End of the year!! Well amost. So what's up in the gaming world? Alot! Most great games get released during this period. The Nintendo Wii has launched to great succes (as most consoles do) and i am broke as hell.
I was hoping to break the magic 600 this year, but it's not going to happen. I just bought Fahrenheit, or Indigo Prophecy if you are from North America and it may as well be my last purchase this year.
Stuff I would like start off next year with: Completing my N64 collection with Diddy kong Racing, Mario Tennis & Super Smash Bros. Get the 360 games I would really like to play but don't have the time/money for right now: Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Viva Piñata & Rainbow Six. And keep with the collecting by getting Need for speed Most Wanted & Carbon, Project Gotham Racing 3, Battlefield 2: Modern Combat & Burnout Revenge.
I would also like to get Prey for the 360. In choosing the shooter Prey for the 360, it will be the first time I have favored a console above a pc for a shooter. Why? Well because I mostly play those shooters for the single player experience and I can get some nice achievement points with that :) And I don't have to settle for lesser graphics as well, at least not much less, because the pc always wins on the resolution part. The DS and GBA are churning up more hit-games then I have time/money to keep up with, so I'll go slowly with those. If I get Tekken: Dark Ressurection, Killzone: Liberation, Socom. The GTA's & the Metal Gear series, I will pretty much have the hits for the PSP. Maybe Socom as well. I would really like to get my hands on the last 4 zeldas to complete my collection:
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
- The Legend of Zelda: A link to the past/Four Swords
- The Legend of Zelda: The Minish cap
There is so much I would like for the ps2, so I won't even start.
For the next year I hope they will release Starcraft: Ghost for the Next-Gen platforms & Okami for the Wii, just because that game has Wii written all over it if you ask me.
And now to get to the reason for my post. Every end of the year you see several end-of-year awards come by. So I have made a end-of-the year award for myself, namely the backwards compatibiity awards. As I think no site/magazine has this covered.
So here comes the top 3 for backwards compatibility
Spot # 3:
The Xbox 360. Lagging way behind is the Xbox 360 with about 30% backwards compatibility support. But what is worse than less then 100% backwards compatibility support? (hell make that less then 50%!) Having flawed backwards compatibility support. A lot of games run at a noticibly lesser framerate and look a lot worse than on the original xbox. And you either have to print out that damn list from the xbox site or just put your game into the xbox to figure out which games work or not. Weird games like the Barbie games work on your new 360, but hits like Panzer Dragoon Orta still don't work. No clear logic to be found.
Spot # 2:
The PS3. With about 98% of the Playstation 2 AND Playstation 1 games covered, it comes in a close 2nd. It has some graphical issues here and there, but the games that play, play well, no framerate nonsense as far as I can believe the forums. That's alot of games. And good games at that.
This is shared by the Nintendo Wii & the Gameboyplayer/Gameboy Advance. The Nintendo Wii plays ALL gamecube games, not just some, or some with graphical and framereate issues...ALL of em, exactly as you would play them on the gamecube. Put in the disc & play, as consoles should be, not having to research wether the game works on the console or not. When my Wii arrived, I unplugged my Gamecube and put the Wii in it's place. I had to put my Xbox360 on top of my old Xbox, that just looks plain ugly and it shouldn't have to be. Same goes for the gameboy advance/gameboyplayer would play all gameboy color and original gameboy games. That is a couple of years worth of games, awesome job. Though Nintendo broke with that traditon with the gameboy micro and the Nintendo DS, which doesn't play the older games, just gameboy advance games. So that is my little list, on to a better gaming year, can't wait!
Most wanted list for next year:
PC: Spore/Unreal Tournament 2007/The Burning Crusade!
Wii: Metroid Prime: Corruption
PS2: God of War 2
Xbox360: Halo 3 (prolly not going to happen)
Nintendo DS: the first game for the Wii to effectively use the DS/ Final Fantasy (the crystal cronicles equivalent)
PSP: Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters