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I'm from a small town called Sunbury in Australia and have recently finished my first year studying Videogame Design and Development at Deakin university with a minor in film. But currently I am doing an apprenticeship in Automotive while I continue to study part time so I have something to fall back on if the Australian Videogame industy ever fixes itself. I am 19 years old and have been gaming since I was four when I first found out how to play Jill of the Jungle on my dads old PC. That soon led to getting my first console a Sega Mega Drive (Sega Genesis to those outside the PAL regions) with Sonic 1 & 2.

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2011 was a great year for games, the worldwide launch of the 3DS and the Japanese launch of the PS Vita. We saw many games like Portal 2, Batman: Arkham City and Skyrim receive universal critical acclaim. But like every year we also had some dissapointmens; and these where my top five dissapoinments for the year.

5). Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception



Now don't get me wrong I did enjoy the game and I do think it was one of the better games of the year. However compared to Uncharted 2, Drake's Decption in my mind was a major step backwards for the series, especially since it was supposed to be far better. Instead what we got was what felt like it was made before Uncharted 2. The aiming was almost as bad as Uncharted 1 and the story had massive plot holes in it like why is that one guy immortal. And what might have made it worse is the fact that the story for Uncharted 3 had potential especially when we find out that drake is not who he claims to be, this could have lead to an incredibly deep story arc for Nate but instead nothing happens. My last complaint about Uncharted 3 is the multiplayer, I loved the multiplayer for Uncharted 2 but it seems that Naughty Dog wants to be like CoD and put in weapon unlocks and Killstreaks, Uncharted 2 multiplayer was fine the way it was and all I wanted was new weapons and maps but alas we didn't.

4). Sony



2011 wasn't really Sony's year, first in April the PlayStation Network was hacked and it took them over a week to tell it's customers that their credit card numbers my have been stolen. Then PSN was down for over a month while they tried to repair their system. Then in an effort to stop used game sales Sony started to put online passes into every one of their first party games like Resistance 3 and Uncharted 3, this is also known as one of the worst ideas in the history of video games. Then in an effort to stop piracy joined SOPA futher alienating themselves from gamers.

3). Homefront



I was really looking forward to Homefront especially since John Milius wrote the story, I loved Red Dawn and Apocalypse Now. I had it pre-ordered since June 2010 but when I got home to play it part of me died. The story had it's moments but it didn't have the same impact that either Red Dawn or Apocalypse Now had. Not to mention that the A.I. where dumb as fuck and the campaign was only 4 hours long, the only real redeeming thing about it was that it worked and multiplayer was pretty good if you found a good group to play with. Homefront also had the closest thing to an online pass that I like because if you brought it second hand you could atleast play the multiplayer a bit to decide if paying for the pass is worth it.

2). F.3.A.R.



Again another game that had a big hollywood writer helping with the story but this time it was John Carpenter. I also love the work of John Carpenter especially The Thing and Halloween so I was really looking forward to this one aswell. However when you ad co-op to a horror game it ceases to become scary especially when one of the players is a ghost that can posses enemies. And like F.E.A.R. 2, F.3.A.R. is still vastly inferior to the origional F.E.A.R.. Hell it is the worst game in the whole fucking series.

1). The ACB



The Australian Classification Board once again fucked around us Aussie gamers this year by again not giving us an R18+ rating (equivelant to M in the US). What makes this worse it that in July we were told that we would have an R18+ rating by the end of the year but in October we were told that an R18+ rating would be at least 2 years away. So games like Mortal Kombat, Deadly Premonition and Syndicate are still banned. Good going ACB you bunch of useless old cunts.
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