Top 10 Fourth Installments In Video Games

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Top 10 Fourth Installments In Video Games

VOICE OVER: Dave Thibault
Script written by Kurt Hvorup

If the third time's a charm, what does that say about the fourth? Join http://www.watchmojo.com as we countdown our picks for the Top 10 Fourth Instalments in Video Games.

Across all genres and all of gaming history, these fourth games represent the very best of their kind. We are placing a limit of one game per franchise, as well as excluding any and all spinoffs from the list – we love you, Fallout: New Vegas, but we can't include you this time.

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Script written by Kurt Hvorup

Top 10 Fourth Installments In Games


If the third time’s a charm, what does that say about the fourth? Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 Fourth Instalments In Games.

Across all genres and all of gaming history, these fourth games represent the very best of their kind. We are placing a limit of one game per franchise, as well as excluding any and all spinoffs from the list – we love you, Fallout: New Vegas, but we can't include you this time.

#10: “Halo 4” (2012)

Master Chief's return had many descriptors – "experimental" deserves to be one of them. Rather than a traditional story about military heroics, “Halo 4” focused on the Chief's struggle to save his AI companion Cortana. Instead of disregarding the series' extended lore, the story chose to integrate or reference more of it – specifically fleshing out the Forerunners, who created the infamous Halo rings. And the gameplay sought to expand itself by including a new alien faction, a co-operative storyline in the form of Spartan Ops, and some of the most vibrant locales yet.

#9: “Super Smash Bros for Wii U” (2014)

This multiplayer fighting game serves its series well. As the fourth game in the “Super Smash Bros” series, it's walking a fine line between innovation and iteration – a line it thankfully balances upon. Items like the Smash Ball and Assist Trophy are back, along with fancy new graphics and Amiibo support. Players also get a healthy main roster of 49 characters – with the mind-blowing inclusion of third-party mascots such as Mega Man and Pac-Man. Thank you, Nintendo.

#8: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time” (1991)

A game worthy of the heroes in a half-shell. “Turtles in Time” is perhaps the franchise's most popular video game outing, and simultaneously their first Super Nintendo game, which makes it all the more impressive. Though it has the four Turtles cutting through enemies in traditional beat-em-up fashion, using time travel to introduce new settings keeps things interesting. One level takes place in the Technodrome from the 1987 cartoon, another level takes the Turtles to the Prehistoric Age, and yet another sends the brothers to the Old West. And good times were had by all.

#7: “Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag” (2013)

What past games missed or got wrong, “Black Flag” proudly claims for itself. This is a pirate's yarn, celebrating the fun and debauchery of piracy's golden age the only way it knows how – by allowing you to venture about and cause mischief. There's nothing quite like sailing The Jackdaw, battling other ships on the high seas, plundering their brigs for booty or leaving them adrift. That combined with the picture-esque Caribbean setting and a stripped-down story about the personal struggles of privateer Edward Kenway makes for a positively emotional experience.

#6: “The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion” (2006)

The first of the high-definition Elder Scrolls games, and one heck of an experience. You are a lowly prisoner in the land of Cyrodiil, elevated by circumstance to the role of Hero and tasked with saving the world. Underneath this excellent premise lies a tightly crafted game with countless options in quests to undertake, customization with which to tinker, enemies to battle, and items to collect. Where past installments claimed no limits on what the player can do, this game embodies this principle from start to finish.

#5: “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” (2008)

If this was to be the end of Metal Gear like it was originally intended to be, then it was a fine note to end on. The game acted like a kind of “best of” compilation: a Psyche bar and Camouflage system in the vein of “Metal Gear Solid 3”, returning characters whose plot lines intersect and find resolution, and a new team of bosses in the vein of FOXHOUND. It knew what to tweak and what to keep the same, but most of all it knew how far it had to go to deliver a satisfying tale.

#4: “Grand Theft Auto IV” (2008)

Liberty City's charm returns, but in a different form. “Grand Theft Auto IV” set itself up as a slow burn – dolling out characters, storylines, and game mechanics at a measured pace. All this build-up, however, played into why the game stands out from its predecessors: it becomes a grand tale of self-destruction and vengeance that required preparation to play out as brutally and shockingly as it does. It's also an impressive example of early high-definition graphics, and the improvements to the third-person shooting are certainly welcome.

#3: “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare” (2007)

In the realm of shooters, this was the one to beat, both for 2007 and for years to come. “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare” brings its series into the present, tasking players with braving a campaign that is one-part ripped-from-the-headlines war story, one-part intense Tom Clancy thriller. No one expected the narrative swerves, the likeable cast of soldiers, or the constant stream of jaw dropping moments. The game also offering an innovative multiplayer suite that featured the soon-to-be-popularized killstreaks was icing on the cake.

#2: “Super Mario World” (1990)

For Mario, this was a key moment in his series' development. His fourth main outing and first Super Nintendo adventure pitted him against the evil King Bowser and his seven Koopling children, taking the famed plumber through seven increasingly challenging worlds. “Super Mario World” helped establish the series' trend of introducing items like the 3-Up Moons and the Cape Feather, which evened the odds in Mario's quest. To top it off, this was the first appearance of the beloved dinosaur steed Yoshi – for which we're all thankful.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

“Metroid Fusion” (2002)
“Far Cry 4” (2014)
“Soulcalibur IV” (2008)
“Street Fighter IV” (2008)
“Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate” (2014)

#1: “Resident Evil 4” (2005)

This is the big one – the game that changed everything. Its introduction of the over-the-shoulder camera angle began a wave of change in the design of third-person shooters, and the prominence of quick-time events meant they would become a trend for modern action games. But beyond all that, “Resident Evil 4” is an excellent game; it delivers large-scale boss battles that surpass those of previous games, brings back Leon Kennedy as a formidable hero, and infuses the “Resident Evil” franchise with some delightfully self-deprecating humour. All in all, it's a juggernaut to behold.

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