I think I’m on record as someone who has finished just two games in his life — Crackdown and Batman: Arkham Asylum — but which games should I buy and leave unfinished this year?
Here are three I have my eye on. I might buy two.
Red Dead Redemption
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Fallout: New Vegas
CoD is almost a foregone conclusion. Love the multiplayer too much not to splash out and pick it up. Loved the look and feel of Fallout 3, but never got out of Megaton. Red Dead Redemption sounds like it’d be something cool to explore.
Man, I loved me some Commodore 64 as a kid. Hell, we had a Vic 20 before that, but the games were primitive! To be entirely honest, I was pretty much only playing educational games when we had that, so maybe I’d have fonder memories if I wasn’t playing word games on it.
I remember asking to “play computer” on rainy days growing up, and when I did, I’d haul ass upstairs to play games like Bruce Lee. Now I’m playing on my iPhone and the magic’s gone. The interface makes it nearly impossible to carry out the repetitive moves that once made this game so much fun. What went wrong?
I’m reaching out to you to find out your favorite iPhone games. Sure, nostalgia let me down once, but I’d love to check out old Nintendo games like Super Mario, or the weird stuff I couldn’t afford like Neo Geo games and so on. Share your favorites in the comments.
MLB 2K10 is a vast improvement over the last version of the game I purchased two years ago. The reasons are simple. It’s taken the same approach that Madden took in sharpening his namesake video game: made it harder and more realistic.Â The approach at the plate no longer requires the hack and slash tactics in ’08; you can actually look at pitches and maybe even draw a walk. I’ve drawn exactly one walk to date, with Ben Francisco as DH no less! The discipline required to have good at-bats is a dramatic change from ‘08’s comical home run derby, where having consecutive multiple home run games with Pedro Feliz or Geoff Jenkins wasn’t out of the question.
The pitching controls? Meh. I don’t see the big diff. This is part of the problem with marketing sports games today. At this point, everyone knows that the real differences from year to year are few. How do you generate excitement about a game whose main improvement is that the rosters are updated? Even the venerable Madden franchise has suffered a decline in sales!
I love the MLB Today feature, but wish it would replace the franchise mode altogether. Why not merge the two experiences?
I hate unlocking things. Why not emulate those classic Madden games and just include the classic teams (or simulacra thereof) and stadiums in the game? If you’re a fan of sports games, these sorts of loyalty gimmicks don’t really work out. I want to play as the Phillies (or hell, the A’s) in all of the parks they ever played in, in my choice of uniforms. Can I get an amen from the guys at Uni Watch?
The art of stealing bases became more difficult in the new game. It’s a lot to try to manage an at-bat while simultaneously pulling the trigger (literally) to steal second. It’d be different if you were playing as the first or third base coach, but you’re not.
Apart from those details, I love every minute of the game. Last night I pulled off a thrilling 10 inning comeback win over the lowly Pirates. The game ended on a walkoff homer by Ryan Howard, the team gathering around home as he plated the winning run. It was amazing. MLB 2K10 is a huge improvement over previous efforts and I look forward to playing the 2010 campaign with the Fightin’ Phils.
It’s been a slow year for new video games for me. I bought Grand Theft Auto 4 at midnight, then barely played it. I bought Madden 2009 and love it, but I’m rarely in the right frame of mind to be actively challenged by it.
Now there are some decisions to make. I’m looking forward to Gears of War 2, but am unsure about titles like Dead Space and Left 4 Dead. Both seem to be up my alley; I like third-person shooters just fine, especially with the horror twist to keep it interesting. My main gripe is that it’s not as obvious as last year’s crop of outstanding games that are fun to pick up and play whenever.
What games are you looking forward to as the holidays near? Chris, if you’re reading this, help me out!