The end of the holiday game releases is nearly upon us and that means its time I give my thoughts about the last 3 months.
Games I bought this season:
- Doom 3
- Star Ocean: Till the End of Time
- Shadow Hearts: Covenant
- Donkey Konga
- Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
- Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War
- Halo 2
- Metroid Prime 2: Echos
- Half-Life 2
- World of Warcraft
Yes, that is a long list; but take your life and replace all that socializing with game playing and you basically have what I do in a week. More importantly here are a few things that struck me about that list.
Biggest Let Down: Fable – The game was okay, but much too short. Imagine completing the entire game in about 15 hours. That short. As the X-Play review noted the whole good and evil thing is a nice diversion but it doesn’t really do anything for the game. When Valve added physics to Half-Life 2 it wasn’t just something thrown in for the heck of it, it plays a large purpose in the game. I can’t say the same thing for the good/evil feature in Fable.
Biggest Surprise: Star Ocean: Till the End of Time – This game was a blast, I put in well over 100 hours into it and was still having tons of fun with it. The battles could get a little repetitive, but they usually didn’t last long. And once you beat the game, there are three largish dungeons waiting for you to complete. The only disappointment is the rather anti-climatic ending, but you have a while to wait before you get there, 80 hours or so of game time.
Most Fun: Half-Life 2 – It was close, but I have to give HL2 the edge here. SO and PM2 were both fun, but Half-Life 2 just had a better experience to it. Of course I could have written this a week before the game came out and you would never know that.
Most Fun Multiplayer: World of Warcraft – Without a doubt, if you need a multiplayer game World of Warcraft is the choice in my book. Counter-Strike: Source does come with Half-Life 2, but I have never been a fan of it; the whole game just never really clicked with me. And since HL2 doesn’t have a built-in multiplayer mode, I have to give it to World of Warcraft. Halo 2 would have been a contender, but it simply takes too long to get into a pickup game.
Best replay value: Ace Combat 4 now a greatest hits title you can pick this one up for $20 and its easily worth $50. Play through the story mode once, but then play through it again and again to unlock all of the aircraft.