Wii U Deluxe Console
My beautiful wife asked me to come out to the car and help her bring in the groceries. When she opened the trunk, my brain took a second to register that there wasn’t any groceries at all, but a Wii U sitting in there with several games! It was the biggest birthday surprise since she bought me Batman: Arkham Asylum when it first came out (a game I was planning on skipping simply because Batman games aren’t typically quality). I have a great PC and a PlayStation 4 for my “hardcore gaming”. But for fun, adventurous games that you can’t get on my other systems, the Wii U fills that void.
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
Why?: Because I put over 100 hours the first month this game came out. Addictive gameplay, fast and furious. Oh, and I’m not even good at it. It infuriated friends and myself to no end to see myself get beat down every match, but we kept going back to it. Single player was awesome and one of the few RTS games that had a story worth unfolding.
Runner-ups: Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Minecraft
Red Dead Redemption
Why?: The wild west is amazing in it’s own right, and RDR brought this into full scale. The land was wonderful to explore and felt more alive than any game. With every DLC addon too, the game just got better and better. When my PlayStation 3 died this year, it somehow gave me another excuse to restart the story again. Oh, and the multiplayer. The glorious multiplayer which turned out to be more fun than the single player. Rockstar rocked this title.
Runner-ups: Battlefield: Bad Company 2, God of War III
Why?: I really didn’t play much of my Xbox 360 this year, but Halo Reach ended up being the best game I did play that brought back a very familiar feel. Halo 3 didn’t impress me one bit, and Reach technically shouldn’t either, but it did. It added to multiplayer what needed to be added. The single player was alright, nothing to write home about, but Reach somehow managed to feel like Halo: Combat Evolved rather than the dreadful ODST expansion pack Bungie put out.
Runner-ups: Red Dead Redemption, Call of Duty: Black OPs
Donkey Kong Country 4
Why?: Nintendo got this title 100% correct. It’s insanely difficult (not New Super Mario Bros. Wii difficult, because that game was easy). It’s punishing to an extent. The best time I’ve had on the Wii in a very long time. So I have to give props to this title. Multiplayer is fun, and even though my wife and I discovered half way through that the title she was barely needed, we still had fun trying to rush through levels together. But this is what Nintendo needs to focus on. Just old fun games, minimum story, and arcade actiony goodness.
Runner-ups: Goldeneye 007, Super Mario Galaxy 2
Just a few of the goodies from 2010’s TGS. A lot of good surprises. While Sony is definitely making a come back this year, I’m scared they’re never going to firmware upgrade our PlayStation 3 systems to support backwards compatibility since their HD remakes are a hit. I still have an original, but when it dies, I’m going to be screwed. I have some odd figure of PlayStation 2 titles in my closet I just bought recently.