Best of 2010
leebmx: Best of 2010
leebmx: Best of 2010
I don't play games twice as rule. However Mass Effect2 and all the DLC will get a second run shortly and I can offer no higher praise. I can't wait to step into this expansive, beautiful vision of space and get the ending perfect for the final part of the trilogy.....and go back to the asteroid disco.
Oh Fallout you have caused me such anguish. I was so, so excited for this game and in many ways it did not disappoint. Packed with superb people and places to discover, and with a nuanced and detailed portrail of a blasted world trying to determine its future there was so much to love. Sadly it was let down by what was supposed to be its centrepiece, the city of New Vegas. Instead of finding a bustling metropolis filled with wonder the game engine's limitations meant empty and lifeless streets filled with wax figureines.
Only a great game could survive being filled with cringe worthy crotch-swinging camera shots and bottom spanking fetishism and thankfully Bayonetta was a truly great game. Whatever my feelings on the protagonist I was rendered completely slack-jawed and boggle-eyed by space clocks, baby lizards and the overall fantasmagoria of Bayonetta's world. Add in tight as hell controls which really reward timing and practice and you have the best action game of the year.
Are games art? Is Limbo too short? Why doesn't Jeff like it? Personally I couldn't give a fuck. No game made a greater impression on me this year than this beauty. Deceptively simple but with so much detail in the sound, art style and puzzle design Limbo feels like a classic short story in a world of airport blockbusters.
So, so beautiful. This was another game where it was more pleasurable to wollow and wander in the world than follow the storyline. However after the great opening sparring between Marston and Bonnie the characterisation weakens and I felt my belief in the world start to ebb when I was forced to make a man who had renounced violence mow down scores of his old buddies with a Gatling gun.
I couldn't love this game as much as some of the crazies out there but it was still easy to appreciate its mastery of timing, satisfying progression and old school homage. The satisfaction of finally working your blood splattered way across one of its fiendish trap-filled designs is unique amongst this year's games....The music's pretty good too.
I don't know why this game is held in such low regard. Sure the story feels a little tacked on but the setting is still superb and the action has been much improved from the original. I really enjoyed my second trip to rapture and felt their were enough original ideas and setpieces to warrant it being on this list.
The stunning graphics made Alan Wake a great game to look at as well as really helping create the sinister, dread filled mood the world required. Fun characters, a decent, if slightly wtf story and interesting combat were also to it's credit. Sadly the lack of variety to your foes damaged the game slightly as did the decisions to include collectables (why am I looking for themoses?) and lots of soul sapping in-game advertising.
I love big open worlds to explore about as much as I love blowing things up. If Square Enix had given me some good reasons to wage goofy B-movie waste to it's beautiful island creation it really could have been higher up this list.
However boring ploting, cardboard NPCs and repetitive missions made this game one for fun visits rather than lost days.
Pac-Man really explored his narcotic roots in this years compulsive edition. How else are you supposed to read a game about gobbling pills which appears to be set in a neon-lit nightclub. That eyelid-flickering rush that worked its way up my spine each time I consumed a row of glowing spooks was not a feeling I normally associate with gaming. The first game which is also a legal high.
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