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
It’s finally here! The PlayStation Move, or Wii Remote for the PlayStation 3. Is it everything the Wii is not? It it revolutionary? Let’s find out using the final product, as well as some full version games and demos.
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.
E3’s big cheese stuff is now over. What did you guys think? Who “won”? What did you love, like, dislike, or hate?
Here’s my thoughts on the whole event. We’ll start with Microsoft, since they were first. Microsoft’s presentation, in my opinion, was a huge disappointment. Natal…I mean, Kinect…looks good, but still, no pricing. And the games… I dunno. I’m a gamer, not a fitness geek. I could care less about getting in fake-shape playing a 2nd rate game using a camera. Fable III seems to make use of the Kinect to a point where I’m interested. I mean, no one can disagree that the technology, it looks killer. But there’s no price. The support seems a little bland. The dance game just looks really stupid to me. I’m not a DDR nerd, so I don’t really care whatsoever about getting “achievements” for looking like an idiot. More on the games, Microsoft just completely blew it.
I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now, if not by gaming media outlets or raging Xbox 360 fanboys, then by Sony fans themselves. With Firmware 3.21 today, you lose you’re ability to play video games online if you don’t update, but if you do update and own the original fat PlayStation 3, you lose your OtherOS option. April Fool’s joke? Apparently not.
Is this really a big deal?
Short answer: Yes.