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« on: December 28, 2011, 05:18:17 PM »

With less than a year until the end of the world, I figured we needed to discuss games that were missed so we could enjoy them before the maid of the cosmos used her anti-bacterial wipe on the bathroom counter-top of our existence, since 13 b'ak'tun works out to exactly one cosmo-week and it's just about that time.

The AAA titles are all out, and now that we're all experiencing the gift-giving refractory period, let us reflect upon the 2011 games that we'd recommend to be worthwhile - they may not have made it onto the top of the "must-have" charts, but we may want to put forward for others to try out.

I'm easy on the game platforms, so whether it be a full retail, XBLA/PSN/Wii Arcade or even DLC content, let us know what you think.

I'll go first.

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Outland - PSN/XBLA - a fantastic 2d metroid-vania game that lives in the red vs. blue world. Vast world with lots of exploration, it was certainly a game I didn't mind dropping some MS points for. I have not yet completed it, but look forward to doing so.

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Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet - XBLA - There is a Samurai Jack feel to the art in this game. Rather than having a gravity-bound hero exploring a varied 2d metroid-vania world, you instead pilot a ship in a bid to save your planet from corruption. I actually finished this because I wanted to.

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Bastion - XBLA/PC (incl. Steam) - At a 3/4 view, the art and style of Bastion is one that impressed me. Sometimes hectic, but always entertaining, the narration and storyline were enjoyable and well worth at least one play-through (although I did twice). Trying to complete weapon challenges can eat considerable time, and while it isn't necessary, it certainly helps.  This game got a little more press (given some awards) but I think it's worth re-stating. If you don't have it, give it a shot.

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From Dust - XBLA/PC (incl. Steam) - God games have waned in interest, and From Dust brings back some of the magic that games like Populous and Black & White held. I've yet to finish it, but when I'm looking for something different, it's one of my go-to games.

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Crimson Alliance - XBLA - A fun, if short and light on story, romp through dungeons, where your goal is to kill mobs as fast as possible without getting hit. Think of it as Torchlight without the insane number of items to pick up. Also, its multi-player so it adds some interest having a few people crawl the dungeons at break-neck speeds.

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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2011, 07:00:56 PM »

MAG (PS3) - Never got the attention it deserves. Awesome FPS gameplay with real 128vs128 battles. (The minimum game size is 32vs32.) While COD Black Ops has 800,000 people playing on PS3 at any given time, MAG has maybe 3,000. Shame that what I feel is game of the year material being over looked by so many people, especially as you can have it for $19.99 new these days.

Modern Combat Domination (PSN) - Only $5.99 in the playstation store, as close as you'll get to Counter-Strike on the PS3. Has deathmatch, team deathmatch, escort VIP, boom and blast game modes. All games are 16 players and can be any combination of humans/bots so the games are always full. (Bots disconnect as a human joins.)
You rack up experience the longer you play, unlocking new weapons and upgrades call of duty style.
Amazingly fun game for only 6 bucks.

Payday The Heist (PSN) - Cooperative game for 4 players to rob a bank. (Full offline support with AI teammates filling in where humans normally would.) If you've ever played Kane & Lynch 2, you have a basic idea of what to expect.
Online is a blast, as you have to work together to hold off the cops and keep the hostages in check, all while performing multiple objectives (such as drilling the safe, erasing the security camera footage, etc.) and fighting to stay alive.
The police will come through all areas, including elevator shafts, the roofs, and so on. First time I played the main bank map, we managed to get into the vault (me and 3 other human players) then we went back to the choke point to keep the police from getting in while the floor was melting, and before we knew it, the police were coming in from behind us as well, they used the elevator shafts to come in and none of us covered it.
On hard difficulty, it's just that.. a tough game. Great COOP gameplay, wish more people were playing it though.

Quake Arena (XBLA) - Quake 3 like you remember it from the old days on PC, except without keyboard and mouse support. While I don't subscribe to Xbox Live Gold (can't justify the monthly fee when I can play for free on my PS3 and PC) I did get a chance to try online with a month trial of Live and it was pretty addictive. The community was small, that you would rarely see a full game, if any at all. All the games were player-hosted, no dedicated servers so if someone wasn't hosting their own personal server, there wasn't anyone playing. (And likewise if the person hosting decided they wanted to take a break - everyone playing gets disconnected.)
The best part if the bots are still there though, so you can play all the multiplayer modes and maps offline with the AI. Remember Xavier, or TankJr? All still there!
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2011, 07:05:55 PM »

Gears of War III
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2011, 08:47:55 PM »

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Gears of War III

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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2011, 10:44:56 PM »

Driver: San Francisco

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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2011, 12:48:53 AM »

Dungeon Siege 3
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2011, 01:42:57 AM »

I thought Space Marine was a very well done 3rd person shooter set in a really cool universe of Warhammer 40k.  MP was fun too, but I think the population is pretty much gone now. 
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2011, 02:43:35 AM »

Quote from: ATB on December 28, 2011, 07:05:55 PM

Gears of War III

this isn't a game of the year thread, it's an overlooked game thread and GOW certainly wasn't overlooked.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2011, 03:09:47 AM »

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Dungeon Siege 3

+1.  I came into DS3 expecting nothing (based on previous games), and had a blast with it.
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« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2011, 03:31:23 AM »

Quote from: Harkonis on December 29, 2011, 02:43:35 AM

Quote from: ATB on December 28, 2011, 07:05:55 PM

Gears of War III

this isn't a game of the year thread, it's an overlooked game thread and GOW certainly wasn't overlooked.  Roll Eyes

You beat me to the roll eyes!  Tongue
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« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2011, 03:37:54 AM »

Not enough people played Driver: San Francisco.  It's the best parts of Grand Theft Auto driving, minus the annoyances, and with more creative missions.  Burnout fans will also find things to like in the way you're encouraged to instigate crashes.  The car switching game mechanic gimmick works great thanks to the game not taking itself too seriously, and the cop buddy car chase storyline and overall theme works great.  Oh yeah, and people who go nuts for collectible whatsits in games will also find plenty of that present in the game.

Just a great, polished, fun fun game.  Even the Zero Punctuation guy liked it.
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« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2011, 07:44:55 AM »

Wow, I've played so few console games this year, with most of my time going to iPad. I have to dig back to last January for my entry: 9 hours, 9 Persons, 9 doors for DS (pubbed late 2010). Creative story, neat puzzles, more twists than a Chris Nolan film. Almost a visual novel, but a fair number of puzzles. It was also kind of cool that there were some theoretical ideas used in both this game and in the most recent Torchwood series, so when they started talking about it, I knew exactly what they were talking about.
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« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2011, 03:33:39 PM »

Quote from: Harkonis on December 29, 2011, 02:43:35 AM

Quote from: ATB on December 28, 2011, 07:05:55 PM

Gears of War III

this isn't a game of the year thread, it's an overlooked game thread and GOW certainly wasn't overlooked.  Roll Eyes

It's a major release.  The thread on this board is only 7 pages (and most of that is me  icon_cool) No one stayed long in the MP.

Overlooked. Underloved!  From you alright. I learned it by watching you!
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« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2011, 03:38:25 PM »

Alice Madness Returns - I loved the look of wonderland,maybe helped because i played the original that came with the game before hand and that look was quite dated(but still playable),so when i got to Madness Returns it was like landing in Technicolor Oz from the Black and White/Sepia Kansas

playing around 1800s London was quite cool as well

Some of the enemies were really impressive,and some had a decent learning curve as well to defeat them


Unfortunately i don't think the game did too well sales wise,but that's why its my overlooked game of 2011

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« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2011, 04:29:56 AM »

Quote from: ATB on December 29, 2011, 03:33:39 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 29, 2011, 02:43:35 AM

Quote from: ATB on December 28, 2011, 07:05:55 PM

Gears of War III

this isn't a game of the year thread, it's an overlooked game thread and GOW certainly wasn't overlooked.  Roll Eyes

It's a major release.  The thread on this board is only 7 pages (and most of that is me  icon_cool) No one stayed long in the MP.

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« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2011, 02:36:46 PM »

Quote from: pr0ner on December 30, 2011, 04:29:56 AM

Quote from: ATB on December 29, 2011, 03:33:39 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 29, 2011, 02:43:35 AM

Quote from: ATB on December 28, 2011, 07:05:55 PM

Gears of War III

this isn't a game of the year thread, it's an overlooked game thread and GOW certainly wasn't overlooked.  Roll Eyes

It's a major release.  The thread on this board is only 7 pages (and most of that is me  icon_cool) No one stayed long in the MP.

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« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2011, 03:04:16 PM »

Is this where I go to tell everyone that Wet was a seriously awesome, under-appreciated game and it's a tragedy that the sequel got cancelled? slywink
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« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2011, 06:17:01 PM »

Quote from: Chaz on December 30, 2011, 03:04:16 PM

Is this where I go to tell everyone that Wet was a seriously awesome, under-appreciated game and it's a tragedy that the sequel got cancelled? slywink

No, you'd have to resurrect the list from two years ago to do that.
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« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2011, 06:47:31 PM »

Classy personal attack there, ATB.

To get back on topic, I'd have to go with either the MGS HD collection or the God of War Origins HD collection.
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« Reply #19 on: December 30, 2011, 08:14:52 PM »

I'll ditto others that are listing Driver San Francisco.
BTW if you're cool with playing it on the PC, its 1/2 price today in the Steam sale.
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« Reply #20 on: December 30, 2011, 10:31:34 PM »

Quote from: pr0ner on December 30, 2011, 06:47:31 PM

Classy personal attack there, ATB.


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« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2011, 10:49:52 PM »

One word was snide; the rest was serious.

Now quit derailing the thread.
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« Reply #22 on: December 31, 2011, 02:53:47 AM »

Dr. Lautrec & The Forgotten Knights for the 3DS - Most people probably have either never heard of it or wrote it off as a Professor Layton clone, but it's much more than that.  It fuses several different types of gameplay (exploration, stealth, puzzles, riddles, and turn-based battles) and although the individual elements aren't perfect, the game ends up as more than the sum of its parts.  It also has excellent production values (especially the stellar voice acting), a well-developed cast, tons of content, a unique setting, and only costs $30.
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« Reply #23 on: December 31, 2011, 06:22:47 AM »

Really, Eddie? I had such high hopes for it, but the reviews were all so middling.
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« Reply #24 on: December 31, 2011, 08:12:43 AM »

Pr0ner, I get where you're coming from - but I think ATB's point (back to the topic) was that while Gears3 was a major release, it wasn't appreciated - in general it was overlooked. Consider the number of people seconding Driver:SF which also is a "major release".

Hell, inFamous2 was fun, if a bit soulless, and I'd say it was overlooked. If you notice in the OP, I didn't say they needed to be indie titles. High scores in reviews doesn't mean squat - there are tons of examples of AAA grade games that experienced market failure due to ineffective advertising or some wierd warp where they just didn't capture the attention that perhaps they deserved. smile
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« Reply #25 on: December 31, 2011, 01:40:32 PM »

Quote from: Misguided on December 31, 2011, 06:22:47 AM

Really, Eddie? I had such high hopes for it, but the reviews were all so middling.

I can see where the reviews are coming from.  Taken alone, most of the individual elements are nothing amazing, but it's the way they work together that makes the game special.  There really isn't any other game like it. Between its uniqueness and the highly entertaining presentation, it's one of those games that may not be great, but you love it anyway.
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« Reply #26 on: December 31, 2011, 03:40:44 PM »

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Pr0ner, I get where you're coming from - but I think ATB's point (back to the topic) was that while Gears3 was a major release, it wasn't appreciated - in general it was overlooked. Consider the number of people seconding Driver:SF which also is a "major release".

Uh, no.

Gears of War 3 is a AAA, massively pre-ordered and hyped release.  It sold 3 million copies the first week of release.  Just because people here played it, beat it, and moved on doesn't mean it's overlooked.

Driver: SF, on the other hand, a lot of people simply didn't play.  Plus, sales figures have simply exceeded expectations. 

There's a big difference between ATB's obsession over Gears 3 compared to everyone else playing it and moving on and almost no one playing Driver: SF.  For him to call it overlooked is simply untrue.  Driver: SF belongs in this thread.  Gears 3 does not.
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« Reply #27 on: December 31, 2011, 04:38:50 PM »

Quote from: pr0ner on December 31, 2011, 03:40:44 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 31, 2011, 08:12:43 AM

Pr0ner, I get where you're coming from - but I think ATB's point (back to the topic) was that while Gears3 was a major release, it wasn't appreciated - in general it was overlooked. Consider the number of people seconding Driver:SF which also is a "major release".

Uh, no.

Gears of War 3 is a AAA, massively pre-ordered and hyped release.  It sold 3 million copies the first week of release.  Just because people here played it, beat it, and moved on doesn't mean it's overlooked.

Driver: SF, on the other hand, a lot of people simply didn't play.  Plus, sales figures have simply exceeded expectations. 

There's a big difference between ATB's obsession over Gears 3 compared to everyone else playing it and moving on and almost no one playing Driver: SF.  For him to call it overlooked is simply untrue.  Driver: SF belongs in this thread.  Gears 3 does not.

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« Reply #28 on: December 31, 2011, 04:52:48 PM »

Quote from: EddieA on December 31, 2011, 01:40:32 PM

Quote from: Misguided on December 31, 2011, 06:22:47 AM

Really, Eddie? I had such high hopes for it, but the reviews were all so middling.

I can see where the reviews are coming from.  Taken alone, most of the individual elements are nothing amazing, but it's the way they work together that makes the game special.  There really isn't any other game like it. Between its uniqueness and the highly entertaining presentation, it's one of those games that may not be great, but you love it anyway.

I may have to try it then. I've been wanting SOMETHING to show off the 3DS (although presently addicted to Pushmo). And the kicker is that the newest Layton was a major disappointment for me.
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« Reply #29 on: December 31, 2011, 06:12:00 PM »

Quote from: gellar on December 31, 2011, 04:38:50 PM

This seems really important to you.
The important thing here is that my recommendation wins.
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« Reply #30 on: December 31, 2011, 06:25:28 PM »

Can we just nuke this thread from orbit and start a new one?
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« Reply #31 on: December 31, 2011, 06:30:20 PM »

Quote from: Misguided on December 31, 2011, 06:25:28 PM

Can we just nuke this thread from orbit and start a new one?

WAIT A MINUTE, there's a cost associated with these words.  People's time and thoughts!  You're just a grunt, you can't make those decisions!
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« Reply #32 on: December 31, 2011, 08:40:56 PM »

I second (or third, or fourth) Driver: San Francisco.  One of the most fun games I played all year, surprisingly, and seems criminally overlooked because of some mediocre reviews.

I also really enjoy Payday: The Heist as a Heat-inspired L4D type of game, even better if you have friends or compatriots to play with.  The developers have also shown willingness to put out some big updates and post-release support so far.

I'm not sure it was really overlooked, but I will just mention Renegade Ops as a game that was more fun that I expected especially in co-op.
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« Reply #33 on: January 01, 2012, 04:50:06 AM »

Quote from: pr0ner on December 31, 2011, 03:40:44 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 31, 2011, 08:12:43 AM

Pr0ner, I get where you're coming from - but I think ATB's point (back to the topic) was that while Gears3 was a major release, it wasn't appreciated - in general it was overlooked. Consider the number of people seconding Driver:SF which also is a "major release".

Uh, no.

Gears of War 3 is a AAA, massively pre-ordered and hyped release.  It sold 3 million copies the first week of release.  Just because people here played it, beat it, and moved on doesn't mean it's overlooked.

Driver: SF, on the other hand, a lot of people simply didn't play.  Plus, sales figures have simply exceeded expectations. 

There's a big difference between ATB's obsession over Gears 3 compared to everyone else playing it and moving on and almost no one playing Driver: SF.  For him to call it overlooked is simply untrue.  Driver: SF belongs in this thread.  Gears 3 does not.

Funny, I haven't played it yet. (I have it sitting on the shelf - given to me by a generous soul).  I can't seem to get to it with everything else.

Also, the advertising I've seen is all ACR. I've not seen any GOW3 ads. Perhaps that's a regional thing, but I've not seen the hype you mention.

As for Driver: SF's candidacy: it is multiplatform (PC, 360, PS3, WII) and has a larger target audience, and Ubisoft even states that it's sales are better than expected.

Quote from: wikipedia
Ubisoft has announced that the sales of Driver: San Francisco have exceeded their expectations in its latest quarterly financial report.

Doesn't sound "overlooked" either. For me, neither have been played by me, and both recommendations are valid.
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« Reply #34 on: January 01, 2012, 02:38:37 PM »

Dungeon Defenders for me.  Though I only play the PC version unless at my Nephews house then it's on Xbox.  I'm fairly sure it has sold well but does not seem like many people play it on here.  What an awesome mix of  genres + it has local split screen CoOp.  I still have more hours logged on it then Skyrim...for now.
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« Reply #35 on: January 04, 2012, 08:55:55 PM »

Fishing Resort for the Wii.  -- I've wanted a good fishing game for a long time and this one is really good.  You get to fish on and around an island and there are many different starting at a beach resort.  Every fish you catch earns fish points which you can use to buy better gear and fish in different areas.  I think there are 200 different varieties of fish to potentially catch.  The fishing mechanics are fun and simple but feel right.  I've gotten 30 hours of fun out of this $20 dollar title.

Dungeons of Dredmore for the PC.  -- Another budget title ($5) for a graphical Roguelike with a wicked sense of humor and loads of dungeon crawling options and plenty of challange.  This is a great game.
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« Reply #36 on: January 04, 2012, 10:43:38 PM »

Great call on Dungeons of Dredmor! Anyone who has ever had a passing interest in a roguelike that thought they might want to try a game like this but weren't sure should go get Dredmor. It looks good for a game like this, has diverse character options, a great sense of humor, and not only adjustable difficulty, but adjustable dungeon level size too (for a shorter, less grindy game if you wish).

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« Reply #37 on: January 05, 2012, 12:11:53 AM »

Fishing Resort is suprisingly fun.
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