Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My Favourite Games of 2010

Well as this year draws to a close, I'd like to share what I think my favourite games of 2010 were.  My choices are just that, my personal choices.  I haven't taken into consideration sales figures, meta-scores, or anything like that.  And as someone more involved in Animation than Games, I honestly don't PLAY that many new releases.

#5.  Sonic the Hedgehog 4.

This was a late release - happening on October 7, and I actually didn't find out about it until October 19!  (my birthday!).  Despite it's sluggish controls, the music salvaged this otherwise, somewhat FORGETTABLE release.  It's nothing you haven't seen before, but as one of the biggest Sonic fans from back in the day (I even had a Sega CD!) It was nice to hear a MIDI soundtrack rendered through that ancient Yamaha YM2612 chip!

How can Sonic actually be SLOWER on a console that's over 100 times faster?  Well...  My guess is that people took the logical steps of Walk - Run - Speed WAYY past cool.  The old Sonic started at walk then went to speed.   There is too much of a buildup that it takes from the time I smash right on the d-pad or anaolog stick and the time when Sonic unleashes.  This has its uses (I GUESS) in the 3D sonic games but in a 2D platformer, it feels very sluggish.  All that aside, it was nice to see Sonic back in his element, albeit a bit handicapped.  It's worth 800 Microsoft points for the fan, but fans who never played the ORIGINAL sonic games, might not be that enthralled. 


#4.  Perfect Dark (Classic Arcade)

Another classic revamp - I must say that I LOVED the original, and clocked COUNTLESS hours that old cartridge!  The only things changed from this version from the old N64 were the graphics.  New HD textures and some (slightly) higher res models replaced the blocky N64 ones.  My disappointment lies in the lack of XBOX LIVE Co-Op - which should have been VERY easy to implement - or the lack of Simulants (bots) on Xbox live as well.  But what can I say, it still holds up really well.  My biggest problem was pressing Y on the Xbox controller trying to reach for the C-Buttons which shows you how ingrained in my head that N64 controller was.


Once again, with much more advanced shooters out there, I can only recommend if you were a fan of the original.  But I liked it.  PRO-TIP - get a headshot and then you can get hot pink avatar shirt.


#3  Fallout 3:  New Vegas

Did you like Fallout 3 but found it too easy or short?  The Hardcore Realism mode adds a new level of depth to your wasteland adventure.  I loved this game and clocked MANY an hour on it, just wandering around, getting side-tracked on side-quests.  I spent probably over 100 hours in Fallout 3, and New Vegas is just as good - better in fact.  My favourite part was the ability to TRULY choose your path, rather than being pigeon-holed into a Brotherhood of Steel lackey as in '3.  I never liked the BoS.


For the hours you'll spend playing it - it might be the best 60$ you'll spend all year!  ((Only 50$ if you buy it on PC!!))

#2.  Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 1 was as I always joke, "The Game I always wanted to play but never knew until I played it!"  It was the perfect RPG - combining both skills and level advantages in a way I had never seen before.  I loved the sci-fi rather than fantasy setting - something only the FINAL FANTASY series had even REMOTELY touched on.  I loved the soundtrack, the art, the level design (cookie cutter or not) and I loved this game!  Mass Effect 2, took everything I liked about the first one, and made it that much better!  I loved the loyalty aspect of the game, the more simplified but much more rewarding level system, the art and sound were still TOP NOTCH, and truly, were it not for my own bias, I would probably give this the number 1 slot.



Companies like BioWare and Bethesda have really revolutionized the RPG genre, so much so that I can't even dissociate Final Fantasy from Generic anymore.  Mass Effect 2 is, for me, the perfect RPG.  I couldnt get enough of it and probably had about 4 play-throughs.  An Excellent Game!



#1.  Halo:  Reach

I have been a fan of Halo since 2001, when then FIRST one came out.  I loved it!  To me, it's perfect.  I will defend it VEHEMENTLY.  It is a rare point when I simply CANNOT see the critic's point of view.  If you like shooters, what's not to like about this one?

REACH, specifically, is the most PERFECT prequel to ANYTHING since Godfather II.  It is THAT GOOD.  From the art, to the music, to the flawless and VASTLY improved multiplayer, this game is my absolute favourite game of 2010.  Very few games can move me to tears, but Halo Reach is one.  For the Halo fan, the loyal, devoted, halo fan, this game has everything you want.  And what prequel - in HISTORY - ENDS with the first lines from the next item in its series?

*SPOILER ALERT*

The last scene in halo Reach, is the FIRST SCENE in Halo Combat Evolved, if you unplugged Reach, and put in Halo 1, you would not miss a SINGLE SECOND of the storyline.  It is tied together that well.  I loved every second of it, and will play through it again and again for years to come.   My #1 game of 2010, and (in truth) #2 game of ALL TIME - Halo Reach.



((My #1 is Half Life 2!))

See you on Anniversary Day!