No Whining, No Insulting, Just GAMING
BFG - Big f'n Geek
I've been kind of "meh" lately on playing videogames. I guess I was going through a little break, didn't help but my breaks usually coincide with my health being poor. But I got back on the wagon (or off the wagon?) and started playing Metal Gear Rising. This game is already in a unique position of being the first Metal Gear game I care about. I never finished one before, and it looks like it'll stay that way. Why you ask? Not because the camera is infuriating or the voice over is cheesy and there's WAY too many cutscenes. No, I can get behind these design decisions if I'm having fun with the game. But I'm not, because their combat is terrible. Why? They decided the only way you can block is to parry by pressing --> and X towards your enemy when they attack. Well that may sound okay in theory, in practise it doesn't work.
What you get is a broken system where you get beat up worse than a nerd wearing his batman shirt to elemantary school (or was it just me who got beat up?). The combat becomes completely irreveleant as you get stuck in long combos, and for the parrying be stupidly fickle to even pull off. Boss fights no longer become fun but horrible long battles where you try to run around them instead of engaging combat and blocking because you can't block, so you're running around fighting the damn camera and it's just not fun.
Platinum Games really let me down on this game because I hold Bayonetta so highly, considering one of the best action games of the generation. I only played this game because they developed it and I thought it'd be a perfect fit. The sword play is fun, but it just beomes mindless and there isn't enough combos or weapons to keep a player interested. This is another baffling design choice. You can sort of upgrade Raiden, but nothing to the effect of the AMAZING Devil May Cry earlier this year. DMC proved that combat is key, as that was some of the fun I had all year. It just runs circles around this game.
So when you make an action game, you HAVE to have a good combat system. Metal Gear Rising does not have this. The combat isn't deep enough, the camera is terrible, there is no block and it just baffles me. I was expecting the dumb story and bad voice overs and could of easily looked past it if it was just fun to play. What are some baffling design chocies you seen in a game you were looking forward to?
Before you read this blog, read my new Injustice review!
2013 marks the end of this console generation, as Sony and Microsoft will almost surely launch their next gen beasts onto the market by the end of November. The whole industry is just a totally different beast then it was in 2005 when I was eagerly awaiting the release of the XBOX 360. At that time there was nothing but excitement in the air as Microsoft boasted a stacked launch lineup and they were gunning for Sony by stealing their exclusives. Microsoft has since lost a lot of it's swagger, they no longer feel like that beast that wanted every game on it's system, and wanted nothing but great franchises to tear down Sony. No, now MS is more focused on living room entertainment then a video game system. I guess we'll see in a few weeks just how much different the next generation will be, I just hope Sony and MS remember the early adopters want nothing but awesome games and new experiences. And when I say new experiences, I don't mean Move or Kinect, I mean new IPs.
So, I'll leave all the b****ing about rumors for the forums and other bloggers, there's plenty of that already. I want to take this time and officially write my list of the top 10 games of this amazing generation. It's no easy feat, when you consider there's more quality A, AA and AAA games released this generation than ever before in a console life cycle. I played over 300 games, so I have a pretty damn big pool of quality games to choose from. I know there's some big games still to be played, but I'm pretty confident that this list is set. But hell, by December I'll forget about this blog and probably write another and call that official.
10. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Oblivion released pretty early in the 360 lifecycle, making any Sony fan pretty sad as this massive open world game is no where's on their consoles. Of course it went over later, but at the time it was a big deal. The game really blew me away, a player who hates 99% of all RPGs. It's just so fun to explore the world they created, just running to a mission and then finding a cave and losing a hour before you even realized it. I put easily 100 hours in Oblivion and I know there's stuff I haven't seen. I sadly haven't got very deep in Skyrim yet so maybe some day I'll replace IV with part V.
9. Rockband 2 - Rocking off the list is Harmonix's sequel to the Guitar Hero smashing franchise Rockband. It managed to take the awesome concept of playing with a band, and pushing it over the edge with amazing set lists, world tour and online modes. I played this game for hundreds of hours, having over 100 DLC songs to rock the hell out to. Any game that lets me play the Peace Sells album is pretty okay with me.
8. Halo Reach - Everyone knew that Bungie was leaving, it was one of the biggest news stories of the generation. Everyone also knew that Bungie had one more game to make, and holy balls did they go out on a high note. Halo Reach is the best things from all the Halo games, awesome story, awesome online, great level design and the best shooting around. If I somehow met someone who never played a Halo game, I'd tell them to play Reach first.
7. Gears of War - Hard choice between the first and third entry in the Gears of War saga, I went both ways but finally settled on the original. I chose this because how much it changed the industry, and it really set the 360 apart from Sony at the time. Gears looked insane when it came out, the detail in the level design was spectacular, and no one seen a third person game like it before. Like great games like MW, Mario or Metroid, it creates lots of followers. This game really helped MS in exclusives, as they love to put out Gears one year and Halo next to please the shooting fans. This story might be shallow but no one can ever chainsaw someone in half and not smile.
6. Batman: Arkham City - When Arkham Asylum released it of course blew everyone away because license games were not supposed to be AAA. I guess the memo got lost on the way to Rocksteady as they followed up with the perfect action adventure game. Arkham City really makes you feel like you are the Dark Knight, as you stalk the streets and buildings that are in the city. The bosses are awesome, the fighting is perfect, the graphics are impressive, the voice work is spot on and the fan service is outstanding. What does this mean? It means it's a must play game for anyone who enjoys action adventure games.
5. Bioshock - It's really hard when you get into the top 5. Bioshock is a must include in any list of best games, and most gamers would agree. Bioshock really proved that a first person shooter doesn't have to be set in a war to be interesting. They showed that atmosphere can be the most important, creating a moddy underworld that is begging to be explored. The story is so well written, and every new tidbit you uncover you just want to uncover more. Of course everyone knows of the ending now, but that really blew me away at the time. I remember just studying the Big Daddy for like ten minutes, just watching it guard the Little Sister, amazed that he didn't attack unless I made him. It just really makes you want more out of a shooter, and proved that people like to use their brain and see this stuff in a shooter.
4. Dead Space - Visceral were pretty unknown developers in 2008, having only released the alright Simpsons game and the Godfather game so far in the generation (biggest games before was the James Bond 007 games on PS2). But from the moment I saw Dead Space at E3 before it released I knew it was going to be amazing. There is just something perfect about a horror game on a ship with aliens, it's basically the best Aliens game we'll get. At the time giving you more ammo wasn't liked in survival games, but we forgave them for how fun it was to blow off limbs and curb stomp the enemies. It featured great scares, brutal deaths and good story, I hope Visceral can move on and create another amazing IP for next gen. Or just do Dante's Inferno 2?
3. Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Okay, I'll admit the top 3 games in this list can be moved in any order. If I wrote this tomorrow I might of put Galaxy 2 into #1. I really didn't think this could be better than the first Galaxy, and what do ya know, I was effin wrong. There is just something damn special about riding Yoshi while going upside down around different planets. The bosses are perfect, the level design is THE best in any platformer EVER, and filled with enough charm to drop the Queen's panties.
2. Uncharted 2 - When I played this game, I really wasn't expecting much. The first Uncharted was solid, but I hated how you threw gernades and the level climbing wasn't too tight, but oh man is Uncharted 2 a great sequel. It has some of the best action you can look for, amazing voice acting, breath taking climbing and a lengthy campaign. I was so pleased it wasn't just an 8 hour romp, but a full meaty experience, with meaningful and well written characters. The females in the series aren't screaming babies who can't handle themselves, but strong confident women. This is one of most well rounded games you can find.
1. Assassin's Creed 2 - This is it, the single best sequel I have ever played. I couldn't even finish the first Assassin's Creed, and never went back to try again. Everything is better from the gameplay to the story to the combat, this game was the best experience you could find at the time. I love how you take control of Ezio from a young cocky man looking for some action, all the way up the grizzled assassin who is thirsting for revenge. This game really took that life long story and told it in a way we can grow with the characters. I loved all the secrets you can find, the amazing level design and the climbing, the combat..it's just all so perfect. It arrived at the perfect time, and it has always stuck with me.
5 Games I wish I could of included:
Guitar Hero 2
Saints Row 2
Call of Duty Black Ops (or CoD4)
Now, argue away at how wrong my choices are!
I said it over and over again, this is the best generation the gaming medium has ever seen. No other has created so many popular games, from small games like Braid and Shadow Complex and Limbo to big AAA titles like Bioshock and Assassins Creed to cult hits and so many great experiences. But there's always that series that seems to lie dormant for too long and you can't help but wish to play it again. In this blog I'll explain my top 5 choices for games I want to see return next gen.
5. Doom 4
It's no secret how much I love Doom 3. It's in my top 5 of games last generation and I gleefully returned to Hell again when they released it last year. The game is a corridor shooting paradise, offering scares, great shooting and guns. Sure the stories don't live up to something like Bioshock, but it's the scares and experience of playing a Doom game that makes it so great.
Rumors are ID is hard at work on the title, and even might be rebooting it and starting all over again. This news isn't exactly reassuring, pretty much confirming we won't be playing it anytime soon. I just hope we do play it, and ID lives up to it's excellent legacy.
4. FEAR 4
Okay, this one is kind of a hard topic. I don't exactly want to see it being part 4, I just want another FEAR game. Meaning I'd much rather they "reset" it, or least move on from the Alma storyline and introduce a new nightmare and new characters. I'd also really want series creators Monolith to come back and take control again, FEAR 3 was one of my biggest let downs in recent memory and I feel they can breathe new life back into the series. I'd love to see another scary, atmospheric and excellent AI filled shooter to please our eye holes.
3. Perfect Dark 2
No one knows exactly what is wrong with Rare. Why don't they try to release more core games based on their excellent franchises? Why are they just doing Kinect and why aren't they making more games period? It's odd really, considering the huge sum MS invested in the company. Perfect Dark Zero wasn't perfect, but I enjoyed it when the system launched, it showed great online and the graphics were fine. I just don't understand why MS is ignoring such a cheriched and loved series and that means it will sell. I just feel that a character like Joanna is needed in this male dominated FPS industry, and there still is plenty of story to tell in that universe. Please make it happen on the Xbox 3. Or Banjo 3. Or Conker 2. Take your pick?
2. Half Life 3
Do I really need to defend this? I think every year Valve doesn't release this game, it hurts them. It means that it's going to be rated much more harshly, it every year we don't see it expectations go up higher and higher. Now the bar is set so high it's going to be very hard for them to please us. And if they would of released the same game now as they could of done in 2009, we'd treat it very different, and deservingly so. I think Valve HAS to release Half Life 3 by 2014, and personally I'll be very surprised if we don't hear about it before the year is out. We all know it's coming, it's just when. I really hope it delievers and I can't wait for next generation to allow us to play games like this.
1. Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia was my favourite series last generation. Yes, I liked it better than GTA, Halo and and Resident Evil. I still remember how blown away I was from playing Sands of Time. Rewinding time, wall running, such amazing level designs created one of the best reboots in gaming industry. Ubisoft Montreal started their legacy with that series and of course continued with Splinter Cell, Assassins Creed and Rayman. But I think it's time to see the Prince back in action. Doesn't have to be in the Sands timeline, but I do NOT want to go back to that ultra crappy cel shaded reboot. Please make it happen Ubisoft!
What franchises do you want to see continue on the new hardware?
Okay, I think I finally figured out how to shrink down pictures so they'll actually fit on here. But I'm wrong, it seems it keeps cutting off, so if you want to see the full pictures you can see them on another post I did http://www.xbox360achievements.org/forum/showthread.php?p=5703010&posted=1#post5703010
These are games I just have no room for until I get some more display space.
I really love this Nintendo Rewards statue, I found a good deal for it on Ebay.
My line of manly plushies.
My favorite statues are on this shelf, I really love the Skyrim dragon
Still disapointed in the Lara action figure, they could of made such an awesome statue. And she won't even stand.
Here we got Splinter Cell, Halo, Batman, Duke, female Gears and Die Hard.
Anyways, this is my collection!
I also did a Dead Space 3 review if any one is interested!
I finally finished Tomb Raider. If you're still for some strange reason on the fense about this, you can check out my review. The short is it's one of the best campagins of the year, offering a beautiful game engine, engaging combat and a mature story. Crystal Dynamics weren't afraid to really take their icon and beat the hell out of her, and make her human. It's important game to show that it's very possible to have a mainstream game with a smart, strong female lead.
I hope Remember Me continues this in the summer, the new game from Capcom. If you haven't heard of it I suggest you check it out, it's a cool new IP that lets you erase or alter people's memories. It's a cool theory, I really hope it takes off, there is a serious lack of good games with female leads. Although some of my absolute favourite games this generation had them like Tomb Raider, Mirror's Edge, Bayonetta and Uncharted. Okay, Uncharted isn't a female playable character, but it has smartly written women characters. More important, these games offer strong women, who don't need to scream and be saved by men all the time. Hell, in Tomb Raider Lara saves every one.
I just want to jump way off topic and recommend a new show: Hannibal. It premiered this week on NBC, and for a network show it is really dark. The person playing Hannibal Lector is the villian from Skyfall, and also has Laurence Fishborne. So right away there is great star power, but the most important thing is it's writing. It creates great tension and atmosphere, you should really check it out while it's just starting! I have to see Silence of the Lambs again, must of been least 10 years since saw that classic.
Looking forward to finishing Bioshock this weekend and see what this ending is like. Any who, that's enough rambling for now. Check out the review if you want, and if there's any games you want to see me review let me know.
I haven't written much blogs lately, partly because my health has been more down than up lately and partly because I can't remember the last blog that got even a comment. I'm not a comment w***e or anything like that, but it's kind of crappy to think your writing isn't impressive as a hot girl thread that gets 100 comments. Now, enough of that. I spent the better part of this week laying in bed suffering from severe nausea. Ever since my multiple surgeries on my stomach for cancer and cancer related problems I have had major problems getting healthy again, with nausea being the biggest burden. I can't explain how terrible nausea really can be, I can tell you I lost over 100 lbs due to it and all the health issues I have. It's just something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.
Now, that we're done with the girly feelings, I'll talk about how great March is for games. I bought Tomb Raider, Gears of War Judgment and Bioshock Infinite this month. That is pretty crazy considering they're all AAA experiences in their own rights. I also picked up Dead Space 3 and Metal Gear Rising on Ebay for $30 each, though haven't got to try either yet. I honestly don't remember a month this strong that wasn't November, Tomb Raider and Bioshock are just crazy high quality.
Tomb Raider and Bioshock both succeed for the same reasons, strong story, great gameplay and interesting characters and world. Sure Bioshock may have it won in the world part, but Tomb Raider took a important step and showed that it can be a AAA franchise again and that a female character can be in a mature leading role. Sure there were times playing Tomb Raider where I felt uncomfortable seeing Lara being beaten so badly, but I think that's important in games to challenge our preceptions of what is and isn't right to do to a female character. Bioshock will be no doubt the game talked about more at the end of the year, and deservingly so, but damn is it impressive how good Tomb Raider really is. So far this year I have played 3 games that I'd rate 9 or above: Bioshock, Tomb Raider and Devil May Cry. That's damn impressive considering there's still many great AA games this year like Gears, Metal Gear Rising, Dead Space 3, Crysis 3 and so on.
My backlog is still huge, as of right now I got Borderlands 2, Dead Space 3, Metal Gear Rising, Transformers FoC, Walking Dead (Ep 3-5), Portal 2, Skyrim, Dead Island, Hitman Absolution, Lego Batman 2, Spec Ops: The Line, Need for Speed, Lollipop Chainsaw, Neverdead, Call of Juraez The Cartel, Child of Eden, Prototype 2, WWE 12, Vanquish, SSX, Witcher 2, Deadly Premonition and several XBLA games! I have sort of a problem where I can't turn down a game at a great price, I know I'll enjoy some time and I cave and buy it. I also do love looking at my big nerdy collection, I may haven't done much with my life but damn if I don't have a lot of games.
On a final note, it looks like my Toronto Maple Leafs will FINALLY make it back to the play-offs this year as there's about a dozen games left and they're about locked in (knock on wood). I'm not sure if many readers here are also hockey fans, but I grew up watching it (obviously, I'm Canadian) and it feels good to finally see the Leafs back in contention after 7 long terrible seasons. So that about it wraps it up with another random, pointless blog. Please join me again next time as I throw some more words out of my ass.
Warning: Full spoilers of the Sony show ahead
Febuary 20th. A date all video game nerds had in their heads for weeks and weeks. Sony was going to announce the Playstation 4, we were sure, and the speculation reached a whirlwind in the last couple weeks. All that is over as Sony put on a nice, although a bit safe conference to show off the new hardware...wait, there was no actual PS4 there. That was a little odd not to show the actual machine, but I guess they got to save that, the price and the release date for their big E3 conference. What Sony did show was some games geared toward the hardcore (sorry casual, wait for E3) and explained some pretty impressive specs and features of the Playstation 4.
First, the controller...
I breathed a sigh of relief when I seen it wasn't THAT stupid looking. No, we don't need a damn touchpad. No, we don't need move built in (the top is blue bar for it) but look on the positive side, it's not a stupid touch tablet and six axis is probably dead right? RIGHT? I get so mad when I think about how bad it was implemented in the first Uncharted. The controller isn't pretty, certainly no 360 master piece, but it's very playable. I can't see myself ever caring about Move or touch controls but at least we still got a mostly traditional controller for our games.
Now, the actual games. Killzone looked great. There wasn't a huge leap in graphics like last gen, but there is definite improvements. Just seeing the sheer size of the city, the water falls, the amount of action going on in the background was very impressive. Yes, the action and character models looked awesome too. I was never the biggest Killzone fan but this looks much more enjoyable then the bland Killzone 3 was.
I loved the look of Knack. It looks like a great platformer action game that I'm very glad to see still being supported. I love these type of games and while we still know very little about Knack, it's looking great so far. The physics was very impressive in the demo, and the action kept along at a nice crisp pace. The fact it was even going on a Vita was a wonder.
The game of the night though of course is Watch_Dogs. It just continues to amaze at every demo. This was even better than the explosive debut at E3. The graphics were amazing, the action was awesome, the production values are high. Watch_Dogs is sure to be another GOTY contender for Ubisoft, the ability to control the city around you is such a nice and original twist on action games.
The show stumbled with so much boring talk too. And what's with the Square Enix Final Fantasy guy on stage for like 30 seconds? No one cares about developers blabbing on about future crap without showing new games. Media Molocule, what the hell are you doing? Show your new stuff!
Overall there were no huge surprises. No I care very little about Diablo 3 and fully expect it will come to Xbox 3 at some point. This isn't a bad thing, just wish they would of showed something crazy, where's the new game from Naughty Dog? Where's Sucker Punch's new IP (though Infamous looked cool but who knows, there's no gameplay) and where's Last Guardian? I'm not faulting Sony, they did a great job showing the hardcore gamers it's okay, next gen won't be all motion controls and free to play. Sony showed us they will still support the core market with huge blockbuster titles, give us better online that might rival Xbox's next gen LIVE and give it to us on a very powerful system that can last at least 7 years. 8 gigs of Ram? Yes, please!
Sony confirmed there will be no backwards compatibility. This is a huge blow, but it's their own fault for the stupid cell tech. If Xbox 3 can do backwards it'll be a major feature against Sony. Sure they said at some point you can play games on Cloud, but let's face it, you need a hell of an internet connection to do that. I know I won't be able to take advantage of streaming games as I could barely stream the conference without buffering issues. Not everyone has super fast internet in the world, but it's still a nice option. Sony of course didn't announce any online plans, ie if they'll charge to play online or Playstation Plus program.
So now all eyes are on Microsoft, who had not been having favorable leaks so far. Gamers like me are concerned there will be too much emphasis on Kinect and casual games. I'm pretty confident this won't be the case. MS has been hard on work on new and existing IPs for next gen for years, and there's no way they will just roll over and let Sony spank them. I fully expect they will have a show before E3 showing off their system, and they have to do 5 things to succeed
-Show a controller like the 360's or close to it, or allow us to use the 360 controller
-Specs close or same as PS4
-Show at least 3 new games, at least 1 of those being a new IP, along with 3rd party support
If they follow this, they will both go into E3 as next gen monsters. Now I'm not certain MS will do this, they are known to have odd shows that rely too much on stars and motion conrtrols. They have to know that isn't their market for this show and to show off hardcore stuff like Sony did. Microsoft has huge shoes to fill now that Sony tipped their impressive hand and the Playstaion 4 will launch in 2013.
Overall Sony did a great show but didn't show anything that blew us totally away or that we weren't expecting. 8/10
At least I know now that if MS totally s*** the bed with the Xbox 3 that the PS4 is an excellent choice to support at launch. Great job Sony, but boy I hope Xbox 3 can support backwards games because my library is huge now. A lot of gamers don't want multiple systems hooked up, or don't have the room, so having just 1 that does everything is ideal.
So what did you think of the show? Excited more now for E3 and next gen? I am!
It's been an eventful few days since my last update. I got a couple very cool purchases I'd like to share. This one I'm very proud of and can not stress how much I insist you buy it too
No book has ever looked this damn nice. No book has ever been made with this much love and care, it's the Bible of the Zelda universe. In it is everything you (almost) wanted to know about the franchise including the messed up time line (did they pull it out of their ass?) game histories, interviews, immense amount of art and much more. It's only $23 on Amazon but since they were sold out and weren't going to ship for 3 weeks I bit the bullet and paid retail of $40.
I picked up this little guy for my collection on Ebay:
It's not overly tall standing around 4-5 inches but it has nice detail, weight and look. Not bad for $10 and shipping.
And finally this is one I bought off kijijii from a fellow video game fan for $25, a tad much but I do like him
Infamous 2's collector's came with this nice Cole statue. He has awesome detail down to the wrinkles, tatoos, scars and weapons. A very nice pick up anyways!
Now, to the bulk of the blog. I know right? The Playstation 4 is (we assume) almost upon us. On Feburary 20th Sony will take centre stage and (probably) reveal the successor to the mighty Playstation 3. This is big news as my thoughts and problems with the Wii U (and whether it's even next gen) are well documented. It's sales of only 57k in a month might support my theory hardcore fans aren't liking it yet.
Next gen development for software is in full swing. Everyone from Avalanche Games (Just Cause) to Epic to MS and Sony are investing heavily in new IPs, sequels and hardcore games to launch and support their new consoles. I'm listing 10 next gen titles that are sure to be AAA hits. In this blog I will cover the first 5, that way I got a new blog all ready for me, no excuses not to write it. No these aren't games like Dead Space or Halo I'm just assuming are coming. These are games that ARE in development.
10. Rainbow Six Patriots
Ubisoft did confirm that development on the troubled shooter has shifted to next geneartion. We haven't seen the franchise since the awesome but not quite as awesome as the first Rainbow Six Vegas 2 in 2008. Maybe on the 5th anniversary this year we'll see the return of the tactical shooter. I loved the Vegas games so I'm really looking forward to see how they can bring it to next gen.
9. Project Zwei
Not much is known about this yet except it's a survival horror title from Tango Gameworks which is helmed by the creator of Resident Evil Shinji Mikami. That has a lot going for it right there. It is being published by Bethesda, which after Dishonored is on a roll. This is literally all we know besdies a targeted release of 2013. Hope at E3 they blow the lid of this potential scarefest.
8. Guerrilla's new IP
Guerrilla is known for it's Killzone series, and Killzone 4 will be big. But I'm also interested in it's new IP it's other team is working on. Is it another shooter? I hope it's a new step for the company and they diversify into another genre. Sony looks to be in great shape as it holds the most 3rd party support.
7. Prince of Persia next
I love Prince of Persia. I played every one, hated the cell shaded one, but that's a different story. The core Prince games are amazing, even Assassin's Creed originally started as a new Prince. Ubisoft has left him alone for far too long and I'm quite sure they have next gen plans for him (supported by a leaked pic) before 2014. I can't wait to see what amazing things they create for the Prince to climb and jump.
6. Avalanche Studio's new IP
Did I say IP? I mean 4 freaking projects! The studio that gave us the Just Cause series is working on 4 projects, releasing a blurry pic recently of one of them. Yes, Just Cause 3 is all but certain, but I'm more interested in the new IPs they're working on. It's an exciting time (and terrifying) to be a developer now.
Don't blast me in the comments for not including your title. There is still 5 more to go and these are the big ones. I need to mention a few more studios like Crystal Dynamics, Bioware, Square Enix, CD Project Red, Turtle Rock Studios, and many more are also hard at work on next gen titles. This is the best time to be a video game fan, we get all these amazing titles this year that really cap off the geneartion AND get to see all the hype as next gen rolls out. This is easily the best and most successful generation in our short history, so I can only hope for the best moving forward. Even if I'm scared of how Microsoft and Sony will handle these changes...but isn't that a different blog?
What are you hyped for next gen? Or are you sick of all this talk?
For some reason the following pictures are cut in half. I apologize as I have no idea how to fix it...
Earlier I posted pictures of my room and my video game collection. A lot has changed since then besides my health, so I thought I'd show some updated pictures. These are are much better quality pictures this time too, for those of you who wanted to see the games in the collection. If the file sizes are too big, I do apologize to your computer.
My new 50 inch TV. Thank you sales. All my games look so much better on this beast.
Some of my nerdy collectables. Bobbleheads and statues oh my!
All hail Link and Harry Potter. Obviously the best tag team.
Killzone mask is just a tad big for the shelves for now. As I said before I really love that Alan Wake collector's edition.
Mostly older games...
So many of these I still have to play. Black Ops 2, Binary Domain, Dark Souls etc etc
So that's my updated collection. I'm still enjoying DMC, such smooth combat. Please support this game, I promise if you enjoy action you'll enjoy this game. Capcom halved the sales projections to just 1 million units. This game is just as awesome as the also poor selling Bayonetta. I just wish people would play a game before completely writing it off. These games won't keep coming if there's no sales and that'd be a damn shame. I would hate to see more companies shut down or go down *shutter* free to play model area.
Hope everyone is doing great and had a good weekend. Let me know what you're playing and if you pics of your collection I'd love to see it.
Sometimes in life it seems everything is against you. Do I think this and get bitter? In dark times yes. But no one likes to be around bitter people and keeping positive is very hard but the only way to heal. I came back on January 10th from a surgery, but just a week later I was rushed back to Halifax (a 4 hour drive from here in another provience) because of an infection. The pain was so bad I couldn't walk and was taking Dilaudd (strong pain med) every hour. Since they opened the infection up and got it out the pain is mostly all gone. This is a relief, with my gall bladder now gone and the infection I hope my chronic pain will be a thing of the past. I spent 3 weeks in the hospital, not eating or drinking for 2 of those weeks. I'm still now only eating small amounts a day as my taste buds are almost gone and I still don't feel much hunger. This will change in the future and I'll get back to normal, but I'm so skinny now (136 Lbs) it'll take at least a year to gain my strength and weight back. So that's my January wasted.
Just before my crappy adventure I got to buy a little game called Devil May Cry for my 360. I got to play 3 levels I think and it was amazing. The combat is the best I played since Bayonetta. I always believed and argued with my brother that this game will be awesome. I can ignore bad lead characters (I hate Kratos and not too fond of others) as long as story, combat etc is up to notch. DMC does not hold back, it's just as over the top and awesome as #1 and #3 were. DMC 4 was one of my biggest dissapointments of the generation, so I'm very excited this game turned out to be a AAA title. My non-believer brother even loved it, giving it a 9 due to it's unreal combat and pacing. This will be my first game I go back to.
I say this because I am currently also a few hours into Forza Horizon, Far Cry 3, Amazing Spiderman and 2 episodes into the Walking Dead retail disk. As you can see I somehow lose will power to try out the next new game and just can't seem to finish a game sometimes. I wasn't usually like this, used to have a strict 1 game at-a-time policy. But when your backlog is reaching into the teens you just have too many options open. This isn't a bad problem, it's the best problem in my life by far. I love my collection and will take some new pictures to show you how updated it is, I got more statues and stuff too.
Hope you didn't defriend me due to my long absence, and I hope all is well. What are you playing and do you also dip into too many games at once?
I am now back from what I hope is my final surgery. I went into surgery on January 3rd and got discharged on the 10th. I was expecting to be in there a lot longer but I still have lots and lots of surgery pain. While they were during the original surgery they also removed my gall bladder because it was full of stones. The doctor said it was one of the most chronic gall bladder he ever took out. In case you don't know gall bladder stones are attacks that can double you over for hours. I had no idea I was also having gall stone attacks along with my many usual pains. So I hope once I heal up that will make all the difference.
Now, enough about boring stuff like that. I did write a review for Sleeping Dogs, a great open world shooter. The short is it excels in story, voice acting and hand to hand combat. The bad is it suffers from tech issues and some other minor things I outlined in the review. Overall please pick up and support this game. I really hope this becomes a franchise and we see a next gen sequel in a couple years.
I haven't been able to play much games yet, though I somehow got myself into playing 3 different games. Spiderman, Far Cry 3 and Forza Horizon are the 3 I'm currently juggling. The Amazing Spiderman is the best game from that franchise in a few years. The combat is fun and swinging around never gets old. I do hate how you can just swing from anywheres, in the past you needed to actually be in reach of an object to swing. Forza Horizon is unreal in the graphics department, on my 50 inch 1080p TV it looks just stunning. The racing is accessible but still deep, easily the best Forza I played yet. And yes we all know Far Cry 3 is amazing. There is just so many "OMG" moments in the game. From tigers to field fires, nothing seems off limit.
Well, that's my update for now, nothing really to report. I'm on heavy duty pain meds and waiting to heal, but luckily for me I got some great games to play when I feel up to it. I hope you all had great New Years and everything is going great!
Its been a long time last since my update, and will probably be a long time after this one. I go into *hopefully* my last surgery on January 3rd, so I have to travel 4 hours on the 1st to be ready for my pre-op on the 2nd. It's a bittersweet ending to the holidays to say the least. This is an exact year from my surgery last year (Jan 3rd 2012) so we'll take this as a good sign?
So Christmas came, and I might of got spoiled for the whole surgery thing and I got some wicked games. First up is Forza Horizon, the beautiful racing game on the 360. I'm very excited to try this. I also got Far Cry 3 which I started 2 days ago, all I got to say is HOLY CRAP. Everyone wrote this game off for months and now it's GOTY material, awesome stuff. I also received Binary Domain (heard great things), Spec Ops (excited to try the story), Dark Souls (I'm a Souls virgin). This is a pretty amazing boost for the collection to say the least. And to round out the awesomness is 2 2800 Microsoft Point cards. I also got a coffee table like book called The Art of Videogames, it's a beautiful book showing some amazing screens.
Boxing Day sales are huge in Canada, it's almost like Black Friday in the States, except Canada never has near the amount of crazy deals. It did put some great games on discount though so I picked up Space Marine ($9), Lego Batman 2 ($20), Dirt: Showdown ($20) and Amazing Spiderman ($30). I wanted to play Spiderman since it came out so it'll be nice to jump into it soon. I was tempted to get Borderlands 2 for $40 but I figured I can just borrow my brother's.
All this is kind of torture in a way because I'm pretty sure most of January I won't be playing any games, so knowing I won't get to experience most of these for a long time is very sad/scary/annoying. It's also in a small way exciting because I know once I'm healthier again I have much nerdiness to consume. Must...consume...nerdi...ness.
Now, if any of you are thinking "Hey, Immortality20, where is your end of year lists? WHAT GAMES DO YOU LIKE??!!" for some odd reason, I can't in sound mind write that yet. I haven't got to finish Walking Dead, Far Cry 3, Borderlands 2 and Forza Horizon yet. I hate wirting lists when I haven't yet got to exerience all the great games that came out this year. Everyone was complaining when 2012 started how dry it was for releases, but there was some truely memorable games this year. I know 2013 will destroy it though.
If wondering or caring my next review will probably be Sleeping Dogs, I finished it last week after pouring 40 hours into virtual Hong Kong. It was a very great game marred with some technical bugs. Still lots of fun to be had though. Thanks for reading another blog and I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays.
So the 10th Annual Video Game Awards aired this weekend, hosted by the always almost Samuel L Jackson. It's no secert the Awards are a Far Cry from it's potential. I'm all for new reveals and awesome trailers, but there's just too much time devoted to them. If you want to continue this at least add an hour. What we needed is more time to truely honor this year and our games we love.
The show had laughabley few awards given out, and I personally didn't agree with a damn single winner. There's just no way Walking Dead is techinically better than Halo, AC3 or other AAA games. It's an amazing game in it's own right, but it's just not a GOTY for me. I won't bag on every winner, I just thought the awards were all wrong.
We need more awards. If I was running the VGAs, here's the awards I'd want to showcase:
Best Action/Adventure Game
Best Third Person Shooter
Best First Person Shooter
Best Downloadable Game (PSN, XBLA)
Best New Property
Best Indy game
Best Sports Game
Best Puzzle game
Best Platformer Game
Hell I'd even love to see Best Trailer, Best Soundtrack and Best Actor.
I know this is a lot of awards, but it's 2 hours long. Is it really too much to ask to drop the stupid bands? To drop the bad jokes and just celeberate games and not Hollywood culture? I want our hobby to be repersented in the best possible way, and I feel it's nothing more than a flashy show trying hard to pull in non-gamers and catering to the wrong crowd. We don't neeed bands to watch, or celeberity hosts who don't game. We want Cliffy B, Miyamoto, Kojima and all the other awesome people in our industry to award their own. We want relevency without selling out.
With all that said I did love some of the comedy bits, especially the Sam Jackson mode and the little video bits for Best Game. But like I said, I just wish we'd have a respectable show that really awards the whole industry and the games we love (and the ones we love to hate).
It's awesome the show is going 10 years, but man it'd be nice if it was celeberated the right way.
Oh, if you're wondering who I think wins all the proposed awards I listed stay tuned because I'll be writing my yearly wrap up before the end of the month. I have another surgery in January and I have a feeling I'll be MIA for that whole month at least. Happy gaming and happy holidays!
A few weeks ago I posted score predictions for all the big games. Now that the monster that is Far Cry 3 got it's deserved AAA score (from almost every major site) all the big hitters are our for the year. I can't even begin to ponder on my personal Game of the Year as I want to play every big title before deciding. I can disclose that right now Assassin's Creed 3 is winning the race.
So, here's a look at my score breakdown. My score is if I'm within .5 I'll give myself a 1/2 point, if I'm right on I'll give a whole point.
Dishonored - Immortality's Guess 8.5 - Gamespot score 9.0 ----- 1/2 point
X-Com: Enemy Unknown: 8.5 and 9 on PC - GS 8.5 --- 1/2 point?
Fable the Journey - My guess 7, GS gives it 8!! No one seen this coming.
Doom 3 BFG - My guess was 8, but GS didn't bother reviewing this
Dance Central 3 - I guessed 8, but I should of done my research. This series got 8.5 three times in a row now! 1/2 point
Assassins Creed 3 - How could I not guess a 9? Seems GS didn't see the awesomness I did and gave it 8.5. 1/2 point
Medal of Honor: Warfighter - I guessed 8, and was so damn wrong. That trash is trash.
Forza Horizon - I guessed 8.5 and that's what it got. This time I finally got one right! 1 Point
007 Legends - I guessed 8 again, and oh man was I wrong. I wanted this to be awesome, but it stumbled in below a damn 5.
Halo 4 - 9.0, I was right! I didn't think GS would go 9.5, as it seems no game gets that anymore. 1 Point
LBP Karting - I guessed 7.5 and GS gave it the ol' 7. 1/2 point
Black Ops 2 - I said 8.5 cause I thought GS wouldn't want to stir the hater's pot by giving it a 9, and they did one better by going 8.0. 1/2 point.
Wonderbook - Book of Spells - I underestimated this unexpected hit and predicted a 6.0, it got an 8.0
Hitman Absolution - I thought an 8.5 would suit the bald meanie, but it seems I was a full point off.
Playstation Battle Royale - I said 7.5 and GS did another full point worse.
Epic Mikey 2 - I wanted this to be a fun 3D platformer with an 8, and it was another bomb that got a 6.0 (and much worse elsewhere)
ZomieU - I guessed this would eat up an 8, but it stumbled hardcore and partnered up with RE6.
New Mario Bros U - I thought it'd be a solid 8, and GS thought better and 8.5'd it. 1/2 Point
Need for Speed: Most Wanted - While other sites gave it my estimated 8.5, GS went lower and gave it 7.5
Nintendoland - I still think it will suck terribly so I gave it a 7, but GS think it's worth an 8.
WWE '13 - I thought it'd be an 8, and I was right! 1 point
Far Cry 3 - I went AAA with a 9, and I was right! 1 point
So, out of a possible 22 points I scored a measly 7. For every annoying, and I can't stress though enough, fanboy that b***es online about GS being paid, scores are too high, writers are paid off. Shut up. Shut the hell up. Stop talking crap because there's no proof. Just because a series you don't like gets a good score does not make it a paid off review, just because a 360 or PS3 or Wii game gets a AAA does not mean said company is paying them off. I guessed some pretty high scores that I was sure were warrented, and look how bad I did.
Look at the big time flops this year - Resident Evil 6, ZombieU, Epic Mickey 2, Hitman (not big but still should of got AA), New Super Mario Bros 2 on 3DS, Medal of Honor, Pokemon and so on. I think this is more than enough to show reviewers have integrity and review how they see the game. Sometimes they might not be as objective as they should, but I don't think there's any reivews being bought off.
Now that I'm done ranting about that, I'll talk about my probable next blog. I got a new 50 inch TV yesterday so I want to post how my game room changed. Happy gaming weekend!
Don't worry, my blog isn't some religous blabbing. I haven't updated lately because..well, I don't have much to talk about. I'm playing Halo 4 single player and Black Ops 2 multiplayer, and might do a review up for AC3. Nothing really peaked my interest and made me want to post to all (few) of you.
A lot of evenings I'll surf e-bay if I'm really bored. I check out the auctions ending last and look to scoop up some great deals (I have lots but that's another blog?!) and peeve people off. Don't worry, I got many deals torn from under my feet in the final minute as well. This time I saw a 3 month sub to Playstation Plus. Now, I'm not a huge fan of this service. NOT because I don't think it's valid, but just because the games they are offering are old and I beat them.
But as fate would have it, it was only $11 for the 3 months, and I caved and bidded. I won and got sent the 3 codes, which is nice because hey, instant! I join, sigh as I have to put in my credit card and then pick Little Big Planet 2, the only full retail game I haven't played. I press download, and nope! No download for me. I get the error code 300233EF over and over as I try to redownload. I couldn't even get %1 done.
I try to trouble shoot on google, but the only info I know is other people also experience it. It seemed to pop up with their store update last month to certain "lucky" people. My luck is ****ing golden so of course I'd get this too. Now it seems I'll play the waiting game and hope it gets fixed before my 3 months run up. We all know what happens to the game and the "freeness" of it then. Please understand I think the service is great, especially for the Vita too, but as a gamer who plays a lot of games, I see little value in it for me. And now I can there is even less value than I thought, thanks Sony!
It amazes me that Sony and Nintendo still can't create the fast, seamless experience you get on the MS store. Nintendo the most, their online plans really boggle my mind. Right now everything is digital, and for them to totally fail on pretty much ever aspect is heart breaking. The lack of a unifed system is baffling over there.
...And I'm done b****ing! Thanks for reading and rolling your eyes! Don't get too drunk this weekend, there's games to play!
I thought I'd take a break from me blabbling about my gaming, and blab about my gaming room. By gaming room I just mean my bedroom, but I thought I'd show you all my entertainment centre and my collection. Please exuse the low quality cell phone pictures.
First up is some of my collectables
From left to right you have the chick from Harry Potter, Sheldon Cooper, Freddy Kreguer, Splatterhouse mask, Ozzy, Jason and Harry Potter. I am a big fan of bobbleheads.
Next we got my gaming set up, 36 inch 1080P tv. I know it's pretty small but it was expensive 5 years ago when I first got it.
It's kind of odd that when I took the picture it was at the exact end of the Black Ops 2 commercial. There you see my set up, guarded by the Mario Bros. I have over 70 360 games and about 20 PS3 ones.
Here's a closer look:
The stupid white box is Batman Arkham City collector's edition. IT DIDNT COME WITH THE REGULAR BOX. I hate this so much, it looks so out of place in my collection!
Down bottom left you see Alan Wake Collector's. It even came with a full book, pretty neat. Slim 360 250 GB, no more worrying about deleting saves and games from my 20 GB model.
I use my PS3 mostly for exculsives and the few multiplats I wanted to play again like Dead Space. You can also see my Batman statue that came with the Arkham City CE.
If any of you are for some reason wondering "where are the Wii games?", I have 2 answers. My first is I laugh and go what Wii games? My second is my Wii is modded and hooked up to a expendable HDD and I keep all the games on that. The very few that are worth playing on that stupid system. But I have to admit, the ones are worth playing are very, very good. I won't get into a Wii rant right now because that will just lead into a Wii U rant.
So, that's my room. There are a few games missing from there that people are playing like Sleeping Dogs, Rainbow Six, Tomb Raider Legends and AC Brotherhood.
I'm 38 hours into AC 3 and I'm finally almost done. This game is massive, just massive. Such a treat to play, but I want to finish to freakin' play Halo 4 and Black Ops 2! If any of you have these titles and aren't on my friends list, add me immortality20.
So it turns out Assassin's Creed 3 is a very big game. I played it for about 4 hours tonight and I didn't even advance the story any. I felt so immersed playing as Connor, running after light house ghosts, headless horsemen, sasquaches and liberating districts. This game has amazed me since I first turn it on, and as I experience more and more of this gem I just love it more. It's rare in a game where I'm this far in and still feel the need to go deeper. Usually I like to blast through my games because I have so many in my backlog, but I have been just taking my time on this. I'm about 25 hours in and still have 4 sequences to play through, that's not even counting the huge amount of side stuff to do. I hope Halo 4 blows me away, but I think this will be my GOTY.
I did pick up Halo 4 on Tuesday, my brother is really enjoying both the single player and multiplayer. That is good news, as he is known to be a little harsh on games. I also have Black Ops 2 pre-ordered, looking forward to losing many hours in that multiplayer. Modern Warfare 3 was a total bust for me, I sold my copy pretty quickly, but I had so much joy in the original Black Ops that I hope to regain in it's sequel. Treyarch just seem to have this multiplayer down pat, whereas Infinity has a more balanced and interesting single player.
Now, as I'm sure you all read by now, GTA 5 is going to offer the player 3 playable characters. This is just so disappointing for me, as I feel GTA is at it's best when it gives us one character and really dives into him and his life. I just don't think we'll get that sort of magic with 3 protaganists, and I really don't like the idea of Bank Robberies being a huge role. I never liked them in any game, and the thought of doing them over and over is not very appealing to me. I also hate how they're no longer allowing you to buy properties, something I loved in the series since Vice City and all the Saints Rows.
It's no secret I disliked GTA 4. I feel it moved too far away from the magic that San Andreas and Vice City gave us. I couldn't really connect in the world, and just didn't care about the girlfriend or choices to meet someone at a strip bar. I also didn't like Red Dead Redemption or LA Noire. I did love Max Payne 3, but I can't help but feel disappointed in the GTA 5 news so far. Of course every one else seems to feel differently and I got trolled and called names for stating my opinion here on GS and on IGN.
Fanboys are the worst thing about this industry. They try to bully or insult anyone who dares stray from their belief, call a game like Saints Row worthless if one dares to like it over GTA. This generation it seems a lot of "fans" got very entitled, like they should get everything free, or change an ending or complain about anything. When Resident Evil or Halo or any other big franchise changes everyone b****es but when I say I don't like the GTA change my opinion is called "boring" because I don't agree with the change. I know Rockstar is some of the best developers in this industry, I know when games are good even if I personally can't get into them, fanboys can never see this. I'll keep my eye on GTA 5 and probably even buy it like I did with GTA 4, Red Dead and every Rockstar game. And I hope I do like it, but my high hopes of returning to San Andreas crashed with most of the news I heard today.
I don't want to keep switching people in missions, I don't want to worry about 3 different lives and their issues and friends and likes and dislikes. I think Rockstar works best when it dives into a deep character study and offers us a diverse world to live in, and I fear moving away from this magic won't be good. I WANT to like this game, but so far my hype isn't near as high as Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite and Dead Space 3.
If you managed to read this brick of text, congrats and happy weekend! And for those American friends of mine, as a Canadian I'm very very jealous of some of the Black Friday sales I've been seeing. Holy crap you are spoiled!
On Tuesday I picked up my copy of Assassins Creed 3. Oh my, is this thing a treat. I can confidently say it's my GOTY so far, beating out the superb Darksiders 2. I was very leary of the setting and the naval battles, scared it'd be another den base disappointment. I'm glad to say my fears are quelled. The story is the best thing about this game so far, from the swerve at the end of the first couple Sequences to Connor's journey. I'm only sequence 6 as I've been doing a lot of side stuff, but man is this great.
I'm not sure what people are on saying it's too easy. Maybe I'm bad at it, but I do die in it. There was times I was surrounded by guards and they got the better end of me. The one thing I do frown on is regenerating health, this was a series where you bought your health potions on! I love that so much more as it adds extra tension to a fight if you're low on potions. But, what can ya do?
Running through the trees feels even more fluid than rooftops at times. As Connor freeruns from branch to branch you can really appreciate the forest design. Ubisoft is pretty amazing at designing cities and now a whole frontier, congrats Ubisoft! Now I did see some bugs, but not any that detracting from my gameplay and there was no game endings ones and no freezes so far. I don't have my game installed either (I never do it unless required or advised).
The voice acting is to be commended as well, especially the full Native speeches young Connor and the rest of the tribe do. They really do respect the heritage and the people in this game. The lips don't seem to move as well in other games, but that doesn't take away the excellent voice work.
Any ways, very hyped for Halo 4 as well! Very happy to see it stayed a AAA franchise here on GS and the huge 9.8 it got from IGN. Can't wait to try this out, I'm not sure if I'll have AC3 done in time! I have it all paid for so I'll have it Tuesday none the less. If anyone here wants to play add me immortality20 on LIVE. If you have PS3, that's my tag as well.
I finished my MOH: Warfighter review if any are interested. I really want to be in the top 100 reviewers so please recommend if you have the chance! I plan on reviewing all the big titles I play, will probably do a Doom 3:BFG Editon review sometime soon. If you haven't played Doom 3 before I would advise you get this, or even if you did and didn't play the expansions like me. Great game.
Don't ge me wrong, Medal of Honor: Warfighter wasn't really on my radar but EB Games worked some magic on me. I was trading in an old game that would only get $14 credit, but $50 towards MoH. They also informed that it would devalue $1 a day so I can return in 2 days after beating in and get $58 to pay off Halo 4. That my virtual friends, is pure profit.
After installing the new Xbox Dashboard (I like it, it looks more neat and organized) I had to download a big patch for MoH. For those who don't know, EA didn't send out early review copies because they were sure that the day 1 patch based off beta feedback would make signifcant changes. I didn't play the Beta so I couldn't tell you.
Upon starting the campaign, you'll notice it is notably modern, which means it's dark. These games are so obsessed with showing ruined buildings and drab colors for "realism". The colors that do show, like the palm trees and rain and sky are very impressive. It's shame it's so far being drowned out in night time missions, dark dark water and drab buildings. The cut scenes in between missions also look fantastic, it sure will be nice if that level of graphics were playable soon.
The game has a unique cover system, where you take cover by pressing LB (or L1 on PS3) and then pressing up or over to peek out of cover. This takes a little bit to get used to as it's kind of awkward at first, but after awhile it feels natural. I also noticed you take a lot more damage per bullet than most shooters and it's not uncommon to die because of this. I don't mind that, it calls for a tiny bit of cover and shooting instead of running in and killing everyone Terminator style.
Right now I can't see the game being higher than a 8, but who knows? Even an 8 is a great game, I'd probably feel a lot worse about it if I knew I was stuck with it. Thank you EB for a great promotion.
To play this game I had to stop my play through of Doom 3:BFG Edition. I finished the main campaign in that and am now on the Ressurection of Evil expansion and still have the Lost Missions to play. Doom 3 still holds up very well, it is still incredibly creepy and dark game to go through. Sucks they mounted the flashlight though. Doom 3 is worth every bit of the money, especially at it's low retail point.
What's everyone playing?
I don't need to say it, but I will. This is the best geneartion I have ever seen. As a day 1 adopter for 360 and early adopter of PS3 (unfortuantly) and Wii (sigh) I seen a lot of great games. It seems like every month, or sometimes weeks there is a game I like to try. I'm not a cynical gamer. I don't say "rehash" or "it'll suck" or anything stupid. I love to try games, and I love when that pays off. If you're a true gamer I believe your mind has to be open to all experiences.
So, with this generation there is a lot of new franchises. Sure there isn't much any more as developers are gearing up for next gen, but that's a different story. After 7 years on the market, there is a lot of amazing games on the shelves. But what are the best IPs, or franchises that were born this generation. What are the best 5? Glad I asked!
As I start to really think about the choices, it becomes harder. Do I pick on the games that changed the market? The most important?Or do I pick on scores or just the ones I had the most fun with? I think this list will just be about my opinion, but I do really believe these franchises do matter, and are very important to gamers. Or just me, a gamer.
WARNING: YOUR FAVOURITES ARE PROBABLY NOT HERE OR NOT RATED HIGH ENOUGH!!!! OH NOES!!!
TOP 5 FRANCHISES 2005-2012
5. ROCK BAND - Wow, did this ever blow me away. The ability to feel like you're in a rock band, even with plastic instruments is a pretty special thing. I have so much dlc downloaded from this, and it's just hard not to have fun when you're playing. This is the best game for co-op in my opinon, as it's way more fun with friends.
4. BATMAN ARKHAM - I know, I know, Batman isn't a new IP. But I believe the Arkham thing is a new IP, and the game treats it and all the characters with such love and respect. The best super hero game ever, and it really makes you think what other heroes could have AAA titles if the developers truely love the property.
3. GEARS OF WAR - An awesome trilogy. Sure Gears 2 multiplayer had it's bugs, but it also offered Horde mode. Horde mode is so fun and popular games for years have had their own variation of it included. The Gears world and characters are really awesome, I really felt like I cared about their war. I know a lot of people write this franchise off, but I loved this trilogy. It's just so over-the-top manly and so damn well done that I can't help but love it. It's truely the best pure third person shooter on the market.
2. UNCHARTED - Was there any choice? This franchise will always hold a special place in my heart. For good and bad. I remember going into Uncharted 2 not really hyped, but that game blew me away. The story, the characters and just how the pace was so perfect. Uncharted 3 disappointed me, but it's still a great game on it's own merits. I don't think anything can top Uncharted 2 to be honest. It really is pulp action at it's finest. Nathan Drake is just so likable, even if he does kill many people.
1. ASSASSINS CREED - Is Assassins Creed 2 the perfect action adventure? Maybe not perfect, but it's damn close. This series took such a huge step from the first game, by leaps and bounds. I'm waiting so patiently to experience the 3rd chapter in Desmond's epic adventure. This game has everything I loved from Prince of Persia rolled into an epic tale and broader experience.
Honorable mention: Dead Space. Ohhh so close to be included, I just don't think it is as important or offers the experiences that the rest do. It is awesome, don't get me wrong. I loved Dead Space so much and can't wait to play part 3.
Honorable mention 2 - Bioshock. A game that changed everything and made you care about the world, characters and outcome. It is what every game should thrive for, but Bioshock 2 wasn't quite good enough, but Bioshock Infinite looks so amazing. I loved this series so much, stupid top 5, why didn't I do top 10?
So, what's your picks?