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What will you remember from 2013? Will it be(Finally) the launch of new consoles, exciting New IPs, Upgrading or building your first PC, the gamer entitlement lawsuits, day one patches, console wars, constant forum posts of “This game isn’t that good” or “Wii U is Dead”. Is it the 50th preview video of your most anticipated game, finding a game no one even discusses, is it the announcements that never came, or the announcement we never saw coming? Whatever or however you remember 2013, it is always good to come to a place like GB that I would almost say is like a second home. The community and personnel provide a lot of entertainment I am greatly appreciative. Thanks for another good year and looking forward to more in 2014. Happy New Year and Cheers!
If you have noticed a recent trend a lot of writers on sites when discussing their GOTY lists apoligize to large fan bases to soften their actual choices. For example, last year Jeff proclaiming Persona was probably the GOTY, even though he didnt play it, and this year Patrick saying Mario 3D was his GOTY until just last week. I dont have any fans, but if i did, i would apologize to The Last of Us and Bioshock infinite as i never got around to playing them, but if i did, i am sure they would have easily been a contender for my GOTY.
Other awards and Predictions
Nintendo Prediction- Remember prior to the Wii U release everyone was asking when gamepads would be sold separate and when the system would allow for multiple gamepad access? Well, that ship has sailed but not Nintendo's brilliant marketing of hardware. They will announce a newer gamepad this year, probably not much more in resolution, but it will be bigger maybe 7"-8" inches and sold seperatley. Every time i hear people discussing the use of the gamepad they are using it as a tablet in bed, or on the couch watching TV so why not capitalize on what seems to be its main use. Oh yea, this is just a guess but there will be a Mario game or 2, and probably some more full price HD mods of Wii games coming to the U.
Jeff Gerstamn Quote of the year- During a podcast Jeff was asked about the condition of his home after drew had talked in length about keeping his home very clean. Jeff's answer, "Lived in....currently not of fire"
Jeff Gerstman aka Debbie Downer- No one playing Phantasy star Online or Trackmania anymore and he's never recovered.
Best Quicklook- Anarchy Reins was one of the very first Quicklooks of the year and is still an automatic goto if i need a laugh. http://www.giantbomb.com/videos/quick-look-anarchy-reigns/2300-6943/
Workaholic Award- Patrick "Scoops" Klepick. Seriously, get this guy some help. I still say his old counterpart at G4, Nikole Zivalich would be a welcome voice to help balance some of the testosterone in the room.
Microsoft Prediction- I will be shocked but MS has been testing a few things recently that can only mean cross play between Xbox one and windows 8. And i dont mean just smart glass, im talking PS4/ Vita type cross platform gaming. The architecture and the money is now there to utilize this option and if they continue to ignore PC gaming its simply their loss. Imagine Titanfall or Halo 4 with PC players vs Xbox one how can it not be done?
Best Mod- S.t.a.l.k.e.r. Misery 2.0 brutal, just plain brutal. I have to also mention the mod community for Fallout NV. I played though again with about a dozens mods installed and it was such a completely different, better experience. Simply amazing.
Stop, Please - The yearly, and bi yearly releases just go away for a while and we will welcome you back with open arms in a decade or so. Also, negative forum posts and those who feel some sort of entitlement. Im sorry but please get a life.
Free advice for GB Crew- Look, this site is awesome but is becoming a drag to visit. The forums are mostly negative, Jeff is the poster child for the constant negativity and during any of the live shows no one looks like they want to be there except Vinny and Drew. We all have bad days, we have jobs and lives, but Fuuuck some professionalism and positivity goes a long way. It has been such a negative atmosphere i have visited less frequently and been watching some Lets Play sites that are what GB used to be fun, funny and with personalities that are entertaining. Lets hope GB can turn it around in 2014.
Best Early Access game - Underrail Im really not one to jump into a game pre alpha but i think for $10 it's ok and I enjoyed a lot of what it has to offer especially if you are a fan of Fallout. The economy is completely unbalanced and i spent probably 10 hours trying to hack the hex code to no success. Fortunately the game has seen enough profit to grow from a one man operation to now a small team with constant updates.
Looking forward 2014: Everything
Who am I?- SWM, edumacated, semi professional, zero debt as always, routine oriented, never complacent, enjoy a beer or 2, no allegiances, first console APF TV, and lover of smart, intelligent, good looking, desperate, lonely women.
#1 Tomb Raider
Remember all the early previews for Tomb Raider and the negative reactions? That's what makes it even more incredible how they were able to completely turn those early previews around into an excellant action packed experience. A lot of people want to dismiss the game for it being a clone of Uncharted but if you are going to do a reboot copying one of the best franchises and developers in the world is a good place to start. The overlooked aspect of the game is the developer themselves Crystal Dynamics. CD have released some good games but nothing close to what they accomplished here. Hopefully this was just a preview of what they are capable of and cant wait to see more.
#2 Sly Cooper and Thieves in Time
A majority of the games we play are very stressful. If you are not cheating death yourself, you are making decisions on who dies and who lives, where should i put my points, do i need this shield or that, etc. Thank god for games like Sly Cooper. I have never played any of the previous Sly games before so maybe im a little over excited for this title but wow, what a fun great looking game. I am dissapointed that it isnt getting more recognition becasue for all the negativity surrounding a lot of titles this year, i cant think of too many that were more polished.
#3 The Swapper
Science fiction is one of my favorite genres whether it is in games, movies or books but i am also a sucker for Twilight Zone, Outer limits like writings. Take those elements mix that all together with some of the best visuals, clever puzzles and one of those very stressful endings and you end up with one of the best games this year.
#4 Path Of Exile
I know some are still out there saying FTP wont last, you can pay to win, they are not good game, etc. Play Path of Exile and you will completly change your mind. I have been playing POE for close to a year now and I am probably giving it a few points for being FTP but it should. While everyone is whining and crying over $60 titles here is a strongly executed ARPG with great visuals, satisfying combat and community that makes it a fun game to visit. The telling sign as a FTP game that has no gaming buffs, is you WANT to give them money for such a great game.
#5 Shadowrun Returns
If you think about it Mass Effect is sort of a Shadowrun clone. Mix together a human with creatures around the galaxy, in this case earth, band together and solve problems. Shadowrun is a little more complex than that, but it is defiantly a world that is interesting from the start. I had apprehensions becasue all of the dialogue is text based but the writing is strong and i found myself reading out loud giving a lot of characters a voice. The combat is X-com inspired and solid with a deep enough community and workshop installed that i will keep coming back for a while. A strong foundation that can only grow into something really special in the future.
#6 The Stanley Parable
The brilliance of The Stanley Parable is the simplicity to finish the game in 4 minutes, or to seek out everything this game has to offer which could be a few hours. Its not really a game in the normal sense as it really is the definition of experience. Again, another title with strong writing and perfect narration. Also, probably the funniest game this year and a genre that needs more titles.
#7 Brothers A Tale of two Sons
Here is what we know about brothers, you either like it, or hate it. Thats too bad becasue it is a great game that took a chance on something different. Some people want the same thing every year, i dont. It also had the best moment for me this year when the brothers are tied together and are swinging around the outside of the Castle. I never thought that control scheme would work, but it worked flawlessly as did most of the game itself.
#8 Aarklsah Legacy
If i told you i know of an RPG that is not open world, has minimal customization, no quests page, no point distribution, and a limited skill tree would you be interested? If you said no then you may be missing out one of the best tactical RPGs of the last couple of years. Aaklash Legacy is abut one thing and one thing only, combat. You can set it up as you like(Pause anytime, or RTS), but in order to survive you will have to plan every encounter perfectly becasue the game is brutal even on normal difficulty. What a huge gamble by Cyanide studios to basically strip away what you think an RPG NEEDS to be successful and focusing their time on perfecting a rewarding battle system. Another game that seems like the foundation for something that could be more in the future.
#9 Bionic Dues
Bionic Dues to me is this years FTL, but no one played it. Its a robot turn based strategy game that can be played either with saves or permadeath. Basically there has been an robot uprising and your goal is to take on 30-50 missions in order to build up your army for the final confrontation. Its totally addicting with some great music, solid customization and rewarding choice.
#10 Ni No Kuni and The Wrath of The White Witch
The last couple of years i always pick a genre i never played or have not played in a while. Last year i played my first MMO and this year i played what is essentially my first and last JRPG. Though i think true JRPG fans would even dismiss Ni No Kuni, but what we could all agree its a great game with flaws. The game is set up for absolute success it has strong characters, beautiful visuals, an absolute musical masterpiece, and a solid story, but its just the combat for me was a little of a turn off. I still enjoyed my time with Oliver and Mr Drippy but my future JRPG endeveours will be shelved for a while.