I'm trying to decide what to tackle next… No decisions have been made yet, so I'll probably just try a few random things I've downloaded and then go to bed. However, while on the subject, it does bring up the issue of 2010—specifically, that there's only about eighty days left in it.
I've mentioned several times on my Twitter feed that this is the first year where it genuinely seemed as though there wasn't enough time to play everything that I felt I should as a critic. I mean, I'm no stranger to the traditional fourth-quarter rush, but between the wealth of retail and DL releases, 2010 seemed to have more worthy (if not spectacular) games per month than I could possibly get to.
While I usually have to pack my play schedule a little tighter as each year draws to a close, I just don't see how it's possible to get to all of the "must-plays", let alone the "looks interestings" that are still on my list. The numbers just don't add up, and I have to admit that it feels pretty frustrating.
As an example, I've been comparing Game of the Year lists with a few people privately, and in each case our picks were almost completely different. I don't think it was necessarily that everyone had a radically diverging opinion, instead I think it had more to do with the fact that each of us had chosen different games due to time constraints and had simply failed to play the others. I really, really can't think of another year when that was the case.
So, what does all this have to do with you? Good question. Since there's so little time left before the necessity of crafting the traditional end-of-year wrapup, I thought I'd throw it open to all of you and see what the hivemind felt I should definitely play before December 31.
Below is a list of likely candidates, but I'm also totally open to other suggestions. If there's something you think I absolutely should see, I want to hear about it. Any system except PC is fair game (including DLC or Add-Ons) so dear readers, I ask you: What's an important critical play?
Potential Candidates for Review before 12/31:
- Metro 2033
- Dead Rising 2
- Cave Story
- Bit.Trip Runner
- And Yet It Moves
- Castlevania: LoS
- Valkyria Chronicles 2
- Transformers: War for Cybertron
- Super Mario Galaxy 2
- Fallout: New Vegas
Currently, he's got about 42 minutes a night to play because adulting is a timesuck, but despite that, he's a happily married guy with two kids who both have better K/D ratios than he does.
Brad still loves Transformers, he's on Marvel Puzzle Quest when nobody at the office is looking, and his favorite game of all time is the first Mass Effect -- and he thought the trilogy's ending was Just Fine, Thanks.
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