Posted on Friday, July 5 @ 11:14:00 Eastern by Alex_Osborn
5. Resident Evil 4
Talk about a revolutionary game experience. Resident Evil 4 not only raised the bar for horror games, it moved the third-person action genre forward, paving the way for future hits like Gears of War and the slew of ripoffs it spurred. Abandoning the clunky controls of installments prior, RE4 took a bold new step forward, which could have easily become its downfall. Instead, it was one of the most brilliant moves Capcom ever made, resulting in an action-horror experience that simply cannot be matched. Well, except for…
4. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
Silicon Knights' Eternal Darkness is an absolute staple for fans of the horror genre. With incredible sound design, an atmosphere that still gives me chills just thinking about it, and a sanity mechanic that had my palms sweating every time I fired the game up, Sanity's Requiem is one of those rare gems that every GameCube owner simply must experience. If you want a game that will test your limits psychologically, there's no better choice than Eternal Darkness. Just tread carefully around bathtubs...
3. Super Smash Bros. Melee
The original Super Smash Bros. proved to be one of the Nintendo 64's most beloved multiplayer games, and HAL Laboratories managed to improve the four-player fighter in just about every way imaginable. With a massive roster of so many iconic video game characters, gorgeous visuals, and a slew of things to unlock, Super Smash Bros. Melee is easily the best GameCube game to play if you're looking to kick back and have a good time with your friends. The ability to pummel Ganondorf with Mr. Game & Watch is reason alone to buy Melee.
2. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
I'll never forget how disappointed I initially was when I found out that Nintendo was scrapping the realistic visual style for something far more cartoony with its first Zelda installment on the GameCube. Then I saw the game in action, and I knew I'd be eating my words when I finally got a chance to play the game myself. Nintendo definitely has made some foolish decisions in the past, but the decision to go with a cel-shaded look for The Wind Waker was not one of them. If you haven't played this gaming marvel, I highly suggest you grab the Wii U HD version when it launches later this year.
1. Metroid Prime
Retro Studios is one of the most beloved developers, and rightly so. Super Metroid is regarded by many as the greatest video game of all time, and with no Samus-centric game released on the Nintendo 64, Retro had a whole lot of expectation to live up to with Metroid Prime. The team was bold enough to ditch the series' traditional 2D platforming for a fully 3D first-person action adventure, and it paid off gloriously. Instead of resting on the laurels of old school game design, Metroid Prime effectively created a new brand of first-person action. It was a revolutionary experience that blew away just about every gamer, fan of the series or not. This game was the reason to buy a GameCube.