Tomb Raider: Underworld
Lara won me back in Tomb Raider: Legend
and had me hanging on the hope that her next adventure would also deliver. It did -- not in volume, but in the quality and diversity of the locales and challenges it offered up. (Not to mention it was wicked pretty
.) The escape from a sinking ship in the game's first level will probably be on my "best moments" list for a long time to come.Grand Theft Auto IV
Okay, here's the deal. I know GTA IV
isn't exactly a bastion of innovation (and, in many ways, took a step back from previous installments in the series). Still, I found myself absolutely taken by the fidelity of the world Rockstar was able to build on a new generation of hardware -- the fact that the gameplay within it was tried-and-true made it all the more compelling to me. That, and I just love causing large-scale chaos. Crackdown 2
, where are you?Patapon
Every once in a while, Sony surprises me by being the
is one of those games that you can never truly describe properly -- you just have to play it to appreciate how unique it really is. Side-scrolling strategy + rhythm game = a very happy me.Pure
I really, really miss SSX
. And by that I mean the good SSX
games: one, one-point-five, and three. What does this have to do with ATVs? Pure
is the closest thing I've yet found to the trick-based racing thrills of EA's M.I.A. snowboard racing series. It's fast, the controls are perfect, and the courses -- while there aren't gads of them -- are built for fun, not the sake of being true to reality.Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
As a diehard Street Fighter player from the introduction of SF2, this isn't just a great game -- with its numerous tweaks and enhancements -- it's one of the greatest examples of fan service ever
. It's also one of the increasingly few games you can actually say was "lovingly crafted."Honorable MentionsNo More Heroes, WipEout HD, PixelJunk Eden, Burnout Paradise
, Space Invaders Extreme (DS)
, Castle Crashers
(XBLA), Professor Layton
, The Last Guy
, World of Goo
.Games That Let Me Down
- LittleBigPlanet: Incredibly charming? Yes. Incredible? No.
- Sonic Unleashed: Yes, I actually got my hopes up -- just a little -- about this game. Level one was alright. Then I was plopped into a town. With people I had to talk to. Eject.
- Mercenaries 2: One of my favorite last-gen games got a sequel full of bugs and botched ideas that would have been frowned upon ... last generation.
- Spore: So much hype. So much potential. So little desire to play it again.
- Far Cry 2: Just kidding, Ludwig.