The Top 5…So far
F*&K summer…that’s right you heard me correct. I hate summer. The sun has a lot to do with that, but mainly I hate summer because it’s the time of year when we see very few AAA games. Summer is the time for mediocre developers to show off their less then amazing skills. Sure we will see a couple real good games, but over the next 3 months it’s all we will have. So I say why not look back on what was possibly one of the best first six months of gaming in a long time. We had plenty of awesome games to keep us busy from January till June. If you were lucky enough to not play any of these games then your summer shall be far more fun then mine. So let’s see what cream rose to the top.
5. Alan Wake
Usually when a game spends an extremely long time in development there ends up being something really wrong with the game. Outdated graphics or an overdone story are things that come to mind. Fortunately Alan Wake stayed clear of all those traps and delivered an intense story combined with some of the best atmosphere seen in a game to date, and with an ambitious DLC plan fans will be playing this game for the rest of the year.
4. Splinter Cell Conviction
Splinter Cell is one of my all time favorite franchises of all time. I was really worried that the changes made to the core game mechanics would make it a whole different game, but to my and many peoples surprise it turned out remarkably well. It may have abandoned straight stealth for a more action oriented game, but it still felt like Splinter Cell, and those new core mechanics were fun as hell. The addition of a great set of multiplayer game types helped give it a lot of legs past what was admittedly a somewhat short main campaign. But with a great co-op campaign it was still well worth the money.
3. God Of War 3
To be honest I was never a big fan of the God of War series. It just never rang a bell for me. But I always give any series a chance to redeem itself, and for the most part GOW3 did just that. It is a great game that surprises you with it’s sense of scale and crazy boss battles. It is a game that is not to be missed. The only thing keeping it from being higher on my list was the less then interesting story and lack of replay-ability. But make no mistake that this is a game so worth playing through at least once, and I imagine that many people will find reason to play this game over and over. But for an ADD gamer like me once was enough.
2. Red Dead Redemption
Do I really need to say anything more then the title of this game. Yes it might just be GTA on horseback, but somehow Rockstar made this game much more then that. This game felt as close to watching old westerns as anything ever has. It has a great story that has an amazing ending, and gameplay that is fun and diverse. Then you factor in a crazy fun multiplayer, and you have a solid contender for game of the year. I just hope the DLC for this game comes fast and plentiful, because I want more!
1. Mass Effect 2
In my opinion there is no game yet this year that has surpassed Mass Effect 2. This is one of those games that has just so many amazing aspects that make it shine above other games. A brilliant story, great visuals, replay-ability, interesting characters, and a satisfying ending. To some extent each game on this list does one of these better then another, but Mass Effect 2 is the only one that does them all on a consistent basis. Something that is hard to do in a game with such size and scope. So obviously Mass Effect 2 has my vote for game of the year so far. Mass Effect 3 cannot come soon enough!
Super Mario Galaxy 2 – I gave up on the Wii a long time ago, I sold mine rather then see it collect any more dust waiting for quality titles. So In order to play the latest Mario title I had to spend time with a friends Wii. While the new Galaxy game is not gonna make me run out and re-invest in another Wii, it did make me realize how much fun Mario still is to play. I wouldn’t call it game of the year material, but probably Wii game of the year so far. Tons of fun, if you still have your Wii.
Heavy Rain – I know many people feel very strongly about Heavy Rain, and I too have strong opinions on this game. The reason it is not on the list is because of the vast plot holes that reside in this game. If this was a normal game I could forgive such things, but when the game is basically all about the plot, it is unforgivable. You add on the fact that the first 3 hours of the game are a boring grind and Heavy Rain is in my opinion not a game of the year contender. I would however recommend playing it because it is a unique experience and at least worth one play through.
Battlefield Bad Company 2 – If Bad Company 2 single player was half as good as it’s multiplayer then Bad Company 2 would have easily made the top 5. To be fair the single player was not bad, it was actually much better then the first game, the problem is that it does not compare to well to other similar games. If I was doing the top 5 multiplayer games so far Bad Company would easily be number one.
Biggest Disappointment So Far
Lost Planet 2 – I can’t say that I loved the first game, to me it was a decent game with solid visuals. It was the kind of game that if the developers took some time with a sequel it could have become a great franchise. Instead the developers decided to tinker way too much with the game and made a crappy paced episodic single player. While the Multiplayer side is more enjoyable, it’s still is very bland and forgettable. I doubt we will see a Lost Planet 3.Tags: games, list, PS3, Top, XBOX