OK I'm REALLY late to post this blog. But better late than never right? :P So here are the game I bought this year ordered by the worst one to the GAME OF THE YEAR! :D
16. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Rate: 6/10 (Meh)
The game got some good fighting styles, witty humor and homage for the good ‘ol Turtle brothers. But it had a story that is very much equal to a 22 minute cartoon episode, bad camera control, lots of bugs, short campaign, uninteresting unblockables which made this game nothing more than another mediocre game.
Rate: 7.5/10 (Meh+Deadpool)
The humor and funny scenes of the game is what kept it going considering how hilarious they were. But the overall uninteresting story, mediocre and somewhat boring gameplay, very weak use of the supporting characters and antagonists stopped the game from being a memorable one. Feels like a project done by the developers when they were bored or had nothing better to do. Thumbs up for Nolan North’s voice acting though.
14. Transformers: The Movie Video Game
Rate: 7/10 (OK)
This game has both good and bad. The missions of the game are unbalanced. Some of the missions are so easy and repetitive while some are hard and frustrating. The last battle against Megatron in the Autobot Campaign is so easy that it doesn’t feel like an epic showdown at all. Nevertheless it had some great battles. (More battles than the movie itself) Another pro is that the Transformers themselves. There are lots of Giant Alien robots with special weapons and vehicle modes as playable or fight against and also most of them have dialogues and special scenes which is something the movie lacks. (Except Ratchet who only appear in 2 cutscenes of the game.) Also with good freeroaming in different environments, additional tasks to do and collectibles to find, this game was enjoyable and worth spending time on.
13. Testament of Sherlock Holmes
Rate: 8/10 (Good)
The game is all about solving crimes as the world’s greatest detective. The story is great and takes the player different parts of the city to solve many kinds interesting mysteries. There are also a number of puzzles with a balanced difficulty so that you can enjoy while solving them. (Unlike Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis which was an awful headache even with the help of walkthroughs) I do have a little problem with the ending though…
12. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Rate: 8/10 (Cool)
11. Need for Speed: The Run
Rate: 8/10 (Cool)
The game has awesome graphics, great action and scenes. (for a racing game) It's not as blood pumping as the NFS: MOST WANTED in 2005 but still a good game.
10. Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2
Rate: 8.5/10 (Great)
It’s a great and unique experience and brings sniper simulator video games to a whole new level.
09. Crysis 3
Rate: 8.5/10 (Great)
An awesome game. While fantastic graphics and the environment created by it is what shines this game above others, it also has a great gameplay combined with the weapons and powers of the suit which are really fun to use against the wide range of enemies. The sci-fi story is good (not great, not memorable but good) but their attempt to give a moral message in the end was so bad that it was funny. Not to mention the numerous plot holes. Most notable improvements include the bow which is a really handy weapon when going stealth, ability to use alien weapons which causes devastating damage, a new upgrade system that gives many types of advantages in the battlefield and also the ability to hack both human and alien technologies for both defensive and offensive purposes. I also find the new databank to be interesting as it gives many Intel about the story and its characters. The music score (which is composed by Hans Zimmer btw) is really amazing. In short this game and the whole CRYSIS series is a great first person shooter sci-fi series; though not good or interesting enough to go beyond what they came so far.
08. The Walking Dead: Season 1
Rate: 8.5/10 (Fantastic)
For a zombie game this has a very impressive and unpredictable story with great characters, voice roles and rpg story gameplay.
07. Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition
Rate: 8.5/10 (FATALITY!)
It’s a great bloodthirsty fighting game. This game is all about defeating your opponent(s) with pure brutal fighting and carnage. There is a wide range of playable character roster with each of them having their own unique set of skills and fighting moves. There are characters with mystical powers, technological weapons and ones who rely on their own brute force. The story is good; Not very memorable but good for a fighting game. I also love the animations of X-Ray moves and finishing moves; they are just plain gory and bloody. And not to mention the enemy AI is very challenging. I had a very hard time defeating them in the story mode because of that. (That and the fact that I’m a rookie at these types of games and couldn’t do those special power moves correctly) Not to mention the last dual against Shao Khan; It was TOO damn hard and challenging that it took me 5 months to defeat him and the game. But in short, this was an awesome game and a unique experience for me.
06. Batman: Arkham Origins
Rate: 8.5/10 (Great)
A great game but not good enough by the BATMAN ARKHAM standards. It has a good story filled with action. I especially like the whole Batman meets Joker for the first time story; it is done very cleverly and perfectly. The new voice actors do a marvelous job as well. Roger Craig Smith does a great impression of a young and aggressive Batman while Troy Baker does a great impression of Mark Hamil’s Joker Voice. But unfortunately its lack of improvement, short story and gameplay and glitches scars the game. The only things new are a few gadgets, ability to free roam the whole Gotham City (Which is very lifeless) and a few minor changes. The Riddler Puzzles (Which plays a big part in each Arkham Game) are not as clever as in previous titles but instead just copies of them. Not to mention the short story and the very limited amount of side quests which makes the whole game very short that it can be finished in a day or less. And there are these glitches. Some of them are graphical glitches which are just annoying but some of them directly affect the game and make some missions inaccessible and ruin the fun. So in conclusion this game is a great action and superheroes game but does not come to the high level made by its predecessors.
Rate: 8.5/10 (FRESH)
This game is simply fantastic. The first thing you notice is the new, fresh and devastated environment. It place in a fiction industrial city known as Dunwall which is run by technology that has advanced in a very different way from ours. The already environment unfriendly city is plagued by rats infecting people turning them in to weepers (similar to Zombies) and killing them. This combined with the artistic graphics of the game creates a very dark and mysterious but interesting environment for the player to roam. The silent protagonist named Corvo is on a revenge mission to destroy the tyranny that is controlling the city and to do so he is not just armed with variety of weapons, but also really awesome mystical powers which can be used to go stealthily or go rampaging. (And also he has a really cool mask and costume :P ) The one thing I really love about this game is its freedom. The game is mission based which means you go to a hub after each mission and they can be replayed by going to menu. BUT unlike other games such as this, it’s not going from one check point to the other. The game has a really big environments which has many ways to reach the main objective or just roam around to find many cool stuff such as books containing about other stories that further tells about the mysteries that lurks among this city which makes this game world even more interesting. Also it gives you vast number of choices. Even the fate of your enemies and main targets is your choice. You can either kill them (in any creative way you wish using your powers and surroundings) or neutralize them non lethally. Not just enemies but also others (who don’t have a primary role in the story) are killable. And all these choices you make will affect future events, on how different characters will respond to you, and finally on the ending.
In short this game has a very interesting and mysterious game world, lots of freedom and very enjoyable gameplay and has a very good potential to become a series of its own. (If done right)
04. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
Rate: 9/10 (AWESOME)
Great Game….I’m also a little bored to comment more. :P
03. The Wolf Among Us
Rate: 10/10 (OUTSTANDING)
Another magnificent and awesome piece of work by Telltale Games. The game has a very interesting story with many memorable scenes, and especially great characters. I love how they combine real world with the world of fairy tales that we know and love for decades. Another interesting thing I see is how vastly different and unique the protagonist is from the one in previous Telltale game, The Walking Dead. Another improvement is the quick time events which has more actions and more choices when fighting off against dangerous (and sometimes freaky) enemies. The game has the ability to bind the players with its power of suspense and thus I can’t wait for the next episode!
02. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Rate: 10/10 (MARVELOUS!)
This is an AMAZING, FANTASTIC and INCREDIBLE video game. It has more than 100 of famous (and not so famous) Marvel Heroes and Villains as playable characters with their own unique set of powers. Also, it has a great story with wacky humor and lots of action. The missions are filled with clever puzzles that require the unique powers of each character and take place in many infamous Marvel locations such as the Stark Tower, X-Mansion, Baxter Building, and Asteroid M and even under the sea. There are also a lot of great side quests and side missions (which are often narrated by ever loving Deadpool) which are really fun to do. The voice actors do a great job in their roles and the music may not be memorable but it has the action and Marvel-ish tone in them that goes great with the scenes and gameplay. I also like hero customizer where we can create our own character with different super powers. Simply put, this game is THE ULTIMATE LEGO Game.
And GAME OF THE YEAR is……..
01. ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG!!!
Rate: 9.5/10 (LEGENDARY!)
THIS is the best open world game I played yet. After AC3 I thought this series went downhill but fortunately I was wrong; the series just got bigger and even more fun. The story is really great and interesting. Unlike the previous AC games which are very much centered around the Assassin-Templar war and the first civilization arc, this game also tells the true story of pirates and how they truly lived in the Golden Age of Pirates; as opposed to the Hollywood clichés we see in Pirate movies these days. We get to meet real and infamous pirates and become part of historical moments of this great era. And of cause it also cleverly binds the true historical story with the series’ fictional one. Though this also makes the game more of a pirate game rather than an Assassin one. And I really love the whole big environment. The game takes place in West Indies and the game is very successful at remaking that environment in to one game. There are busy cities, fishing villages, caves, jungles and not just on the sea, the player can now also explore under the sea. And there are lots of things to do in this big and beautiful world. There are side quests such as Assassin and Navel Contracts returned from the predecessors but also A LOT of new stuff; Such as exploring under water for chests while also surviving Shark attacks, looking for buried treasures using the clues given by the maps you find, sea creatures hunting, robbing ware houses etc. But what is really awesome is the ability to control your own ship. You can use this to explore the game world to find new locations but also attack enemy ships with the variety of naval weapons at your disposal and even raid in to them and plunder. And there are lots of customization options to upgrade or change the appearance and make your ship unique that the Jackdaw is more like second playable character rather than your ship. And of cause there’s also the present day gameplay which is not that much important but was able to keep things interesting enough. In short this brilliant game gives everything you would want to do as a true pirate, a great story and one awesome game world which makes this the best open world game I play up to date and the best Assassin Creed game by fun factor.
Note: You may have noticed (or not :P) this game got 9.5 while the 2 previous games of this list got 10. The 0.5 was reduced from this game due to it’s graphic glitches but since it is perfect in every other way (and the fact that I love this game :D ) I believe this one deserve to be the GAME OF THE YEAR.
Other than the games I bought which are listed above, I also played some old games and finally was able to finish them this year. Those are,
1. Need for Speed: Carbon
2. Need for Speed: Shift
3. Spider-Man 3
4. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005)
Thank primus I at last completed these. :D
Bought Games: 16
Completed Games: 20
Incomplete Games: 0
In short 2013 was spent with many awesome (and not so awesome :P ) games ranging from interactive stories, superheroes, aliens, pirates, zombies blood and gore to humorous and childish games. ;) So I must say while 2013 wasn’t filled much with personal achievements it certainly was one of the best in my never ending gaming career. :D
Random Funny Video: Why Superheroes Make Terrible Bosses
Thanks for reading.