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2011, year of catching up

Alan Wake: The Writer
Bioshock 2
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Crysis 2
Dead Space 2
Deadly Premoniton
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Fable III
Halo 3: ODST
Halo: Reach
Mass Effect
NCAA Football 12
The Saboteur

I've had a busy year at work, and I've spent a lot of time preparing for my future. That hasn't kept me from churning out some gaming hours, though. My selection may seem odd to some, but I'm kind of conservative with games nowadays. The only games on this list I purchased at full retail, were Human Revolution, NCAA, and Outland. I pretty much make CERTAIN that the games I buy, I will enjoy. This year, I took gambles on Deadly Premonition, Enslaved, and Saboteur. I was thoroughly entertained by all three.

While no real disappointments, I was kind of let down by a few things. I felt that both Deux Ex and Crysis failed to capitalize on the 'modification upgrade' elements that drives them. Deux Ex did a much better job, but ultimately both games give you options... only to end up turning in to a standard fair firefight anyways. What's the point, really? EA Sports got plenty an earful without my help, but I was sad to see so many bugs, glitches, and freezes knock an otherwise perfect football game down so many pegs. The customer support failed to fix any of the real problems with their download packs, and actually caused issues trying. The only REAL disappointment for me was no ones fault but mine. Apparently, my Dell craptop isn't capable of running Amnesia. So bummed.

The high points were surprisingly my first play through (and 200.6%) Symphony of the Night, Dead Space 2, the style of ODST, and Mass Effect. Saboteur was also a surprise, if only it hadn't been so hard to drive in black and white.