This game represents the best, most purely "Wii" game there is: It wouldn't work nearly as well on other consoles (and wouldn't benefit from their advantages); it's appealing to any and all types of gamers; and it's not janky -- you know, the controls actually work.Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved²
When you think Xbox Live Arcade, you think Geometry Wars.
A sequel seemed destined, and redundant. But lo and behold: One classic game spun into six.Burnout Paradise
Criterion simply spoiled us with DLC and presented a compelling model for keeping a game relevant throughout the calendar year -- and into the next. Free content or not, this is a new vision realized.Super Smash Bros. Brawl
I invested a considerable number of hours in this one this past spring and think that warrants an appearance on my list. Still, Brawl
is a glaring example of how unfriendly
and unloved Wii's online service is, both in its multiplayer and content sharing abilities -- and in its dismal showcase of premium DLC. Brawl
is the polar opposite of Paradise.
(That's right, this here has turned into another backhanded compliment leveled at Wii.)ESPN Cameraman
If I had to pick one iPhone game (and, well, I did) it would be Cameraman.
Not exactly the "future of gameplay
" -- but iPhone has become my go-to portable gaming device out of its sheer all-purpose convenience. (And it looks less childish in public, too!)Honorable MentionPure
(XBLA); PixelJunk Monsters
; Professor Layton
; Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword
; Space Invaders Extreme
Or Games I Expected More From
New Year's Resolution
- GTA IV (X360): There are aspects to be heralded, for sure. But I found it too reliant on rehashed and unimproved concepts and designs to hold my interest for long.
- LittleBigPlanet: The running joke around HQ is, "If only it had been on Xbox Live."
- Mario Kart Wii: Nintendo ruined the fundamental gameplay of this beloved franchise. But I took the bait -- hook, line and sinker.
- Ninja Gaiden 2: Has there ever been a lower profile or more painfully dull sequel to a tremendous game? Well, there was Devil May Cry 2 ...
- Resistance 2: I gave this series another shot -- probably on hype alone. But it again proved itself to be a middling shooter dressed in some flashy "Emperor's Clothes."
- Too Human: Really, James? Yeah, I was naive enough to give Dyack and Silicon Knights the benefit of the doubt and waited and learned ... the hard way.
I'll give Fable 2
another go -- and maybe, just for Ludwig, Far Cry 2