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Gaming Year in Review: 2011

January 1st, 2012 by Cat

Categories: 3DS, DS, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360

Happy New Year everyone! It’s that time again where I briefly review games I played in the past year. First, here are my favorites from 2011!

Favorite single player: Dragon Age: Origins
I know Dragon Age:Origins didn’t come out in 2011, but that was when I played it. I spent 100 hours on this game and loved it all. Though it was very buggy, I thought the combat and characters were great.

Favorite multiplayer: Portal 2
The co-op in Portal 2 is the best I’ve played so far. Using more than one portal gun just opens up new challenges and cool things to do. The single player was great too, but I thought co-op was even more fun.

Favorite download/indie: Bastion
Bastion is one of the best download/indie games I’ve played. I liked how the storytelling was through the narrator. I liked how the upgrade and difficulty system worked. The soundtrack is also excellent.

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Time to get serious…

November 22nd, 2011 by Cat

Categories: DS, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360

…and put myself on a gaming schedule. I know it sounds silly, but I’m the type who needs something like that to motivate myself to finish my game queue faster. And man, my game queue is so long now.

Buckley and I used to do that with single player day and multiplayer day, but I’m changing it up.

Wii day: Zelda: Skyward Sword
I’m liking it so far, and I think it changes up the typical Zelda game a little. Equipment has a repair and upgrade system now. I’ve noticed that enemies defend a lot more, such that you wait for a good chance to strike. However, I’m not a big fan of how much motion controls it uses. Kind of cool for the sword, kind of annoying for other things.

PS3 day: God of War 2
Feels just like God of War 1 so far.

Xbox day: Assassin’s Creed 2
(Which is today.) I actually haven’t finished the first game, but enough people have told me to skip it so… I guess I will!

PC day: Secret of Monkey Island
Which Tara gifted me XD I really need to start working on my Steam library. I’ve realized that of the 50-ish games I have, I’ve only played a little over half of them.

And as for DS/3DS, I normally play it as I watch TV anyway, so I will fit in a bit of Kirby Mass Attack every day.

Oh, and a small announcement: Twilight Realm has a new subsite :3 Yummy Pixels has my video game cakes!


999 the 2nd

August 30th, 2011 by Tara

Categories: DS

Zohar wrote his review about 999 months ago. I decided to finally play it after months of not feeling urge to play video games. And wouldn’t you know it? I get sucked into a game right when I start graduate school. Oi.

But wow, this game really did pull me in! I already got that horrifying bad ending, and now I want to get the other endings to get the full story. I’m trying very, very hard not to spoil myself, but that temptation, that desperate urge to find out the whole plot is driving me crazy! The plot is just so different, so unlike anything I’ve encountered, and I am dying to know what’s going on. I must resist temptation!


Games lately

July 5th, 2011 by Cat

Categories: DS, PC

It seems like this blog has been a little dead lately XD;; So… what has everyone been playing?

As for me, the last few games I finished were…

Okamiden (DS) – I liked that this game was very similar to Okami and that it was easier to do brush strokes, but I didn’t like that it felt more linear. It was still fun and cute though.

Torchlight (PC) – Pretty much a Diablo 2 clone, which isn’t really a bad thing since there hasn’t been a new Diablo game in 10+ years. If you could do something in D2, you could do it in Torchlight. I had an Alchemist, which is like a sorcerer with minions, on the Hard difficulty. It was a good difficulty until near the end where it got really hard ^^;;

Resident Evil 5 (PC) – Buckley and I played this together and loved it. The play style was really similar to RE4, except it went back to having a tiny inventory. You can play as Chris and Sheva, and both have equal roles and abilities in the game. This is probably the least scary of the RE series though.

And now I’m playing…

Dragon Age (PC) – I finally got around to playing this, though I’m not that far. I have an elf mage and just left Lothering. I really like RPGs with this type of play style, where it’s more real time, and you can assign moves to everyone in your party at once, instead of turn based. I love Mass Effect, so I have a feeling I’ll enjoy Dragon Age too.

Titan Quest (PC) – This isn’t a recent game (2006), but we decided to give it a try. It’s another Diablo 2 style game: point and click with talent trees and quests. Instead of choosing a class from the beginning, you choose 2 masteries later on. I chose Storm (ice/wind caster) and Nature (heals, minions), which apparently made me a Druid.



April 20th, 2011 by Cat

Categories: DS, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

I meant to post this earlier in the year, and now Portal 2 has reminded me of it. Lots of games release every year, but there’s always a few we look forward to more than others. So… what games have you been looking forward to in 2011? For me…

Games already released:

Okamiden (DS) – Okami’s sequel featuring a new hero (Amaterasu’s son, Chibiterasu) but also lots of previous characters. It feels very similar to Okami and is a good game, but I don’t think it’s as good as Okami.

Portal 2 (PC, 360, PS3) – You can bet I was up late on the 18th, watching the countdown until I could start playing. I want to play more of 1P and some 2P before I review it. It’s darker than Portal 1 and introduces new elements that are still fun and clever.

Games not yet released:

L.A. Noire (360, PS3) – At first I was drawn to it because it reminded me of Heavy Rain, but looking more into it, it seems like a 3D Phoenix Wright. It’s interesting though, and I’m curious what it will be like.

Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii) – Of course, I look forward to any Zelda game, though I wonder if the use of the Wii MotionPlus will be annoying or fun.

Mass Effect 3 (??) – This and Portal 2 are the ones I’ve been looking forward to the most. Mass Effect is one of the best game series I’ve played, and I’m really excited to see how 3 will continue (and end?) the story.