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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2011, a good year for gaming?


2011 was overall quite a disappointing year for gaming.
There were some gems, but mostly bad titles and hardware.

Let's take a look at some of them. + its games's a useful way to navigate the 360's dashboard. That's about all the Kinect has been good for shortly after people buy it. Why? Because it's been out for over a year now and there still aren't any proper games for it beyond cheap kids titles and party games.
Not good, Microsoft.

The 3DS + its games
This has to be the most disappointing gaming handheld of the 21st century.

"A botched reveal, a ridiculous price-tag, a cumbersome UI, no second thumbstick and no decent games." 

Pumping out the same handheld and games for years won't do much good, Nintendo. 
 Duke Nukem Forever
Ahh, Duke Nukem. Him and I go way back. Duke Nukem Forever has been in development since 1996, but came out this year. Was it worth the wait? No, no it wasn't.

There were such high hopes for this game. A lot of money was spent, a lot of hype generated. Then people played it, found out the setting was stupid, the story overwrought, the singleplayer terrifyingly short (both on length and ideas) and the multiplayer a novelty that was never going to lure people from whatever shooter they were already playing. 

Like Homefront, this was an original title that many had high hopes for. Its bold art design couldn't hide a launch marred by technical issues and people not quite "getting" the game, though, and while it seems to have stabilised in recent months, Brink will never be the top=-shelf multiplayer shooter it wanted to be. 

2012 seems promising, though.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Diablo III
Doom 4

Dota 2

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Final Fantasy Versus XIII

Guild Wars 2

Mass Effect 3

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Soulcalibur V

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

The Last Guardian


Anonymous said...

I think it was a really good year for gaming, but next year will be better!

champl00 said...

Solid year in gaming, I would have loved to see last guardian but hey, I can wait.

Anonymous said...

Some disappointments this year though.

M Fawful said...

I don't think Kinect was a failure. Really, its potential is still being explored.

YeamieWaffles said...

I think this could have been one of the best years for gaming in a while. Improvements and advancements are being made buddy.

Anonymous said...

It was pretty decent, alas the lack of a decent rig and having owned no console, means I pretty much missed out on most of it.

Duck On Quack said...

I liked brink.

Dan said...

not buying a 3ds until they release some pokemon.

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