Saints Row IV is officially upon us and showing us just how good a game with a 4 in the title can be. So, we're honoring the other great games with a 4 in the title. This is the second half of our list. If you missed the first, you can find it here. And if you haven't read our review yet of Saint Row yet, check it out here.
Call of Duty 4 - Michael
This game completely changed my view on shooters. I hardly played them at all, besides dabbling with a few Medal of Honor games on PC. I was never impressed. Controls were abysmal, and no game entice me to learn dual-stick shooting. A bunch of friends of mine talked me into a PS3 and Call of Duty 4 and I was delighted with what I was playing. Being my first game I bought for the current gen systems, it not only grabbed me with how fluid the controls were but also how beautiful that game was. A huge testament to show where the games industry was heading, Call of Duty 4 is still the best the series has produced. While the series could benefit from a new direction, it doesn’t detract with how thrilled I was playing CoD 4 and has introduced me to an entire new genre that I still play today. Also, how about the first time you call in a helicopter during a multiplayer match? SO EXCITING!
Final Fantasy IV - Brian
Often recognized as the first RPG that introduced human drama to the genre, IV was my first Final Fantasy game. I rented it from Blockbuster Video off and on for about a year, and luckily I seemed to be the only person interested in it, because it was always my cartridge that I got back. The story of redemption, heroism, and betrayal was something I had never quite experienced at that age. One of the pieces that especially sticks out in my memory is Cecil’s climb of Mt. Ordeals. It’s an intensely personal journey, one that culminates in a boss fight with a win condition I have never seen repeated elsewhere. Seeing him change and starting again at level one, it became my mission to make sure that his quest was not in vain.
Myst IV: Revelation - Allen
I liked Myst. A whole lot. The series was uncompromising in its quest to deliver an immersive experience filled with unique puzzles and incredibly imaginative location. Myst IV, in my mind, was a realization of what the Rand and Robyn Miller wanted to accomplish in the original game in 1993. Holy hell, did it really come out that long ago? Anyways, thanks to the modernization of game development, players finally got a game that offered seamless integration of pre-rendered environments and full motion video (with none of that fuzzy artifacting that surrounds each actor). The overarching narrative wasn’t that amazing to me, but I really enjoyed how the game dealt with the franchise’s largest loose end: the fate of Atrus’ sons Sirrus and Achenar.
Resident Evil 4 - Hiram
I can’t believe no one else is writing about Resident Evil 4 on this list. The game that revitalized a series AND reinvented a genre that was in need of some pretty hefty updates. The one that is universally hailed as one of the best games of all time. THAT Resident Evil 4. Did we just forget about it? Impossible- with the over-the-shoulder camera and further proliferation of quick-time events that have entered games since then, RE4 has left a mark on the industry like so few games ever do. And maybe it’s because I very recently revisited this at the beginning of the year (on the surprisingly wonderful Wii version), but the fact remains that this game is one of the most fun and tense experiences I’ve ever played. While the series certainly went in some questionable directions after it (I’m still not sure what they were trying to do with 6), 4 remains the high bar for the series and, though the camera mechanics have certainly improved since 2005, is still a high mark for the genre as well. You want to talk about best games with a 4 in the title? You’ve got the perfect place to start.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 - Josh
While many fans would argue that the third entry in the series is the high point, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 was the franchise’s last great game. For me, the series has always been about executing the craziest level-spanning combos you could pull off, and THPS4 delivered by adding the spine transfer and pogo tricks, which made linking tricks more complex than ever. Some of the mini-games were ill-conceived — tennis, anyone? — but the bulk of the game still stands up today. It’s a shame how severely the Tony Hawk saga began to go off the rails after this entry.
The Walking Dead: 400 Days - Jonathan
I often don’t stick around in a series once it gets to number four. By then it’s either derivative or trying to reinvent itself to be something totally different. The Walking Dead: 400 Days is and does neither. It’s unique compared to the other episodes of Season One in that it tells a stand alone series of short stories. While I loved the latter episodes of the first season, they were inherently codependent on each other. One of 400 Days greatest strengths is that you don't need to know anything going into it. In addition to that, it’s the most refined version of the game to date. Having the advantage of being made after the first season, the developers we able to implement gameplay changes that were seen throughout that season. It is a great example of what The Walking Dead as a whole does right mechanically, tonally, and should be experienced by fans of the series and newcomers alike. Most importantly though, 400 Days answers the pivotal question of whether The Walking Dead can be as impactful without a character like Clementine. The answer is yes. And if nothing else, 400 Days will go down in history because it not only has a 4 in the title, it has 100 4s.
Well, there the conclusion of out Best Games with a 4 in the Title. What do you think? Did your favorite 4 make our list? Let us know in the comments below.
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.