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2011, for both films and games, was a stellar year. With both having so many greats, it was a bit hard for me to choose my favorites. After mulling it over for a while, I think I’m ready to say what my favorites were. Let’s get started, with my 5 favorite films of he year.
While Mass Effect has better graphics and aesthetics, being a generation ahead doesn't necessarily mean it has better gameplay. I'll say this right now, however: based solely on the coding of the games, Mass Effect is once again better, as KOTOR had more limitations as to what they could do. There are some collision and sound issues, and the AI is horrendous. However, gameplay is (again) another matter entirely. While Mass Effect is a cover-based shooter (ugh), KOTOR is an action oriented RPG. Now I admit I do hold a bit of a bias against cover based shooters (remember when you could run into a room with like a bajillion different weapons and blow everything to hell? Good times.), Mass Effect's is pretty well executed, blending the RPG gameplay Bioware is known for with more modern shooter elements. Also, you still get a health bar which is nice. But in my opinion, KOTOR makes up for all missteps with it's awesome powers, great blend of melee and ranged combat, and lightsabers. Advantage KOTOR.
Military shooters are probably the biggest genre out there right now. Whether you like Call of Duty, Battlefield, or whatever other slightly different shooter, this genre isn't staying around for much longer. So what if it's the most profitable genre a developer can make a game in. So what if millions of people will buy the next iterations of CoD and Battlefield. These games may seem realistic now, but we'll eventually reach a point where realism doesn't matter. We'll be able to make games that have incredibly detailed aesthetics, lifelike AI, and pitch-perfect sound to match. And once we have the most realistic people, weapons, vehicles, etc., realism won't matter anymore.
I really hate musicals. It's almost irrational really. Anytime I hear a song that could be attributed to a musical I gain the sudden urge to punch something in what might be considered a face. In all honesty I should love musicals, as they put the music and sound over the other facets of the movie. But for some reason the combination of songs, dancing, and your standard movie makes me cringe. That's not to say I haven't watched musicals before (the horror). After all, some traumatic experience is usually involved in the process of hating something. For me, Disney is probably the one who instilled my hatred of musicals. But it wasn't the movies themselves; I actually quite like Disney movies. No, it was the fact that these characters where singing.