but regardless, the game is pretty great, and the review will back me up on that!
4.Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga- This is a game I have played more of than the first one, but I've still not yet beaten it all the way through. I loved this game so much, though, it had a fun twist on the original Star Wars games, and had me giggling like a little girl quite often. Plus, I got to play as Dengar, and everyone loves Dengar.
3.Yu-Gi-Oh: Worldwide Edition-I'll admit that these damn Yu-Gi-Oh games came out like 4 a week back in my younger days, but this is the one that I have played the most, and still play to this day. It captured the card game up to the the end of Battle City arc of the show and it was a lot of fun dueling all the decks that you saw in the show, and beating the shit out of them with your OP high ATK/high DEF deck that was littered with trap cards. It was a vast improvement over the first one, and in my opinion it was the best out of the bunch, though I'm slightly biased.
2.Pokemon Trading Card Game-For the longest time, Pokemon was my life, so it probably should be of no surprise that this is this high up on the list. This is the only Pokemon TCG game that we got in America (with Japan getting a sequel...because Japan), and it captured the Pokemon TCG quite well. Now I'll be honest, as a kid, I was ass at this game, because I, like most kids, thought that because the card looked cool, it must be good, and Charizard was not that great a card, and I always lost because of this fact. But regardless, playing this game now, it holds up pretty well, and I find it to be an awesome game!
1.Army Men:Sarge's Heroes This game was a major part of my childhood, though like most games, I was awful at it, playing multiplayer with all the kids at the afternoon daycare I went to was just boatloads of fun. The campaign was pretty solid, too, though it took me what felt like forever to get very far into it, I still enjoyed it,and am still very fond of the game, and do plan on playing it again sooner or later. I think what puts this game over the top for me is the fact that you can set your enemies on fire with the flamethrower, and watch them melt, which was gratifying for a sadistic little bastard like me to see in a game!
Sean Garmer (Games Zone Reviewer, Regular Contributor to Cooperative Multiplayer 411 Games Podcast, Organizer of Games Top 5)
Honorable Mention: Disney Infinity, Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers Series, Yu-Gi-Oh Worldwide Edition Series
5. Scene-It: Box Office Smash (Xbox 360): My family and I used to love playing the Scene-It games. In fact, I think my dad owns pretty much all the different versions of the board game that has come out. So, I was happy to know we would be getting a video game version I could play with family online no matter where I was. This game probably made me feel like an idiot most of the time because of my lack of movie knowledge, but hey it was still fun.
4. Pokemon Trading Card Game (Gameboy Color): I was never a fan of Magic until I got older, I actually battled with the Yu-Gi-Oh cards in high school, but until the PS2 games they were very basic renditions of the card games. I collected the Pokemon Cards but never played with them, until along came this game. I probably learned more about how to play the TCG through this game then watching my friends battle in malls. This was so much fun and all you were doing was battling with virtual cards. The collection aspect wasn't as great with the cards, as it was with the Pokemon themselves but I liked that the game tried to give you a sense of purpose with the leader battles and being able to go into towns.
3. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (Multi-Platform): Very much like Coop, I didn't get to play much of this game. However, this is the best Transformers game ever made and when you think about toy franchises, I think about LEGO and Transformers. So, I have this on here more because I wanted to have a little objectivity in my list. Since three of games are pretty much personal choices.
2. Skylanders Series: (Multi-Platform): This is another objective choice, mainly because I currently own Disney Infinity and still think Skylanders is a better all around game. Skylanders brought toys into a new generation and made them part of a video game. The characters learn skills, go through a quest, and remember their power-ups. Disney Infinity does none of these things and is more about bringing all of Disney's characters together to create new worlds and mini-games. However, without Skylanders I don't think Disney would have even thought about investing $100 Million to make Infinity. With Swap Force coming out soon it looks like Activision shows no signs of stopping, and why should they?
1. LEGO: RockBand: (Multi-Platform) I'm sure I will get a lot of hate for this, but honestly you guys should know by now that if I was going to get a chance to put a Rock Band game on a list, I will do it. Aside from having Lego's be your characters, this game did have several LEGOisms that the other RB games did not. Players got to design their own living area, there was a semblance of a story including boss levels with special songs you unlocked for beating them, and you could create your own albums as well. Throw in the fact that you could export all of your songs into the other RB games and family friendly songs back into LEGO RB. This made the purchase well worth it for me in two ways. Did I mention that this had LEGO Queen, LEGO Aliens, and the first appearance of "Final Countdown" in a RB Game. I still wish to this day I could create albums in RB 3.
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