All About VercettiTommyy
My nickname is Darky.I love gothic metal,heavy metal,hard rock,rock'n'roll & christian metal.My favorite bands are Nightwish , AC/DC & Iron Maiden.My favorite movies are the Godfather series, Saw series& The Secret Window.I like only blonde girls.My favorite wrestlers are Shawn Michaels & Jeff Hardy & my favorite game is Mafia.
2011 was...pretty good. Not as sublime as other years before, but it could have been worse, right? A lot of disappointing big names this year: Crysis 2, the utter c**p which Call of Juarez The Cartel proved to be, F3AR, which is nothing like the original and made me understand more than ever that co-op and multiplayer are ruining today's games. There are also Call of Duty Idontknowhowmany and Battlefield 3, which, unfortunatelly, have and will be very successful, even if they don't offer ANYTHING apart shooting terrorists. It is sad indeed. There is Skyrim, which is a very console-like game which I know is pretty good, although terribly overrated, and I could't bring myself to play it for more than a few hours until now. I'll save it for later. Last, but not least, there's Batman Arkham City, the sequel to a game I really loved 2 years ago, even though I'm not a Batman fan, which I couldn't really play because it's a bad port and I can't glide as I'm supposed to with the keyboard. Others are having this problem too, and as I will never play a game with a gamepad in my hands, I'll wait for a patch or a fix, or something.
Now for the GOTY awards...
#15 Red Faction Armageddon
Upon hearing that the upcoming Red Faction game would no longer be a sandbox, like Guerilla, but would neither be a FPS, I wasn't impressed at all. But what we ultimatelly got was a solid action game which is really fun to play, mosttly because of the destruction engine which allows you do destroy absolutely everything. You name it. And you can also build it back. How cool is that? forget about trying to snipe those pesky soldiers from the rooftops...in Red Faction Armageddon, you can bring the whole building down.
#14 Serious Sam 3 BFE
Sam is finally back, and I was really looking forward to this. After a pretty boring, strange couple of missions, the fun did come. Old-skool, **** fun, BFE is a return to the roots of Serious Sam an '90s FPS games. It has its flaws, though -it doesn't look better than the HD remakes of the old Serious Sam games, the colour palette is pretty dull (we only have Egypt as a location), we're laking some weaponry from previous games (plasma gun, dual UZI), and the cutscenes aren't as spicy as in Serious Sam 2 and don't leave you rolling on the floor with laughter. But if you can make a few compromises, you'll enjoy Serious Sam 3 and will be left waiting for a DLC. Join the queue.
#13 Renegade Ops
This game came out of nowhere really, but I decided to give it a go and didn't regret that for a second. Produced by the same company which gave us Just Cause 2 last year, this game is pure fun. **** fun, to that matter. Reminded me that good games still get done nowdays.
#12 Assassins Creed Brotherhood
Brotherhood basically built upon everything that made the previous games successful while taking out the bad things and perfecting the formula. Sure, they only gave us one city, but Rome and its outskirts are big enough a playground for a very good sandboxy game such as this one. The territory conquest idea was welcome, the whole assassin recruitment and level up system is a real welcome addition which further motivates you to enjoy the game. It's the small things that really build up an enjoyable gaming experience....and Ubisoft Montreal finally understood that.
#11 Assassins Creed Revelations
It is indeed rare when we get two AAA titles from the same series in the same year. Not even 10 months one after another. And Assassins Creed is possibly the only modern series that has always improved with each game . Changing the scenery, adding some nice stuff, but basically keeping everything else intact, Revelations is a true success, and the new peak of the AC series.
#10 LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean
Over the last years I played a hell lot of LEGO videogames. Be it Star Wars, Indy Jones, Batman or Harry Potter, these games always offered a prospect of a quality time spent in fron of your PC, with a wide smile on your face. Funny, relaxing and yet pretty constructive, Lego Pirates makes no exception: all four movies, each split in 5 chapters, in pretty much the same formula, maybe more similar to the Indy Jones Lego games (my 2nd favourites) offer a fantastic experience. No kidding.
#9 Saints Row The Third
If you saw the first teaser, you knew what to expect from this sequel. Never take it seriously and you'll love it. It's a bigger, better and even crazier Saints Row 2. If you're looking for exactly that, it is really impossible for it to disappoint you.
#8 Dead Space 2
As most games these year, Dead Space 2 uses the same formula which made the original game successful in order to offer us more...of the same. I have no idea if there is an actual major change it the game, but what it does, it does really good. Some interesting dialogues, some cheap, but nontheless frightening scares and a tense atmosphere throughout the whole game, Dead Space 2 might not be as memorable as the first one, but it still most definitely is one of the best games to come out this year. What's solid is solid, no denying that.
#7 The Witcher 2
Overall, it was a disappointment to me, because I still regard The Witcher as one of the best RPG games of all time, and it took away a couple of things that I really loved. It made the fight too action oriented, while the one in the original completely suited me. The overall look is gorgeous, but still didn't charm me as much as the original's aspect did, and we're talking 2001 engine in that case. I found Witcher 2 much too shiny, brightly coloured, and I think it doesn't suit it as well as the old, rusty looks. Oh yeah, and the console menus. Damn that. Still, a mature storyline, some quality questing and tough decisions to make, Witcher 2 still is GOTY material without a doubt. Oh, and what the hell dod you do to Dice Poker?
#6 Back to the Future The Game
So I re-watched the Back to the Future Trilogy last summer and nostalgia quickly got to me. Those were the times when quality comedy films were still made, when **** wasn't the mark of success in basically every film on the market. The 5 episodes made by Telltale are exactly like that. Plus, it's no lame attempt to turn the films into games, no, it's a completely new story with Marty, Doc and a couple of new characters as well, all very well done. It's funny, it's relaxing, it's Telltale-ish and nostalgic. A point and click control scheme would have made it perfect.
#5 Gray Matter
I can't really say a lot about Gray Matter, because you've got to discover it yourself. It's a tale of love and death, filled with mistery, suspense and an interesting analysis of human nature. The setting in modern day Oxford, England greastly contributes to the game's atmosphere in a lot of ways. It comes with its flaws, but it's an experience you'll not forget very soon.
#4 Deus Ex Human Revolutions
This is one of the few games from recent times that glued me to the monitor for hours at a time, forgetting everything about myself and immersing myself in the wonderfully crafted world of Deus Ex. The best thing about it is that you can play it exactly as you want: stealthily, secret-ops like or Rambo, guns blazing **** It's entirely up to you. Too bad the storyline is rigid and doesn't really offer multiple lines of development, but, oh well, maybe they'll learn from that mistake,right?
#3 Portal 2
This is the game which, when I was done playing it, made me sit up and say "This is the GOTY and nothing will ever change my mind about that". It was my GOTY for almost the whole year, and yet here it is now, sitting in 3rd place only. Portal 2 is a much, much improved game, offering 4 times the content Portal did, making everything so varied that you'll keep asking yourself : "Damn, what could have they though of next?" It's almost perfect in every depertament, and it offers you immense satisfaction after you manage to solve a pretty difficult puzzle on your own. It is an amazing experience, and I personally cannot wait for some news about Portal 3. If it comes in an Box along with Half Life 2 Episode 3, I'll be jumping around with joy, I promise it.
#2 LA Noire
LA Noire is a fantastic achievment for the gaming world. It might not seem much at first, but it is a truly unforgettable experience. In terms of driving and shooting,as well as the setting, it is similar to The Godfather/Mafia, but it also offers an investigation/interrogation part which is entirely original and hasn't been seen elsewhere before. You rarely have to unholster your gun and shoot people. You'll spend most of your time investigating crime scenes, linking pieces of evidence and questioning suspects. In order to be successful, you really have to think before you act, because the game punishes you for not making the right decisions. And that only adds more charm to it. It takes over 30+ hours to beat, and by today's standards, that's a lot. The characters are really interesting to get to know, the whole story is very mature and deals with the problems arising in the American society during the '40s. Would have been Game of the Year, if it wasn't for...
#1 Game of the Year 2011: Alice Madness Returns
Yea, you heard right. Terribly underrated this game is. Basically a pshychological study of the main character, Alice Madness Returns explores the different realms and degrees of madness and its evolution, while also getting down to Earth from time to time, which is the English Victorian period. Troubled timelines, both of them.
You'll overhead quotes about life, death and the whole palette of human feelings, and you might as well link yourself to some of those. You'll fight monsters the human mind creates, only to see their explanation in the conscious world afterwards. The game might get a bit repetitive, as it is pretty long, but I don't mind. Humting for pieces of memories also keeps you motivated till the very end.
It was a difficult decision, but I do not regret awarding Alice Madness Returns the supreme award of the year. It fully deserves it, whether it's the producers, Alice or Lewis Carroll himself to thank.
Special Game of the Year 2011: Limbo
As I did last year, I couldn't ignore a true masterpiece of a game, but I also couldn't have placed above or below the different titles you just read through. So it deserves a special prize. Limbo is a haunting experience, and if you haven't played it, I urge you to make your trip into Purgatory as soon as possible.
Book of the Year: 11/22/63 - Stephen King
Film of the Year: The Ides of March
Annual blog, a bit delayed. Hi everyone.
Winner: LA Noire
Mentions: Dead Space 2 & Saints Row 3
Winner: Serious Sam 3 BFE
Mention: Hard Reset & RAGE
Winner: The Witcher 2
Mentions: Deus Ex Human Revolutions & Fable III
Winner: Gray Matter
Mentions: Back to the Future Episode 3-Get Tannen, Back to the Future Episode 5-Outtatime
Winner: Shogun 2 Total War
Mentions: Age of Empires Online, Tropico 4
Winner: Portal 2
Mentions: Alice Madness Returns, Trine 2
Winner: Driver San Francisco
Mention: Need for Speed The Run
Best racing sim
Winner: F1 2011
Mention: DiRT 3
Winner: FIFA 12
Mention: PES 2012
Winner: LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean
Mentions: Age of Empires Online , Trine 2
Winner: Driver San Francisco
Mentions: Dungeon Siege III, Serious Sam Double D
Winners: Call of Juarez The Cartel & Crysis 2
Mentions: F3AR, Battlefield 3
Best game nobody played
Winners: Renegade Ops & Red Faction Armaggedon
Mentions: Serious Sam Double D, The First Templar
Worst game everybody played
Winners: Call of Duty 8 (?) ,Battlefield 3
Mentions: Crysis 2, F3AR
Most overrated game
Winner: The Elder Scrolls V- Skyrim
Mentions: Battlefield 3, Crysis 2
Worst game of the year
Winner: Call of Juarez The Cartel
Mentions: The Binding of Isaac, Brink
Best Serious Sam
Winner: Serious Sam Double D
Mentions: Serious Sam 3 BFE, Serious Sam
Best Assassins Creed
Winner: Assassins Creed Revelations
Mention: Assassins Creed Brotherhood
Best bad game
Winner: Duke Nukem Forever
Mention: The First Templar
Worst good game
Mention: Dragon Age II
Winner: The Witcher 2- Assassins of Kings
Mention: LA Noire, Batman Arkham City
Best artistic graphics
Winner: Trine 2
Mentions: Alice Madness Returns, Limbo
Winner: The Witcher 2- Assassins of Kings
Mentions: Battlefield 3, Dead Space 2
Best voice acting
Winner: LA Noire
Mentions: Portal 2, Back to the Future Season 1, Bastion
Winner: Saints Row 3
Mentions: Serious Sam 3 BFE, Dungeon Siege III
Most original game mechanic
Winner: Red Faction Armageddon (physics)
Mention: Driver San Francisco (shift)
Winner: LA Noire
Mention: Dead Space 2, Limbo
Winner: Assassins Creed Revelations
Mentions: Dragon Age II, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean
Best new characters
Winner: Varric & Isabella (Dragon Age II)
Mentions: Cole Phelps (LA Noire), David Stiles (Gray Matter), Wheatley (Portal 2)
Winner: Fallout New Vegas Dead Money
Mentions: Mafia II-The Betrayal of Jimmy, Dragon Age II Mark of the Assassin
Winner: Fable III
Mentions: Back to the Future The Game, Portal 2
Most improved sequel
Winner: Portal 2
Mentions: Assassins Creed Brotherhood, Driver San Francisco
Least improved sequel
Winner: Call of Duty 8 (?)
Mentions: F3AR, Crysis 2, Dragon Age II
The 2011 Game of the Year 1994
Winner: Duke Nukem Forever
Here is the second part of my big blog, featuring the big winners. Please read the first part first. Enjoy!
Before that though, I have to tell you about some games that nearly made it into the Top 12. Call of Duty Black Ops is possibly the best modern CoD up to date, with a great campaign and finally a captivating story, but its being so similar to the previous titles prevented it from getting its place.
Singularity almost made it up as well, being a great shooter with memorable moments & gameplay mechanics, though it's a much too obvious & by the book (in the negative point of view), a Bioshock rip-off, from miles away.
Super Meat Boy could have also gotten a place up here had there not been some bugs which prevented me from getting over the Hell levels.
Mafia II probably would have deserved a Top 12 place, a Top 10 even, but as my favourite game of all time remains Mafia, the sequel was too much of a disappointment to really go up. It's a great game, but for me, it wasn't enough.
Grand Theft Auto IV Episodes From Liberty City & Dragon Age Origins Awakening are indeed great standalones, but they are based too much on their previous originals to really count as new games ,& to be featured here. While EFLC is one of the best mission packs I've played, Awakening is also a great experience; it feels a bit rushed, but that's just because DAO was too epic. A 15 hour expansion is not something you stumble too often upon these days.
Other games that nearly made it are Splinter Cell Conviction, a really solid sequel that succesfully took a different approach to the series; FIFA 11, which is finally a new , playable & fully enjoyable game for the PC, and, despite what critics say, Star Wars The Force Unleashed II, for being a relaxing, very cinematic experience with epic cutscenes. And now, the big 12 of 2010:
Top 12 Games of the Year 2010:
This game really had to make it into the tops. Despite not liking arcade racers too much, this was one game that really impressed me, It is not only fun to play, but also extremely immersive & atmospheric, not to mention the level of madness this game has to offer, rather than a fulminating complexity. Tracks with charter planes, boats, plenty of exlosions, mad races & powerups make Split/Second my number 1 racing game of the year.
#11 PRINCE OF PERSIA THE FORGOTTEN SANDS
After an interesting & different experience with the 2008 spin-off, the original Prince returns in an action packed game which is a combination between the latter & Sands of Time. Great, epic scale battles combined with very good platforming seqeunces make a real jewel, which, polished with a few nice cutscenes & good laughs, stands up as one of the year's best games.
#10 BIOSHOCK 2
Bioshock is easily & without doubt one of the best game in videogame history. I guess Bioshock 2 relied too much on that, delivering a game whose concept has barely changed. The highly artistic visuals and well dozed, polished & haunting visuals are better than ever, BUT the game is not nearly as memorable as the first one. It's clear that the story tries too hard, though it even pulls it off every now & agains, while two new gameplay elements don't really make a sequel. Shame, but it's still one of the best games of 2010. Too bad they didn't call it Sea of Dreams after all...
#9 Alpha Protocol
You know, Alpha Protocol is one of those strange games. Riddled with bugs, apparently with nothing really memorable; passable unoriginal elements, very short plot, a lot of potential not at all exploited. And even worse, you had great expectations from it. Pretty disappointing at first run, in June, I rated it as harsh as I could & let it rot. Except that it didn't rot...it actually blossomed. Surprisingly, 6 months after I completed it, I see Alpha Protocol in a positive light, full of funny jokes, crazy puzzles I used to master, silly lil' shootouts & a story that really made me feel like James Bond meets Jack Bauer meets Jason Bourne. And then, of course, there's Steven Heck! He alone could make this game a total success!
#8 Battlefield Bad Company 2
I've always, and I tell you, always prefered singleplayer to multiplayer. I sooo much wanted A Battlefield with a real campaign. Well DiCE heard my plea, but released Battlefield Bad Company, back in 2008, only for consoles. No play for me. But this year, they decided to release the sequel for the PC as well. Well, hell yeah! BBC 2 is a superb military shooter; a great action-packed campaign which feels fresh and not ripped-off, as the CoD campaigns seem to be. Despite the awesome feeling & great missions, it gives you the much needed exploration possibility & alternative routes to move & to complete your objectives, reminding of Crysis rather than CoD. Not as complex, sandboxy &, therefore, not as enjoyable as Crysis Warhead, but a superb game nontheless.
#7 Monkey Island 2-LeChuck's Revenge Special Edition
What more can I say about a Monkey Island game. A **** '90s game brought back to life with improved, up-to-date visuals & perfect voice acting. A blessing for nostalgics or younger fans alike. You'll participate in Spitting contests, you'll battle impossible odds, you'll rob graves, solve riddles through songs & finally, confront the evil Pirate LeChuck once again. What more can you ask for, huh? Adventure of the year, sold! Thanks Lucas! Look behind you, a three-headed monkey!
#6 Starcraft 2
Such a long anticipated game is sure to make some waves when it's released. Especially if released in midsummer, as Starcraft II was. I can't say much because I hadn't played much of Starcraft 1 when i took up the sequel. All I could say was that the game was not much of an innovation, not at all actually. Mostly nothing in the gameplay changed. The story is pretty drama-queen like & predictible. But the level design is so good, the missions are so great,varied & action packed & the intermezzos are so full of flavour that it really, really doesn't matter. Possiblr THE most polished game in years to come, Starcraft II is one hell of an experience you should under no circumstances miss.
#5 Fallout New Vegas
First things first, I hated Fallout 3, I still do and I think it's practically a piece of c**p. Bethesda really screwed up the franchise with that title. Therefore, I had almost no expectations from New Vegas, even though I knew it was in the masterful hands of Obsidian, creators of great plots & possibly the greatest characters in vdeo game history. The result was a great, Obsidian-like one: an extremely polished & well worked game, gameplay improved in every aspect & oriented to a more hardcore mass, & the plot-man, purely genuine! ****A work! Lots of bugs, but nothing a few patches couldn't fix. Obsidian took Fallout back to the tops, turning a wreck concept into a wonderful, immersive & unforgettable game, clearly one of the best games of the year. Maybe the cazadors got it down a place, maybe the very very difficult decisions took it down another step (though both are great features, really), but Fallout New Vegas deserves all the praise it can get. F**k you, Bethesda! Hands down Obsidian!
#4 Just Cause 2
A real of revivals & improvements, this is. First it was Battlefield Bad Company 2, then Fallout New Vegas, now this. I absolutely hated the original Just Cause. Even with my little respect of some of elements of that game, the extreme annoyances I got with it can hardly be compared to anything else of this kind I've ever experienced. But what Just Cause did wrong, Just Cause 2 does it right, & in a lot of places, even better than right. Most importantly, you needn't take it seriously; JC2 doesn't want that. It just wants you to have fun. Loads of it. And I don't think I've ever had as much fun in a game as I did in Just Cause 2. Pinning people to accelerating cars, grappling cars or statues to a helicopter or getting a vehicle off-route using a grapple hook & a onpassing, innocent airplane. You name it, & you'll do it. Equalling 100 times the craziest things you see in the most action packed films, Just Cause 2 has everything you need. Welcome to the jungle!
#3 Metro 2033
This game, along the likes of Cryostasis or Call of Cthulhu Dark Corners of the Earth, will always remain as a gem in video game history. A gem which not everybody will be able to taste, but a gem nevertheless. Metro 2033 is a haunting & touching experience, a story about man at the end of the world, a world he destroyed. It is a tale about human nature, instinct, sacrifice & survival. Yes, it is a very solid survival shooter, both in aspects of gameplay/mechanics & in the audio/visual ones. A very, very atmospheric game that will move you. Even if it's the winged monster, the horror-filled tunnels, the little kid , the ghosts or the frozen tear. It's one of the best game s I've had the pleasure to play. As a further reccomandation, play it in Russian, with english subtitles. It's twice as good this way.
#2 Mass Effect 2
Once again, Mass Effect narrowly fails to get my no 1 Game of the Year award. Back when I played it I thought it would win no problem, hands down. Looking at the competition, I still thought it would win without many problems, but the comeptition came out of nowhere & blasted in second. Mass Effect 2 is a simply outstanding game. Just like that. It's just like watching a good cliffhanging movie: you'll always be on the edge od your seat, you'll never get bored. I couldn't name you a Sci-Fi creation, be it book, film or game, better tham this one. It is absolutely perfect in every aspect, therefore I will not get into details. Except for two things. One is related to the over-simplification of the RPG mechanics & the pleasure of getting XP out of kills, which was brutally taken away. The second relates to the unexplicable absence of the Mako & the suspicious resource harvesting system. Hopefully they'll be solved in Mass Effect 3, which is due next year & will hopefully, finally get a much deserved title, the Game of the Year title. Which in 2010 goes to...
GAME OF THE YEAR 2010:
#1 S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-Call of Pripyat
Yep, it all comes down to this. And once again, in the second consecutive year, a Russian game takes my Game of the Year title. Even I don't know how come I finally decided upon STALKER winning the big prize. It was a fierce battle between it, Mass Effect 2 & Amnesia The Dark Descent. And, as you can see, STALKER won.
What I can tell you, cause I won't tell you much, is that Call of Pripyat is the sum of everything in the previous STALKER games. Minus the actual storyline and cutscenes, but in the end, it didn't matter much. Shadow of Chernobyl is and will be one of my favourite games of all time, & what disappointed me in Clear Sky was not only the lack of substantial improvements or really memorable moments, but the step backward which, in my opinion, the series took. Call of Prypiat is here to fix it, though. Despite a slow, unimpressive end which made me delay my playthrough, the game grows on you, and you'll easily be sucked in after a few hours, given that you're a series fan. The lack of the Zone feedback from Shadow of Chernobyl may seem as a bad decision at first, but it's actually a good one; it makes you feel more like a stalker, identifying better with the reality that the Zone is. A really immersive world which, for the first time in the series, made me explore every corner of it, resulting in 30+ hours of gameplay. Impressive.
Just as Cryostasis did it last year, Call of Prypiat excels in art. All the environments are purely works of art. I cannot begin to tell you how fantastic the world looks. Not to mention the audio part or the atmosphere-simply perfect.
The other huge strenght of this game is also shared with Cryostasis: it's a PC exclusive. This means hardcore, a game that can't really be played with one hand while eating cereal & watching a football match, as most console games are. And it's not only hard & unforgiving, but the gunfights are simply perfectly done. It's so realistic, that under the aspect of actual "shooting", Call of Pripyat is the best shooter in videogaming history. And if that's not deservable of a GOTY title, I don't know what is!
SPECIAL GAME OF THE YEAR 2010 AWARD:
AMNESIA-THE DARK DESCENT
I simply couldn't let Amnesia aside. I couldn't award it THE prize, as it's more of a psychological experiment than a game. I also couldn't rank it less than first, because it has been one of the best experiences in my life, and on top of that, it's been developed by 6 people. So yeah. This game is the scariest game I have ever played; 90% of the time I was scared s***less, mostly just standing in one place while trying to calm down; 5% i was trying to solve a puzzle while being scared s***less & the other 5% i was running away. Yep, I almost pissed my pants while playing this game. There's art, there's beautiful music, the most intense atmosphere you can imagine, & a haunting, complex story to it. From the creators of the more than excellent Penumbra series. Once again, grade A work, Frictional Games. Looking forward to your upcoming horror game- whatever it is, it's gonna be another masterpiece!
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