THE FUNSTOCK ADVENT CALENDAR – DECEMBER 5TH – FIVE ALIVE

It takes a lot for any video game series to reach that almighty 5th title. I don’t just mean the 5th game in the series, but being the 5th game and still having the balls to simply add a ‘5’ on to the end of the title.

Mega Man 5 is one of the earlier examples, and that train certainly hasn’t stopped with 11 being announced only yesterday. There’s also been a Mega Man Battle Network 5. And a 5th in the X series! Staying with Nintendo, you’d expect him to have numbered a lot more 5’s considering the number of video games he’s appeared in, but Super Mario has only a Mario Party 5 to his name.

Looking at the more serious side of gaming, we do have a Metal Gear Solid V, the most critically acclaimed entry in the Metal Gear series. Resident Evil 5 was also a brave attempt to replicate the massive success of 4, but it was never going to reach those heights. Following the (relatively) poor 4th entry in the Grand Theft Auto series, 5 was released to rapturous celebrations from the GTA community

Tekken, Street Fighter, Soul Caliber, Mortal Kombat, Dead or Alive, Samurai Showdown, all fighting games which haven’t been afraid to use the big ‘5’. Or ‘V’ as they often prefer. Surprisingly, not many sports game ever bothered to use the number, but then considered they all started to just bang years on the end of their titles, there’s little surprise there. UFC may end up there mind you, EA Sports UFC 3 is due to come out in February.

The Zelda series has only ever reached a II, but then Zelda 5 just sounds crap. Sonic the Hedgehog is nearly there having hit 4 but maybe it’s for the best we don’t follow that one up just yet. Should Sonic Mania have been simply known as Sonic 5? And don’t even get me started on how many successful Japanese RPG series have managed to hit the big ‘5’.

Whether it’s a ‘5’ or a big fat ‘V’, you can be almost guaranteed that if it’s in the title, you’re witnessing greatness.

See me hitting a 5 knuckle shuffle @auto2112