#33: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars – 3DS – 29 pts – 2 votes - 0.5 top game votesjamescobo: Arguably the best 3DS game until Mario 3D Land came along, depending on how crazy you are about Ocarina.
CraigG: So good. With the news that they were ruining XCom (before they released the news that they weren't ruining XCom) by making it a first person shooter, this provided a great little haven of turn-based combat. Unlike most, my first turn-based combat wasn't with the original XCom, but with Task Force (a random PD game) on the Amiga. While Shadow Wars lacks the details - like in-depth weapon and equipment selection, the missions are linear, and the leveling very basic - it fills that niche nicely.
― 1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Thursday, 5 April 2012 00:57 (2 years ago) Permalink
thanks, whoever fixed it! :)
― 1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Thursday, 5 April 2012 01:15 (2 years ago) Permalink
Two-way tie for #31:
#31: Xenoblade Chronicles – Wii – 30 pts – 1 vote - 1 top game votezappi: best JRPG in years, seriouslyjust does so many simple things right (save anywhere, instant travel almost everywhere, simple but fun combat system, no forcing of who is in your party, exp awarded for exploring the vast areas (which load incredibly quickly, some serious voodoo going on here), not having to return to 90% of quest givers etc etc)negatives? it's pretty enough until models etc are close up and then things look terrible. this only really comes into play during cutscenes which are all in-engine, then the textures & low poly counts become really obvious. the english dub is very uneven, after a while it does take on a campy charm but the repetition of lines during battles can be very wearing. the story is pretty good for a JRPG but, well that's one hell of a qualifier - its a JRPG dood.
― 1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Thursday, 5 April 2012 01:23 (2 years ago) Permalink
Only one vote for that? I'm still umming and ahhing about whether to buy it for my wii. I'm definitely on the edge, I just need to be tipped over.
― emil.y, Thursday, 5 April 2012 01:25 (2 years ago) Permalink
doesn't play on US Wiis though, or does it / can it?
― Euler, Thursday, 5 April 2012 01:32 (2 years ago) Permalink
I think the domestic version came out this week
― EZ Snappin, Thursday, 5 April 2012 01:50 (2 years ago) Permalink
#31: Radiant Silvergun – XBLA – 30 pts – 1 vote - 1 top game voteAlan N: been playing radiant silvergun for the the first time in years lately. I could never get fully behind ikaruga (too fussy) but I'm having a lot of fun with RS. they way your ship levels up as you log playtime is really satisfying.
6335: radiant silvergun is weird, i could never get the hang of it
― 1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Thursday, 5 April 2012 02:03 (2 years ago) Permalink
lots of fun playing radiant silvergun this year with my girlfriend (who prefers it over ikaruga)
favorite memory would be her mockingly suggesting that i use the wimpy sword. until we realized that it becomes the HYPER SWORD and pwns all
― diamonddave85, Thursday, 5 April 2012 20:50 (2 years ago) Permalink
so, I was the one that put it at the top of my list. I do love it but also barely played any new games this year and stuck it on top bc it was already an old fave.
stand by that old quote too. never got the hang of ikaruga's color swapping mechanic and that mechanic IS ikaruga. otoh, you can play radiant silvergun and try to rack up elaborate chains or you can just blow stuff up and try not to die. (this is what I do.) I like that flexibility.
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Thursday, 5 April 2012 23:53 (2 years ago) Permalink
Two-way tie for #29:
#29: Dead Space 2 – 360 / PS3 – 30 pts – 3 votesShariVari: Dead Space 2 is pretty much what you'd expect if you've played Dead Space. It's good but doesn't seem as engaging or atmospheric as the first one did. Worth having though.
bnw: more of the same. kind of like this year's Bioshock 2. unnecessary and running out of juice.
― 1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Friday, 6 April 2012 15:12 (2 years ago) Permalink
despite some issues, I really enjoyed dead space. but my favorite thing about it was easily the atmosphere/sound design. cranking up the action was v much not what I wanted from the sequel. still worth playing?
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Friday, 6 April 2012 15:21 (2 years ago) Permalink
witcher 2 and el shaddai now on my radar, thanx ilg. gotta play jamestown one of these days too.
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Friday, 6 April 2012 15:24 (2 years ago) Permalink
#29: Grand Prix Story – iOS – 30 pts – 3 votesWoof: God I wish I could stop playing these kairosoft games. I like the oneswhere you manage the little people then compete (this, Game DevStory), not the ones where you plan buildings then manage the littlepeople (Pocket Academy, Mall Story). Yelling at tiny incompetentmechanics, that's my idea of fun.
Kingfish: Grand Prix Story actually has you watch your guys race around in the cars that you do the stat increases on. Other than that, same sorta dynamic. Different that Hot Springs or Academy, tho, and more like Game Dev, since you're working on improving a product over time that goes into competition, rather than laying out landscape tiles harmoniously.
― 1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Friday, 6 April 2012 15:33 (2 years ago) Permalink
dead space 2 was a 'more of the same' type of sequel for sure but at least in the most positive way – ie tightened up and expanded without losing any of the appeal or strengths of the original. i will repeat what I said about the first one tho, if you play on normal it’s a novelty scifi shooty game, but if you play on hard it is an awesome survival horror scifi game
― Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 6 April 2012 15:36 (2 years ago) Permalink
cool. I'll prob pick it up if I see it for ten bucks or so.
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Friday, 6 April 2012 15:45 (2 years ago) Permalink
that quote of mine upthread about the spirit of '97 is actually about the witcher 1, but it probably applies as well to 2 even if i haven't played it. the first game wasn't very ambitious and in retrospect i went kinda overboard w/ it but it was solid and twisty and full of interlocking stuff to do and did not have cutscenes every two minutes and gave you a real RPG sense of having semideliberately sculpted a character and i experienced it partially as just a plenty-good-enough fallout/planescape nostalgia trip. people complained about the combat (in witcher 2 as well i think?) but honestly it hits exactly what it's aiming for, which is to be just one notch more demanding than diablo. there were things about the universe i dug, too. will play the second one at some point; i am its target market.
― their private gesture for bison (difficult listening hour), Friday, 6 April 2012 15:49 (2 years ago) Permalink
witcher 1 just got ported to mac os x, too, so i will finally play it... sometime. hooray for steamplay!
― Nhex, Friday, 6 April 2012 15:56 (2 years ago) Permalink
#28: Mario Kart 7 – 3DS – 30 pts – 4 votesSalsa Shark: In most ways it's 'just another Mario Kart game', but there are a few additions that make it worthy of the list: new items, better kart customisation, innovative ideas on some of the tracks, etc. On the downside, this doesn't really get difficult until 150cc, but between 150cc and the online multiplayer, challenges can be found in the game, so it keeps it fun for a variety of player skill levels.
CraigG: Mario Kart in 3D with online play. About damned time. I really feel like Nintendo is on the cusp of having a workable online system, and this really shows how far they've come. Not a huge change in gameplay, but considering I still power through at least one of the old Mario Kart games every 6 months, a new one is always welcome. It would have rated higher, but it is still a little too iterative.
― 1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Friday, 6 April 2012 16:08 (2 years ago) Permalink
looking forward to witcher 2 360, hopefully.
― wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Friday, 6 April 2012 17:21 (2 years ago) Permalink
^^ some footage surfaced today
― zappi, Friday, 6 April 2012 17:51 (2 years ago) Permalink
I will rep MK7 forever if only because they did away with snaking so it is now possible to play online (provided you don't end up in Maka Wuhu or w/e over and over)
― Andrew Kornfan, Friday, 6 April 2012 22:49 (2 years ago) Permalink
#27: Frozen Synapse – PC – 35 pts – 3 votesRoberto Spiralli: Frozen Synapse awwwesome btw
Nhex: feel kinda like a chump now for having pre-ordered frozen synapse and played it for... 2 hours? but it's good stuff.
Z S : Frozen Synapse is like having really great sex that’s over way too soon. And, uh, you paid money for it...so you should wait for an opportunity to get it at a discount? This analogy is going downhill fast.
― 1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Saturday, 7 April 2012 14:58 (2 years ago) Permalink
#26: Ticket to Ride – iOS – 36 pts – 2 votes - 0.5 top game votesJeff: Board game is great, so I was happy to see it ported to iOS. It sort of sucked to begin with because local multi-player was pass and play only, wifi wasn't available. Once they added that, much more fun to play around the house with pals. Glad they added all the other TtR game boards in the same game as add on content.
Euler: never knew the board game but the touch interface was superb & I love maps & strategy & in 5-10 minutes the game is over, that's the way I like it in 2011
― 1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Saturday, 7 April 2012 15:25 (2 years ago) Permalink
i guess i should hold off for some conversation, but i've got enough to get us down to #21 today. Also, while we're at it: POLL: start a new thread for the top 20, as per coint and plick tradition, or just roll down the rest of the results in this thread (and change the title)? i'm actually in favor of keeping this thread going to the end, but if people's browsers are exploding i understand.
― 1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Saturday, 7 April 2012 15:50 (2 years ago) Permalink
oh man, friends of mine turned me on to Ticket to Ride, massively addictive in spurts (also A+++++++++ re: short games)
― God, Music and Romeo and Juliet (DJP), Saturday, 7 April 2012 16:00 (2 years ago) Permalink
i've never played the ipad version, but played it several time irl. it's lots of fun! the real game takes quite a bit longer to play - an hour or two, depending on how long everyone's taking to strategize.
― 1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Saturday, 7 April 2012 16:03 (2 years ago) Permalink
Two-way tie for #24:
#24: 1000 Heroz – iOS – 40 pts – 3 votes1000 Heroz for iphone/ipad - Custom League: ILX
cozen: fck this game~restarts~
bnw: this was kind of fun but everyone on ilx was too damn good and ruined it.
Sondrangerbot: suited me and my add disorder getting a new phone perfectly for a hundred days or so. will never play this again though.
― 1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Saturday, 7 April 2012 16:35 (2 years ago) Permalink
1000 Heroz was really fun for about a second and then I realized every day was basically going to be the same thing and I rapidly lost interest
― Mordy, Saturday, 7 April 2012 16:41 (2 years ago) Permalink
#24: Catherine – 360 / PS3 – 40 pts – 3 votesmethanietanner: A truly weird and thoughtful game that proves that rumors about the death of innovation in Japanese game design have been greatly exaggerated. The kind of game that everyone I described it to wanted to play it to simply see how it could actually exist in the real world and not just as the fever dream of an insane person.
Will M: I'm not a huge fan of the puzzling, but the little things with this game -- the characters, the cell phone stuff, the fucked up story... so totally great. I haven't gotten very far, yet, and I may start to like it more, or less, but so far I think it's worth voting for.
― 1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Saturday, 7 April 2012 17:03 (2 years ago) Permalink
I've never even heard of that - any more info about it from you voters?
Also, I'm on the side of making a new thread, these games polls do get heavy on yr browser.
― emil.y, Saturday, 7 April 2012 17:27 (2 years ago) Permalink
i saw it in a game shop the other day and was intrigued. console ren'ai?
not intrigued enough to shell out 20 notes for it tho
― red is hungry green is jawless (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 7 April 2012 17:29 (2 years ago) Permalink
i just picked up Catherine this week. there's a demo available on xbl/psn, i recommend trying it out, it was enough for me to be interested
i still play 1000 heroz everyday! i don't recognize any of the names of the people still playing on the ILX leaderboard.
(and i really do need to get back to frozen synapse)
ZS, my vote is slow down, and do a new thread for #20 and up
― Nhex, Saturday, 7 April 2012 17:47 (2 years ago) Permalink
my vote is slow down, and do a new thread for #20 and up
Cool, will do!
― 1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Saturday, 7 April 2012 17:49 (2 years ago) Permalink
― the acquisition and practice of music is unfavourable to the health of (abanana), Saturday, 7 April 2012 17:52 (2 years ago) Permalink
hahaha wow! i didn't even know there was a multiplayer mode!
― Nhex, Saturday, 7 April 2012 18:00 (2 years ago) Permalink
i haven't seen an awful lot of gameplay footage for it, but those that i have all involve walking upon and moving cubes around. is that as "game" as the game gets?
― kelpolaris, Saturday, 7 April 2012 21:42 (2 years ago) Permalink
You also pick dialogue options for the text messages sent to the women, although it has precious little effect on the plot apart from the ending. The block pushing gets fairly complex and enjoyable though and those fucked up dream sections are definitely the best thing going for the game.
I want into Catherine really hoping to like it a lot, due to Persona 3 and 4 being two of my favourite games in recent years and it's uniqueness, but the gender essentialism and lack of development of the characters made it impossible to love. Yukiko and Chie were much more rounded and believable characters than Catherine or Katherine. Actually, even the flirty nurse whose name I've forgotten in P4 was probably a better developed character.
― if, Saturday, 7 April 2012 22:56 (2 years ago) Permalink
cool, just catching up with this! was already psyched for witcher 2 on 360 and somehow hadn't read the thread on it, should check out el shaddai too
― goole, Sunday, 8 April 2012 17:00 (2 years ago) Permalink
#23: Temple Run – iOS – 41 pts – 5 votess1ocki: temple run is addiiiiiiiictive
Jeff: I usually don't like these run forever type games, the controls often aren't responsive enough, but this one is well done.
Woof: It fills those 2 min gaps better than most other games & is repetitive-compelling but it's sort of charmless and there's that grubby 'buy fake coins with real coins' thing, so it's at the bottom of my ballot.
― 1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Monday, 9 April 2012 16:29 (2 years ago) Permalink
#22: Marvel vs. Capcom 3 – 360 / PS3 – 42 pts – 4 votes - 0.25 top game votesjamescobo: When I was in college I was required to take two science classes. The first one I took was The Science of Earthquakes, which was an awesome class. The other one was Astronomy, a class which (a) required real physics and (b) was apparently a class physics students used as an easy A. MvC3 is basically the video game equivalent of that class - I am firmly out of my element and under no pretenses about it. It's still a bunch of fun, which puts it in sharp contrast with Astronomy (which actually sucked) .
DJP: YES YES BASHY BASHY BOOM FIGHTER TRIPLE COMBO EXPLOSION WOWAnyone who hates this game hasn't figured out Deadpool's 4th wall-breaking ultra combo.
abanana: I did not actually play a minute of this. I am voting for it just forthe tournament streams and youtube videos. The comeback mechanics mayhave been too powerful, but the game is still very entertaining towatch.
― 1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Monday, 9 April 2012 17:03 (2 years ago) Permalink
this starts with the amazing Deadpool super
I love this move so much
― God, Music and Romeo and Juliet (DJP), Monday, 9 April 2012 20:48 (2 years ago) Permalink
i didn't know they'd made this game. it makes me a little sad that it's 3d
― thomp, Monday, 9 April 2012 20:59 (2 years ago) Permalink
#21: Saints Row: The Third – 360 / PS3 – 45 pts – 3 votes - 0.25 top game votesNhex: It's almost a cliche at this point to bring up the point that this series has become what GTA should have been. The missions and sheer fun this game throws at you! It could've been pretty easily gone too silly - and hell, it probably does at points - but even with all its sophomoric humor you can really see there was a lot of passion put into this game. For instance, the sound the dildo bats (err, The Penetrator) make when you clobber someone is perfect - you can really feel the weight and texture of that thing. Yeah and there's some other stuff like how they deliver a ton of things for you to do and how every single mission and activity in the game is coop-able, which makes everything better, but you knew that. Just keep this game away from Congress, for all our sakes...
jjjusten: Sometimes a game comes along that is so far removed from ideals of respectability and taste that it seems to operate on a different metric, and most of the time it fails (hey whats up naughty bear/duke nukem) but saints row has increasingly found a way to triumph in that arena. Now that GTA has decided to be a boring emo trainwreck painted in varying shades of grey, the world needed saints row the third more than ever, and we got more than we bargained for. You can not take this game seriously, and when you try, suddenly you think "oh shit, i did just beat that guy to death, but he was a magical neon encrusted anime nerd with a sword and the powers of the flash, and i did it with a baseball bat length purple dildo." Video game violence is best served super corny and bizarro, and the sooner people start remembering that, the better.
― 1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Monday, 9 April 2012 21:00 (2 years ago) Permalink
BUT THE VEHICLE HANDLING SUCKS!!
― PSOD (Ste), Monday, 9 April 2012 21:09 (2 years ago) Permalink
i feel like i voted for marvel vs capcom but cannot remember
― Lamp, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 00:58 (2 years ago) Permalink
temple run: yeah, this was kind of your typical hot iphone game, like super awesome for a while but i haven't touched it in a long time
mvc3: juuust got knocked off my ballot, but this was really fun. i'm kinda with james, in that, i really enjoyed this but this is the first fighting game to really make me feel like, damn i am too old and too slow to even consider playing this at a decent level. seriously, even executing the standard magic series/bnb combo is like arrrrrrrgh fingers too slippy
also it deserves mentioning that the whole Ultimate re-release is kind of top shelf Capcom assholery. fortunately, i figured it was gonna happen so i didn't buy the original
saint's row: wooo my .25 GOTY vote! only 3 votes though, c'mon you suckas need to play this
― Nhex, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 01:58 (2 years ago) Permalink
yeah blazblue was the last fighting game i had the skill, patience and time to become 'competitive' at but mvc3 is flashy and stupid enough to just have a lot of fun fucking around w/. certainly is the first fighter since blazblue that ive wanted to play more than once
― Lamp, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 02:06 (2 years ago) Permalink
i never got blazblue - will pick up that latest release sometime this year, it looks awesome, i enjoyed watching the evo streams too
ste: does the vehicle handling NOT suck in ANY GTA/alike game? i've totally accepted it now, and prefer the arcade slip of SR
― Nhex, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 02:45 (2 years ago) Permalink
no i've always enjoyed the car handling in gta.
i really wanted to like SR, it seemed like a lot of fun that GTAIV wasn't, but i just can't get over the bad car handling and also I don't really want to drive wacky looking cars either.
― PSOD (Ste), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:05 (2 years ago) Permalink
I like the car handling in GTA in general, but IV seemed way too realistic.
― Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:34 (2 years ago) Permalink