Ever since Nintendo hit the ground running with boxing simulator Punch Out! video games have been all about letting your fists do the talking. Fists you control by punching buttons, yes, but fists nonetheless. In honour of this time honoured tradition of digital duffing up, we present to you five of the most devastating punches in gaming history (so far).
Did your favourite punch make our list? If not, tell us in the comments below. We may be working on a next list of Knockout: The five most lethal punches, already.
We’ve seen human-sized androids and miniature nanotech aplenty, but when it comes down to it, the thing we’re always going to be most impressed by with our mechanical friends are when they’re huge as skyscrapers. From Hollywood to Toho, here are five of the best giant robots.
You’re playing Titanfall, right? And if not, why the heck not? This Xbox (and PC) exclusive online multiplayer game features your traditional first person shooter mechanics, along with the ability to summon the titular Titans to leap into and cause some serious damage with. And boy, do we enjoy causing serious damage in a Titan.
Pacific Rim’s giant robots Jaegers defend humanity from the threat of massive, interdimensional Kaiju. Think giant robots punching Godzilla, essentially, piloted by two soldiers who have to be perfectly in sync to make all the epic scrapping possible (SPOILER ALERT they totally manage it).
Giant robots have their whole own genre in Japan, best exemplified by the never ending Gundam series that seem to be constantly getting released. Not that we’re complaining, because each redesign of the big metal suits is super cool.
You can’t swing a midochlorian without hitting a brilliant giant robot, but we’re gonna have to pick the AT-AT walkers from Star Wars as our favourites. If only because seeing them get tripped up and explode in the opening of the Empire Strikes Back is always fun.
Okay, so whilst there’s a lot of good giant robots around the world, it’s by combining the powers of Japan and the USA that we get the best one. Separate the Power Rangers are an impressive bunch, superpowered adolescents who each have their own robots. Combined to the powerful Megazord, however, they’re unstoppable – and stylish.
Robots and videogames, a match made in heaven. At least we think so, and sure hope you do too – in fact we’d bet good money that you do, since there’s so many examples of awesome androids in games. They make good enemies (exploding in showers of sparks and bolts), sidekicks (with loads of cool gadgets) and player characters alike, and they’re always super cool to boot. Here are just five of our faves from across the years!
1) The titular hero of the Ratchet and Clank series and the star of his own spin-off game, Clank is so much more than a robotic sidekick. He has provided players with everything from a jetpack to a fully-fledge spaceship to a hulking rock ’em sock ’em boxing robot.
2) What he lacks in aesthetics Josef makes up for with his inventiveness in Machinarium. Heis the DIY punk automaton of adventure games, which for our money is more than enough to make him one of the coolest videogame robots.
3) This classic Capcom series of platformers feature not just one but dozens of the coolest robots we’ve ever seen in videogames – there’s the star of the show, Mega Man in his baby blue armour and arm that fires rockets. He picks up all his enemies powers as he goes on, which means he’s literally cooler than all the other supporting characters.
4) If there’s two things the internet loves, it’s robots and cats. This Final Fantasy VII party member brings to the two together in predictably awesome fashion. Even when it turns out that Cait Sith was nothing more than a spy for the bad guys, controlled like a puppet, it was hard to get mad at him. Just like you forgive a real kitty a multitude of sins, Cait was just too cute. Sorry, cool. Robot cats=cool.
5) Her immense charm, the wit and sense of humour, she’s gotta be something special, GlaDOS (that’s short for Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System), the nefarious robot AI that puts you through heck in the Portal games, we salute you. We’re not even joking. We’re being so sincere right now.