Here are some games I have bought recently, the price i would suggest you pay for it and how i would rate them out of 10
Splinter Cell: Conviction
+ Best stealth game on the market, fun co-op, multiple game modes
-AI knows too much on realistic, but not enough to make it frustrating
This has been my favorite game for the past couple of months, and I got my cousin into it as well. But after beating everything (and there is a lot of stuff) I don't have the urge to go back for more. I hope the next SC game has a level creator.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior
+ Good graphics, nice sniping mechanic, good atmosphere
- Infantry missions, people being able to hit you with ARs from 250 meters, poor AI
(6/10 overall, 9/10 sniping missions), $10-$15, preferably rent it you will beat it once, takes 6-8 hours
Mirror's Edge: Just started playing, but it is very good at what it advertises, free running. It is a steal for $20 or less
+ fun and addictive online play, great with friends, funny story, creative single player missions
- Sometimes repetitive
(7.5/10) I really like games like this, but only pay full price ($10) if you have friends to play with
Fallout: New Vegas (have had since december, but still)
+many paths to follow, nice gameplay and graphics, great character building mechanic
-minor glitches here and there
(9.5/10) I really preferred this game over fallout 3 story wise, but fallout 3 had a better atmosphere. I would easily pay the max at my local gamestop ($40) for it.
+ funny story, good gameplay
- boring after beaten, co-op better than fable 2, but still unpolished IMO
+funny story, gameplay flows great
- Can't get into it, but that is probably just me, still great game
(8/10) I paid $15 for both, but haven't got to far in them. Steals at $10 apiece though
Thoughts on the year ahead:
Big name releases i have my eye on:
Skyrim, Portal 2, L.A Noire, Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Skyrim is the follow up to my favorite game of all time, Olbivion. I expect this to be GoTY for me and probably will play this game for years to come. It is looking very promising, expecially with the new combat mechanics and skills system. If this is as big of a hit as I think it will be, Bethesda will cement itself as a top 5 publisher, already is a top 5 developer.
Portal 2: I loved Portal, but what stands out in my mind about Portal 2 is how can they give you a lot more gameplay hours, not make it repetitive, and charge you $60. We will see
L.A Noire: This game is all about the graphics and the mystery solving. Being published by Rockstar, I assume there will be a lot of controversy about parts of the game, most likely the realism of the game and how the cases are taken from actual police cases. This game looks great, but i am going to wait for reviews on this one.
Deus Ex: What catches my eye in this game is the choices. You can get through the levels so many different ways that it really takes choice to a new level. I think the game has great graphics as well. I am hoping that the stealth in this game combats Splinter Cell, and the combat rivals any FPS's.
Those are my thoughts, I already have Skyrim pre-ordered and will get the most expensive edition they are releasing. I think that it will surpass all expectations and be the best game of all time, and hold that position for awhile