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411 Games Top 5 3.22.14: Top 5 Threequel Games
Posted by Sean Garmer on 03.22.2014

Hello everyone, I hope it has been a good week for all the readers out there. They say the third time is the the charm for a reason.

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In honor of Infamous: Second Son coming out this week, here are the Top 5 Threequels or Third Game in a series. Please note, the writer's lists were meant to give you Top 5 Third Games in a Series. It doesn't mean they think that was the best game in whatever series is listed.

Francisco Ramirez (411mania.com Contributor)

5. Breath of Fire III - The jump to 32-bit was good for the Breath of Fire series. Arguably the best entry in the series depending on who you ask. The formula is similar on most games, Ryu and Nina, dragons, but it was the new additions that made this threequel special. The Master System brought about a good deal of customization, the formation system saw its debut to the series and the evolution of Ryu from child to adulthood was also a sight to see. The gameplay is where it's at and Breath of Fire III definitely didn't disappoint being one of the best threequels out there.

4. Mega Man 3 - I struggled not to put this higher on the list. Ask Mega Man fans, the best game in the series is either 2 or 3. I fall under the camp that roots for part 2. Still Mega Man 3 is one of the best entries. Mega Man is nothing without his Rogues Gallery and part 3 doesn't disappoint with standouts like Snake Man, Gemini Man, and Shadow Man. Add gameplay that is timeless, it's as enjoyable today as the day it was released, and you have a good argument for Mega Man 3 being the best entry in the series.

3. Grand Theft Auto 3 - A complete overhaul from the previous GTA games! Not just that, popularized the sandbox genre. After GTA 3 the floodgates opened up with numerous GTA clones. The series went on to become one of the best selling and most critically acclaimed series, now in its fifth iteration. GTA 3 being the game that catapulted the series to new heights.

2. Super Mario Bros. 3 - We went from Fire Flowers, onion throwing, all the way to flying and Tanooki suits! Super Mario Bros. 3 took Mario to new heights, amping up the gameplay, completely overhauling the level structure and introducing completely different worlds. Giant world anyone? Add the airships and the Koopa kids and you have yourself a gem from the 8-bit days.

1. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - Perfection or as close as it comes to it. Metal Gear Solid 3 is just a masterpiece no matter how you look at it. Terrific gameplay, a fantastic story with a tremendous ending, and epic boss battles. All things combined and it becomes extremely difficult to put down the control while playing this. This fact, and everything else said make Metal Gear Solid 3 my choice for the top video game threequel.

John Cash (Reader Voice, Occasional Contributor to Four Player Co-op)

5. Tekken 3 (Arcade/PSX): During a very specific sleepover birthday party from my childhood, in which the birthday boy got both a Nintendo 64 and a Playstation, while everyone else was huddled around the glow of Goldeneye64, I was completely enthralled by Tekken 3. The only other "3D" fighter I had played at the time was Soul Edge, so this was a huge step forward. It had a great roster of fighters, the movement felt pretty realistic (compared to most other games at the time), and of course who could forget things like Gon and Tekken Ball mode? I think I may have actually played Tekken Ball mode more than the actual arcade campaign...

4. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (Nintendo DS): As I write this I am in the beginning stages of Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy for the Nintendo 3DS, the sixth and final game starring Professor Layton, a British archeologist with a knack for puzzle-solving that goes adventuring (so like Indiana Jones meets Sherlock Holmes.) I am probably in a very small minority, but I actually play these games for the plot, so when it came to Unwound Future, the supposed end to Professor Layton before the prequel trilogy was announced, I was preparing to be very emotional about the ending, but there was no preparing I could have done that would have made me ready for the final cutscene in the game. It seriously broke my heart; I didn't play any video games for the rest of the week that I beat the game. So it will always have a place in my heart as one of the best games I've ever played, and definitely one of the best "threequels".

3. Mass Effect 3 (PC/PS3/360/Wii U): I will keep this brief, since I have included this game a lot over the past several months that I've been contributing to this article. Mass Effect 3, in my experience, was the perfect ending for MY (triple bold, triple underline) Shepard. It wrapped everything that I personally cared about, from seeing the Geth and Quarians at peace to the curing of the genophage, all the way down to things like bringing Charr's last words to Ereba on the Citadel, it did an excellent job of both presenting an atmosphere (the horrors of war) and tying up loose ends (again, in my experience.) Probably the most satisfying gaming experience of my entire life so far.

2. Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES): It's kind of required for a list like this, isn't it? It's one of those things where it doesn't even really need to be said why, but submitting "It's SMB3" doesn't really cut it for an article like this. Fantastic platforming, catchy music, memorable worlds (though for those of us that suck at video games, the last couple are a bit fuzzy because of excessive teleport flute use), and an overall magical experience. It's amazing that Nintendo somehow made each Mario adventure up through New Super Mario Bros feel like the bar was raised.

1. Grand Theft Auto III (PS2/Steam/iOS): Outside of Goldeneye 007 and Mass Effect, I'm pretty sure the game I've spent the most time playing in my lifetime is Grand Theft Auto III. It's as close to a perfect game as I've ever played without going into arguments about Tetris' minimalism or Ocarina of Time. It's the first time I can remember ever having a second saved game where it's sole purpose was to goof around with cheats in it, everything from Riot Mode to infinite ammo. If you haven't played GTAIII by now, you either don't like sandbox games, or you have some kind of weird Saint's Row bias.

Todd Vote (Games Zone Reviewer, Regular Contributor to Four Player Co-op)

5. Killer Instinct 3 - I know, I know... Technically the Xbox One game is a reboot, but it is still the third game in the series, if you count KI: Gold and KI 2 as the same game. But Killer Instinct made a smashing return late last year on the Xbox One. I was extremely surprised at how well they were able to relaunch the game. Sadly, they did so without any semblance of a story mode. Hopefully, they can fix that.

4.Halo 3 - Other than some brief time with Halo 2, this was my first full fledged Halo experience. I'm a much bigger fan of the campaign than I am the multi-player though..

3. Gears of War 3 - Such a fitting end to the initial Gears story. Losing Dom was probably one of the roughest moments Xbox 360 gamers had to face. But it was all worth it to see the Locust finally brought down.

2. Super Mario 3 - Without a doubt still my favorite Mario game (I'm sure there are some out there that are better now, but I haven't played them). Super Mario 3 changed the game for Mario, allowing him more abilities, and a much bigger, more diverse world to explore. An idea that has been built on and expanded on in most subsequent Mario games.

1. Grand Theft Auto III - Has there ever been a game that has changed the entire landscape like this one has? GTA III has to be considered the father of the modern sandbox titles, right? Such a fantastic game from start to finish.

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