The dying game

Donkey Kong Country 2
A lot of people were disturbed by this game over screen. Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong look utterly beaten and dejected, sitting in a prison cell with bars over the window. As if that wasn't enough, the music penetrates the player's soul, ensuring you do your utmost to ensure you never make the poor monkeys sad again. Except Diddy, the irritating sod.

Grand Theft Auto
GTA used to be viewed entirely from above, of course. But it's nice to see Rockstar giving us the classic ascending camera looking down at our stricken form in the 3D iterations of the series. It's almost as though our antihero is rising to heaven... although considering the murderous rampage he's just been on, maybe it should be the other way?

Justin Towell

Justin was a GamesRadar staffer for 10 years but is now a freelancer, musician and videographer. He's big on retro, Sega and racing games (especially retro Sega racing games) and currently also writes for Play Magazine,, PC Gamer and TopTenReviews, as well as running his own YouTube channel. Having learned to love all platforms equally after Sega left the hardware industry (sniff), his favourite games include Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams, Zelda BotW, Sea of Thieves, Sega Rally Championship and Treasure Island Dizzy.