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  • bowlisimo 6:01 pm on January 3, 2012 Permalink
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    @beige The more I think about it, the more I feel that Dark Souls was as close as I’ll get (as of 2011) to living through a mythological epic or fantasy adventure as myself, as ridiculous as that may sound, more than any other game has before. It’s unique in that way. You can’t just space out and muddle your way through that game in a Saturday afternoon. Like you said, it’s tries to kill you every god damned step of the way. If you want to get anywhere, you have to immerse yourself, you have to focus and consider every move you make, you have to fail and you have to learn. It really ends up being more *you* in that suit of armor than just some random fantasy guy, and as a result, the arduous journey into the depths, the insane challenges you constantly face, the lessons learned, the amazing places you go, the players you silently meet, the high highs, the low lows, and everything in between makes for a very strong personal experience that puts Dark Souls far ahead of anything else I played last year.

  • bowlisimo 5:35 am on January 1, 2012 Permalink
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    @feenwager It’s nice when games actually END. Here’s to more series wrapping up coherently in 2012.

  • feenwager 10:20 pm on December 31, 2011 Permalink
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    I’ll give ya 5, mostly because beyond this you start to get where I’m making excuses for the games.

    5. Bulletstorm

    I honestly can’t say I had any more fun with a game this year. I’d play it again just for points, and I really hope there’s a sequel, because I kind of want to see what happens next.

    4. Gears Of War 3

    The other end of the spectrum: more good than fun, but man is this what AAA games should feel like. It also actually wraps up the story in a coherent fashion.

    3. Bastion

    Even if you take out the narrator, I’d still love the gameplay, the atmosphere, and the art style. So there.

    2. Portal 2

    This was the best game of the year. It’s everything a game should be, an extremely talented team making something fun, exciting, and telling a great story.

    1. Rayman: Origins

    That said, this was my favorite game of the year. Gorgeous, challenging, and damned if it doesn’t show that there is still life in the 2D Super Mario World-genre yet.

    Honorable Mention: Star Wars: The Old Republic I’ve only played it for 5 days, but I have a feeling this may be the only game I play for a while.

    Now you have sort of a Cliff Notes of what the next Squadcast is going to be about, too…

  • mjpilon 8:22 pm on December 31, 2011 Permalink
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    I’ll get the ball rolling on the Top 10s… with some modifications. I went over the 2011 releases and realized that I have only played 6 games that were released this year (Having focused my efforts on my pile of shame). One of them (Beyond Good and Evil HD) was a HD re-release so I will keep that one off the list although it was truly an awesome experience that I was happy to finally get around to. And with that, here is my top 5:

    5. Alice: Madness Returns
    Very much a flawed experience from a gameplay point of view but absolutely mesmerizing visually. It is the rare game that I kept playing despite my frustration with the controls and platforming just to experience the world that the designers came up with.

    4. L.A Noire
    The facial stuff was amazing as was the noire style and story. In the end, the open world was totally unnecessary and never got me interested enough to explore on my own. Great game either way.

    3. Batman: Arkham City
    More Batman was what I wanted and more Batman is what I got. Like L.A Noire, there is part of me that found the “open world” of the city really unnecessary. I liked the density of Asylum and that felt lost in City. I played it pretty straight forward and loved it that way.

    2. Bastion
    Most unique thing I played all year. Everything about this game was amazing from the visuals to the music to the ridiculously spectacular narration. Still need to go back and play it again… because I really really want to.

    1. Portal 2
    Simply the most fun I had with a videogame all year. I laughed all the way through and enjoyed every single moment I spent with this game. I need to finish Co-op eventually to complete the whole thing but either way, this was the best game I played this year.

  • Shingro 6:30 am on December 31, 2011 Permalink
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    Personally I think I’m going to go down some of those suggested “Unusual Awards” and pen down my own assignments for them, not all of course, but some (if only I could stop working from morning until night x_x)

  • bowlisimo 6:00 am on December 31, 2011 Permalink
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    @redswir1 Whatever makes you happy.

    (Edit: That’s a respectable T5, nice to see Deus Ex)

  • RedSwirl 4:56 am on December 31, 2011 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo Why the hell does it always have to be 10?! What if there weren’t that many games that I particularly enjoyed a whole lot?

    I could do five – in no particular order: http://www.1up.com/do/blogEntry?bId=9093697

  • bowlisimo 3:46 am on December 31, 2011 Permalink
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    Are we too cool to post our top 10s this year?

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