It's got the official licenses for a load of real stores, which sounds insipid but actually serves to give the cartoonish world a surreal twist.
And the Dreamcast pad seems to be better suited to the incredibly deep control scheme than any other controller. Held up by some as a step forward for gaming as a whole in terms of interactive storytelling; yet decried by others as a tedious exercise in instruction following that holds both your hands way too tight. Other games have certainly told their tales better, but Heavy Rain undoubtedly creates investment in the player thanks to its deep sense of authorship.
It's pure blue-sky gaming, with an incredible score system and brilliant game design that's fun whether you're playing it for the first or five-hundredth time. But the real reason why David Cage's best game to date has made it in here is because it's different.
Different good and different bad, but titles that stray off the beaten path deserve to be celebrated.
hurrah from the core team behind Golden Eye 007, Timesplitters 2's status as a local multiplayer great remains untarnished in the HD age.
Iconic characters (Robofish is banned on the grounds of Oddjob rules, natch), finely-crafted levels, and a memorable suite of weapons (who can forget the brick?
Especially those which let you tap Square to amputate your own finger.
It's got all the simple purity and chaos that defines classic arcade twitch shooters, with neon visuals that still amaze to this day.There's King, where you can only fire from random safety zones.There's Waves, which tasks you with destroying horizontal and vertical lines of rockets.So, which titles do we collectively cherish above all else? While Crazy Taxi is available on everything from PSP to Xbox 360, it's the 2000 Dreamcast original that still shines brightest.The soundtrack comprises punk-rock anthems from The Offspring and Bad Religion, with both matching the action perfectly.