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12-12-2006, 04:38 PM
So, with just over 2 weeks left of 2006, it's time to pick your game(s) of the year.
Nothing too formal or official here, just a list or lists of your favourite games that you played throughout 2006.
It can be a multi-format top 3/5/10/20/whatever, broken up into region/console or whatever else you can think of.
Also, any thoughts on the gaming year as a whole? With two new consoles out plus numerous big name titles across all platforms, it was an exciting year for sure.
What were your favourite/least favourite things to happen in the industry during the year.
Include things like number or games bought, platform most supported and so on too if you feel like it.
No deadline or anything for any of this either. I'll probably hold off on mine for a week or so (haven't received my copy of Zelda yet!) but feel free to add whenever you want :)
Thoughts on 2007 and what you hope/want/expect in terms of gaming could be added as well.
12-12-2006, 04:56 PM
I can't really say what I think the game of the year is...I really want to play Zelda, but it'll probably have to wait for a bit...so I'll just list my favorites for each system I've played (in no order):
-Gears of War (seriously predictable)
-Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
-Final Fantasy XII
-Guitar Hero 2
...I don't remember playing anything on the GC from this year. :nervous:
-New Super Mario Bros.
-Elite Beat Agents
...crap, can't remember what else there was!
...wish I had one. :nervous:
...wish I had one even more so than the above. :D
I think I'm done buying games until January, so I feel justified in presenting my awards for the year.
Best of 2006 / Game Boy Advance: Castlevania Double Pack (ZOMG), released January 11.
It was a slow year for Nintendo's venerable portable as the DS came into its own and saw an explosion of new games. Perhaps that makes it unsurprising that the best game released in 2006 is, in fact, a collection of two games from previous years (Harmony of Dissonance, Aria of Sorrow) which are virtually impossible to find or afford by themselves. President Reggie says there's still one good holiday season left for GBA, and maybe he's right. But there sure won't be two.
• Honorable mention: Final Fantasy V
Best of 2006 / Nintendo DS: Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime (ZOMFG), released September 19.
The DS saw an huge increase in new games this year as (finally) Nintendo jumped into the fray with new original Mario games and its Touch Generations label exploded. Rocket Slime did not take complete advantage of the DS' feature set, ignoring the 'touch' aspect of the second screen, but it did present a whimsical adventure that appeals to gamers young, old, and anywhere in between. Graphics and gameplay were top-drawer, and the tank battles were too much fun. The DS has taken over as the top portable in the business despite having capabilities far less than Sony's PSP, and games like Rocket Slime will help the king keep its crown.
• Honorable mentions: Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin; Megaman ZX; Super Princess Peach
Best of 2006 / Sony Playstation 2: Final Fantasy XII (ZOMFG), released October 31.
You couldn't turn around in a game store without finding another new RPG for the PS2 this year, which made sorting the fruit from the chaff especially difficult. FF12 did not have the great story we've come to expect from the series, nor the truly memorable characters. What it did have was an engrossing world with all manner of things to do. Whether you were after Marks for gil and glory, or Espers as proof of your fighting prowess, or Rares for trophies and better weapons and armors, there was something for everybody to do. Ditching the world map for areas finally turned out right, as the distance between towns felt both significant and realistic. Yes, FF12 gets its share of things wrong, but it also gets more right than most games.
• Honorable mention: Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories
So! I seem to have missed the Gamecube version of the award. The problem is, most of the great Gamecube games announced for 2006 were co-opted for the Wii. I'd like to have had something ready for Super Paper Mario, but I don't get to play it until sometime in 2007. Nintendo likely saw the exceptional performance of the DS and figured that putting games out on the Cube was a bad idea with Wii right around the corner. I don't know that we can really fault them for that reasoning, but it may have nailed the Cube's coffin shut a bit too early.
I also didn't give out awards for the Wii or PS3. That can wait until 2007 and 2008, respectively, as I have neither. And I didn't award for either Microsoft system, as I've owned neither and plan to keep it that way. It may be that I add a PSP version in 2007, but it always depends on the games. When the games that interest me most are remasters and collections, something's not right. That's where the GBA is now, but it's had its share of original games as well.
Best System of 2006 was, without question, the Nintendo DS. The Cube had pretty much run out of steam, and the PS2's offerings were mostly nothing we hadn't seen before. 'Traditional' games play very well on its SNES-like controls, while the touch screen opens up new possibilities and opportunities for games which go beyond 'normal' paradigms.
Looking forward into 2007: Currently, the dominant generation-7 console is Microsoft's Xbox 360, leading Nintendo's Wii by over 6 million units sold. Can Microsoft maintain its edge now that its launch window is shut? Nintendo has won the portables contest for this generation despite the DS not matching the PSP's graphics capabilities. Will that translate into success on the TV-attached consoles? Or will Nintendo continue to dominate the portables and ride rearguard at home? 2007 will tell the tale, assuming Sony can get enough of those Bluray diodes to make the second position a contest.
12-12-2006, 07:08 PM
Can't do this yet. I still have Zelda and Gears of War to try out... but I'll take care of that at the end of this week. I know what my PS2, DS, GBA, XBox 1, and GC games of the year are though (hint: The Cube didn't have one.)
12-22-2006, 01:09 PM
Right, well I think I'm ready to do (most of this).
I'll do it by console first. The games that caught my attention most in 2006, and the region I played, were:
Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams (JPN)
Shadow of the Colossus (UK - released in the US and Japan in 2005 but got a UK release early this year)
Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (UK)
Tomb Raider Legend (UK)
Winning Eleven 10 (JPN)
King of Fighters XI (JPN)
Melty Blood: Act Cadenza (JPN)
God Hand (JPN)
My top 3 PS2 games of 06:
2. Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast
3. Shadow of the Colossus
Dead Rising (US)
Senko no Ronde Rev X (JPN)
Tenchu Senran (JPN)
Gears of War (ASIA)
My top 3:
1. Gears of War
2. Dead Rising
3. Senko no Ronde Rev X
Resistance: Fall of Man (JPN)
Ridge Racer 7 (JPN)
My 1 PS3 choice:
1. Ridge Racer 7
Trauma Centre: Second Opinion (US)
Odoru: Made in Wario (JPN)
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (US)
1 Wii choice:
1. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Initial D: Street Stage (JPN)
Metal Gear Acid 2 (US)
Tekken: Dark Resurrection (JPN)
Ridge Racer 2 (JPN)
GTA: Vice City Stories (UK)
My 3 PSP choices:
1. Initial D Street Stage
2. Ridge Racer 2
3. Tekken: Dark Resurrection
Biohazard: Deadly Silence (JPN)
Metroid Prime Hunters (US)
New Super Mario Bros (US)
Cooking Mama (JPN)
Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime (US)
My 3 DS picks:
1. New Super Mario Bros
2. Cooking Mama
3. Biohazard: Deadly Silence
So, that leaves me with the following:
Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast
Shadow of the Colossus
Gears of War
Senko no Ronde Rev X
Ridge Racer 7
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Initial D Street Stage
Ridge Racer 2
Tekken: Dark Resurrection
New Super Mario Bros
Biohazard: Deadly Silence
And from those, my top 10 in reverse order are:
10. Dead Rising (360)
9. Cooking Mama (DS)
8. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
7. Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
6. Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (PS2)
5. New Super Mario Bros (DS)
4. Ridge Racer 7 (PS3)
3. Initial D: Street Stage (PSP)
2. Yakuza (PS2)
1. Gears of War (360)
So my pick of 2005 was Resident Evil 4 and this year it's Gears of War. Fairly predictable/obvious, but nothing blew me away this year quite like it.
It was really hard deciding that list which speaks volumes for the amount and quality of releases across all formats during the year.
My console-specific purchases look something like this:
360 - 14 games
PS2 - 65 games
Wii - 12 Games
PS3 - 4 games
DS - 32 games
PSP - 27 games
Gamecube - 7 games.
Grand total of 161 not couting retro stuff.
Sad to see the GC releases dry up as the Wii took over as Nintendo's console of choice but it will be fondly remembered :)
360 really came into its own in the latter stages of the year, prompting me to buy one. The Wii and PS3 also have some great titles so early into their lifespan which makes the future look all the brighter.
The DS was, in Japan at least, phenomenal in terms of sales and rightly so with so many great games released this year. The PSP also had its share of great games too with some great original games as well as nice compilations.
So, with 2006 almost over, it's time to look forward to 2007.
January, for me, is going to be all about the 360 with both Lost Planet getting its US release and the iDOLM@ASTER hitting Japan. February will be all about Virtua Fighter 5 on PS3. I expect to see the PS3 and Wii pick up speed and catch up to the 360 in terms of amount of great games.
It'll be interesting to see if the DS has another great year of sales and I expect a little game known as Dragon Quest IX may help it along the way.
Not sure what to expect from the PSP and PS2 in 2007. Obviously the PS2 is winding down but there is still the likes of God of War II to come and I expect to be buying new PS2 releases well into next year. It'll be interesting to see if we get the much rumoured "PSP2" during the next 12 months. A built in HDD would be great for storing PSone game downloaded from the PS3 Playstation Store for one thing...
Announcements such as a new Devil May Cry and/or Resident Evil game built around the PSP would be great news and although Konami have some great compilations lined up for January (Salamander, Twinbee, Parodius) I wouldn't say no to more retro comps.
So all in all, a great year with two new consoles. 2007 should be just as good if not better and I'm certainly looking forward to it! :)
12-23-2006, 12:09 AM
Light year for me.
Happy Sky :)
Kingdom Hearts 2
Snake Eater: Substitance
New Super Mario Bros.
None. :/ I might have to spend ebay prices for Twilight Princess.
That's it for me. There are a few games I do intend on picking up when I get the time. Final Fantasy XII, Valkrie Profile 2, and Twilight Princess when I can find it.
Out of all the games I played this year, my top three are:
That is all.
12-23-2006, 09:29 PM
It was a very good year for me this year. Lots of rpg series that I liked came out ^^ . A LOT actually, so it got kind of hectic here and there.
Wild ARMS 4-
I ended up hating 3, but I liked Alter Code F. With 4, I knew the game went in a new direction and I was totally not sure how I would like it.
Turned out, I LOVED it. The game system was QUICK and fun as hell. I fell in love with the characters and the way they interacted. And most fun, was the fact that the game did have a lot of corny moments, but it was so over the top and slightly intentional that it was a joy to behold. *laughs*
Also, the game itself is short, so the events always feel fast. It was a refreshing change of pace from the dragging other rpg's tended to suffer from this year.
Probably due to this fast pace, WA4 somehow became my favorite game of the year
Tales of Legendia-
There are lots of complaints about this game, that I have a really hard time arguing with ^^;. A lot of the complaints are valid. The battle system isn't really that special. The game has pacing problems. The encounter rate is set WAY too high. And still... and still....
I loved this game.
The music is simply gorgeous (I still listen to the soundtrack regularly.) And the characters, are incredibly well developed. Starting from, truley, TRUELY unlikable characters to characters that I just adored. Add to that the group dynamic that develops later on and... *happy sigh*
So basically, my main reason to love this game is the characters.
Shadow Hearts 3
This game REALLY suffered from pacing problems. Stuff happens in the begining. HARDLY ANYTHING happens in the middle. And at the end, Bunches happen again.
But I was fine with it. The main character was simply adorable. The main story itself was interesting. And the battle system, is really, REALLY fun and takes a bit of brain power.
I honestly gave up on the Suikoden series with the fourth installment. I LOVED 3, but I hated 4 with a passion.
Then five came out, I bought it out of loyaltly to the series. I was going to give the series ONE LAST CHANCE. And I'm very glad I did. The main character is "silent" but he has a suprising amount of ... character.
The story was engaging, and there was tons to do.
The encounter rate was too high, but luckily there was a way to almost avoid all battles all together. Anyways, I had a lot of fun with this.
GREAT story. And the game was fun to play for the most part. My only complaint was that towards the last chapters of the game, it started to feel a bit like a dungeon crawler.
Anyways, Xeno3 wrapped up everything I wanted to be wrapped up with the series. Honestly, I'm kind of glad it's the last installment though. I kind of get the impression that the developers and writers of this series have great story ideas, but have trouble executing them ^^;.
Tales of the Abyss:
Ah, it was just frikin' fun ^^ . Luke's adorable, and the main story was suprisingly deep in comparison to other Tales games.
My only problem is that the group dynamic wasn't as strong as I would of liked. And besides one of the female characters, I didn't really like the other females at all...
(perhaps I'm becoming a typical fangirl? NOOOO. Soon ALL females will become unlikable to me. NOOOOOO!)
Well, so far I've only played the online portion. But it was a fun distraction. If not much to do ^^;.
First off, I'm biased. Very, VERY biased. I just love the .hack series in general.
That said.... I love GU vol 1 SO FRIKIN' MUCH.
The main is such a mixture of crazy, mean, and ... not so mean that I just fell in love. The other characters are likable in thier own ways too. And I just like the way they look in general.
The battles are fun, flashy and quick. And the story is intriguing. I can't wait 'till volume 2.
Ahaha, I ended up typing more than I intended....
12-24-2006, 06:39 AM
I haven't played Gears of War yet, but right now, my top 3 are:
1. Final Fantasy XII - finally, a FF game that has a coherent plot that makes sense with an ending that is actually satisfying. The new battle system was fantastic and got rid of the boring turn based stand there and wait to be hit bs RPGs are known for.
2. Zelda - the first Zelda game I have ever enjoyed, but the only reason it isn't #1 is due to the lack of all out voice acting. Had it had that, I would probably put it above FFXII.
3. Hitman Blood Money - down right addictive and fun.
12-24-2006, 09:05 PM
Good year of gaming. I liked it as much as last year, which says a lot, because the last two years is what I think REALLY brought this current generation up to par.
There's been a ton of good games, so rather than focus on the many great ones, many of which were mentioned above, I'll focus on the surprisingly good ones.
Okami (PS2) Holy crap. I ignored previews. I had little hope. Reviews were great, but I figured it's still probably not MY type of game. Picked it up, thought the intro confirmed it, but three hours into the game and I'm loving it. Better than Zelda? Maybe. Maybe not. But it seems to be better in as many ways as it is worse. There are some hilarious, HILARIOUS creatures and moments. Awesome off the wall game, and the closest quality experience of a Zelda-esque game outside of Zelda itself.
New Super Mario Bros. (DS) - I grew up with Nintendo. I loved Nintendo. But recently, their shit's just been getting old. Even Zelda is starting to feel a little tired, though I do like the creative graphical touches. I thought new 2-D Mario would get old quick. I was wrong. This game, besides having the classic, nostalgia inducing feel of old school Mario, manages to keep things refreshing with each world instead of tiring it out. Really well made game.
Xenosaga III (PS2) This series was utterly dead to me. Like Chacranajxy, my favorite RPG probably goes to Xenogears. I bear an exception with holding FFIV a little more dearly, but, it being my first rpg I played all the way through, the level of utter rookie bias is too high to ignore. Xenosaga was DEAD to me. I thought part I was an utterly huge waste of potential. The gameplay was a total chore, lacking of anything remotely fun. The environments made me want to nap. The pace crawled unnervingly. Sure, the story HAD POTENTIAL. But since it was only beginning, who knew if that potential was going to live up? I figured "This series is going to get fucking canned before anything even gets answered". In a last ditch effort, they managed to get the focused portion wrapped up with III. Not perfectly, but considering my level of expectation was at a near fatal level, I was utterly shocked. An utter triumph considering the circumstances. Wish some of the events of the six months, as well as Ziggy's past, could have been expounded upon before everything came to a close. But phenomenal. Fucking phenomenal.
Final Fantasy XII - No sappy, shitty love story like FFX's, which required a barf bag while playing. Changes? For the better. The battle system captured me. I hunted and hunted and hunted. Hope they focus on the story a little more in the next one. They only alluded to even many of the in game events, rather than showing them. The story was obviously a third wheel type focus, and they tried only to focus on the present actions of your group. Only slightly on their pasts or the world around them, and mostly in speech rather than video. Still, impressed by the change in direction to cater to the hardcore gamer. I thought Square was spose to be "mainstream" now? This was the big F-U to all their detractors. Even Nintendo don't have the balls to pull something like this. Zelda always plays pretty much the same. S-E earned my respect for this one, even if they are corporate whores.
Suikoden V Thought this series was dead. Not so much as Xenosaga. But, hell, the scenario developer left with 3, and 4 sucked. Who'd have thought 5 would be any good? Well, crap, it was. It felt rough, buggy. Like the developers didn't iron out even basic things. The walking pace v. city size was damn near infurating. Why it isn't fixed until the end is beyond me. The load times suck for any game of any genre released at the time it was. The combat rate was high, and potentially more imbalanced than usual. But the gameplay was pretty fun, and the story was captivating. Shit, if they had ironed this game out and polished it, it'd be among the greatest RPG series. Either way, good to see there's still hope for this series.
That rounds up the games that surprised me in a good way. Plenty of other great stuff out there. And while I try to be realistic and prepared for the worst, I had a feeling those would be pretty solid. Loved me some KHII, GHII, Gears of War, Bully, among others. Playing through Abyss and Zelda now. Abyss kicks ass though.
12-24-2006, 09:55 PM
Game of the year for me is Gears of War. I just love that game.
12-25-2006, 02:28 PM
Didn't play a whole lot of games this year, but my favourite out of those was Dreamfall: The Longest Journey. The gameplay was not terribly complex, but the story and atmosphere was simply wonderful, with an interesting cast of characters. Production values were also really good with great voice acting, great music and decent graphics.
12-25-2006, 11:38 PM
Well I got both Gears of War and Call of Duty 3 today. Both are great games. GoW is awesome, but the controls are confusing. I wouldn't go off and say this is the greatest game ever, but it is a down right fantastic one.
12-26-2006, 11:24 PM
I returneth after nearly a month of absence! *hears crickets chirping*
Anyways, here's my games of the year...
DS Winner - New Super Mario Bros. The gameplay went back to the basics, giving a long time gamer a nostalgia trip, despite the fact that there was lots of new stuff. Oh, and multiplayer over WiFi is awesome.
DS Honorable Mention - Cooking Mama. A quirky DS title I didn't think would come to the US. Ridiculously fun for something that's really just a mini-game compilation.
Wii Winner - Trauma Center: Second Opinion. The game is that damn good it deserves some love. The remake really adds a lot to the gameplay and the new missions are really creative.
Wii Honorable Mention - Wii Sports. For a free game it's amazing how addictive it is. With the addition of being able to use your Miis, your own characters, in it is a nice touch.
PS2 Winner - Guitar Hero 2. I don't think the music is quite as good as the first game, BUT the gameplay more than makes up for it. Cooperative mode is just awesome, encores make you feel like you're really trying to impress the audience, and I thought the way the shop/money works now was much improved.
PS2 Honorable Mention - Sega Genesis Collection. I can play Phantasy Star IV legitly. And that, my friends, is worth $20 on its own. Everything else is bonus!
This was pretty much the year of the DS for me so this is about as far as it gets.
12-27-2006, 03:31 AM
Honestly speaking I haven't played much from this year. I've mainly completed Tales of Legendia, Wild Arms 4th Detonator, and Suikoden V. I'm still working on Tales of the Abyss and Final Fantasy 3 DS. Then there is the matter of some other games I'm at least considering playing in the future. Thus I won't bother with choosing the game of the year right now. I'm having a hard time deciding right now anyway. However I will make some comments on the games I've already completed. In a sense I'll be doing the "review" part, but I'm not going to get overly fancy or anything. In any case time to get started. Note that the order I list them in doesn't really mean anything. However I can say in general that I enjoyed the three games over all.
Tales of Legendia
Being a fan of the Tales thanks to Destiny, Eternia, and Symphonia it was easy for me to decide to play Legendia. Legendia was a pretty nice game over all despite a few problems. Which I'll get to in a minute. Granted there are some AI problems like quite a few other games of this type, but battles were still kind of fun. I definitely liked some of the cast. Chloe, Norma, and Shirley for the win! The characters were rather well developed and it was nice to gradually learn more about them. The character quest section really does make it feel like you're playing two games in one. However it's also a double edged sword sadly.
While the character quests allowed the development to be more focused and you could say "Yes it's finally his/her turn to have a chapter", it also caused the second half to get repetitive in structure. Sure there were differences based on who the chapter focused on, but you still had the pattern of kill the shadow clone therapy session. Plus the lack of voices kind of hurt the second half. Also yes I was bitter about waiting a long time to use Shirley.
Wild Arms 4th Detonator
At the time the only Wild Arms I had completed was Wild Arms 2nd Ignition. I barely played the original version of Wild Arms. I had yet to even try Wild Arms: Alter Code F the remake. I had a lot of trouble motivating myself to play Wild Arms Advanced 3rd due to some issues with it. Thus I put it to the side and it continues to remain as a game put to the side. For how long I can't say. Regardless the point is I wasn't jumping at the gun to play Wild Arms 4th Detonator since my only positive experience was Wild Arms 2nd Ignition. However eventually after some discussion about Wild Arms 4th Detonator in relation to my feelings on the other games, I finally became convinced that I should give the game a try.
I'm definitely glad I did. Simply because the game was rather awesome over all. I loved the way the four mains interacted with each other. The story was pretty good. Perhaps the best part was the battle system which sounded neat in theory, but in actual execution turned out to be even better. The idea of targetting panels as opposed to characters definitely lead to some interesting strategies. Such as when I decided ended up setting a poison trap for certain boss.
I think my only real problems with the game would boil down to the following. The platform elements on occasion did get annoying. Then there was the matter of not being able to switch my on-screen character something I had become accustomed to from what I played of other Wild Arms games. Ah well every game has its price.
On a related note the awesomeness of Wild Arms 4th Detonator gave me more confidence in the Wild Arms series. It made it much easier to decide to play Wild Arms: Alter Code F. Heck I may even give Wild Arms Advanced Third another chance. Err more likely in the far future, I'm not that confident. More importantly I'm now actually anticipating trying Wild Arms 5th Vanguard where as before I'd just be thinking "I'll wait and see".
This title wasn't even on my radar at the time. Sure I owned the original Suikoden as part of a plan to test the waters of the series, but I kind of neglected to actually seriously play Suikoden itself. It's not that I hated the game, but with various games to play and decide between I kind of lost track of it. Later on my brother got Suikoden IV which I had trouble motivating myself to play. Granted I probably did not give the game a fair chance, but then again since the game ended up being returned there was not much chance to. Thus it's easy to see why Suikoden V was not on my radar.
Eventually a certain forum poster just had to ask why I wasn't playing the game. I gave my answer and this lead to discussion on whether or not I should try the game. I love how some decided to use the cute girls aspect as a way to motivate me to try the game. I thought about it for awhile and decided I should test the waters with Suikoden first since I already owned the first game. After having completed Suikoden, I became confident enough to take the chance and just go for Suikoden V.
It turns out I made the right choice. The story was rather nice over all. It was fun recruiting characters and varying my party on occasion. Also yes there definitely some rather cute and nice looking girls in the game. I also liked how despite being a silent main, the Prince still was able to show some character during certain scenes. Far better than some past silent mains. Plus since I was picking choices often enough the silent part never really bothered me.
I think the only problems I can think of are the following. Sometimes I do wish the battle system was a bit fancier as it really is rather basic. The story while good did start to develop a pattern. Also I wish I didn't have to wait so long to use some characters, but then again they probably wanted them spread out.
In any case I'm looking forward to my final thoughts on Tales of the Abyss and Final Fantasy 3 DS. I'm also considering Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria, Xenosaga 3, and Children of Mana in the future. Right now the only thing for certain is Tales of the Abyss which I really need to back to playing and Final Fantasy 3 DS which kind of distracted me from playing Tales of the Abyss. Hey if I have a chance to borrow my brother's DS to play the game of course I'm going to prioritize towards Final Fantasy 3 DS.
12-27-2006, 04:32 AM
I returneth after nearly a month of absence! *hears crickets chirping*
Yes, I was beginning to think you'd left :(
Welcome back :D (and some good choices there btw ;) )
12-27-2006, 11:16 AM
So I played Gears of War, and it is awesome, but I don't think it is the be all end all of games. I'd probably rank it in my top 5 of the year though, but definitely not 1 or 2.
12-27-2006, 02:17 PM
Wii Winner - Zelda: Twilight Princess. Is it even a contest? Playing Zelda on the Wii has totally rekindled the console gaming love that I had lost years ago. It's a good thing Nintendo did put out any of their other big 1st party hitters, because I'm completely zoned in on Zelda with little time for anything else.
Honorable mention goes to Wii Sports, which I'll put to the true test this weekend when I go back to visit the fam and put together the Wii Sports Tournament for New Year's Eve festivities. :)
DS Winner - Elite Beat Agents. I played Ouendan, loved it. So I picked up the US "sequel", loved it. The game mixes up two of my favorite hobbies, manga and music, and creates a hyper, unbelievably fun experience. Once I start, I'm like a crack fiend for days trying to get through more levels or get top scores. And the damn songs get stuck in my head for weeks, on both versions.
Honorable mention goes to New Super Mario Bros. A classic revisited and packed with even more fun.
12-27-2006, 05:22 PM
I really only played the DS this year, and fell in love with it again with every new game that came out. Picking a best game is hard for me. I threw in some GBA and GC choices too only because I'm bitter about their uneventful deaths. I got Twilight Princess for Christmas and don't have my cube with me, so it's not figured into the best game rankings.
DS: Elite Beat Agents - Technically, saying I have difficulty picking the best is a lie since I still play this game several times a week and have looked forward to nothing as much before or after it came out. I beat all the difficulties in about two days, but I continue to play it regularly to try for the perfect clears and the S ranks. It's still fun no matter how many times I play it. I'm a sucker for rhythm and minigame-games though. This one just feels like it was made for me, I love the playlist and I loved that it took me four solid hours of repeats to beat the hardest song on the hardest difficulty.
Also good: Rub Rabbits! - I think everyone promptly forgot about this game after it came out, but I love it so much. Again, a minigame-game, but the ending was perfect and so many of the minigames were challenging as well as fun. There were things like the disc challenge which were silly and stopped the game for me, but most of them were fun to play again and again. I destroyed a DS beating this through the hard difficulty.
GBA: Final Fantasy V - I feel sad because this is kind of an obvious choice and a gimme, but nothing else that was quite as good came out on GBA. I wish I could pick Sigma Star Saga again, because that's one of the finest GBA games I've played, but that came out last year. Summon Night was also good, but not quite as good as Final Fantasy V, which is second only to IX in my personal Final Fantasy rankings.
also good: Rhythm Tengoku - Not as substantial as FFV, but I also liked this minigame-game/rhythm game. I do play other things, but I like these best :p
GC: Harvest Moon: Magical Melody - As a fan of the series, this game delivered everything I've ever wanted in a Harvest Moon game except portability. Were it on GBA or DS, it would be one of the only games I would've needed this year. If a Harvest Moon game is good, I'll play it for months uninterrupted, and this one was quite fine in its choices of living a social, ranching, or farming life. I felt like you were bullied into farming for money anyway regardless of what you chose, but it was very Animal Crossing-esque, I loved the social aspects, and it was just extremely fun to play. Plus, not nearly as buggy as other entries in the series! Hooray for that!
Chibi-Robo! - This came out in February, right? This game was so much fun, and it's sad that everyone forgot about it or didn't play it. It was kind of short, and kind of annoying in some spots, but as sloppy of a housekeeper I am, I love games where you do chores. Since you are a robot who does chores, I had this itch scratched nicely. Why, I think the only way to fit more chores into your day would be to make some sort of farming simulation game. This one has a tad more atmosphere and personality than Magical Melody, but there's a lot more I can do on Magical Melody, so it just wins hands down.
12-27-2006, 08:47 PM
...I love how some decided to use the cute girls aspect as a way to motivate me to try the game.
Ha, ha, I remember that. Didn't we post pictures of the cute girls for you too? XD . Ahaha, good times...
12-27-2006, 09:26 PM
Ha, ha, I remember that. Didn't we post pictures of the cute girls for you too? XD . Ahaha, good times...
If I remember right that's what happened. I also did some searching myself. All I know is that I took an extremely quick liking to Lyon. She's very cute and it was fun having her follow me around.
01-02-2007, 09:48 PM
FFXII by, like, this much (holds out arms).
Blue Dragon, Valkyrie Profile: Silmeria and Chromehounds round out the places.
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