End of Year Article(s)?


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DDevil
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I was just thinking I might write an end of year "games of the year" article. Pick out 5 (or 10, if I can't narrow it down) of my fave games of the year. Write a paragraph or two and submit it around the New Year.

Anyone else with me?
#1 at 23:40:46 - 28/09/2010
ilmaestro
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I think I played three games so far this year, so I wouldn't have such a hard time. ^^;

But seriously, I would love more articles like this, far easier to find the time to contribute to them. Hairy's idea of doing an E3 one was great, but almost no-one contributed iirc.
#2 at 23:51:43 - 28/09/2010
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I'm game, I think this year is the new 1999, it's been rather great so writing some thoughts down would be a good idea.
#3 at 00:52:05 - 29/09/2010
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1999-2001 (well, poking into 2002 for the UK Xbox launch) was the sort of period we *should* be just about to go into, but there's something about the lack of an actual new wave of consoles that is really starting to bore me.
#4 at 09:26:40 - 29/09/2010
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I'd love to do something but time's a bit tight - I did enjoy seeing some of the results of the previous end of the year articles, they showed what a disparate bunch of tastes in gaming people here have.

Took a lot of time and effort to do those top 10 GOTY articles so something a bit simpler would be cool.
#5 at 10:05:30 - 30/09/2010
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/considers resurrecting the 'Unofficial *** Awards'

/remembers the apathy from a few years ago

/goes back to sleep
#6 at 12:48:25 - 30/09/2010
DDevil
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So, it's November now... Anyone fancy contributing?

What I have in mind is a top 5 games from each contributor with a paragraph or two about why said game rocks. I'd even compile the lists into one document and source screenshots if necessary.

Come on - let's do this!
#7 at 20:06:13 - 11/11/2010
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Ahem. I don't think I've even played five games this year. If you can shorten it to three I might be in with a shot. :)
#8 at 20:19:44 - 11/11/2010
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Sure, I will, but like Neko I would have to limit it to three, maybe four games.
#9 at 20:29:55 - 11/11/2010
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Well I can't limit it to that few - I've got a "bubbling under" list as well :-D

But whatever you think you can manage haha.
#10 at 21:39:55 - 11/11/2010
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I'll have a pop at a top three too, if you like.

Not sure which games are from this year though, all my years run into each other now.

/Feels old.
#11 at 21:45:45 - 11/11/2010
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#12 at 00:53:04 - 12/11/2010
DDevil
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Urgh, I have a list of 11...

Battlefield Bad Company 2
God of War III
Halo: Reach
Heavy Rain
Joe Danger
Just Cause 2
Mass Effect 2
Minecraft
Rock Band 3
Super Meat Boy
Super Street Fighter IV
#13 at 00:59:00 - 12/11/2010
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My list reads:

Espgaluda II (iPhone)
Final Fantasy XIII (360)
Blazblue: Continuum Shift (PS3)
Hatsune Miku - Project DIVA - Dreamy Theater (PS3)

So the number of games that are 100% legitimately "this year" is actually one.

edit: aha, thank you, DDevil! I had completely forgotten about Heavy Rain, I really liked the first two/three hours and then never went back to it. I shall include it anyway so that I do just about have a top five.

There are actually five or six other games that I bought this year (SSFIV, Reach, MGS:Peace Walker, Fate/Extra, Chou Jigen Game Neptune, might be forgetting something) but they either don't sit right with me in a "top X" list (SSFIV) or I didn't actually play them yet (the other 170+ worth of games) :(
#14 at 03:25:28 - 12/11/2010
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Off the top of my head, 5 games I've enjoyed the hell out of this year have been

1) Red Dead Redemption

2) Battlefield: Bad Company 2

3) Formula 1 2010

4) Joe Danger

5) The LBP2 Beta

Though I'm so muddle headed and ADD when it comes to games I'd be tweaking a top 5 list right until the 31st of December if we were going to make this semi-official.

How about "5 games you've enjoyed this year, and why" and "5 games you've been disappointed by this year, and why"

#15 at 09:22:38 - 12/11/2010
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peej said:
Though I'm so muddle headed and ADD when it comes to games I'd be tweaking a top 5 list right until the 31st of December if we were going to make this semi-official.

Well that's OK, we can post it early new year :-D
#16 at 10:20:04 - 12/11/2010
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Worst year of gaming since the Dreamcast was out. Some *really* good titles hit, but so few of them it's unbelievable

Notables were:

- Heavy Rain (failed in some parts but a very commendable attempt at something utterly different)
- Limbo (great old-school platformer. Games are still not art though)

Disappointments:

Red Dead - absolutely no depth whatsoever.
Mass Effect 2 - a dire shift in the series. I played ME1 for the first time this year and it's the best game I played all year. ME2 is among the worst. Proof positive that Bioware can not design action games
#17 at 10:29:47 - 12/11/2010
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Quite liked Heavy Rain but its been eked out of the top 5 this year by other stuff.

Mass Effect 2 was good. Good enough to make me want to play through twice in quick succession.

Halo Reach was also a surprise. First Halo game I've actually gone a bundle on.

Limbo was awesome.

Loads of stuff just bubbling under the top 5. As for it being the worst gaming year since the Dreamcast, I don't think you're going to get anyone biting on that :)
#18 at 10:53:58 - 12/11/2010
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I haven't played many of the games actually released this year, but fortunately one of the games I did play happens to be my game of the generation by a country mile, so the GOTY is an easy one to pick (although I reckon I'll be the only person on here to pick it).

As for the top five... I've yet to properly play Limbo, Super Meat Boy and Lara Croft: GoL - the first two at least, from the little I've played, look like they'll easily make it into my top five. If we're counting iPhone stuff then I can think of one or two games that might make it.
#19 at 11:43:25 - 12/11/2010
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I can contribute perhaps three games.

Not necessarily amazing ones, but they are good and I played them.
#20 at 13:02:32 - 12/11/2010
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Rhythm said:
Red Dead

Dammit, that's 12 games now.

Oh and Rhythm have you ever considered getting a new hobby? It's becoming more and more clear that gaming isn't for you :-)
#21 at 13:07:09 - 12/11/2010
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Kay said:If we're counting iPhone stuff then I can think of one or two games that might make it.

Actually, I think that would be a great idea.
#22 at 13:08:06 - 12/11/2010
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Aye, don't see why not.

Off the top of my head I'd definitely be nominating Cut the Rope and Trainyard
#23 at 13:10:09 - 12/11/2010
Kay
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Espgaluda II remains the best iPhone game for me, if only for how good the control system is (tried the XBLA trial of Guwange yesterday and found it a bit too slow and cumbersome on a pad).

Helsing's Fire and Space Miner are two others that stand out for me.
#24 at 13:35:57 - 12/11/2010
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peej said:Aye, don't see why not.

Off the top of my head I'd definitely be nominating Cut the Rope and Trainyard


Surprising, I was deeply unimpressed with both those. For iPhone I'd probably go for Space Miner and WarpGate
#25 at 14:07:05 - 12/11/2010
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DDevil said:
Rhythm said:
Red Dead

Dammit, that's 12 games now.

Oh and Rhythm have you ever considered getting a new hobby? It's becoming more and more clear that gaming isn't for you :-)


I spent 10 hours in RDR before I got bored. Just Cause 2 is still feeling fresh after 25 hours. I know that one's much better produced than the other but I can't in all honesty hold a missed opportunity like RDR up highly
#26 at 14:08:11 - 12/11/2010
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Helsing's Fire and Cut The Rope are the only two iPhone games I've completed; both are absolutely fantastic.

And I'm with Rhythm on this one; the second half of RDR was as dull as ditchwater.
#27 at 14:58:14 - 12/11/2010
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My rough list is:
Game Dev Story
Red Dead Redemption
Halo:Reach
Mass Effect 2
Errr, thats it, I can only manage 4..

Edit: Although I imagine Need for Speed and Assassins Creed may make the list.
#28 at 15:03:12 - 12/11/2010
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Highlights (off the top of my head probably will be added to with some upcoming titles):
RDR
Civ V (first big patch has helped but still not perfect)
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Halo Reach
Pinball FX2
Minecraft
Star Trek Online
Mafia 2

Disappointments:
APB
Medal of Honor
Aliens vs. Predator
Bioshock 2


#29 at 15:32:14 - 12/11/2010
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Whizzo said:
Disappointments:
APB
Aliens vs. Predator

Very much THIS. I haven't played the other two but my God these two made me stop and wonder "what went wrong?"
#30 at 17:40:25 - 12/11/2010

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