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I Buy Too Many Shooters

I have always wanted to diversify my video game library, since it consists of mostly shooters that I purchased before I really started to develop a love for single player games. I remember telling myself during the last days of 2010, that I would try to move away from these shooters and only buy the ones that were important or console exclusive.

This year I have already bought Call of Duty: Black Ops and have developed an interest in games like Brink and Killzone 3. Looking past the first quarter of 2011, I struggle to pick only a few shooters to buy out of the many games that appear equal in quality. I really do want to buy story driven games or games that offer a unique experience, but it’s difficult to choose the unique games when majority of the selection is filled with great shooters.

Who Says You Need a PC to Play RTS?

Waiting for the release of Little Big Planet 2, I turned towards my collection to keep me occupied. An old favourite stood out to me amongst the shelf of mostly great games, and it’s unfortunate that we don’t see more games in its genre. Halo Wars was a solid RTS that controlled well on consoles, but lacked the depth of the more competitive games such as Starcraft 2.

All I have wanted to do this past week was sink more hours into a game that I have already sunk over a hundred hours into. Thoughts about buying Supreme Commander 2 came to mind, since it is the only other recent RTS to come to consoles. The PC remains the dominate place to play these games because of the mentality that the controller makes it impossible.

Japanese RPGs - I Don't Get It

Eternal Sonata, Last Remnant, Final Fantasy XIII, Valkyria Chronicles and Demon’s Souls. These are games (with the exception of Last Remnant) that were received fairly well by both gamers and critics, yet my experiences with all of them have always been frustrating and disappointing. I have always thought that I was missing out on so many great games by ignoring Japanese RPGs, and eventually one day I thought I should take a risk and just try one. After more than a handful of risks, I was surprised to know that I wasn’t missing anything. The Japanese RPG genre is plagued by cheap deaths, terrible voice acting and writing, and exhausting amounts of gameplay where the “innovative” battle system is constantly thrown at you.

The Assassin's Creed Disease

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood

I own both Assassin’s Creed games, and while the first never reached its full potential because of its very repetitive structure, the sequel Assassin’s Creed 2 ended up being one of my favourite games to date. Now why is it that every time an Assassin’s Creed game is released, I couldn’t be bothered to even read a review for it?

Getting into the Racing Genre

I have developed a habit of only buying games in genres that I am most familiar or comfortable with, though this year I wanted leave my comfort zone and expand my taste in games. This year I had bought my first JRPG, and my first fighting game of the HD generation.

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