EDITORIAL: My Top 5 Favorite ROCKSTAR Games

I have to admit, I have never played a game published by Rockstar that I didn't like, and have been enjoying their titles since my youth. From the classic Max Payne to the spectacular Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar still has not managed to disappoint me. Hit the jump to see my five favorite titles in order.

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By WesleyGibson - 7/8/2014

5. Max Payne

God I played the SHIT out of this game as a kid and still can't get enough of it. The game was simply amazing for it's time and even though it's sequels managed to outdo many aspects of it, it still remains a deep, enjoyable, action-packed romp through New York City's nitty gritty underground. The bullet-time mechanics and awesome weaponry really added some lengthy replay value and those graphic novel-inspired cutscenes were simply something that I hadn't seen before in a video game. It really was the start of something fresh and it has forever crafted a strong legacy with many gamers today.


4. Manhunt

Gory, brutal, unrelenting. Manhunt is the true definition of controversy within video games that make many politicians cringe in their sweaty leather seats. With that said, one of the great things about Rockstar is that they aren't afraid to push the envelope and with Manhunt they certainly did. The gameplay was very reminiscent of Grand Theft Auto III but with a more linear and violent twist. The stealth mechanics weren't the best, but the dark mythology of the game and the bleak underbelly within it is what makes the game truly shine.  Just do you yourself a favor and play it, because it's way better that anything a Saw movie could ever do.

NOTE: This game also introduced one of the most terrifying villains I have ever seen. Anyone that played this game should know who I mean...


3. Bully

Leave it to Rockstar to make school fun. For real, this game defined the darker side of schools and pushed it further, managing to mix elements of both truth and satire for an engaging video game. You'll take classes, participate in missions with fellow students, bully and cease bullying of other kids, and pretty much anything else you'd expect to do in school and more. You can also leave campus to visit what the outside town has to offer. Basically it's GTA in a school setting. This little adventure is a nostalgic trip for adults and an escape from reality for kids still in school today.


2. Grand Theft Auto IV

I know what your thinking, why this and not GTA V? I loved the fifth installment for all it had to offer, but in my opinion, GTA IV had one thing that GTA V didn't, and that was Niko Bellic. Bellic was a fresh and different protagonist within the GTA canon and was the most badass out of every one of them who really made the story of the game much deeper than it could have been had the developers took another direction with the character. Also the game was a fresh take on the GTA everyone was used to and introduced some great shooting mechanics that would be improved in Max Payne 3 and Grand Theft Auto V. GTA IV has it's flaws sure, but the game is an instant classic and is my favorite installment in the series to date. 


1. Red Dead Redemption

The story of John Marston's rise and fall is one of the most powerful tales that Rockstar has ever developed. The game is a spiritual successor to Red Dead Revolver, and surpasses it in every way imaginable. Redemption almost makes players forget that Revolver ever existed. The way that Redemption is presented not only grabs you from the start but does not let go until the final climactic ending that probably made even the most hardened gamer shed a tear or two. The gunplay, visuals, voice acting and basically everything else within the game were top-notch not to mention game's soundtrack is one of the most personal and fitting soundtracks I have ever encountered. This is a true quality game for anyone looking for a good story and some good western style fun. 
Honorable mentions: Max Payne 3, L.A. Noire, Grand Theft Auto V, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, The Warriors, Red Dead Revolver

Feel free to share your possible lists and comments below!


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H3LLBLAZER - 7/8/2014, 2:51 AM
Damn! I played the sh!t out of Max Payne too.


To bad the movie sucked @ss though :(


I would add this game to your list too.

BatManiac - 7/8/2014, 5:57 AM
Top 5 ROCKSTAR Games
5) The Warriors
4) GTA: San Andreas
3) GTA: Vice City
2) Red Dead Redemption
1) GTA V
Gusto - 7/8/2014, 6:19 AM
Loved Max Payne & GTA IV.
Hated RDR.
Vortigar - 7/8/2014, 6:25 AM
Top 5 Rockstar Games:
1. Grand Theft Auto 2
2. Oni
3. Grand Theft Auto 1

Yup, done. ^_^

Didn't like 3 and Vice City, haven't touched the franchise since. Still got Red Dead Redemption for PS3 lying around, haven't gotten around to that one.

Still play GTA2 from time to time.
WorstUserNameEver - 7/8/2014, 6:37 AM
5. Manhunt
4. GTA: SAan Andreas
3. Red Dead Redemption
2. GTA V
1. GTA Online
TheBlasi - 7/8/2014, 6:55 AM
My TOP 5 list:

5- Max Payne 3.
4- GTA San Andreas.
3- Red Dead Redemption.
2- GTA IV.
1- GTA V (and Online).
TheBlasi - 7/8/2014, 7:03 AM
Also, watch the following videos:




H3LLBLAZER - 7/8/2014, 7:10 AM
@TheBlasi

Watch this video.
TheBlasi - 7/8/2014, 7:17 AM
@H3LLBLAZER

That video is awesome!
TheAbaryMan369 - 7/8/2014, 7:21 AM
YES Manhunt and RDR are both amazing games! Great list
Doopie - 7/8/2014, 8:10 AM
@H3LLBLAZER

that vid!
cipher - 7/8/2014, 8:34 AM
Wasn't San Andreas the one where you can beat the shit out of people with a giant purple dildo? I don't think there's a single game that can't be improved with the addition of a giant purple dildo.
MrSotoMan - 7/8/2014, 8:44 AM
5. Max Payne 3

4. Red Dead Redemption

3. L.A. Noire

2. GTA San Andreas

1. GTA V
MrSotoMan - 7/8/2014, 9:03 AM
I only got really into Rockstar because of GTA 3.

Then I noticed Red Dead Revolver....Max Payne was one of my favorites growing up, then Manhunt, every Rockstar game has ranged from good to excellent. I couldn't find a gif, but Bully is another one I loved and I am still waiting for a sequel.

Screw Red Dead, wheres Bully 2!?!?

Hell a Manhunt remake (even though I doubt it)
WesleyGibson - 7/8/2014, 9:24 AM
MrSotoMan

"Where's Bully 2?"

Man I have been wondering the same thing.
MrSotoMan - 7/8/2014, 9:42 AM
@WesleyGibson- I did hear Rockstar did trademark Bully 2, and Sam Houser saying that after Max Payne 3 work begins on Bully 2, but obviously they stopped doing what they were doing to do GTA V, which I think after it went gold they went back to work on Bully 2, here is hoping something is told to us this year about it.....I doubt it thought.....

I did hear of Agent, but that game has been talked about for god knows how long, it makes me wonder if they are still working on it.
WesleyGibson - 7/8/2014, 10:53 AM
MrSotoMan

Well with all due respect, Rockstar needs to get it's ass in gear and get Bully 2 going because there is simple so much that they can do with it that they couldn't in the first. It was blowing my mind just thinking about it.

I'd pre-order that sucker faster than you can say 'pre-order'.
MrSotoMan - 7/8/2014, 10:56 AM
@WesleyGibson- I agree, there is a lot to do with Bully.

How about a neighborhood to travel in, like a sub-division along with the whole town? Robbing stores with some stealth added, have different sort of classes as well, gangs that might seem real, bringing in gangster wannabes, a lot can be done with Bully 2.

Hell school buses can be fast-travel.
DrDoom - 7/8/2014, 11:21 AM
RockStar is overrated as hell.
DrDoom - 7/8/2014, 11:25 AM
I've played several of their games and haven't liked any of them.
Floke - 7/8/2014, 1:11 PM
@Gusto: Hating RDR? RDR bringing you back bad memories? Was that the time you learned that a horse ranch is actually full of animals and not working girls?
MrSotoMan - 7/8/2014, 2:04 PM
Let me guess........"bad writing"??

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