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#1 Edited by Knives (711 posts) -

Top 10 be damned. Well, I'm afraid this list is going to be a bit disappointing. The top 2 games on the list are sort of their by default, as they are really the only two games I completed this year that were actually released this year and felt comfortable enough with to put on a top games list. So without further ado:

5. Demon's Souls - Now, I know what you're thinking. What isn't Dark Souls in this spot? Well, if it will make you feel better, just imagine it is. It doesn't make much of a difference, does it? But I haven't played Dark Souls yet because I'm a bad person (and I think it would be weird to play it without beating Demons Souls, which I still haven't done by the way). I really don't know why I like this game, anyway. It's not easy to explain with the English language, so maybe Japanese would work better. ファック。このゲームは狂気です。私は私の人生を憎む。

4. Dragon Age Origins - Yeesh. I got this game for Christmas last year, and played it in January. So I'm going to say it counts. And what a game. I'm not ashamed to admit that I didn't like Mass Effect all that much. My favorite part of the game was actually the beginning, wandering around the Citadel. I thought the narrative tricks Bioware is known for were all rather lame and predictable, and the ending did absolutely nothing for me. So enter Dragon Age, I had pretty muted expectations. And I couldn't have been more impressed. The morality system wasn't dreadfully mundane, the narrative, while not groundbreaking, was engaging and well-told. And it had a pretty satisfying ending.

3. League of Legends - This game is actually the source of where my year went wrong. I put in about 500 hours into this game in 2011 and only recently have been able to 'put it on the shelf' for a bit. I don't want get into a MOBA discussion on why this game's mechanics are better than DotA 2 or HoN, but there is a simplicity and elegance to League of Legends that makes it a damn fun game and one I can't seem to stop playing. Bi-weekly content patching and pretty good balance don't hurt. (We'll make believe Dominion never happened. That mode pretty much blows.) I know I won't be the only person on this website with this game on their list this year. If you don't like it, FINE. I DIDN'T WANT YOU TO LIKE IT ANYWAY.

2. Bastion - I don't like this game as much as others. If I had played Skyrim, LA Noire, Skyward Sword, Battlefield 3, Batman Arkham City, or Rayman, this could have easily been bumped off. It was, or is, a neat premise and the game is easy to play through and complete, and it has a tasteful ending which is the hardest thing to do for video game developers apparently. (Watch a fucking movie, for fuck's sake.) I felt like if this game went on any longer, it would've outstayed its welcome, which is a credit for the developers for knowing when to stop.

1. Portal 2 - This is a perfect video game. Or at least, what I expect a perfect video game to be. The humor was sublime, the puzzles were impeccable, the ending was nuts. Yeah, I understand the argument that it wasn't as good as the first. But Valve managed to make a game that, apart from the fundamental premise, feels nothing like the first. If a book was written on how to make an appropriate sequel to a beloved game, Portal 2 would be chapter one. They didn't try to be cute with themes the first game established. They went beyond and built something grander and different, without ignoring what made the first game great in the first place. I don't know how they keep doing it. Bring on Episode 3, Half-Life 3, whatever. Just keep making games.

So, perhaps if I had played about a dozen other games (To the Moon, Witcher 2, Dirt 3, Ico/Shadow of the Colossus collection, Deus Ex, Dead Space 2, Uncharted 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, well let's not get carried away with that last one) my list would be a bit more complete. But whatever, I did my best asshole. Why don't you go take an arrow to the groin.

P.S. Games that will be on my top 5 games of 2012 list: Diablo 3.

#2 Posted by Knives (711 posts) -

OKAY THAT DOES IT. WHERE IS THE DELETE BUTTON WHEN I FIND IT THIS THREAD IS OVER.

#3 Posted by Knives (711 posts) -

I swear to fuck if one more person mentions arrows in this thread, I will fucking delete it.

#4 Posted by Knives (711 posts) -

@Xtrememuffinman said:

I was half expecting an "arrow to the knee" from that title. But man, what have you been doing all year? You pay for a site for video games, you'd expect to have played a bunch.

Well, I put a lot of time in older games, I guess. I'm the type of guy that rarely buys a new game full price. I'm playing Dead Space 2 right now, followed by Skyrim, but the year will be over by then. :(

#5 Posted by Knives (711 posts) -

I realized I hadn't completed 10 games released in 2011.

  1. Portal 2
  2. Bastion
  3. Okamiden
  4. Bulletstorm

I feel badly about it. What a lame list.

#6 Posted by Knives (711 posts) -

@Ubersmake said:

Sounds pretty close to my experience with the Fire. I can't justify $500 for an iPad for what I'd do with that device: casual web browsing, eBooks, and Netflix. But $200 for a smaller, less powerful device? Much more justifiable.

@Knives said:

  1. The Amazon Silk web browser is fast, but the quality of a particular page is really inconsistent. Having the ability to tab browse is awesome, but it would be nice to be able to view websites and internet video in a landscape mode. This could possibly be corrected with a firmware update.

This one I had a question with, though. What are you talking about when you're referring to landscape mode? I get that whenever I turn the device to its side, as long as I remember to unlock the device's orientation setting. I usually keep it locked because I don't like text spinning all over the place when I'm reading in bed. But when a video loads in portrait mode, I have to remember, "oh yeah, it's locked in portrait mode." Were you referring to something else?

This was fixed in an update.

#7 Edited by Knives (711 posts) -

@ptc said:

Got a Kindle Fire for Christmas. So far Giantbomb is the only site that gives the silk browser serious issues. OK all you new Kindle Fire owners out there, what's the best way to view GB on our new devices??

As of right now, the website is working for me. What part of the website isn't working? (this is the m.giantbomb.com)

#8 Posted by Knives (711 posts) -

Good:

  1. Impossible not to mention the price first. At $200, it is an easy recommendation to those interested in buying a tablet but hesitant of a $500 plus price tag. And it cannot be understated, the Kindle Fire is a very good (not perfect) iPad substitute.
  2. Amazon.com and cloud integration is seamless. Apart from the price tag, this is easily the biggest selling point. Once registered, all Kindle books, magazines, applications, Amazon instant video and MP3s sync immediately.
  3. Bright, color rich screen. Decent built-in audio. It's small and lightweight, yet sturdy.

Unsure:

  1. The Amazon Silk web browser is fast, but the quality of a particular page is really inconsistent. Having the ability to tab browse is awesome, but it would be nice to be able to view websites and internet video in a landscape mode. This could possibly be corrected with a firmware update.
  2. The battery life is about 7 or so hours. In this price range, it is neither good nor bad. For how I use the device, it is more than acceptable.
  3. No access to the Android application marketplace. This might be a bigger deal at launch, but the Amazon app store will grow rapidly to the point of it being irrelevant.

Bad:

  1. No 3G support and only 8 gigabytes of on device storage. As impressive as the Amazon Cloud is, it is moot if you can't communicate with it. For times when you don't have access to wifi, this could be a legitimate pain.
  2. No camera, bluetooth. Cameras are nice, though not a necessity. Bluetooth is a bigger deal with regard to making edits to documents with the virtual keyboard.
  3. It doesn't have that Apple polish. The Kindle Fire suffers from a little bit of first generation "jankiness". This will be a bigger deal to some than others. In most cases, it's form of function. But it's hard to rival the sleekness of the iPad, and the Fire falls short.

Conclusion: Buy it if you are either heavily invested in the Amazon cloud with your Kindle and MP3 library (and if you have a Prime account for streaming video), or are looking for a cheap alternative to the iPad. Don't buy it if you want a top of the line tablet with a fully established application store and/or if wifi isn't readily available in your daily life. It's not an iPad killer, but it's a legit competitor. It will do well in expanding the tablet market, which I think we can all agree is the healthiest of predicaments.

#9 Edited by Knives (711 posts) -

Yeah, Zelda fans can be crazy, but I think they have a legit beef with this one. It's not a good review, at all. It makes Patrick's review look like Moby fucking Dick. But it's just a number, an outlier even. Before you criticize Zelda fans for defending their game so vehemently, remember that just as many people are going to site this very review as an argument against Zelda being a great franchise (which it undoubtably is), even though it is strongly contrary to consensus.

#10 Edited by Knives (711 posts) -

At the end of the day, I'd say I got my money's worth. Does it have great games (some of which stand toe to toe with the best of the generation) Yes. Do I consider it a great console? No.