Games Played 2011: 30 - 21

Got distracted from completing my list from 2011. How about we bang out the rest before something new actually comes out. You can find previous posts for 50-41 and 40-31.

30. Star Wars: The Old Republic

The Old Republic's biggest issue is that it happens to be an MMO. The class campaign could be be vastly improved in a different genre that would allow a greater focus. The world doesn't feel very large, and there isn't a huge need to seek out other players on a consistent basis. The combat, while less automated, is very much the tried and true MMO gameplay. The quests have an interesting setup from time to time, but in the end you'll end up fetching, collecting, and killing are certain amount for the most part. The most enjoyable part of SWTOR has to be the decision making that comes up fairly often in the longer quest lines, that directly effect your character's story. SWTOR introduces a better way to tell a story in an MMO, but not exactly anything new to the world of video games.

29. Dead Island

Most likely the deepest zombie game on the market today. Dead Island is loaded with quests, quests, and more quests that take you to several different locations beyond your beachfront hotel. The story elements are kind of broken (about 8 hours in you realize that you've been rolling around with three other people the entire time without any previous mention), and the campaign it just too long to stay interesting.

28. TrackMania 2: Canyon

There is no stranger driving game than TrackMania. The setup and interface are pretty awful right out of the gate, but thats not what we're here for. Once on a hot server full of tracks that aren't possible in any other game, TrackMania becomes this infinite loop of trying to shave seconds to thousandths of seconds of your time. When striped down its a time trial game, but the variety and seer madness of the tracks themselves and how your car reacts are truly unlike anything else out there.

27. Catherine

Sex and video games have a checkered past at best. Catherine attempts to tackle the subjects of growing up, accepting responsibility, marriage, cheating, and pregnancy, all the while using block puzzles as its main source of gameplay. An interesting story taking place over the week after Vincent realizes he could be a father, during which he has begun cheating on his longtime girlfriend. There are several endings that are ultimately decided by the questions the player is asked while pushing blocks in Vincent's nightmares.

26. Orcs Must Die!

A solid action tower defense game with as many orcs to destroy as the title suggests. With plenty of upgrades and enemies, each map feels fresh and a razors edge from getting out of hand. The action is more responsive than any other tower defense game out there.

25. Dance Central 2

Harmonix knows how to get around the frustrations of the typical party game better than anyone. With its already battle tested interface in place DC2 remains easy to use, while adding features that make the game more fun with more people without adding road blocks. DC2 has little to no trouble allowing a second player to jump in and start dancing right away. Dance Central 2 is the dancing party game out there right now with its great pacing and satisfying dance moves with plenty of difficulty levels for everyone.

24. Kirby Mass Attack

There are few things more amusing that throwing ten Kirby (Kirbys? Kirbies?) around. You'll need to keep at least a certain amount of your Kirby to finish each level. Whether it be for throwing at enemies, pulling down objects, pushing down buttons, or running for their lives. Mass Attack is a simple, yet very enjoyable platforming with surprisingly long levels and many different scenarios to keep it fresh.

23. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

Its hard to type Space Marine without an exclamation point and thinking of the thousands, if not millions, of orc that yell Space Marine as they are destroyed. The gameplay setup is pretty simple, giant Space Marine with massive melee weapon and gun that shoots exploding bullets. Everything about your Space Marine feels heavy and over the top, and that's what makes the seemingly simple combat actually novel. Running head on into waves and waves of orc and leaving nothing but exploding bodies in your wake is incredibly satisfying.

22. Driver: San Francisco

The commitment to its unique storyline is what makes Driver: San Francisco special. After falling into a coma, you have the power to in and out of the bodies anyone driving in San Francisco. This allows you to get anywhere in an instant, and to cause all kinds of mayhem from throwing cars at the targets you are chasing down. The premise is off the wall, and no where grounded in reality, but that's what makes it fun. The tone of a cop show is charming, and the mystery behind the goings on in San Francisco make the entire rather short campaign fun to play through.

21. The Gunstringer

The Kinect can be a ton of fun, and a lot of the time it can be frustrating. With the use of movements that we've all used since we were children to symbolize a gun, The Gunstringer makes it easy to play through its amusing scenarios. A great deal of video game references, silly FMV, and gags allow the campaign to keep a smile on your face throughout. Also, The Wavy Tube Man Chronicles.

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Got distracted from completing my list from 2011. How about we bang out the rest before something new actually comes out. You can find previous posts for 50-41 and 40-31.

30. Star Wars: The Old Republic

The Old Republic's biggest issue is that it happens to be an MMO. The class campaign could be be vastly improved in a different genre that would allow a greater focus. The world doesn't feel very large, and there isn't a huge need to seek out other players on a consistent basis. The combat, while less automated, is very much the tried and true MMO gameplay. The quests have an interesting setup from time to time, but in the end you'll end up fetching, collecting, and killing are certain amount for the most part. The most enjoyable part of SWTOR has to be the decision making that comes up fairly often in the longer quest lines, that directly effect your character's story. SWTOR introduces a better way to tell a story in an MMO, but not exactly anything new to the world of video games.

29. Dead Island

Most likely the deepest zombie game on the market today. Dead Island is loaded with quests, quests, and more quests that take you to several different locations beyond your beachfront hotel. The story elements are kind of broken (about 8 hours in you realize that you've been rolling around with three other people the entire time without any previous mention), and the campaign it just too long to stay interesting.

28. TrackMania 2: Canyon

There is no stranger driving game than TrackMania. The setup and interface are pretty awful right out of the gate, but thats not what we're here for. Once on a hot server full of tracks that aren't possible in any other game, TrackMania becomes this infinite loop of trying to shave seconds to thousandths of seconds of your time. When striped down its a time trial game, but the variety and seer madness of the tracks themselves and how your car reacts are truly unlike anything else out there.

27. Catherine

Sex and video games have a checkered past at best. Catherine attempts to tackle the subjects of growing up, accepting responsibility, marriage, cheating, and pregnancy, all the while using block puzzles as its main source of gameplay. An interesting story taking place over the week after Vincent realizes he could be a father, during which he has begun cheating on his longtime girlfriend. There are several endings that are ultimately decided by the questions the player is asked while pushing blocks in Vincent's nightmares.

26. Orcs Must Die!

A solid action tower defense game with as many orcs to destroy as the title suggests. With plenty of upgrades and enemies, each map feels fresh and a razors edge from getting out of hand. The action is more responsive than any other tower defense game out there.

25. Dance Central 2

Harmonix knows how to get around the frustrations of the typical party game better than anyone. With its already battle tested interface in place DC2 remains easy to use, while adding features that make the game more fun with more people without adding road blocks. DC2 has little to no trouble allowing a second player to jump in and start dancing right away. Dance Central 2 is the dancing party game out there right now with its great pacing and satisfying dance moves with plenty of difficulty levels for everyone.

24. Kirby Mass Attack

There are few things more amusing that throwing ten Kirby (Kirbys? Kirbies?) around. You'll need to keep at least a certain amount of your Kirby to finish each level. Whether it be for throwing at enemies, pulling down objects, pushing down buttons, or running for their lives. Mass Attack is a simple, yet very enjoyable platforming with surprisingly long levels and many different scenarios to keep it fresh.

23. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

Its hard to type Space Marine without an exclamation point and thinking of the thousands, if not millions, of orc that yell Space Marine as they are destroyed. The gameplay setup is pretty simple, giant Space Marine with massive melee weapon and gun that shoots exploding bullets. Everything about your Space Marine feels heavy and over the top, and that's what makes the seemingly simple combat actually novel. Running head on into waves and waves of orc and leaving nothing but exploding bodies in your wake is incredibly satisfying.

22. Driver: San Francisco

The commitment to its unique storyline is what makes Driver: San Francisco special. After falling into a coma, you have the power to in and out of the bodies anyone driving in San Francisco. This allows you to get anywhere in an instant, and to cause all kinds of mayhem from throwing cars at the targets you are chasing down. The premise is off the wall, and no where grounded in reality, but that's what makes it fun. The tone of a cop show is charming, and the mystery behind the goings on in San Francisco make the entire rather short campaign fun to play through.

21. The Gunstringer

The Kinect can be a ton of fun, and a lot of the time it can be frustrating. With the use of movements that we've all used since we were children to symbolize a gun, The Gunstringer makes it easy to play through its amusing scenarios. A great deal of video game references, silly FMV, and gags allow the campaign to keep a smile on your face throughout. Also, The Wavy Tube Man Chronicles.