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Archive for January 5th, 2009

As you may know, I’m a petty and jealous person. That being said, I can’t allow Mike and JPark to write about 2008 without throwing in my two cents. And, as much as I have been avoiding the wrap-up/review type post (since we have all been bogged down with them for the past month) I thought it would be prudent to touch upon the top Co-Op online games I’ve enjoyed over the past year. Keep in mind that this list excludes MMORPGs.
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  • Gears of War 2
  • I have two words for you: Horde Mode. Strap up your chainsaws with one to four of your best gamer buddies and get ready for onslaught after onslaught of alien baddies. Use strategy, cover for each other, and don’t get caught in the middle. And remember, aim for the tanks and you can take care of that flame thrower pretty damn quickly. Granted, you can obviously play the Campaign mode, but after you do it once, Horde is where its at.

    To see the rest of my favorite co-op games, well, you know what to do…

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JPark has done his year-in-review and I figured I should do the same, but I came to the sad realization that I haven’t even played or purchased ten games, let alone finished. My problem is that I get to a part that either bores me or I can’t figure out, a new game comes out and I get obsessed with THAT. It leaves many games unfinished, let me tell you. So I’m going to go over a few games that I really, truly dug this year, in no particular order.

1. Braid. This game was not only beautiful to play, but an intellectual challenge. Each “world” features a different time-control gimmick similar to Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, each one building upon the previous trick. You can get through all the levels quite easily, but what is really incredible about the design is that you get back as much as you put in. If you really want to collect all the puzzle pieces (which actually reward you with story and bragging rights), you have to really commit to the game. The worlds had this watercolor feel to them, the music was fantastic and the game was just fun. Simplicity is the key. It’s on xbox arcade for $10 and is well worth checking out.

2. Aether. This game is actually a flash game, but is quite a lot of fun.  There’s no real story, only exploration.  You jump from planet to planet (using a creature’s tongue to launch yourself from rock to rock) and each planet has a secret puzzle.  They aren’t difficult, but figuring them out is the challenge.  The game is relaxing – an ultimate time-waster.  The creators for this (Ed McMillen and Tyler Glaiel) are definitely ones to watch.

3. Amorphous+. This game, which can be found on Kongregate, is my favorite time-waster at work.  You basically just click and kill blobs, but the achievement system, which rewards you simply by playing the game, really makes you want to play for long periods of time.  The variety in baddies, the simplicity in design and gameplay made me come back for more.

4. Wrath of the Lich King. Was this a surprise!?  But seriously, I can’t think of a sequel/expasion that changed a game like this.  I have so many different ways to play, I’m overwhelmed.  The achievement system, revamped questing, new instances, the Death Knights, the new continent, new talents, new abilities etc etc etc.  A fantastic game.

That’s all I can think of.  Below the cut I threw down my top ten films of the year, but since this site is video game oriented, I didn’t want to bog it down.  But here goes:

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