So, weíre in 2011, arenít we? Big things are going to happen this year; Iíll be graduating highschool, hopefully off to the college of my choice, grabbing life by the horns as I fend for myself for the first time in the cruel, cold world and Iíll be able to enter contests legally, but most of all, itíll be a big year in gaming; new motion stuff on the HD consoles, 3D gaming, new handhelds, and all the mobile, 99 cent stuff; gaming is going to be huge in 2011, so I have to get organized. Allegedly, best way to do that is in blog from, right?
Hey, at least itís not one of those nasty looking Blog-Between-Blog things I do, so that makes this blog 10 times better.
In any case, Iíve decided to compile a list of games I need to play or complete, along with some peripherals I want to experience, and generally badassery that I need to be a part of, because everything is better when you have it all organized nice and neat in an online blog.
Letís do this.
Games Daxelman NEEDS to Complete :
Mass Effect 2
I bought this motherfucker in March of last year. Since then Iíve logged about 25 hours spread across two playthroughs. The first one fell to the digital abyss because Iím fucking lazy, and the second one is going to fall to the same abyss because Iím lazy. Hell, my second one has a female Shepard, and everyone LOVES female Shepard. In any case, this game is high priority on my list, because Mass Effect 3 is dropping in November, and I donít want to be late for that.
This is a game I put some significant time into, but then dropped for absolutely no reason what so ever. Maybe itís because the voice chat in game is completely broken. Maybe itís because I could never find anyone who wanted to do story missions without throwing down duals in the middle of boss fights. Maybe itís because I could never find a gun better than my lvl 25 SMG that spits fire, and Iím a level 32 Hunter, but whatever the case, I did have fun rolling around Pandora, and I should give the game the finish it deserves. Maybe when I finish it, Iíll jump on some of the DLC.
Grand Theft Auto IV
Iíve bought this game twice; once on sale on the PC and another on sale on Amazon for the PS3 (which was the Lock Box Bundle, which came with a steel box and an art book for 14 bucks). There is no reason why I canít finish the game. Setting wise, I actually feel like this is a nice departure from the usual ďlolĒ that Grand Theft Auto is known for. Soundtrack wise, GTAIV has the best theme song of the last decade. Iíll finish this one, and then get on to The Ballad of Gay Tony, because IM GETTING ARAB MONEY!
Tales of Monkey Island
This one is kind of a conundrum; I finished Chapter I and started Chapter II, but I just never got across to finishing the rest. The game sports all that Tell Tale is known for; generally funny dialogue, clever but not mind breaking puzzles, and really funny-ass moments. I havenít laughed so hard at a PC game in years the way I laughed at the beginning of Chapter I, and I really needed that chuckle when it came in my life. The least I could do for Tell Tale from bringing me back up is to finish the rest of whatís sure to be an excellent adventure game.
I played Diablo back in 2001, and I donít even remember what I thought of the game, but since then, I havenít really touched a game like it until 2009, when I picked up Torchlight in the Holiday Steam Sale. Since then, I played it in burst mode for about a week, enjoying the hell of the game, but I havenít really sat down and proceeded to complete it yet. Iíll do my best to rectify that this year. You know, until Torchlight 2 comes out; then itís co-op all the way man.
Honorable Mentions (Shit that needs to be completed or recompleted)
Bit.Trip: BEAT, Strong Badís Cool Game for Attractive People, Uncharted II: Among Thieves, Mirrorís Edge, Shank, Puzzle Agent, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Machinarium, and many more on my Steam Games list.
Games Daxelman Should Get Back Into:
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Iím a huge advocate of teamwork based gameplay. It makes me feel as if I donít suck as much. I do not always have to focus on killing people; healing, spotting, fixing tanks, I can do it all. A game that reminds me a lot of Team Fortress 2 in terms of not feeling like a useless piece of junk all the time, Bad Company 2 is a game I really need to get accompanied with again. I did try the multiplayer for awhile, but the lack of vocalism on the PC turned me off. Maybe with the introduction of the new Vietnam multiplayer pack, I might drop some money on a PS3 copy and play with you guys.
This game single handedly brought me into fighting games, seriously. Itís a game that I actually saw myself getting better and better at over time. A game that I sat and played with the PS3 FNF crew and grew to love to death each and every one of you sick bastards. A game I thought about making my own fightstick for. Yeah, BlazBlue added a new favorite genre to my ranks, and hell, it caused me to buy Super Street Fighter IV. I havenít played it in a while. I need to dust of my rusty-ness and get back in the nitty-gritty.
Also, Noel is my Waifu!
This is the racing game of the generation; Not Gran Turismo 5, not Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, not Forza 3; Burnout Paradise reigns king of all racing games in my book. No other racing game have I dropped more than 100+ hours into. No other racing game have I ever stuck with so much to the point of it being the only thing I did for weeks. Itís my apex of racing titles, whoís only challenger might be DiRT 2 or DiRT 3, and even then, nothing beats riding around at 120+ miles per hour in a van, in oncoming traffic.
Itís sad that I have to put this here. Back when I could connect to the Nintendo Wifi connection, I logged close to 450 hours in Pokemon Diamond. I was wheeliní and dealiní and batteliní and losiní. But when we upgraded our router, it seemed as if WEP, the DSís only security encryption, was impossible, and so were my chances of going online. As a side effect, I dropped off of the Pokemon bandwagon, instead choosing to help others with their games. I got back into it for a little when Heart Gold/Soul Silver came out, but as I didnít have compatible Wifi, the game quickly stopped receiving attention. Times are changing though, with the advent of the 3DS, and most likely a price drop on the other DS models, itís about time I jumped on a used DSi so I can access the WiFi Connection when I get Pokemon Black, hopefully. Or maybe Iíll get a phone that allows for WiFi tethering, who knows.
Honorable Mentions (Shit that needs to played at least one more time)
Pixel Junk Eden, Wipeout HD, Marvel Vs Capcom 2, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Audiosurf Beat Hazard, Garryís Mod, DEFCON, Half Life 2/Episode 1/Episode 2
New Games Daxelman Wants to Play But (Possiblly) Wonít Because Heís Strapped for Cash:
If you havenít read my impressions, go ahead and give it a read. It pretty much explains why Iím looking forward to this FPS. Teamwork is the name of the game here, and what I lack in killing ability, I make up for in healing, fixing, and being a general nuisance for the other team. It feels so nice to feel useful.
Portals? Check. Glados? Check. Robots? Check. Co-Op? SOLD! Itís Portal, itís longer than the original, it lookís packed with content, and itís got cute-as-fuck robot co-op! The only thing that would make this deal sweeter is if it was free. Well, it kinda is now. Kinda. Sorta. Iím so buying this game.
FUCK YEAH This game looks awesome from top to bottom. From the arcade points based gameplay, to the co-op modes, to Steven Blum, this is everything I want in a game, and more. It helps that the demo comes out on my birthday. Yeah, that helps a lot.
Another FPS? Deal with it.
To be completely honest, I wasnít really excited for Homefront when I first heard about it. Interesting premise, yes, but otherwise, I had bigger FPSís on my list. But then I read this interview, and I become instantly more enamored with the title. It seems as if the developers really want to create an enthralling single player experience, and using Half Life 2 as a back drop should prove to help out their cause. I hope they can deliver, because if they do, Homefront might have one of the best well told and presented stories in 2011.
Oh look, a DS Game!
Iíve been looking at this game since I first saw it on Amazon last year, deciding whether or not I should drop the money for a preorder. It seems as I should have a long time ago, as first run copies come with piano renditions of the games beautiful soundtrack. Couple that with a nifty time travel mechanic and an interesting battle system and Iíd say this would be an RPG to get for my DS. Lord knows I need more RPGís in general.
Look at that badass up there.
Anyways, Iíve already got Black on preorder, but thereís a multitude of stuff in White thatís not in Black that I eventually want to check out. Plus, I canít be politically correct unless I have both versions. Otherwise, just fill this with the usual ďItís Pokemon, itís bound to be great!Ē and youíll get the picture.
Honorable Mentions (more shit that has me hot for 2011 that would make this blog unbearably long):
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, DOTA 2, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II, DiRT 3, Need For Speed Shift 2: Unleashed, Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect 3, Guild Wars 2, Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception, Torchlight II, Duke Nukem Forever, The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and more stuff I canít remember but you can help in the comments!
Holy mother of all that is sacred; that is a lot of video games.
Add to that list that I want to try and hit PAX this year, I want to be a part of the BYOC festivities at QuakeCon, I need to buy some sort of new DS, be it a 3DS or a DSi, and I want to get a PSP so I can play some Persona, and hopefully Iíll be going to college, itís going to take the GNP of a small country to satisfy myself this year. I probably wonít get to every game I want to on this list, but I wrote it down so I could look at it and have some sort of goal to work towards this year. And thatís what New Yearís Resolutions are about, right?
So if youíve stuck through all of this rambling and listing off of games, I congratulate you. This is a lot of writing for a list of what I want to play, but Iím glad you decided to take the time out to read it all, and I hope itís given you some sort of goal to work toward to in 2011 as well. So, now that weíve established all of this, whoís ready to start a global crime syndicate with me so I can earn enough money to support all of this gaming I want to do?