May 09 2012
4. Metal Gear Solid
I knew I was going to pick one cinematics heavy title for this list, and it sure as hell wasn’t going to be Final Fantasy. Even if the plots were usually as nonsensical as MGS, sitting through random enemy encounter after random enemy encounter would make any spectator want to gouge their eyes out.
But not so with Metal Gear Solid, which has lengthy cutscenes a (slightly) less insane plot and the action in between is far more tense and exciting than boring and mundane. It’s a game I’ve watched more of than played, as I never had the patience for stealth titles. But watching someone else play through? It’s like a twelve hour movie.
I still need someone to play through the latest two games while I watch however. Any takers?
5. Burnout Paradise
This one is FAR more entertaining to watch than it is to play, for the simple reason that I hate playing this game. Well, that’s not the only reason, but it definitely helps.
I hated a lot of things about this game, mainly the fact that if you lost a race, you couldn’t restart it, and had to drive all the way back to the beginning if you wanted to attempt it again. Also, there were no indicators as to where you were supposed to go during a given race as you were supposed to “forge your own path” through a city, a path that often involved plowing into the side of buildings as you frantically switched between the map and your race screen.
But watching all this? Burnout does one thing right about all else, and its cinematic car crashes never ever get old. A viewer can relax and enjoy the auto carnage, but the driver? He’s busy yelling “c’mon, c’mon!” to get the instant slo-mo replay out of his vision so he doesn’t immediately crash when the view switches back to his own car.
Let me know which games you think I’ve missed!
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