Welcome to the ZTGD Reviewer Rodeo. Each week, we’ll grab on to the hottest issue, hold on for dear life, and wrassle it to the ground.
Here we are at the mid-way point of 2011. It’s only fitting that we weigh in on our Game of the Year contenders from the first six months.
John “Dubya” Whitehouse
It seems crazy that we are already at the halfway mark for the year. So many great titles have already been released, with so many more to look forward to as we approach the ‘silly season’!
Without a shadow of a doubt, my top game so far this year is inFAMOUS 2. Having just finished it I was so impressed with the way they had improved on the 1st game. With cooler powers (even for ‘Good’ Cole), a fantastic story and more varied side missions, it really did hook me in. Another fantastic game that will no doubt be a real contender for GOTY is LA Noire. A real powerhouse in new tech and an engrossing story makes LA Noire stand out. It also featured a fresh approach to gameplay, that made it different from other Rockstar games. But those games are just the tip of the iceberg, the first half of the year also saw some shining stars such as; Portal 2, Dirt 3, Crysis 2, Dead Space 2 and Mortal Kombat.
Seeing as we are celebrating half the year, I will give you half of my Top Ten as it stands so far…
1. inFAMOUS 2
2. LA Noire
3. Dirt 3
4. LittleBigPlanet 2
5. Portal 2
But we must not forget that although 6 months have past, we have another 6 to go. With releases like Batman: Arkham City, Modern Warfare 3, FIFA 12, Battlefield 3 and Uncharted 3 all still to come, this year may prove one of the best for gamers in a long time.
Drew “Frustrated Fury” Leachman
This is my Call of Duty. I got out of shooters about 3 years ago and I’ve slowly tried to get back into them. Without a doubt, if there was a game that has truned me back on to the FPS genre, it is Killzone 3.
MK has come along a changed up the way I play fighting games. It offers more than just a game that you can play other people in, there’s co-op, the full challenge tower, and a ton more to do that just go online and fight people. MvC3? Sorry, but you have just been owned.
What can I say about inFamous 2 that hasn’t already been said? I’m a self-proclaimed fanboy of the inFamous series, and this game doesn’t disappoint. The new powers, the overall story, and the character interactions will be talked about for years to come.
The game everyone’s been talking about for the past 5 years has finally arrived. LA Noire is unlike any game I have ever played. Team Bondi has outdone themselves with this game. The ending may have let me down a little but the whole package blew me away.
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