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| "Re(3):Your game of the year?" , posted Tue 27 Dec 04:46|
I'd like to hear everyone's greatest disappointments, too.
Anyway, my game of the year is Shadow of the Colossus. No competition. It's the type of game that justifies buying a system, or having continued faith in gaming altogether.
Despite Ouendan's tremendous effort, I think Advance Wars DS is the best portable game of the year. I would most certainly say that Popolocrois is the best, but it's just a port, after all, so I can't give it too much credit.
I haven't played Kingdom Hearts 2 yet, but my "best RPG of the year" is probably Tales of the Abyss. I dunno...Minstrel Song was great, but a lot of that is my love for the soundtrack. If ToA had Minstrel Song's soundtrack, there wouldn't be much competition.
DQ8 is excluded, because it wins the coveted "best localization ever" award. Or perhaps the "only superior localization I can think of" award. Kingdom Hearts doesn't count, because Donald Duck is WAY cooler in Japanese.
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| "Re(4):Your game of the year?" , posted Tue 27 Dec 06:38|
DQ8 is excluded, because it wins the coveted "best localization ever" award. Or perhaps the "only superior localization I can think of" award.
It does, at least to my ignorant North American senses, a great job of being British. They even named the kids "Bangerz" and "Mash"! I would've actually liked it if Yangus were more Cockney, but I suppose that would interfere with people understanding him.
The next step, of course, would've been for each region (North, South, etc.) of the game world to adopt the respective UK dialect, but that would be too much work.
Cave Story in english is probably my favourite of the year. Shadow of the Colossus is amazing in pretty much every regard, and I won't oppose anyone who gives it tops simply as a matter of its achievement. But the traditional joy of Cave Story was so surpassing for me that it cannot be denied.
I want Earth Defense Force 2 to win some kind of award.
And Indigo Prophecy is very cool. Haven't finished it yet, though... and why the hell is it called "Fahrenheit" in the EU release?!
| "Re(5):Your game of the year?" , posted Tue 27 Dec 07:14|
Game of the year, huh...? Well, I wouldn´t know, since I haven´t played that much this year, and most of the times the games were old PSX ones... But I guess one might say Shadow of the Colossus is 2005´s best game (I´ve only played a demo, though).
And as for my personal choice, among the games I´ve played for the first time this year, the absolute winner is Ico. I´m enamored with this game.
Perhaps Kessen 3 could be the second in the podium (if only for Nobunaga anachronysm goodness), followed by Tales of Symphonia. But, actually, I´ve enjoyed much more my replays of GenSui I, II and III this autumn...
The most dissapointing would have been Sengoku Musou, but an utter abomination called Suikoden IV appeared in my way many months ago, and I wasn´t wise enough to dodge it... much to my regret.
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| "Re(3):Your game of the year?" , posted Wed 28 Dec 02:27:|
You are gonna kill me for this, but my game of the year has been Killer7.
Also special mention to Doukutsu Monogatari (I didn't remember it was this year at all ^^U), Tekken5, SC3, RE4, Fahrenheit and Magna Carta Crimson Stigmata.
Also a little dissappointed by NGBC... -__-;
...and sadly, as I don't understand japanese, I haven't been able to play Hollow Ataraxia, but I also agree it has been one of the best releases of the year ^^
...also, I agree it's a pity I haven't been able to play as Lili and KenSamu this year! T__T
EDIT: Forgot SotC!!! How could I? O_o
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| "Re(4):Your game of the year?" , posted Wed 28 Dec 05:20|
The biggest disappointment among the games I've played this year should be Baten Kaitos, but don't know if it was released in the US this year or not.
The background graphics are amazing, the music score great, and the character designs were quite good in general, but the rest, that is, character models, battle system, game system, the story, the voices... Were mediocre or just bad. I still have it unfinished, with only the last dungeon to go.
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| "Re(3):Your game of the year?" , posted Wed 28 Dec 09:01|
No one's going to mention "Imperishable Night"?
Yeah, but didn't that like...come out at the beginning of 2004/end of 2003? It seems really old to me now, and there's already been a sequel (even if it's still my favorite shooter).
Of course, I can't tell if you're being sincere or not. As far as I can tell you're never sincere.
In an unrelated statement, while I agree that RE4 was a great game, I feel it's a bit overrated. People who say think this is a good direction for survival horror to go in don't have any concept of survival horror in the first place. RE4 was an excellent, fun action game and a good direction to take a series that was growing increasingly stale. I can't really compliment it outside of that.
As for disappointment...well, since Suiko 4 came out last year, and I can't very well name it EVERY year, even if I'm still suffering from it, I guess my biggest upset was Hanjuku Hero 4. I wanted to love it so much. It was funny, it had delightful characters, a good soundtrack, the kind of opening you watch every time you turn the game on and a system vastly superior to its predecessor in every way. Yet, it just wasn't any fun. It was a chore to play. I was just working to get to the next cinema. (and yet, I'm still using an icon from it)
Also, Brandon should be friends with the Katamari Damacy guy.
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| "Re(5):Your game of the year?" , posted Wed 28 Dec 10:23|
I dunno if it's overrated - maybe it's not great for the reason some people think that it's great, but it IS great. I will defend it in an editorial some day...I'm sure of it!
I can agree with that. I felt the same way about Silent Hill 4, only not with "it's great" but "it sucks". I'm not sure that it needs defending, though. There isn't a big anti-RE4 backlash, is there?
Also, for those of you who like Guitar Hero, just get the new Guitar Freaks when it comes out. It has a great selection of songs. I don't know how to feel about Guitar Hero ripping off Guitar Freaks. I don't know if I should shake my finger at Red Octane, or Konami. Actually, I think I'll shake my finger at Red Octane and simultaneously applaud them, like the hero who breaks the law and goes to jail for a short time all while being cheered for by a large crowd.
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| "Re(6):Your game of the year?" , posted Fri 30 Dec 07:08|
I say Soul Calibur 3 for greatest, I was going crazy over every new screen for that game months before it came out, and even though it stupidly lacked a Win/Lose Records option despite all the other stupid stuff they put in, I like it a lot. Not that I'm not all for making ridiculous characters, Ishmael has it right. Props for putting OUENDAN up there, too, it really makes me want a DS, and I've never wanted a portable. And I haven't played Colossus yet, but 10 to 1 when I do, I'll wish I wrote it here. So, Wanda and the Colossus.
Boo to stupid 3D Dracula Curse of Darkness. 3 bad 3D Draculas was already 3 too many, Konami should grow some guts and make another 2D extravagaza (the portable ones come really close, obviously).