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« on: December 27, 2010, 03:55:18 AM »

I think is time to throw this year in the toilet discussing not our Game of the Year (or forever), but discussing about what were the biggest surprises and disappointments of the year.

Gaming related of course.

Biggest surprise: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.

I'm a big fan of Kojima Productions, every game that this guys release is either extremly enjoyable or mindblowing in some form or another. But at the time when it was announced the biggest promise of this game it was that is was going to be a diffent kind of Castlevania, and better than any other 3D game of the franchise.

That alone were scary news for the long-time fans and exciting for the rest.

Granted, I'm not the biggest fan of the series but the fact that MercurySteam was able to pull this off so well deserves recognition.

Biggest disappointment: The "last game" of Shinji Mikami and Vanquish.

Now let me explain, I like Vanquish, I really really like Vanquish. So much that I would call this to be "the greatest Third-person shooter" in the market right now.

But why nobody cared for this game? Seriously, it seems to me that Platinum Games have the same curse of Treasure; Excellent games that (almost) nobody played.

I really don't understand this... Vanquish is fast, entertaining as hell and challenging. Why there was no more interested people in this is beyond me. Not to mention that in Europe some retailers were giving free copies of Bayonetta if you pre-ordered the game, that's like saying "please, buy my game". Shit is just sad bro. :(

Now about Mikami, read this.

And those are my surprises and disappointments of this year, your turn.
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2010, 06:42:09 AM »

Poor Mikami. RIP
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2010, 09:50:18 PM »

Well, this thread's being kind of ignored! And it's a general game topic anyway, so may as well throw it here.

Biggest surprise: Deadly Premonition. I hadn't followed this game at all until it came out and was this strange $20 game getting a lot of attention. Played it a few weeks ago, and it quickly became one of the most memorable experiences I've had with a video game. Runner ups are Nier then Bayonetta, Nier I figured would be a middling, unremarkable action game from SE in a misguided attempt to appeal more to the west, but instead it was something that would play with gameplay conventions and offered one of the more impactful narratives in gaming, even if it was shamelessly manipulating your emotions. Instead it was Front Mission Evolved that, by all accounts, fulfilled the 'unremarkable action game made in a misguided attempt for western appeal' quota. As for Bayonetta, well, I knew it'd be good, I just doubted I would enjoy it as much as I did.

Disappointments? Alpha Protocol, followed by Final Fantasy XIII. Alpha Protocol is still worth checking out, especially since it goes for so little now, and it really does offer more meaningful choices than most RPGs. It wasn't satisfying enough for me, and occassionally the difficulty was bullshit due to how the game's balanced. As for FFXIII, well, I feared it'd be a rigidly linear adventure, possibly with no backtracking thanks in part to being able to relatively easily be ported to the 360, and my worst fears there DID pan out! But I had my hopes raised a bit for the Pulse portion, only for actual experience to shoot that down entirely too.
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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2010, 10:30:52 PM »

Nier was definitely my surprise of the year.  Everything I had heard about it up until its release led me to believe it was gonna be another heaping of generic JRPG trash.  I picked it up when the price started to plummet just because I didn't have anything else to play at the time, and it didn't take long to see that I was way off base in my previous assumptions.  It's been a very long time since a game managed to push my buttons in all the right ways like Nier did.

Bioshock 2 was by far my biggest disappointment.  It's just so...soulless compared to the first game.  Bioshock 2 could have done a lot more with the setting and it definitely could have done more with its utopian socialist themes.  That last bit is probably the most disappointing bit considering just how prevalent Objectivist ideaology was in the first Bioshock.  It would have made for some interesting comparison and contrast in the hands of a team that wasn't interested in a cash grab. :P
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2010, 10:42:35 PM »

You'll have to wait for the GOTY feature to get my pick for disappointment of the year, but I think 2010 has definitely been a year of surprises.  Marquee contenders like Final Fantasy XIII and Alpha Protocol disappointed while games like Nier, Recettear, Deathspank, 999 and more became bona fide sleeper hits.  I'd say 2010 was the year of sleeper hits.  It was also a good year for smaller-scale downlodable games like Limbo and Super Meat Boy. 

Although a very nice surprise for 2010 was Planescape: Torment being sold for 10 clams on GOG.  
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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2010, 10:47:52 PM »

Although a very nice surprise for 2010 was each of the Black Isle/D&D RPGs being sold for 10 clams on GOG.  

Now that's more like it! Although I can't deny that Planescape Torment was the one that seemed most likely to get the shaft, not being as popular as Baldur's Gate and based in a discontinued setting, Wizards of the Coast could've easily decided that since they'd rather market active settings they wouldn't bother letting Planescape Torment be released again, but fortunately that wasn't the case.
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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2010, 11:03:00 PM »

Biggest Surprise:
Nier (duh - and woulda thunk it after coming off Drakengard.. the 2nd title had me hooked too, however)
Star Ocean: the Last Hope [PS3] (though I'm sure I'm the ONLY ONE here who feels this way - hence, biggest surprise)
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (this makes me sad given Namco's financial constraints since this title was actually good.  The price tag was steep, but a good title nonetheless)
I'd put Resonance of Fate here, but Tri-Ace delivers often for me - I just like their shit.
Anyways, all 3 of the above I clocked a ton of hours into this year, making sure I "super-finished" the game to some extent.

Most Disappointing:
FFXIII - I did tout its brilliance early on, and I loved the graphics, sound, and battles - but otherwise, it delivered less than every other FF game.  And something is wrong when SNES and PSX titles set a better precedence than a title two gaming generations later.  I did love it, but a step back most definitely.
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« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2010, 11:43:44 PM »

Biggest Surprise:
Nier, without a doubt.  I've said in other posts how much this game has impressed me and I don't feel like repeating myself right now, but one thing I haven't talked about is how low my expectations for this game were beforehand.  There was basically nothing in the pre-release coverage that caught my interest.  It looked like a confused mash-up of game genres that was trying to appeal to some Japanese businessman's misconception of what western gamers wanted.  Of course the actual game was nothing of the sort, but it seemed to me that was how it was being sold.  Honestly if it wasn't for RPGFan's review(s) of Nier I don't think I ever would have even tried it.

Biggest Disappointment:
FFXIII, easily.  Sure, I knew from the pre-release coverage that it was going to be very linear, but I was still expecting a good battle system and decent story.  Instead I found myself hating the battle system and the story was absolutely terrible, so what's left?  It's pretty and has a nice soundtrack...but it's a horrible game.
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« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2010, 12:26:51 AM »

Biggest Surprise: I'll need to think about that one.

Biggest Disappointment: Final Fantasy XIII.
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« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2010, 12:46:01 AM »

I wonder if the story would have been received better if it was actually... played out.  Maybe it would have been better than reading it all from the in-game almanac and characters chatting about it.
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« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2010, 12:58:06 AM »

I think 999 might be my biggest surprise of the year.

Disappointment?

Fallout NV - *another* half finished, buggy game on a crap engine that doesn't work properly.
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« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2010, 01:12:06 AM »

The biggest surprises for me were Nier and 999. I went into both with neither high nor low expectations. In the end, I played games that engrossed me far more than many of the games I played in 2010. Nier for its plot, characters and incredible music and 999, similarly, for its intriguing plot and characters.

The biggest disappointment would have to be XIII.
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« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2010, 01:26:46 AM »

Biggest surprise: Recettear I guess
Great sales figure from a brand new company.
Other than that, 2010 didn't really impress me. I feel 2011 will be a completely different story though.

Biggest disappointment: Fallout New Vegas
The game is fun, but it is also buggy and truthfully nothing new. I like the new faction idea, but that is about the only thing new in the game. This could easily have been an expansion to Fallout 3 instead of a new game.
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« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2010, 01:54:45 AM »

Biggest Surprise:
Star Ocean: the Last Hope [PS3] (though I'm sure I'm the ONLY ONE here who feels this way - hence, biggest surprise)

NO YOU'RE NOT! :O I loved SE4!
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« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2010, 02:26:14 AM »

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Duke Nukem being announced as a surprise this year.
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