When I was a kid, I played a side scrolling Duke Nukem. I thought it was a fun little game, but the character never really stuck with me, and I never played the 3D versions. I may give Forever a try, but right now, it’s not really my thing. I think that it is a great “against all odd” kind of story for a game to survive as long as it has and actually be released.
L.A. Noire could go either way. Yes, it is Rockstar, and their games are usually successful, but Red Dead is the first Rockstar game that I have really loved. I am excited to try it out, the facial animation tech used in the game looks top-notch. I wasn’t the biggest adventure game fan in the world back in the day, but I played my fair share of Full Throttle and the 11th Hour, so hopefully, it plays like a mix between an adventure game and L.A. Confidential.
I hate to bring price into the equation, but I would totally buy Virtua Tennis 4 for $29.99 or less. Virtua Tennis was one of the best games on the Dreamcast and one of the big reasons I held on to that system for so long. I have a Kinect and I’m interested to try Virtua Tennis out with it, but I feel like it might be kind of like Punch Out on the Wii. You can use motion controls if you want to, but the controller will be a better gameplay experience.
Whenever an id game is released, it’s a lot like Ron Burgundy, kind of a big deal. Rage has been talked about for quite a while now and I wasn’t excited about it until recently. I get that way with games, if it’s coming out more than a year from when it’s being discussed, I can’t get excited until the release gets closer. After listening to John Carmack speak about the game and digging a little deeper into the world they are trying to create, I’m optimistic that it will be an interesting, if not unique, experience.
Gears of War 3. Hell yes. I bought the original Gears of War and sold it within a few weeks. I just couldn’t get into it. I had it on the easiest difficulty and I was dying constantly. I had to force myself to buy it again months later when I realized that it wasn’t just a passing game. After learning the cover system; how to aim before you pop out of cover, and playing the campaign co-op, I was hooked. My wife and I played through co-op on Gears 2, and I hope I can get a good group together for 3’s campaign. The multiplayer mode where you start as a ticker and gradually move up to stringer units seems like it would be fun as well.
Which brings me to the game of the year. Mass Effect 3 and Skyrim. I just can’t decide. I am a huge Mass Effect fan. A lot of people like the story in the first game, but aren’t crazy about the actual game part of it, and I totally disagree. I played through Mass Effect multiple times, I loved the way the gameplay revolved around the story. I loved Mass effect 2, like most everyone in 2010, I just wish that the gameplay was more story driven. I felt like I was playing it to build a team as opposed to p laying the game to advance the story. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is one of the best open world RPS ever released. Skyrim is offering a new engine, greatly improved visuals, and the same amazing production values Bethesda has been known for over the years. I was very late to the Oblivion party, playing through the game about a year ago. Entering the world of Skyrim this November should be a real treat.