A few weeks ago, IGN took a stab at highlighting a few of the best vendettas in video game history. While a few inescapable classics will make almost any list largely based on tradition and recurrence (see: Nintendo and Sega’s brand-defining characters), we decided to highlight a few of our own favorites this week and volunteer them into the discussion.
Sonic vs. Dr. Robotnik
This rivalry became synonymous with the Sega brand from 1991 onward, as Sonic was constantly forced to rescue his supercute woodland friends from the evil clutches of Dr. Robotnik and his mech-fetish.
Mario vs. Bowser
From one brand-defining feud to another—as Mario’s popularity continued to solidify Nintendo’s position in the gaming marketplace, his ongoing dispute with the Princess-napping King Koopa himself, Bowser, established its place in gaming history.
Kratos vs. the Gods of Olympus
The God of War series is a relatively recent entrant, but anytime a rage-filled Spartan warrior goes on a crusade against the Gods, dismembering his way all the way up the chain to Zeus himself, it has to warrant heavy consideration on this list.
Scorpion vs. Sub-Zero
A blood feud that has lasted through several generations, dimensions, and afterlives, these two original Mortal Kombat warriors will stop at nothing to rip the spines out of one another. Literally.
Cloud vs. Sephiroth
Borne out of what might well be considered Square Enix’s pinnacle achievement, Final Fantasy VII, the clash between protagonist Cloud and Sephiroth is simultaneously intensely personal, heartwrenching, draining, and epic in every sense of the word.
Solid Snake vs. Liquid Snake
Siblings, clones, jealousy, foils, and failure... the incredible story-oriented Metal Gear Solid series constructed one of gaming’s best and most tragic rivalries between Solid Snake and Liquid Snake—two sides of the same coin divided forever by their very inception.
Of course, there are several other quality nominees in this category—Link vs. Ganondorf from Zelda, Ken vs. Ryu from Streetfighter, Leon vs. Wesker from Resident Evil, Gordon Freeman vs. (sort of) the G-Man in Half-Life—but at this point, we turn it over to you, dear reader. What are your favorite gaming feuds of all time, and why? Your choices are most welcome below.
In other gaming news this week, The Last of Us goes gold, EA gives its newly-acquired Star Wars IP the royal treatment, and we get a preview of what to expect from E3 this year. Read on!
- If you’re lucky enough to be attending E3 this year, or are simply curious about what kind of coverage to expect coming out of the world’s largest gaming convention in 2013, here’s the full list of games that will be present at E3 this year.
- Following the wild success of their Walking Dead games, Telltale Games is returning to the graphic novel well with their followup game: The Wolf Among Us. Check out some early screenshots and artwork here.
- The director of the original Assassin’s Creed, Patrick Desilets, has reportedly been terminated without merit by Ubisoft. The company cites creative differences, but Desilets suggests otherwise.
- Speaking of Assassin’s Creed... channel your inner pirate with the new Assassin’s Creed 4 trailer.
- The Verge is reporting that Microsoft has finally decided to cut out the middleman by killing off their Points system and switching to actual currency and gift cards.
- Meteor Entertainment CEO Mark Long learned a lesson in gender equality last month.
- It appears that the PS4 has its slogan: Greatness Awaits.
- EA has certainly been busy. After acquiring the rights for the Star Wars franchise from Disney last week, this week they opened up a new LA-based development studio that will reportedly be dedicated only to Star Wars games.
- Finally, good news if you’re a fan of third-person adventure. Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us—our most anticipated game of the year so far—has gone gold.