Shed a tear my fellow gamers, cry like blubbering wrecks into you Pacman decorated hankies and mourn the end of 2010, for what an absolutely fantastic year for gaming it has been. That being said, 2011 is going to rock. In fact 2011 is going be so awesome that you’ll probably pull a muscle in your hands from all of your button-bashing and analogue stick twirling.
In order to get ourselves in the right frame of mind for the future, it’s important for us to take a look back at the games that have kept us entertained for the past 12 months.
Click ‘Read More’ to check out my choices for the 2010 Games of the Year.
Red Dead Redemption
Dear Red Dead Redemption,
thanks a bunch for ruining my life. Ruining it in the best way possible.
Red Dead Redemption is such an incredible game that I think it has ruined all other games for me. I can never again play Grand Theft Auto 4 because the ‘Rockstar’ logo will be an unwelcome reminder that I could be playing a better open-world game in which the setting is polished and perfected to within an inch of its beautiful life and there are more things to keep you occupied than in real life. There’s also the fact that having played through the game as the original Western badass himself, John Marston (sorry Clint Eastwood!) I’ll never be able to control a main character knowing that they’ll never be as cool as the gruff, grizzly gunslinger from the United States. It’s also the only open world game I’ve ever played through and completed, meaning that I must have lost several days in collective playtime to this interactive monster.
Thanks a bunch Rockstar.
Heavy Rain. Just, woah. I don’t think I’d ever be able to forgive myself without including this game in my Games of the Year Round-Up. In fact, I’d probably cry myself to sleep every night knowing that I neglected to tell JSX readers why this is one of the most impressive games I’ve ever played in my life. Ever.
This game is like a book. Every page and new section of it grabbing at your heartstrings, engulfing every emotion in your body, captivating your mind and refusing to let go until you finally reach the games uncertain end. In your first playthrough you find yourself pleasantly surprised at each turn and providing you avoided spoilers, you will be gobsmacked at what you discover. And you don’t just uncover things about the characters or the plot but you find things out about yourself. For example, before Heavy Rain, I hadn’t cried in months – the game made me cry several times before the end and to be honest, I had no idea I had it in me. What an astonishingly great game.
Surprised to see this game on the list? Well so am I.
I was just expecting to play Sims 3 and be delighted at the lovable, yet awkward characters I’d created and I was just going to jump in the game and cause havoc on their surroundings and either make their lives great or send their world into a happy bubble of turmoil, misery and destruction! Instead, I was taken aback at how far the series has come along over the past decade. I remember playing the games on both PC and PS2 and thinking how fun they were, but this time around I new what I was doing and the game gave me the tools to recreate complex lives of my family and friends that I’d reproduced in the game and to customise everything. What you already know is that the Sims games make you God but that wasn’t what impressed me, it was the simple fact that EA made the game work so well on consoles although people say they game is better on PC.
My list wouldn’t be complete without a shout-out to a few downloadable titles that deserve a mention. Game Dev Story (iPhone) is great, addictive and fun and it’s the reason I don’t get enough work done. Rock Band (iPhone) has completely revamped my musical taste and so I’m forever grateful that I now prefer to listen to Duran Duran as opposed to that wretched Justin Bieber. Deathspank (PSN Download) is also a lot of fun and is the only game I’ve spent money on from the PlayStation Store – I also have to give it credit for making me laugh on more than one occasion!
What games do you think should have made the list? – Leave a comment!