The big question: what is the best trio?

Splatoon 3 launched this week and has been a hit with fans so far. This third installment solidifies Splatoon’s place among Nintendo’s other elite franchises, having not missed a step so far. It made us think of all the other three that put together a series of games.

Having two games to match, getting the third game right is no small feat, and one that can make or break a trilogy’s legacy (looking at you Mass Effect). So with that in mind, this week’s big question is: what’s the best line?

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Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon

Rhiannon Bevan, Editor-in-Chief

The general consensus is that Spyro 2 is the best outing of the purple dragon, but you’ve actually got it all wrong. The third game, Year of the Dragon, is full of that classic Spyro charm we all love, bringing together the best of the first two games and adding a ridiculous amount to it. Yes, I know the commands of Sgt. Byrd’s levels are insane, and Bentley is frankly quite boring, but when you were a kid it was the best thing ever. FIVE characters to embody? Holy shit. And you can also beat Money Bags at the end of the game, taking back all the gems he scammed you during the trilogy. Beautiful things. Also, Hunter has a girlfriend, and we love that for him.


Auto grand theft 3

Lu-Hai Liang, editor-in-chief

Successfully moving from 2D to 3D is no small feat. No one could imagine GTA 3 until it arrived. But Rockstar designed a 3D open world that would become super influential. Not only that, GTA 3 has one of the most entertaining and funniest soundtracks ever (those radio stations are always hilarious). He created countless play videos and Easter Moments before YouTube became a thing. The game would have been forever different had GTA 3 been of a less winning design, but the third Grand Theft Auto is one of the medium’s most important creations.

Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse

James Kennedy, Specialist

When it comes to iterative design, I can’t think of a game that has done Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse better. After the hugely ambitious, but ultimately uneven, Simon’s Quest, Dracula’s Curse sought to return to the roots of the series’ first title and make everything better. Branching pathways allow you to explore a number of alternate stages, making the game extremely replayable. And that element of replayability is only enhanced by the recruitable character system, which lets you rescue one of three comrades, each coming locked and loaded with their own unique playstyle. Oh, and I happen to have a unbelievable soundtrack. Dracula’s Curse is 8-bit chiptune nirvana! You just can’t do better than Dracula’s Curse.

Ratchet & Clank: upgrade your arsenal

James Troughton, News and Photo Editor

Going Commando shaped the future of Ratchet & Clank, and is often hailed as the best in the series for it. It added strafing, introduced James Arnold Taylor as Ratchet, and transformed Qwark from a secondary villain into a primary antagonist. I understand. It made a plot right and he did it well, but Up Your Arsenal took it even further. The Galactic Rangers we fight side-by-side on Veldin are hilarious and likable despite all sharing a single voice, while the Mothership hub adds some familiarity to keep us coming back regularly with a whole host of previous characters returning to work together. Al and Skid McMarx on the same team are comedic geniuses. Qwark meanwhile thinks he’s a monkey – it’s great! And it has the best levels, arenas, platforms and side quests. 2D Qwark levels? FANTASTIC. Chuck in Courtney Gears and Dr. Nefarious and you have a recipe for an all-time platformer.

Dragon Quest 3

Adam Carr, Specialist

The first two Dragon Quest titles are legendary achievements that not only broke new ground on the bloated Western RPGs of the time, but spawned their own subgenre. You can still feel the tendrils of Dragon Quest working their magic to this day. The thing is, none of this comes close to the monumental achievement that is Dragon Quest 3. Dragon Quest 3 has been heralded as one of the greatest JRPGS of all time, and for good reason. Mechanically, it’s the perfect JRPG. Narratively, he blows every game in front of him out of the water. It subverts tropes so young they could barely be considered tropes at the time. It pulls its predecessors together beautifully in an unexpected trilogy with a twist so damn good, it gives me chills just thinking about it. With a 2DHD remake on the horizon, I’m beyond excited to play this game for the 10th time – only with prettier graphics.

Halo 3

Amanda Hurych, Evergreen Content Manager

If we’re talking about the greatest threequel of all time, without a doubt, it’s Halo 3. What can I even say that hasn’t been said before about this masterpiece of gaming. doubled in co-op (literally), allowing up to four friends to play through the epic finale to Master Chief’s adventure. The moments of gameplay during the game were unforgettable (like when these Scarabs, I repeat, two Scarabs, threw themselves on the battlefield). And the multiplayer? Chef’s kiss. Halo 3 is one of the greatest video games of all time, so of course, by virtue of being the third game in its series, it’s also one of the greatest three.

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