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The great driving and great looks of Forza 5 get buried by bad menus, frustrating AI, and a disappointing number of "opportunities" to spend additional money.
Black Flag takes a sharp left turn from the series' traditional progression, but the ways in which it diverges are what make it one of the most purely entertaining games in the franchise.
The third outing of Capcom's other, more ridiculous zombie franchise ably walks the line between approachability and the series' trademark off-the-wall quirk.
No Final Fantasy XIII-2? Shocked, is I.
Seriously though, I wish I got into Borderlands 2 as much as I got into Borderlands 1. I think Diablo III and Guild Wars 2 exhausted my lootlust by the time I got to it, and that was what I loved so much about the first game.
There is precisely one game on this list that I played this year, and it happens to be the game I played against you for an evening. Street Fighter X Tekken gets a bad rap. I really like it and find it a lot of fun, despite the DLC issues.
Dayum, you haven't played Tales of Graces? I figured it'd be right up your alley. Not a Tales fan in general, no interest in Graces in particular, or just didn't get around to it?
We should play some more SFxT if you still play that.
@PixelPrinny: I'm actually not that big of a Tales fan. I don't have anything specifically against the series, but I've only played a couple of entries and neither of them particularly grabbed me to any great extent.
But there were a number of games that I intended to play this year that I simply didn't have the time to get around to.
Oddly, we have four top ten games in common and none of them are Japanese. It seems our respective affections for the humble JRPG didn't see eye-to-eye this year. I definitely ought to get around to Graces f, and I'm not going to bring up The Last Story, since I know where that dark path leads.
Sir, I'm going to have to ask you to back away from that copy of The Last Story. We've been informed that it contains a large quantity of bad cliches and I'm afraid you might already be infected. If you're experiencing symptoms such as an acceptance and/or enjoyment of The Last Story's plot, I'm afraid it's too late for you. The best we can do is quarantine you from the rest of the general populace and let you live out the rest of your tragic life in seclusion.
This is not only for your own good, but for the rest of society's as well. I hope you understand.
I put two fighting games on my list this year, Tekken Tag 2 and SFxT. I think Tekken Tag 2's a better game in a competitive sense and in many ways more well-built. But I put SFxT ahead of it on my personal list because I admired the way they assimilated Tekken characters into the SF style, and it's just damn fun to knock about on.
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