Seeing as everyone else is, I felt like I should as well… I guess it’s a bit like yawning…
10. Super Meat Boy
A tough little platformer… And by tough, I mean crazy hard with a cherry on top. A cherry of hatred and agony! You play as a loveable chunk of meat, who tries to save his girlfriend, who is made of bandages, for an evil foetus in a jar… yeah…
I’m a sucker for this type of game. Fly around the screen, and blast anything you see. This principle has been applied to shed-loads of games, by I picked this one out because of the music. Whoever put it together is a genius. Also, it looks awesome, in a new/retro kind of way.
8. Worms Reloaded
Worms is one of the great classics of video games. You take it in turns to blow each other’s worms to tiny pieces, and its great fun. Worms reloaded brings the franchise back to PCs (After some pretty good handheld games) and boy, is it good! You know you’ve got the makings of a great party when you get some friends over, and then try to kill them with Holy Hand Grenades…
7. Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver
Pokemon is brilliant. I really could just end there.Some of my fondest memories of the series are from the orignal Gold and Sliver on Gameboy Colour… So to play it again on DS, with updated visuals, loads of new features and all the Pokemon from the other generations to catch as well? Yes. Just, yes.
6. Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
The Golden Sun series is awesome, but not many people have played it, despite it being praised by critics when the orignal game came out on GameBoy Advance. I hope that the new game of DS puts all this right, as it really is amazing. The graphics are ace, the gameplay is excellent and the story is engaging. In fact, I’d say this wasn’t number six, I’d say it was joint fifth with…
5. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
I’m still playing this game, even after half a year, and I’m still finding stuff to do. How Square-Enix made such an expansive game inside one little cartridge is a mystery… I’d type more here, but I’ve already done a review of it. *hint*
I love this game. Sure, it’s hard, evil and soul destroying, but I love it. The retro style of the game is one of its main charms, but it’s gameplay is where the real genius is. An average snapshot of play is “Flip, flip, run, flip, die, swear”, and it’s great.
3. Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super Mario Galaxy blew everything away in 2007. Three years later, Nintendo release a direct sequel (Which it’s never done in a 3-D Mario game), and again, it’s amazing. The music, the levels, the visuals, the Yoshi… Everything about this game is a shinning testament to how great Mario is, even after 25 years. I only wish I could have played it more before my Wii started acting up…
2. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Video Game
Before I say anything, I’d like to point out that I am a massive fan of the Scott Pilgrim series, and that Bryan Lee O’Malley is a genius. There we go. Now, that that’s out-of-the-way… This game really is great. Due to not owning a Xbox 360 or a PS3, I can only play it at my friend’s house. But then, I play it for hours and hours and hours. It fits the style of the comics to a “T”. Also, the music is done my Anamanaguchi, who are very awesome indeed.
1. Beat Hazard
Beat Hazard, how I love thee. Every time I buy a new album, I’ll load up this game, and play it, all the way through. You fly a little space craft around the screen, shooting at whatever space rocks and evil space ships you see, even taking out big ol’ screen filling things, but here’s the twist. It’s powered by your music. Got a hectic song? The get ready for enemies by the bucket load. But not only are there more enemies, but your weapons are also beefed up, creating some pretty impressive results. My sister calls it “That seizure game”, and probably for good reason. Some of the visuals are so over-the-top, you’ll often lose sight of your ship until everything has died down. It’s not been developed by some big company, and it’s not some massive, multiplayer beast which people line up for a midnight… But, it’s what I have chosen as my Game of the Year.
And here’s to all the great stuff coming in the year ahead.