Loved this list, made me laugh quite a few times. Good job!
" @extremeradical: A good chunk of these are just me trying to parody popular opinions and just drive them to their logical conclusions. Having not personally played GT5 myself, that award was given as an outsider looking in towards the reception and controversies. I'm aware that it's a very satisfactory experience to a niche group of people. "
I don't know. Gran Turismo, at it's core, is a niche game. The physics are near perfect, the cars look and sound great, and races are as dry and repetitive as they are in real life. Sure, it makes for a bad video game, and the video game-style progression is sinfully mismanaged, but to a certain audience, the game is everything it needed to be. Deadly Premonition, on the other hand, looks and plays poorly. The design and storyline, however, give the game some appeal, and between the two, that is a recipe for a possible cult darling. I mean, Tiger Woods might be boring, but that's because it's a golf game. I'm sure there is a way to make it more interesting, but the hardcore Tiger Woods fans probably wouldn't like that. Although, maybe Tiger Woods wasn't the best example for a game that adheres to reality for the sake of it's hardcore fans...
I just saw Fragile Dreams on sale. Crap, should have pulled the trigger on that one.
Ooh, I've been looking forward to your Abstract Game of the Year Awards, but forgot to check for them. Sakura Wars actually inspired me to attempt to create a list of the top 10 PS2 games of 2010. Here are some of the interesting things I learned:
Also how could I not notice you put Basara up there. God that series is so much fun, Basara 2 heroes had an amazing roster which kind of hurt Basara 3 for having a better combat system, but weaker cast. I'm really hoping for a Basara 3 Heroes in America with optional JP voices, and a better translation job. Or I'll just import it for PS3. Whatever.
I give this list the "Pepsiman award for being awesome and slightly quirky while still knowing a whole bunch about Japan but not sounding like a white gaijin weaboo who eats pocky sticks all day" But I have to say: Hardcore mode in New Vegas isn't nearly as hardcore as people seem to pretend it is. Ammo weighs hardly anything, you really just need to drink water, a readily available item, on occasion, and then carry around some Doctor's Bags if you need to heal your limbs. Know what's actually hardcore? Fallout 1 had no autosave. Chew on that for a while.
Was Winterbottom really $0.50 this year? That is sad. That was one of my favorite games this year.
I'd really love to see a 3DS Strange Journey. Aren't they doing like a 3DS Devil Survivor with more stuff?
Having Zettai Hero Project on this list already makes it great. Also it is funny, so that probably helps.
Dude this is crazy!
I wish I had about 6 hours to post my response, but sadly I don't. List of the year!
Venetian Blinds?! Never heard of it, but it made me laugh when I saw it :D
You're either a bad person or Jim Sterling
Award: "The Screw Persona, Thank God Atlus Finally Made a REAL MAN'S Shin Megami Tensei Game Award
Award: "The Capitol Hill Award for Beating Around The Bush," because why make a proper Kingdom Hearts game when you can just keep making endless side-stories that flesh out plotlines the fans may not have even wanted elaborated in the first place? Oh, right, because these games still sell despite all that.
Award: "Best Game That Isn't Just About the Boobs," for reminding players that, at some point in history, Lara Croft actually had good gameplay to back up her looks before developers just relied on the latter entirely to sell copies. There's something to be said when you can still have both cakes and eat them, too, you know.
we love lara croft but it's time for the gaming industry to have a big shock for a change.
HEY PEPSIMAN, How about a "Game of the Nier" award for best Nier in a leading Nier. and give it to Kaine for being a Hermaphrodite~ tee hee
Wait, Birth by Sleep is beating around the bush? Have you seen re:coded? Granted, I haven't played Birth by Sleep, but I know for a fact that the plot isn't "Jiminy Cricket's diary has missing pages, let's play mini-games based on other games."
You should rename yourself to Crazyman! Great list!
You're aiming for 100 right ? Can I suggest Mafia 2 for the "Best Nolan North Monologue by Nolan North Starring Nolan North":
Ha, I actually bought Costume Quest BECAUSE it was so adorable about convincing you to download the demo. I was sold when one of the kids mentioned that it would be the best $15 I ever spend. Also, this was a great list through and through. Great work!
Great list :) I'm still conflicted in Resonance of Fate. I just hope that I can get used to the combat system and enjoy it through and through. But ah well, still picking it up tomorrow.
-Except of course that as long as Strange Journey isn't called SMT IV, people will keep whining. -When I completed the arena tutorial for Resonance of Fate, I still had to get my friend who'd already beaten the game to show me how to play it. God damn. This is the most significant game of the year list a far as I'm concerned. Keep up the good work!
how dare ET rate Kirby a B! Blasphemy!
Started RoF not too long ago and ended up at gamefaqs before the tutorial even ended. Enjoying it now that i figured out the combat.
Who in the world is mistaking Sengoku Basara for actual history? The same people that believe giant enemy crabs roamed the Japanese countryside? (I can't believe I just made a Sony press conference reference near the end of 2010.)
I will argue that Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is the best NES game released this year Apart from that, this list is looking to be just as awesome as last year, you have amazing creativity.
Actually, it's really common for companies to make huge-ass discs with nothing but an old game on it. In fact, let me go choose a few games that do just that. Do not ask how: Mega Man: 75 KB normal, 128 MB disc Final Fantasy VI: 2 MB normal, 192 MB disc Mega Man X3: 1 MB normal, 336 MB disc Samurai Spirits: Kenkaku Yubinan Pack (it's just the first two games on one disc): 22 MB normal/total, 373 MB disc
Ghost trains! And really NMH2 came out this year? It seems soooo long ago that I played that.