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OCR 'Must-Have Games' List: -Part TWO-

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Well it's been a fun month or so, but the time has come to wrap up this, the second OCR Must-Have Games thread. I hope you all enjoyed remembering and discussing these old classics. Perhaps someday, we will do this again, with a new lineup of consoles.

Is our list perfect? No. We'd need a much bigger voter base to fine-tune such a list to anything near perfection. But hopefully this list will lead some of us to play games we'd never even considered. Thanks for all the people who took the time to vote regularly!

And now, I present the complete Must-Have game list for OCR, parts 1 & 2!

Nintendo 64

Banjo-Kazooie

Conker’s Bad Fur Day

Diddy Kong Racing

GoldenEye 007

Killer Instinct Gold

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time

Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

Mario Kart 64

Mario Tennis

Ogre Battle 64

Paper Mario

Perfect Dark

Pilotwings 64

Star Fox 64

Star Wars: Rogue Squaron

Super Mario 64

Super Smash Bros.

Nintendo Gamecube

Animal Crossing

Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem

F-Zero GX

Ikaruga

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Mario Power Tennis

Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes

Metroid Prime

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Pikmin 2

Resident Evil 4

Skies of Arcadia Legends

Soul Calibur II

Super Mario Sunshine

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Viewtiful Joe

Wario Ware Inc.: Mega Party Game$

Nintendo Gameboy Advance

Advance Wars

Astro Boy: Omega Factor

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance

Final Fantasy VI Advance

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

Fire Emblem

Golden Sun

Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

Mega Man & Bass

Mega Man Zero

Mega Man Zero 2

Mega Man Zero 3

Metroid Fusion

Metroid: Zero Mission

Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal

Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon

Super Ghouls N’ Ghosts

WarioWare: Mega Microgame$

Nintendo DS

Advance Wars: Dual Strike

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime

Elite Beat Agents

Metroid Prime: Hunters

NEW Super Mario Bros.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Phoenix Wright 2: Justice for All

Tetris DS

Sony Playstation

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Chrono Cross

Crash Bandicoot

Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy IX

Final Fantasy Tactics

Gradius Gaiden*

Guilty Gear

Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete

Mega Man X4

Metal Gear Solid

R-Type Delta

Resident Evil 2

Silent Hill

Tekken 3

WipeOut

Worms Armageddon

Xenogears

You Don’t Know Jack

Sony Playstation 2

Ace Combat 5

Amplitude

Beatmania IIDX 8th Style

Beyond Good and Evil

Breath of Fire 5: Dragon Quarter

Burnout 3: Takedown

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence

Devil May Cry

Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening

Disgaea: Hour of Darkness

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves

Final Fantasy XII

God of War

God of War II

Grand Theft Auto III

Guilty Gear X2

Guitar Hero

Guitar Hero 2

ICO

Jak II

Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy

Katamari Damacy

Kingdom Hearts

MegaMan Anniversery Collection

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence

Okami

Onimusha 2: Samurai’s Destiny

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time

Rez

Shadow of the Colossus

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne

Silent Hill 2

Soul Calibur II

Soul Calibur 3

Street Fighter Anniversary Collection

Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria

Viewtiful Joe

We Love Katamari

Sony PSP (serious vote shortage, sorry)

Lumines

Tekken: Dark Resurrection

Sega Saturn (shortage here too. just ask Coop what games to play)

Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter*

NiGHTS Into Dreams

Panzer Dragoon

Panzer Dragoon Zwei II

Sega Dreamcast

Bangai-O

Crazy Taxi

Daytona USA

Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of Earth

Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves

Grandia II

Ikaruga

Jet Grind Radio

Last Blade 2

Marvel vs. Capcom

Marvel vs. Capcom 2

Metropolis Street Racer

Powerstone 2

Project Justice

Skies of Arcadia

Soul Calibur

Street Fighter III: Double Impact

Street Fighter III: Third Strike

Street Fighter Alpha III

Microsoft Xbox

Beyond Good and Evil

Burnout 3: Takedown

Capcom Classics Collection 2

Capcom vs. SNK 2 EO

Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge

Dead or Alive Ultimate

Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Halo

Halo 2

Marvel vs. Capcom 2

Ninja Gaiden Black

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath

OutRun2

Panzer Dragoon Orta

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time

Project Gotham Racing 2

Psychonauts

Shenmue II

Soul Calibur II

SSX 3

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

PC

Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings

Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn

Bioshock

Call of Duty

Call of Duty 2

Cave Story

Command & Conquer

Curse of Monkey Island

Descent

Diablo

Diablo II

Diablo II: Lord of Destruction

Doom

Doom II: Hell on Earth

Duke Nukem 3D

Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Fallout

Fallout 2

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grim Fandango

Half-Life

Half-Life: Counter-Strike

Half-Life 2

Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

Lemmings

The Orange Box

Painkiller

Portal

Prince of Persia

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Psychonauts

Quake

Quake II

Quake III Arena

Rise of Nations

Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri

Sim City 2000

Star Control 2

Starcraft

Taito Legends

Tyrian

Unreal

Unreal Tournament

Unreal Tournament 2004

Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos

Wing Commander

World of Warcraft

Worms Armageddon

You Don’t Know Jack

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Ah, I really should have voted eariler, but if it's anything, Megaman Battle Network 2 is a definite must-have for the GBA. Actually, any game from the Megaman Battle Network series is a must-have, the battle system in the series is an awesome combination of action, stratgey and RPG. The plots are great, the variety of themes, monsters and areas is great. the difficulty setting is perfect, it isn't walk-through-the-park easy but not hard enough to get you to slam your head against the GBA repeatedly through frustration. Graphics are great and so is the landscape, it's done in an isometric view. In conclusion, the games in this series were very well-crafted in all aspects. The only downside I've found with it is that you sometimes find yourself in some situations where you're not exactly sure what to do, as in... there's no obvious action that will lead the story ahead so just have to experiment with crap like talking to everyone and pressing A to everything =/... oh well, I think Megaman Battle Network deserves to be on the list, unless it's too late or something?

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Dear God were there a lot of low-count tie votes, and single votes this time around. Damn near the entire Saturn section got axed because of there being virtually nothing but Nintendo and Sony kids from that era. Even some GBA games only got one vote (MMZero 4 anyone?). I fear to see what's going to happen in the eventual 8bit and 16bit lists.

Anyway, it was fun. See ya on the third (and final?) list.

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I'm not sure that list is completely complete. If I recall correctly, Capcom vs SNK 2 made on the both the Dreamcast and PS2 must-have list, not just the Xbox's. The PS2 list also looks a lot shorter than it did the first time around. I don't know, maybe I'm seeing things or I have a bad short-term memory.

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Obviously, the list isn't as "complete" as any of us would like, but that's how it is when only 6 or 7 people come in to vote regularly (and only one of them owns a Saturn).

At least it's nostalgic fun.

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I also missed PS2 and NDS voting. In all honesty, I dislike the idea of voting on the DS for now because so much goodness is still coming out for it.

Still, it's a good list, and I'm looking forward to picking up some games from it soon!

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Perhaps someday we'll go back and update the lists of consoles we covered before.

If we do another of these threads, I expect it will cover the NES, SNES, Gameboy and Sega Genesis. Maybe the TurboGrafx-16 and GameGear as well, but I'm not sure. I know there are plenty of other early consoles that list would exclude, but I can't imagine we'd have more than one or two voters who had ever played one ever.

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Perhaps someday we'll go back and update the lists of consoles we covered before.

If we do another of these threads, I expect it will cover the NES, SNES, Gameboy and Sega Genesis. Maybe the TurboGrafx-16 and GameGear as well, but I'm not sure. I know there are plenty of other early consoles that list would exclude, but I can't imagine we'd have more than one or two voters who had ever played one ever.

I got two words for ya...

Master System. :-)

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