Best of 2011: Video Games
It’s my top five games of the year!
NetherRealm Studios finally returned to their roots with this fantastic reboot of the Mortal Kombat series. I loved seeing the original cast, the reworked story, and all the nods to the original trilogy. Oh, and it’s actually a solid fighting game this time as well!
Dark Souls is an absolutely brutal game, but that isn’t what makes it great. The real magic is how it forces you to explore it’s deadly and terrifying world with all the creeping precision of a survival horror game. The understated tone is genuinely creepy and the dark fantasy setting is well crafted. Overall, Dark Souls might be the most original game I played this year. VICTORY ACHIEVED.
Batman: Arkham City
This game delivers exactly what it promises. You’re THE GODDAMN BATMAN. I wasn’t a huge Arkham Asylum fan, but Arkham City’s open world and improved group fighting system make it one of the best superhero action games I’ve ever played.
Mass Effect 2
I finally got a chance to play Mass Effect 2 on PS3 this year. Part shooter, part RPG, the gameplay mechanics are simple, but the story is where Mass Effect 2 really shines. The fiction is literally comparable to Star Wars in terms of the scope and the interesting races and characters found within. The focus on team building makes each mission feel important and keeps the momentum going right up until the end.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Skyrim is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I’ve sunk almost 70 hours into this game, and I’m not even close to finished with it. I love the setting, the quests are interesting, and the music is great. I’m currently on hiatus due to frame rate and freezing issues, but as soon as a patch drops, I’ll be back to slaying dragons, reading books, shouting at bears, collecting drums, stealing cabbages, etc, etc.
What were your favorites?
Mortal Kombat 9 Mobile Moves List
Update: The app has moved to mobilemov.es/mk9.
Mortal Kombat Mobile Moves List is the best MK9 moves list for your phone or tablet.
It’s a free web app, optimized for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Android.
• Fatalities, Stage Fatalities, and Babalities for all characters.
• Console specific buttons.
• ‘Add to Home Screen’ on iOS devices for a full screen view, and offline access.
The app was built using Mobile Boilerplate, jQuery, and HTML5.
Visit mobilemov.es/mk9 on any mobile device to check it out.
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Best of 2010: Video Games
Hey! It’s my favorite video games of the year!
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game
Drawing from the 8-bit sounds of classic arcade brawlers past, NYC chiptune band Anamanaguchi created the perfect soundtrack for this retro downloadable game based on the movie, based on the comic.
Runner up: Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Pack
Undead Nightmare flipped the world of Red Dead Redemption on it’s head, transforming the characters, environments, and gameplay into a horror game that is just as good, if not better, than the original.
Best PSP Game
Persona 3 Portable
Having never played a Persona game before, I was able to pick up Persona 3 Portable and get just what I was looking for in a PSP game. A deep, story-driven experience that can be enjoyed little bits at a time.
Runner up: Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess
Best Wii Game
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Retro Studios did a surprisingly good job recreating the world of Donkey Kong Country for the long awaited sequel to one of my favorite SNES games of all time. It’s not perfect in every way, but they managed to capture the spirit of the originals and craft a modern platformer with a great balance of difficulty and fun.
Best PS3 Game
Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption is a truly unique game. The massive, beautiful western landscapes. The atmospheric sound design and music. The bold ending. Red Dead Redemption is an ambitious game, and is able to pull it off. Game of the year.
Runners up: Heavy Rain, Rock Band 3