Bungie is a developer that really needs no introduction. Thanks to their fantastic work on the Halo series, they have earned a spot on any list of premiere first person shooter developers. After leaving Microsoft, Bungie struck out on their own, and have finally taken the wraps off of their latest work, Destiny, an Action/FPS/RPG. I was given the chance to play 2 matches of one of Destiny’s 12 player modes, Zones on the PlayStation 4.
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This year, I’ve decided to do things a little differently than my usual Best Of awards. Seeing as though I’m not a definitive authority on what the best games of the year are, I thought I’d just outright tell you about the games I personally enjoyed throughout 2010. Agree, disagree, leave comments about your own personal favorites, it’s all good. One thing is for certain though, 2010 was a fantastic year for gaming, and I had a great time. So, here are my personal favorite games of 2010. Continue reading
Genre: Sidescrolling Beat’em Up
Platform: PSN, XBLA
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal/ Ubisoft Chengdu
Price: $9.99 (USD)/ 800 MSPoints
It’s an unspoken rule… actually, it’s kind of a loudly spoken rule, that video games based on movies suck. There are exceptions to that rule, but the overwhelming majority of movie tie in games blow, or maybe it’s just the ones produced by Activision, but I digress.
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World The Game is in an interesting position, however. It is not only based off of a movie, but it’s based off of a movie based off of a series of Graphic Novels by Brian Lee O’Malley. That’s like, a double chance for the game to well and truly bomb.
Fortunately, the developers at Ubisoft opted to take on a novel approach. And by novel, I mean literally rip the game play mechanics of an often overlooked NES classic: River City Ransom. Continue reading
Genre: Survival Horror
Platform: Xbox 360
Developer: Remedy Entertainment
Price: $59.99 (USD)
I have mixed feelings about Alan Wake. On the plus side, it’s a survival horror game. The genre has been horribly under-represented this generation of consoles, and the few titles released weren’t so much survival or horror (I’m looking at you Resident Evil 5). On the negative side, Alan Wake isn’t exactly a scary game. Creepy, sure. Scary? Not so much.
However, the game does more than just a few things right. First up: Story. The plot centers around horror writer Alan Wake, who has taken a trip with his wife to the town of Bright Falls in an effort to remedy his writer’s block. Before long, his beloved Alice goes missing, and Alan embarks on a twisted journey to find her. The story is equal parts Twin Peaks and Silent Hill 2, but it fails to really capture the creepiness and psychological mind trip of either. Still, the plot is intriguing, and executed well enough, and uniquely at that. The voice acting and supporting characters are also excellently performed, in particular Alan’s sidekick/agent, Barry. Continue reading
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Developer: Rockstar San Diego
Price: $59.99 (USD)
I’ve always been a fan of the Western genre. Maybe it’s the picturesque landscape, tough as nails heroes and villains, or the lawless nature of the wild wild west that intrigues me so, but one thing is for certain; the genre is woefully under-represented in video games. The few titles that have gone down the western path are mostly average, with one or two notable entries. I was beginning to lose hope on ever experiencing a truly awesome western video, but lo and behold, the developers at Rockstar San Diego rode into the scene on a white horse and a gleaming badge of “awesome game,” and produced what is, I believe, the definitive western game this generation. Read on to find out why. Continue reading
Hey folks! Sorry for the HUGE delay since the last update, but it’s been an incredibly busy few months, what with working 12+ hour days and some side projects that I hope to unveil in the coming weeks.