Hello there! I have a long, boring name, but you can call me Jenko. I am writing this blog post, all the way from sunny England, with the honour of being Jeff’s guest blogger (thanks Jeff!). Many of you will be aware of the overwhelming flow of shiny, new and exciting video games that we see every November. At the turn of the New Year all leading publications and websites give out their awards (or “Game of the Years”) for the highlights of the year. So what better topic for my blogging debut than to give my own thoughts, and eventually predictions of this year’s cream of the crop.
Before I discuss the clash of the titans we have in the coming months, let’s have a quick peek at the worthy contenders we’ve had so far this year. All the way back in January we had the delightfully creative platformer Little Big Planet 2, which was met with sufficient praise from the media – including a 9.0 review score from IGN. We’ve also seen the return of sci-fi shooter Killzone,
and a personal favourite of mine Portal 2, the tricky puzzler that probably had you tearing your own hair out (in a good way, if you deem that possible). Another name worthy of putting into the fray is L.A. Noire, the detective thriller from the makers of Grand Theft Auto. All great games in their own right; and may prove competition for the games released later this year.
Moving on to the climax of every video game calendar, (no, I personally don’t own one), we have a rather monumental battle of perhaps the two largest franchises in by far the largest genre, the first-person shooter. In the red corner is the current champion of the world (sorry about the boxing references) Call of Duty with their new action packed edition in the massively popular Modern Warfare series. We then have the feisty challenger, Battlefield 3, who for years has cowered into the February release date, avoiding Call of Duty altogether. This is a rather large battle in itself, so it makes us think what a grand scale the Game of they Year awards are actually on.
More big games this year include breathtaking RPG Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, which features dragons that randomly swoop in and battle you to the death (hopefully they’ll be slightly more manageable than deathclaws in Fallout), the superhero brawler Batman: Arkham City, Naughty Dog’s return of their third franchise in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, the return of everyone’s favourite Italian assassin in Assassins Creed: Revelations, and the return of the limbless wonder in Rayman Origins.
So what will take the grand prize? Uncharted 3 seems the favourite at the moment with practically everyone giving its second installment Game of the Year in 2009, but the more we see of Battlefield 3, the more stronger its case becomes. My overall prediction, however, is going to be Elder Scrolls, as it is shaping up to have by far the most content, and the gameplay we saw at this year’s E3 seems to show they’ve fixed the problems of Fallout: New Vegas.
Thanks for reading, and obviously this is a topic where you will have your wonderful, enlightening opinions (sarcasm not intended), so please e-mail me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll even include your thoughts in future blogs. Thanks for reading, Jenko OUT!