2011 was a strong year in gaming, full of some excellent titles. Given it’s the last day of the year, I figured it would be a good time to give out some awards! I’ve split it up into three sets of awards: minor awards, genre awards, and overall game of the year. As a rule, I generally don’t like multi-page posts, but in this case I’ll make an exception as to not immediately spoil the winners. I’ll also note that there were some notable titles I didn’t play this year, including Battlefield 3 and Skyward Sword. Where applicable, I’ll be sure to mention games which may have competed for the award had I played them. [...]
Months back, when I was looking at the holiday gaming calendar one of the titles I was looking forward to the most was Uncharted 3. I had such a great time with the last iteration (other than the ending), that I was hoping the third game would recapture that magic. Unfortunately, in most ways it feels like the magic was nowhere to be found. While Uncharted 3 isn’t the worst game you’ll play this year (that award is all but locked up by Duke Nukem), it is a strong contender for my biggest disappointment. [...]
In 2009, London developer Rocksteady Studios took the gaming world by storm with the surprisingly good Batman: Arkham Asylum. It was perhaps the first good Batman game ever, and certainly one of the few superhero video game adaptations worth playing. The bar was raised for the eventual sequel, and once again Rocksteady has managed to impress. Batman: Arkham City is better than its predecessor in nearly every way. [...]
In my review of The Witcher 2, I talked about how challenging the game is relative to most other single player games on the market. However, the difficulty of From Software’s Dark Souls makes The Witcher 2 look like child’s play in comparison. You can spend a couple of hours trying to beat one section of one level, and at times the game is so trying it will almost break your will. But if you persevere, it will all pay off with the euphoria of victory. If you’re the type of gamer who’s easily frustrated and despises a challenge, you will hate Dark Souls, I can assure you. But if you thrive on being pushed to your limit, you will have a blast playing what’s best described as Battletoads for a new generation. [...]
Unwrapped is back from hiatus with the game that will probably top every sales chart for the year. I’ve already finished the campaign, but here you can take a look at the very first mission set in New York City. Overall, I felt the campaign was much stronger than Modern Warfare 2, and eventually I’ll have a review up! [...]
Epic’s Gears of War 3 kicks off “bro” shooter season in a strong way. The core mechanics have not changed very much since the original 2006 release, and that’s both a good and a bad thing. While it’s not a revolutionary title by any means, it is an unequivocal improvement to the formula. I personally enjoyed my time through the game, and I feel that there’s enough to give the game a shot. But if you’re tired of the genre, then Gears of War 3 is not going to convince you to give it another try. [...]
Some of you have been wondering where the Game Canary updates have been! Well, I finished Gears of War 3 about a week and a half ago. Then I started playing Dark Souls, which suffice it to say isn’t a short game. You may be wondering where the Unwrapped videos are, then. Well, I the Gears one got corrupted when I captured it; the Dark Souls one was recorded but not uploaded yet.
I will try my best to have a Gears of War 3 review up this weekend, and also try to finish Dark Souls before the tuesday release of Batman: Arkham City, which will be the next title I’ll look at.
For my final class playthrough video, I play as the Barbarian. This class definitely seems to be one of the stronger ones currently. I’ll be posting an article which compares the different classes in the next couple of days. In the mean time, enjoy the video!
In this playthrough video, I play as the Demon Hunter, who honestly seems pretty under-powered compared to some of the other classes I’ve played so far. It’s no surprise that Blizzard has said they will be revamping the class somewhat to change when you unlock certain skills and alleviate resource starvation issues. As with the previous videos, this is 100% unedited from start to finish. For my final video, I’ll play as the Barbarian. But that video will be going up after the weekend.
In this playthrough video, I play as the Wizard, who seems to be a bit more powerful early on. As with the previous videos, this is 100% unedited from start to finish. For my next video I’ll take a look at the Demon Hunter.