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Because I Said So Pt2 - Disappointing, unwrapped and old!

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Did you miss part 1 where I discussed my favourite three games for each platform?

For part 2 I will give you a run down on my top 3 games from the following three categories...

Don't get me wrong here. These games didn't necessarily suck, they either didn't live up to the hype or I felt it could have been so much more.

Crackdown 2- I played the first during a time when I was very ill and out of action for quite some time. It made be feel like superman - i loved it. Crackdown 2 seemed to take the first and dumb it down. While I tried me best to like it, I couldn't get into it and in the end was really disappointed with it.

Left 4 Dead 2 - This one came out on Mac in October. It wasn't until after I played it, shot a zombie and saw him vanish before hitting the ground that I remembered that the game had been stripped of all fun to bypass the strict Australian censors.

Sam & Max Episode 1: The Penal Zone - I was quite shocked at the poor effort that was made to port this to the iPad. Graphic glitched, audio bugs and shocking lag continuously plagued this version of the game. I'll have to get it for PC.

These are a few of the many that are still shrink wrapped and yet to get any attention at all. I know they are good, many people tell me so, but I just haven't had the time to open them yet.

Persona 4- Vigilant readers of my blog will note that this was on the same list last year. Yeah, I'm a tad behind in my games.

Enslaved- I was drawn to this one because of the constant praise it receives. It's actually next on my list to play!

Death Spank- I was a little misled by Steam on this. They had it on sale recently and said it was available for both Mac and PC. After downloading it, I soon found out that it is scheduled to be unlocked on Mac mid-December. I await eagerly!

I didn't get a chance to play every awesome game released in previous years. So here I give you the top 3 games I played for the first time, but came out before 2010.

Machinarium- Originally released on Mac last year, this is a lovely looking adventure/puzzler with a great story to accompany it.

50 Cent: Blood on the Sand - Very cheesy and short, but damn it is fun!

Samba de Amigo- I had this one on the DC, but never got into it. I decided to pick it up for the Wii to try again. It's a blast and I love the music.

So there you have it. Thanks for reading and I hope you will join me for Part 3.

Because I Said So 2010 Part 1

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So returns the only game awards you should care about, mine. Because I Said So is now in its third year running. The awards cover categories such as favourite game, not so favourite game, coolest unwrapped game and much more. If you're wondering who took out the major prize of favourite game last year, you can find out here.

Part 1 is where I choose my favourite three games for each platform.

- I only include games I've played thoroughly during the year.
- Some are multiplatform, but I've listed the game/platform that I played on.
- My list supersedes any other list out there, because I said so!

iPad

1) Monkey Island 2 Special Edition - Re-release of my favourite game of all time

2) Mirror's Edge - Works amazingly well in iPad

3) Osmos - Best puzzler out there

iPhone/iPod Touch

1) Chaos Rings - Looks stunning on iPhone

2) Street Fighter IV - Actually playable!

3) Quick Hook - Very addictive and fun

DS

1) Last Window - Sequel to the best DS game ever

2) Layton and the Unwound Future - I hope they make Layton games forever

3) Sonic & Sega Racing - Super fun

PSP

1) Valkyria Chronicles 2 - Better than the original (that was on PS3!)

2) Persona 3 Portable - Never finished on PS2, glad to see a portable release

3) MGS Peacewalker - More Metal Gear is always good

PC/MAC

1) Trine - Absolutely stunning game. Very clever as well

2) StarCraft II - Sequel to one of the best PC games of all time

3) Amnesia - Too scary. I only play in the day now

Wii

1) Goldeneye 007 - New take on an old cIassic

2) Tatsunoko vs Capcom - How fighting games should be made

3) Epic Mickey - Yet to play much, but very promising

360

1) Mass Effect 2 - Twice as good as the original

2) Halo Reach - Love Halo, Love Reach

3) Alan Wake - Refreshingly new

PS3

1) Yakuza 3 - Super story and immersive world

2) Final Fantasy XIII - A great addition to the Final Fantasy library

3) Heavy Rain - Unique and well executed

There you have it, the definitive top 3 games for each platform, because I said so!

What's coming up?

Part 2 - Most Disappointing, Best I'm Yet to Play, Old Games I Finally Played, Best OST

Part 3 - Top 3 for 2010

Thanks for reading and be sure to share your favourites or not so favourites for 2010 in the comments!

Because I said so - 2009 Part 3 GOTY

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Did you miss part 1 where I discussed old, unwrapped and disappointing games?

Did you miss part 2 where I discussed my top 3 for each platform?

Part 3 covers my top 3 and ultimately my personal game of the year.

Remember, the following are the top 3 for the year - Because I Said So! (Trademarked)

3) Red Faction Guerrilla (Xbox 360)

The story may have been lacking, but the excitement of smashing things didn't stop as more elaborate ways of destroying the world around you opened up as you progressed through the amazing world of Mars.

2) The Secret of Monkey Island SE (iPod Touch)

It's been almost 20 years since I first played it and since then I think I've travelled to Monkey Island more than a dozen times. To see it remade was like a dream come true. I crazily got it on the 360, PC and iPod Touch to see which version would be best, and found the Touch was the best way to go.

1) Flower (PS3)

I fell asleep playing this game...twice. And you know what? I was rewarded with a trophy for taking a break! Flower is one of those games I can just pick up and play without worrying about what to play when I'm in one of those indecisive moods.

So that wraps up my "Because I Said So" awards. Thanks for those who read and commented :)

Because I said so - 2009 Part 2

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Did you miss part 1?

Welcome to part 2 where I choose my favourite three games for each platform.

- I only include games I've played thoroughly during the year.
- Some are multiplatform, but I've listed the game/platform that I played on.
- My list supersedes any other list out there, because I said so!

1) Red Faction Guerrilla - breaking stuff is fun
2) Batman: Arkham Asylum - unexpected pleasure
3) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - short but sweet

1) Flower - it's ok if you fall asleep during this one
2) Infamous - provided me with a crackdown fix
3) Assassin's Creed 2 - much like the first, but still a solid title

1) New Super Mario Bros. Wii - lots of multiplayer fun
2) Wii Sports Resort - lots of party fun
3) Wii Fit Plus - because my wife said to add it

1) Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box - because layton rulez
2) GTA Chinatown Wars - perfectly executed for the handheld
3) Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor - different, but fun

1) LittleBigPlanet - perfect for the handheld
2) Dissidia - shakes up the fighting genre
3) Persona - an oldy but a goody

1) Tales of Monkey Island - because it's monkey island!
2) Company of Heroes Tales of Valor - short but sweet
3) Mirror's Edge - I'd buy this on every platform

1) The Secret of Monkey Island SE - like I said, because it's monkey island!
2) Simon the Sorcerer - great to see this cIassic return
3) Peggle - you can easily waste many hours with this one

There you have it, the definitive top 3 games for each platform, because I said so!

Keep an eye out for part 3 where I'll choose my favourite for 2009.

Because I said so - 2009 Part 1

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It's that time of year again for my annual 'Because I said so' awards. Last years awards (pt 1, 2 & 3) drew in crowds of millions of viewers - or so I assume. Let's see how I do this year.

For part 1 I will give you a run down on my top 3 games from the following three categories...

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Don't get me wrong here. These games didn't necessarily suck, they either didn't live up to the hype or I felt it could have been so much more.

1) Halo ODST

Wow, this game is pretty goo....bwah? It's finished already!?

2) Demon's Souls

Wow, this game is pretty goo...bwah? I'm dead AGAIN!?

3) Scribblenauts

Haha, I can't believe it has llama...ok...I'm bored now.

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These are a few of the many that are still shrink wrapped and yet to get any attention at all. I know they are good, many people tell me so, but I just haven't had the time to open them yet.

1) Dragon Age

A few people are meh over this one, but many go gaga. So I'm pretty keen to give this one a shot. I only got it last month, so it's not too overdue.

2) Persona 4

I got this one earlier this year after I fell in love with Persona 3. I'm still getting plently of love from Persona 3 so it'll have to wait its turn.

3) The Last Remnant

I've installed this on my 360's hard drive twice but am still yet to even play it. I'll get to it...one day.

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I didn't get a chance to play every awesome game released last year, or even earlier still. So here I give you the top 3 games I played for the first time, but came out before 2009.

1) Banjo Kazooie

This title was one I've my 'Best I am yet to play' from last year. Thankfully I got to play this year and enjoyed it immensely.

2) Valkyria Chronicles

If it had been released this year, it would have probably been my game of the year.

3) Prince of Persia

I'm actually in the middle of playing this now and am having a blast.

So there you have it. Thanks for reading and I hope you will join me for Part 2 where I will go over my favourite 3 from each system.

Because I said so - 2008 GOTY!

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Part 1 covered my top 3 fav games for each system for 2008.

Part 2 covered my top 3 for various other categories for 2008.

Part 3 covers my top 3 and ultimately my personal game of the year.

Remember, the following are the top 3 for the year because I said so!

3) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS)

Few games maintain my attention to the degree I put aside all other games until I complete it. Layton did this. A very fulfilling game in which I can't wait for the sequel.

2) Mirror's Edge (PS3)

Short but sweet. The music, the perspective and story were all so absorbing for me and this made it one of my all time top rated games.

1) Mario Kart Wii (Wii)

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I've been with my wife for over 10 years now and despite my best efforts over this decade, I've never been able to her her into games. That was until this came out...

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Personally, I am not a fan of the Wii Wheel, I opt for the Gamecube controller. But it has finally given me someone to play a local multiplayer game with.

But Mario Kart Wii doesn't win GOTY because it got my wife gaming, nor because I finally have someone to play with. It is also because I found it to be the game that gave me the most enjoyment this year.

I've managed to play a decent amount of single player, an online multiplayer community games night thanks to GameSpot AU and a heck of alot of local multiplayer. The game feels perfectly balanced for a new player like my wife, and a regular such as myself. And yes, I do pretend to lose at times just to let her win from time to time.

So that wraps up my "Because I Said So" awards. Thanks for those who read and commented :)

Because I said so Pt2

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Welcome. In part 1 you got a look at my top 3 games for each system for the year of 2008. For part 2 I will give you a run down on my top 3 for various other categories before moving to part 3, the grand event of Game of the Year.

Don't get me wrong here. These games didn't necessarily suck, they either didn't live up to the hype or I felt it could have been so much more.

3) Dark Sector (PS3)

Visuals, Check.
Sound & Music, Check.
Combat, Check.
Story.....oops.

2) LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

Hype, delay, more hype and over moderation of user levels. These are the things that shot this title in the foot for me.

1) Dead Space (PS3)

About 3 hours in and it is yet to capture me. It just feels so ....generic. A shame, I really loved the prequel movie as well. I intend to give it another chance later.

These are a few of the many that are still shrink wrapped and yet to get any attention at all. I know they are good, many people tell me so, but I just haven't had the time to open them yet.

3) Sins of a Solar Empire

A space RTS that will get some attention as soon as I finish up Red Alert 3. I promise!

2) Fable 2

Just one of those big titles that requires some time and dedication. Hopefully after Christmas?

1) Banjo Kazooie

This game looks simply amazing. Can't wait to get into it.

I didn't get a chance to play every awesome game released last year, or even the year before. So here I give you the top 3 games I played for the first time, but came out before 2008.

3) Bully (PS2)

I don't know why I left this one for so long. It's GTA but with a school bully. What isn't to love?

2) Trace Memory (DS)

Hotel Dusk left me wanting more of the same. Trace Memory was the closest to it, and it didn't disappoint.

1) Company of Heroes (PC)

My old PC lacked the power when this one was released. It tops the list of PC games I played after finally upgrading.

So there you have it. Thanks for reading and I hope you will join me for Part 3 where I will give a special tribute to my personal GOTY.

Because I said so Pt1

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That time of year again where I narrow down my favourites for the year. Some things to know...

- I only include games I've played thoroughly during the year.
- Some are multiplatform, but I've listed the game/platform that I played on.
- My list supersedes any other list out there, because I said so!

To kick things off, here are my top games for each system for the year of 2008.

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1) Lost Odyssey (X360)
2) Fallout 3 (X360)
3) Braid (X360)

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1) Mirror's Edge (PS3)
2) Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
3) Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)

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1) Mario Kart Wii (WII)
2) No More Heroes (WII)
3) NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams (WII)

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1) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS)
2) The World Ends With You (DS)
3) Bangai-O Spirits (DS)

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1) Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (PSP)
2) God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP)
3) Secret Agent Clank (PSP)

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1) Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (PC)
2) Left 4 Dead (PC)
3) Spore (PC)


There are some games like Banjo, Saints 2 and Fable 2 which I considered but have yet to play enough off (if any at all). And while there is some time left in the year, there is zero chance I will get to give any of these a good play before 2008 wraps up.

But never fear because I give recognition where it is deserved. The same thing happened last year and because of that, I give you my Top game from 2007 that I only got around to this year...

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1) World in Conflict (PC)

Keep an eye out for Part 2, due out soon :)

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