Hello readers. iGamesNews The Best Games Ever Podcast is back again, episode 3. We’re arguing (a lot, actually) about the best games this week, and the mini-games are better than the main game. This brings up some great options, but also raises the eternal question: what defines a minigame? Listen to see if you agree.
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Best games where the mini games are better than the main game
This is the subject of the third episode of iGamesNews’s Best Gaming Podcast Ever. Here’s a rundown of who chose what.
Tom – Burnout 2: Impact Point
This great arcade racing game from 2002 established Criterion as a true racing studio powerhouse. Not only is the core racer a huge improvement over the original, but it also features a crash mode. Tom (that’s me) insists it’s a mini-game because it’s not a core part of the experience. Crash Mode became a true fan-favorite, and was finally thoroughly established in the third game, even getting a full indie game of its own. It’s definitely a little game. No one can say anything else.
Alex – Shenmue
In many ways, Shenmue is mini-games: games, where a plethora of mini-games and side activities are the glue that holds the world together. Some might argue that this makes it a bit cheap here, but I disagree, especially since there’s one standout: Ryo’s iconic work as a forklift driver. The forklift driving mini-game inexplicably races around the boxy tracks formed by the Yokosuka Pier, and is interpreted in the universe as a way for drivers to unleash some energy between shifts. But, honestly, who expected the racing experience of some of the folks behind Daytona America and Sega Rally to be buried in the middle of an adventure RPG? Maybe that’s why it’s so memorable…
Kelsey – New Super Mario Bros.
New Super Mario Bros. is known for bringing fresh Mario fun while staying true to the franchise, with 26 mini-games that provide a dozen hours more fun than the base game. Platformers between worlds are fun, but these mini-games seem to be the real hosts of many fond memories; 6-year-old Kelsey spent years comparing high scores with friends and still tries to beat them on her DS . Best of all, Luigi will always play some poker long after you’ve gotten tired of the base game, even after 16 years.
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Came back a week later for another best game of all time. Next, we battle a bar for the best game.
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