2010 Game of the Year Nominees

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There will be 12 nominees and they will consist of the games that I enjoyed the most for each month. This rule will be the case regardless of whether or not I’ve played the game before. It also doesn’t matter if the game was released in 2010 or not.

THE NOMINEES
Jan. — The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Feb. — Borderlands
Mar. — God of War II
Apr. — Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil
May — Sly 2: Band of Thieves
Jun. — Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
Jul. — Mirror’s Edge
Aug. — Alien Crush
Sept. — Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Oct. — Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Nov. — Metroid: Other M
Dec. — Bruce Lee: Return of the Legend

I’ll reveal the winner soon.

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Games Finished In 2010

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The list below shows every game that I finished in 2010. The total number comes to 44 across 12 systems. That’s down three from 2009.

1. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA) – 1/22
2. Borderlands (PS3) – 2/10
3. Space Invaders Extreme (PSP) – 2/28
4. Gekirindan (PS2) via Taito Legends 2 – 3/6
5. God of War II (PS3) via God of War Collection – 3/11
6. Donkey Kong (NES) via Virtual Console – 4/4
7. Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil (PS2) – 4/11
8. Final Fight One (GBA) – 4/12
9. Final Fight (PS3) via Final Fight: Double Impact – 4/17
10. Magic Sword (PS3) via Final Fight: Double Impact – 4/17
11. Gungrave (PS2) – 4/18
12. Twisted Metal III (PS) – 4/22
13. Final Fight (PSP) via Capcom Classic Collection Remixed – 4/26
14. Hammerin’ Hero (PSP) – 5/6
15. Burnout Legends (PSP) – 5/11
16. VR Troopers (GEN) – 5/13
17. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (SNES) – 5/14
18. Sly 2: Band of Thieves (PS2) – 5/30
19. Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight (WII) – 6/10
20. Prince of Persia: The Fallen King (DS) – 6/11
21. Red Faction: Guerrilla (PS3) – 7/10
22. Double Dragon II (GB) – 7/12
23. Mirror’s Edge (PS3) – 7/20
24. Alien Crush (TG-16) via Virtual Console – 7/25
25. Riot Zone (TG-16) via Virtual Console – 8/10
26. Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars – The Director’s Cut (DS) – 8/15
27. God of War III (PS3) – 8/16
28. Mortal Kombat (SNES) – 8/20
29. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (PS3) – 9/13
30. Mortal Kombat (GEN) – 9/18
31. Sonic Adventure DX (GC) – 10/1
32. Power Blade (NES) – 10/11
33. Splatterhouse (TG-16) via Virtual Console – 10/18
34. Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest (NES) – 10/27
35. WWF Smackdown 2: Know Your Role (PS) – 11/6
36. God of War: Ghost of Sparta (PSP) – 11/11
37. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PS2) – 11/18
38. Metroid: Other M (WII) – 11/23
39. Geometry Wars: Galaxies (DS) – 12/3
40. Bruce Lee: Return of the Legend (GBA) – 12/5
41. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (DS) – 12/12
42. X-Men (PS3) – 12/17
43. Final Fight 3 (SNES) – 12/26
44. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PS3) – 12/31

The PlayStation 3 saw the most finished games appear on its platform with a total of 10. The runner-up with 6 was the Wii.

April proved to be the best month for beating games with 8 in total with a monthly average of 3.6.

When it comes to earning those fancy trophies, I was able to earn 268 last year. Three of them were platinums from Borderlands (February), God of War II (March), and Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (September).

New Releases 2010: Oct. 31-Nov. 13

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As you can see from the list below Kinect is getting released this coming week. Since nobody cares about it we’ll just pretend it doesn’t (and shouldn’t) exist by looking at the rest of the goodies getting released.

As you can probably gather from my gaming interests plus it’s a move that’ll surprise no one, I’ll be getting the God of War: Ghost of Sparta PSP system pack. However, in a move that may surprise some of you, I did pre-order it.

NEW RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF 10/31
Dance Central (X360)
DanceMasters (X360)
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 (PS3, X360)
EyePet (PSP)
Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage (PS3, X360)
God of War: Ghost of Sparta (PSP)
GoldenEye 007 (WII, DS)
James Bond 007: Bloodstone (PS3, X360, PC, DS)
Kinect Adventures! (X360)
Kinect Joyride (X360)
Kinect Sports (X360)
Kinectimals (X360)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 (PS2, PSP)
Sonic Free Riders (X360)

NEW RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF 11/7
Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3, X360, PC, WII, DS)
MySims Collection (WII)
The Fight: Lights Out (PS3)
The Sly Collection (PS3)
Tom Clancy’s HAWX 2 (WII)

Sly 2 Review Plagiarized!

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I was going to talk about two movies I got for my birthday a few days ago and give away some t-shirts that GameSpot sent me, but that’ll all have to wait until next time.

I was just checking the Sly 2: Band of Thieves main page on GameSpot to see if my review was still one of the four listed. It wasn’t and I happened to click on the bottom one that was still listed by “saiyans_prince.”

What I ended up seeing was a copy and paste of my review with only one difference. The first three words of my review are “For years I’ve…” and they were changed to “when i,…” which doesn’t make sense when continuing with what I had originally wrote.

The only other differences were the blurb which originally said “A fun action game that even satisfies with its light stealth elements.” that was changed to this mess of the English language “what more can i say , just fantastic” and the score from 8.0 to 8.5.

Side-by-side comparison

It was posted just 10 days after mine which makes it almost a month that it’s been up. It’s time to change that by reporting this fraud. Report this one as plagiarism and please include a link to my original review that you can get from my Contributions page.

Thank you so kindly.

UPDATE: At 7:12pm EST, the review in question was removed and the user banned. Thank you all very much for your help on this matter. It was much appreciated! :)

Post E3 Game Thoughts – Final Trio

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I have a trio of games left over from E3 to share my thoughts on.

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit – Many reasons point to why I’d be excited for this new Need For Speed game. The first I played and still really like was the third game on the original PlayStation. The fact that Criterion Games is developing this entry also doesn’t hurt either since I loved the Burnout series overall.

Tron Evolution – I never cared for the past games or film and I’m not currently interested in the new movie. However once Spoony noted that the game gave him a Prince of Persia vibe with the wall running moves, I checked out the E3 stage demo. I must say that I’m a bit interested in the game now. Definitely more my style.

The Sly Collection – After finishing Sly 2: Band of Thieves more recently I haven’t exactly been wanting to check out either of the other games in the series. It maybe worth picking up this collection disc, but even then I’m not all that sure that the art style of the series lends itself to looking a whole lot better in HD.

I picked up Red Faction: Guerrilla yesterday and plan to play it next.

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I consider Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 finished. Reason being that it requires more than perfection to win last few events. Because of that it’s done.

Because of the storm that knocked out the power for 12 hours last weekend, I started playing Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars – The Director’s Cut on the DS. It sure knows how to make you feel smart and stupid all at once with its puzzles. I’m 15% done.

Thanks for reading and have a fantastic day!

E3 2010 As I Saw It: The Sony Press Conference

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I was on twitter during most of the conference throwing out my thoughts. I had missed Killzone 3 and an announcement for the Sly Cooper Collection (think God of War Collection), but otherwise I saw everything else. Here’s a straight copy and paste of what I had said. Mind the language if that’s not your thing.

* Move talk as expected. Hopefully it’s at a minimum.

* Move: You’re in the game. No! Ahhhh!

* Not showing me the same things again? Wow a company with a brain.

SORCERY
* This is Harry Potter based on the look in the very least.

* Character changes to a rat gets an applause. I’m scared of them now. :P

* Get your Harry Potter knock-off next Spring. (lol)

TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 11 MOVE SUPPORT
* Move for Tiger Woods golf. This will likely be good time for a break.

* Swing the club already!

* They’re piping in fake ass golf claps. It’s kind of annoying.

HEROES ON THE MOVE
* Heroes on the Move, eh?

* Six of Sony’s characters, but nothing really explained. Fail!

* Kevin Butler comes out and gets an applause.

* KB wants to focus on the games. As do I!

* Move in EU Sept. 15, NA on Sept 19. Details here.

* New Time Crisis quickly announced for Move.

GOD OF WAR: GHOST OF SPARTA
* God of War: Ghost of Sparta teaser shown. Looks great as usual!

* They’re really glossing over the PSP stuff. Despite what they say things don’t seem to be changing on that platform.

* PSN talk with 50 million users.

* The Tester has another season. No! That was crap!

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* LittleBigPlanet 2 with Alex Evens on stage now. I will likely not be getting this. I didn’t play the original all that much.

* LBP2 has pointless minigames. I’ve seen those before. :(

* I gotta say that I’m over the look of LBP. It doesn’t appeal to me anymore.

* A slam on Xbox about charging for online play.

PLAYSTATION PLUS
* PlayStation Plus gets you early demos/betas, special themes and the like. 3 mo. for $18 on low end. More info here.

* I’m not going to be purchasing the optional PS Plus.

MEDAL OF HONOR
* That guy has got to be the one on the Medal of Honor cover. (lol) Mega beard!

* Unlockable breads! The guy on stage said that he did so with his 20 mins. ago. (lol)

* MoH multiplayer maps shown. Again, it looks like Call of Duty. Not interested.

* A PS3 exclusive HD version of MoH Frontline? Give me now!

DEAD SPACE 2
* Dead Space 2 exclusive pack with Extraction on Move announced.

PORTAL 2
* Gabe Newell in on the Sony stage with Portal 2! Never say never! Wow! Not expected.

* Gabe still needs punched for his previous comments, in my opinion.

* First brief look at Portal 2.

FINAL FANTASY XIV ONLINE
* Brief video of MMO Final Fantasy XIV. Great if that’s your thing.

ASSASSIN’S CREED: BROTHERHOOD
* Multiplayer beta only on PS3 for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.

* I’m not sure how Assassin’s Creed will play against others. Doesn’t seem like a good fit.

* Another one of the many multi-game hype trailers.

GRAN TURISMO 5
* I’m not a fan of Gran Turismo, but I’ve always been amazed with the realistic graphics.

INFAMOUS 2
* It looks like the main character Cole with added hair for a better look which is good for a change of pace from the bald look.

* Surprise is…

TWISTED METAL
* Twisted fucking Metal!

* David Jaffe and Scott Campbell on stage with Sweet Tooth! :D

* Online gameplay shown played by Jaffe and Campbell. Looks great as expected!

Overall I was pretty impressed by Sony’s showing this year. They had an okay start for me with a bit more on Move than I wanted, but Kevin Butler’s appearance was welcome and funny unlike Joel McHale for Ubisoft. Gabe Newell’s segment where he was finally humbled in front of a live crowd was great after hearing him talk trash for years. I loved the final showing of Twisted Metal.

Sly 2 Review

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Sly 2: Band of Thieves review by Hart704
Difficulty: Just Right
Time Spent: 10 to 20 Hours

8.0 great
“Worth playing”

A fun action game that even satisfies with its light stealth elements.

For years I’ve heard of and known about the Sly Cooper games from Sucker Punch for the PlayStation 2. The only thing I hadn’t done was play one of them. I picked up Sly 2: Band of Thieves a year ago this month and last month I started it up. I ended up finishing it two days ago and this is what I thought of it.

PRESENTATION & GRAPHICS
One of the things that stood out right away was how quickly the game loads and how very few times this takes place. The title screen is pretty much the character of Sly Cooper entering the first mission/level and walking in a circle. It quickly gets you into the game which is fantastic. It reminded me how their more recent game, Infamous, did a similar thing in getting right into the action.

The graphics are sort of a comic book style and the character designs are great. The whole look of the game works well from beginning to end. The only problem I noticed was the odd placement of Sly’s hat at different times during the Binocucom conversations. It would be a bit higher above his head every so often. This isn’t a deal breaker, but it’s noticeable enough that I felt it needed to be mentioned.

GAMEPLAY
The gameplay in Sly 2 is pretty varied. There’s the many, many missions per episode (of which there’s eight) that utilize the skills of each of the three characters (Sly, Bentley, and Murray) with a pretty simple control scheme. Getting from place to place feels better with Sly mainly because he simply has more options in the routes he can take. Murray and Bentley can’t use poles which is why it can be somewhat bothersome to get around with them. Other than that extremely minor annoyance I don’t have a problem with them.

Three of the four shoulder buttons can be assigned to special moves once you purchase them from ThiefNet. I wasn’t even aware of how to assign the moves to these buttons until I was on the last mission of episode seven. That’s when I needed to use the alarm clock ability that Sly had. It’s interesting to note that these moves weren’t required up until then. I didn’t feel that the game was all that more difficult because I didn’t use these moves, though.

There are some mini-games thrown in as well that usually involved Bentley hacking computers (dual-stick shooter), using his RC chopper (shoot-’em-up), or manning a turret. If I can name one activity that I disliked the most it was the single time that Murray drives a tank and its controls are pretty bad. Turning left or right in the tank requires one analog stick to be up and the other one to be down depending on which direction you intend to go.

SOUND
All of the sound effects are good and fit the game well with music being a particular highlight though not always memorable. The main theme you hear in episode one was pretty catchy and was my favorite of the whole game. All of the voice acting for all of the characters was superb as well.

OVERALL
Sly 2: Band of Thieves isn’t what I’d call a difficult game by any means, but you may still get enough challenge in just figuring out how to best go about each mission. It’s a fun action game and it even satisfies with its light stealth elements were others games of that type might be too punishing. Sly 2 comes highly recommended.

Please recommend this review.