Let's Play Every GameCube Game, Part 9

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Die Hard: Vendetta

Die Hard: Vendetta (Bits Studios/Vivendi Universal, 2002)

Licensed FPS with really awkward and floaty gun controls. Oddly, it does let you shoot friendly NPCs for no reason and even animates them dying and everyone else attacking you, but then it auto-fails the mission after a few seconds and resets everything. Might be the first time I've seen a game that lets you do that and then backs out of it so quickly.

Digimon Rumble Arena 2

Digimon Rumble Arena 2 (Bandai, 2004)

SSB with Digimon, basically. I like that you can evolve mid-fight and that there's simple stage damage effects, but the movepools are much too small and the AI is a moron. Could've used some more time in the oven.

Digimon World 4

Digimon World 4 (BEC/Bandai, 2005)

A Digimon action RPG that has very long load times between all of its areas even though they're not very big. Combat does not make use of any combos and feels stiff, and it's never very much to look at. Also, the music is barely there. That does not leave much to like about it.

Dinotopia: The Sunstone Odyssey

Dinotopia: The Sunstone Odyssey (Vicious Cycle Software/TDK Mediactive, 2003)

I was a big fan of these books around 2003, so I'm glad I didn't know this game existed. It's an action adventure with really finnicky controls, and my setup had a fun glitch where every sound effect would play all at once every time in other sound was made. Not pleasant to listen to.

Disney Sports Basketball

Disney Sports Basketball (Konami, 2003)

It takes the idea from Strikers of having a team of one known character and a couple generic nobodies playing a sport and ruins it. Your team is completely uninterested in defense, so everyone scores every time, and there's shooting is just pressing one button anyway. The announcer unbelievably obnoxious. This game was quite justifiably dumped on critically, but oddly the GBA version fared much better.

Disney Sports Football

Disney Sports Football (Konami, 2002)

I think the fastest way to communicate this game's quality is to point out that, despite the camera angle, I'm actually the blue team here. Implementing two camera angles as too much, apparently. Everything that was bad about the last game is still bad here.

Disney Sports Skateboarding

Disney Sports Skateboarding (Konami, 2002)

In case you were worried they were a one-trick pony, this game proved that Disney/Konami could ruin individual sports as well as team sports! It's an ugly, unresponsive Tony Hawk ripoff, and it still has that awful announcer who never shuts up.

Disney Sports Soccer

Disney Sports Soccer (Konami, 2002)

This game plays itself to such an extent that I'm not even sure my inputs were doing anything. And yes, it still has the stupid announcer. It actually reviewed much better than all the other crappy sports games, but I have no idea why.

Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure