This game has sucked away so many hours from me this year. I have rarely felt the sense of satisfaction this game lends from performing well in a competitive environment. No game has ever consumed my thoughts the way this one has; waking up at 5am to watch the GSL live, reading up on new build orders, watching my replays, and practicing with other players are all parts of what has made this game so enjoyable for me. I love the community and culture around the game and I cannot think of any RTS game I would rather be playing right now.
The story telling in Alan Wake is what made this game hard to put down. The episodic format was a good way to present the story of Alan Wake and kept me wanting more; I finished the game in two sittings. The combat was interesting due to having to think strategically about how to use your flashlight and ammo in any given situation. Also, the soundtrack compliments the amazing setting and atmosphere of this game perfectly.
I love Street Fighter and always will, its one of the games I grew up with. Though, I'm still terrible at it.
Bad Compnay 2's open vistas of destruction and amazing large scale battles are just what I wanted out of this shooter. No shooter on the market right now can match the intensity this game has when it comes to objective based play. Rush mode creates tense situations were you must work together to take out or defend your objective, and lends a sense of satisfaction on the same level as a game of "Payload" on Team Fortress. This is without a doubt the best Battlefield game ever created.
This game makes the player feel like a badass, which is awesome in a genuine way. Just an average guy relying only on his skill, wit, and drive. Conviction does take the series in a more approachable direction without feeling too easy. My one caveat, they should have had spy v. mercs in this game; by far the best multiplayer experience ever created on a console.
Civ V makes all the right moves in correcting things wrong with the previous installment. The pacing in Civ V has improved remarkably and will keep anyone up late into the night promising themselves just one more move. This game is oddly addictive and is everything I have wanted in a Civilization game.
Mass Effect 2 vastly improves upon the clunky controls of the first game, and Bioware made smart choices in squad management even if the AI behind them wasn't always the best. The story of Mass Effect 2 does feel like a bridge between the first and what will be the third installment, resulting in the having an average main story arc. The loyalty missions however, presented the player with interesting scenarios and developed each character in meaningful ways. I do hope that Mass Effect 3 does something with the Cerberus story, otherwise, the whole plot of this game will just feel like a contrived mess.
AC: Brotherhood improves the mission structure of the series once again with this installment. The team over at Ubisoft has done some very good things in evolving this game to keep it interesting and does so without making the player feel as though Brotherhood is just an expansion of Assassin's Creed II. I love the story in this series, maybe I'm a sucker for all of this conspiracy theory stuff, but I cannot wait to see what happens in the next Assassin's Creed. However, my biggest complaint about AC: Brotherhood is the fact that the only reason you ever want to make money in this game is to renovate shops, so you can get more money to renovate some more shops. The economy in this game really has no point or place in the game.
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