Resistance 2 (PS3)
The single-player affair is lacking, especially compared to the first, but there’s no reason to return to that when you have co-op that you can play with 2-8 other Resistance fans, a leveling system in place for your online characters, and 60-player multi player with multiple game modes. All of the improvements to the weaponry and the AI may not have saved Nathan Hale’s campaign, but at least you reap the benefits in the never ending multiplayer modes.
Gears of War 2 (Xbox 360)
While the story wasn’t bad, the dialogue was beyond awful, as was most of the final of five acts and your inability to talk and do anything else at the same time. That being said, the gameplay is improved from the first, which is saying something considering how good the formula already was. The online play still isn’t much fun thanks to bugs and people taking advantage of said bugs, but at least you’ve always got Horde mode, where wave after wave of Locust descend upon you and your friends. It’s one of the best online modes for any game this generation, on the same level as “Resistance 2’s” co-op play.
Fallout 3 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
When a game crashes out on you multiple times and erases your saves, and you dive right back in and start playing, maybe even changing the course of some of your previous events, you know you’ve got a winner. I wish Bethesda would ship a game that didn’t bug out repeatedly, but for now I’ll have to settle for games that make me come back again and again in spite of its flaws. “Fallout 3” is one of the better games of this generation, and a testament to the potential in western RPGs. If you haven’t bought it already, do so now.
No More Heroes (Wii)
There are two kinds of people when it comes to “No More Heroes”: there are those who praise the art style, the ridiculously over-the-top violence, the storyline, the presentation, the gameplay-nothing beats slicing people in half with a beam katana, especially when it’s swung like a baseball bat-the bosses who have more developed personalities than many AAA titles leading men and women…the list goes on. Then there are the people who don’t get “No More Heroes”. Those people are not your friends.
The World Ends With You (DS)
If I had written a review listing all of the great things about and in Square Enix and Jupiter’s “The World Ends With You”, I never would have submitted on time, because I keep finding new reasons to go back and play, and it’s been out since April. Yes, it’s a JRPG with a linear storyline, but linear does not equal bad; in fact, this is arguably the best game Square Enix has put out since they merged together (oh yes, even better than Dragon Quest VIII. I went there). It’s got style, it’s got lovable characters, it’s got humor, and it has a unique battle system that, once mastered, becomes so addicting that level grinding is fun. You won’t want the game to end, but don’t worry, it doesn’t. You can go back and play any chapter once you finish in order to unlock and collect everything in the game, and there’s an additional chapter for you to go through once you’ve completed the regular quest as well.
World of Goo (Wii, PC); Valkyria Chronicles (PS3); Mirror’s Edge (PS3, Xbox 360), de Blob (Wii), Tales of Vesperia (Xbox 360)