Get a little Eurovision fever with our Top Five games a little European style.
It’s almost that time again, when you and family sit around the TV and watch some soul-destroying euro pop tune get all the points, while us Brits rake in the “nil pwah” It’s Eurovision time! And what better way to get you in the mood than a rundown of our top five games with a sense of European style (or lack of).
#5 The Getaway
The Getaway had a lot of hype to live up to, promising a truly gritty take on the open-world formula popularised by the Grand Theft Auto series. And while it was a little shallow in places in terms of depth and actual length, it did offer an ultraviolent descent into London’s gangland underbelly.
Despite having none of GTAs tongue-in-cheek black humour, The Getaway did do a great job of making The Big Smoke as much a character as Liberty City. It also featured a soundtrack score by the London Session Orchestra and written by composer Shawn Lee (who would go on to score Rockstar’s fellow sandbox-style title Bully (Canis Canem Edit in Europe) three years later.
Ah Wheelman; the tie-in game to a movie that never got made. And while Wheelman might have all the hallmarks of a Grand Theft Auto clone, this Barcelona-set romp was all about the arcade racing action. The on-foot sections might have been a little ass, but the driving mechanics were great fun.
Wheelman also featured the ability to shoot out tyres in slo-mo and hijack other cars mid-drive, a set of mechanics Sleeping Dogs perfected years later.
#3 The Saboteur
The Saboteur may feature the worst attempt than an Irish accent in the history of mankind, but it still remains one of this generations most underrated titles. From racing around racetracks to blowing up Nazi strongholds, The Saboteur used a black and white palette to represent those areas of Paris still choking under the boot of the Third Reich.
With a variety of ways to approach each objective, this open-world extravaganza let you lead the liberation of Paris in pure Noir style. Yes, it had some niggling bugs, but Pandemic’s swan song was still a great laugh.
#2 Spartan: Total Warrior
Okay, when you think Greece the obvious option would have been the God of War series, but we think Spartan: Total Warrior is a forgotten gem from the PlayStation 2. Published by Sega, Total Warrior was the first (and only) non-RTS offshoot from the Total War series.
And while it might throw historical accuracy face-first into Greek legend, the intense hack and slash action proved The Creative Assembly could produce a top slice of blood-letting action.
#1 Assassin’s Creed 2
The Assassin’s Creed franchise has always been about hidden wars in history, but none pulled it with such character as Assassin’s Creed 2. Taking the series away from the middle-eastern theme of the first game, Ubisoft chose the culture-rich setting of 15th and 16th century Renaissance Italy.
The first instalment in the Ezio trilogy was a game alive with style – from the stunning vistas of Florence to the markets of Venice, Ubisoft crafted a glimpse of a Renaissance Italy that took the series to beautiful new heights. Even with the jarring sections outside the Animus, the European stylings of AC2 remain a high-point for the franchise.
So what are your top five Euro-based games? Get the debate going and let us know! Why not check our last top five entry, Top Five | Games on a budget.