Sequels are a huge part of video games, some franchises have been going strong for nearly three decades. Even still, it doesn't seem to be terribly often that a game can earn three sequels. That's what we're here to do today, in celebration of Saints Row IV, we're honoring the truly great games with a 4 in the title. If you haven't read our review yet, check it out here.
Battlefield 2142 by Cory
Sure, it was overlooked, but DICE took a risk with it's flagship property releasing Battlefield 2142. The guns were interesting but more importantly fun with added accessories like portable cover. The classes were streamlined to offer more malleability between roles and tanks were replaced with bipedal mechs. The worlds were massive, and at the time the look and feel of the game was incredible. What truly makes 2142 special though was Titan mode, something I've never seen before or since. The object was to raiding an enemy gunship and destroy it from the inside, which felt like a world inside a world. Two entirely different fights occurring, one in the heart of the enemy stronghold and the other by the rest of the team outside. Things reached a climax when you actually succeed and had to rush outside while the ship was counting down to its implosion. Jumping out frantically and parachuting to the ground, it is honestly an experience that I have never seen replicated. While it had its own controversy (in game advertisements for real world products), 2142 as a whole shines as the brightest spot for the Battlefield franchise.
Civilization IV by John K
Civilization IV is easily the best game that I have ever played with the number IV in the title and, in my book, it is easily the best strategy game ever made. After being thoroughly disappointed by Civ III, I felt that the series made a roaring comeback with Civ IV by introducing some brilliant game mechanics. These mechanics, like religion and the civilization borders, completely changed how the game worked without ruining what made the series special. The music was especially good as the title screen music received a well-deserved Grammy. It is a masterpiece of a strategy game that I have sunk hundreds of hours into, and if you missed out on it, I highly encourage you to go back and play it.
Left 4 Dead by Alexander
Co-op in games has always been a big draw for many players, no more so than in this generation, but no other game has required such absolute cooperation from your teammates as Left 4 Dead. Going alone is certain death thanks to the Special Infected like the Hunter who will pin you down or the Smoker who will choke you with its long tongue. For the sheer amount of time I put into completing it and the exceptionally difficult expert campaigns, it was the sense of achievement that my friends and I felt after the months of work that make this my favourite game with 4 in the title.
Metal Gear Solid 4 by Jeremy
Metal Gear Solid remains one of my favorite games of any generation and probably will be for many years to come. Anyone who followed the Metal Gear franchise knows that the series spun into the wild oblivion of insanity by the time Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater rolled around. The story had become so ludicrous that it was hard to imagine Kojima could ever bring it back down to earth. When Metal Gear Solid 4 was finally released, they not only covered all of the story beats that you hoped they would, they did it in a way that completely paid off and wrapped up one of the most amazingly ridiculous video game stories ever imagined. This was the game that made me get a PlayStation 3 and I played through it four times before I ever thought about putting it down and picking up another game. Metal Gear Solid 4 is not only my favorite game with the number 4, it is one of my favorite games of all time and a product that I will continue to revisit through the years.
Persona 4 Golden by Mikhail
Persona 4 is not only one of my favorite games I’ve played, but it is also my favorite game that has a 4 in the title. I never finish games (I’m still sitting on a Half-Life 2 save game from 2004) BUT I finished Persona 4 Golden (which has a playable winter, unlike the original PS2 version) not once, but TWICE. I’ve also watched Jeff and Vinny from Giant Bomb play it during their epic Endurance Run. Also I’ve seen the anime adaptation twice. If you can't tell, I really like this game, its world, its characters, and its genuine approach to portraying life.
Top Spin 4 by Joel
If there is a review of a sports game on Darkstation.com you can feel pretty confident guessing I was the one to write it. Not very often does a sports game transcend into this type of list, but I feel Top Spin 4 has the ability to stand up. More than any tennis game before it, Top Spin 4 accurately recreates the sports to a degree that you just don’t see. Whether it's capturing the actual movements of real-life tennis stars or creating a sense of control that lets the player dictate how they want to play. Top Spin 4 is one of the best sports games of this current generation of consoles and for me is the best game with a 4 in its title.
Well, that's the first half of our list. Be sure to check back on Thursday to see what other great games are branded with the number 4. Until then, let us know what your favorite 4s are.
Jonathan is the host of the DarkCast, DarkCast Interviews, and Gamers Read. He loves books, video games, and superheroes. If he had to pick favorites, they would be Welcome to the Monkey House, Mass Effect, and Superman respectively.