Some games, barely missed out on the list by millimetres, so to remember them, here's the top five of them:
5 - Far Cry Instincts (Xbox) - Dare I say this here? I believe this game is better than it's PC brother...taking the role of our hero again, this game is different from the PC game. Here, taking the "biological effects" idea and expanidng it, you can now play as a half human/half animal being, killing and sneaking through the dense jungle...whilst using hangliders and boats to get around. Interesting, no?
4 - Burnout Revenge (PS2, Xbox, GameCube) - If this game was just a little bit mroe different than Takedown, I would have rated this even higher, but...alas Agnas, that's not the way it goes. Still, this game expands upon the "takedowns", with more importance now placed on bringing down specific foes in your supercars. The track design is still fresh, and the extras for multiplayer, as well as the "Crsh" mode still make this a worthwhile purchase.
3 - Ninja Gaiden Black (Xbox) - The original Nnja Gaiden game, with tons of exclusives, for half the price of a new game! With one of the best, and msot difficult games on the market included, you'll be looking at over twenty hours of gameplay, and with the bonuses of the original Ninja Gaiden arcade game circ 1992, and with the extra levels and bosses, it's worth picking up just for the extras.
2 - WWE Smackdown! vs. RAW 2006 (PS2) - Ever since No Mercy on the N64 almost six years ago, there hasn't been a wrestling game to match the standards set in that game. This ocmes extremely close, with great story modes, a huge roster of wrestlers, and bonuses for every sort of thing. The best part is it continues the trend of unlocking old superstars, like the "Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase and hsi Million Dollar Belt. Good game.
1 - Mario Kart DS (Nintendo DS) - If this game hadn't had Double Dash on the GameCube a year back, this would have made it into the top ten, but due to it's relative unoriginality, I placed it here. Oh, but by no means is this a bad game, it is simply great, pick up and play gameplay, fun, and with WiFi multiplayer, it's a great deal.
The Worst Games
These games left me wanting, somewhere down the line the development stopped, and the pain began...so let us have a look at the top three WORST games of 2005:
3 - 187 Ride or Die (PS2, Xbox, PSP) - Who wants a sub-par Burnout rip-off when you can choose from the four originals? Ride or Die appeals to the "urban" audiences out there, and squashes the gameplay in it's stride. A poor, buggy, boring game.
2 - Call of Duty 2: Big Red One (PS2, Xbox, GameCube) - If the world was a better place, Call of Duty would have stayed PC exclusive. This game is nothing liek it's quality older brother Call of Duty 2. Completely designed with set pieces, if one of your allies doesn't move right, nothign happens, and you must restart. Biggest bug ever. (no, that's a lie, the game known as Hidden and Dangerous was one huge bug. Tough that was still decent). It was hardly better than Call of Duty: Finest Hour.
1 - 50 Cent Bulletproof (PS2, Xbox) - I don't like rap, in fact I hate it, with the exception of the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Run DMC and Grandmaster Flash. So when I rented this I almost decided to end it all and jump out of a window. This game is a poor imitation of the already mediocre True Crime: New York City. Bad crossover, bad voice acting, bad gameplay. Just plain bad.