Gaming Favorites: Secret of Mana
Rock Band series
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles
DJ Max Portables
Left 4 Dead
Sigma Star Saga
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Sword of Mana
Daigasso Band Brothers
Rhythm Heaven GBA/DS/Wii
Pocky & Rocky
lots of other stuff?
A very specific and prestigious award... the game that I loved the most in the past twelve months.
To win this award, a game must be a game that I fell in love with, spent much too much time on during the year, still appreciate. The sheer time factor means the music games are very vulnerable to this award.
A quick recap of games follows. A recap that sheds light onto the fact that I spend a lot of time obsessing over some games that people think are very mediocre.
2007 Rock Band
Honorable mentions: Eternal Sonata, Ninety Nine Nights
2008 Left 4 Dead
Close Runner-up: Rock Band 2
2009 Sacred 2
Honorable mentions: Left 4 Dead 2, Beatles: Rock Band
2010 Rock Band 3
Honorable mentions: Crackdown 1 and 2
Short-term Love Affair in November & December: Halo CE: Anniversary
2012 Borderlands 2
No runner-up. Nothing even came close in terms of total time.
AHHH. Ok, so Borderlands 2 was already last year's game, despite coming out so late in the year. Nothing else from that year even got close to the days and days time I got in on Borderlands 2. This year, it was also the game I spent absolutely the most time in. I think. Defiance doesn't have a counter for hours so I could be wrong.
New for 2013 Xbox 360 Game: Defiance
Well, that's rather embarrassing. Rather? Hugely? Since Borderlands 2 already "won" last year, I felt like I couldn't put it two years in a row... but it really was my deeper love. I did have a very passionately burning spring and summer of love with Defiance, and that's even with all it's huge issues. However, my love with Borderlands 2 burned consistently through 2013.
This list only listed 360 games because I'm lazy and it's been my main console during the last generation. There have been some serious handheld romances as well, but like I said, I'm lazy.
Congratulations Defiance. Despite all your broken issues, you were my 2013 game that was new to me that I played the most. The sad part is that you were probably played less than last year's winner was this year.
So double congratulations Borderlands 2. You have continued my flame with you for over a year now! ROMANCE!!