2010 Retrospective

Abraxas takes a look back at 2010 to tell you what games you should be playing in 2011.

As you know by now, we here at the Monkey Labs don’t look back.  Why bother?  We did that, we were there, we lived that.   So why look back to talk about what we did when we know what’s coming up is even better?    We aren’t cutting edge, we cut the edge. 

In that Monkey Spirit I present my annual 2010 retrospective by telling you about the 5 top games to look forward to 2011. 


1.       Portal 2. The first game, Portal, was a short game added to the Orange Box that turned out to be one of the best games ever made.  There is very little to criticize about the first Portal- amazing game play, great story, powerful characters, with layered meaning.  The first Portal is the high mark every game company should shoot for when making an action puzzle game.    I expect nothing less from the second one.    And, remember, the weighted companion cube will never threaten to stab you, and, in face, cannot speak. 

2.     Star Wars: The Old Republic.  It’s not often a MMO makes it on any “best of” list that isn’t just about MMO’s.  While I am a big fan of the MMO genre, it’s not a game that lends itself to amazing or intense gaming.  MMO’s offer you an extended world to play in and explore, a feeling of connecting to a story in a personal way that no other game style can offer.  And SW:TOR is being put together by Bioware.  Yes, the same company that brought you masterpieces like Baldur’s Gate series, NeverWinter Nights, Mass Effect, and  Jade Empires, that Bioware.  And now they’re bringing that story-first design philosophy to MMO’s and Star Wars.  Early footage from gameplay looks promising.  Expect to find me wielding a red lightsaber, crushing my enemies, driving them before me, and hearing the lamentations of their wimmens. 

3.       Rage.   Ever wonder what would happen if the code-kids that made Quake got together with the writers from Oblivion?  Yeah, I wonder about that too and we’ll get to find out soon enough.  ID and Bethesda have teamed up to bring us Rage.   It combines one of the stalest genre’s, first person shooter, with one of the over-used genre’s- sandbox.  Hopefully the Triple-A talent from these two studios can take the best bits and leave behind the crap. 

4.       Twisted Metal.  The first game was great fun.  Cars driving around in closed arena’s with specialized weapons strapped to the hood, blowing each other up.   I’ve been playing this series since back in the day on Play Station, and this one will be no different as an PS3 exclusive.  The crowd favorite, Sweettooth (the psycho in an ice cream van) will be returning one more time. 

5.       Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.  The 5th game in a series of 14 games, this Elder Scrolls promises the same thing every other Elder Scrolls game has delivered: deep story with customizable characters.  The original game let you be who you wanted and do what you wanted way back in ’92.  Every Scrolls game since has built on that simple idea.  Expect good times. 

And that, my little Monkey’s is that.  One of these games is set to drop before the end of the month, so get ready to be rocked by another great year in gaming.    If it lives up to the hype, we’ll let you know.  And if it doesn’t?  Well…this ain’t gonna be pretty.

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