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People who added this item 147 Average listal rating (76 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 0
BioShock Infinite - PlayStation 3
Release Date: March 26, 2013 (NA/EU/AU)
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Irrational Games
Genre: First-Person Shooter

BioShock Infinite is a must-play game by all means...But I've been struggling to figure out how exactly I feel about it since I saw the credits roll. I don't feel like it's a "perfect" game like so many reviews seem to suggest...But at the same time, I have a hard time pinpointing any major issues I have with it to justify a lower score. In the end, I find myself flip-flopping between a 9 and a 10 here on Listal...But anyway, it's a fantastic game and a wonderful experience. I prefer the original BioShock over this one, but they're both near the top of the heap for their generation of games.
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Spelunky - PC Games
Release Date: August 8, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Mossmouth
Developer: Derek Yu
Genre: Platformer

If you've never played Spelunky, but like 2D platformers, you NEED to play this game. The randomized levels mean that every playthrough is a different experience and the game just has a charm to it where you'll keep telling yourself "just one more time" when you die...and one more time turns into ten or twenty more times. There are plenty of secrets to discover as you play as well, increasing the replay value even further. It's not only a great game, but I'll argue that it's the best 2D platformer that I've played since Super Mario World. Yes, it really is that good. If you haven't played it yet, go out of your way to do so. You won't regret it.
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Shin Megami Tensei IV - Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: May 23, 2013 (JP)
Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Atlus
Genre: RPG

Having played the previous entries in the "main" Shin Megami Tensei series, I do have to say that while I really like this game a lot, it may be my least favorite in the main series. I can't put my finger on why, either. Everything here is very solid from the interesting story to the weakness exploiting gameplay that we all know and love...and there's even a few new additions to the gameplay that don't really enhance anything, but they're still neat all the same. This is also probably the most accessible game in the series, with enough done where newcomers can come in and not be overwhelmed, while long-time fans still have the challenge there to enjoy. Anyway, SMT IV is a great entry in the series and good enough where I started up a second game immediately after beating it. Even if I prefer others in the series, this is still one of the best RPG experiences that you can experience on a handheld. Get it and find out for yourself.
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The Last of Us - PlayStation 3
Release Date: June 14, 2013 (NA/EU/AU)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog
Genre: Adventure

Much like BioShock Infinite earlier in the year, The Last of Us has gotten a mind-boggling amount of perfect 10 out of 10 scores from various publications and websites...And much like BioShock Infinite, I'll have to question whether this game deserves that much praise. It's a great game, don't get me wrong, but it's not 10 out of 10 great. It's a solid 9 and there's nothing wrong with that. This is a survival horror-style game, light on the horror, where you're put up against hordes of enemies with minimal supplies and ammo. The fun lies in using your brain rather than your firepower to take down your foes with traps and stealth. The story is pretty nice as well, and a nice little bit of motivation to keep you playing longer than you would have liked to.
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Release Date: August 20, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
Genre: Adventure

The Walking Dead is a pretty nifty game that has a great story that pushes you along mixed in with a point-and-click adventure game with some action elements and quick-time events to give the game enough action to go along with the puzzles and difficult decisions along the way. I didn't quite buy all of the hype of this being 2012's Game of the Year by so many publications and websites, but after playing it, I understand why it got the hype it did. It's entertaining, it's fun, and with so many branching points in the story, it's a game that you can play over and over again and get different scenarios and conversations. It's fantastic. The Vita version comes with an option for some touch-screen controls, the 400 Days episode (which was DLC on other versions) and it's got the convenience of being portable, so you can experience this fantastic game on the go, whenever you want to.
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The Stanley Parable - PC Games
Release Date: October 17, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Galactic Cafe
Developer: Davey Wreden
Genre: Adventure

The Stanley Parable pretty much instantly became one of my favorite games. The sense of humor found here is quite well done and just exploring around to do pretty much anything but what the narrator says is quite fun. Makes me feel like a rebel...like I should be wearing a leather jacket, smearing grease in my hair, and smoking a pack of cigarettes as I play. But anyway, this game is tremendous and I hope you'll give it a chance if you haven't already done so.
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Release Date: June 27, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Terry Cavanagh
Developer: Terry Cavanagh
Genre: Platformer

This game really surprised me. The design is simple and so is the gameplay, but the game is amazing. The two boss fights are very nicely done, and all of the platforming in between is difficult, but not so difficult that you won't be able to overcome it after a few attempts. It's just so good. If you own an Ouya, or plan on getting one, this should be one of the first games that you download.
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Rogue Legacy - PC Games
Release Date: June 27, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Cellar Door Games
Developer: Cellar Door Games
Genre: Action

Rogue Legacy is a game that keeps on giving. You'll die at least one hundred times....and you'll still want to keep playing because each time you play, you'll be getting a unique experience. The basic concept is that when you die, you're dead. The next time you play, you're playing as one of the children of the person that died and that child may have beneficial genetics, negative ones, or stuff that really has no impact on the game other than amusement. You play one game where you're near-sighted, another where you've got gigantism, another where you have turrets syndrome...Half the fun is just seeing how the next generation you'll play as will be. It's also worth mentioning that if you can find it while exploring the castle, this game quotes the Wheel of Fish scene from UHF, which automatically makes it better than most games I've ever played.
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Release Date: November 12, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Genre: Fighting

If you like the modern Mortal Kombat games, and you were a fan of the story modes found in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe and the latest Mortal Kombat release, then you'll likely love Injustice. Story mode aside, there's also a unique take on the traditional arcade mode, with the arcade mode we all know and love with the player facing random opponents until they reach the final boss. In Injustice, there are a large assortment of variations of this formula to prevent the arcade mode from feeling too stale. With all the extra DLC from the original released added into the package, Injustice: Ultimate Edition is very much a worthy purchase for fighting fans, and fans of the DC Universe alike.
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Release Date: April 26, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Rising Star Games
Developer: Access Games
Genre: Adventure - Horror

Previously only available in Japan (well, as far as the PS3 version goes, anyway) where it was known as Red Seeds Profile, Deadly Premonition: Director's Cut expands on the original with some extra cut scenes, slightly better graphics, and improved controls, transforming a great game with poor controls into a great game with decent controls. Hopefully, this Director's Cut will be enough to create some new fans and make this more than just a cult classic, but a financial success for Rising Star Games...We need more games like this on store shelves.
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FIFA 14 - PlayStation 4
Release Date: November 12, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Canada
Genre: Sports - Soccer

I'll be honest with you. I've never really been a huge fan of EA's soccer games. The FIFA franchise just never seemed as good as Konami's soccer offerings to me. That said, I think FIFA 14 may be the best soccer game that I've ever played. If anyone out there can point me in the direction of a better one from the past or present, let me know 'cause I'd love to play it. The controls in FIFA 14 feel tight, the game modes are plentiful and well done, and it's just plain fun to play. If you like soccer (or football, if you're from pretty much anywhere outside of the United States...I got you guys covered) then this is a must-buy launch title for the PS4. It's very, very good.
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FEZ - PC Games
Release Date: May 1, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Trapdoor
Developer: Polytron Corp.
Genre: Platformer

FEZ is one of those well-known indie games that everyone seems to love and I just didn't feel like playing it anyway. But, I'm on a bit of a Steam kick right now, trying to play much of my bloated library, and I gave FEZ a chance...and I can see why people like it so much. I don't think that it's as great as some folks made it out to be, but it's still very good and one of the better indie-developed games that I've ever played.
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Hotline Miami - PlayStation Network
Release Date: June 25, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: Dennation
Genre: Action

I liked Hotline Miami a lot on PC, and the Playstation Network version is just as good. I seemed to get stuck on a level less often and die a lot less in the Playstation Network version of the game, but at the same time, I seem to not get as good of grades in the levels, either. So, take that for what it's worth, I suppose. But anyway, if you haven't had a chance to play the PC version and have a PS3 or a Vita (or both - if you buy this game for one, you get the version for the other for free) then give it a try. You'll probably be glad that you did.
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Gone Home - PC Games
Release Date: August 15, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: The Fullbright Company
Developer: The Fullbright Company
Genre: Adventure

Gone Home encourages exploration, as you wander through a house and unravel the mystery of why your parents and sister aren't there to greet you as you return for college. Digging through everything to unravel the mystery is pretty fun, and the simple aspect of turning on and off lights acts both as a neat way to set an uneasy atmosphere and a neat way to remind yourself what rooms you've already visited and explored. I also like how the story ended up being completely different from what I thought it would be. It's good stuff. It took me around an hour and fifteen minutes or so to make my way through to the end, so if you're looking for a nice, interesting game to pass a little time, Gone Home is fantastic.
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Skullgirls - PC Games
Release Date: August 22, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Marvelous AQL
Developer: Lab Zero Games
Genre: Fighting

Skullgirls is fantastic. It looks great, plays great, and is just an overall enjoyable game. My only real gripe with it is a lack of characters...The roster is a little small for my tastes - I like a roster of 30 or more characters since I like to play as everyone...It makes me come back and play more. But Skullgirls is very, very solid. A few more characters and an extra mode or two and I'd say it would be dang close to perfect. If you like fighting games, definitely give this game a go.
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Anodyne - PC Games
Release Date: February 4, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Analgesic Productions
Developer: Analgesic Productions
Genre: Adventure

At first glance, Anodyne is a total Zelda rip-off...But after you play for a while, you'll begin to see that past the similarities of Anodyne and the 2D Zelda games, Anodyne has a personality all of its own. Instead of swinging a sword, Young, the protagonist, wields a broom. Using the broom he can sweep up dirt to help aid him during the quest. While that may sound kiddy, don't be mistaken, this is a dark game that's ultimately about facing your inner demons, so to speak. The various level designs are impressive, as is the beautifully-done soundtrack. What may be the most impressive is that this was all done by a bunch of students. When I was in college, all I did was write papers that resulted in the teachers coming up with new rules in what not to do in future papers. I was a trailblazer.
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Release Date: August 23, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Michael Todd Games
Developer: Michael Todd Games
Genre: Platformer

While I've heard a lot of folks say that Electronic Super Joy is really hard, I don't really see the game as difficult...you can restart over and over as many times as it takes to complete an area by familiarizing yourself with the level and coming up with a good strategy to make it through. What seems like a difficult spot becomes easy through repetition. But anyway, Electronic Super Joy is a well designed platformer with an interesting visual design and a nice sense of humor. If you're into 2D platformers, this is a great game to play.
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Release Date: February 18, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Adult Swim Games
Developer: Megadev
Genre: Action

Toss Castlevania and Mr. Driller in a blender and you've got yourselves a nice Super House of Dead Ninjas milkshake. Mmmmm, mmmmm. The premise of this game is that you start at the roof of a castle. You want to work your way down to the bottom as fast as possible while killing enemies and collecting items. You're on a timer (like Mr. Driller's oxygen level) and T-shirt icons refill the time (like the oxygen capsules in Mr. Driller) but the combat and everything else very much feels like Castlevania, but at a much faster pace. It's very, very fun. You you haven't played it yet, give it a try. If you like the 2D Castlevanias, you'll probably like this game as well.
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Dead or Alive 5 Plus - PlayStation Vita
Release Date: March 19, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Tecmo Koei
Developer: Team Ninja
Genre: Fighting

Dead or Alive 5 Plus is a solid fighting game with a decent story mode attached to it. Personally, I prefer the story mode found in Dead or Alive Dimensions on the 3DS but the one found here isn't terrible. The fighting is the same as it always was, but now with a few Virtua Fighter cast members added in for good measure. If you're a fan of previous entries in the franchise, then you'll definitely enjoy this game as well.
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Release Date: May 24, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Adult Swim Games
Developer: Adult Swim Games
Genre: Puzzle - Action

Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe is a unique hybrid of platformer, shooter, and match-3 puzzle games that all blend together surprisingly well. I first played it thinking that it'd be so-so, but nothing special. I wound up getting hooked. I can easily see myself playing this on and off for months or even years to come. Adult Swim publishes another winner.
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NHL 14 - PlayStation 3
Release Date: September 10, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Electronic Arts
Genre: Sports - Hockey

My favorite part of hockey games is turning off the rules and just checking folks out of the way of me shooting a goal...But that can get boring when the computer doesn't fight back. In NHL 14, that's been solved. NHL 14 has an option for the most aggressive AI I've seen in a hockey game, and some new collision physics and a new fighting engine based off of the Fight Night franchise, ensuring that the carnage will always be at its most fun. Plus, with the ability to make the computer aggressive as well, it's just as fun watching your teammates get checked as it is doing the checking yourself. Of course, purists can still have more of a simulation for their game as well. There's also an option of playing a new mode based off of NHL '94, complete with player indicators, ice colors, etc. based off of the classic 16-bit hockey game...including the top-down camera view, if you so desire. Aside from the new physics, fight engine, and overall aggression, there's not much here that's different from NHL 13. So, unless you want an updated roster, or just love seeing carnage on the ice, like myself, there may not be enough here to make a purchase worthwhile for you if you already own the previous year's game.
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10,000,000 - PC Games
Release Date: January 15, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: EightyEight Games LTD
Developer: EightyEight Games LTD
Genre: Puzzle

10,000,000 is the first game released in 2013 to really hook me. I'm a sucker for most puzzle games, and when you toss in mild RPG elements, that just adds to the longevity of the game for me. 10,000,000 manages to incorporate RPG elements into the game and still make it totally different from Puzzle Quest, which is probably the best known puzzle game/RPG around. Basically, you've got a guy running in a dungeon up at the top of the screen. How fast you are at matching up the squares on the bottom area of the screen, the longer he'll survive up top. Matching blocks control physical attacks, magical attacks, opening chests and doors, building up shields, etc. If you can survive in the dungeon long enough to earn 10,000,000 points, you're allowed to leave. I wish it was 10,000,000,000 points instead so the fun could have lasted longer...But I suppose that wouldn't fit the name quite as well, now would it?
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Flower - PlayStation Network
Release Date: November 15, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: ThatGameCompany
Genre: Action

Flower is a very relaxing, very soothing game to play. It doesn't require a lot of skill or know-how to play, which makes it fun for people who have never touched a video game before, and yet it's still just as entertaining to play if you've played hundreds or thousands of games....It's so artistic and beautiful as well. If you haven't played Flower yet, do yourself a favor and play it. It's unique and absolutely fantastic. The PS4 version of Flower is pretty much exactly the same as the PS3 version, which isn't a bad thing. Hopefully it'll allow a new batch of people to experience this beautiful game for the first time.
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Resogun - PlayStation Network
Release Date: November 15, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: XDEV
Genre: Shooter - Third-Person

Resogun is a horizontal-scrolling shooter where your goal is to not just shoot up the enemy, but to also save the humans that pop up on screen. Saving folks helps boost this up from being a basic shooter into something with a little more depth. It was a very good launch title for the PS4 and one of their best exclusives thus far.
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Release Date: October 29, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Modern Dream
Genre: Shooter - Rail - Educational

I was always a big fan of the original Typing of the Dead on the Dreamcast, so when I saw that a new Typing of the Dead game was released, I had to get it. Typing of the Dead: Overkill is full of adult language and seems to go out of its way to offend and/or disgust you at times...So, if you're easily offended, this probably isn't the game for you. I found it all to be comical - the way it's done, you can tell that the creators knew it was all cheap, b-movie humor, but they happily tossed it in anyway. As a b-movie junkie, I appreciated it. Anyway, for those not in the know, the gameplay is basically a rail shooter, except instead of shooting, you type what you see on screen. It's an entertaining game, it's fun, and you might even learn to be a better at typing by playing this. It's probably the only time you'll learn to do something with this many F-bombs dropped.
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Release Date: August 13, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: WayForward
Genre: Platformer

I adore the original NES Duck Tales, so when this was first announced, I was running around screaming for joy like some sort of crazed maniac that had one too many Red Bulls. This isn't an exact port of the NES game, but an "enhanced" version, so to speak. There are cut scenes, and due to the story, some aspects of the NES original are ignored and replaced with new stuff in this game. There's also a new level to open the game and a new level at the end of the game that replaces the return to Transylvania. My main complaint is that when they re-designed the levels and added new tasks, they took away what made the original level design great. The Amazon had a branching path and you could take either way to get to the end - in this version, you've got to go through both paths before you can advance on. These additions will be minor to most people, but they bothered me. It's also worth noting that the controls aren't up to par, either...They just don't feel as tight as they should be. But for what it is, it's a quality remake and the length of the game (maybe around 2 1/2 to 3 hours) is much longer than the 20 minutes or so that the NES original takes to beat...So, while the controls aren't quite on par and the re-designed levels take away some of the magic of the original, the enhanced graphics, extra levels, added story, and remixed soundtrack all make this a worthwhile game to play for both fans of the original NES game and folks who have never played the 8-bit classic as well.
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Sonic CD - Ouya
Release Date: August 1, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sega
Genre: Platformer

Sonic CD is my favorite Sonic game, barely edging out the fan-favorite Sonic the Hedgehog 2. So, it's no surprise that the port placed high on the Ouya list of games. Sonic CD is still a blast to play today, with each level having a few variations thanks to a nifty time-traveling gimmick tossed into the game. It's still fun after all these years, and the $4.00 USD price tag to unlock the full game isn't too shabby of a price, either.
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Evoland - PC Games
Release Date: April 4, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Shiro Games
Developer: Shiro Games
Genre: RPG

Mix the 2D Legend of Zelda games with Final Fantasy with a hint of Diablo and you've got Evoland. It's a really charming game that takes you through the basic, technical history of RPGs and action adventure games. It's fun and a nice ride down memory lane, but when you peel away the neat concept, you've got a very basic game. If you're not swayed by the concept of working through various eras in video games, then you probably also won't be wowed by the gameplay. On the other hand, if the concept sounds awesome to you, you'll likely be happy to deal with the issues and simplicity as you work your way through the game.
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Dungeon Hearts - PC Games
Release Date: March 28, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: Cube Roots
Genre: Puzzle

Dungeon Hearts is a new take on the puzzle-RPG hybrid that slowly seems to be becoming its own genre...and it's well worth playing. The game itself is enjoyable, with the goal of matching up destructive blocks with regular blocks of the same color to do damage to the enemy and block their attacks, which also show up on the screen as blocks. It starts slow, but picks up to a frantic speed after a few minutes, where you're in a panic trying to make everything work without killing off your party. The soundtrack also deserves a mention. If you're nostalgic for classic Final Fantasy games, you will adore this soundtrack - it's clearly inspired by them. It's an overall good experience and unique enough to be worth looking at for fans of puzzle games and RPGs alike.
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Proteus - PC Games
Release Date: January 30, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Twisted Tree
Developer: Ed Key and David Kanaga
Genre: Adventure

Proteus is an odd game to comment on. There are no enemies, there's no way to die, there's no goals or objectives....in Proteus all you do is wander around and take in the scenery and audio. It's definitely not for everyone, but since I'm someone who enjoys just aimlessly wandering around, enjoying the scenery in the Elder Scrolls games, I find this to be a very relaxing way to spend 10-20 minutes. Proteus is another argument that video games are, indeed, art.
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Killer is Dead - PlayStation 3
Release Date: August 1, 2013 (JP)
Publisher: Xseed Games
Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture
Genre: Action - Brawler

Killer is Dead is getting a lot of negative press due to how women are portrayed in the game. Really? If this was a game that was realistic, maybe I could see their side of things...But this game stars a man with a gigantic, robotic arm that goes to the moon wearing only a helmet. It's clearly fiction. If it's obviously a fictional story, and the women (not all of whom are seen in a negative light, mind you) are part of that story, then what's the big deal? With that out of the way, Killer is Dead is a decent game. It's nice and weird. The downside to it is that it tends to get repetitive with its hack 'n' slash gameplay. The rest of the game is its upside. From its strange story to its amazing graphics, Killer is Dead is definitely worth checking out...Just be prepared for some repetitive action along the way.
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Doki-Doki Universe - PlayStation Network
Release Date: December 10, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: Adventure

I won't lie. Most of my time spent with Doki-Doki Universe involved me just taking the personality quizzes. Once I did one, I quickly searched for all of them so I could complete them. Outside of the little quizzes, Doki-Doki Universe is a simplistic, but charming adventure game that it worth checking out for its personality alone. It's not a must-play game by any means, but you could do a whole lot worse than choose to experience this neat little game.
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Germinator - PlayStation Network
Release Date: March 5, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Creat Studios
Developer: Creat Studios
Genre: Puzzle

Are you one of those people that love the Bust-A-Move (aka Puzzle Bobble) games, but have been waiting for them to really change up the formula a bit? Well, then give Germinator a try. The gameplay is similar to Bust-A-Move with you firing germs instead of bubbles in an attempt to match stuff up, but Germinator is more than just a Bust-A-Move clone. By shooting the same colored germ at a germ on the screen, the germs combine as one and grow. If other same-colored germs on the screen happen to touch the germ as it grows, they'll be absorbed into it as well, causing the germ to get bigger and bigger...Potentially, you could will the entire screen with a single germ if the situation allows it. It's not perfect, but it's still a solid puzzle game that Bust-A-Move fans longing for something new will likely appreciate.
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Release Date: July 26, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: MDickie
Developer: MDickie
Genre: Fighting - Wrestling

This is the same Wrestling Revolution that's found on the iPhone and on Android devices...Except this one can be played on the big screen with a controller. It's just as fun, but despite doing away with the touch screen controls, the controls do get out of whack every once and a while. At least once a match, I seem to be leaning the analog stick to the left, and my wrestler walks right instead. It's not game breaking, but it's still annoying. That said, this is the first wrestling game for the Ouya, and even with some of the bugs, this is still a very solid wrestling game well worth getting if you're a Ouya owner and a wrestling fan.
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Raiden Legacy - Ouya
Release Date: July 31, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: DotEmu
Developer: DotEmu
Genre: Compilation

Raiden Legacy is a compilation of Raiden, Raiden Fighter, Raiden Fighters 2, and Raiden Fighters Jet - all of which are pretty dang fun vertical, scrolling shooters. If you haven't played a Raiden game before, then this is an excellent place to start. If you have played one before, then you'll likely enjoy the four of these games squeezed into one, tiny, downloadable package.
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BlockenFighto - iPhone
Release Date: February 2, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Robert Goodwin
Developer: Robert Goodwin
Genre: Puzzle

CHIKARA fans got an app on iOS a while back in the form of an interactive coloring book. Aside from a few nice video promos included and theme songs for all wrestlers in the game, it was mostly a letdown. Now, BlockenFighto has appeared on the scene and while it's not the wrestling game CHIKARA fans have been waiting for, it's a decent match-three puzzle game all the same. If you've never seen CHIKARA before, you'll probably enjoy this game at least a little bit if you're a puzzle fan. If you have seen CHIKARA, you might get a little giddy when you notice some of the roster members, past and present, that made the game...Most notably being Dragon Dragon. It's cheap and proceeds help keep the most entertaining wrestling promotion in North America alive. So, if you're a fan of puzzle games or professional wrestling, go on over and pick up BlockenFighto.
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Amazing Frog - Ouya
Release Date: June 11, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: FAYJU
Developer: FAYJU
Genre: Action

The Amazing Frog, in its current form (I'm writing this on 8-20-13 - they plan on doing multiple updates as time goes on) is terrible...But terrible in the kind of way that the old Gamera films are terrible - in a good way. Amazing Frog is like of like Pain on the Playstation Network, except you get to walk and roam around instead of getting hurled out of a slingshot. The controls aren't the best, the camera kinda stinks, and yet...I couldn't stop playing. The developers have announced planned updates including the goal of being able to drive around vehicles, so while the game isn't great now (and it's still fun), it should only get better as time goes on.
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Release Date: March 28, 2013 (JP)
Publisher: Aksys Games
Developer: Zerodiv
Genre: RPG

Socery Saga is a rogue-like dungeon crawler where your main objective is to obtain ingredients for a curry dish to help a small business curry restaurant fight off the conglomerate curry restaurant that has recently entered town. Sound goofy? Well this game is. The dungeon crawling is all turn-based in that nothing moves until you move...It can be helpful when you stumble into a "monster house" and need a few seconds to figure out the best exit strategy, since they won't start chasing you until you've moved. Overall, it's a pretty fun game...And honestly, any game that has a special edition that supplies you with a plate, fork, and bib is an alright game in my book.
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Killzone: Shadow Fall - PlayStation 4
Release Date: November 15, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Guerrilla
Genre: Shooter - First-Person

Killzone: Shadow Fall is an absolutely gorgeous game to look at, but like we've been told since our grade school days - don't judge a book by its cover. Shadow Fall is just an average shooter. I thought that it would be more up my alley with some stealth aspects seemingly added in and larger areas to explore to allow for a more strategic approach to missions, but that's not always the case. The single-player campaign is just disappointing...And in this world where single player experiences sometimes get little or no development to focus on the muliplayer, it's to be expected, but that doesn't mean that it's alright to do. If all you plan to do is multiplayer, then you might like Shadow Fall. As a fellow that primarily prefers single player experiences, Shadow Fall falls pretty flat.
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DubWars - Ouya
Release Date: June 28, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Helium Interactive LLC
Developer: Helium Interactive LLC
Genre: Shooter - Third-Person

DubWars was the game that made me want an Ouya. A friend of mine got one at launch and mentioned this game and I instantly loved the concept. Basically, dub step music plays in the background. The beats of the song are when you shoot. You have no control over your firepower, it's all dependent on the song...If you've got a period with no beats, then you've got no ammo and you've gotta dodge all incoming enemies. It's really quite neat. However, after playing it, I like it a lot, but the awkward-feeling controls hold it back a tad. For a twin-stick shooter, and one that I'm using two analog sticks to play with, the on-screen movements sure aren't smooth. I never really got used to feeling like I was moving in squares rather than circles. But despite the awkward controls, DubWars is still fun and interesting. If they update the controls to be smoother, this could easily become one of my favorite games on the system.
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Oiche Mhaith - Ouya
Release Date: June 27, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Terry Cavanagh
Developer: Terry Cavanagh
Genre: Adventure

This game is not suitable for the kiddies - plenty of very colorful language and a very dark theme are contained in this interesting adventure game created by talented indie developer Terry Cavanagh. Basically, you play as a young girl who is verbally abused (severely so) by her mother and father. You do the tasks they ask and watch the story get darker with each task. It's a short, ten or fifteen minute game, but one that's well worth your time to experience.
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Release Date: June 28, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Farsight Studios
Developer: Farsight Studios
Genre: Pinball

The Pinball Arcade is almost like a pinball compilation since it simulates real pinball tables that you may have played at your local pizza parlor, gas station, arcade, etc. This brings some nostalgia to it for pinball enthusiasts. Like, I got to play the Ripley's Believe it or Not pinball machine that I enjoyed at the local bowling alley a few years back. The downside is that while it may be a pretty accurate simulation, it's still nowhere near as fun as playing the real tables. That said, this is a good choice for a traditional pinball experience. And a nice choice if you're looking for some quick fun on your Ouya.
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The Pinball Arcade - PlayStation Network
Release Date: December 17, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Alliance Digital Media
Developer: Farsight Studios
Genre: Pinball

The Pinball Arcade is different fron Zen Pinball 2 in that rather than having players play on original-for-the-game tables, the Pinball Arcade actually simulates real pinball tables that you may have played at your local pizza parlor, gas station, arcade, etc. This brings some nostalgia to it for pinball enthusiasts. Like, I got to play the Ripley's Believe it or Not pinball machine that I enjoyed at the local bowling alley a few years back. The downside is that while it may be a pretty accurate simulation, it's still nowhere near as fun as playing the real tables. That said, this is a good choice for a traditional pinball experience.
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Zen Pinball 2 - PlayStation Network
Release Date: December 18, 2013 (EU)
Publisher: Zen Studios
Developer: Zen Studios
Genre: Pinball

Zen Pinball 2 is an interesting approach to pinball. It plays just like your average pinball game, but in Zen Pinball 2, it's like the tables are alive. Say you're on one of the Marvel tables, you'll see Thanos threatening you and Silver Surfer and Adam Warlock helping you out on either side of the table by pushing the ball back at certain times. Aside from the animated aspects, the pinball tables aren't particularly interesting...But the pinball physics are done well enough and the animated aspects of the game provide enough of an original experience that pinball fans will likely enjoy their time here.
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God of War: Ascension - PlayStation 3
Release Date: March 12, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: SCE Santa Monica
Genre: Action

Since when did Kratos take up snowboarding? Wait, let me rephrase that...SnowBOREDing. I have no idea how this game ended up being so disappointing, but that's what happened. The gameplay feels bland and repetitive...And the game itself with the music, story, and overall atmosphere just feels like a shell of previous games in the series. Other God of War games got me so hooked that I couldn't stop playing...I had to play Ascension in blocks of 20-30 minutes because I just plain started to get bored. It's not a horrible game...But it's not even close to matching the standards set by other games in the franchise.
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Gaurodan - Ouya
Release Date: July 31, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Locomalito
Developer: Locomalito
Genre: Shooter - Third-Person

I like giant monster movies. A lot. Gaurodan allows you to become the giant monster and destroy cities with the lightning bolts that you spew from your mouth. Basically, you just fly back and forth over the city, until every building is a pile of rubble and all of the helicopters and tanks firing at you are destroyed. It's a fun game with a decent premise, but it the fun does wear thin after a little while. Still, destroying cities is an enjoyable experience while it lasts.
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Release Date: July 2, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Terry Cavanagh
Developer: Terry Cavanagh
Genre: RPG

Another dark story from Terry Cavanagh. This game starts out innocent enough and within the first minute, you might think that you're going on a whimsical little adventure as a little boy entering a forest near his house...Until you find the boy's "secret area" in the woods, and everything suddenly doesn't seem as jolly. It's a very short game with a very liner path (I haven't seen any alternate things to do, anyway) that you can probably beat in less than five minutes. But it's still entertaining enough for it to be worth a play through, especially if you're looking for a nice way to kill five minutes.
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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes - PlayStation 4
Release Date: November 15, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
Developer: TT Games
Genre: Action

I dunno. I've never really been in love with a Lego game. Lego Marvel Super Heroes seems neat enough, but playing it at a friend's house...I just didn't enjoy it. It's a well made game and all, but I suppose that it just isn't my cup of tea, like most Lego games, I guess. If you're a fan of the Lego games, you'll probably be a fan of this. If you're not, then this game won't convert you.
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Release Date: 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Joda Advergaming
Developer: Joda Advergaming
Genre: Action

This sixty-second-long game is an example of how style over substance can actually work. The length of the game saves it, I think, as the gameplay is extremely basic and leaves plenty to be desired, but it gets the job done for the minute it takes to reach the end. But the environments are the real reason to play this. They are awesome. Anyway, the right and left arrow keys move you left and right and the spacebar makes Balki jump. Your goal is to collect every star in order to make Cousin Larry's dream come true - the dream being whatever you type in. So, if you wanted to have a forehead like Mr. Belvedere, collect the stars and it'll come true...So says Balki. Anyway, it's a nice, short game worth playing just to see how awesome the environments were designed. Fans of the show will likely love it. I sure did. You can play it for free at: http://nothingsgonnastopmenow.com/
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Contrast - PlayStation 4
Release Date: November 15, 2013 (NA)
Publisher: Compulsion Games
Developer: Compulsion Games
Genre: Adventure

I like the idea of Conrast. I like the setting and the story. I don't like how mundane it feels by the end. The gameplay element of using shadows to platform to otherwise unreachable areas should open up the game to a lot of creative and unique situations for the player...But it doesn't. It just becomes routine with very obvious puzzles that results in a very underwhelming experience. Contrast is still passable due to its positives, but only barely due to its negatives.
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Yes, another branch of my 'ranked by preference' lists...This time, by year.

I'm just publishing 2013 for right now since it's relevant, but I have one for every year dating back to '78 already made...Just waiting to get some of the years a little more full prior to publishing 'em all. I plan on having little awards (think year-end awards) for games on each of these lists in time as well.

Should be a fun little side-project for me.

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Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at May 16 3:37
Howwwww did I miss the release of Deadly Premonition: Director's Cut? I can't wait to play that on my PS3.

Great list
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Jun 17 16:51
Glad to see Deadly Premonition getting so much attention with its re-release. I enjoyed Bioshock Infinite as well, though I don't rate it as high.

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