2013 has brought us some of the best memories, entertainment and journeys. Whether you’re getting misty eyed at the final season of Nikita, overly amped up at Season four of The Walking Dead, standing in line for the new Xbox One or PS4, or watching the inevitable return of Eminem, you were incredibly impressed in every aspect of the word.
This blog entry is to give you some insight to my top five favorite video game purchases of 2013, from the Likes to the Dislikes!
5. Call Of Duty: Ghosts
This is undoubtedly one of the biggest releases of the year. Infinity Ward had put so much emphasis on how much better this CoD installment would be that it seemed almost asinine to even pretend you didn’t want to buy it! And all of their hard work paid off in the end as well.
This game takes place in a fictional, post-apocalyptic world war between what’s left of the American military, and The Federation. You are Logan, an American soldier, recruited by a black ops team known as Ghosts in order to stop one of their former colleagues, Rorke, who now leads The Federation in their taking of the United States and the end of the Ghosts legend.
The Campaign is the best that it has been since the 2009 release of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The graphics are undeniably rich, as if you were watching a live action movie. There is so much action even as you begin playing, you will never get bored. The destruction and carnage within the game is incredible; if you make the wrong move, you could be the one trapped under a falling building or eaten by a shark or worse. The AI is incredibly coherent and acts as a team, not to mention the greatest teammate in the whole game is your squad dog Riley! Even their newly introduced game modes Squads and Extinction is pretty cool. Squads lets you build and operate a squad of bots that learn how you play and form tactics around you. You use that squad to face off against squads of your friends to rack up points, ranks and bragging rights. Extinction takes you away from a world of Zombies and into a world of ALIENS! You have to fight your way to their main hive and take it down in order to save the world from alien dominance.
My biggest pet peeve in this game are the Multiplayer maps. They are way too big and it makes online gameplay nerve wrecking when searching for enemies. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I actually prefer the maps in Black Ops II (…I know right?). Another dislike was the fact that your character in the Campaign doesn’t speak. The other characters are having conversation with you, and even reply as if you actually did say something, even though not one word was spoken. I absolutely hate that.
4. Dead Space 3
As much of a let down as this game was for me, it was still pretty damn awesome! I honestly don’t even see it as a full let down, it’s just little things that Dead Space 2 had that I wished this one did, such as the Multiplayer and the element of surprise…you know, the little things.
This sequel takes place after Isaac and Ellie escape the Sprawl, a ship near the Saturn moon Titan. Isaac being his charming self, becomes even more obsessed with the markers and it drives him mad (as if he was already there) which in turn makes Ellie unhappy and leaves. That is until Earth Gov breaches his apartment, forces him on a mission and informs him that Unitologists are now out for his head. He then meets up with Ellie on a derelict ship to see that she has moved on and become the girlfriend of the very guy that forced him on the mission. And to make situations even more interesting, he has learned the truth behind the markers, the origin of the necromorphs and how to stop it all once and for all.
This installment is very engaging story-wise, and you won’t be bored on any level throughout. The much emphasized “Co-Op Mode” is very handy when doing side missions to which unlock more info on the real truth behind the markers as well as the characters. The new ways of creating weapons at the bench is a breath of fresh air for someone as imaginative as myself. The Necromorphs are a lot smarter now and they pack a bigger punch so it makes the game more challenging, something I highly enjoy.
As I said in the intro, there is no element of surprise in this game. In Dead Space 2, I was terrified when I heard the Necromorphs’ shrieking through the hallways, tapping on the windows, and traveling through the walls. But in this game, there was no excitement when they did any of that. It’s like you just know when they’re coming for you. Another dislike was the fact that they took away the online multiplayer. I very much enjoyed playing against other people in Dead Space 2, but I guess the co-op mode was supposed to make up for that…Ehh.
3. The Walking Dead: The Game
This game is a huge blockbuster of 2013! It amazes me how interactive it is! It’s like a television show that YOU direct and all of your decisions affect how each episode ends!
You are Lee, a History professor from Macon who was on his way to prison for [allegedly] shooting his wife for having an affair. You are dragged into a post zombie apocalyptic world and forced to survive while protecting little 8-year old Clementine, who was left alone at her house with her turned babysitter by her now dead parents. You meet a few other survivors on the way who become friends with you in this hunt for safety.
Everything! …..Oh, you’re still here, okay then let’s do it the RIGHT way then. The story line is unbelievable; absolutely nothing bad can be said about it! The characters are unreal, so you can’t help but to relate to them (You can bet that I’ve been caught screaming at the TV quite a few times as if I was in a few of the arguments myself). The choices you have to make are nothing shy of difficult. I’ve spent over thirty minutes having to decide what to do in a lot of those scenarios before I came back to the game.
Now I understand that Telltale wanted to go back to the comic book feel, but this game could have graphically looked more realistic. I would have loved if they made it look like real world outlays.
2. Grand Theft Auto V
Now I haven’t played this game all the way through yet (Nor have I even bought it, I borrowed it from an ex), but from what I did get a chance to play, I have to say, this is a remarkable comeback for Rockstar Games. There are three separate story modes that all correlate with each other. On top of that, there is the online gameplay that acts as a story mode all its own.
The graphics are unreal, the cars are highly impressive, the voiceovers are actually believable for once in Grand Theft Auto history, and the side challenges are challenging as well.
The AI is still a bit sketchy and the glitches have not improved at all.
1. Crysis 3
The Crysis franchise has always been the most slept on game in its time frame. But it’s far from a weak game and Crysis 3 shows you exactly why.
Crysis 3 takes place 20 years after you saved what was left of New York from the alien race known as the Ceph. But Cell has captured all of your nanosuit squad mates and skinned them of their suits…and you’re next on the menu. But your old friend Syko releases you and shows you that a lot has changed since you’ve been in lock up. New York is now a wasteland ran by Cell operatives and to make mattewrs worse, the Ceph are planning vaporization of Earth and the release of their leader, the Alpha Ceph. It’s now up to you to save Earth!
The story mode is engaging, and the AI has improved greatly. PROPHET FINALLY SPEAKS!!! The Multiplayer has greatly improved and the maps are a lot more interactive. You even use alien tech which allows you to connect your suit to the weapons that the Ceph use and create barriers from the Hive.
The newer multiplayer modes (Hunter, etc.) are a bit redundant and kind of get boring after a while.
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The mixtape entitled Lithium will be a collection of remixes of your favorite Top 40 pop songs with my own spin to them. I can’t say much about it at this time due to me just beginning it. But I will say this, it’ll be just as explosive as Exilation!