The new year will bring with it some really great titles that I can't wait to play. Mass Effect 3 and Bioshock Infinite being at the top of that list!
2011 was really the year that I got into gaming frequently, intensely and with a great appreciation. I can't believe the number of games that I've actually managed to finish and appreciate (with reviews to prove said appreciation). I'd like to express my sincerest thanks for those of you who took the time to read those reviews and give me feedback. I love doing this and I'll keep doing it for the foreseeable future.
I recently was part of a Games of the Year post for The Financial Post, where I said what I loved about Portal 2, Bastion and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Check it out for my thoughts on those experiences, because I think they're not to be missed!
In addition to that, I wanted to say a bit more here on Playtime's Over about a few other games that are worth your time.
It really led the rush for me this fall in terms of great games. Batman: Arkham City did so wonderfully what its predecessor started: Allowing us to be Batman. Though its plot lacked a sense of direction at times, the tools it gave us to be the Dark Knight were incredibly fun. Moving around was a pleasure, fighting was expanded and more fluid--and the world itself had more to offer beyond the main game.
I feel this game has been overlooked because of the sheer exhaustion this fall gaming season has brought us. Don't be mistaken, Assassin's Creed: Revelations is just as exciting and authentic as the games that came before it. The mature elements of the story, binding the themes of regret and legacy into well-crafted characters and the beautiful backdrop of Constantinople make this a worthy experience. Best of all, there are answers to all the questions long-time fans have towards the series.
This is a great game that did what only a few games chose to do with their stories. Make us laugh. The hilarious take on an epic adventure, Magicka was an independent release for the PC and delivered great sound, a funny script, varied combinations of magic to use and unique levels to wander through with your friends. Check it out on Steam!
There are many more fantastic experiences out there that I hope to try. If there's anything you should know about my reviews on this site--time is of no consequenece. A good experience is a good experience no matter when you try it.
In fact, I'm playing a tiny little game called Skyrim right now. Just a small, independent title, really. I'm sure I'll be able to bang out a review tonight if I really tried hard enough. Note: The preceding sarcasm actually serves the opposite function of telling you that my Skyrim review will probably be some months off!
Again, thank you for all your patronage and have a safe and happy (and game-filled) new year!