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ROUND ONE: Negative World March Madness: Third Party Edition (Liberty City)
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March 23, 2015, 12:26:28
 


We're kicking off the Negative World March Madness: Third Party Edition, where our favorite non-Nintendo games go head to head and only one may prevail. The matchups are as follows:

(1) Grand Theft Auto IV vs. (16) Ninja Gaiden Black
(8) Grand Theft Auto III vs. (9) Portal 2
(4) Tekken 3 vs. (13) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
(5) Mass Effect 2 vs. (12) Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

(2) Grand Theft Auto V vs. (15) Gran Turismo
(7) Half-Life 2 vs. (10) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(3) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves vs. (14) Bioshock
(6) Halo: Combat Evolved vs. (11) The Last of Us

Vote for the game that you think should win the matchup. Please vote on every matchup or your votes will not be counted. Not having played a game does not disqualify you from voting. If a game has appeared on multiple platforms, use your discretion in choosing which version to consider. Please cast your votes in the following format, bolding the game that you choose to advance:

(1) Game 1 vs. (8) Game 8
(4) Game 4 vs. (5) Game 5

Polls are open until Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST. Enjoy!

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Posted: 03/23/15, 12:26:28  - Edited by 
 on: 03/23/15, 12:59:39    
 
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(1) Grand Theft Auto IV vs. (16) Ninja Gaiden Black
(8) Grand Theft Auto III vs. (9) Portal 2
(4) Tekken 3 vs. (13) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
(5) Mass Effect 2 vs. (12) Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

(2) Grand Theft Auto V vs. (15) Gran Turismo
(7) Half-Life 2 vs. (10) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(3) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves vs. (14) Bioshock
(6) Halo: Combat Evolved vs. (11) The Last of Us


Posted by 
 on: 03/23/15, 12:28:04
(1) Grand Theft Auto IV vs. (16) Ninja Gaiden Black
(8) Grand Theft Auto III vs. (9) Portal 2
(4) Tekken 3 vs. (13) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
(5) Mass Effect 2 vs. (12) Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

(2) Grand Theft Auto V vs. (15) Gran Turismo
(7) Half-Life 2 vs. (10) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(3) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves vs. (14) Bioshock
(6) Halo: Combat Evolved vs. (11) The Last of Us


Posted by 
 on: 03/23/15, 13:04:26
(1) Grand Theft Auto IV vs. (16) Ninja Gaiden Black
(8) Grand Theft Auto III vs. (9) Portal 2
(4) Tekken 3 vs. (13) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
(5) Mass Effect 2 vs. (12) Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

(2) Grand Theft Auto V vs. (15) Gran Turismo
(7) Half-Life 2 vs. (10) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(3) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves vs. (14) Bioshock
(6) Halo: Combat Evolved vs. (11) The Last of Us

EDIT: As an added bonus for this round can we say how many of the games we've played?

I'm at 12/16.


Posted by 
 on: 03/23/15, 13:19:12  - Edited by 
 on: 03/23/15, 13:27:00
(1) Grand Theft Auto IV vs. (16) Ninja Gaiden Black
(8) Grand Theft Auto III vs. (9) Portal 2
(4) Tekken 3 vs. (13) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
(5) Mass Effect 2 vs. (12) Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

(2) Grand Theft Auto V vs. (15) Gran Turismo
(7) Half-Life 2 vs. (10) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(3) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves vs. (14) Bioshock
(6) Halo: Combat Evolved vs. (11) The Last of Us


Posted by 
 on: 03/23/15, 13:27:21
(1) Grand Theft Auto IV vs. (16) Ninja Gaiden Black
(8) Grand Theft Auto III vs. (9) Portal 2
(4) Tekken 3 vs. (13) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
(5) Mass Effect 2 vs. (12) Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

(2) Grand Theft Auto V vs. (15) Gran Turismo
(7) Half-Life 2 vs. (10) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(3) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves vs. (14) Bioshock
(6) Halo: Combat Evolved vs. (11) The Last of Us


Posted by 
 on: 03/23/15, 14:02:32
Not totally excited about the choices but...

(1) Grand Theft Auto IV vs. (16) Ninja Gaiden Black
(8) Grand Theft Auto III vs. (9) Portal 2
(4) Tekken 3 vs. (13) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
(5) Mass Effect 2 vs. (12) Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

(2) Grand Theft Auto V vs. (15) Gran Turismo
(7) Half-Life 2 vs. (10) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(3) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves vs. (14) Bioshock
(6) Halo: Combat Evolved vs. (11) The Last of Us


Posted by 
 on: 03/23/15, 15:11:34
(1) Grand Theft Auto IV vs. (16) Ninja Gaiden Black
(8) Grand Theft Auto III vs. (9) Portal 2
(4) Tekken 3 vs. (13) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
(5) Mass Effect 2 vs. (12) Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

(2) Grand Theft Auto V vs. (15) Gran Turismo
(7) Half-Life 2 vs. (10) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(3) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves vs. (14) Bioshock
(6) Halo: Combat Evolved vs. (11) The Last of Us


I'm the first one to vote for Ninja Gaiden Black? That game rules. EDIT: My man Zero knows what's up.

So much GTA up in this.


Posted by 
 on: 03/23/15, 15:13:37  - Edited by 
 on: 03/23/15, 15:14:14
(1) Grand Theft Auto IV vs. (16) Ninja Gaiden Black
(8) Grand Theft Auto III vs. (9) Portal 2
(4) Tekken 3 vs. (13) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
(5) Mass Effect 2 vs. (12) Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

(2) Grand Theft Auto V vs. (15) Gran Turismo
(7) Half-Life 2 vs. (10) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(3) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves vs. (14) Bioshock
(6) Halo: Combat Evolved vs. (11) The Last of Us

Also - and sorry if I missed the discussion regarding this before...but are we counting Sony and Microsoft 1st-party games as 3rd-party? Or is "3rd-party" just games that don't appear on Nintendo systems (and likely never will)? Because stuff like Uncharted 2 and Halo aren't really 3rd-party, that's first-party stuff from Sony and Microsoft, respectively.


Posted by 
 on: 03/23/15, 15:19:28
@GameDadGrant

I guess it's ultimately a battle of "non-Nintendo" games. Although I'm confused why there's no Final Fantasy VII or Metal Gear Solid 1 or 3, in that case.

To be honest, the ONLY ones of these games I've actually played is Bioshock and a tiny amount of Portal 2! I may have to abstain from voting this round because of that.


Posted by 
 on: 03/23/15, 15:31:16
How did you pick these games?! So much GTA!

(1) Grand Theft Auto IV vs. (16) Ninja Gaiden Black
(8) Grand Theft Auto III vs. (9) Portal 2
(4) Tekken 3 vs. (13) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
(5) Mass Effect 2 vs. (12) Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

(2) Grand Theft Auto V vs. (15) Gran Turismo
(7) Half-Life 2 vs. (10) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(3) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves vs. (14) Bioshock
(6) Halo: Combat Evolved vs. (11) The Last of Us

I mostly voted for genre here. Or against games. And I've played... exactly half of the games.


Posted by 
 on: 03/23/15, 15:32:24  - Edited by 
 on: 03/23/15, 17:41:32
@Anand

You've got everything bolded buddy...

As for me,

(1) Grand Theft Auto IV
vs. (16) Ninja Gaiden Black
(8) Grand Theft Auto III vs. (9) Portal 2
(4) Tekken 3 vs. (13) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
(5) Mass Effect 2
vs. (12) Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

(2) Grand Theft Auto V vs. (15) Gran Turismo
(7) Half-Life 2
vs. (10) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(3) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves vs. (14) Bioshock
(6) Halo: Combat Evolved vs. (11) The Last of Us

I loved The Last of Us so much I wouldn't mind seeing it win the whole thing. Great game. Sure hope it would beat out this bracket at least.


Posted by 
 on: 03/23/15, 15:50:08
(1) Grand Theft Auto IV vs. (16) Ninja Gaiden Black
(8) Grand Theft Auto III vs. (9) Portal 2
(4) Tekken 3 vs. (13) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
(5) Mass Effect 2 vs. (12) Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

(2) Grand Theft Auto V vs. (15) Gran Turismo
(7) Half-Life 2 vs. (10) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(3) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves vs. (14) Bioshock
(6) Halo: Combat Evolved vs. (11) The Last of Us

- I love GTAIV, I only played a tiny bit of Ninja Gaiden.
- So hard to choose. There are better GTAs but there's no better Portal.
- I love GTA:SA and I'm not a fan of fighting games. Easy.
- Mass Effect 2 was super good. I've never actually played MGS2.

- Another difficult one. Great GTA game vs. maybe a masterpiece if not for GT2.
- I've only played each of these games a bit. But from what I did I could tell I'd like Skyrim more.
- Never played Uncharted, but I love Bioshock.
- I've never played Last of Us but voted for it anyway. I think I'd like it more than Halo.


Posted by 
 on: 03/23/15, 16:05:58
(1) Grand Theft Auto IV vs. (16) Ninja Gaiden Black
(8) Grand Theft Auto III vs. (9) Portal 2
(4) Tekken 3 vs. (13) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
(5) Mass Effect 2 vs. (12) Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

(2) Grand Theft Auto V vs. (15) Gran Turismo
(7) Half-Life 2 vs. (10) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(3) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves vs. (14) Bioshock
(6) Halo: Combat Evolved vs. (11) The Last of Us

I'm not as familiar with the half of the games in the bracket...so most of the games I picked (aside from GTA III) are games that I have actually played.


Posted by 
 on: 03/23/15, 16:08:34
My god look at that pile of mediocrity. It is like a box full of gross soggy fries with one glorious crispy wonder in the box.

The only game in there worth anything is Portal 2.


Posted by 
 on: 03/23/15, 16:12:34
@DrFinkelstein
Whoops! Fixed, thanks.

I blame Kris for his original post, which I used as a base.


Posted by 
 on: 03/23/15, 17:41:04  - Edited by 
 on: 03/23/15, 17:41:17
(1) Grand Theft Auto IV vs. (16) Ninja Gaiden Black
(8) Grand Theft Auto III vs. (9) Portal 2
(4) Tekken 3 vs. (13) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
(5) Mass Effect 2 vs. (12) Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

(2) Grand Theft Auto V vs. (15) Gran Turismo
(7) Half-Life 2 vs. (10) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(3) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves vs. (14) Bioshock
(6) Halo: Combat Evolved vs. (11) The Last of Us


Posted by 
 on: 03/23/15, 18:27:54
@GameDadGrant

third par·ty
noun
noun: third party; plural noun: third parties

1.
a person or group besides the two primarily involved in a situation

If it's not published by Nintendo or Negative World, it's made by a third party for the purposes of this discussion.

@TriforceBun

Because those games weren't ranked as high as these ones on Gamerankings. If more people on Negative World ranked non-Nintendo games that maybe those games would have appeared.

Also, Final Fantasy VII wouldn't have made the cut even going by users here and Metal Gear Solid 1 was on a Nintendo platform and didn't make the cut based on our ratings.


Posted by 
 on: 03/23/15, 23:33:18  - Edited by 
 on: 03/24/15, 01:24:06
chrisbg99 said:
The only game in there worth anything is Portal 2.

This times a million

...Well Bioshock is pretty good. But I agree with the general sentiment.


Posted by 
 on: 03/23/15, 23:46:06
@Jargon

Ha ha, okay fair enough. Thanks for the clarification!


Posted by 
 on: 03/24/15, 00:28:35
@GameDadGrant

I'm just razzin'. Third Party Edition is just a shorthand way to convey the premise of the poll.


Posted by 
 on: 03/24/15, 00:35:26
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