Let's see. I bought a Xbox360 in 2006 and my initial views of the games I purchased with it were mixed. At first I was disappointed that I couldn't carry over the data from Knights of the Old Republic
and WWE Raw
but I eventually got over that. SmackDown vs. Raw 2007
was technically impressive but felt cut down in some aspects, Dead or Alive 4
was okay, but frustrating and the third game and Ultimate were just as good, Project Gotham Racing
was okay, but not the smash it was built up as. Ridge Racer
was sadly pretty meh
and not up to the standards I would expect. I did quite enjoy Perfect Dark Zero
and remember being quite impressed by it.
On the other hand I was quite keen on the demoes for upcoming games such as Dead Rising
and other titles that I thought were innovative, Tomb Raider Legends,
as well as the likes of Need for Speed Most Wanted
and NBA 2 K 7
which at the time had mind blowing graphics. I tried out other games like Rumble Roses, Fight Night
and The Elder Scrolls Oblivion
but found them underwhelming. Then came one of the biggest periods of games ever with the likes of Mass Effect 1, Call of Duty Modern Warfare
which I just knew was going to be big even though I was more partial to Rainbow Six Vegas,
and Guitar Hero.
Bought them, loved them.
Through 2008 I kept track of the games that were coming out and would periodically update my aging PS2
collection with titles on the 360. Worthwhile purchases at the time would include Mercenaries, World Tour, Mirror's Edge
and Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3.
At the beginning of 2009 I also shelled out a lot of money to import Rock Band 2
and thought it was money well spent, as well as all the DLC content for the game. Most of 2008-09 was spent playing that as well as Saints Row 2,
one of the best games and in my mind much less of an artistic achievement as Grand Theft Auto IV
but just as fun if not more so. I also picked up Resident Evil 5
and loved it, even though it was kind of Resident Evil 4.5.
2010. Mass Effect 2.
Nothing else needs to be said. Played through the first one so I could import my Shepards, snapped up all the DLC, and aside from the yearly updates to games like Sv R
2010 I expanded the games a bit more, skateboarding, loved the Wet
demo and bought that and as a fan of the novels also picked up Rogue Warrior.
Picked up Fable 2,
great game, but too much of a Tear Jerker
so I had to get rid of it. The new Rock Band came out and I got that, loved it.
I must have been asleep at the wheel when the infamous Dead Island
trailer came out, I would have seen it in passing but my attention was more on the Kinect games, playing the UFC games, 2K11 and how much detail they put into it. By now I had become a huge Buffy
fan so snapped up Call of Duty: Black Ops
and Call of the Dead
as well as picking up good games cheap such as Splinter Cell Conviction.
When it came out I picked up Duke Nukem Forever
and a week later tried to return it but not only wouldn't who I bought it from accept another return copy everyone reviled it. I was interested in some of the games on the horizon such as, well...Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
but my attention was mainly on Saints Row: The Third.
2012 was all about Batman
for me. Finally got around to purchasing Batman: Arkham Asylum
and loved it right through, then picked up Batman: Arkham City
and ditto. Also bought Mass Effect 3
and I think we all know how that turned out.
A better game in my view was SSX which was well worth playing, then BioWare
brought out the Extended Cut and went a long way to deliver on their promises. Wish the same could be said for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
which by this point I had stopped following the series until it gets back on it's feet. Tried out Lollipop Chainsaw
and it's alright, but it just seems off somehow, certainly worth a rental. Which reminds me, I really must try Sleeping Dogs,
if it delivers on the good cop/bad cop idea then that'd be pretty tight. As a long time Tekken
fan I snapped up 6 and Tag 2 and loved editing the cast to have my own fighters.
2013 was when Australia got it's R rating and this would be a huge thing, though I didn't realize it at the time. I first learned of it when I saw Mortal Kombat 9
for sale and I thought, that's interesting
since at the time they had boarder patrol trying to stop it from being imported. Then on a visit to my brother and sister I saw the special case for Dead Island: Riptide
and after researching the game was rocked, badly, by the trailers, as well as the Zombie Bait
edition and other R rated games such as The Last of Us
and Metro: Last Light
which the reason given was for sexual violence. I had been into game design before but this brought on a serious effort to conduct research into the games and the thinking behind putting in such dark content, as well as a serious effort to create a game for myself, complete with a detailed tropes page and beginning to create the game through online college, something I will get back to once I learn the software more. Aside from that I picked up The Elder Scrolls Skyrim
and it is well worth a purchase and Mass Effect 3
became awesome again with the Citadel
DLC and I snapped up Saints Row IV.
One of these days I'll look at the new AFL Live
and when it comes out the new cricket game.
For the era as a whole I won't say there was an underwhelming amount of smash hit games but I will say the smash hits I did not like as much as some of the titles that flew under the radar, chief among them Saints Row
in comparison to Grand Theft Auto.
I'm also troubled by the Darker and Edgier
tone games are going in, though I had been able to get over that with Dead Island
and think they are well worth buying. One thing I am disappointed at is that I was given to understand the 360 would still be supported for a few more years yet. It may well still be but at this stage it well die by this time next year. Even were there to be a new Mass Effect
I have no intention of joining the new generation of games, instead I would very much like to help my nieces and nephew with their XBOX collection and gather titles that would be worth collecting.
Innovations by year.
2005: Making online gaming viable through console.
2006: Evolving existing franchises and experimenting with new ones.
2007: The juggernaut that was Modern Warfare
and Mass Effect.
2008: Music games including full band support, Mirror's Edge.
2009: Batman: Arkham Asylum.
2011: I would have to say none.
2012: Mass Effect
multiplayer and trying to tie it into the main game.
2013: YMMV on whether this is a positive or negative but how much games are pushing the envelope in regards to content.
And my picks for Game of the Year.
2005: Call of Duty 2.
While I enjoyed Perfect Dark
this was the better game.
2006: Dead Rising.
This best showcased the innovation, experimentation and graphics of the system for that year.
2007: Mass Effect 1
: Fanboys can have their Modern Warfare
and there is no question the first game was amazing. In terms of content and the fan base this one stands out more.
2008: Saints Row 2.
While Grand Theft Auto
may be in many ways a superior title it came down to which I found the most fun. I had to pick Volition's game over Rock Star
's, with Rock Band 2
coming a very close second and missing out only because I do not still play it today.
2009: Batman: Arkham Asylum.
No contest. While there may be other games that were really fun like Wet
in terms of quality I have to tip my hat to Rocksteady and Warner Bros.
2010: Mass Effect 2.
This would be on my short list of the top five best games of all time. It honestly is that good. From beginning to end it performs and the outstanding DLC really backs that up.
2011: Batman: Arkham City.
Like the above example I consider this one of the best games of all time and as amazing as Skyrim
is this is easier to play and get into, and if you were in the unfortunate position of having to choose one or the other, about as hard a choice as choosing which child you love more, then if you absolutely had to pick just one then I would say Batman.
2012: Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
In a lot of ways Mass Effect 3
is the better game however the ending does make it lose points. Not the in game content itself as such but the controversy surrounding it leaves something of a bad taste in the mouth. As it stands in terms of quality and the DLC Mass Effect would be a more deserving game of the year but my pick would have to go to Tekken.
2013: Saints Row IV.
This is a bit hard because I have yet to play games such as Batman: Arkham Origins
and as amazing as Bioshock Infinite
is I have only seen it and not actually played it. Also there is the issue of the Darker and Edgier
games. Dead Island: Riptide
is a good, fun game, but flawed, the trailer honestly pissed me off, and the Zombie Bait
edition to me and to other fans was controversy that perhaps shouldn't have been caused. Likewise I do not have a PS3
so I cannot comment on The Last of Us.
My pick would have to go to Saints Row based on how fun it is as well as considering how off beat the game is the amount of thought that went into the story and dialogue.
edited 25th Nov '13 8:50:53 PM by tsstevens