No, this blog is not about Yugioh. Even though the show wasn't half bad. The Duelist Kingdom arc was pretty good. Battle City was cool too. I liked Waking the Dragons as well. Anyway... :x This is my Game of the Year blog. And a normal blog too. So, it's probably going to be a long read. And a long type for me too. Oh well, better get this over with. :x
First off, I hope everyone had a nice Christmas! :) For Christmas this year, I got Skylanders, 2 Skylanders toys (Eruptor and Stump Smash), Professor Layton and the Last Specter, Rayman Origins, L.A. Noire, Halo Anniversary, a new Xbox 360 controller, 1 year of XBL Gold, around $130 in cash and gift cards, and 1600 Microsoft Points from Aidan. :oops: I actually got everything I asked for on my wishlist this year. I don't think that's ever happened before. My brother got Dead Rising 2, Skyrim, AC: Brotherhood, AC: Revelations, Gears of War 3, Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, and Mass Effect 2. I'm probably not going to touch most of those.
I spent some of money last week and today. Last week I bought 1600 Microsoft Points (prior to when Aidan gave me some) which I used on changing my Gamertag and buying the Defiant Map Pack for Reach. Today I bought Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, Guitar Hero: Smash Hits and 2 more Skylanders toys. (Hex and Dino-Rang) I still have $65 and I don't know what to spend it on. I still need one more Skylander toy because I want one of every element. I'm also looking for Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky, but I cannot find it anywhere. Also, give me some suggestions for what I should spend my 1600 MS points on. I'm considering getting Sonic 4: Episode 1, but I'm open to other ideas.
School's been going pretty well so far too. I've only missed one day this year which is very good for me. This has reflected onto my grades as well. For the first time since like 6th grade, all of my grades have been in the A-B range. Hopefully this can continue for the rest of my time at high school. I still can't believe I'm more than halfway done now.
Alright, enough with the boring stuff. Onto the real part of the blog. The title of the blog was meant to show how much of an awesome gamer I was this year. This year alone, I beat a total of 36 games. I think that's the highest amount I've ever beaten in a year. I even beat Aidan in our game competition. He had beaten like... 29 games I think? Whatever, I still won. Here is what I've beaten this year:
Spyro the Dragon (3 times)
Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!
Spyro: Year of the Dragon
Red Dead Redemption
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
GTA IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
Lego Rock Band
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Yugioh Capsule Monster Coliseum
Spyro: Season of Ice
Dragonball Z: Buu's Fury
Sly 2: Band of Thieves
Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves
Guitar Hero II
Back to the Future: Episode I
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness
The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Now, some of these games are ones that I've replayed. Because of that reason, Spyro 1-3, Red Dead Redemption, Professor Layton 1-3, and Fable III are not eligible to be my GotY. This blog is different than my previous GotY blogs, however. Instead of just ranking them and only providing pictures of box art, I will still be ranking them but also providing a explanation for that ranking. So, with the replayed games removed from the list, there will be a total of 28 games. So, let's begin.
28. Back to the Future: Episode I
Details: You can hardly even call this a game. Basically these games are interactable movies that explain the story of the Back to the Future movies. It was free though, so I can't really complain about it. Not much more can be said about this, really.
27. Sly Minigames
Details: These were a collection of minigames that came with The Sly Collection. The trophies were incredibly easy.
26. Yugioh Capsule Monster Coliseum
Details: This game has been in my backloggery for years before I finally took the time to beat it. The game itself was pretty easy, but the duels got boring and repetitive fast. The game dragged on towards the end as well.
25. Lego Rock Band
Details: Very identical to Band Hero, which I beat last year. It had about half of the songs on its setlist, which was not a good thing. The story was pretty neat though. After every gig, you had to complete a song challenge that would help you "defeat" "bosses". The story had a lot of repeat songs though, which got annoying.
24. Spyro: Season of Ice
Details: Season of Ice is definitely one of the weaker Spyro games. I don't get why though. Its sequel, Season of Flame, is pretty much the exact same thing, but it's much better. I guess I didn't really like the plot to this one. It had an unremarkable final villain that came out of nowhere. A lot of the level designs weren't that good either. The only reason this isn't lower than Lego Rock Band is because it's a Spyro game.
23. Guitar Hero II
Details: Guitar Hero II is one of the earlier Guitar Hero games, which makes it good. I realize that the game is older, but it really is outdated. That doesn't mean the game is bad though. GHII has one of the best setlists in the music game genre. It also is one of the more challenging games in the series, which a lot of the newer music games today do not offer.
22. Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
Details: Man, when I first played this game, I hated it. I thought it was incredibly stupid how you died in one hit. But as I got through the game, I started to grow more attached to the platforming elements of the game. It actually felt like I was playing a Spyro game at certain points. This series grew on me, as I will mention with Sly 2 and 3 later.
21. Dragonball Z: Buu's Fury
Details: I actually beat most of this game last year. Or maybe 2009? I can't remember. But anyway, it played a lot like my favorite DBZ game, Legacy of Goku II. It was still not as good, but it's still a great entry in the series. A lot of the more recent DBZ games have flopped hardcore. I hope that someday they create a new game that follows in this game's footsteps.
20. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Details: Definitely the best Guitar Hero game to date. Despite being 4 years old, Guitar Hero III still feels like it could've been released this year. GHIII has the one of the greatest, if not the best, setlists in music game history. Every time I play it, I have to play certain songs for that nostalgia feeling. Later Guitar Hero games could not even compare to how great this game was. If more GH games are on the way, they certainly need to be more like III.
19. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team
Details: I've had this game since I got my DS for Christmas in 2007. I played it like once and never touched it again. That was a huge mistake. As soon as I cleared the first dungeon of the game, I became addicted to it. I had Cyndaquil as my starter and Mudkip as my partner. I was already a huge fan of the two but they both grew on me even more after I played through the game. The story was pretty predictable at certain points though, and some of the later dungeons were tough. Still, it was nice to see a Pokemon game that added a new twist to the franchise.
Details: I got this for Christmas last year and I played it for awhile. I got bored of the single player so I stopped playing the game altogether. I decided to come back to it after some time off and I actually had more fun than I did with it than I had before. The story mode became more fun and easier and I was actually enjoying myself. Until one level. The Bunker I think it was called. That level was a bastard. I died countless times because of that stupid rotating thing. :x I normally don't ragequit from games, but that level made me do it… for about a week. I somehow beat the level and made it through the rest of the game. I haven't played it much since then, since it gets old fast, but the online offers a lot of fun.
17. Pokemon Red
Details: It's about time we got a major Pokemon game on here. I had beaten Pokemon Blue years back, but never beat Red. This year I vowed to complete every major Pokemon game, along with the game competition. I wanted to get through this faster so I only used my starter. Blastoise made quick work of whoever stood in its way. Can't really say much more. Oh, I know. I like shorts, they're comfy and easy to wear.
16. Pokemon Yellow
Details: Immediately following Pokemon Red, it's Pokemon Yellow. Yellow is probably my least favorite 3rd version Pokemon game, but it's still a great addition to the series. It was the first of the major games to have a Pokemon following you, which was later added in HeartGold/SoulSilver. It also let you get all three starters in one game, which in other games, you had to trade to get them all. I kinda wish you could've gotten an Eevee instead of a Pikachu though. Or at least let you evolve the damn thing. My final team was Pikachu, Venusaur, Blastoise, Charizard, Sandslash, and Hypno.
15. Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Details: I beat most of this in whatever year I bought it. I would always run out of time in a certain stage because of where I saved the game, so I had to restart it. I had the same amount of fun I had when I first played this on the Genesis, many years ago. The final boss was incredibly hard though. It took me around an hour to beat, but I still managed to do it somehow. The Casino levels were probably my favorites.
14/13. Pokemon Gold/Silver
Details: Two identical Pokemon games that I beat this year. The Gen II Pokemon games are some of the most nostalgic games, but they're also some of the shortest games. One thing in particular I don't like about these two is the region of Kanto. There was so much to do in Kanto back in Gen I but they took it all away in Gen II. The Johto region was very fun though. I blew through Silver with my Feraligatr to get it done faster. In Gold, my final team was Typhlosion, Butterfree, Jumpluff, Quagsire, Magneton, and Dragonite.
12. Pokemon Pearl
Details: Gen IV is my second favorite generation, and I think Diamond/Pearl/Platinum had the second best storyline. I also liked Team Galactic more than any other antagonist because I think they did more than anyone else. Mt. Coronet is easily one of my least favorite parts of the game. Going through that cave is almost like going through something like Victory Road. I really liked the atmosphere of the Sinnoh region though. Snowpoint City and Pastoria City were among my favorite locations in the game. My final team was Empoleon, Noctowl, Rapidash, Golem, Gengar, and Luxray.
11. Pokemon Ruby
Details: You tired of me talking about Pokemon yet? Too bad. Pokemon Ruby, along with Sapphire and Emerald, are my favorite Pokemon generation. Why don't I have them higher than other Pokemon games though, is because I didn't play Emerald this year. :P Ruby is still a lot of fun though. Hoenn is definitely my favorite region. I loved every part of it, even the never-ending seas. My favorite sections of the game are Mt. Chimney, Fortree City, Sootopolis City, Cycling Road, the Trick House, and just about everything else. :P My final team was Swampert, Swellow, Breloom, Exploud, Banette, and Flygon.
Wow, this blog is much bigger than I anticipated it would be. I'm afraid I will have to end on a cliffhanger for now, but I will bring you my top 10 games of 2011 in my next blog. When will that be? Tomorrow, probably. Or Wednesday. Eventually.