We love the genre all the same, and whether you’re playing the original Rogue title that spawned the genre, or digging into a little Spelunky before it sends you back to Mario or the PartyPoker site, tears in your eyes, the desire for a reasonable difficulty level strong within you, it’s arguably made us all value the “lives” concept in videogames.
On occasion I let myself replay a game, but with the ‘grind’ of reviews this has become an increasingly guilty pleasure. With that in mind nothing prepared me for Dark Souls and how its tag line ‘prepare to die’ was not talking about anything in-game, but my social life.
I find the failings of Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition far harder to reconcile. Facts are amazing fun, and while books like the Guinness World Records are basically trivial tat they can none-the-less be deeply entertaining.
With the furore about Mass Effect 3’s ending (which for the record I quite liked) people seem to have brushed over the relationship system. Unbelievable characterisations mixed with sallow interactions manage to crate some of the emptiest sentimental claptrap I have seen outside of a Lucas movie.
Future Videos Intern (I guess) would have been my official title over the past three months and in ways it was more than I could have dreamt of… while at the same time being exactly what I was dreaming of.
These are the games that had their price dropped unfairly quickly, those games that should have done better but never got what they deserved.
These are the games that seemed to get less love, either in ‘game of the year’ lists I read on other sites or from general sales figures. This is my small attempt to redress the balance.
This is a list of the biggies. Games with the advertising muscle to make an impact, with or without the medias’ approval. Don’t hold that against them though, seek them out if they passed you by.
It’s strange to think that it is now eleven years since I first played Max Payne. There was something special about the Remedy developed title, a noir story met an irreverent sense of humour that could only be achieved from an outsiders’ perspective (in this case Finnish).