2010 in Gaming
If you have a blog, it’s your solemn duty to post lists like this, so for the next week or so I’ll look back on what I enjoyed and what I did not enjoy quite as much in 2010. This is not a list of stuff that was released in 2010, rather, stuff that I consumed in 2010.
- Batman: Arkham Asylum: A fantastic game that was just so expertly crafted from start to finish. The perfect balance of Bat-geekery for comics fans and a well-paced, easy to play game for the gamer.
- Super Mario Galaxy 2: Another supremely well-crafted game, this is the video game equivalent of a McDonald’s ball room, where you can just throw yourself into a brightly coloured mess and laugh and clap. This game is Joy.
- Monster Hunter Tri: This game replaced Animal Crossing as my “repetitive chore-based time killer” game. Kill dinosaur, strip dino for parts, use parts to make stuff so you can kill bigger dinosaurs. Repeat. There is a real sense of satisfaction when you finally take down a giant monster, especially online with friends.
- Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess: It’s been a long time since I’ve played a Zelda from start to finish. Part of my mission statement with the Wii was to get in touch with old franchises that I haven’t played since the Super Nintendo and I was glad to see that they’ve all remained quite good. I liked the light world/dark world aspects, which mirrors my all-time favourite Zelda, A Link to the Past, and I really liked the design of Hyrule and its flora/fauna. It felt very influenced by Miyazaki in some places.
- Modnation Racers: I think this game takes the Play/Create/Share mantra from Little Big Planet and improves upon it simply by giving you better incentives to collect all the customizable parts to make things. LBP was kind of aimless in its collecting, where as MNR expertly sneaks them in as challenges in the racing game.
- Tekken 6: Looks great, plays well, but I got bored about five minutes in. The beat-em-up side game is also quite awful.
- NHL 11: I got this game for free, and it looks great, but god damn, is it ever complicated. I realize this is more a comment on my level of gameplay, since I haven’t played an EA NHL game since the Super Nintendo, but it’s a little too much.
- Wii Music: Such a good idea, so poorly executed. Abysmal song list. If you can’t license current hits, like Guitar Hero, why not fill the game exclusively with your rich library of Nintendo music?
- Final Fantasy XIII: Very good looking. So… so boring. By taking only the “best” parts of Final Fantasy (badass monosyllabic lead character, token black guy, evil empire, long speeches about the nature of war and humanity, etc) you’ve made the worst game in the franchise. If you’re looking to make better Final Fantasies, stop looking at 7 as your inspiration. Look at 4 and 6. They are the best.
- Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days: I was such a fan of the first two games and with each new spinoff, I get more and more bored and annoyed. I want to go back to the simple story where I can travel to Disney worlds and bash things with a key. I don’t want long cinematics about friendship and ice cream.
What I’m looking forward to in 2011:
- Wii: I have the last two Metroid Prime games on the trilogy disc, as well as Other M. I will have to pick up Donkey Kong Country Returns at some point. Looking forward to Zelda: Skyward Sword.
- PS3: I snagged a copy of Transformers: War For Cybertron and it will be my first PS3 shooter. I’m not very good at shooters, so I think this is a good entry point. Everyone I know is telling me how great the Uncharted games are, so I may try to pick those up on the cheap.
- DS: I am getting towards the end of Suikoden Tierkreis, but after that, there isn’t much on the DS that is really calling to me.
- And, of course, 2011 will hopefully see the release of True Crime. And hopefully some of my work will be included. And hopefully I’m credited for that work.