we declare Your Perfection above and beyond all: we have no knowledge whatsoever except what You have taught us. No doubt it is You, and You alone that is all Knowledgeable and all Wise. (al-Baqarah, 32)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Games of the year nominees

The following are games that I played this year and this automatically qualifies these games into my upcoming top 10 games of the year list.

2010 Games
(In alphabetical order)

1. Alan Wake - A competent third-person shooter with superb atmosphere and story-telling.

2. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - Some incremental but terrific changes to the old game plus a very novel multiplayer mode makes this the best Assassin's Creed yet.

3. Bayonetta - So crazy it's awesome. Plus, the best use of 'Fly me to the moon' in a video game.

4. Blur - It's Mario Kart without Mario and karts are replaced with real life cars. Features a mad addictive 20 player combat race.

5. Castlevania: LoS - Still playing through the game. Seems decent.

6. Darksiders - Like Zelda and God of War got married and had a baby. One of the most surprising hit of the year for me.

7. Dante's Inferno - A pretty solid attempt at making God of War.

8. Enslaved - A sci-fi Journey to the West. Great characters. Gameplay's not too bad as well.

9. Fable 3 - Some of the changes made over Fable aren't actually for the better, but I enjoyed it even more than Fable 2.

10. Final Fantasy 13 - Very pretty. Very linear. Very heartbreaking.

11. God of War 3 - God of War in HD! Also features some of the most gruesomely brutal scenes in any games to date.

12. Halo Reach - Great single player and multiplayer game. The last and best Halo by Bungie.

13. Heavy Rain - A series of thumbstick movements and button presses as you watch a movie unfold according to your actions. Very unique.

14. Limbo - An XBLA game that is interesting at first but loses steam towards the end.

15. Mass Effect 2 - Vastly superior to its predecessor, which was already a really good game.

16. Monkey Island 2 - Hey, I finally finished this game... after like 15 years! And surprisingly, it's still a good game!

17. Red Dead Redemption - Gran Theft Horse.

18. Singularity - Looks like Bioshock. Plays almost like Bioshock. Unlike Bioshock, involves time-travelling.

19. The Secret of Monkey Island - Hey, I finished this game after 15 years too!

20. Vanquish - Like Gears of War played in fast forward. Pretty short but is one of the most pulse pounding games of the year.

And just for posterity's sake, here are games of yester-year that I finished or re-played this year
  1. Borderlands
  2. Demon's Souls
  3. Devil May Cry 4
  4. Dragon Age : Origins + Awakening
  5. Fallout 3
  6. Tomb Raider Underworld
  7. Uncharted 2
  8. Mass Effect
Hrm...looking back at this list got me thinking, for someone who has been playing much less than I used to in the days, I still play a lot! :p
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