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Modern Warfare 3 vs. Battlefield 3: A Pointless Battle

I posted this originally as an one of my Examiner articles, but I wanted to share this with my Gamespot friends. This is a thing I've been wanting to write this for a while. Remember, despite what you may think I wrote this as someone who likes, not loves both Call of Duty and Battlefield. Here's a link to my original article if you want to check it out. But you're welcome to read and comment on it on my blog.


Modern Warfare 3 versus Battlefield 3, if you go to any forum on the internet that has anything to do with video games you'll likely see this topic floating around. Last year it was Modern Warfare 2 versus Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and then at the end of the year Black Ops versus Bad Company 2. EA has taken notice, and the marketing for Battlefield 3 is that it's designed to "Take Call of Duty down".

This seems like the laziest way they could market the game. It not only feels lazy, but also makes it sound like they don't have enough confidence in the quality of the game itself. A baseball team doesn't need to talk trash about the other team to win; they just need to play better than the other team. EA shouldn't have to call out Modern Warfare 3 for people to pay attention to Battlefield 3. EA should just let DICE make a great game, then show the game and let it speak for itself.

The whole idea that Battlefield 3 is going to lead to the death of Call of Duty is a bit ridiculous. Call of Duty continues to break sales records every year it's released. Last year Black Ops sold around 5.6 million copies in a single day, while Bad Company 2 sold 2.3 million copies in its first month. While Bad Company 2 was no doubt a success, it still doesn't have the kind of name recognition that Call of Duty has.

To "Take down Call of Duty" something would have to come out that becomes more popular than Call of Duty. No existing game franchise will be able to do that in its current state. That's not saying Call of Duty is the best franchise ever, but it's easily the one of the most accessible multiplayer games that's actually fun in today's market, if not the most accessible multiplayer game franchise to date.

For something to take the spotlight from Call of Duty, they would have to innovate. Call of Duty 4's success was no doubt a surprise. Call of Duty 4 was not only a fantastic game, but it was extremely innovative. There was nothing quite like Call of Duty 4's multiplayer at the time, and it quickly captured the attention of not only gamers, but people who didn't even play games.

What we've seen of Battlefield 3's multiplayer doesn't really seem to be very innovative. From what EA and DICE have shown Battlefield 3 looks like Bad Company 2's multiplayer, except on a much bigger scale. While Bad Company 2's multiplayer was great and easily the best part of the game, it didn't steal a huge number of Modern Warfare 2 players away. While Battlefield 3's multiplayer will probably be great and possibly better than Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer, it won't steal that big of Call of Duty's fan base away.

In the end a lot of the back lash towards Modern Warfare 3 is probably due to the old way of thinking that if something's popular than it's no longer cool to like. Call of Duty has proved again and again that despite being released year after year, it remains a high quality franchise. Despite what some people may say, whether you enjoy Call of Duty or Battlefield better still boils down to your opinion and your personal taste. There's nothing wrong with you if you like Call of Duty over Battlefield, and vice versa

Battlefield 3 probably isn't going to "Take Call of Duty down". If you pick up ether game or both and enjoy one over the other that's your right. Saying your game is going to be the fall of another isn't a great way to market your game, and is never an approach EA should have took. There's nothing wrong with marketing, but a great game is something that should speak for itself.

Guess who just turned 20?

Well, as you might of guessed today is my 20th birthday! And since it's been so long since my last blog update, I thought today would be a good a day as any to finally do so. And don't worry, I'm not going to bore you with talking about games that I'm replaying this time.

A friend of mine let me borrow a couple of games that I've been wanting to play, so let's start with those. First up: Bulletstorm! Bulletstorm was a game that I was expecting to really like. And well, I do really like that game, in more ways than I thought I would. The thing about that game that's done extremely well is the pacing of the game. Once that game really gets into gear it doesn't stop until the end. It's not quite Call of Duty set-piece after set-piece, it's more the things they give you to kill your enemies with that really keeps the game fast, and fun.

Another thing that I didn't really expect to like that I found myself liking by the end of the game is the characters. Now, I'm still trying to grasp what exactly made those characters likable by the end of the game, and I'm still not sure of what exactly it is. Not I said I like the characters, not the story. I just want to be clear on that, the story really isn't all that great at all. Also the use of made-up cuss words constantly can kind of get annoying. And I didn't get to play any of the multiplayer, because I'm borrowing the game and remember that this is a EA game, so it has the online pass.

The other game I'm borrowing is one that I'm probably also going to get for my birthday because I like it so much. And that game would be Fallout: New Vegas! As a big fan of Fallout 3, of coarse I was expecting to enjoy this game. The thing is, I didn't quite expect to enjoy it as much as I am. I'm probably in the minority here but even though I haven't finished it, I have played well over 30 hours of it and I'm going to go as far as saying I like it better than Fallout 3. I know, you probably think I'm crazy.

The things that really make this game more enjoyable than Fallout 3 for me are things like the characters. Granted not every character is great, but in Fallout 3 there wasn't really one character I ever found myself really liking that much. In this game there are multiple characters that I love. It's due in great part to better dialog, and way better voice acting. There's also just so much more to do in Fallout: New Vegas. I've done well over 20 quest, and there's still a ton I haven't even gotten too yet. And while I haven't finished main story just yet, the point where I'm at I see kind of how I'm going to pick an ending, and it's seems way more creative than the way you did it in Fallout 3. It's worth noting that I've hardly experienced any bugs or glithes with game, since I played it after the last patch. I'm guessing that's probably one of he main reasons I like more than other people.

In other news, not much is going on. I got a new laptop not that long ago, which I'm really enjoying. And besides that I'm really just trying to make the best out of what's left of the Summer. And no, I haven't gotten any birthday presents just yet, I'm typing this blog before people come over. So maybe I'll write about that some other time.

That's all for now, thanks for reading everyone!

The Best of E3 2011

I know I'm a bit late, but I really wanted to do this. Dispite not having to many shocking announcements for E3 this year, there were plenty of highlights. I could easily argue the biggest surprise announcement of this year was Minecraft coming to 360. I still wanted to take the time to talk about what I liked most about this year at E3. While there were a number of disappointments this year, I'm only going to mention the one that got to me the most. So here are my highlights, and biggest disappointment of E3 2011!

Dark Souls
Dark Souls
Dark Souls looks like everything I want out of a spiritual follow up to Demon's Souls. The game looks like it keeps the same fantastic combat system, while improving thw world by making it a open world. I put well over 100 hours into Demon's Souls, it looks like could easily put 100 plus more into Dark Souls.

Batman Arkham City
Batman Arkham City
Batman Arkham Asylum was a surprise hit back in 2009, so it's no surprise Batman Arkham City even better. A open world game, with combat like Arkham Asylum, and Catwoman as a playable character, I can hardly wait to actually play the game for myself.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
It's amazing how far ahead Skyrim looks ahead of Oblivion. With Oblivion being my favorite open world game out there, I was already highly anticipating this game, but once I saw the game I'm having trouble waiting for the game. The combat looks better, the game looks way more atmospheric, and the battles against dragons look intense and fun. I could not be more excited for this game.

Honorable Mentions:
Sound Shapes
Twisted Metal
The Darkness II
Gears of War 3
Silent Hill Downpour
Far Cry 3
Uncharted 3

Best Conference: Nintendo
Nintendo may of not of had the game, after game demo like Sony, but what Nintendo showed was way more exciting. The 3DS is finally looking to have a worthy lineup of game, the exciting and most unexpected one being Luigi's Mansion 2. But the most exciting thing about Nintendo's conference was the reveal of the Wii U. Discounting that I hate the name of the thing, I could want to get my hands on this thing more. I'm really excited for this thing, yet really optimistic about it. It's great that Nintendo finally is getting more 3rd party support, but the potential of the new touch screeen controller is what excites me the most. If a developer took full advantage of this thing, it could be amazing. Which is way Nintendo's press conference was by far my favorite.

Biggest Disappointment: Voice Command Kinect Support for Mass Effect 3
I gave Mass Effect 2 a 9.5, and named it my fourth favorite game of last year. So I think it goes without saying that I'm really looking forward to Mass Effect 3. But the idea of Bioware's big annoucement at E3 this year was Kinect voice commands, really got to me. For one, it sounds really gimmicky. There really is no point, in theory you could do these same voice commands with a headset. So it just seems like they just used this as an excuse to say Mass Effect 3 has Kinect support. Two, having the player read out a line, and then having Shepard say something completely different seems like a really good way to take the play out of the experience. And three, this like something a good developer like Bioware should be beyond. The thing I enjoy most about the Mass Effect games are the conversations, and the characters. Mass Effect 3 should not need this to stand out.

And there it is! Sorry to spend the most time on my biggest disappointment, but I couldn't find a way to express my opinion in less words. Now that E3 is over, I can get back to playing games. Thanks for reading everyone!

Most Anticipated Games of E3

I have an update for you all, E3 is 13 days away. I don't know if you know, but that's pretty soon. As we all count down the days to the biggest gaming event of the year. I've said this before but I'll repeat myself, the most exciting thing about E3 is the things we don't know about yet. While I'm more excited to hear about games that I don't know exist yet, there are a number of games I'm excited to find out more about. This list isn't about the games I'm most excited to play necessary, but the games that I'm most excited to hear new information on.

Metal Gear Solid Rising
Metal Gear Solid Rising

While this game has pretty much nothing to do with the other Metal Gear Solid games, it looks like it has potential to be an incredible action game. There seem to be very little quality action games, well at least ones that I enjoy. I would love to see an action game set in the Metal Gear Solid fiction.

Bioshock Infinite
Bioshock Infinite

The first Bioshock was such a special game because of its story and setting. Don't get me wrong Bioshock 2 was a great game, but it was missing the things that made it a special game. Bioshock Infinite looks like it's more of the same kind of special game that Bioshock was. The new setting looks beautiful from what I've seen of it, and I'm really excited to see more of how the game will play.

Dead Island
Dead Island

The trailers of this game alone fascinate me. But from what I've seen and heard about the game it doesn't sound at all like the serious zombie game I've seen in the trailers. So I'm at a dilemma, I don't know what to think about it. The game sounds like it could be really fun. A first person game with combat like Dead Rising could be great. It makes me wonder if the story is as serious as they've made it out to be so far.

Those aren't the only games I want to hear about, those are just the ones I'm the most anxious for new information on. But I made this whole list of games I want to hear about, but aren't on the top of my list, for one reason or another. Some of these I already know I'm sold on, others I have only mild interest in. I won't say which ones are which, but here's the list in no particular order.

Dark Souls
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Mass Effect 3
Batman Arkham City
Twisted Metal
Gears of War 3
The Darkness II
SoulCalibur V
The Last Guardian
Assassin's Creed Revelations
Modern Warfare 3
Battlefield 3

And that's the list. I'm not going to make a wish list for games that I want announced, because the only sequel I really want that doesn't seem to be anywhere in sight, is still Condemned 3. But mostly I want completely new games, new IPs to be announced. I know in the gaming industry that's really likely we won't see many of those, but I can still hope. This year's E3 also means we'll find out what Nintendo's new console will be. No wish list for games on the new console, because I'm hold out on that until I officially find out what that thing is.

Thanks for reading this blog, and let's hope for a great E3 2011!

Another Year, Another Dead Rising?

Hey everyone, long time no blog! So before I go on this rant, I wanted to do some quick self-promotion for my review of Demon's Souls that I posted about a couple weeks ago. Here it is!

But the reason I'm really writing a blog, is because of this.


So from what I understand, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record is basically a 're-imagining' of Dead Rising 2. Does anyone else find it strange that Dead Rising and Dead Rising 2 were five years apart, but this new disc game, not DLC, is coming out only about a year after Dead Rising 2? I know this isn't a full-blown sequel, but I still find it a bit odd. As much as I love Dead Rising 2, they're going to have to do more than just fix some of the technical issues, and "enhance" the save system and co-op modes.

This whole thing wouldn't be a problem to me if they were going to release this a discount price, but according to this Giantbomb article, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record will cost us $49.99, that's only ten dollars cheaper than the normal price, that's not much of a discount. I know Capcom has done this kind of thing before, the most recent example being Street Fighter IV, and Super Street Fighter IV. The thing that give me hope is that that didn't end up just being a release with a couple new things in it.

But so far it's not really sounding like it's that different. Here's a quote from the GiantBomb article I linked to above, that concerns me. "Though most of the areas we were shown were taken directly out of Dead Rising 2". This makes me wonder how much of the game's areas are going to be re-cycled. I've already played 60+ hours of Dead Rising 2, and I would like more than just few new areas. You can't just add a few new areas, and expect to fell that different.

I'm really hoping that they somehow justify the price of what they're describing as a whole new game. Letting you play as Frank West, and adding a few new areas and weapon combinations, along with technical improvements isn't quite selling me yet. Who knows, this could be a huge improvement for the Dead Rising series. But I think the main reason I ended up loving Dead Rising 2 so much was the time between the games I'd forgotten how great that forumla is. With only a year in-between games I don't hold a ton of hope of this being a huge improvement over Dead Rising 2.

Since I'm not really into fighting games, I have a a question for those of you who played both Street Fighter IV's, did they really make enough improvements to justify the purchase of a whole new game? Did the $39.99 price tag make a difference in your decision to buy it? As for Dead Rising fans, what do you guys think they need to do to make you purchase this game at only a $10 discount? Other than letting you play as Frank West.

And a few questions just for the average gamer in general. Do you like publishers and developers re-releasing their games like this? Do any of the 'improvements' actually make you interested in buying the game now? While you skipped on it the first time around. If you were already interested in buying the original game but haven't yet, do you plan on just waiting for this re-release to come out? Or will you just buy the original game after it's gone down in price?

Let's try and keep our faith, and hope that Dead Rising 2: Off the Record really will be a huge improvement for the Dead Rising franchise. Out of all the people I know who've played Dead Rising 2, there's probably only a few people I know who like the game more than I do. As a big Dead Rising fan, I really hope this feels like a new game.

Come Forth Hunter of Demons, so the World Might be Mended

Surprise! I bet you didn't expect me to do a blog so soon after my last one did you? I know I didn't. Well, there's just something that I have to talk about.

Demon's Souls

I know I'm a bit late compared to most people who've played this game, but I found my self with around twenty extra dollars, and I went out and bought Demon's Souls. The game that got Game of the Year here over games like Uncharted 2, Assassin's Creed II, Batman: Arkham Asylum and more games that the average person expected would win before they even though Demon's Souls had a chance.

The game has a reputation for being hard, and for good reason. This is one of the hardest games I've played in a long time. The only game I can think that I've played recently of that the difficulty is even similar is Super Meat Boy. But I don't regret buying a game that's extremely difficult. The only regret I have with this game is waiting so long to pick this game up. It's fantastic! There's nothing quite like it. The punishing difficulty only makes the combat more satisfying, and more rewarding.

I've already spent around 12 hours with the game, and I've only beaten two of the worlds. There's about five I think, but the lack of worlds doesn't seem to be a problem, since it takes a lot of time to get through them. I haven't tested out all of the online features yet, everything except the Co-op, but the way the game is intergrated into the game is downright amazing.

I think it's safe to say that the next game I'll be reviewing won't be Forza 3, it'll be Demon's Souls. It might be early to say this, but I think this game might be one of my favorite games of this generation. Not only that, but it's turning into one of my favorite games, period. If you have a PS3 and still don't have this game, go get it. It's only $20!

That's all I wanted to say for now. Thanks for reading, and take care everyone!

I am Alive!

Hi everyone! I don't know how much I actually have to say, but I releazed it's been about a month since my last blog. The main reason for that is I really don't have a ton to talk about. I'm still on the search for a new job, so I have no money to buy games, but I can talk about a few things I can talk about for now.

New Game: So last month I got a new game with a giftcard I got for Christmas. Forza Motersport 3! I'm not huge into racing games but, this game is really, really good. I guess most other racing games feel like they're made for hardcore racing game fans, to the point where they're almost unaccessible. I said most, not all! But one of the reason this game is so good is because of how accessible it is. The driving itself immediately felt right. The game's difficulty curve is downright perfect. It's easy to slowly work your way up the difficulty levels. You can even customize the difficulty! And customizable stuff with cars is really awesome. I still need to play more of this game, but I really like it so far. I'll try and review this, relatively soon.


Revisiting Old Games: I actually recently revisted Resident Evil 5, and it surprised me how much I still enjoy that game. But as much fun as I have playing it, I can't help but think how far away from the horror roots of the game before it. It really makes me want a new Resident Evil game with the gameplay of 5, but with the horror roots of Resident Evil 4 and the games before it. I don't think they'll ever make a game that's classic or revolutionary as Resident Evil 4, but it doesn't mean they can't make another amazing game.

I also am getting back itno competing in Left 4 Dead. This time with Left 4 Dead 2. I've actually gotten quite good at the game, probably the best I've been since my prime time with the first Left 4 Dead. I don't think I"m going to become a champ at the game or anything, but I'm quite enoying how manny victories I've had playing in Scavenge mode. I think I might start playing Verus mode, even though that's a longer commitment than playing Scavenge mode.

And Halo: Reach, yes still playing that game off and on. You know, shoot dudes don't get shot. I think I've already exhausted talking about this game in my previous blogs, so I won't bore you with more praise for that game.


In other news, I thought I'd finally share with you the other video game site I use. This is the only other video game site I like besides Gamespot. And it's of corse, Giant Bomb. Being a Gamespot member for as long as I have, I love the older Gamespot people on there. If you've been a member of Gamespot as long as I have you know who I'm talk about. I've been a member there for a while, and I'm a little bit active on there. But don't worry, I haven't left Gamespot yet and I don't plan too. Anyway, here's my Giant Bomb account if you want to track me on there.

Well that's all for now. Don't know when I'll do another blog. And if any of you are curious, the first game I plan on buying when I get some money is LittleBigPlanet 2. I'll try to stay posted and read as many of you blogs as I can, and comment as much as I can. You guys need to keep me up on how the new games are, so I know what to check out once I have a job again. Take care everyone, and keep rocking!

So, the PSP2(NGP) Exist

Before I start talking about this new portable, just wanted to say I have a new review up. It's for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Please check out and recommend as you please!

Well here it is. The PSP2, or the awful codename for it, the New Generation Portable, or NGP.


Suprised by this annoucement? No. I'm more surprised by the system itself. Before rumors of the new PSP started floating around last week, it wouldn't of been insane to think after the money they lost the PSP and the PSP Go, they would of pulled out of the handheld market. For one, I'm kind of glad they did. This thing sounds incredible! A portable system that has the power to play amazing looking games Metal Gear Solid 4, is an incredible achievement.

The main thing that is worries me is how much is this thing going to cost. This thing has 3G network and wifi. Two touchscreens, one on the front and one on the back. Instead of one nub stick, the thing has two analog sticks, which I can't tell you how happy that makes me. Along with all of that it has the power to play PS3 games. There almost no way this thing is going to be cheap. Still, I can't help but be impressed that they had an Uncharted game running on the thing. They also have a Call of Duty, Killzone, Resistance, and a LittleBigPlanet coming to the NGP. I'm also probably one of like a hundred people excited for a new Wipeout game.

I have to say, as excited as I am for the NGP, I still think it won't even budge Nintendo's share of the handheld market. The 3DS is just months away, and I'm pretty sure that will sell pretty well. You know, just a feeling. As one of the ten people who never owned a DS, I'm very excited to pick one of these up. The 3DS does cost $250, but my plan is to wait a bit for a few games to come out that I'm interested in, then get the system. I just hope it isn't to long. I don't know what the NGP's launch lineup will be, but with the annouced games so far, it has the potential to at least have a stronger start the the 3DS, maybe.

So, what it is everyone else's thoughts on the NGP? For one, I have to say I'm tired of saying NGP, I know they're going to end up changing the name, but wow I really hope they do it soon. Anyway, thoughts?

My Top Ten Games of 2010 (And a few other Awards)

Hey everyone, guess what? I've finished every game I played from 2010! That means it's finally time to boil down the way too many games I played this year down to only ten games. I'm currently out of a job at the moment so I don't know if I'm going to get to buy as many games as i did in 2010, so I might not get to do this for 2011. But let's not worry about that right now, lets celebrate 2010! I spent a good few hours last night choosing what games should be on this list, whichone should be my number one,and a few other awards that i came up with. And before I get to my top ten list, I want to say if this list went to twelve I would of included Deadly Premonition, and then ether Splinter Cell: Conviction, or Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Lets get to the list!

10: Alan Wake

Alan Wake was one of my most anticipated games of 2010. While I have to say I was a bit disappointed by the last level, for the most part I really enjoyed Alan Wake. The atmosphere in that game was amazing, the lighting and the sound created an incredibly intense environment, even when the actual scares themselves weren't that impressive. The story had enough twist to keep you interested throughout. The solid gunplay didn't evolve much over its unique premise, for the majority of the game it was really fun.

9: God of War III

God of War II was one of my favorite games of the last generation, so I had my hopes up pretty high for this one. While I still think God of War II is a better game, God of War III did not disappoint. The game was a blast from beginning. The slight improvements to the combat are noteworthy, and can make things more fun at times. While for the story for the most part wasn't that great, I thought the last couple hours of the game had a really impressive narrative, along with a pretty strong ending. And don't forget the boss fights, some of the best boss fights of this generation are in this game.

8: Dead Rising 2

After four years of waiting we finally got a sequel to Dead Rising, and man was it awesome. I know people who weren't fond of the original didn't care much for this game, but I'm not here to say it's perfect. I absolutely loved the weapon combos, and had a ton of fun playing co-op mode. Killing zombies with a friend never got old. I put in over sixty hours of this game, and I can easily see myself going back for more.

7: Limbo

Limbo is just a special game. It's a puzzle platformer that's built around immersion and atmosphere. Limbo had me sucked in from the moment I started playing it. Limbo is a mystery that really challenges the player to decide the meaning of everything going on around them. It was hard not to feel like you're a part of this dark land from the impressive sound design, to the stunning artof the graphics.The puzzles were not impossible, but that were some pretty challenging puzzles that really required you to step back and think for a bit. Figuring out how to solve these puzzles and finally finishing one is really satisfying. And while the ending came a bit too soon, the ending itself really makes you take a step back, and really think about what's going on.

6: Halo: Reach

Ah Halo, how this series has stolen many hours of my life. Halo: Reach is no different. With many improvements to agreat formula, Bungie has really outdone themselves. It really takes a lot of skill and practice to finally be good at this game, but even when you're still taking steps to get to that level, it's still really fun. Adding armor abilities changes things up so much, adding more tactics to a game that while is really skill based, but still doesn't make it impossible for new players to join. Firefight mode returned in all its glory and even better than it was in ODST. Having multiple modes in Firefight really changes things up, and being able to customize this mode is really awesome. Oh, and the campaign was pretty awesome too. I really liked the ending.

5: Red Dead Redemption

Unlike many other people this year, this game really wasn't on my radar. So it goes almost without saying that I was pretty surprised once I finally got my hands on Red Dead Redemption. Rockstar San Diego made an incredible game here. Playing this game really made me feel like I was in the grandest scale of western movies. The characters were all really believable, and John Marston is one of the best main characters in a game this year. The story is really well told and really interesting, which all ends up coming to what is probably the best ending in a game I've ever seen. The action is the best it's ever been in a Rockstar game. I still find it amazing that they managed to make old guns feel as impactful as they do in this game. I could not have been more invested in this single player. The game also had a really fun multiplayer mode, while it may not be Halo: Reach, but it's still a ton fun. I mean, what other game allows you to run into woods full of bears while other players are trying to kill you?

4: Mass Effect 2

I've spent way too many hours of this game, but I do it's a game that totally worthy putting that many hours into. The rich, engaging universe never becomes boring. The game has one of the most wide cast of characters, all whom are very deep and interesting. I loved the fact that I could carry over every choice I made from the first game. That made the experience that much more personal for me. On top of that I still had many different choices I could make, some had little impact, and some had a major impact. The RPG elements were streamlined, which made them much less of a hassle than they were in the first game, but still present enough that this didn't become a shooter. But the shooting also felt better, not quite up to say like Gears of War, but still pretty good shooting for an RPG. Being able to map your commands for your party, and whatever powers you may have onto the D-Pad also make things go a lot faster. This is just about everything you could have asked for in a sequel to Mass Effect. I can't wait for Mass Effect 3.

3: Bayonetta

I have to admit, I've never played a Devil May Cry game before. So it may be odd to put a game that is the evolution of that series so high on my list, but I'm doing it anyway! Every minute of this game was insane, over the top and just plain fun. The combat in this game is just so smooth. The fact that this is a character action game where I rarely ever felt like I was button mashing is an achievement in of itself. There's nothing quite like fighting a dragon whose head has gone through a church, then flew up in the air and taken the church with it , while you're still inside it. And that's an example of one of the early bosses. The bosses in this game are all fantastic. Probably the best boss fights in any game this generation. This game gave me such a rush all the way through its long story that its easily one of my favorite games of the year.

2: Super Meat Boy

This game came out of nowhere for me. I had heard its name mentioned here and there, but I never really knew what the big deal was. It wasn't until I finally played it that I understood. This game took 2D platforming and practically perfected it. The movement is so precise, the levels are so well designed that it's incredible that this game was made by such a small development team. This game may be hard as nails, but it's hard to pull yourself away once you start to play. While I died over and over again, I never felt cheated, not once. It doesn't hurt that the soundtrack of this game is better than the soundtrack of any other game released the same year.

1: Super Mario Galaxy 2

I'm going to admit this right off the bat, even if this game was just more of the same it still probably would of made my top ten list. The first Super Mario Galaxy was my favorite game of 2007, and had remained my favorite Wii game up until now. Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a masterpiece of a platformer. The levels are so well designed, that every one of them is just a delight to play. The variety in Super Mario Galaxy 2 in amazing, the game never repeats itself more than once. And considering how many levels there are, that couldn't have been easy to come up with all the ideas. Not only is the variety great, but everything the game has you is extremely fun. The game also is pretty hard at times. It may not be as hard as Super Meat Boy, but it's challenging enough to make it satisfying to get through levels without ever feeling too hard. The camera views rarely cause any problems at all, which for a 3D platformer is rare. The music is also a delight to listen to. There are plenty of new songs created just for this game, along withoriginal Mario songs redone to sound brand new. When you boil down everything this game has into one package, this game is just pure fun. This is not only the best game for the Wii, it's one of the top games of this generation and the new standard for 3D platforming, and my favorite game of 2010.
Super Mario Galaxy 2

Now for some awards that I made up!

Favorite Game I Played for the First Time in 2010 that didn't come out in 2010: Dead Space Extraction

Yes, I know I played both the first Mass Effect and LittleBigPlanet for the first time in 2010 and yes those games are both awesome. But, I don't think ether of those games surprised me as much as Dead Space Extraction. The atmosphere was awesome; the controls work incredibly well, and its way more fun than just about any other shooter that's on the Wii.

Note: Just for the record, yes I played Metal Gear Solid 4 this year, but I actually got to play a good chunk of that game back in 2008, so I'm leaving it out of this award.

Best Character: Francis York Morgan from Deadly Premonition

Deadly Premonition is a game that surprised me in a lot of ways. But one of its best surprises is how good the main character Francis York Morgan. With all the Twin Peaks inspired things in Deadly Premonition, it's amazing that Agent York manages to be an original character. He's an extremely likable and funny character, and the character arc he ends up going through by the end of the game is incredible.

Game I wanted to Love, but just couldn't get into: Just Cause 2

Looking at this game, I get why people love this game so much. But playing it was a different story for me. I'll say that the gameplay is fine. Its fun to blow stuff up, and run around and just mess around, but like the Grand Theft Auto game before GTA IV it felt really unfocused, and I started to loss interest after a couple of hours. The story really got on my nerves, and I could not stand the voice acting. It just drove me insane! I'm not saying this isn't a good game; it's just not for me.

Games from 2010 that I didn't get to play that I wish I could of: Vanquish, Fallout: New Vegas, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Civilization V, Rock Band 3

2010 was a great year for games, let's hope for the best in 2011! Thanks for reading!

Super Meat Boy, and a Happy New Year!

Hey everyone, it's new year's eve already! I still have about 11 hours left in the year, so it'll be another few hours or so before I go start to celebrate. So for the time being, I'll update my blog, one last time! I'll be ranting about it in a minute, but here's my review of the amazingly addictive and awesome Super Meat Boy.

Guess what, I got some gaming stuff for Christmas, I know shocking, right? Okay, so as far as gaming goes I got three things. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and a 1600 Microsoft points card. With those Microsoft points I bought Super Meat Boy, and the Undead Nightmare pack for Red Dead Redemption. So far I like Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, but not as much as Assassin's Creed 2. I really like Super Mario Galaxy, I just haven't had much time with it because I have to share the Wii with my brother. And I started the Undead Nightmare pack, pretty good intro I'd have to say. But I'm think I'm going to wait until I beat my other games before I really dive into it.

So the game I've been playing the most of, is Super Meat Boy. I have to say, I can't beleive how much I liked the game, it's so freaking good! I love it so much! I'm not usually big on games that are really hard, but I found that I couldn't pull myself away from Super Meat Boy, despite how many times I'd die. Death after death wasn't enough to make me stop playing. I've already beaten the game, and are trying a go at some of the harder levels. I've beaten over 140 of the 300+ levels that are in that game. Believe or not, this could be higher in my top ten games than you may expect. Speaking of which, I'm starting to put that list together. I will put the final touchs on it when I finish the last two games I got.

So ends my last blog of the year. Have a safe and happy new year everyone! If you won't do it for me, do it for poor Meat Boy.
Super Meat Boy