This is my list. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My list is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My list, without me, is useless. Without my list, I am useless. I must write my list true.
My list and I know that what counts in this website is not the articles we write, the noise of our outbursts, nor the smoke we make writing about controversial topics. We know that it is the games that count.
My list is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its images, its wordcount and its comments. I will keep my list clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other.
Before God, I swear this creed. My list and I are the defenders of my website. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until victory is the internet’s and there is no enemy, but peace!
L.A. Noire was a major risk, a game under Rockstar’s banner set in a beautiful recreation of 1940’s L.A. As a Detective working your way up the ladder (Traffic, Homicide, Vice, Arson) you investigate crime scenes, find clues, interrogate suspects and judge who goes free and who rots in a cell. All the while battling Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from your experiences in Iwo-Jima, corruption in the force and infamous gangster Micky Cohen’s reign of terror. The main attraction is the facial animation in which you decide if the person is holding something back or openly lying based on the their expressions and body language, upon accusing you need solid evidence to pin the criminal.
The writing is some of the best I’ve seen this generation and the voice actors are largely from Mad Men, it was an extremely unique and ambitious game with a fantastic Film Noir plot, while it is flawed I absolutely loved it! If your looking for a unique game to really keep you engrossed for a long time, L.A Noire is perfect.
So many people who have been following my activity on the site (all two of you!) will know that I am a Battlefield…..Enthusiast, to say the least. I rarely get such enjoyment out of a game, never mind a multiplayer shooter in a world dominated by the worst, ignorant, homophobic, sexist and just plain rude people, this sole fact alone deserves an award, but the fact that I spent hundreds of hours with this game is something short of a miracle. .Battlefield 3 is the best multiplayer shooter of all time. I’ve wrote several features on why this is but I’ll reiterate! Endless hours of gameplay with fantastic maps, teamplay, squad and vehicle dynamics, kits, weapons, challenges, assignments, dog-tags and fierce competition! Battlefield immerses you in game in a way like no other!
The effects and genuine confusion as the bullets fly topped off with your friends screaming and shouting makes for a generation-defining experience! Battlefield is the only game where I love getting my ass kicked, because the genuine desperation as you try and fend off and better team from a flag leads to some incredible moments leading to “only in Battlefield” experiences! Bored? Youtube “only in Battlefield” and you’ll soon see why Battlefield stands above all multiplayer shooters! Battlefield creates the billboard spectacles of AAA games every second in every game, what you can do with the world around you only stops when your imagination stops. The majority of fun comes not from the amazing gameplay but goofing about with your friends seeing what happens if you drive a dirtbike in chopper rotors (amazing), and much much more.
When faced with Xbox 360 or PS3, I weighed my options carefully. Xbox had Master Chief and Marcus Fenix but Playstation had this generations best character; Nathan Drake. Nathan Drake is NOT a bald headed, ripped, angry and convicted Space Marine like most characters, he’s just a regular guy who spends his time travelling the world with beautiful girls in search of treasure and adventure, and boy does he get it! Similar to Indiana Jones, Drake is fast with a gun but even faster with his wits, the game is filled with fantastic dialogue and the interaction between characters is more fluid and enjoyable than most films.
Uncharted also defines third-person gameplay with an incredible cover system that allows for vertical manoeuvres as you scale buildings, walls and ancient temples! Uncharted as a series only gets better, it is a cornerstone in video game history! Uncharted is a series crafted with unimaginable love and care, the detail even down to the teeth are a spectacle in of its self. To this day, the games multiplayer which, by the way, is also incredible is still being updated with community challenges and special maps! Oh Naughty Dog! You beautiful bastards!
Red Dead Redemption
John Marston a former gang member is forced to traverse the dying wild west in 1911, in order to kill his former gang members, save his family and absolve himself from all the sins he committed. Red Dead Redemption is a genuine masterpiece, the journey across the West and Mexico is made better with the ambiance going on around you. Coyotes attack a group of traders as they lay by a fire, choose to intervene or carry on, hunt animals for their pelt, pick flowers, save and assist bystanders and explore this generations most realized world.
The Undead Nightmare expansion raises the bar for DLC as the world you knew so well is invaded by zombies! New missions, characters and CRAZY weapons which are worth the game alone.Red Dead Redemption is Rockstar’s best game of all time. That is a fact. Also, Deadeye. The ability to vaporize a bandits crouch area with nine quick shots in slow-motion is a beautiful thing, even more so when he’s on a horse. I almost forgot, this game is worth buying for the sunsets alone! Such a beautiful environment crafted by the hands of Zeus himself!
Fallout (3 and New Vegas)
Fallout drops you in the middle of a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by nuclear war. What you do after that is entirely up to you. Find a settlement, help the population, gain their trust and move on, nuke that town, or ignore the town and join the ongoing conflict. There are so many things to see and do in the world of Fallout, be it Washington D.C represented in 3 or Las Vegas and the surrounding Mojave Desert in New Vegas.
You can talk to pretty much anyone and each character has branching dialogue choices that lead to different outcomes, and believe me there are hundreds of people to talk to! Fallout gave me hundreds of hours of gameplay! Fallout 3 has just celebrated it’s 5 year anniversary, still with over 300 hours put into that game I can still discover new things! Fallout is the gift that keeps on giving! Fallout is a game that could only have happened this generations technology, I can only dream what Bethesda have up their sleeve for the next generation. I really have opened the floodgates of hell talking about Fallout, a game where I considered keeping on to bottlecaps, you know, just in case… You can also buy both games together for like €15 and to pass up on the Fallout series is a crime against humanity, a crime that is punishable by death.