Wednesday, 22 December 2010

The Christmas letter - My year in gaming

An open Christmas letter, why not? Well, I’m sure there are many reasons why not to do it, but I’m the captain, wash boy and saucy maid of this blog ship, so I’ll give it a festive stab. My year in gaming has been a fun one to say the least, and quite varied too.

It all kicked off with Mass Effect 2 and my personal voyage into being a bad person in RPG games, rather than the selfless white knight that I would normally strive to be. It was my first purchase of the year and probably game of 2010 in my books, with a fantastic storyline pushed along by a more than fantastic conversation system. It’s always funny upsetting pretend people.

Next highlight of my gaming year was April’s Splinter Cell Conviction. Less shadowy gimp suit swaggaery and more violent throat punches made it a totally different experience to past offerings, but a lot more fluid and fun. About half of the internet disagrees with me, wishing it stuck to more classic roots, but the fast and furious room takedowns were brilliant and unlike any other game. Main criticisms came from people whining that it wasn’t a stealth game anymore, but I still think plugging eight people in an area with none of them realising is still pretty sneaky.

It was also a high for local multiplayer, with a complete campaign dedicated to co-op play that reached back to a simpler time when you could sit on a sofa and play with your mates without the need of an Internet pipe. Good stuff.

May gave us the spiritual successor to Red Dead Revolver, a game that should’ve done better than it did. Thankfully, Red Dead Redemption did to the barren planes of the Wild West, as Grand Theft Auto did to the sprawling cityscape of faux New York. Dragging people behind horses and onto train tracks was almost as much fun as pistol duelling and hunting bears. Okay, there were a couple of boring cattle herding missions that got less fun with each cow that ran off, but these added to the pacing of a truly brilliant game.

Those are my personal major highlights of the year, but the lows also deserve a mention. There has been a lot of disappointment this year, with release dates being pushed back, games with great potential turning out bad and still no mention of Episode 3.

Let down of the year was definitely Bioshock 2. The only innovation it brought to the series was the lovely drill arm of hypnotic spirally death, bringing absolutely nothing else to the same formula we saw last time in the undersea test tube society. It wasn’t a terrible game, but it did not live up to the first, and might has well have been a DLC addition to the original.

I still wish that Naughty Bear turned out better than the flaming orphanage of a tragedy that it was, but it somehow managed to secure itself a sequel, so we’ll see what happens there.

2011 is already looking bright with more Batman, Mass Effect and Portal on the way, so that’s a good thing.

I hope that you all had a great 2010, and still have many more fond memories to make over the festive period. Merry Christmas, happy New Year and best wishes to the other holiday festivities that take place this time of year. Have a good one guys.

1 comment:

djmegavolt said...

2011 NEW YEAR IN GAMING achievement unlocked! Have a good one :D