I really did love Lego Marvel Superheroes. It was a fantastic, all ages game that really captured the essence of the comics as well as the fun of the Lego games. Scribblenauts did a similar thing with DC.
Yeah Injustice was on my list for the longest time. It was one of the best, well crafted fighters I played this year. Sadly it slipped out of my list in late December. Still, absolutely love playing that game. It's tons of fun...especially Aquaman's finisher
My boys and I are working our way through Lego Marvel Superheroes now and we love it. The best part of the game is when they ask me about a character they don't know and I get to have this great conversation with them. Often, we'll do a quick google search on the character while we're talking. LMS also has that great Ultimate Spider-Man tone, especially Deadpool, which draws my kids in.
Oh, I also dig getting to holler "gotta get those bricks!"
I figured I'd kick off this video game section by bringing up something that everyone can get involved in: What are/were your favorite games of 2013? This year was huge for gaming and not only brought us some fantastic games but also brought in a new cycle of video game consoles.
For me my favorites were:
10. Gone Home 9. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch 8. Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward 7. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon 6. The Last of Us 5. Papers Please 4. Tomb Raider 3. Bioshock Infinite 2. The Stanley Parable 1. Fire Emblem Awakening
The important thing I wish to note is that this isn't the BEST games of 2013 list. We could argue till we're blue in the face as to which was the BEST game of 2013. This is just a list of my (and soon your) favorite games of 2013.
Can't wait to hear what everyone thinks.
My little dudes and I just picked up Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and we're anxious to get into it tomorrow. We're huge Ghibli fans (the obnoxious kind)and are totally into RPGs.
It's not that I don't care about video games at all anymore... It's just that they aren't what they used to be for me. Even two years ago I would get a rush from playing certain games and would go to IGN or other game news/reviews sites and read every article about every game. Now there hasn't been a game that's come out that's really stuck with me other The Last of Us and Guacamelee.
I find myself playing a game for a couple hours, and then getting bored. I think it has a little bit to do with the fact that games are often times way to easy. I loved the challenge of playing games like Mega Man back in the day (or even the first couple Halo games). Now every game has objective markers and waypoints. You never get lost and even the puzzles are basically explained for you.
On top of this I'm REALLY not into open world type gameplay. I'm just so sick of it. Almost all of the big games that have come out recently are in this category: GTA V, Arkham Origins, Assassin's Creed, Far Cry 3, Skyrim etc. The list goes on and on. I just don't really have the attention span for that.
I want character development, great story, and fun mechanics. I don't want a game that doesn't End.
Basically, I just don't like where the gaming industry is heading. It's all just mindless violence with no story or challenge. It might just be me growing up, or it might be something else. I just don't get the same rush and thrill that I got from them 2 years ago. Which is extremely sad because I have been playing games since I can remember.
TL;DR: Games are easy now, Too violent, I'm getting old, and I don't like Open world games.
Oh I completely understand, and there was nothing too long in there for me. I was genuinely interested in your thoughts. In my spare time I dabble in game psychology and the process of which people go through when playing games so hearing your story was actually really helpful.
What's more is I share a lot of the same feelings that you do. Not to the extent that you do, but to a degree in which I can sympathize. If you noticed, all the games in my Top 10, save for Tomb Raider and Ni No Kuni are linear games, or at least linear in the broad sense of the term. Even those two are considerably more linear than that of GTAV and other games of the sort. One is a visual novel, two take less than an hour to beat, three are short burst titles (play in small doses over time, two being on 3DS helps) and then there are the others, which all have a set path and well crafted, character driven story. So we have a lot in common, you and I.
If you don't already, I'd suggest looking into the games of Atlus (specifically Shin Megami Tensei/Persona) and/or indie titles on Steam. Most of the titles in these categories should help with the problem that you seem to be facing. Sometimes the big developers don't make the best games. Sometimes its the smaller, lesser known studios that grab you. You just have to look