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The Top 10 Games of 2012

Another year in the books and another top ten list for games. It’s been a bit of a weird year: two system launches, multiple game delays, and nothing groundbreaking. Still, it’s not like there weren’t any great games in 2012; this list doesn’t have contain any mediocrity. Considering that a number of titles on this list were smaller releases, maybe there are a few here that you haven’t played. This isn’t an isolated opinion; many other media outlets had a number of, if not a majority of the titles on their top games list, made by companies that are not household names. It’s a bit weird that many of the best titles of the year came from obscure place but, then again, 2012 was a pretty bizarre year in gaming. (more…)

Weekly Video Game Post–January 3, 2012

Weekly Video Game Podcast – January 2, 2012 <69 mins (47.5 MB)>
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  • Jamie Gore and John Teodoro
  • The Top 10 Games of 2011 Podcast  
  • Sorry, Just Dance 3 did not make the list
  • Continue reading for sales figures from the week of December 24th and other stuff (all sales figures come from www.vgchartz.com)

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The Top 10 Games of 2011

It’s the New Year so it’s time again to look at last year. 2011 was a good year for games. It wasn’t a particularly outstanding year but it did provide enough solid gaming to keep us entertained. What’s interesting about this list is that there is only one new IP throughout; the rest are all sequels (or prequels). Maybe the big reason why this hasn’t been a stellar year is because innovation is stifled by game companies sheltering themselves with familiar names to stay on the safe side. Even then, some franchises like Elder Scrolls offered up experiences that weren’t just about HD graphics but gave us games so large in scope that they seemed unimaginable five years ago. While the industry still waits for the next big thing, there were still plenty of great games (and a few instant classics) worth playing. If you haven’t played the following games in 2011, there’s nothing like starting the New Year right with these ten titles.

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The Top 10 Video Games of 2010

Another year, another top ten list for video games. Unlike last year where it was a bit difficult to come up with a top ten list, this year there were only a few titles that I feel one could argue could have made this list that aren’t on my list. Actually, I was not too surprised that Screwattack had nine out of the ten games I picked on their top ten list. Additionally, Gametrailers only had a top five but all five were games from my top ten list. Even though my list is being published last (I usually publish it on New Year’s Day), the list has essentially been in the bag for almost two weeks now. Had I published it earlier, I could have accused other sites of ripping me off. However, I think it’s because there were very few MUST OWN!!! games this year that it’s no surprise that there is quite a bit of consensus across the Internet. The last couple of years there has been major differences between the lists of most outlets. Now, it almost seems unanimous.

There will be a special Weekly Video Game Podcast posted tomorrow featuring myself and Chris Karpyszyn where we’ll look at the list and discuss it. There will be a supplemental podcast on Monday where we quickly talk about this list and compare it to the previous years. The second podcast almost didn’t exist as we were wrapping up the first one and then we started talking about the last year and the year before that. Before I knew it, we had talked for half-an-hour. Once the podcasts are posted, they’ll be linked to on the front page as well as this article.

Whether you agree with this list or hate it, say something about it. Leave a comment at the bottom or send me an e-mail at madnessbrewing@gmail.com and I’ll read your comments during the next Weekly Video Game Podcast,

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Ape Escape (Video Game Review)

Video Game Review
Ape Escape
1999
Developed by: Japan Studio
Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment of America

We consider Mario the standard bearer when it comes to platformers. During the Nintendo 64 days, fanboys could hug their Nintendo consoles and say with pride that they had the best platformer available for that generation; Super Mario 64. Not content with stealing away most of Nintendo’s user base from the Super Nintendo days, Sony decided to make a cute looking platformer of their own. Not only was Ape Escape every bit as good as Super Mario 64, it was better. It even borrowed from Zelda which must have really sent fanboys for a loop. The action and platforming are great. The graphics, on the other hand, not so much. However, its innovative controls made this arguably the best platformer on the original Playstation.

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Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 (Video Game Review)

Video Game Review
Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2
Sony Playstation Portable (PSP)
2008
Developed by: Clap Hanz & SCE Studio Santa Monica
Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment of America

Nothing can touch Nintendo’s super plumber. Forget even about the standard platform games. Mario’s alternative games (which are getting to the point where the next release will be beyond overkill) are still better than any of the other games from similar genres. Almost twenty years in, nobody can touch the Mario Kart series. Same goes for mini-game compilations and cartoony sports games. Golf is another story. Hot Shots Golf has been a stellar series for the various Sony systems throughout the years that, while very similar to the Mario Golf series, stands on its own. Sony’s Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 for the Playstation Portable carries out this tradition. In fact, not only is it one of the best golf games on the system but it is one of the best golf games on all systems.

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