John K's Top 5 Games of 2013
2013 was another “bleh” year for gaming. No doubt, it had its share of memorable titles, but the publishers on PC and home consoles mostly phoned it in this year. The big budget releases were dominated by games with numbers above 2 in their title (Dead Space 3, Forza 5, Assassins Creed IV, Battlefied 4), and games that could have easily had numbers in their titles if they had wanted to (Batman: Arkham Origins, Sim City, Splinter Cell: Blacklist). In most cases, these titles were mediocre, subpar entries into their series. Both new consoles launched with a new, big budget IP (Knack and Ryse: Son of Rome), but neither game was good. Crowd-funded games exploded in popularity and number, with mixed results. The big budget new IP that I really wanted to play, Watchdogs, was delayed. But, as I said, there were some high points. The Playstation 3 had a very good year, and the WiiU welcomed some critically acclaimed titles, although I can’t comment on those because I don’t own a WiiU. If you ask me, 2013 will be remembered for its bombshell news events, and not its games. EA getting pummeled for its Sim City debacle, new consoles getting announced and released, Microsoft getting pummeled for their DRM policy, Microsoft reversing their DRM policy, Valve announcing hardware, Blizzard changing direction on the real money auction house, and the NCAA franchises getting killed off by the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit – all of these stories were huge and will have long term implications. Our hobby suddenly looks a lot different than it did 365 days ago.
Michael's Top 5 Games of 2011
Wow, what a year 2011 has brought us. It seems that every month we were getting high caliber games that could easily make anyone's goty post. Plus we can forget about taking the summer off of gaming with publishers being more aggressive during that season as well as Microsoft's incredible Summer of Live promotion. This was a fun list to make, but I would love to expand this to my top ten, maybe even top twenty games of 2011. Yes, we've had that many great games this year.