I never thought I’d have fun with a fighting game since my good friend Anatek beat the living shit out of me at almost any of them. Then I played Mortal Kombat.
This spot was honestly an even toss up between Gears and Dead Space 2, and the reason that Gears took my list was because of its multiplayer.
The times I had some of the most absolute best time, online, this year, was in Gears of War’s Beast and Horde modes. There is nothing quite like being a giant berserker and absolutely thrashing anyone in your way, or taking down a brumak with your buddies in Horde mode.
If you love co-op, at all, then Gears is probably your best bet. You have full four-player co-op for the campaign, and like I said, Beast and Horde mode. Definitely my favorite co-op game of the year.
I know the game didn’t sell well, so if you’re still on the fence, please go out and get it. Its fantastic.
Bastion blew me away from beginning to end. As I said in my review, stories just don’t get told as well as this one is, and its a heart-wrenching story at that. A game that has such a great style, such interesting characters, an incredible setting, and an ending that makes immediately boot it up and play again, is a rarity today.
A story, told as well as this one, deserves to be remembered for a long time, but I’d say the narrator, Rucks, who is the device by which the story is told, is really one of the most important accomplishments that the game makes. Narrators in games are now something that you’ll see appearing way more often, I think.
I don’t know who has the bigger problem, Dark Souls, or me. Either way, I’ve never loved having my ass kicked more.
I don’t think writing has ever drastically jumped out to me as why I love a game so much, but Portal 2 was different. I was very down on the game before launch. Portal was okay, it was kind of funny, but it didn’t blow me away like it seemed the rest of the internet had been. Then, I just sucked up my pride, and bought Portal 2.
Skyrim is my frist trip to Tamriel. I never got to close Oblivion Gates, or journey through Morrowind, and whether or not that’s a good thing, I can say that Skyrim kind of knocked me off my feet. I knew I’d love it, but I didn’t know that the character advancement, the leveling system, and several different ways to play the game would really push me to keep playing.
Zelda. Yeah, Zelda is my number one. Yeah, I guess I’m a fanboy, I guess I am a Zelda lover, and I guess that makes this kind of expected, but that doesn’t make Skyward Sword any less fantastic from bottom to top. A Link to the Past really made games for me. After sitting around late into the night and watching my brother play that game, Zelda will always hold dear to my heart.