Number of Xbox 360 games: 61
Number of XBLA games: 35
Number of Xbox games: 46
Number of PS2 games: 24
Number of PSP games: 17
Number of Nintendo 64 games: 12
Number of Nintendo Wii games: 4
Number of Nintendo DS games: 4
Number of Nintendo 3DS games: 9
Yesterday, Microsoft finally revealed some information about their new "console" coming this Fall in time for the holiday season. The fan reaction was.....not so good. From the reveal of the name to the interviews after the show, it seems as though nobody is eating up the BS business practices that Microsoft is pumping out for this upcoming generation. Well, why should they? All I kept seeing from both the show and the aftermath was not only disappointing, but infuriating.
If you haven't already figured it out by looking at my username, I consider myself a bit of an Xbox fanboy myself. I liked the original Xbox when it came out. I thought the gaming library was inferior to the PS2's, but the console's performance was top notch and it still had a variety of great games (not just Halo, either). I also loved the 360 and consider it one of my favorite gaming consoles, not to mention it has what is, imo, the perfect controller and the best online experience you'll find anywhere, even if it does cost a fee to play. However, I saw this BS coming from a mile away. Ever since the Kinect, Microsoft seemed to stop caring about their core audience and instead cared more about social media and ads. I went into the reveal of the new Xbox console both hopeful and worried, but little did I know this reveal would be so much worse than I thought. Almost to the point where I gotta ask myself: is this even a gaming console anymore?
First, let's talk about the name; the Xbox One........really? I thought 720 was kind of a lame name among several other names I've heard but Xbox ONE? Because it does everything in one machine? This is already sounding bad and I haven't even talked about why this thing is hated so much.
First of all, instead of investing all the money put into this box on GAMES (ya know, what most of us bought the other two consoles for in the first place?), they spend the majority of their time talking about television. Now you can watch sports or cable tv shows, which you still need a cable service for, on your Xbox. Yeah, and who wanted this when playing their 360? Nobody? Also, the touch pad controller for the WiiU is stupid but a tv remote is the future? Wait, what's that? I can use skype and surf the internet which I can already do on my PC?.........Wasn't there supposed to be gaming involved somewhere? Because all I see as them advertising a new cable box, I must have tuned in to the wrong show.
Oh, but they did talk about games.......all 2 of them. Forza 5 was announced, as expected, and a new Call of Duty that I will be able to play on every other system? Yeah, those are the only two games they talked about and most of that time went to Call of Duty. Oh, and they also announced 15 exclusives within the next year, but how much do you want to bet that the majority of them are either Kinect exclusive, games with exclusive content or timed exclusives? So yeah, it appears gaming is only secondary now, cool. Maybe I should wait until E3 before judging the library, but I really don't expect any different.
Oh but the BS doesn't stop there. First off, the system comes with the Kinect camera, but it has to be attached at ALL times even when you're not using it, so I hope you have some space above your tv to make room. Why couldn't this thing just be optional like it is now? I didn't want it back in 2010 when you announced it and I don't want it now. It doesn't stop there either, although I don't think you're ready for the amount of horse **** this interview contains. You ready? Here it goes:
Yep, the always online rumor wasn't completely untrue. You don't have to be connected to play, but you do have to log on every day, though it isn't said what happens if you don't. Either way, it's stupid and all you're doing is losing customers that don't have a good internet connection or no internet at all. The second link is even more maddening; used game fees. Every game has to be installed on a hard drive, and then anybody can play it. Ok, but then the problem comes when you purchase a used game or bring it over to a friend's house, you have to pay for the game in full if your friend wants to play or borrow it for a while........wow.....just wow. They somehow found a worse solution than blocking used games entirely.
This whole revealing was just a disaster. The WiiU was more impressive than this (at least it's a GAME console that treats GAMES as its primary source). As if betraying your gaming market who were even willing to put up with your online fees wasn't enough, but they have the balls to charge us for used games and force online and even more fees on us. Good job Micro$oft, I hope it was worth it. You not only let me down, but you let your entire fanbase down. I don't know which console I'm getting next gen yet, but at least I know which one I'm NOT getting.
Also, if you missed the show, here's the perfect sumary for you :
Hey, just wrote some reviews recently and thought you'd might like to read them:
Hope you enjoy.
PS: reposted for forgetting a review.
By now, everyone on the internet has at least heard of Microsoft employee Adam Orth's ridiculous "deal with it" comments when reponding to the new rumors of the new Xbox's "always online" feature. For those who haven't, fans wrote about their outrage over a new feature for the new Xbox that requires you to be online at all times in order to play, even when you aren't playing online. Fans were upset over losing internet service on a weekly basis in smaller towns (being in a small town myself, I know what they mean) to which he replied "why would you live there?". Microsoft responded by apologizing for Mr. Orth's rude behavior (I believe he even got fired), but unfortunately didn't confirm or deny the "always online" feature.
Whether or not this bit of information is true, this news is outrageous all the same (IF it's true). Didn't Microsoft learn from the Sim City incident? Shouldn't that have been enough proof of why constantly needng an internet connection to play is a bad idea? Hell, in this case it's worse because Sim City is just one game. There's plenty of other games I can play on my PC if the internet is down. With the new Xbox, I'll be locked out of ALL game if my internet is down or if the server crashes, even if the game doesn't feature online multiplayer.
I understand why they're doing it; to weaken piracy, but all this does is create too many problems and punishes honest players. What if I want to play a local game when my friends come over but the internet crashes? What if I don't want to play online and just want to play a single player game? What if the servers crash or are down for maintenance? More importantly of all, what's going to happen years from now when severs go offline like with the original Xbox? Too bad, we're all just SOL. No internet, no games. How fun.
"Deal with it" you say? Sure, I'll deal with it.......Hello Playstation 4!!!
Hello friends, long time no see. Sorry I haven't been blogging much lately, but honestly there's not too much to blog about these days. Not to mention my blogs hardly receive any feedback or comments lately.
Anyway, I've been busy with reviews in my spare time but I forgot to share them with you guys, so here they are now:
In addition, here's a list of reviews I'l like to cover soon:
Bioshock (over 5 years and I haven't reviewed this gem yet?)
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Bioshock Infinite (once it's out)
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (once it's out)
Read, comment and like. Well, til next time.
As much as I love the Halo franchise, I was always unsure if Bungie was truly capable of creating anything else noteworthy. Well, since they left Microsoft and the Halo franchise, they've been hard at work over their next title, now revealed as "Destiny."
From what we've heard so far, Destiny sounds ambitious. Destiny will be a living world where players can shape the events within the lore for the next 10 years. Talk about value, a game that will actually last at least 10 years total. To make things more interesting, this game has an MMO style and experience to it where multiple people can play on one server.....only it's not an MMORPG (I think it's a shooter but I'm not entirely sure).
Here is some more info that we know so far:
- Quasi-MMO experience with NO subscription fee.
- Vehicles will be available, including spaceships that will allow you to travel anywhere in our own solar system.
- Customizable character classes and abilities
- World raids, loot, crafting, PvP, PvE
- A "Companion APP" for your smart phone or tablet device
- 4 enemy races are known so far
Unfortunately, the only major downside is this will not be available on the PC, but just the 360, PS3 and next-gen consoles as far as we know so far. Given the amount of content and the style, this really seems like the perfect game for the PC.
Other than that, this title sounds promising. I love the idea, the story sounds interesting and I'm just glad to see more MMO games drop that stupid subscription fee that has alienated a lot of gamers, including myself. Destiny won't be releasing this year, unfortunately, but when it does come out, I have faith that Bungie will show that they are capable of more than just Halo.
Also, thanks to Angry Joe for this information:
As expected since the launch of the system, the 3DS is getting a Pokemon game of its very own in October. I find the title kind of odd though, usually the subtitles to Pokemon games are after colors or gems. This time we have "X" and "Y"? Are we running out of colors already? Either way, what makes this new Pokemon game special is that after 15 years, our prayers have been answered......
That's right, this appears to be the first Pokemon game done entirely in a 3D world. Ever since Red/Blue we fans have been dreaming of a fully 3D Pokemon adventure and instead, we got Pokemon Stadium.....and a puzzle game......and a photography game (really Gamefreak?). Granted, I kind of expect this to be the same formula in a new perspective, but it looks pretty damn good all the same and just the idea of a 3D environment in a Pokemon game has me excited for this one.
We even get to see the starters already:
As always, this is based on games that I have played this year.
10.The Walking Dead (XBLA)
This isn't quite the GOTY as it has been praised by some publications, but there is no denying the brilliant storytelling presented in the Walking Dead. I like the atomic book art style, the characters, the voice acting and the story that goes with it all.
9. Trials Evolution (XBLA)
After playing Trials HD earlier this year, I knew I had to get the second. I grabbed it when it went on sale and it's even better in the first with new new and better levels, more customization and more Imani games to play. Trials Evolution is a must have for all 360 owners.
8. Counter Strike Global Offensive (XBLA, PSN, PC)
Valve never fails to impress and Global Offensive is no different. Offering some of the best multiplayer around, Counter Strike is as fun as ever.
7. Dust: an Elysian Tail (XBLA)
This game is just proof that you don't need a large development team to make a great game. For a game with just one person behind it, Dust is as fun if not better than most XBLA titles on the market.
6. Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed (360, PS3, PC, WiiU)
The first All Stars game surprised many with its tight controls and course design and it was even considered a rival to the kart racing king; Mario Kart. Transformed takes everything the first game did right and improved them on a huge scale with better courses, multiplayer and all around gameplay. Truly good enough to compete with the best kart racing games.
5. Assassin's Creed 3 (360, PS3, PC)
After due disappointment that was Revelations, Ubisoft bounces back with Assassin's Creed 3. Is it the best? Well, I still say 2 was the boost fun but AC3 was still an enjoyable entry in the series with a great setting, improved combat, and an interesting story.
4. Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS)
I love the 3DS but this year has been pretty disappointing when it comes to 3DS titles. However, there was one that stood above the rest; the long awaited Kid Icarus Uprising. The gameplay was fast, challenging and intense and it was all complimented with a delightfully cheesy script. A must have for all 3DS owners.
3. Borderlands 2 (360, PS3, PC)
I actually have never played the original Borderlands until this year, which proved to be one of the best co-op shooters of this generation. I got the sequel for Christmas and it is even better in just about every way, and we actually have a story to go along with it. What's even better though is Handsome Jack, who is probably one of the greatest villains in any video game. If you have a friend or two, you can't go wrong with Borderlands 2.
2. Halo 4 (360)
People were so worried about what would happen to Halo now that Bungie is no longer developing it. Now that Halo 4 is out, those fears can be laid to rest because Halo 4 is the best in the series since the original. The campaign is intense and the multiplayer just puts Bungie's last efforts to shame. With so much content and that Halo gameplay we all know and love, Halo 4 has earned it's runner up spot.
.....and my game of the year of 2012 is.......
1. Mass Effect 3 (360, PS3, PC, WiiU)
Yeah, I know, say what you want about the ending being terrible. However, everything before the last 10 minutes was excellent. A terrific story with some of the best character interaction and gameplay that the genre has to offer is more important to me than the crap ending anyway. Not to mention the multiplayer mode was actually a lot of fun. Mass Effect 3 is fun, addictive and moving, which is why it's my favorite game of 2012.
And there you have it. Happy New Year, everyone!
No, I didn't get a Wii for Christmas, I got it some time after Thanksgiving and am now talking about it. My Aunt was cleaning her house and decided that she didn't want her Wii anymore and asked me if I wanted it. Well, I was never much of a Nintendo fan, let alone a fan of the Wii itself, but who am I to pass on a free console? Unfortunately, her game library consisted of Wii Sports, Wii Play (meh), and Country Dance (-_-) but luckily, my secret santa this year gave me a REAL game to play on it:
Yep, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. I haven't gotten to play much of it until today because apparently, I needed a Waii Motion +. It's pretty cool so far, though I'm not even an hour in yet. I'll let you know my full impressions on it once I play some more and write my review.
As for other games I got for Christmas:
First up is Borderlands 2. I loved the first game and I heard this one is even better.....and it is. It stays true to the formula while adding so much more that was lacking in the first game (like a story, for example). This may be one of the best games I've played this year.
The last game I got was Paper Mario: Sticker Star. I haven't played the other PM games but I thought this looked fun enough (and I was just looking for more games to play on my 3DS). I'm on world 2 right now and so far, it's not too bad. I'm a little iffy on the battle style but the graphics look great and it's fun too. It's not the best 3DS game I've played, but I like it well enough and it should tide me over until the next big 3DS game comes.
Well, that's about it. What games did you get? Also, any recommendations for the Wii would be nice too.
So, how about that end of the world, huh? What a surprise, another prediction about when the world will end was wrong.....again.
Anyway, here's the list so far in case you missed it:
9: Luigi's Mansion 2
8: Star Wars 1313
7: Grand Theft Auto V
6. South Park: The Stick of Truth
5. Watch Dogs
I wanted to put this higher on the list just because that E3 demo of it looks amazing. However, we really know little to nothing about it as of yet, nor do we even know if it will be a 2013 release. Still, that gameplay trailer was enough to get me excited for Ubisoft's next big hit.....whenever it comes out.
4. Gears of War Judgement
I was a little iffy when I heard we were getting another Gears of War game so soon. Don't get me wrong, I like the GoW series and I LOVED Gears of War 3 especially, but this looked more of the same. While it still does look similar to previous installments, it's what they're adding that makes this title sound interesting. The whole court case things sounds like a new interesting take on story telling (everything you do, gameplay-wise, gets recorded in the court scene) and the new multiplayer modes should keep this series moving forward too.
3. Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes
I know I said Watch Dogs was lower on the list due to a lack of information, but this is Metal Gear we're talking about. More importantly, a brand new MGS game that we 360 gamers can enjoy just as much as PS3 owners. Add to that the fact that Big Boss is back or the fact that this is the first open world MGS game and you have a winner. No telling if it really is coming out in 2013 but either way, I'm excited.
2. Tomb Raider
I haven't played much of the Tomb Raider series but from the demos that I tried out, the gameplay was seriously outdated. When I heard that the series was getting a reboot, I thought it was about time, but I never thought I would actually end up considering BUYING it. Everything about this game looks great; from the gameplay, to the story, to the visuals and most importantly, to the game's theme of survival.
And the number one game that I'm looking forward to in 2013 IS.....
1. Bioshock Infinite
I'm sorry if this seems like such a predictable choice, but what else could it be? The game has been delayed so many times and each new bit of information makes it look even better and better. On top of that, the original team behind the first Bioshock, which was also amazing, is working on Infinite. With them behind the wheel again, this is sure to be a hit, maybe even better than the first. After so many delays, let's all hope that Bioshock Infinite will truly be worth the long wait.
And that's my top 10 most anticipated games. What are yours? Tell me in the comments below. Oh, and before I go:
Merry Christmas everybody!
With the year coming close to the end, it's time for my yearly "most anticipated games of next year" list. Let's dive right in :
I put this low on the list because we hardly know anything about it other than a little background on the story. Still, I am interested to see how Bungie does without Halo and I hope Destiny turns out just as good if not better.
9. Luigi's Mansion 2
I never played the original Luigi's Mansion but I hear mixed things about it. I hope this new game turns out good too, since I could really use more 3DS games right about now. Hopefully we get more than this next year, but I can't wait for this regardless.
8. Star Wars 1313
Kind of a weird title, but I am actually looking forward to Star Wars 1313. At least I hope it turns out good, seeing as how we've had a pretty average library of Star Wars games this generation. Maybe 1313 can turn it around?
7. Grand Theft Auto V
I know a lot of people are probably shocked that this game isn't anywhere near the top 5. Well, I haven't played many games in this series although I did love GTA3 and Vice City. After Red Dead Redemption, I suddenly became interested in Rock Star games again and I may just keep an eye out for GTA5.
6. South Park: The Stick of Truth
This is one of those games that I'm really excited for and a little worried at the same time. I'm really excited because the game actually looks pretty good and they actually have a competent RPG developer behind it (Obsidian). I'm a little worried because as much as I love South Park, their game adaptations haven't exactly been.....good. Hell, the only decent one I can think of is Let's Go Tower Defense Play, but that's one out of several games we're talking about.
To be continued.....
As always, click the images below for their full reviews.
Basically, Assassin's Creed 3 isn't the GOTY I thought it was going to be and it's not as good as AC2, but it's still a damn good entry into the series. I love the setting and the combat is much improved. Then there's naval combat, which is by far the best part of the game. I guess my only complaints are Connor isn't quite as interesting as Ezio from the last few games and there's quite a few bugs.....and that terrible ending. Other than that though, AC3 is a great game.
Halo 4 is even better. I was a little worried about 343 becoming the new developer of the Halo franchise, but they ended up outdoing Bungie's latest efforts. The pace of the game feels much faster in its multiplayer and the campaign is one of the strongest since the first game. Spartan Ops didn't quite reach its full potentail but this is an excellent addition regardless. I can't wait to see what else 343 has in store for us in the future.
As you know, Sonic & All Stars Racing comes out soon and I'm sure some Sega fans were disappointed at the lack of certain characters not making an appearance. Well, all is not lost. Sumo has put out a challenge that states if any of these following characters (the top 3, anyway) gets at least 1,000 votes each, they will be considered for DLC in the future.
Just follow this link and vote for your favorites:
Plenty of great choices here like Ryo Hazuki, Opa Opa, Sketch Turner, Toejam & Earl and my personal pickes, Axel Stone and Vectorman. I can't promise that it will happen but hey, it's worth a shot.
Hey everybody, long time no see. Sorry I haven't blogged much lately, I've mainly been busy with college and life. Just thought I would share my thoughts on Assassin's Creed Revelations, which I just got.
First, some quick impressions. Released a year ago, Revelations is often referred to as the weakest game in the series. After finally playing it in preparation for AC3, I'm going to have to agree. Revelations tries to add what was already started two games ago but most of its additions are rather....."meh". Other than the hook blade, which makes climbing less of a hassel, there wasn't really anything too interesting to write home about. Bombs are cool though, but I rarely used them. Parachuting is pointless, and ziplining is just ok.
The worst additions are the new modes they tried to add. The first being den defense, a mediocre tower defense mini game that feels so out of place and tedious that it's a chore to play. The other are these Desmond sections. It's like a puzzle segment set in a first person. Think Portal only boring and not nearly as fun.
My last complaint is the story; most of it is pretty weak, which is a huge disappointment considering it's the Assassin's Creed games. Desmond's story is once again, kind of boring and not a whole lot happens. The same could be said about Ezio's story only that story kind of has purpose. The best story of all is Altair's as it's the most interesting and the missions are the most fun in the whole game, too bad they're so short. The story is ok, but it just feels like filler.
Still, it's not a bad game. The gameplay is still solid like the last two and Constantinople looks gorgeous. However, it feels like the weakest AC game yet (yes, weaker than the first) and just feels like filler. For my full thoughts, check out my review below:
I'm still pumped about Assassin's Creed 3 coming out tomorrow though. Hopefully if Hurricane Sandy doesn't get in my way, I can play it by this time tomorrow night.
After completing the game and almost beating it again on hardcore, my review for Dust an Elysian Tail is complete. I gotta say, I was very impressed. This is probably one of the best games available on the arcade and I highly recommend everyone to try it out.
For my full review, click the picture below:
And check out some of my other recent reviews while you're at it:
Please read, comment and/or recommend (if you agree of course). Thank you.
First off, no I'm not dead, I've just been busy here and there. I went to Scotland a few weeks back and now I'm just kicking back and enjoying the rest of my summer.
In the meantime, I've been playing this amazing new game that you should all give a try (if you have a 360) called Dust: an Elysian Tail.
What's amazing about Dust: an Elysian Tail? Well, for one thing, it's jam packed with content for only $15. The entire gaame takes about 12-15 hours to complete and over 20 if you do all the side stuff and explore. It's not very often on the arcade you see a game with that much to offer. As for the gameplay, imagine a mix of Castlevania's map style (aka "metroidvania") with Devil May Cry or Bayonetta's combat. This proves to be a great combination and it's a lot of fun, especially with RPG elements thrown in like leveling or crafting items.
The animation and art is simply outstanding. I think the animation on the NPC's aren't as good as Dust's, but the environments look stunning and the game is up there with Bastion or Limbo as one of the most artsy looking games on the arcade. The story is also decent so far, like a Don Bluth film, and even the characters are likable so far. Especially Fidget, she's hilarious.
It's too bad that so many people back out of this game because it's too "furry" for them. Yeah, the same people who grew up playing Sonic the Hedgehog, Star Fox, Banjo Kazooie and/or Crash Bandicoot or watching Looney Tunes, Chip n Dale Rescure Rangers and/or the Animaniacs. Seriously, what difference does it make?
Whatever though, those miserable toads are missing out on a great game and I recommend anyone to try it out. It's hard to believe this was all the work of one man, and his hard effort seemed to pay off. I'll write my review once I'm done, that is IF Gamespot will be fixed by then.
Well, according to the little number up top, this is the 300th blog I've written on Gamespot. I wasn't into the whole blogging thing at first and although they're not as popular as they once were (I don't get many comments anymore ), I am happy to write them.
I don't really plan on doing anything special this time like I did with my 200th blog (which was put together a list of my top 20 favorite movies) but I will tell you about a great movie I saw yesterday; The Amazing Spiderman.
First I guess I better tell you what I thought of the first trilogy. The first Spiderman was decent at best. While not staying true to the original story it did pretty good I guess. The second Spiderman was the best in plot, action and it had one of my favorite super hero villains; Doctor Octopus. Although I may be unoriginal for saying this, Spiderman 3 wasn't so good and is easily the worst of the three. I didn't care for the plot, at all (especially that half assed plot twist), and the villains were kind of lame. However, there is hope for everyone's favorite web slinger for instead of picking up from there. they decided to start all over with this reboot tht just so happens to surpass all three movies in just about every way. Hell, it's so good that it may even surpass The Avengers (which I loved) as the best super hero movie this year.
First off, comic book fans will be pleased that The Amazing Spiderman follows the comics much closer; the web shooters are back, the story is closer to the comics, Peter Parker is a high school student once more and Gwen Stacey is his first true love (Mary Jane isn't even anywhere in the movie). What I like about Spiderman himself is that he is a cocky smart ass like he always should have been but he is still an awkward teenager when he's Peter. In fact, I actually prefer Andrew Garfield's performance better than Tobey McGuire's. Don't get me wrong, I liked McGuire, but Garfield does a better job at capturing Peter Parker's character.
The plot is very well done too. Like I said, it follows the comic book series better than the other movies and it stays faithful like it promised. I won't spoil too much but the plot is enjoyable from beginning to end with good writing, a darker setting and more likable characters. The romance is done much better too as it wasn't as sappy as the other movies with Mary Jane. The love interest serves the only purpose it should in a super hero movie; the sub plot, not the main plot. So far, I'm liking Emma Ross as Gwen Stacey more than I ever liked MJ and the romance even feels much stronger.
Lastly, The Lizard was awesome and the best villain since Doctor Octopus in Spiderman 2. Not only were the effects on him done well but he was creepy and he always put the hurt on Spiderman proving to be a real threat to the web slinger. His goals are simple (cause destruction throughout New York City and kill Spiderman) but he was pretty bad ass.
Overall, The Amazing Spiderman more than lives up to its name. This movie managed to surpass all three of the original movies and makes up for the disappointing Spiderman 3 as a reboot that was seriously needed. It surpassed the hype and proves once again that super hero movies are only getting better as the years go on. I recommend the best movie of the summer yet to all fans of the Spiderman comics (or movies) or for those of you looking for some super hero action.
Thanks for reading. Happy Independance Day!!!
That's right, after much consideration, I finally decided to go out and buy myself the new iPad from Apple. So far, this thing is amazing. You can use it to connect to the internet, keep track of your daily life, play games, draw, and so much more.
So far I have a few apps like Sketchbook and games like Draw Something and Flipadelphia but does anyone have any suggestions (for anyone who has had any access to the app store on any device)?
Happy 21st birthday Sonic, your first beer is on me.
In honor of the anniversary of this long running series and seeing as how I've been wanting to do this for a long time, here are my own personal top 10 favorite Sonic games of all time. Before that, please note that I don't have a Wii so I missed out on Sonic Colors, which everyone seems to praise. I'm sure that game is great too though.
10. Sonic Adventure 2
This game seems to be in everyone's top 10 list and who could blame them? Sure, the treasure hunting and mech battles weren't that good, but what really made this game shine were the Sonic and Shadow stages. With a good level design, an interesting multiplayer mode and fun gameplay, Sonic Adventure 2 was and still is one of the best 3D Sonic games to this day. The best part? It will be on Xbox Live Arcade and PSN very soon.
9. Sonic Advance 3
Even with Sonic's many short omings on the consoles throughout the years, the hand held games were still going strong and Sonic Advance 3 was no exception. Heck, this game offered a team mechanic that may have even been better than what Heroes tried to pull off. Great level design and fast paced gameplay were only few of the reasons why Advance 3 was so good.
8. Sonic the Hedgehog CD
I don't think I need to remind anyone of that little failure in the early 90's known as the Sega CD. Well, if there was anything good that came out of that, it was Sonic CD. This was an interesting spin on the classic Sonic formula with a time traveling gimmick that works surprisingly well. The level design is sort of confusing, but Sonic CD was as fun as the Genesis titles. You can check it out on XBLA or PSN.
7. Sonic Adventure
Funny how Sonic's first true 3D adventure was also his best (well, for a little while anyway). Some say this game didn't age too well but as someone who joined in late....they're kind of right, but I still enjoyed the hell out of it. This game had interesting level design and some of the best gameplay out of all the 3D Sonic games....at least Sonic's was. Yes, Big's fishing levels were awful and Amy's wasn't that good either, but at least Sonic had more levels than anybody.
6. Sonic Advance
Move over Sonic 4, Sonic Advance is the true sequel to the Genesis titles. The first of the Advance trilogy was also the best for offering the closest Sega has ever been to the classic formula due to the physics and level design to support those physics. The themes themselves could be a little more original but this is a nice nod to the classic games that we all love so much.
5. Sonic Generations
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog last year, Sega put their hearts and soles into this little love letter to the blue blur's fanbase. Classic Sonic's physics are a little off but he still plays fine and Modern Sonic is surprisingly a lot of fun. Great levels, nostalgia and a whole lot more make Generations one of the best in the series and debatably the best 3D Sonic game so far.
4. Sonic Rush Adventure
Following in the foot steps of the first Rush, Rush Adventure takes this different formula and tweaks it by presenting a better level design and even more unique bosses than before. This speedy gameplay is a different direction from the classics but it works surprisingly well. Coming right after the horror that was Sonic 06, Sonic Rush Adventure was here to say that Sonic still has some life left in him.
3. Sonic the Hedgehog
Ah the one game that started it all and the one game we are celebrating today. Before there was Tails or Knuckles or any of his other friends, there was just a speedy hedgehog with one goal; stop the evil Dr. Robotnik from capturing the forest animals and turning them into robots. This game is what made Sega a serious contender for Nintendo and it's easy to see why with imaginitive gameplay and levels. Little did we know that it would only get better.
2. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles; two good games alone, one fantastic game together. Plug Sonic 3 into the Sonic & Knuckles cartridge and you are in for the biggest Sonic experience to date. The graphics were top notch and the levels were massive, bigger than any other game in the series. It also offered 3 playable characters that all played slightly differently which really helped increase replay value. It's easy to see why this is the fan favorite, but there is one I enjoyed just a little more.
.....and my number one favorite Sonic game IS.....
1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
The best sold game on the Sega Genesis is also my very favorite Sonic game in the whole entire series. What made this game so great back in the day is the large amount of changes that pretty much defined classic Sonic, even more so than the first game. With additions like the spin dash (that everyone considers blasphemes if removed), Tails, Super Sonic and best of all, branching paths in the level design. This game took a great formula and improved in almost every way, and is still the one Sonic game I can still play to this day and never get tired of, no matter how many times I've beaten it. Sonic 2 is my favorite game on the Genesis, and it is also my favorite game in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.
And another E3 has come to an end. I would be depressed if it weren't for the fact that this has been one disappointing E3 this year. However, that's not to say there's no good games coming out and that we didn't get any info on them. This here is my top 10 most anticipated games after E3 2012.
Note: I only own a 360 and a 3DS at the moment so as much as I'd like to put The Last of Us on here, I usually am more excited for games that are on systems I own. Also, this isn't top 10 best games of E3 (although number 1 IS my "Game of E3" ).
10. Splinter Cell: Blacklist (360/PS3/PC)
I must admit, although I do enjoy the Splinter Cell series, I'm usually not a fan of Ubisoft Toronto'sSC games. Pandora Tomorrow wasn't bad I guess but I wasn't too impressed with what I played from Double Agent. However, Blacklist looks like it could be their first great entry into the series. I have yet to buy Conviction and I wish to play that first but I will definitely keep an eye on Blacklist. I just hope they don't forget the stealth.
9. South Park: The Stick of Truth (360/PS3/PC)
I was a little iffy on this game at first mainly because South Park games have been about as successful as The Simpsons games in terms of quality (outside of maybe Let's Go Tower Defense Play). This game, on the other hand, looks like it could at least be different. I love South Park, and I hope this game lives up to the hilarity of the show and offers us a worthwhile RPG experience at the same time.
8. New Super Mario Bros 2 (3DS)
I've been meaning to get around to buying the first New Super Mario Bros. for the DS but I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel. There weren't many 3DS games that impressed me this E3 besides this, Paper Mario and Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, but this is at the top of my list. Mario games are usually fun, even Super Mario 3D Land, hopefully this will be too.
7. Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed (360/PS3/WiiU/3DS/Vita)
The first Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing shocked everybody as it showed that Nintendo isn't the only one who can make a good kart racer. This game is already looking better with what seems to be a better roster, more variety in track design and more representation of other Sega characters. I was a little disappointed with the lack of info at E3 (besides some Nascar driver being confirmed, really SEGA?) but I'm definitely excited for this one.
6. Gears of War: Judgement (360)
I enjoy the Gears of War series especially since the third installment. Judging what little we've seen from this game, it doesn't look too much different in terms of gameplay, but I like the features so far. The class system is a welcome idea if they can pull it off and Overrun mode sounds like a ton of fun. Hopefully Judgement can live up to the original trilogy and offer another great campaign too.
5. Tomb Raider (360/PS3/PC)
I'll admit, I've only played demos to past Tomb Raider games and the only one I truly enjoyed was the first. The ones on the 360 are ok, but the gameplay just felt so dated that I didn't even bother picking them up. I say it's about time that this series got a serious reboot and from what I've seen so far, I'm loving this game. Between the trailer and the stage demo, it looks like Uncharted with survival elements, what's not to like?
4. Bioshock Infinite (360/PS3/PC)
Unfortunately, it seems like this didn't get as much attention at E3 like it did the last two years of so. I would have put it higher if it did but I'm still looking forward to the 3rd installment of the Bioshock series regardless. Too bad it got delayed again, but hopefully that means we'll get a better game in the end.
3. Halo 4 (360)
I love me some Halo, but I was a little iffy with this one since Bungie gave up the series to 343 Industries. After the info and the stage demo, I'm more confident now that 343 knows what they're doing (for the campaign anyway). With a new enemy, weapons, Spartan Ops and what I'm sure will be a fun multiplayer experience, I think Halo 4 is in good hands.
2. Watch Dogs (360/PS3/PC)
There weren't many surprises at E3 but if there was one game I would choose for the best surprise, it's Ubisoft Montreal's newest IP coming next year; better known as Watch Dogs. The gameplay looks like fun, the graphics are gorgeous, the narrative sounds interesting, and the new gimmick seems pretty neat. I doubt we'll get much info for a while, but I can't wait to play this.
And the number one most anticipated game after E3 2012 IS.....
1. Assassin's Creed 3 (360/PS3/PC/WiiU)
I love the Assassin's Creed series and consider it one of the best series of this generation. Sure, Brotherhood and Revelations, while good games in their own right, don't live up to Assassin's Creed 2 but AC3 looks amazing and it could even surpass 2 as the best in the series. Not only am I excited for the new colonial setting, but I also can't wait for the wilderness setting and best of all, NAVAL BATTLES! I believe AC3 will be a contender for GOTY but even if it's not, I am still looking forward to it and I still crown it my "Game of E3".