And the awards go to...
Final Fantasy XIV
BatRastered: Any game that sends you a letter apologizing for itself is a strong contender here. I mean, holy crap. I knew this game was trouble when goukijones couldn't get the benchmark program to run on a newish Windows 7 machine. It’s amazing that, even though I didn’t expect this game to be good at all, I was still very disappointed by what it turned out to be.
Goukijones: From the moment BatRastered explained that the benchmark program was trying to use DirectX 9 - from 10 years ago. To the letter I got from Square Enix that said "We fired everybody, We're very sorry, FF14 is still free." This is by far one of the biggest debacles in the history of video games. Square Enix went from 14 billion $$$ to 1 billion $$$ estimated earnings. Square Enix rushed FF14 out to try and capture an escaping market from WoW and FF11. Square Enix also tried to get a jump on other major MMO releases like DC Universe Online and the Star Wars The Old Republic. Also the most recent WoW update railed the FF14 sales. Because of all of this, Deus EX was "delayed", I say it's canceled. There's rumors that FF13 Versus or whatever those alleged spin-offs were called, have also been canceled. Kingdom Hearts III is never going to come out. Square Enix and it's fans are in for a rough 2011.
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By: goukijones Dec 13, 2010 | 15 Comments
2010 Jimmy Gem nominees for best games still being played from 2009. Please comment.
Nobody put more time into Borderlands than BatRastered this year. Borderlands also released 2 DLC's and a patch that raised the level cap. Borderlands is one of the most talked about games on Gouki.com. Borderlands catalog page.
Personally I played the shit out of this game this year. I love it! According to Raptr I played 119 hours of this. What it doesn't say is that was within a weeks time span. Read the PWN diaries.
Halo 3 [Jan-Sept]
You gotta be playing some sort of Halo right Jimmy. Halo is Gouki.com's preferred shooter.
Street Fighter IV [Jan-Apr]
"Insert Cinderkin endless battle on endless nights take here."
Winners will be announced December 29th. Did we leave anything out? What's your favorite? Leave a comment below! AND don't forget to vote for your favorites in our Video Game Catalog.
By: goukijones Dec 13, 2010 | 17 Comments
Innovation that really changes the experience of games is something that a lot of developers can't get right. Here's a list of Gouki.com's most innovative things in video games from 2010.
Super Street Fighter IV - Replay channel
Watch random fights online while you cook breakfast. Sometimes even fights you've been in pop up or fights from people on you friends list. The SSF4 was a great way to learn street fighter as well.
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit - The Autolog
Nothing else released this year made me want to play a game more than the Autolog. The competition of getting the fastest time on racing, or playing a cop intrigued me to no end. I'd stay up all night trying to figure out how this Jimmy (ThaBrad) got 10 seconds on some random interceptor challenge.
Fable III - Friend stats and updates
I have 0 STD's, Creasemonkey has 6. Erik Estrada has 27 kids. Man of Ponage has 22,000,000 gold. These stats would pop up constantly while you were playing. They were also in real time.
Smackdown VS Raw 2011 - Create a superstar
Where this feature has it woes, the outcome of what you can create is still amazing.
Halo Reach - menu
People do not realize how brilliant the Halo Reach menu is, that you can go through the entire menu. Check friends online, see friends armor sets, change your armor, buy armor, change your buttons, view the stats from the game, save a copy of the game. It's ridiculous. Every game should be like this.
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By: BatRastered Dec 13, 2010 | 15 Comments
Here are the nominees for 2010's best multi-player game. Let us know your favorite in the comments.
Co-op campaign? Check. Firefight (horde mode)? Check. Deathmatches? Yup free-for-all and team. Capture the Flag? Sure... Single and multi! Don't forget oddball, invasion, stockpile, headhunter, infection, king of the hill, and assault with one bomb or multiple. All this plus a great matchmaking system that doesn't get in your way.
Endless battle, enough said... amiright? Now that there is tournament mode too, not to mention the fun you and your buddies can have in local vs battles, the only thing stopping this from being played is the inevitable next version of the game.
An XBLA summer of arcade game this year, Lara Croft surprised us with some neat co-op puzzle solving that may only be one-upped by the introduction of Portal 2 next year.
Wow... This game really came out of nowhere at the end of the year and has stolen all of our time. Even when you're not racing against your friends or random naubs in the online mode, your friend's times in the career are tracked and compared against yours in the autolog. A truly great feature that takes this game from interesting to awesome.
Winners will be announced December 29th. What's your favorite? Leave a comment below and remember to vote for your favorite games in our catalog.
What's the best DLC of 2010? See our nominees here and voice your opinion in the comments.
Borderlands - The Secret Armory of General Knoxx
Nothing mad me laugh harder than this add on this year. Quality humor, plus raising the level cap by 11 and giving us new weapons and shields to play with? Sign me up.
Red Dead Redemption - The Undead Nightmare
John Marston is back (from the dead?) that alone should be enough for this. New weapons and, of course, Zombears make this an exciting new addition. Let's not forget that Rockstar gave us some free DLC for this earlier too.
Halo Reach - Noble Map Pack
Okay, multiplayer map packs aren't super exciting, especially when there's only 3 of them for 10 bucks, but these are really good maps and that counts for something.
Winners will be announced December 29th. Did we leave anything out? What's your favorite? Leave a comment below!
What's the best original game of 2010? Here's our nominees. Leave your opinion in the comments below.
Shank was a fun arcade hack and slash with Samurai Jack style and mega combos.
Limbo is definitely original... It's hard to describe this game in words, you just have to play it.
A new story with some familiar gameplay. Kinda like the 3d Zelda games according to goukijones.
Yeah, another Kart racer isn't all that original, but designing your own tracks is what gives this game a nomination here.
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What's the best XBOX live arcade title in 2010? Here's our nominees. Leave your comments below.
Goukijones and I had a great time solving the puzzles in co-op.
A bloody hack & slash with graphics straight out of Samurai Jack. I got a 100 hit combo Jimmy!
A totally unique game with a some cool puzzles and lots of gruesome deaths. A tad short, but interesting nonetheless.
PETA's worst nightmare, a block of meat as the hero. Another fun platformer for the XBLA.
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What game had the best music in 2010? Our nominees are here, voice your opinion below.
I think the music from the Halo games is up there with the Star Wars movie sound tracks. Reach continues this tradition. Here's the menu theme... This is just the fuckin menu...
It's Star Wars music... What do you expect? Of course it's good.
It's like I'm playing a Sergio Leone movie.
Another game with a cinematic soundtrack. You gotta love the orchestra Jimmy!
The map screen music still gives chills.
Winners will be announced December 29th. Don't forget to vote for your favorite games in our catalog and leave a comment below!
I have played all of these games. Uhhhhh here's the list ...
I played about half way through this game.
I did play this. Gran Turismo VS Need for Speed Hot Pursuit.
Heavy Rain isn't even in the catalog. I did play this game. I do not understand what people were so excited about. The first scene: The chick comes home with the groceries and asks me to help, I just sat on the couch and ignored her for 30 mins and watched cartoons.Read full story...
Do not pay full price for video games. These are the biggest rip offs for gamers this year.
You realize that some of these games require 2 of the same ball controller, like the boxing. I know, so what, right? Add it up. Move basic kit that comes with a game, the controller and the eye toy. $100. The Navigation controller if you want to play whatever games need this. $30. Then you need a second Move controller. $50. And then finally if you want to play that stupid boxing game, you need the game. $50. Total = Broke ass.
Bioshock 2 DLC
This is when every gamer knew we were totally being lied to by our publishers.
Kinect $50 extension cord
Wow really Microsoft?! That's just wrong. I hate cables. They are a Rip-off.
Super Street Fighter IV costumes
I like the costumes. Releasing a bunch of packs slowly and then a final pack at the end with all of them in it for a cheaper price is just wrong. Let me pay that price up front and as they release just let me DL them. Jimmy ass!
Online play codes
This bullshit is alienated the other half of the gaming community. The part of the community that buys games used or gets them from friends long after the game comes out. The part of the community that is excited to play with me, a game that I'm still playing because I enjoy it so much. Online play codes are the biggest bullshit.
Xbox Live price increase
Xbox Live annual cost was raised from $50 to $60. Unbelievable. I never thought we would see an increase. Most titles run on dedicated servers. And don't get me started on Online play codes fucking gamers in the ass.
Microsoft says it's for Kinect and that we'll have access to ESPN 3. I don't have a kinect and I don't have ANY need to watch ESPN 3. There should be an option for gamers who strictly just want to play online. ie Halo, COD, NFSHP. I don't need access to anything else on Xbox Live except my friends.Read full story...
Save that money Jimmy! Best coupons, shipping rates and free dlc.
Free Halo Reach forge maps added to matchmaking
I did not believe my eyes when I saw to free user created maps on the playlist that first night. Unfortunately they will all be the same color as that Forge World. Who cares, it's free and actually enjoy one of those maps.
Kmart gaming coupons
As long as you were buying your games from Kmart every week you were only paying about $42 for each game. With almost every new release purchase you got a $20 coupon on a future game. Deals Jimmy.
Amazon $0.99 release date delivery
If don't like to leave the house like we do then this is the best deal for you. Imagine the gas you would save not driving to the closet ghetto errrrrr Kmart to buy your games every week. Let the Jimmy ass UPS man bring it to your door. Amazon also rivaled Kmart with $20 coupons with every new release you buy.
Summer of Arcade rebates
Bought all 5 you got 1200 points back.
Bought 3 of them you got 400 points back.
In the house we had 4 of the five. We did not have Hydro Thunder, because we are not nubfarm. Any type of rebate in this situation is good. I wish I hadn't bought MNC or the Castlevania, would have saved me 2400 points!Read full story...