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Games of the Year 2011, Part 1

I’m getting this up a little late this year, but it’s just as well since I played a couple of qualifying games over the holidays that definitely deserve their spots on the list. To explain this list: I play games on a fairly idiosyncratic schedule, and tend not to play a lot of games just as they come out. So to give as many games their due as reasonable, I do these lists on a one-year delay. So these are my favourite games that were released in 2011. Continue reading

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Batman: Arkham City

I know I’m in the minority, but as I laid out in my last entry, I did not particularly care for Arkham Asylum. It was well-crafted, but it failed to engage me. So I did not have high hopes for Arkham City, the sequel. But it turns out I was in for a surprise. I enjoyed it a lot. So much so that I blew through it in only a few days, without even meaning to. Continue reading

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Batman: Arkham Asylum

Certainly this is an exceptionally well crafted and technically accomplished game. That said, I’ve pretty much been having just barely enough fun and little enough frustration for me to keep playing it. The first and third Scarecrow bits were neat, I’ll grant. But the actual gameplay does almost nothing for me. It’s such a stiflingly linear, guided experience. The base combat system is good, but all the extension of it feel so artificial and game-y – These guys you can’t counter, and must stun; These guys you can’t hit, and must dodge; Here are some cool moves you can do, but only when your combo meter is high enough. Continue reading

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Batman: Arkham Asylum, Part 1: Structure

Unlike most reviewers, I didn’t really like Batman: Arkham Asylum, and I’ve been trying to figure out why this is.  What I’ve realized is that a big part of the problem for me is how unsatisfying I found the progression … Continue reading

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