The 2011 iteration of the annual National Hockey League awards show, held in
inexplicably a desert Las Vegas, Nevada, was filled with embarrassments. “Comedian” Jay Mohr made a bunch of unfunny comments, two ladies mispronounced Martin St. Louis’ name (it’s “Mar-TAN Saint lou-EE“, not “Mar-TIN Saint lou-IS“. It’s a French name.), and that horrible “Like a G6” band, the Far East Movement, played “music”. Oh, and some hockey players got trophies.
Besides that, Electronic Arts revealed the coverboy of their yearly NHL simulation: Steven Stamkos, the young cetreman of the Tampa Bay Lightning (personally, I was more partial to my own Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins, but at least I get this nice fake cover to comfort me).
Rockstar Games is hitting its stride now. Two straight games that are genre defining, and potentially revolutionary, they’ve released now, both of which to fan and critical acclaim. But which one is better? Team Bondi’s homage to film noire or Rockstar San Diego’s western classic?
I’ve already stated on this blog that Red Dead Redemption is among my favorite games of all time, and L.A. Noire was my most anticipated game of 2011. But, which game will I say is better?
I have to warn you, this post contains spoilers for both games. If you haven’t finished it, I suggest you wouldn’t read the “plot” section of this post.
Electronic Arts will take another year off from the NBA simulation, as the blog Kotaku reports that there won’t be an NBA Elite 12 in fall of this year.
Last year, EA canceled it’s first episode in it’s new …
Since my last top five list was marginally well received, I’ve decided to give it another shot and deliver the games that will keep me a recluse for most of this year.
Yes, it’s almost April, but it’s never too late to think about the games you’re going to be shelling $60 out for. And as long as it’s snowing outside (and it still is here in Maine), I still consider it the beginning of the year…you know, unless it’s November or something.
Anyway, here are my top five most anticipated games for the rest of 2011. All release dates are the current US release dates for the games.
We’ve all have had games we’ve despised, and games we’ve loved. Games that made us stand up and cheer, and games that made us stand up and throw the controller through the nearest window. Games that are a triumph and games that are…um…not a triumph.
I’m not good with analogies. Anyway, we’ve all had games we’ve loved and games we’ve hated. It’s just the games I love are always within arm’s reach, and the ones I hate are in the bargain bins at Goodwill.
I can see my least favorite television host, Glenn Beck, dedicating 60 minutes just about this game. About how it’s “Islamic propaganda to help the caliphate overthrow America with Obama’s/Pelosi’s/Reid’s help and turn our children into Satanic gays!”
In all …
I’m literally writing this as the credits to Mass Effect 2 are rolling on my cheap TV behind me. What do I think of the game? Let’s just say that there’s a very good reason why so many Xbox fanboys were annoyed when Red Dead Redemption beat out Mass Effect 2 at Spike’s Video Game Awards for 2010.
Although Mass Effect 2 was originally released over a year ago to the Xbox 360 and PC, the PlayStation 3 version is well worth the wait. DLC, that would cost the the owners of the other versions upwards of $20, is given with you for free (the DLCs are Kasumi: Stealing Memories, Overlord, and Lair of the Shadow Broker, which are packaged with the game on the disc. You might also get a piece of paper with a code written on it, advertising the Cerberus Network. Download it immediately – it provides the opening comic, Mass Effect Genesis, some new armor and weapons, and a new character to recruit).
Today, Activision announced the closing of two development companies today: Liverpool-based Bizzare Creations, of Blur, the 360’s Project Gotham Racing, the acclaimed downloadable game Geometry Wars, and the very recently released James Bond 007: Blood Stone fame, and Iowa-based Budcat Creations, known for making PS2 ports of Activision games, like Guitar Hero, Band Hero and a Wii and PS2 FPS, Medal of Honor: Vanguard. Budcat is also famous for it’s development of Tim Schafer’s Psychonauts in 2005.