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!
And game of the year goes to ...
See a list of the nominees.
Game of the Year
- Batman: Arkham Asylum
Best Multiplayer game
- Street Fighter IV
- Mad Catz Street Fighter IV Fight Stick Tournament Edition
Best Xbox 360 Exclusive
- Shadow Complex
Best Playstation 3 Exclusive
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Best Wii Exclusive
- Halo 3: ODST
Worst Collectors/Limited/Special Edition Item
- Batman Arkham Asylum - Batarang
- Halo Wars
Best Movie to Game translation
- Fallout 3
Best XBLA/PSN arcade game
- Shadow Complex
Some games are just that much better than others. Here are Gouki.com's official nominees for 2011 Game of the Year. Let the debate begin!
BatRastered says: Easily my most anticipated game of the year. Arkham Asylum was so good that its sequel couldn't possibly live up to the hype, and yet it did. I played through Arkham City twice (once on new game+) and enjoyed every minute of it. If anything, the combat was better than the original. The story was awesome and the voice acting top notch. This Batman had everything you could want in a single player experience. If they could only make it so you and your friends could go through as Batman, Robin, Catwoman, and Nightwing in a 4-player co-op, it'd probably be the best multiplayer too.
GoukiJones says: Played it on hard. Batman Arkham City was the best experience from start to finish for a complete game. It didn't break. There weren't any bugs. Batman AA also had spot on gameplay and controls. A great story. I only played through this once, but I know for sure it will be revisited in 2012.
FnJimmy says: Watch my Golden Video Review...
BatRastered says: What Batman was to single player games, Battlefield is to multiplayer... to the extent that the campaign is on disk 2 (and not really worth your time). Team up to take down (or defend) objectives or just go all out in death match. You can blow the buildings to little bits, collapsing floors on peoples heads or just removing their cover. Don't get me started on laying down claymore mines, nothing's reminded me of the fun of Goldeneye's proximity mines more than this... watch your ass coming up those stairs Jimmy... BOOM!
GouiJones says: Easily the best time online right now since Halo 2. Unfortunately my friends from that era are MIA. For all you Jimmys that picked up that ridiculous run and gun snorefest MW3 and have either; stopped playing it after that first week or traded it/ sold it. WTF. Great shooting. Great integration of vehicles. Excellent and unique game modes. Platoons MOFO! Always on the Gouki.com Live Stream. Watch 'Cision 'Nade this nuab!
BatRastered says: One of the more well rounded games this year, and probably my second most anticipated. Portal 2 not only had an awesome, funny single player story, it was joined by a somehow even more compelling co-op mode. Not to mention free DLC that expanded the co-op even further and added leader boards to the single player campaign. What's not to love?
GoukiJones says: Portal 2 is super fun alone and with a friend. Great controls. Free DLC. Cheap price. Great voice acting. Fun story. Excellent characters. There's a reason why the Valve Jimmys only release games every couple years.
BatRastered says: Playing co-op through the main storyline was a blast, even if we did have to carry FnJimmy through most of it. The new horde mode is fun and playing the other side in beast mode was a novel treat. The main multiplayer was great too while it lasted, too many other good games came out in the weeks after to keep us on it though.
GoukiJones says: Fun campaign. Quality multiplayer, just didn't get into it. Fun to play online campaigns with your buds. Look at FnJimmy's face. I can't stand it!
GoukiJones says: Nobody talks about Dragon Age II. WTF. DA2 had way better dragon combat than Skyrim. That's one. I loved the team based combat. The combat is what actually stole the show for me here. I was so interesting in getting into the next fight. I played through this game 3 times. I did try it on super hard, but then there was friendly fire and my team wasn't set up for ranged attacks. I was using a two-handed weapon and ripping my team to shreds every time they got near me. Dragon Age II wasn't perfect, it broke and slowed down like a snail when I played as a mage. I still highly recommend playing this game. Easily one of the best from 2011.
BatRastered says: I can't really get into playing this game... I love watching the masters play this at tournaments though. Some of the combos they pull off are just insane. The game looks great too, very colorful and smooth. Where is Gambit?
GoukiJones says: Poison tip across FnJimmy's grill. That's what he likes. Eat chain! Oh wait this is not a rant about how bad FnJimmy is at video games? UMvC3 is super fun and highly competitive. The Fighting Game Community is super hype over this game. I love to play it and watch other people play it. I enjoy learning and improving in the game as well. I haven't felt competitive with a fighter in many many years. UMvC3 is easily the best fighting game of the year.
GoukiJones says: 3 days of my life gone. I was so determined to figure this game out and beat the crap out of it. My only sad face here is that it was short. lol. Well I guess I don't know how long it would have taken me if I hadn't played it non-stop for 3 days. Anomaly also opened up the world of Steam. I had always been a hardcore console gamer. That and I never thought any of my computers were capable of playing PC games. Anomaly is a top down reverse tower defense. So you are a train of vehicles trying to get from one side of the map to the other. Meanwhile aliens have set up defense turrets all through out the city you must destroy or navigate past. A tower defense/strategy gamers dream. Must play.Read full story...
What games came out only Xbox 360 this year AND were good? Have a look at the nominees.
GoukiJones says: For the same reasons mentioned in the best multiplayer category, I love the Gears Campaign. Gears also has a fun story, great graphics and the shooting mechanics are spot on. But I didn't play the Multiplayer too much. Xbox needs more exclusive.
BatRastered says: This series is second only to Halo for the Xbox console. Read what I said in best multiplayer, it still holds here, plus a great campaign, great graphics and sound, not to mention a game that "just works" which unfortunately is actually a feature these days.
GoukiJones says: Available for PC now, but exclusive to the Xbox when it was released during the Summer of Arcade. I played this game and beat the crap out it. It's very unique, has a great combat system and keeps you playing until the end. A classic.
BatRastered: I haven't played this except for a brief demo at E3. It looks cool and the narration is "comical" as FnJimmy would say. I'll probably try this out if it goes on sale when there are few other games to play.Read full story...
By: goukijones Dec 19, 2011 | 6 Comments
Honestly I probably spent more hours this year playing older games than new releases. Here's our nominees of Best Game Still Playing Not Released in 2011.
GoukiJones says: This year BatRastered got hooked on the Halo Wars. I have put over 500 hours in the game myself. Where the FUCK is Halo Wars 2?!
BatRastered says: Halo Wars has tons of staying power... mostly because there isn't a sequel and there's nothing else like it on the Xbox. The studio that made it has closed and several of the old employees created several new companies (none of which own the Halo IP of course) so we're probably screwed.
GoukiJones says: I played through Mass Effect 1 & 2 again this year. Both on HARD difficulty. Mass Effect 1 is clearly a better game. Don't get me started on the bullets being added to ME2.
BatRastered says: I played through ME1 again this year too, and yes ME1 is a better game IMO. I hope they have more of the RPG style inventory and upgrades in ME3, but I'm not holding my breath.
GoukiJones says: I also played through both Uncharted games again this year. And even though I think the shooting was better in the first game. Uncharted 2 was just so well put together from beginning to end. Although this second playthrough for me, I played on hard, ran though in less than 3 days and the final boss Jimmy didn't touch me once.
BatRastered says: I didn't replay this in 2011, but I did play UC3, and if you read my review you'd know that I didn't find it "better" than UC2.Read full story...
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.
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.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...
There were a few games this year that introduced new ideas to the video game world. Here are our favorites.
GoukiJones says: I'm a big strategy gamer dude and when I heard the premise of Anomaly Warzone Earth, I knew I had to have a go. I played the shit out of this game for 3 days straight. Anomaly is a reverse tower defense game, so you control and upgrade the vehicles trying to get through the maze.
BatRastered says: Reverse tower defense... something new I guess. It looked cool from what I saw on GoukiJones' screen. Not my type of game, but original, yes.
GoukiJones says: The humor and commentary all through out the game, make Bastion fun and entertaining. The constant commentary is definitely something original and you'll get a few good laughs for sure.
BatRastered says: Yeah, the design and commentary were original, but it seemed like a fairly normal game underneath that. Still, props for doing something different.
GoukiJones says: Here we go again with another Steam strategy game. Another game -when I got my hands on it- I didn't stop playing for 3 days straight. Sanctum is a building, strategy, FPS. My absolute 3 favorite things in gaming. You have to check out Sanctum.
BatRastered says: Moving into the tower defense in first person looked cool. I'd like to see some more advanced shooting though, what I saw looked very basic.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...
GoukiJones' top 9 favorite games from 2017. Old and new.
#9 Halo Wars 2: was the first major release for me this year that I was really into. The original came out in 2009 or something and I was still playing it up to the release of this new version. I played the new version for a little while, but as I sit here and try to recollect my experiences… There isn’t much. I don’t have much desire to play this game, it just seems to have way too much going on. I’d try to play the original Halo Wars again before I booted part 2 up.
#8 Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age: This is my favorite Final Fantasy game of all time. I was so thrilled to hear Square was planning to re-release this game in 2017. I got it and beat it again. Easily the FF game I’ve beaten the most. I plan to go back in, one more time, to max out every character. One of these days...
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By: goukijones Dec 13, 2011 | 4 Comments
There were some classic disappointments this year. Never a good thing.
GoukiJones says: Wow! I couldn't have been more disappointed in myself after playing this game. I said it 2 years ago at E3 when I first played this game. "It felt stiff." Oh and it certainly was.
BatRastered says: A game that goes from one of GoukiJones' most hyped games to us returning un-opened copies to Amazon in the space of a few hours has to be nominated. The movement was supposed to differentiate this game, I knew it was in trouble when the Crysis 2 came out and did the same thing (vaulting, etc).
GoukiJones says: WTF? Are you trying to kill off the series? First of all the co-op should have been 4 players. Second, why couldn't a multiplayer disc be included like with ODST. I wasn't interested in this at all and this is coming from a guy who has over 185 hours of gameplay in the first 2 months.
BatRastered says: The HD remastering of the main game was good, but fracturing the multiplayer by not including the full-on multiplayer experience was a bad idea. Still, playing with the old pistol again was a blast, so I don't feel too strongly about this one.
GoukiJones says: Yeah I knew this was a bust when I played this at E3 this year. Not falling for the Brink relapse here Jimmy.
BatRastered says: Oh, Bethesda... WTF? Can we ever trust you with a shooter again? Nope.
GoukiJones says: I seen enough here...
FnJimmy L.A. Noire GVR
BatRastered says: This game practically plays itself. Sure you can get a better score or a better reaction from the other characters if you do things right, but doing things wrong doesn't really impede your progress in anyway, you still move on to the next case. Better than your average point and click style mystery solver, but not anywhere near what we were expecting from a Rockstar game.
GoukiJones says: Played this 1 time. There was nothing exciting about it or anything that kept me interesting right aasawzzzzzzzzzzzz
BatRastered says: The players at EVO don't even bother with the fatalities and such, making this game just as boring to watch as to play. Also, I don't want to buy an MK stick.Read full story...
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.