5-3) Sektor, Cyrax, Sub-Zero, and Smoke
Mortal Kombat is a franchise that featured a demon, a lizard man, a pair of Shoalin monks, ninja women, and two U.S. Special Forces soldiers at the time of MK2. For MK3, Ed Boon needed to up the ante just a little. Luckily for all of us, Ed Boon is a genius. He knew just how to accomplish this and what his game needed – MK needed ninja robots. Like I said, genius.
Believe it or not, there is actually quite the backstory here. No worries, I shall do my best to summarize. Smoke, Sub-Zero, Cyrax, and Sektor all belong to the same ninja clan: The Lin Kuei. During the course of Mortal Kombat, Sektor, the leader of the Lin Kuei, makes the decision to order all members of the clan to surrender their bodies and become cybernetically enhanced. Thus, the Sektor, Cyrax, and Smoke that we came to know in MK3 were born. In this year’s Mortal Kombat (aka MK9), Sub-Zero himself was remade as a cyborg as well. (MK9 also gave human version of Sektor and Cyrax, to further the story)
MK9 went a long way in giving the MK franchise a lot of much-needed story, and made these characters more than just killing machines by showing you their former humanity. Also, watching them incinerate, slice, and blow stuff up in HD is incredibly fun.
This one shouldn’t be too much of a shocker. Ratchet and Clank have become huge staples in PlayStation Land, and it wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for their awesome teamwork. And while Ratchet may be the main character, he’d never have made it to where he is if it weren’t for Clank.
Clank, pretty much the Frasier Crane of video game robots, has been around for years and is probably the most useful sidekick ever. I’m being literal here as he can transform into many items to assist Ratchet with their quest. He’s so good of a sidekick that he’s gotten his own game. With the success of the series, we can rest assured that we’ll be seeing Clank (and Ratchet) for sometime to come.
While the original Portal started as a mere mini-game, it got popular quick. So popular, that it got it’s own full-size sequel with Portal 2, a definite game of the year contender. This is thanks in part to how great an antagonist GLaDOS is.
I’ve always enjoyed antagonists that taunt the hero over and over the most. With the taunting, the desire to defeat them grows and grows, and makes that final battle all the more engaging. GLaDOS has made taunting to an art form. Every level’s beginning and end has GLaDOS mocking your every effort and insulting your intelligence, something that would piss you off if it weren’t for the fact that GLaDOS’ lines and delivery are hysterical.
While the cake maybe a lie, the fact that GlaDOS is an amazing robot is not.