Anyhow, here's a few games that I either didn't play until after my top 15 article or just didn't make the cut, then a long ass list of games that I still want to play. The list is in chronological order with the platform I played each game on in parenthesis.
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (PS3)
Like its predecessor, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a 3 on 3 tag team fighting game featuring some of the craziest action in any 2d fighter. Capcom really got creative with the roster in this one, especially in the game's "Ultimate" followup (which, for the record, I have yet to play.) The roster includes the likes of Deadpool, who is easily my favorite new character in the bunch, M.O.D.O.K., who is a pretty much a huge head in a hovering chair, Arthur from Ghosts and Goblins, Mr Wife arm himself Nathan Spencer (Listen to your TalkRadar kids. Best podcast ever.), freakin' Phoenix Wright, and Rocket Raccoon, whoever that is. Now they're getting too obscure even for my geeky ass.
|Finally, FINALLY! I can play as my dream team of Nathan Spencer, Super-Skrull and M.O.D.O.K.|
People Can Fly, Epic Games, EA
Steven Blum, interestingly enough.
Also like Shadows of the Damned, Bulletstorm contains a line that made me laugh my ass off while simultaneously demonstrating how God awful my sense of humor is.The two main characters are stranded on a planet full of crazy bandits and are forced to seek out their worst enemy to get off the planet. They run across one of his subordinates who is fighting off a huge group of bandits singlehandedly. As our heroes approach her after the battle, she of course wants nothing to do with them and yells that she'll "kill their dicks" if they get any closer. As she runs off, the main character can't think of an adequate response so he yells out, "What does that even mean?!...I'll kill YOUR dick!" God have mercy, my sense of humor is just abysmal.
The gameplay is just about as wacky with the game's main feature being its "skill shot" system where you are given money that you can spend on ammo and upgrades whenever you do crazy shit during battle. To assist you is your leash, which is pretty much a lasso made of lasers that can drag enemies over to you so you can do all kinds of goofy shit to kill them. By the way, Bulletstorm is a rather violent game which does the #1 thing that anti-video game morons on the news have been saying for years: it gives you points for killing people. DUN DUN DUN! Alert the freakin' Pope. Fox News' website even went as far as to say that the game encouraged rape. BEFORE IT WAS EVEN OUT. Just so you know, the game doesn't encourage rape in any way. As if that needed to be said. My point is, screw Fox News.
One last thing to note is that this game is actually really colorful. It's really a nice change of pace after playing so many brown and gray shooters lately. Unfortunately, I don't think it sold all that well so we might not see another. You can get it for like $20-30 at retail and 20$ on Steam. Support this wacky game, people!
The point of all that was that I was pretty big into MMOs at the time Rift came out so I had to try it for myself. Rift is fairly similar to WoW in a few ways, though it has a very different yet interesting character system. Where as WoW has 10, soon to be 11 classes, Rift only has 4, with a huge variety of talent specializations for each class; 10 each if I remember correctly. They pretty much boiled it down to the 4 RPG character archetypes of fighter, mage, thief, and cleric, but, as I said, with a large assortment of sub-classes. You can use 3 talent sheets at once so there's a massive number of possible class combinations.
As for the titular rifts, they're a pretty amazing thing to take part in. All over the game world are portals called rifts that enemies pour out of, and when a group of players attacks the enemies, the rift event starts where you have to beat increasingly more difficult waves of foes to close the rift. They're pretty much outdoor boss fights that you can take part in any time as long as you have enough players. Thankfully, the game automatically groups up players attacking the same rift so you don't have to waste your time combining groups. I got bored of the game maybe a bit too quick, probably because I was getting pretty burned out on MMOs by then, but I think fans of online RPGs would find their time and money well spent on Rift.
Final Form Games
Jamestown pretty much is an arcade game. Like really, you could put this game in an arcade cabinet in the late '90s and it would look right at home. The detailed pixel art graphics are a downright treat to behold. There's just so much detail put into everything that you might lose a few lives marveling at the beauty of it all when you should be dodging. The soundtrack is also incredible with a sort of symphonic/heavy metal sound that I wish would appear in games more often.
Jamestown supports up to 4 players locally but has no online for whatever reason. You'll need to play on co-op if you want to survive on the hardest difficulty (unless you're a bullet hell expert I suppose.) I can't stress enough how meciless this game can be. You will die over and over and over but you'll get a bit better each time until you emerge victorious. Jamestown is only $10 on Steam so you'll definitely get your money's worth here if you are a shoot 'em up fan.
|OH GOD HOW DID THIS GET HERE I AM NOT GOOD WITH COMPUTER|
Dungeons of Dredmor (PC)
Gaslamp Games Inc.
Whenever you create a character, you chose from a list of skills that range from bonuses and abilities when using specific weapons, to various schools of magic. You're encouraged to experiment with these which is another benefit of hardcore mode. Dungeons of Dredmor and its DLC are $7.49 together on Steam right now so you don't have much to lose. If you enjoy classic RPGs, you'll love this.
Supergiant Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
The story is also quite interesting. You play as a young man known as "the kid" who must rebuild a sanctuary called the bastion, which may be the only hospitable place left in the world after a disaster known as the calamity. It plays a lot like Diablo though it's less stat and gear heavy and a bit more action oriented.
The entire game is narrated by an old man named Rucks who literally narrates constantly, commenting on things that you do and see during gameplay. You'd think that might be a bit annoying but he has such a cool, gruff voice that you can't help but love the narration. Bastion also boasts probably my favorite soundtrack of the year. The music is just as beautiful as the game's visuals and that's saying something. The soundtrack is available on iTunes, Steam, and probably other online stores so I encourage you to check that out at least.
Bastion really is a marvel of a game that deserves to be played and it's only $15 on Steam and Xbox Live. I really hope I convince at least one person to buy it because I'd love to see what Supergiant Games has in store for us in the future. I may do a full article on this one some day so I'll leave it at that.
E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy (PC)
Streum On Studio
Destructoid's podcast, Podtoid:
The Binding of Isaac (PC)
This game is hard as hell too. It plays pretty much like the first Legend of Zelda, though the whole game takes place in dungeons with no overworld to navigate. Everything is randomly generated, even the boss battles. You rarely get healing items and you only have 3 hearts which can be increased by super rare items but you can't count on that. All you can really do is keep playing and get good at defeating the various enemies and bosses so you can take as little damage as possible. Now what really makes the game hard is if you die, you get booted to the title screen. There are no saves or passwords so all you can do is practice.
The Binding of Isaac is only $5 on Steam and I believe that's the only place you can get it. I can't recommend this game to everyone though due to its disturbing subject matter and difficulty, but for the brave ones among you, you may just enjoy this one.
|By the way, this game is kinda gross.|
Id Software, Bethesda
Man, a whole paragraph and I haven't even said the game's name yet. Rage is a first person shooter developed by Id software, the folks that brought us the Doom and Quake series. I guess that may have raised people's expectations right off the bat, especially considering that Rage has been in development since at least 2004. I could be wrong about that but at the very least it's their first major release since Doom 3 in 2004, so it's been a long time coming.
I think the problem that a lot of people have with Rage is the fact that it isn't as big in scope as they expected. Hell, even I thought it was supposed to be an open world game very similar to Fallout 3. Going even further on that point, I was one of the few people that didn't really enjoy Fallout 3. I know that from an objective standpoint, its a good game, but I just didn't like it and hoped that Rage was Fallout 3 done better. That didn't really happen, but it's still a very well made game.
It has some pretty major technical issues however, especially in the PC version which had horrific texture pop in problems at launch. I don't have the PC version so I don't know if it's been fixed but there's one huge issue with the 360 version that I haven't seen anyone else mention so maybe my 360 is just messed up. For whatever reason, almost every voice clip gets cut off before it finishes, so thank God the game has subtitles or I'd be in the dark on a few things.
Anyway, Rage's shooting gameplay is amazing if you ask me. Your foes display great AI in a genre where enemies are pretty predictable. They use cover very well and when they don't have any, they have some really crazy dodging animations that makes them a bit tougher to dispatch. Melee enemies in particular will literally bounce off the walls to avoid your fire as they run at you. Rage also features a few outdoor areas where the gameplay turns into Twisted Metal with some admittedly easy car combat. There's also races you can take part in, some of which allow the use of weapons, making it a rather violent version of Mario Kart.
I feel the same way about Rage as I did about Doom 3. Doom, Doom 2, and Quake are three of my favorite games of all time so I expected a lot from Doom 3. While it didn't quite live up to my expectation, it was still amazing. Rage is exactly the same, with maybe slightly lowered expectations after Doom 3. It really doesn't deserve all the shit it gets beyond complaints about its technical issues. You can get it for $30 on Steam and even cheaper from Amazon. If you enjoy single player FPSs, you might find Rage worth your time.
Rayman Origins (360)
Ubisoft Montpellier, Ubisoft
Okay, now that I got that outta my system...Rayman Origins is the first game in the main Rayman series in a long time, and man, they got it right with this one. I've never really been a fan of the series beyond the first game, so I didn't really have any expectations going in. Rayman Origins, like Bastion, sports some of the most beautiful 2D visuals that I've ever seen. Origins may actually be the more visually impressive of the two. For the first time, I really feel like I'm playing a cartoon, which is kinda funny actually.
Back in the SNES era of games I imagined that this is what all games would look like in the future. I couldn't have foreseen how popular polygonal graphics would get, especially with how shitty they looked in the PS1 era. Once again I'm reminded of TalkRadar and one of my favorite quotes from the entire series. Quoting Mikel Reparaz on Aeris' death in Final Fantasy VII: "Oh look. A chick made out of triangles got stabbed...By another chick made out of triangles."
All righty. That was a long aside. Rayman Origins is just a mercilessly gorgeous game with addictive, fast paced gameplay. Anyone who pines for the bygone days when sidescrollers were king will love this one. It's available for dirt cheap on the 3 major home consoles and it's coming soon to 3DS and Vita.
Now for a rather shameful list of games that I have yet to buy but wish I had the money to. All of these games have some kind of appeal to me so I expect I'll play most of them eventually but for now they're just entries on a list (in chronological order, by the way):
- I still haven't played Killzone 2.
Dragon Age 2
- Same deal as Killzone 3.
- Same thing AGAIN. I wish I had money.
- I haven't been interested in MK in years but this one seems pretty good.
The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings
- Haven't played the first game and my PC probably can't run it anyway.
- Didn't like the first game but this one is supposedly an improvement.
Child of Eden
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
- Gotta get a 3DS first.
- Haven't played any of the F.E.A.R. games.
Resident Evil: The Mecinaries 3D
-Same deal as Ocarina.
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
- Someday. I liked EDF 2017.
- I love Atlus to death but I'm not spending $60 on a puzzle game of any kind.
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
- When they release it on Steam.
- I'll probably get this game next acually, along with a later entry.
Driver: San Fransisco
- Wow. A good Driver game. I gotta see this.
- Haven't played any of the Resistance games.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
- I'll pick this one up soon.
Star Fox 64 3D
- Again, I need a 3DS first.
Gears of War 3
- I only care about the single player so I'm waiting on the price to drop.
- I hated the first game but am intrigued by this one for whatever reason. I'm weird.
Ace Combat Assault Horizon
- Maybe. I've never really cared about Ace Combat.
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
- Didn't like Dead Rising 2 that much but this one sounds better.
Payday: The Heist
- Maybe. You know how I feel about online games.
Kirby's Return to Dreamland
- I love the Kirby series. Dunno why I haven't gotten this one yet.
- If I can get it for like $10.
- A GOOD Sonic game? Holy crap.
- Have only played the first game. I'll get to 2 and 3 eventually.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3
- Same deal as Gears 3.
Cave Story 3D
- I adore Cave Story but again, I need a 3DS first.
Super Mario 3D Land
- Do I need to say it again?
Assassin's Creed Revelations
- Currently playing Brotherhood and will probably get this next with Disgaea 4.
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
- I actually like the first Halo quite a bit so I'll probably get this.
Jurassic Park: The Game
- I loved Telltale's Back to the Future so I'm thinking about this one.
Saints Row: The Third
- Have yet to play the first 2, though I'll probably skip the first one.
King of Fighters XIII
- I love the King of Fighters series and this game looks incredible.
Serious Sam 3: BFE
- If I ever get a better computer.
- Haven't played the first one but I'll get to them both eventually.
Star Wars The Old Republic
- If it came out earlier last year I would have jumped right in. Still kinda interested.
It really blows my mind how many great games came out in 2011. 2010 was pretty awesome too but I can't really recall another year where soooooo many great games were released, though I'm sure I'll prove myself wrong on that some day. I know that not having played previous games in a series is a weak reason not to pick up a sequel most of the time, but I like playing series in order. Again, I'm weird.