Conker's Bad Fur Day Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Conker's Bad Fur Day RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 7 Games That Should Receive a Remaster a la Shadow of the Colossus https://www.gameskinny.com/bbz3l/7-games-that-should-receive-a-remaster-a-la-shadow-of-the-colossus https://www.gameskinny.com/bbz3l/7-games-that-should-receive-a-remaster-a-la-shadow-of-the-colossus Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:58:07 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

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That wraps up our list of games we would love to see remastered and revived. Let us know if your favorite game made the cut and what other games deserve to be remastered for newer generations. Be sure to stick around GameSkinny for all your game culture, guides, and more!

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BioShock
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BioShock: The Collection was a tremendous success when it came out a couple of years ago, but we want to see the franchise remastered again. The story is so gosh darn good, and the world is one of the most immersive in video games. BioShock is a shining example of an experience you can only have by playing video games.This game is a classic and, like Shadow of the Colossus, we'll always want it to be remastered with better graphics again and again because, frankly, everything else about this game feels perfect.

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Super Mario Strikers
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Super Mario Odyssey has been extremely successful on the Switch and sets Nintendo up perfectly to capitalize on its success by reviving Mario sports games. Whether it be soccer, tennis, or even volleyball (part of what makes Mario Party 5 so great), the sports games featuring Mario have been a tremendous hit with fans. 

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Super Mario Strikers nailed gameplay with easy-to-learn controls, simplified rules, and exciting action. If the series came back with even more playable characters, in addition to stats more specific than "balanced, playmaker, or defender," the game would be an instant hit. The "play anywhere" nature of the Switch would make the game a great candidate for local multiplayer, though it might have to contend with Rocket League nowadays.

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Reoublic
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KOTOR is one of the only Star Wars games people still think about in a positive light anymore, thanks to Battlefront 2's microtransactions, the cancellation of Star Wars 1313, and the shutting down of Visceral Studios' Project Ragtag. 

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KOTOR does a tremendous job expanding the Star Wars universe and has a strong fan following. Updated graphics would help the game maintain its ability to hold up going forward. In a time where a lot of classic Star Wars fans aren't super happy with the newest movies, a remaster of this classic title might cheer them up a tiny bit.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
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Pro Skater 2 is Metacritic's second-highest rated game of all time! Although the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater franchise struggled and sputtered out (while the Skate series took its place), it'd be great to see the game revisit its roots and replicate the reasons that made it a major success. Ask anybody who played these games as a kid, and they'll tell you that Tony Hawk Pro Skater helped define their generation through a kick-ass soundtrack and awesome Easter eggs. 

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More recent games in the franchise struggled because of technical issues and lack of depth. Reviving the franchise with a higher level of polish would serve the IP well and could potentially bring back long-lost fans. We might be waiting a long time for this remaster, though, since the license expired in 2015.

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Spyro
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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy far exceeded expectations when it came out in the summer of 2017 and immediately got fans talking about other remasters and remakes they would love to see. One of the most talked-about games in that discussion is Spyro. Spyro is beloved by many fans but has hit a few rough patches with more recent installments of the franchise. A remaster of the original Spyro games, including Year of the Dragon and Ripto's Rage, could definitely help the franchise reboot itself and remind fans why they love their favorite purple dragon in the first place.

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Conker's Bad Fur Day
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Conker's Bad Fur Day was such a good game it already got a remake in 2005 as Conker: Live & Reloaded. The game was a hit and helped bring more credibility to Xbox Live as a multiplayer platform. The original game, however, shined because of its local multiplayer, and when it was released as part of Rare Replay, fans were excited to revisit those multiplayer games -- only to be tremendously disappointed. The game was unplayable, not because of graphics or story, but because the controls were mapped terribly and couldn't be changed. 

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A remaster of this game, with a better control scheme, updated references, and memes would make it an edgy hit similar to South Park: The Stick of Truth. It's unfortunate that Conker looks like Lucky from Super Lucky's Tale. Microsoft most likely wouldn't want the confusion caused by two characters so similar in appearance but so vastly different in what age they're appropriate for.

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Black and White 2
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There's been a resurgence recently of city-building/management/strategy games like Cities: Skylines, Planet Coaster, and even They are Billions. Black and White 2 was the perfect god sim game and has had people waiting for another game as good as it for a long time. The opportunity to have a ten-story-tall cow perform miracles and gather followers gave the game the right amount of charm. Updated graphics, more creatures to choose from, and a little more depth in the management tool would go a long way in making this franchise come alive again.

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It's worth noting that since Black and White 2 was a product of now-defunct Lionhead Studios, it's unlikely to come back, but we'd love to see what Microsoft could do with the title if they revived the IP.

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Considered one of the greatest games of all time, Shadow of the Colossus has been remastered several times to great success, including its most recent remaster. Its vast world, emotional story, and striking visuals have made it consistently stand out as a game with that "wow" factor. 

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Because of the recent remaster, new generations of gamers in addition to longtime fans can appreciate it once again. With updated controls and graphics Shadow of the Colossus is easier to come back to than previous iterations. Keeping this in mind we compiled a list of a few other games we think might be worthy of a little refinement for the modern age.

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Quotes & One-Liners That Will (Definitely) Put A Smirk On Your Face https://www.gameskinny.com/fhql2/quotes-one-liners-that-will-definitely-put-a-smirk-on-your-face https://www.gameskinny.com/fhql2/quotes-one-liners-that-will-definitely-put-a-smirk-on-your-face Mon, 23 Jan 2017 03:00:01 -0500 Ricardo melfi

Video games (just like movies) tell elaborate stories, build characters and use dynamic effects and shots. It's an immersive medium and before long, you're emotionally invested. You're right there in the game. Dialogue is such an important part of said immersion and (again just like movies) video games have fired off some awesome and memorable one-liners/quotes. Most of the time they're generic action and dramatic one-liners but every now and then, a little piece of gold finds its way out...

With that said, here are some of the funniest one-liners and quotes that are sure to put a smirk on that face of yours!

Duke Nukem Forever

The Duke

*Looks in the mirror*

"DAMNNN, I look good..."

Don't deny it. Whenever any of us played as the Duke, our inner narcissist couldn't be kept down for long and a smile slowly creeped its way across your face. How could it not after hearing that line? Then again, now that I think of it, I laughed at A LOT of his one-liners...

Portal

Portal P.A Announcer

"If you need to go to the bathroom after this next series of tests, please let a test associate know because in all likelihood, whatever comes out of you is going to be cold. Only temporary so do not worry. If it persists for a week though, start worrying and come see us because that's not supposed to happen."

Portal is jam-packed with sarcastic and humorous quotes/one-liners. It was hard to narrow it down but the P.A Announcer made me smile first. While GlaDos always holds a place in my heart, she won't be seen on this list.

Assassin's Creed II

Ezio Auditore da Firenze

"Your sister seemed quite satisfied with the 'handling' I gave her earlier."

Ahhh, the good-old mum and sister jokes. For being as old as they are, still pack quite a punch when used. Seriously, it hurts. Just look at how easily the Pazzis are angered when Ezio uses the above line on them! Ubisoft know this too and young Ezio is a typical, "your mum" kinda guy...

Left 4 Dead

Zoe

"Free copy paper? Sweet!"

What else could put your mind at ease when facing a zombie apocalypse? Guns? Water? Food? Defendable shelter? No! COPY PAPER! Left 4 Dead's Zoe shares STG's enthusiasm for the little things in a zombie apocalypse when she yells out her one-liner, in the copy room. Bless Zoe, you go girl.

Postal

Player

"Hey I'm just exercising my second amendment rights here, you fuckin' communist."

This insane game made absolutely no sense but who cares? The violence and gore made sure you never had a chance to think about that. What I did notice, however, was the player's one-liners. Most notably, the above one. My drink nearly came out of my nose when I heard this gem. Yep, apparently shooting and killing people is just exercising your right to... shoot and kill people? Otherwise, you're just a filthy communist aren't you?

South Park: The Stick of Truth 

Cartman

"If you have a fucking better name for them then fucking say it Clyde!"

There's something about Cartman spitting the dummy at people that's just so damn funny. He's everyone's favourite, evil, little shit. Stick of Truth was (finally) a fantastic South park game and the entire game made us here at STG lose ourselves laughing but when Cartman gets angry and says this to Clyde during the tutorial, it's hard not to laugh let alone smile.

Spec Ops: The Line

Robert Darden (The Radio Man)

"Geez man, where's all this violence coming from? Is it the video games? I bet it's the video games."

Yeah, I'm totally sure it's the video games and not the fact that you play as a highly trained, special forces soldier, trained to kill, dropped into unknown, enemy territory, are constantly attacked and have some tough decisions to make along the road. Definitely the video games...

Brutal Legend

Eddie Riggs

"Oh man... don't tell me I've been slaying hot girls this entire time!"

Eddie Riggs is your average, mediocre roadie who gets transported to a heavy metal dimension. Using his extensive knowledge of 'the metal', Riggs leads the inhabitants of this heavy metal heaven turned hell in a revolution against the dastardly General Lyonwhite. After seeing the face of one of his foes, Eddie immediately pauses mid-fight to ask himself the same question every man would. 

Marvel VS Capcom 3

Deadpool

*Everything he says in this game.*

We couldn't narrow it down with everybody's favourite merc, Deadpool. He's just too damn funny so instead we decided to just tell you to go out and play the game already! The great thing is when he actually talks to the player through the game and mentions the fact he knows he's in a fighting game. Absolute gold...

Sonic Colours

Sonic the Hedgehog

"No copyright law in the universe is going to stop me!"

This one made the list because it was unexpected, yet also feels personal. It transcends the game and touches on a real issue many gaming channels and platforms seem to suffer. You tell em', Sonic...

Uncharted 2

Nathan Drake

"Yeah good luck pal. That's almost impossible to... Oh, you did it... nice."

Nolan North is a great voice actor and the most recognised voice in gaming today. He does a fantastic job as Nathan Drake and can even get his disappointment and envy across the microphone. Being proven wrong is never funny but when you are, at least give the person credit. Real, genuine credit. Don't be like Nate, the jealous douche.

Assassin's Creed II

Mario Auditore

"It's a me, Mario!"

This joke is so old now but it seems to continue to get used. This one-liner was made famous by the super plumber himself and has been seen/heard/used almost everywhere in the world! It comes to no surprise that Ubisoft threw this little piece of chuckler homage in. I feel like I've heard this somewhere before...

Bulletstorm

Trishka Novak

"Yeah!? Go fuck yourself! You shit piles give chase, I WILL kill your dicks!"

Bulletstorm tough girl Trishka is a Final Echo mixture of sassiness and, well, extreme violence. You meet up with Trishka as she is getting sexually assaulted by one of the planet's denizens. Trishka can definitely take care of herself , as she proved as your companion in Stygia. You get the feeling she's got something to prove though and the one-liner she fires off above tends to prove it. Time to start working on your trash-talk Trish...

Conker's Bad Fur Day

The Great Mighty Poo

"I am the great, mighty, Poo and I'm going to throw my shit at you."

Now the line itself isn't actually that funny, but if you really want laughs then turn to a classic comedy method; turn it to song! The Great Mighty Poo serenades Conker on his Bad Fur Day (see what I did there?) and scored an ashamed little giggle from me. Guys really don't need much for comedy, do we?

Mortal Kombat

Boon & Scorpion

"Toasty!"

And:

"Get over here!"

The two most iconic one-liners that came from Mortal Kombat way back in the 90s secured their place in pop-culture, still being referenced and used today. These two quotes will ALWAYS wrestle a sub-conscious smirk from your face.

The Wolf Among Us

Bigby Wolf

"Urggh. This shit will kill ya'."

*Takes puff of his cigarette*

Bigby Wolf is the protagonist in Telltale's The Wolf Among Us. He's the tough, emotionally withdrawn, whiskey drinking, cigarette smoking, wise-cracking, bad-ass tasked with solving a series of murders of fairytale characters in 1986 Fabletown. Again, Bigby (short for Big Bad Wolf) has a lot of great one-liners that made us smirk. Soda will kills you but your cigarettes won't, eh Bigby? Classic fairytale irony at its best.

Far Cry: Blood Dragon

Sgt. Colt

"I fucking HATE tutorials and this one is TERRIBLE!"

The 80s have made a comeback everywhere and Far Cry: Blood Dragon is no exception. Blood Dragon is an 80s-induced trip back in time to Hollywood's sci-fi and action films. Sgt. Rex Colt is a cyber commando in the near future of 2007 in which a nuclear war has destroyed the globe. One typical 80s best friend betrayal later and a revenge plot is set in motion. We all dislike most video game tutorials as much as the next guy (or gal) and Colt confirms this notion. You go Rex...

That's it for this listicle! We hope you enjoyed the article and found a few things to entertain you. Please leave a comment with what you think is your favourite quote in video games and don't forget to check out our channel and links!

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Is This Just Fantasy? 10 Hilarious Game Songs You Won't Believe Are Real https://www.gameskinny.com/xysxd/is-this-just-fantasy-10-hilarious-game-songs-you-wont-believe-are-real https://www.gameskinny.com/xysxd/is-this-just-fantasy-10-hilarious-game-songs-you-wont-believe-are-real Thu, 08 Sep 2016 10:00:01 -0400 Richard Sherry

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I hope you've enjoyed this journey through the strange but entrancing world of video game music, and had a laugh or ten at these weird and wonderful songs.

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Some may have made you question the sanity of their creators, but all are entertaining and contribute to the colorful tapestry that is gaming!

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What are some of your favorite hilarious video game songs? Leave a line or two down in the comments!

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Rick's Adventure Music (Portal 2)

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The Portal series had to feature on this list, right?!

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This unmatched masterpiece is short and sweet, and manages to parody a huge swathe of music in such a small time that it never fails to make me chuckle.

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Rick the Adventure Sphere is a fantastic character, and his adventure song is as memorable as anything from Portal 2. It's even funnier when you realize that Rick is voiced by the famous Nolan North, whose other work includes Uncharted's adventurer Nathan Drake.

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Best Line: "Dun di di DUN" (only kidding): "HANGING BY OUR FINGERS FROM A MOUNTAIN!"

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Philistine (No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle)

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Another over-the-top game with a deservingly entertaining soundtrack!

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"Philistine" is the theme song for a boss battle with Margaret Moonlight, who sings it as the last thing her enemies ever hear. It's also full of her slinging insults at hero Travis -- calling him a "geek", a "bore" and of course a "goddamn philistine!"

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Best Line: "Thigh high socks are my absolute territory, Go on and drool, the Otaku cannot resist."

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Scientist Salarian (Mass Effect 2)

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This is not only one of the funniest moments in the Mass Effect series, but unlike most attempts at game humor, it also manages to be heartwarming and characterful.

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It shows us another side to everyone's favorite Salarian, as Mordin sings Gilbert and Sullivan with a big smile on his face. This scene really brought Mordin into our hearts, but was also so unexpected and entertaining that it deserves its place on this list.

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Best Line: "I'm quite good at genetics as a subset of biology, Because I am an expert which I know is a tautology."

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Oh No You Didn't (Mercenaries 2)

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In a world of mercenaries where money is the only thing that matters, there can be few things worse than failing to pay what you owe. 

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This song is a side-splitter for so many reasons, but most of all is the contrast of violent lyrics with upbeat and simple musical style topped with silly falsetto and vocal harmonies.

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Best Line: "First you try to trap me, then you bust a cap in my ass (Oh no you didn't!)."

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End Credits (God Hand)

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This song is wondrous. Its huge charisma is matched only by its ginormous ridiculousness. It talks about using the crazy power of the God Hand to dish out "ball buster" punches (ouch) and to work out your stress (come again?!). The video features the game's characters busting out some funky dance moves, interwoven with wonderfully insane scenes from the game.

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Best Line: "Dragonkick your ass into the Milky Way (Milky Waaay)."

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There's A Zombie On Your Lawn (Plants vs. Zombies)

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The end credits song for Plants vs. Zombies is annoyingly catchy and amusing. A singing sunflower reflects on the cholesterol value of brains and gathering an army of flora to take on the undead.

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It's silly, it's funny and oh, there's a zombie on your lawn!

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Best Line: "Road cones protect my head."

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DK Rap (Donkey Kong 64)

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This one is more funny for its cringe value than anything. Hearing the DK Rap song is a real pinch-yourself moment. Is this all a dream? A spoof? Nope, it's Donkey Kong 64.

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The DK Rap is what would happen if Run DMC lost all their talent and decided to write video game music. It's one of the worst game songs, but hell if it isn't hilarious for it.

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Best Line: "Come on Cranky, Take it to the fridge..."

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All Master's Rap (Parappa The Rapper)

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Parappa The Rapper is a game that's full of bonkers scenarios and strange raps. The Bathroom Rap has to take the cake as the weirdest though.

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Featuring a whole host of the game's characters all desperate for the toilet, our titular rapper must take each one on in a rap battle with the highest stakes imaginable -- getting one step closer to the bathroom.

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What could better sum up the artistry of rap music than that...?

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Best Line: "In the rain or in the snow, I got the funky flow, but now I really gotta go."

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The Great Mighty Poo (Conker's Bad Fur Day)

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Conker's Bad Fur Day is the king of low-brow humor. The potty-mouthed squirrel meets his match, however, when he encounters this defecation debacle.

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A giant, sentient poo makes for a memorable boss battle as he spouts an incredulously hilarious operatic performance whilst Conker must dodge the disgusting projectiles aimed his way, launching toilet paper at the poo before flushing him down the drain.

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It's rude toilet humor at its most potent, and for better or worse is certainly a one-of-a-kind gaming experience.

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Best Line: "Sweetcorn is the only thing that makes it through my rear, How do you think I keep this lovely grin?"

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The Tale of the Nuckelavee (The Bard's Tale)

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I'm so thankful for this game's existence.

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The PS2-era classic The Bard's Tale is one of the funniest games to ever grace the world. Focusing on a disapproving narrator and a sarcastic Bard who is more interested in alcohol and sex than heroism, the game parodies fantasy RPGs and is full of laugh-out-loud moments.

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The Bard's Tale is littered with comical songs; including a celebration of beer and the unforgettable "It's Bad Luck To Be You". And who can forget "Here's To The Bard", sung by a hall of Viking warriors hurling insults at The Bard for his blunders.

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"The Tale of the Nuckelavee" is one of the funniest gaming songs of all though. Not only are its lyrics hilarious and pointed, but its circumstance makes it all the more hilarious. The group sings a raging song about the evil Nuckelavee and make some less-than-polite comments about the unknown man who set the beast free.

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And who might that "dimwit", "asshole", "ox-head" be? Well none other than The Bard himself of course!

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Best Line: "And if they ever should find the fool, We'll hang him upside down by his tool..."

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They say good things come in threes, so I'm rounding off my trio of video game music lists (Stop and Hear the Music and Waxing Lyrical) with some fun.

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We've seen how game music can be moving, epic and interesting; now I give you 10 video game songs that will make you laugh with their ridiculousness, offensiveness and hilariousness!

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If you need a reminder that games can still be weird and irreverent, look no further than these beauties.

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The 20 cult video games you need to play before you die https://www.gameskinny.com/yx47x/the-20-cult-video-games-you-need-to-play-before-you-die https://www.gameskinny.com/yx47x/the-20-cult-video-games-you-need-to-play-before-you-die Thu, 20 Aug 2015 02:30:01 -0400 Venisia Gonzalez

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Ikaruga

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Ikaruga is shoot 'em by Treasure for the PC, Dreamcast (Japan), Nintendo GameCube, and Xbox 360.

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In the nation of Horai, their leader discovered the Ubusunagami Okinokai (Power of the Gods) gaining great power. Calling themselves "The Divine Ones," begins conquering nations until they are challenged by those longing for peace.

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Why you should play
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Ikaruga's combat system is just mind-blowing. It's a polarity mechanic where only the opposite polarity can destroy the enemy. This constant "flipping" while maneuvering your ship, the "Ikaruga," had me on my toes.  It is one of the best shooters I have ever played.

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Verdict

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As previously stated, cult games are games that were not widely successful, but maintained a strong fan following. Some of the games here weren't always hits at launch and some even gained their 'AAA' status afterwards. Others can be successful, critically acclaimed, but overshadowed by others. What deems a game as "cult" varies from gamer to gamer and that's okay. It is great to see how gamers impact this industry.

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What did you think of our list? What games would you add? List in the comments. 

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Killing Floor

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Killing Floor is a cooperative zombie, horror, survival FPS by Tripwire Interactive for PC.

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Set in London, England, the Horzine Biotech, a biotechnology company, conducts military experiments involving mass cloning and genetic manipulation. During the process things go very badly and the human subjects begin to exhibit horrific mutations, disfigurement, becoming hostile, and eventually overrun the internal security forces. They escape and begin overrunning the city of London.

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Why you should play
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Where do I begin? Killing Floor has the most realistic weapons of any game I have ever played and I am a gun owner. The gameplay never gets boring no matter how much you play. This isn't a simple zombie survival by any means, oh no.

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"So how did Killing Floor become so successful you ask? It's a really good question but simple to answer, this game is possibly one of the most clever games ever created due to the fact it's not one of the games where you try to get the other side of the level and re-stock on supplies then trying to get to the other side of that level or trying to gather supplies and making gangs and being a total ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ruining other people's experience with that game." - scud[i]Ö!

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The zombie hordes will ensure death and believe me--they will. Each wave becomes harder than before until meeting the final boss, the Patriarch. In between each wave you can visit the Trader's location which changes with every wave. Players earn money for every kill and for surviving the wave. Use the money to buy: katanas, shotguns, flamethrowers, and more. Select perks at the start of each match for bonuses.

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Killing Floor is deliciously fun and shouldn't be missed.

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Steel Battalion

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Steel Battalion is a Mech-simulator by Capcom for the original Xbox. The game bundles with the controller included. The controller has two control sticks, approximately 40 buttons, and a separate foot pedal.

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The controller lights up at key times, especially when taking damage. The unison lighting effect is to make the player "feel" like they are really taking damage.

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Why you should play
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Steel Battalion is a true sim to first exist on the console. The Mechs acted like real machine and the gameplay feels as close to the real thing as you can get. The controller set up makes you feel like you are in control of the Mech. If you run out of money and don't eject in time--game over! There is no pause button folks... just like real battle.

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Truly immersive game, a must-play.

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Portal

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Portal is a first-person puzzle-platformer by Valve for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. It was originally bundled with The Orange Box upon release.

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Chell is challenged by GLaDOS, an artificial intelligence (Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System), to complete puzzles in the Aperture Science Enrichment Center using a portal gun with the promise of cake upon completion.

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Why you should play
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Portal offers unique gameplay and GLaDOS' dark, dry humor is brilliant. The portal gun is used by creating inter-spatial portals (orange & blue) between two flat planes in order to solve the puzzles. It is amazing, fun, and quite challenging. The test chambers vary in terms of hazards, so be prepared to die--a lot. There are challenge maps and two additional modes are unlocked once the game is completed.

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Valve never anticipated Portal would be such a hit with players and was originally a mod for Half Life 2.

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'Splosion Man

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'Splosion Man is 2.5D action platformer by Twisted Pixel Games for the Xbox 360.

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'​Splosion Man is created by the laboratory Big Science. He is completely made of explosive material. The purpose is to "splode" through the levels of puzzles, traps, and enemies to escape. A splode is a jump which is used to kill enemies, demolish walls, detonate explosive barrels or even trigger other surrounding effects.

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Why you should play
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'Splosion Man offers a hefty amount of single-player and 4-player cooperative levels (local or online). Its humor, originality, and simplicity is what makes this classic great. The controls are easy as pie I might add, so there's no difficult combinations to remember. The puzzles are cleverly designed to constantly add new mechanics to the players. It can be challenging but never to the point of frustration or boredom; it's fun. There are so many references to the 1980's that you are sure to be engaged in nostalgic fun.

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Earthbound

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Earthbound aka Mother 2 is an RPG by Ape and HAL Laboratory for the Wii U (originally NES).

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Follow Ness and his friends as they travel the world to collect melodies while defeating the evil alien Giygas.

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Why you should play
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Earthbound has a Lovecraftian theme that is both dark and fun. There are unique elements to this classic game that I found delightful such as the the numbered health wheel and never combating an enemy beyond your limit. It doesn't punish you but still allows you to gain the XP. Give it try.

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Demon's Souls

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Demon's Souls is the action RPG by From Software for the PS3 that accumulated more deaths than YouTube has epic fail videos. This is the game that started the Souls series.

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The kingdom of Boletaria is being ravaged by a curse. The "Deep Fog" brings forth demons to feast on mortal souls in this dark, fantasy. Brave warriors set out to save the kingdom against this threat.

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Why you should play
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If you are like me when it comes to playing any series, you have to go to the beginning. Demon's Souls is a testament to decision making all thanks to the auto-save system. Weapon mapping is critical when in combat. Death is cruel... but delicious.

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Xenoblade Chronicles

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Xenoblade Chronicles is a sci-fi RPG by Monolith Soft for the Nintendo Wii.

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Follow Shulk and his friends as they search for answers regarding the mysterious "Monado" sword to defend their land from robotic creatures called the Mechon.

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Why you should play
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Xenoblade is loaded with quests with an MMO similar combat system. The world is grand and gorgeous. Oceans, caves, and swamps can be found scattered throughout. The soundtrack is equally dynamic. It is a game that you'll either love or hate.

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Conker's Bad Fur Day

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Conker's Bad Fur Day is a crude adult-oriented, action platformer by Rare for the Nintendo 64.

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Take the foul-mouthed squirrel Conker, who has one hell of a bad fur day, through levels based on popular movies, even one made of poo. Yes... poo. Conker goes through all of this just so he can sleep off his hangover.

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Why you should play
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Conker's Bad Fur Day is a classic full of dark, vulgar humor, puzzles, cigars, booze, and fighting loads of enemies. Do you really need any more reasons?

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Catherine

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Catherine is an adult adventure puzzle-platformer and dating sim by Atlus for Xbox 360 and PS3.

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Catherine weaves a tale of a young man named Vincent as he attempts to come to grips with settling down with his girlfriend Katherine. However, when Vincent gets involved with another young woman named Catherine... all hell breaks loose. This is a game that makes you think twice about being unfaithful.

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Why you should play
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Catherine is a unique game unlike any other that I have played before. The use of puzzles as nightmares due to Vincent's moral dilemma is the game's core. The anime style is a fantastic and will certainly appeal to fans of the genre.

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Valkyria Chronicles

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Valkyria Chronicles is a tactical RPG by Sega for PS3 and PC.

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Set in Europa, similarly to Europe during World War II & the 1930's. The abundance of Ragnite ore has caused the neutral nation of Gallia to come under attack from the Empire; who is currently at war with the Federation. Soldiers of the Federation's 7th Platoon are fighting back to unify the continent under its power.

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Why you should play
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Valkyria Chronicles has an epic storyline, beautiful graphics engine, a great gameplay system, and loaded with tons of customization. The immersible environments are stunning to boot.

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Deus Ex: GOTY Edition

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Deus Ex: GOTY Edition is cyber-punk theme action RPG by Edios Interactive for PC.

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Set in the year 2052, Deus Ex follows JC Denton, an nano-technologically-augmented (UNATCO) agent, as he combats terrorist forces in a world slowly slipping chaos. He then becomes involved in an ancient conspiracy where he encounters groups similar to the Illuminati and the Hong Kong Triads.

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Why you should play
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Deus Ex: GOTY is an upgraded edition of the original that started a revolution as far as I am concerned. It brought an all-new gameplay to FPS with a real  immersive 3D, first-person perspective. Despite the original launching over 15 years ago, this is still a favorite among gamers.

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Alan Wake

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Alan Wake is an episodic psychological survival horror by Remedy Entertainment for Xbox 360 and PC similar to a television series. 

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Alan Wake is novelist suffering from a bout of writer's block who must uncover the mystery behind his the disappearance of his wife. However, his best clues come from torn pages of a book that he hasn't written yet.

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Why you should play
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Alan Wake is a fantastic combination of elements of storyline, television, and game creating an experience loaded with thrills, humor, and scares that is just as fun to play as it is to watch.

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Mirror's Edge

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Mirror's Edge is an action-adventure by DICE and EA for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

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Join the free-runner Faith as she works to uncover corporate conspiracies by moving across rooftops, walls, through ventilation shafts, and navigating the environment using parkour.

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Why you should play
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Mirror's Edge graphics are breathtaking. Once its parkour elements are mastered, Faith's movements are traversed seamlessly. This is a game that words cannot describe, you simply must see to believe. Its expansive environment provides a dynamic setting for the fluid parkour.

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Grim Fandango Remastered

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Grim Fandango Remastered is an adventure game by LucasArts and Tim Schafer for PC, Mac, PS4, PS Vita, Android, and iOS.

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The game combines elements of the Aztec belief of the afterlife with film noir style to create the Land of the Dead. Departed souls, represented as skeleton-like (calaca) figures, must travel to reach their final destination, the Ninth Underworld. The story follows travel agent Manuel "Manny" Calavera as he attempts to save Mercedes "Meche" Colomar.

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Why you must play
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Grim Fandango Remastered's story, its characters, and humor make it a classic unlike anything else. It truly is one-of-a-kind. You need to pay close attention to things people say, and everything you read and see in order to complete the puzzles. Its stylistic choice to mimic the Mexican paper dolls for the Day of the Dead is wonderful. Even after 17 years from its original launch, this game is still a must-play.

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American McGee's Alice

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American McGee's Alice is a third-person horror action by Rogue Entertainment and EA for PC.

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The game is an unofficial sequel to Lewis Carroll's Alice novels. Set years after Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, it is dark and Alice is maniacal. After witnessing the death of her family in a blaze, Alice suffers from survivor's guilt and is sent to the Rutledge Asylum when she begins losing her grasp on reality. Her only possession... her stuffed rabbit.

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Why you must play
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It's a steampunk, Gothic horror with no signs of Disney. A dark, deliciously morbid storyline with an amazing soundtrack. The level design and artwork are so elaborate, you will find yourself mesmerized. I cannot tell you how gorgeous it is. The characters are twisted and The Cheshire Cat delivers some of the most memorable lines to date.

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"We're all mad here." - The Cheshire Cat

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There is currently a petition on Change.org requesting that EA make another Alice game.

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Psychonauts

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Psychonauts is a fun platformer by Double Fine Productions for PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2, and PS3.

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Psychonauts follows Razputin (Raz), a boy with psychic abilities, who runs away from the circus to sneak into a summer camp for those with similar powers to become a "Psychonaut" (spy with psychic abilities).

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Why you should play
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Psychonauts is a creative game that features fun gameplay, wonderful voice acting, beautiful environment, strange humor, and a great soundtrack. Each character's brain is  a world for Raz to explore. The puzzles are challenging without being too difficult. I love its bizarre cast of characters. They are hilarious and well constructed.

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Tim Schafer delivers a fantastic story with the comedic style he's known for. If you love his games, you need to play this one.

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Limbo

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Limbo is a puzzle-platformer from Playdead for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC. Its black-and-white theme and lack of dialogue resonate similar to rich film noir. Its artwork speaks of German Expressionism and it is gorgeous.

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The darkness hides loads of hazards such as:

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  • glow worms: they attach themselves to the boy's head forcing him to travel in only one direction (I'll let you solve this on your own)
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The second half features mechanical puzzles and traps that use machinery, electromagnets, and gravity. There is no dialogue or instruction, just the ambient eerie setting in which you must explore while using critical thinking in order to advance. Love it!

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Why you should play this
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Limbo is intuitive and creative; cold, lonely, and stark. The nameless boy's journey provide a breathtaking experience. The stunning artwork and physics system lend itself to its maze of masterfully crafted puzzles that make every mistake a brutal consequence.

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Simply put... it is a perfect and emotionally moving game.

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a first person survival horror available on PC, Mac, and Linux. It is a game about immersion, discovery, and living through a nightmare made by Frictional Games.

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If you are in the darkness too long, witness unsettling events, or stare at monsters, this will reduce Daniel's sanity (which needs to be maintained). If not kept in check, you are in for hallucinations that draw the attention of the monsters. Not fun at all!

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Why you should play
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Amnesia: The Dark Descent is one of the scariest survival horror games I have played on PC. Its thick atmosphere is terrifying. I love how well the gameplay is crafted. The scares are horrific and memorable. The story unfolds slowly to its unsettling climax. In my opinion it is a must-play, you do not know what you're missing.

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Castle Crashers

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Castle Crashers is a side-scrolling 2D beat 'em up game from The Behemoth available on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and a remastered for Xbox One.

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Castle Crashers offers a single-player and up to a 4-player cooperative gameplay either locally or online. Gain experience points, unlock weapons, animal orbs, earn coins, and unlock characters. The melee and weapon combinations are so much fun to use, especially when fighting the giant cat fish (literally... it's a cat) while in battle on the raging river.

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Why you should play
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There are giant cats, corn, knights, sandwiches, lollipop swords, and... sketches of unicorns.

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The art style of Castle Crashers is by no means any indication that it is a G-rated "baby" game. It's Diablo meets princesses that crashed into the World of Dr. Seuss. It is hysterical, fun, and will make you feel like a crazy button-smashing kid again.

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Hello gamers. If you have ever wondered what cult games should be on your must-play list, GameSkinny has got you covered. We have selected some of the best games to play before you die from PC to console.

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Cult games are games that were not widely successful, but maintained a strong and dedicated fan following. Some of the games on this list weren't always hits at launch and some gained 'AAA' status afterwards. Others can be successful, critically acclaimed, but overshadowed by others in the same series or released around the same time. Unconventional elements are a common appeal that will also categorize a game as "cult."

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It just goes to show you how much of an impact we as gamers make in this industry. Here's our Top 20!

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Top 5 Acts of Sheer Manliness (in games) https://www.gameskinny.com/tf5b9/top-5-acts-of-sheer-manliness-in-games https://www.gameskinny.com/tf5b9/top-5-acts-of-sheer-manliness-in-games Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:06:27 -0400 Matt Amenda

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1. Kratos Punches Zeus in the Face

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God of War 3
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There is something very special going on when the main character ditches his signature weapons just to wail on his least favorite villain with his bare hands. That's the time when the hero decides to express his loathing in a very personal and intimate way. And there is no better way to do that than a good-old fashioned punch to the face.

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But Kratos was always a "go big or go home" kind of guy. In this case, "home" is "the depths of Hades" and "big" is "punch the King of the Gods in the face until you're blinded by his blood and grey matter".

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He does this on top of Mount Olympus, during the apocalypse, and after brutalizing through virtually every other god and demigod on earth. Except for Aphrodite, whom he had sex with right before impaling her husband with his own blacksmithing equipment. But I would not call any of those other boss fights manly (except for boning Aphrodite, because that's worth bragging about). THIS fight was the manliest because a mortal man decided to take the kill-everything swords off and beat in the skull of Zeus himself with nothing but his fists.

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What do you think? What are the manliest moments in video games? 

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2. Cole Scores a Touchdown with a Bomb

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Gears of War 3
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In a game about huge men eviscerating lizard men with chainsaw machine guns, Augusus Cole stood out as being especially macho. He's ripped, he's loud, he's fearless, and he really loves killing Locust. He has a lot of great moments, but this one tops them all.

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In this scene, he shows us why everybody calls him the "Cole Train" by grabbing a satchel charge, charging through several armed, combustible Lambent, and sticking it on a giant Lament stalk in the endzone and blowing it up. In that one segment, he got to score a touchdown, tackle some aliens, and blow something up. That's three ultimate American dreams accomplished is only a few seconds. Cole is the like the Flash Gordon on the Gears of War universe. God, I love him.

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3. Zangief Wrestles Bears on the way to the Tournament

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Super Street Fighter IV
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OF COURSE he wrestles bears. In Russia, everything is more manly. If their cosmonauts have to fight wolves in Siberia, then they've got to throw something a little more imposing at the Red Cyclone. In this case, huge Russian bears.

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It's all for the children.

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4. Conker Whacks a Giant Robot's Balls off with a Frying Pan

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Conker's Bad Fur Day
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Normally I say taking a shot at a man's special place is a bitch move, but when you're a tiny red squirrel up against a giant boiler-robot you've got to work with what you're dealt. Namely, a literal pair of giant brass balls.

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That vicious ginger bastard dumped raw sewage on the robots head, then pounded the poor guy's over-sized nuggets with a pair of bricks and a frying pan until he fell over and died. That's brutal, man. Note to self: never provoke a squirrel with a hangover.

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4. Snake Escapes a Russian Prison with a Fork

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Metal Gear Solid 3
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As everybody knows, everything is worse is Soviet Russia. That especially applies to the prisons. But this is Snake we're talking about: he spent the whole game before this eating raw animals and killing Spetznaz in the jungle. He sets the manliness bar pretty high by default. So to make things interesting, they tortured him, tore out one of his eyes, took all his stuff, made him shirtless, and gave him nothing but a fork.

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True, he had some other items to work with, but there's something about giving him something so seemingly harmless as a fork that lets you know, immediately, that he is about to do really nasty and awesome with it. And what do you know: Snake breaks out of prison and goes on with his mission like nothing happened. Because that's what Snake does, Smash Bros invitation or no.

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In video games, you're always going on impossible, violent adventures. But when it comes to determining how manly something is, it has to be more than just violent: it has to be a magical combination of brave, idiotic, and violent. Shooting a zombie isn't enough: you have to do it shirtless with a flamethrower while smoking five cigars as Psychostick drunkenly wails in the background. Because the essence of the male video-game protagonist is glorious stupidity, and there's a lot of bros out there to upstage.

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Rare Replay's Achievement Score has a Catch https://www.gameskinny.com/fo8rm/rare-replays-achievement-score-has-a-catch https://www.gameskinny.com/fo8rm/rare-replays-achievement-score-has-a-catch Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:21:08 -0400 Fireboltz_7795

If you thought you were going to earn 10,000 fresh points for your achievement score, you may want to think again. According to Rare’s Jason Thomas, the Rare Replay Collection will link to your Xbox 360 releases of Rare classics, meaning if you earned them before, you can’t re-earn them. This doesn’t mean you won’t be able to acquire all 10,000 points, it actually means you’ll have a slight advantage if you’re racing your friends to get them all first. This also means that any bonus content that came with an achievement will also become available right away. 

Slightly Disappointing

(Courtesy of destructoid.com) 

While I’m okay with this decision, I’m also disappointed considering that some of the classic games’ achievements weren’t exactly thrilling. Banjo Kazooie for example, has only 200 gamer points, and none of the achievements are for collecting all the jigsaw pieces. I was hoping for harder achievements from these games.

Slightly Exciting

(Courtesy of fanpop.com) 

While the previous game achievements won't be as thrilling, the new ones will be. I’m already making it a personal goal to collect all the achievements for Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Also, you can expect other games to have slightly more achievements per game due to the low achievement score that the already released classics had. It’s also important to note that your saves will carry across to Xbox One as well, so if you don’t want to have to replay the game all the way through, you don’t have to. Rare Replay releases August 4th.

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A Tribute to Rare https://www.gameskinny.com/uqvb1/a-tribute-to-rare https://www.gameskinny.com/uqvb1/a-tribute-to-rare Tue, 09 Jun 2015 02:30:01 -0400 Fireboltz_7795

I’m finally ready to let it all go. Rare, the powerhouse of video game devs, is just not going to be that anymore. I keep begging for a sequel to Conker’s Bad Fur Day, another Banjo-Kazooie, or anything that brings the company back to the days when their games dominated in terms of style, creativity, and overall enjoyment. Ever since Microsoft purchased Rare in 2002, the company seems to have stalled, and is reduced to producing unfortunate Kinect games.

So let’s honor Rare, and remember it for what it was: a great company that kept me thoroughly entertained throughout my childhood. Here are some of the best games that this once-spectacular company gave us:

Goldeneye 007

It was wonderful. This game had a great story and awesome guns, but exceceed all expectations in the multiplayer. It’s crazy to think that the multiplayer was an afterthought, but it just goes to show you that even Rare's afterthoughts were strokes of genius.

Perfect Dark

Then they created this game, and I fell in love with first person shooters all over again. Perfect Dark is a masterpiece. Not only that, Joanna Dark is one of the most memorable female protagonists ever. So take all of this, add more excellent multiplayer, and you get another superb game from Rare.

Banjo-Kazooie

I previously mentioned this one. Banjo-Kazooie is a timeless classic; I know because I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve played this game. There’s just something about collecting those jigsaw pieces that I can’t get enough of. You can download this game now on the Xbox 360, and it’s worth every dollar. 

Diddy Kong Racing

In my opinion, this is one of the best racing games of all time. What made this game so accessible was the variety of challenges that Rare provided. You didn’t just race; you had to collect coins, collect keys, drop eggs into a nest and protect them from other players, have boss battle inspired races, etc. If you want a complete racing game, this is the one to choose.

Donkey Kong Country

 

One of the best series still, Donkey Kong Country is a platformer that promises to challenge and frustrate gamers. It’s not the most difficult to beat, but it does get more difficult with each level you pass. The final boss fight in this original game is also one of the most memorable in video game history. King K. Rool will not go down!

R.C. Pro-AM

Released in 1987, R.C. Pro-AM used an isometric perspective (meaning you are looking down at the ground basically) that worked surprisingly well. This game featured the ability to shoot missiles and use other traps to impede your opponent’s progress. Like most of Rare's games, this one only got harder with each level passed. 

Battletoads

This game is hard; really, really, really hard. I would argue it’s more difficult than Dark Souls or any of that series for that matter. It has a cult following now, and Forbes magazine listed this game as one of the franchises that they would like to have come back from the dead. If you want to pull all your hair out, play Battletoads. 

Killer Instinct

If you’re a big fan of this series, then you have Rare to thank for it. Killer Instinct is one of the original fighting games, dating back to a 1994 release. It was one of the fighting games that I played in the arcades, alongside Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. 

Conker’s Bad Fur Day

Last but certainly not least on my list, Conker’s Bad Fur Day was Rare’s most interesting game. It was funny, disturbing, hard, and included a fantastic ending. This game received a lot of heavy criticism for its toilet humor (who could forget the Great Mighty Poo!) but won the hearts of fans everywhere. It also has one of the best multiplayers that I’ve ever played.

Many of the people who worked for Rare during these games have since left the company. Some of them have now created a new studio called Playtonic Games, and are going to release a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie titled Yooka-Laylee. But I just want to thank Rare for making my childhood a memorable and great one, and wish them the best of luck. 

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100 Best Boss Fights: 30 - 21 https://www.gameskinny.com/4k60y/100-best-boss-fights-30-21 https://www.gameskinny.com/4k60y/100-best-boss-fights-30-21 Wed, 07 May 2014 05:03:40 -0400 Death Metal Hero

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Part 1: 100 - 91

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Part 2: 90 - 81

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Part 3: 80 - 71

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Part 4: 70 - 61

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Part 5: 60 - 51

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Part 6: 50 - 41

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Part 7: 40 - 31

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21.) Conkers Bad Fur Day - The Great Mighty Poo
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There are some crappy boss fights out there, but The Great Mighty Poo in Conkers Bad Fur Day definitely takes the cake. The whole fight is a song, and the lyrics are immature but also hilarious. Conker must avoid giant globs of poop being thrown at him, and when the opportunity presents itself he must throw a roll of toilet paper in the bosses mouth. Just make sure you remember to flush.

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22.) Ocarina Of Time - Dark Link
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Located in the notorious water temple, Dark Link will copy just about every move you do and then some. This fight is one of my all time favorite Legend of Zelda fights, because fighting a physical manifestation of yourself is always an amazing fight. Just make sure you don’t target Dark Link at all, he’ll just parry all of your attacks.

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23.) Charlie Murder - The Angel Of Chaos
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If you manage to collect all of the body parts of smockula you are granted access to the good ending for Charlie Murder, and must face the angel of chaos to save the world. This three phase fight is definitely the best fight in the game--after knocking off one of the five bars of health that the angel of chaos has he transforms into a demon with a new set of attacks. Phase three begins when you get him down to half health, he then turns into a giant demon and spews flaming skulls at you. Make sure you have plenty of health items, you’re going to need them.

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24.) Black Knight Sword - The Chicken
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One of the best boss fights in Black Knight Sword definitely has to be the Chicken boss. After defeating the giant fire breathing chicken, you then have to ride it through a bullet hell level and face another boss; which happens to be a giant egg that shoots lasers at you. Dodging is key for this fight, and make sure you pick up plenty of fruit; they will give you health.

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25.) Scott Pilgrim vs The World - Gideon Graves
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Getting to Gideon Graves in Scott Pilgrim vs The World is a chore by itself, but actually defeating Gideon himself is nightmarish. During the first phase of the fight Gideon is fairly tough, especially when he decides to become invincible for awhile. After you defeat Gideon he sucks you into his heart, where you must face a grotesque version of Gideon and the other evil exes. His only weakness in this phase is his heart, but be careful because the stage starts to fall apart after awhile.

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26.) Castle Crashers - The Cyclops Knight
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Castle Crashers is chalk-full of hilarious moments and epic references, but the Cyclops Knight fight hs the best. It's a fairly basic fight, just beat the snot out of him and avoid his attacks, but what really stood out for me during this fight was when you kill the boss. After falling into a pit of lava he gives a thumbs up as he melts, a nice reference to Terminator 2, which is one of my favorite movies.

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27.) Jet Force Gemini - Mizar
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One of my favorite N64 games, Jet Force Gemini, had an amazing fight between you and Mizar. The boss will start off by shooting meteors and lasers at you before trying to come in for the kill; make sure you jump over the shock wave he makes, that does a lot of damage. His only weakness for the beginning of the fight is his back, and it becomes open to hit only when he flies back to his perch.

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28.) Super Meat Boy - Little Horn
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Super Meat Boy is notorious for its controller breaking difficulty, even though the person in this video makes the boss look hilariously easy--I can assure you that you will die at least a dozen times on this boss. Little Horn sticks out because he is a giant sentient mound of dead super meat boys, quite disturbing.

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29.) World Of Warcraft - The Sha Of Fear (Heroic 10M)
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The Sha Of Fear fight on normal is really epic, but the heroic version of the fight is a hundred times more amazing. The fight starts off when one of the tanks stands in a giant pillar of light and fights the Sha of Fear; after awhile he will send 5 random players to one of the terraces at the edge of the terrace of springs. There, one tank, one healer, and 3 dps must fight off a corrupted Protector of the Springs in under 60 seconds; if not then the other 5 players will be sent to another terrace and no one will be fighting him.

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After you get him down to a certain amount of health, he will suck you into his world of fear, where another set of challenges awaits you; it’s basically an entirely new fight. I never had the pleasure of defeating him, but I have gotten to the second phase of the fight. Nothing is more epic than fighting off physical manifestations of your fear. Oh, almost forgot: the fight takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete, which is one of the longest fights in the game.

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30.) Resident Evil 5 - The Boulder
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Resident Evil 5 got really ridiculous and hilarious at the end, especially when Chris, Sheva and Wesker all end up in a random volcano. My favorite part about the last fight with Wesker isn’t when he screams “CHRIS!!!” while melting, or the double rocket launcher attack that Chris and Sheva use to destroy Wesker; my favorite part is when Chris has a boxing match with a random boulder. The entire sequence is a quick time event, but the experience had me in stitches. Definitely one of the funniest moments in the Resident Evil franchise.

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There have been some really cool, and most epic boss fights in the history of video games. But with there being so many, how do we know which ones are the best? It's all a matter of opinion, with that said this is my list for the 100 best boss fights of all time. 

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What makes a boss fight the best? Well a number of things; the fight has to be memorable, it can also be epic, or outright insane. A boss fight can be unforgiving in difficultly, or it can be as simple as pressing the A button. Whatever the boss fight is, all that matters is that I enjoyed it in one way or another.

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Top 25 Boss and Villain Soundtracks and Theme Songs https://www.gameskinny.com/66f5x/top-25-boss-and-villain-soundtracks-and-theme-songs https://www.gameskinny.com/66f5x/top-25-boss-and-villain-soundtracks-and-theme-songs Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:40:59 -0400 Red Blue Yellow

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - "Final Battle Against Ganon"

OoT was a darker game for the console it was on and this song really drove that point home. Later Ganondorf/Ganon fights in the series have been much more lightly colored and less ominous sounding. While trading in a memorable melody for an atmospheric standoff, it worked wonders in instilling the feeling that you were really fighting an ancient and most powerful evil.

This truly is the definitive Ganon fight and one of the many reasons this game is a timeless classic.

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl - "Main Theme"

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In practice, every fight in Smash Bros is a boss fight and this is by far the best one. Nobuo Uematsu was contracted specifically to write it.

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Super Mario Galaxy 2 - "Final Bowser Battle"

I wish this fight was harder or went on longer so players could really hear the whole thing once or twice. You can hear the same sort of chorus most likely inspired by the Super Smash Bros. Brawl main theme.

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - "Cornered!"

The "boss" fights mean so much in the Pheonix Wright series as they are the literal culmination of all the work you ever did. You line up your evidence just right and make that defendant sweat their way into jail.

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Turtles In Time - "Boss Battle Theme"

Pizza Time!

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Banjo-Kazooie: "Final Battle"

Here's a great example of a final boss theme that instills a rushed, pressured feeling important to most final battles while maintaining the overall feel of the title you played. The final battle with Gruntilda still keeps the quirky sound of the overarching game with musical references to your past experiences.

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Shadow of the Colossus - "Revived Power"

A lot of work went into the music of boss fights in this game, and so much is said using only musical cues. Rightfully so, since SotC really only consists of bosses and travel time between them. This music celebrates that moment when you find the weak point on these beasts.

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Star Fox Assault - "Star Wolf Theme"

The minor antagonists of the Star Fox series and direct competitors of Fox McCloud and his crew. 

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Pokemon Black and White / Black 2 and White 2: "Elite Four Theme"

This track perfectly sums up the culmination and peak of your time as a Pokemon trainer: The fast paced exhilaration that comes from facing the hardest challenge.

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Super Mario 64 - "Bowser's Theme"

Something about this theme just makes me envision Bowser wearing black sunglasses and a spiked leather jacket. 

"So long King Bowser!"

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God of War III  - "Zeus' Final Stand"

This is the culmination of the last three games. Kratos has extracted his revenge on all but the most powerful of the gods and now faces his father Zeus.

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Conker: Live and Reloaded - "The Great Mighty Poo"

With titles like Banjo Kazooie and Donkey Kong in their library, Rare has always been a childhood favorite of mine and really command fantastic soundtracks... But the boldness of Conker's Bad Fur Day takes the cake. I can fairly say this is the first and last time I've heard a pile of feces sing opera at me. Definitely a unique fight to go with a hilarious theme.

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Final Fantasy VI - "Dancing Mad (Full Song)"

Many debate that this theme and Kefka as a villain are the best in the series. "Dancing Mad" is a work of art. It consists of four different movements that some describe are Kefka's last speech: The first being his realization of ultimate magical power, the second being his twisted satisfaction in killing for fun and without purpose, the third acting as the villian's mockery of "meaningless" things like religion and art, and the fourth detailing the final stage of the fight and the eventual sadness that comes with Kefka's realization that it's all over. 

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Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars - "Dodo's Coming!"

A quirky theme for a unique fight. Mario is poorly disguised as a statue and must remain incognito inside a baddie's castle. Instead of the typical "fight," Mario must dodge pecks and continue to look like the other statues while a big dumb bird waddles around looking for you.

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Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles - "Bloody Tears"

This theme plays throughout the early Castlevania titles, but unfortunately has found no love in the series reboots. Maybe it's a little too upbeat for the darker theme of vampire hunting, but one of the series' best nonetheless.

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Donkey Kong Country - "Gangplank Galleon"

Starting off lighthearted as you enter the pirate king's domain, the theme soon gets a little more serious with those long '80s-cop-movie-esque tones. So, so satisfying to hear that "KRUNK!" as you nail King K. Rool with a monkey jump.

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Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) - "Solaris 2 Theme"

It's a shame this great piece of music was wasted on such a poor game.

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Chrono Trigger - "Battle with Magus"

There's nothing like playing this for the first time and watching flames light up the pathway to Magus. You can hear the wind whistling as he tries to summon Lavos. 

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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children - "One-Winged Angel"

Remixed for the CGI sequel to FFVII, One-Winged Angel is the theme song for an ascended Sephiroth. Both VI and VII themes allude to the villain's power comparable to a god.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - "Koume & Kotake"

"Koume & Kotake" (better known as "Twinrova") have one of the best themes in the Zelda series. Combining just the right amount of creepy and playful, this song accurately describes their role as tricksters and the matrons of Ganondorf. The award for Most Likely to be Featured in a Clown Nightmare goes to the "Koume & Kotake" theme.

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Bravely Default - "That Person's Name Is.."

This might be the only boss theme on the list that I could describe as pretty as well as badass. An instant classic that gets your adrenaline pumping.

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Super Mario Galaxy - "Attack of the Airships"

This song plays typically when Mario is boarding a Bowser airship. This theme reappears throughout the Mario titles and effectively captures the power at Bowser's command. Bowser seems to have a different theme for every game he's in but the airship track best represents his own empire: The king of reptiles with thousands of minions and a fleet of flying airships at his command. Every title in the series seems to start the same way...Bowser already has captured Princess Peach.

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Sonic 2 - "Dr. Robotnik's Theme"

This theme reappears throughout the original Sonic titles.

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Mega Man 2 - "Dr. Wily's Castle"

This track has achieved stardom through fan remixes and internet hype. Even if you don't know what game it's from you probably have heard the melody once or twice.

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Final Fantasy X - "Otherworld"

This theme plays once at the start of the game and again much later during an important boss fight. There's something liberating about fighting a boss to a metal theme while being constricted to turn based combat.

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A Generation That Could Have Been: The History and Murder of Rare Ltd. https://www.gameskinny.com/911u9/a-generation-that-could-have-been-the-history-and-murder-of-rare-ltd https://www.gameskinny.com/911u9/a-generation-that-could-have-been-the-history-and-murder-of-rare-ltd Sun, 10 Nov 2013 12:10:24 -0500 Ryan Kerns

1994, Nintendo releases Donkey Kong Country on the Super Nintendo. To many it came as a surprise that Nintendo handed over their very first game character to a then little known British game studio called Rare.

Rare had been around since 1985, but their only real claim to fame was the notoriously difficult Battletoads games that leached off of that popularity of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Donkey Kong Country would go on to be the second highest selling game on the SNES and skyrocket Rare into a high profile second-party developer for Nintendo. What followed was an amazing run of games like Killer Instinct, GoldenEye 007, Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, and Conker’s Bad Fur Day.  

GoldenEye 007 revolutionized first-person shooters on consoles long before that John Halo guy ever suited up. Killer Instinct carved out its own identity with a combo heavy system and a rock-paper-scissors based combo breaker to balance the game.

Then 2002 rolled around… and Microsoft purchased Rare for $375 million. With Microsoft entering the console market with their new Xbox system, this nabbed them both a talented first-party developer, but also disarmed their competitor Nintendo by robbing them of a studio they had come to rely on for quality games.  The first game Rare developed under Microsoft was Grabbed by the Ghoulies… I’m sure we all remember playing that one and how many awards it won right? This was the beginning of the downward spiral for Rare.

Rare was already somewhat of a splintered studio before the Microsoft acquisition. They had lost most of the GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark teams that left to form the studio Free Radical Design.  The level of quality in their games had noticeably dipped, but they pushed on with an Xbox remake of Conker’s Bad Fur Day called Conker: Live & Reloaded. They launched the Xbox 360 with two Rare games: Kameo: Elements of Power, and Perfect Dark Zero… both had started as Xbox games, and both were forgettable, underwhelming games. They rounded out the Xbox 360 generation at a failed attempt to revive Banjo Kazooie and a brief glimpse at the old Rare with the successful pet simulation series Viva Pinata.

Now at the end of this console cycle, this once great developer is relegated to making cheap knock offs of Nintendo’s ideas. Nintendo was successful with the Wii avatar system “Mii”… so Microsoft has Rare develop Xbox avatars. Nintendo had insane success with Wii Sports… so Microsoft has Rare make Kinect Sports.

What follows is evidence in the murder trial of the game studio once known as Rare Ltd. The culprit’s name is Microsoft.

So how did Rare get to such a pitiful state? Well for starters the two founders of Rare left the company in 2007 shortly after the release of Viva Pinata.

There are close to twenty known games that where either pitched by Rare to Microsoft and denied or cancelled. There’s likely countless others that have never been publicly acknowledged. Here is a list of some of the titles Rare was attempting to get made.

Kameo 2

A sequel to the Xbox 360 launch title Kameo: Elements of Power was in development with a more mature art style. It was canned by Microsoft in late 2007.

Cascade

A fantasy MMO that had taken several different forms as far back as the N64 days. Work on the game was cancelled 2007 when the team was reassigned to work on a port of GoldenEye for Xbox Live. Speaking of which…

GoldenEye 007 Remake

The blood of this dead game technically isn’t on Microsoft’s hands. The game was nearly complete when Nintendo of Japan decided to back out of the licensing agreement at the last minute.

Banjo-Karting

A working prototype that was made based around the driving elements of Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts. The game was rejected by Microsoft in order to focus on making Kinect Sports. The Banjo model from the prototype did find its way into the Xbox 360 version of Sonic & Sega Allstar Racing Transformed though.

Urchin

The game has only been seen in the concept art phase but was at least eight months into development before it was cancelled in 2006. Urchin was being made by the team that did Conker: Live and Reloaded and was speculated to be connected to the Conker universe… but with a more fantasy/horror style.

Sabreman Stampede

The 6 year development cycle of this doomed game can be followed fully in this article (with video of the game in action). Basically Donkey Kong Racing was pretty far into development for the GameCube when Microsoft bought Rare. Initially the game was going to be retooled using Rare’s own Sabreman character… but videos show it evolved into an open world hunting game.

Perfect Dark Core

A prototype game that started out in the Perfect Dark universe but shifted direction towards a more realistic mech FPS set in its own world. The game never made it past the last prototype in 2008.

Other games that have been mentioned but never had any assets revealed were the futuristic racing game Arc Angel, a survival horror game called Ordinary Joe, a first person adventure game called SoulCatcher, and a game called Savannah that was basically Viva Pinata with real animals. Former Rare employees have also referred to cancelled games on twitter only by the project's initials... so hard to say exactly what those games were.

It really makes you think about what could have been: what Nintendo could have been if Rare had been a developer for Gamecube, Wii, and WiiU… and what the library of the Xbox 360 could have been if Microsoft was willing to greenlight some of these games.

Rare, as we once knew it, is dead.

Rare without the Stamper brothers is totally neutered. It’s Infinity Ward without Vince Zampella and Jason West. It’s Capcom without Keiji Inafune. It’s Nintendo without Shigeru Miyamoto at the helm of any games.

Microsoft is set on letting the remnants of Rare just crap out casual Kinect games. There is a glimmer of hope with Killer Instinct being developed by Double Helix. Rather than just sit on the Rare library they purchased for $375 million, they might as well at least let some capable developers bring back some of these games. A lot will depend on how well Killer Instinct performs in sales… and given that it’s a free to play, partially finished launch title, that future is looking pretty shaky.

Images and info for this article came from Unseen64 and MundoRare. If you’d like to see more images, videos and interviews with the developers I highly recommend checking them out. 

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Conker's Director's Commentary Might be as Funny as the Game https://www.gameskinny.com/h430p/conkers-directors-commentary-might-be-as-funny-as-the-game https://www.gameskinny.com/h430p/conkers-directors-commentary-might-be-as-funny-as-the-game Wed, 05 Jun 2013 08:32:26 -0400 Capt. Eliza Creststeel

Over the years, we have all owned probably a lot of DVDs and Blu-Rays. I can confidently say that I've never turned on the director's audio commentary option. Even for movies by directors I love like Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez, I wasn't that curious about how they did what they did.

But, the Conker games (the quirky, funny but inventive platformers from Rare Ltd.) with their mature humor, wacky violence and sexual innuendo had more than a cult following.

Though off-color and definitely not something for young kids, the titles earned critical acclaim and a copy of Conker: Bad Fur Day could now set you back over $175.00 on Amazon.com!

So, you want to know what was going through the minds of those madmen behind Conker's adventures?  

Chris Seavor, Mark Betteridge, Robin Beanland, Sean Pile and Chris Marlow recently released a video series doing just that. With a hearty clink of glasses, the gents proceed to give their remembrances of the game Conker: Bad Fur Day on the Nintendo 64 system while watching the game play.

Whether you've played this funky game or even remember it at all, listening to how these blokes put it together, what worked, what didn't and how they had to make their game to work within the limitations of the time and the Nintendo 64 system is a great listen.

WARNING! THIS VIDEO CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE! 

The audio content is quite raw and these guys hold nothing back with plenty of f-bombs and some randy language, just to let you know. I've provided a link to the first chapter, but there are currently 6 on the Conker King Youtube page with a promise of more to come.

It's a hoot to hear their banter. It makes you feel like you're down at the pub throwing back a pint with your mates and listening to war stories.

We definitely recommend a listen, but if you don't like salty language remember - you've been warned. 

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Conker's Bad Fur Day Creator Working on Wii U/Mobile Title https://www.gameskinny.com/fv205/conkers-bad-fur-day-creator-working-on-wii-umobile-title https://www.gameskinny.com/fv205/conkers-bad-fur-day-creator-working-on-wii-umobile-title Sun, 26 May 2013 23:03:03 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Christopher Seavor was the project lead for Conker's Bad Fur Day and the voice of the game's lead squirrel; but today, he's working on at least project entailing Wii U development kits.

Seavor and Rare parted ways last year, and he has hence started his own development studio, Gory Detail.

So where is the proof that the legendary voice of Conker is working on at least one Wii U title? Seavor tweeted the following Saturday morning:

This is certainly exciting, but keep your pants on! The game, which he has dubbed "Dog Game" on his Twitter, is being developed for both the Wii U and mobile devices, with the primary focus on mobile development.

He also mentions that the game is definitely not a new Conker, stating that Microsoft won't listen to his inquiries about acquiring the IP. Hopefuls looking for a new Conker game are going to have to take their search for a revival of the series elsewhere, perhaps to their imaginations.

Seavor has been dropping information on his Twitter all weekend on whatever the "Dog Game" is all weekend. Be sure to head on over and dig for informational tidbits if you're aching to find out what this long-time Rare employee has up his sleeve.

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Conker's Bad Fur Day Pikachu Scene Revealed at Last https://www.gameskinny.com/ukc6x/conkers-bad-fur-day-pikachu-scene-revealed-at-last https://www.gameskinny.com/ukc6x/conkers-bad-fur-day-pikachu-scene-revealed-at-last Thu, 09 May 2013 02:24:41 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Conker's Bad Fur Day holds a very dear place in the hearts of Rare fans from the Nintendo 64 era. The game's crude sense of humor and solid platforming made it a fan favorite, and even got the game a remake on the Xbox titled Conker: Live and Reloaded.

The one scene every fan has heard about but never seen is one featuring Pikachu of Pokemon fame. The scene was removed pre-release due to Nintendo's heavy guarding of the electric mouse's likeness, and it has remained a mystery to this day.

Well, not so much to this day. The video in the header of this article includes the scene, which begins at 2 minutes and 25 seconds into the video,

Past to Present Online, a website dedicated to seeking out and preserving early builds of older titles, has found the Pikachu scene in Conker's Bad Fur Day intact in a prototype build of the game. Previously the only solid evidence that the scene even existed was this model of his tail sitting around in the game files:

Actually seeing what seemed to be a bit of an urban legend for years in action is highly satisfying. The scene may not be the greatest, but it is certainly one to remember if only for the amount of time it's taken to come to light. Great job and thank you, Past to Present Online.

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