Monday, 17 June 2013

Top 10 - Combat Systems

All good Action games need a solid core combat system.  A poor combat system is like a guitar without strings, there’s just no way to make sense of the empty disappointment.  Here is my Top 10 of games with the best Combat Systems.

10.   Darksiders II

Even though THQ were already in a steady decline they managed to deliver a beautiful game with a great world, engaging story and a truly wonderful combat system.  The solid integration of RPG elements smashed In with ridiculously oversized heavy weapons was strangely mouth-watering.

9.   Dragon’s Dogma

Although a lot of people never got around to playing this game, the simple yet deep combat system is so vast and engaging that is one of the best out there.  I couldn’t decide on one particular class and stick with it, I felt like a kid surrounded by cake.

8.   Prototype

Prototype was one of those games that people either loved or hated… or thought was okay.  Regardless of how you felt about the game, there is no denying how boss you would feel as you slamed someone in the face with a rock-like fist and then finish them off with some sort of metal claw.

7.   Sleeping Dogs

Where do I begin with Sleeping Dogs…?  How Wei Shen messed up anyone in his path with a fist, a shoe, a roller or even a damn ice grinder, was just so damn immersive and flowing.  Without a doubt, Sleeping Dogs provided you with the ability to uncork the arse beating of a lifetime to any foe by making a phone call with his face.  That’s the Wei I like it!

6.   Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Despite the lashing Big Huge received from various people for the many flaws in this game, such as how stupidly easy this game was; the ability to mash the crap out of the classic Tank, Thief and Mage classes and come out as a sneaky two-handed mallet swinging mage with the ability to electrify, deliver third degree burns, followed by a demoralising ice boulder to their face was just amazing.

5.   Batman Arkham Series

Both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City had probably the best hand to hand based combat system I have ever had the joy of playing.  The sheer impact of each hit was simply overwhelming and each successful counter made you feel unstoppable.  Not to mention Catwoman… wow.

4.   Infamous 2

Infamous was ground breaking, but Infamous 2 was just leaps and bounds above its predecessor.  The amount of power you have regardless of whether you’re little a goody two-shoes or a badass is just astounding.  Being able to Sucker Punch anything and anyone around you in multiple ways was just jaw dropping.  (See what I did there?)

3.   God of War: Ascension

The God of War series has always had a solid combat system.  Although Kratos does not have much variation in his button-mashing, his latest adventure sees some pretty spectacular new moves, awesome new buffs and hectic new spells.  Kratos has ability to cause complete and utter chaos; even in a group of awkward looking elephants, rearranging their intestines whilst letting out groans of disgust and awe.

2.   Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

The Prince is undeniably one of the most badass wall running, lever pulling, enemy vaulting royal princes anyone has ever seen.  In Warrior Within Prince Dastan was not a happy guy and this definitely came through in his ferocious fighting style.  Being given the ability, no, the privilege to wield the controller commanding this guy to wreak havoc on those time confused sand demons was nothing short of magical.  The combat system in this game was ground breaking when it came out, and is still awesome today.

1.   DmC (2013)

Without a doubt, Dante has always been an absolute demon in battle. His ability to cause sheer annihilation to every creature under the sun is just brutal and at times almost comical.  The overwhelming power that he wields with each of his weapons is just outstanding.  Capcom went out of their way to give us completely flowing combat system with not a single short coming. 

 - Frank van der Merwe

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