Welcome everyone, to the first of what I hope will become an annual event on this blog – my review of the gaming industry in the year that was 2011. On a personal note, it has been a pleasure to have consistently updated this blog throughout the year, and thank you to everyone who has supported it via constructive criticism, or even things as simple as comments and views – I hope to continue in a positive form next year. But alas, the world is bigger than myself, and that is what the focus is in this article.
It wouldn’t be a massive exaggeration to claim that this has been the biggest year for games in ages, certainly since the release of the Nintendo Wii in 2006. The overall calibre of games has been on a notable rise this year, with a handful becoming instant classics, and the industry as a whole has advanced even further to consolidate its place as a genuine rival to the other great entertainment mediums such as film. That is not to say the year has been devoid of mistakes and mess-ups; amongst the success stories, there are a quite a few cock-ups that are well worth mentioning. Continue reading Dazcooke’s Video Game Land Review Of 2011
In the early hours of this morning, Spike TV held its annual VGA awards which celebrated all things good in gaming this year. Even over a wide range of categories, some games dominated the awards, and quite rightly so. The big one, Game Of The Year, went to Bethesda Studio’s epic Skyrim, while Valve’s Portal 2 reminded people of its quality picking up five awards. Other big hitters such as The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Uncharted 3 and Batman: Arkham City also walked away with deserved accolades, while the wonderful Bastion picked up three awards including the ever important Best Downloadable game. The full list of winners is below: Continue reading Skyrim, Portal 2 And Bastion All Big Winners At VGA Awards + New Trailers For Mass Effect 3 &Tony Hawks HD
ITS CHRISTMAS!!!!….or it may as well be, considering the amount of decorations popping up around the city right now. Yes, 23 days before the Lord Christ celebrates his 2011th birthday, Lincoln has decided to get into the festive mood – call me a traditionalist, but I don’t think it should really be celebrated until the 12 days beforehand….but whatever. With Christmas coming up, it also brings with it the busiest time of the year for the game industry, and as a result I have some news to bring you from the past week.
- The virtual sales on Black Friday may not have been the best we have ever seen, but physical sales of games and consoles went through the roof last week. Nintendo were able to report that both The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Super Mario 3D Land shifted over 500,000 copies apiece in the last week alone, making them the fastest selling Zelda and portable Mario titles ever. The 3DS also benefitted greatly from the arrival of the Italian plumber onto the system, tripling the sales of the previous week and meaning that despite its troubled year, it is still on to beat the first year figures of the Nintendo DS. Microsoft were also beneficiaries of the Black Friday spirit, shifting 960,000 Xbox 360 consoles and 750,000 Kinect’s to have their biggest sales week ever. A happy Thanksgiving indeed then for both parties
- Ah Skyrim, how you continue to captivate people – and unfortunately for Bethesda, recent news has not been kind. After several reports of crippling lag on the PS3, they released a patch this week which seems to have solved the problem for some users, but has also brought some new unintended hilarious glitches, such as dragons flying backwards. It’s not been all bad though – Skyrim has been the third most played game on Xbox Live recently (behind Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops, which will no doubt be there until the end of time), and has the distinct honour of becoming the first Western game to ever get a perfect 40/40 mark from Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu – who are kind of similar to Edge Magazine in that perfect scores don’t get handed out too often. As far as a personal report goes, I’m about 40 hours in on my Xbox 360 version, and haven’t encountered a single problem as of yet.
- You may remember if you were brave enough to buy a 3DS before the price drops that Nintendo were going to reward you with a bunch of free games. The NES titles have already been released, but the promised GBA titles, including Mario Kart: Super Circuit and Metroid Fusion, still have yet to come through. Nintendo this week dismissed a report that the games have been pushed back to February 2012, claiming that they are still on course to bring them out before the festive period. More news on this soon.
- The next instalment in the Resident Evil series may well be heading to the Far East– two CV’s were spotted by eagle eye journalists this week claiming that Resident Evil 6 will feature Chinese versions of the undead hordes. It wouldn’t be a great surprise, as the series has explored Spain in Resident Evil 4 and Africa in Resident Evil 5 – watch this space I guess.
- Finally, news which delights me personally – Final Fantasy VII, one of the most celebrated and despised games of all time, will NOT be getting a HD remake – according to Yoshinori Kitase at least. The producer of Final Fantasy XIII and its upcoming sequel, Final Fantasy XIII-2, has come out this week to say that it would take far too much effort as ‘the actual game volume’ of FF7 would be too big to properly realise in a remake and that it would take nearly ten times the effort to make than a new game. So…what he is actually saying is that the modern games are inferior and not as fulfilling as games that were released 14 years ago? Way to diss the project Kitase
And that is your lot for the week, enjoy your weekend – and don’t go opening too many windows on your Advent calendars…