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Slashdot's Games of the Year

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the what-we-played dept.

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Not everyone who works on Slashdot plays games. Enough of us do, though, that I thought it would be interesting to tap my co-workers to see what folks would call their 'game of the year'. Below are comments on the best gaming of 2006 from Chris Nandor, CmdrTaco, Chris Brown, Scuttlemonkey, and myself. Then, once you've read that, we need your help in the comments. What was the game you couldn't put down? Perhaps it was over quickly, but you know you'll be thinking about it in the future? Was it a next-gen title, or something for the good old PlayStation 2? In your opinion, what was the best game of the year?I've been a fan of the Tomb Raider franchise since the PlayStation days, but sitting down to Legend was like taking a step in a fresh and new direction. I found every aspect of this game wonderful. The graphics and sound engines are stunning, the the plot is well-written and executed, and the controls have been completely redesigned, eliminating the clunkiness found in past installments. My experience was sheer, unadulterated fun. My only gripe is the game's length. I blew through it in a weekend, and the ending cliffhanger left me hungry for more.

- Chris "Entweichen" Brown

Full Tilt Poker is my best game of the year. Basically, all online poker programs are kinda lame in one way or another, but Full Tilt has done a good job of fixing problems, adding features, and generally keeping the site and program running smoothly. And they have a wide variety of games to play, and usually plenty of people to play against. The biggest problem, other than being Java and eating up most of my CPU, is that it pretends to need a password to install, and doesn't even tell you why. That's very lame. And no, I don't play in the "real money" games. Because that is a felony according to both state and federal law, and I would never do such a thing, even though it's perfectly legal for me to go a few miles down the street, never leave my own residential neighborhood, and play poker for real money in an Indian casino.

- Chris "Pudge" Nandor

This year there were quite a few games to snag my interest, however, the one that was the most surprising to me was the MMOG, Eve Online. The game has been around since 2003, but I had always resisted since it looked like another time sink a la World of Warcraft, but a friend finally talked me into playing. While at first the game seemed like nothing more than a passing novelty I promised to give it 6 months, even if all I did was skill train and log out (unlike most MMOs skills can be trained while offline). However, once I had a better handle on all the nuances of the interface and a few skills under my belt the game started to unfold into this vast universe of possibilities unlike any game I had ever played before. The game starts off slow, very slow in fact, but if you have the patience to make it through the tutorials (dear god do NOT skip the tutorials unless you have your own personal guide) then there is plenty to keep you busy for months at a time. Of all the things that make Eve great, the skill system is certainly the most unique. Only being able to train one skill at a time and having a fixed time until it is done, you know exactly when it will finish (whether you are online or not). This allows people with real lives to at least keep up with the power curve in terms of skills, but ensures that the "veterans" will always have the edge. Many people complain about this fact, but I think it adds to the realism that pilots who have been doing it for years get to be the ace while you, the new pilot, get to play the rookie for a while. It doesn't take long (in terms of most MMOs) to at least be a contributing member of a large corporation (Eve's guild equivalent) and really get in on the fun. With all of the different possibilities in Eve it is no wonder that it is the only MMO still growing (and has been steadily since 2003 from what I hear). Whether you are a fan of casual solo play and just want to be the captain of a mining ship or are a meticulous power gamer who craves vast space battles and PvP, Eve has something for everyone, just give it a few months to grow on you.

- Patrick "Scuttlemonkey" McGarry

What can I say? I'm a Final Fantasy junkie- I even liked X-2, so take me with a grain of salt. Final Fantasy XII's new gambit system takes the tedium out of the game but still lets me control what I want. The ability to see mobs and avoid random encounters is fantastic. The graphics, the story, the gameplay. You don't often see a game worth of any sort of perfect rating but this one is it. My only complaint is that the traditional FF victory theme music plays only over the larger fights... but the other occupant of my living room would tell you that this fact makes this game an upgrade (as she humms the tune over and over again, each time with more fury). I'm not the sort of person who needs to go collect every last esper, so I guess my only complaint is that it's over, and it'll be awhile before I get to see a Final Fantasy on the PS3, which is probably what it will take for me to buy the damn thing.

- Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda

From the moment the soaring orchestral theme to Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion began playing, I was hooked. Bethesda landed me like a gaffed fish, and while I've played a lot of games this year, Oblivion is always going to be my 2006 game of the year. As I said lo these many months ago in March, the story is great, the graphics are amazing ... but what made Oblivion special then and has kept it special all the way through to December is the trust the developers have put into the player. They don't put you in a little car, lower the safety bar, and make you ride through their experience the way they intended. You're at the controls, and they've made the effort to make every nook and cranny worthwhile to explore. Part of what has made Oblivion so compelling is that my preferred character from Morrowind has finally gotten his full due. Playing a stealthy character in Elder Scrolls III was fun, but in battle it was often quite a challenge. Oblivion's critical system has allowed my Khajit Assassin the punch he needed to make battles turn his way. A character now an embarrassing 75 hours old, I've run him through the main quest, the Thieves guild, the Dark Brotherhood, the Arena, 'The Collector' chain, and dozens of smaller quests. I've been across the length and breadth of Cyrodil, and in all of those 75 hours I have never, not once, found myself bored. It's hard to find the words to give a game higher praise than that.

I also want to give Half-Life 2: Episode One a quick nod of the head. For a little slip of a game that only lasted a few hours of my life, the time players spent with Alyx Vance this year will (I think) weigh heavily on gaming as a whole for the near future. Her wit, charm, and intensely personable nature are a high water mark that every other NPC now has to live up to. The promise of Episode Two has made PC gamers more than a bit cranky at Valve for the constant delays. It's not just the humor of Team Fortress 2 or the brain-bending of Portal that has us looking forward to Valve's next release; Half-Life players are very much looking forward to the next time we can have real backup in an FPS.

- Michael "Zonk" Zenke

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My picks (4, Interesting)

RogueyWon (735973) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401640)

Hmm... ok. My top 5 games of the year, followed by the 3 biggest disappointments (not necessarily the worst games, just the ones that didn't live up to my expectations).

Best:

5th) Gears of War (360): I don't think there's much else I can add to what's been said elsewhere about this. It doesn't do anything that hasn't been done before, but by god it does it well. The ultimate example of an old concept polished to perfection. Let down ever so slightly by its length, but the whole experience is just so visceral that I don't really care.

4th) Company of Heroes (PC): The game that made me buy a new PC. It may be a system killer in terms of the specs it needs, but it's worth it. Incredible detail in the graphics and physics and, most importantly, they're actually used in a way that enhances the gameplay. I'll be hoping to see fully destructible landscapes in more games next year. The only downside? It rehashes those same old Normandy battles that we see in every other WW2 games. How about giving us some different battles in future, maybe even some from the first half of the war? So far, only the Blitzkrieg games have really had the balls to do that.

3rd) Final Fantasy XII (PS2): I'd expected to hate this, given all the negative publicity about the gambit system before its release, but the game turned out just fine. A darker, more mature plot, graphics that put most next-gen titles to shame and one of the best combat systems yet. My only complaint was that the difficulty curve necessitated a lot of grinding for levels and gil.

2nd) Neverwinter Nights 2 (PC): Only here on the basis of the 1.03 patch, without which the game is nigh-on unplayable. Finally, a decent successor to Baldur's Gate 2. Should get better over time, as more 3rd party modules start appearing. It'd be really nice if we could get an expansion with epic levels in 2007.

1st) Kingdom Hearts 2 (PC): For some reason, the critics didn't go for this game, but I was blown away by it. I honestly can't find anything to fault this game on. The difficulty curve is much fairer than in the original game, the plot has some unexpectedly dark twists, the voice acting is much improved and the graphics are stunning.

And now the most disappointing games:

3rd) Wii Sports (Wii): Not, I feel, the best title to bundle with the Wii. Once the novelty of the controller wears off, you realise pretty quickly that these games are essentially just brute-force and timing (baseball, boxing and tennis) or an exercise in not letting your hand wobble (bowling and golf). I've not actually played a Wii game yet that's really convinced me of the controller's merits.

2nd) Prey (PC): After all the hype and all the years of development, Prey turned out to be nothing more than a straightforward fps with lacklustre combat and a few gravity tricks. I'm still not quite sure how they managed to strain every single element of fun out of a tried and tested formula so effortlessly. Boring weapons, identikit enemies, endlessly repeated rooms and a plot that advanced at a glacial pace didn't help, though. If Gears of War is an illustration of how to reheat an old formula well, Prey is an example of what not to do.

1st) Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cereberus (PS2): OH FOR FUCK'S SAKE SQUARE! What were you thinking? You can do better than this. I don't quite know what I expected from this foray into the action genre, but it wasn't a bland third person shooter with a ho hum plot, twitchy controls and graphics that expose every single limitation of the PS2. It's hard to believe that this came from the same developer as FF12 and KH2. Must do better.

Ooops (2, Informative)

RogueyWon (735973) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401682)

Obviously, KH2 is for the PS2, not the PC. Damned typos.

Re:My picks (1)

nuzak (959558) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401688)

How is the acting in FFXII? It's a JRPG, so I'm not exactly expecting Tony awards, but is it any better than FFX?

Re:My picks (1)

RogueyWon (735973) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401732)

Yes, it's better than in FFX. That said, it's still not perfect by any means. Vaan and Ashe's voices could be better, which, given they're the main characters, is a bit irritating. They're nothing like as bad as the Tidus or Wakka voices in FFX though. Balthier's voice is great and adds a lot to the character. I'd honestly take the English voice over the Japanese voice any day in that case.

The other point to note is that the vast majority of the voices in FFXII are British. Some people seem to find that annoying, but as a Brit myself, I think it's pretty cool.

Re:My picks (1)

computertheque (823940) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401956)

The voice acting is pretty good, and you're completely on base to be leery of it when referring to jrpgs. I've had my fill of exaggerated emotions and pigeon holed character personalities. The "main" character Vaan is the most annoying of all the characters, but no where near unbearable.

An issue I have with the voice acting however is the noticeable quality drop when out of pivotal cutscenes. I'm sure this is just due to compression to fit on a single dvd, but when you go from a natural sounding conversation to one that sounds devoid of low tones it becomes irritating.

Re:My picks (1)

ReptilianSamurai (1042564) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401814)

Heres my picks, in no particular order:

Okami - Absolutely beautiful game, both visually and aurally, with a deep Japanese-based story, and Zelda-inspired action/rpg gameplay. I think this is one of the most fun games ever to come for the PS2, and it is easily the most stylish.

FF12 - The long wait since the tenth game for another single player Final Fantasy has paid off. I love that they removed the random battles, and the programmer in me loves the gambit system (Although I wish that it was more complex sometimes). I've already sunk a good 60 hours in this game and I still have a long way to go.

Guitar Hero 2 - This is one game that needs to be experienced. Many improvements over the first, including the killer cooperative mode. It's always fun to pick up the guitar controller and play a few songs.

Zelda: Twilight Princess - I managed to snag a Wii at launch and this gem along with it. Admittedly, I haven't had much time to play very far (I'm still playing the other games on this list!), but I am very much looking forward to really sinking my teeth into the game.

Overall, I'd venture that 2006 was a fantastic year for games, especially on the PS2 (even though it may be on the way out).

Re:My picks (3, Insightful)

spyder913 (448266) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401894)

I've not actually played a Wii game yet that's really convinced me of the controller's merits.
There are two types of goodness that come from the new controller: the IR sensor for pointing is #1. To appreciate this, you should try one of the FPS games. Once you get used to the controls it is awesome (like Duck Hunt only better!). Other good ones are games like Trama Center.

#2 is obviously the motion detection. This one is harder to know how good it is, but I know at least Monkey Ball seems to have plenty of responsiveness in the controls to know that the remote is capable of a lot. Wii Sports seems to be at best a tech demo that gets people (very) interested in the console. I am personally looking forward to a tennis game that actually cares how you hold the remote, since the technology is there.

Re:My picks (4, Funny)

ad0gg (594412) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402180)

I am personally looking forward to a tennis game that actually cares how you hold the remote, since the technology is there.

I'm interested in a tennis game that when controller slips out of my hand, the player mimics a mcenroe type outburst by smashing his racket into the ground.

Re:My picks (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17402082)

Wii Sports (Wii): Not, I feel, the best title to bundle with the Wii. Once the novelty of the controller wears off, you realise pretty quickly that these games are essentially just brute-force and timing (baseball, boxing and tennis) or an exercise in not letting your hand wobble (bowling and golf). I've not actually played a Wii game yet that's really convinced me of the controller's merits.

Mario Bros. (NES): Not, I feel, the best title to bundle with the NES. Once the novelty of the side scrolling wears off, you realize pretty quickly that this game is essentially just an exercise in pressing buttons and timing. I've not played an electronic game yet that's really convinced me of this new form of entertainment's merits.

Re:My picks (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17402362)

I guess you're trying to be sarcastic, but you know what? YOU FAIL IT!

Re:My picks (0, Flamebait)

mobby_6kl (668092) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402094)

Let me add these two games to the disappointing list:

Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
Rainbow Six Vegas

Way to fuck up two excellent series, Ubi. If they just made another Raven Shield, we'd forget Lockdown as an unsuccessful experiment, but no, they had to make another crappy, linear, arcade shooter. Same basically applies to GRAW, to a slightly lesser extent.

Re:My picks (1)

dyslexicbunny (940925) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402162)

Well when part of your coporate strategy is this...

Strong brands play a pivotal role in Ubisoft's strategy, ensuring the group's recurrent revenue and long-term financial health. Ubisoft is fortunate enough to have a portfolio of eight multi-million unit-selling brands that today represent approximately two-thirds of its annual turnover. The company furthermore plans to create three new brands every two years, expanding its catalogue to new market segments.

Hollywood movie and TV licenses have reinforced our strategy of brand creation. Our licensing agreements with major actors in the entertainment industry result in interactive games based on popular franchises and blockbuster movies. Thanks to resounding successes, such as Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie, Ubisoft has pushed back the genre's limits in terms of quality and innovation so that we are now one of tinsel town's choice partners.


Alas, two of my favorite series were brought crashing down like a wounded duck.

Re: My picks (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402158)

> Company of Heroes (PC):

I enjoy it, but there are lots of annoyances. Too much micromanagement; that's how the AI wins. Conversely, the helper-AI needs lots of work - it's annoying as hell to send two tanks down the road and have them create a traffic jam for each other, or have one of them decide to drive backwards.

Still, like I said, I enjoy it.

Re:My picks (5, Insightful)

ReverendHoss (677044) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402248)

I've not actually played a Wii game yet that's really convinced me of the controller's merits.

I feel your pain.

My first time through Wii Sports disappointed me as well, as I was expecting more than the controller could give. I had expected perfect tracking of the orientation of the Wiimote when it was not pointed at the screen (to make lightsaber games possible), faster response time to movement (a relatively low upper limit to how fast you can punch in Wii Boxing), as well as finer sensitivity to minute motions when it was required (short putts in Wii Golf show my frustration off perfectly). Rayman's Ravening Rabbids did a good job of using the controller in many ways, including a limited "on-rails" FPS that got me hooked. After I saw it's potential in RRR, I went back to Wii Sports and enjoyed the game a lot more.

In short, don't give up just yet. I've already gotten my $250 out of it. Now I'm just waiting for improved online support.

A casual gamer's picks (2, Interesting)

MagikSlinger (259969) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402348)

1. Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
2. Company of Heroes

That is all. I tried some of the others, but I could never really get into them.

Final Fantasy XII!!! (1)

YourMotherCalled (888364) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401646)

First post? Second best Final Fantasy ever. First being Final Fantasy II on good old SNES.

Re:Final Fantasy XII!!! (0, Flamebait)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401764)

Uh...

That would be FF IV on the good old NES.

FF II was a very different game which came out for the NES.

Re:Final Fantasy XII!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17401906)

I expect he knows that. Much like I expect you know that FFIV was published on the SNES, as opposed to the NES.

Re:Final Fantasy XII!!! (1)

brandor (714744) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401992)

I'm not sure if you're trying to be technical or what. But seeing as how the cart had Final Fantasy II written on it, I think he's safe calling it that.


I'm also not sure if you made a typo saying it came out for the NES, instead of the SNES.

So maybe you lose at life and need to try again, or maybe you don't.

Ep 1 was great (2, Interesting)

Dr. Eggman (932300) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401656)

If a little too short. But I'd give a nod out to Garry's Mod 10 as Best Mod of the Year. Its very professional, updated as needed (so much smoother and quicker)and best of all, loads of fun. Garry definatly earned my $10.

I Might Never Have Bought it For Myself (5, Interesting)

chromatic (9471) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401704)

I received Elite Beat Agents as a gift, and it's surprisingly fun. I don't play many rhythm games, mostly because buying otherwise-superfluous accessories seems silly, but it really works on the DS. It's a little silly, a lot cheesy in places, but it's challenging and amusing enough to keep me involved.

TW (2, Insightful)

wizzard2k (979669) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401722)

My vote goes to Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf for the 360. TW06 and TW07 both have their differences, both good and bad, but I couldnt put them down!

Can't talk. Playing Zelda. (4, Funny)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401752)

... With you in a month or so.

Free Software games (4, Informative)

Salsaman (141471) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401754)

Honourable mention should go to some Free Software games - whilst obviously not as good as those produced by professional games companies, they are still very playable, and improving all the time. Since I am into RPG's, my two favourites are:

- Nazghul/Haxima : http://myweb.cableone.net/gmcnutt/nazghul.html [cableone.net]

- Lost Labyrinth: http://www.lostlabyrinth.com/ [lostlabyrinth.com]

Does anybody else have any recommendations for good FOSS games ?

Re:Free Software games (3, Informative)

krmt (91422) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401986)

The new Frozen Bubble [frozen-bubble.org] with network play is the update that restarted my addiction.

Re: Free Software games (2, Informative)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402090)

> Does anybody else have any recommendations for good FOSS games ?

I still get fun out of Battle of Wesnoth [wesnoth.org] when I have time.

FYI 1.2 just came out; their page warns to uninstall your old version before installing it.

Re:Free Software games (2, Informative)

fucksl4shd0t (630000) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402144)

I got taken by Freeciv [freeciv.org] this year. More recently, Scorched3d [scorched3d.co.uk] .

Yes, it's true, I only play open source games.

Re:Free Software games (3, Interesting)

swerk (675797) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402226)

As its author, I'm obligated to plug TONG:
http://www.nongnu.org/tong/ [nongnu.org]

I haven't updated in a while, but I do have some bugfixes and improvements in CVS if you're brave. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but some folks find it to be quite fun, at least in short spurts. :^)

Re:Free Software games (1)

doti (966971) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402270)

Some Free games are very nice, specially the simple ones (not surprisingly, as they can't compete with the multi-million-dollars production effort of commercial games). The already mentioned Battle of Wesnoth and Freeciv are among my favorites strategy games. For action, Kobo Deluxe [olofson.net] and Koules [www.ucw.cz] are pretty nice. Recently I found also XMoto [sourceforge.net] , which looks silly, but is very fun to play.

MMO without elves or lasers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17401756)

Roma Victor kept me busy :)

Heh, I like Tacos vote... As for Eve... (1)

jimstapleton (999106) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401788)

This year I'd have a tough call between Final Fantasy XII and Children of Mana. But Taco pretty much got FFXII in a nutshell...

As for Eve by another /. news sifter... Is it as unstable as the free-trial server on all servers? It kept crashing on the saturday I was playing. It was fine on off hours, but on peak hours it wouldn't stay up for more than an hour at a time, and I kept getting bad marks because the stupid thing was crashing, and mission timers kept timing out, even though I couldn't even get back on to play the missions.

It was a fun game, but when it crashes 5+ times a day in your peak play tiems, it's just not worth it.

Re:Heh, I like Tacos vote... As for Eve... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17401858)

Is it as unstable as the free-trial server on all servers?
Eve has only one game server (plus one test server).

Re:Heh, I like Tacos vote... As for Eve... (1)

databoing (259158) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401862)

EVE-Online has had some issues with dual-processor (or is it just dual-core?) machines since Revelations came out last month. They've rolled out a patch this past week that was supposed to fix it, but I've been so busy with RL stuff (training a long skill meanwhile, Heavy Missile V) that I haven't tried it since the patch.

Re:Heh, I like Tacos vote... As for Eve... (1)

doughrama (172715) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402128)

Hrm. I saw the message about the optional patch. I briefly read the description, determined I didn't have the problem and didn't install the patch. I'll look at it more closely again tonight though. I fit both possible problem vectors running a dual CPU with dual cores machine. So far I haven't experienced any signficant, re-occuring problems to speak of yet.

All in all, (with Jita being the lag hell) I find Eve to be a pretty stable game.

Re:Heh, I like Tacos vote... As for Eve... (1)

jimstapleton (999106) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402184)

This was a few months ago... August I think. And my machine is a single core machine. Also, it wasn't my machine, which didn't crash at all, it was the server. It was down a lot (not just loaded with trial users, which wouldn't bother me, but actually *down*)

Re:Heh, I like Tacos vote... As for Eve... (1)

doughrama (172715) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402306)

I've been playing since early October, so you gave it a try before I got around to it. For what it's worth, there have been a few issues here and there with the new Revelations patch, however they seem to get fixed or mitigated pretty quickly.

I can't speak to what you experienced in October, but Eve seems relatively solid now. There are the occasional issues... The worst of which kept me out of the game for about an hour.

Solitaire (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17401810)

Solitaire

Frozen Bubble 2.0 (3, Insightful)

Average_Joe_Sixpack (534373) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401836)

Best time killer of '06 FB2.0 [wikipedia.org]

Shooters (2, Interesting)

Shky (703024) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401838)

I couldn't put down Black on the PS2 [wikipedia.org] , as it was incredibly fast-paced, had next-gen graphics, and was just so much fun. Now, if only they'd release it on the Wii, because...

Call of Duty 3 on the Wii is insane! It's the next best thing to using a mouse for shooters. Actually aiming on a console is such a welcome, and fun, addition. While CoD3 often uses the Remote to make you do silly and pointless things just for the sake of using the Remote, it makes up for it in its ingenious uses (like steering the jeep by holding the nun-chuck in one hand and the remote in the other, like you're holding a steering wheel).

I can't wait to see what the Black team has in store for the new consoles, and I hope they make a shooter for the Wii. We could be in for a treat.

Elder Scrolls Oblivion (2, Informative)

Weaselmancer (533834) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401846)

Darn good game. I dig a good RPG and this one has been a lot of fun.

Re:Elder Scrolls Oblivion (1)

miniTOTORO (656938) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402182)

I wholeheartedly agree. I actually, just finished the main plot and now I am going to go back and try to finish some of the smaller ones that I had passed on by.

My only irk was that my bloody horses kept dying whilst I was riding them. Quite inconvenient.

Re:Elder Scrolls Oblivion - BLEH! (1)

MagikSlinger (259969) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402312)

To me, Oblivion is role-playing game designed by people who never really played RPGs. I described it as "An RPG for thumb-bashers and FPS-addicts without that gay story and puzzle shit". The FPS style combat was tedious -- I derive no fun from fighting games. Although I do feel a little like Homer Simpson when I say "Doesn't everyone realise RPGs reached perfection with Diablo II?" :-)

Re:Elder Scrolls Oblivion - BLEH! (1)

Prophet of Nixon (842081) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402360)

er... Diablo II wasn't an RPG at all, though it was (and is) the single greatest Gauntlet derivation ever created.

Prey (1)

MikeFM (12491) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401864)

I think PRey is probably the most interesting game of the year. The game itself was so-so but the capabilities of the engine are really cool. I love the gravity and portal effects. It seems like the perfect engine to build multiplayer games in.

Of course I had to wait ten years to actually see this game so no matter what it turned out to be I was bound to be a little let down.

Oblivion? (1)

Enoxice (993945) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401870)

Oblivion? Really? Okay...

My top 3 of the year (and by "year" I mean the part of the year I can remember clearly):
(3) Warrock (PC). Chances are it didn't start in 2006, but it's when I found it. It's a nice mix between Counter-Strike-like and Battlefield-like games.
(2) Rayman: Raving Rabbids (Wii). I put off buying this for a few of my many Best Buy trips following the Wii release beause I already had Wii Sports and Super Monkey Ball, and what more could another mini-game game bring me? A lot, it turns out. Hours of fun with friends.
(1) Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii). I can't describe how much fun I had playing this game. Me and my roomate finished it in 36 hours, and are going through and finishing the various side-quests and going after Ganon again.

I remember when I used to be a "hardcore" gamer, giving a large chunk of my day to the game du jour before moving on to the next big one (though I'd always find myself back at Counter-Strike after a while). Can't say I miss those days...

Rogue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17401872)

Did I miss anything interesting in the past 20 years?

Re:Rogue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17401944)

Just sex. Carry on.

Re:Rogue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17401954)

Yes, anything 3D, or, with more than eight colors.

Otherwise I play it too, occasionally (after 15 years I still haven't passed the Troll or Vampire...)

Missing option - SCO (2, Funny)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401886)

Missing option - SCO! No-one has mastered their circle strafing in the court dungeons of Utah. State-of-the-Art! Unfortunately they have never played their games on PunkBuster secured arenas.

Two take #1 (1)

chrismcdirty (677039) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401896)

Of the games I've actually played this year, Guitar Hero 2 and Wii Sports share the #1 spot. I can't put either one down, and they always turn out to be extremely fun when I have company over.

A poster above said that the games are all about brute force and timing, but isn't that what most sports are? In Wii Boxing and real life boxing, I have to hit hard when the opponent is not blocking, and block and dodge when he tries to hit me. Baseball gives the most reward for a homerun, in both real life and the game, so that's what you aim for. Tennis isn't so much about brute force, as you can give a soft lob close to the net to throw your opponent off after nailing them a few times in a row with hard hits.

Re:Two take #1 (3, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402160)

A poster above said that the games are all about brute force and timing, but isn't that what most sports are?

No.

Most games are about precision, which involves precise positioning, and timing. Only a few fit your description, like say rugby :)

Even (american) football is more about strategy than it is about the actions of any individual, although on occasion individuals do amazing things.

Can't believe... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17401902)

...no one picked Parcheesi.

Full Tilt Poker (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17401912)

Man, I completely misread this. I thought I missed a cool new strip poker game.

Poker (0, Redundant)

Bob Cat - NYMPHS (313647) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401922)

Texas hold'em, to be exact. IRL.

Get off the couch, you spuds.

Re:Poker (1)

TodMinuit (1026042) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401984)

Get off the couch...

And on to folding chairs in dimly lit rooms with cigar smoke hanging in the air? Doesn't seem that much better.

Re:Poker (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17402022)

Like poker is a physically exerting game. Katamari Damacy is better exercise, because you have to use both thumbs.

Re:Poker (1)

beavis88 (25983) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402036)

Get off the couch? And sit, unmoving and expressionless, for god knows how long? Mmmmkay....forgive me if I don't immediately see why that's so much better.

Re:Poker (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17402130)

And move to a smoky bar or casino where you proceed to.... sit still for the duration of the game?
I fail to see the improvement.

Then again, I juggle, so YMMV

Lego StarWars II (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17401940)

I got the DS version which is probably not as graphicy as the other platforms, but it's really a great game. So good that I'd probably consider getting it for another platform too.

City of Heroes/City of Villains (1)

Phrogman (80473) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401948)

These two MMPORG titles, although not released this year have both received significant improvements and additions and continue to be the best of MMORPG designs and gameplay IHHO. Challenging missions, excellent tactical combat, good group dynamics, excellent NPC AI, and incredible character creation and costuming system. I am still enjoying these games immensely. Sure, they are not the beall and endall of gaming, but they are excellent titles and very entertaining if you want to relax and engage in some good PvE combat. They also represent some of the best *designed* MMORPG games I have ever played. The developers listen to the players and usually enact good changes and improvements to the game.

Out of 360/Wii/PC... (1)

krunoce (906444) | more than 7 years ago | (#17401952)

My favorite is Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii).

Very fun.

Of 2006? For me, vintage 2004... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17401988)

Unreal Tournament 2004 Editors Choice Edition.

Wait, UT2004? No. How 2004, you say? But this year I got it for $19.99 in the bargain bin, and it ONLY had a printed CD key to type in for validation (NO stupid DRM / umbilical to the Net required). It was so cheap and fun that I decided to buy a legit second copy to play lan games at home, and I don't need a top-of-the-line machine to get good performance from it. Best $40 (total for 2 copies) I've paid all year for a game.

Unreal Tournament 2004 - Onslaught (1)

b00m3rang (682108) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402012)

It's the first game to come out in at least a decade that has had this much replay value for me.

My selection (4, Interesting)

bVork (772426) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402018)

My top 5 games this year:

5. Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (Xbox/PC) - As soon as I heard that this was a sequel to The Longest Journey, I was sold. Besides, modern adventure games are getting increasingly rare. Yhe stealth and fighting sections are absolute garbage, but the actual adventure gaming works well. The plot, art design, and characters are all phenomenol. This is definitely a worthy sequel to one of the best adventure games of all time. It's rare that I say this, but Dreamfall's writing (and not gameplay) is what makes it stand out. If you can put up with a few gameplay issues (that can usually be avoided, thanks to the multiple solutions to most problems), then you'll be engrossed in one of the most enthralling stories ever written for a video game.

4. Yakuza (PS2) - Shenmue meets GTA is the best way to describe this game. Only with better voice acting than Shenmue, and more streamlined gameplay than GTA. It takes the huge living city present in both of its inspirations and pares it down to only the essentials, making for a very riveting game. In addition to the good main plot (augmented by some great voice acting) and fun beat-em-up fights, there are tons of minigames ranging from batting cages to romancing women. If you can put up with the overly frequent load times, this is definitely worth playing. It shows that Sega still has what it takes to make a good game. Too bad their other recent releases have been garbage.

3. Bully (PS2) - GTA in a school. With a better plot than any GTA game. Similar to Yakuza, Bully streamlines the GTA-style gameplay and presents a smaller but much more detailed city to explore. There's a ton to do, ranging from classroom minigames that make you want to show up on time to bicycle races to fighting (based upon a simplified version of the combat system in The Warrios). The story is great and will definitely ring true to anyone who has suffered through school. Ignore the controversies and play one of the finest PS2 games yet. The only flaw is the poor graphics. It's based on the GTA engine, which isn't all that impressive to begin with, and is definitely showing its age in 2006.

2. Gears of War (Xbox 360) - Believe the hype. Apart from only being about 10 hours long, this shooter is excellent. The graphics are some of the best ever, the gameplay is a very satisfying divergence from the typical run-and-gun shooter gameplay, the story is well-done (the characters are all grunts! They're SUPPOSED to sound like meatheads!), and it even includes full co-op for the entire game. Only the length and the rather limited multiplayer options keep this from getting the top spot. 1. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Xbox 360/PC) - The finest game I have played this year. The graphics are outstanding, the gameplay is a refined version of the system seen previously in Morrowind and Daggerfall, the story is well-done, the bajillion subquests all have interesting hooks to them, and the music is fantastic. It isn't without flaws, however. The entire world scales to your level, which means that you must be very careful how you level up, in order to get the best multipliers and prevent the world from scaling up beyond your ability. Also, this has one of the worst rip-offs in gaming history: the $2.50 horse armour. If you buy this, you're an idiot. Fortunately, later official downloads have much more reasonable prices. But they don't really add a whole lot to a game that will already take a few hundred hours to fully explore and experience. I don't think its quite as good as Morrowind, but it is still an amazing achiement and a must-play.

Overrated games that didn't make the list (not to say that these are bad games, just have some significant flaws that prevent them from being GOTY material):

3. Final Fantasy XII (PS2) - Finally, a fine Final Fantasy game that ditches the annoying ATB system. I think somebody at Square has been playing too much KOTOR, because this feels like a crappier (but still good) knock-off of one of the finest RPGs ever made. Too bad the game doesn't match up in terms of plot and goes nowhere with regard to character interactions.

2. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii/GameCube) - Yet another Zelda game. The same gameplay as the previous ones. C'mon Nintendo, do something NEW! Majora's Mask is the only 3D Zelda to try something unique. If you've played Ocarina of Time or Wind Waker, there's nothing new for you to experience in Twilight Princess.

1. Okami (PS2) - Yes, it is absolutely gorgeous. And the music is fantastic. Too bad the gameplay is way too easy (I had more fun with the Japanese version where I didn't know what was going on and had to solve everything myself!) and the game is way too long for what it does (40 hours? I was bored after 5).

Nobody liked Final Fantasy 3 DS? (3, Informative)

Myria (562655) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402026)

I like the 3D remake of Final Fantasy 3 for DS. (If you played Final Fantasy 3 for SNES, that's actually 6.)

Melissa

Re:Nobody liked Final Fantasy 3 DS? (1)

MSTCrow5429 (642744) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402086)

FF3 best game of all time for the SNES (or Secret of Mana). Or at least best FF of all time.

Re:Nobody liked Final Fantasy 3 DS? (1)

the dark hero (971268) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402206)

I was so eager to get my hands on the official US release of FF3. The updated graphics by no means kill the old-school feel and the difficulty is still there! I've been playing FF3 more than Zelda and FF12 combined. so many games, so little time.

i vote FF3 for my GotY

WoW & We Love Katamari (1)

poopie (35416) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402028)

I don't play WoW, but I have to list it because it's taken MMORPGs mainstream this year - I mean... even southpark had an episode about it. Go to any water cooler at just about any workplace and you're likely to hear someone say something like "dude, I leveled up last night!". Hang out with any bunch of women and you're likely to hear them complain about their husband/boyfriend and "that stupid game!". So, like it or not, WoW and 2006 will go down in history.

For me personally, it was We Love Katamari on the PS2. I drove my wife crazy with the music from that game and her loss of the living room TV for hours on end. I rolled up everything I could find - dinosaurs, rainbows, cloud monsters, even planets. I found myself crazily humming the theme songs in the car. I looked at real objects and evaluated how big of a katamari it would take to pick it up. I even started to "understand" all of the nonsensical cut scenes with the king in the game.

Something about rolling stuff up in a ball is just plain fun!

Re:WoW & We Love Katamari (1)

quintesse (654840) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402200)

Women complaining about "that stupid game"? Man, it's the first game I know where the women are putting in more hours than their boyfriends/spouses and sometimes even their children!

If there is one amazing feat Blizzard has performed is that it has managed to somehow get entire families addicted to their game (yeah, my girlfriend actually has 3 lvl 60 chars, one of which is full tier 2 epic while I have 1 lvl 60 char who has epic boots ;-).

DEFCON (3, Informative)

MSTCrow5429 (642744) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402040)

For my "Game of the Year," I choose DEFCON. It's the only game that I've found interesting enough to actually buy all year. Yes, it's a bit of a buggy mess, but also an addictive buggy mess. You can get a demo off of Steam or Introversion's website http://www.everybody-dies.com/ [everybody-dies.com] . I'd recommend purchasing it off of Steam, as it's cheaper. Don't bother posting in the Introversion DEFCON forums, though, it's run by a small clique of anti-social types.

emacs! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17402074)

There is nothing that con compete with a good editing session! :-)

Solitaire (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17402084)

My vote goes for Solitaire for Vista, hands down. After installing Vista, I wasn't sure whether the upgrade was actually worth it. Once I opened up solitaire, my perception completely changed...

Solitaire is a absolutely beautiful piece of work, and it is by far the best thought out and executed version of Solitaire I have ever used. Its use of fast animation and intelligent movement routines make it a huge success for solitaire players. Also, the variety of cardsets allows users to choose the one most suited to each individual.

People always talk about how Halo is what made the XBOX so popular, or how FFX is what made the PS2 so popular. I would have to say that solitaire will do the same for Vista - just wait and see.

Classics (1)

Trillan (597339) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402096)

Honestly, I've gone back to classic puzzle and/or side-scroll games, like Yoshi's Island. It's been long enough since I tried them that they're entertaining again, yet at the same time they're easy enough to pause and leave alone for a few days as my life has grown more complex. My Ubuntu box gets some credit here, too, as there's a rather nice collection of puzzle-type games available free (although nothing as fun as, say, Yoshi's Island).

Flatout 2 (2, Informative)

Enry (630) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402100)

Hands down favorite for the year. Then again, I don't own a PS2/3 or Wii, and my DS Lite fell out of my car just before Thanksgiving (that being said, New Super Mario sucked, and Metroid Hunters was unplayable, but Big Brain Academy and Brain age were good).

Pencil and Paper? (1)

Bigbutt (65939) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402102)

What, do they all have to electronic?

I picked up Shadowrun again and got together, face to face with a group of local gamers. Playing a bit of Warhammer RPG next weekend as well.

I also played a couple of board games with a different local group.

I did play some Doom3 back in the summer and got a bit farther along than I did last time before I got bored with it.

[John]

Old school. (1)

saintlupus (227599) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402116)

I've been using my Christmas vacation to play through _Wasteland_ again. Man, what a brilliant RPG that was. A complete universe in seven or eight commands, and sixteen colors.

Check it out if you haven't already.

--saint

Of all games this year... (0)

anss123 (985305) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402140)

The game I enjoyed the most was Dreamfall. I'm probably the only person that was satisfied by the ending, as it didn't take away from the little girl's death.


The biggest disappointment for me this year was probably FF-XII; neither the models, story nor music clinched for me. Thou, I've only played it a little-bit on a PC emulator (not out here yet), it might get better further into the game.

Re:Of all games this year... (1)

bVork (772426) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402278)

I hope you get modded into oblivion for spoiling Dreamfall.

Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17402150)

Gaming the retard moderators has become a way of life.

Mod me down you bunch of snivelling, basement-dwelling excuses for human beings!

OpenArena (1)

tw3k (956612) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402168)

OMG it pwns all!

Zonk is retarded. (0, Troll)

copponex (13876) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402176)

"...while I've played a lot of games this year, Oblivion is always going to be my 2006 game of the year."

Oh, really? Are you sure something you play in '07 won't knock it out of first place? Jackass.

Re:Zonk is retarded. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17402404)

You are the retard my friend.

How can a game released in 2007 be the best game of 2006...?

Huh...Bueller? Bueller?

Fleece Slobbynuts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17402186)

'cause if you do a search in Google...it doesn't come up!

This year I discovered Oolite (4, Interesting)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402214)

For me 2006 is the year of Oolite [aegidian.org] . I am ashamed to admit I just discovered it this year... I never got into elite despite my interest because of the steep learning curve and the fact that I somehow never had the game and a guide at the same time. Well, I got oolite and a guide at the same time, and it's kept me pretty well-riveted. It's funny because it's about the least graphically complex game I've played in years (besides solitaire and bejeweled) but it's really quite deep and more importantly, it's extensible. The game supports addons and you can do all kinds of things with them. But even better than that, it's cross-platform with XML savefiles that work on all platforms, so you can have it installed on Windows, OSX, and Linux, and take your savegame between all those platforms (handy if you want to play at work and at home - not that I have time to play at work. But I have in previous jobs.)

If you liked tradewars, and you like live-action simulations, you'll love Oolite.

LEGO Starwars (4, Interesting)

CODiNE (27417) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402224)

I'm the guy that waits a year or so for the game I want to drop down to $20 or so, when I saw the first LEGO Star Wars installment become a Players Choice game I knew it had to be pretty good.

Actually with my Zelda background I expected free camera movement and didn't really "get it" the first time I played, so it sat on the shelf for a week. Then... strangely my WIFE said she wanted to try it, she hasn't played a single video game EVER since we've been married. I'd never have expected it, but we found a game we can play together and work out way through. She'd actually come home and say "Okay after dinner lets play some LEGOS", it was a shock! Alright the one annoying thing is when teammates walk in opposite directions the screen pulls you back, so sometimes you can get yourself stuck in a repeat dying spot and have no escape since both characters can't move. Other than that, I've gotten quite used to it and have enjoyed it immensely. The Freeplay mode is a lot of fun and the ability to swap characters at any time let's you blow through old enemies that were at first challenging. Also the ability to "drop out" and then join back in comes in handy when the wife gets stuck on some jump or pod-racing section she can't beat. I'm also surprised how rarely she drops out as she's willing to try over and over until she figures something out. Normally she hates games she loses at, but with the infinite lives and not throwing us back to the start it doesn't bother her much.

Nice bit of variety with the pod-racing and space battles, it's a great game for a gamer to introduce a non-gamer with. Being able to go two-player at any time is really nice.

Any game that gets my wife interested is the game of the year to me. Now she can't wait til we get a Wii. :-)

Only problem is... I have to watch Pride and Predjudice. ;-)

XBOX 360 Games (2, Interesting)

polyex (736819) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402232)

My top 5, they are all XBOX 360 games, because its the only thing I am playing games on: 5) Kameo - Stunning graphics. Simple story, but its stays fairly interesting. Not the most original thing in the world, but executed really well. 4) Test Drive Unlimited - A brilliant execution of online play where you are dropped into what amounts to almost a MMORPG Racing game. The graphics are wonderful, but the characters look like at you with those weird dead eyes. The entire game is a map of Oahu, I just found it a little odd there are no people walking around. Kind of runs out of steam when you aquire the fastest car, but its harder to get cars in this game than in #3 3) Project Gotham Racing 3- Great graphics, wonderful online play (I watched the online games now more than Speedvision). Cool cars. I think you get the money a little too easy in the game so you end up with A class cars almost within the first hours of play so its more about medals. 2) Prey - Nice atmospheric story which unfolds well, interesting characters. I ended up loving the Cherokee idea (although before playing I thought it might be silly), it turned out to be something that drew me in to the game. Others have slammed this one, but I had the benifit of never hearing about it before it came out so I had zero expectations and ended up really liking the journey the game took me on. 1) Gears Of War - To be honest I think without the skilled use of HDR (the graphics CODERS for this were top notch) Im not sure the graphics would be rated so high, but its still AAA artwork and in the end it looks better than pretty much anything out there. Gameplay is really where the game shines for me with the cover system being a breath of fresh air and a nice surprise when you give it a chance. Honorable Mention : Dead Rising - How many times can a game say "Loading please wait" ? I wish it had online play. I wish it had a better save system, I wish it was longer. I wish it would not tie you into the dumb story and let you roam more. But I like Zombies, and I especially like them in a shopping mall getting bitch slapped with a sledge hammer. I dont want to say these are the worst games, but I sold my copies within hours of purchase or just deleted it: 1) Full Throttle- The idea of the rocket/gun/weapon on the car seems like one of those ideas that looked better on paper. After the first few minutes of shooting stuff I was reaching for PGR3. It may have been more fun if there were pedestians. The graphics are top notch, and the coders who did the crash effects really had something cool there, its just the gameplay for me was repetitive and boring with uninteresting/unoriginal weapons and cars. 2) TotemBall - Came with the Eyesight. I could not control it worth a damn. Not fun.

Re:XBOX 360 Games (1)

pvera (250260) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402398)

In Dead Rising, if you don't get into the warehouse until 7 PM you will completely skip all of the missions and you will be in 100% open ended mode. You can do whatever the hell you want, most of the bosses will still show up and you still get the "B" finish, so it counts.

Top 3 (1)

nicolastheadept (930317) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402246)

#1 Zelda Twilight Princess (only got GC at the moment) #2 HL2 Ep1 (divide the total awesomeness by the length and you get a really high number) #3 Company of Heroes (looks brilliant and plays just like a wargame but in real time and with PHYSICS) #4 Garry's Mod (for £6, fantastic fun! I love the exchange rate) Didn't think Oblivion was that good.

I couldn't disagree more (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17402260)

Really? A Java-Based Poker game made it into the five best this year? Wow..

Actually, let me rephrase that, *all five* of these games were incredibly lame. Apparently lots of people at Slashdot play games, but no one plays any *good* games.

Re:I couldn't disagree more (1)

DeadChobi (740395) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402402)

Snooty comic book guy, everyone! Give it up!

A few mentions (1)

ab0mb88 (541388) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402264)

World of Warcraft must be on the list somewhere. This is the game everyone is playing, waiting for new content, and generally has made gamers a mainstream group.

Guild Wars would be a close second because as a free game this is what many gamers would be playing if they were not on WoW.

Finally, I have to say Guitar Hero is worth looking at; this is a party game for everyone, beyond the popularity level that DDR ever should have reached. This is a competitive game that everyone can play without shame or sweat.

Guitar Hero 2 (2, Interesting)

eggsurplus (631231) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402268)

I wouldn't have turned into a ROCK GOD!! if it wasn't for this game.

From Malda's comment (1)

Provocateur (133110) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402272)

but the other occupant of my living room would tell you that this fact makes this game an upgrade

Jeez Malda, it's us, fer Chrissake. You're an editor already! You're allowed to say the G word (girlfriend) without losing /. cred around here.

Please - be kind.... (1)

ajlea2k (931096) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402282)

My game of the year is Oblivion - I simply love this game and frankly was a little surprised not to see it mentioned more. There was even a comment deriding it a bit ("Oblivion? Really?)... My question to you all - and I seriously am asking with the utmost respect - is HOW can this NOT be the game of the year for more people? What is it about Oblivion that keeps you from nominating it your game of the year. Please don't turn this into platform and/or genre bashing - not interested in that. Just curious as to what people find wrong with this game! Thanks y'all! A

My game of the year (1)

jimlintott (317783) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402304)

Flatout 2

Using a wheel and pedal set doesn't make my wrist hurt and I cannot use console controllers.

The game is a blast. It has great graphics and physics and an almost completely deformable environment. Except for the solid objects that stop you cold and launch your driver onto the pavement.

Fun, fun, fun which is all I really want from a game.

Top 3 Games... EVER!!! (1)

radiogeak (642228) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402340)

3) Extreme Bullrider! 2) Battlecruiser 3000AD! Darek Smart is the smartest person, ever, and he can beat up ANY coke machine! 1) Daikatana!!! John Romero is teh l33t!

Top 5 Picks (2, Insightful)

unc0nn3ct3d (952682) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402350)

Busy day at the office or I'd be replying and reading through all the comments, but alas I shall just randomly post my thoughts. #1 Games for enjoyment this year for me was FEAR I would say.. The sheer immersion factor of that game took the FPS genre to places I had only dreamt. The closest thing to playing a movie I have ever seen in a game #1.5 - Wii Sports tops my list for pure fun.. I love people saying it's all about timing and bla bla bla. Very curious as to how this differs from any other game on the market at all :) I went out and bought 4 other games with my Wii(Rayman, Zelda, MonkeyBall and RedSteel) and I haven't even looked at the others more than a few times compared to the amount we all play Wii Sports in our house. This game almost gets the #1 spot for this next reason alone: ***PARENTAL ALERT*** Before we had to schedule babysitters weeks in advance, however ever since we've had the Wii in the house there is now, no word of a lie, a waiting list of babysitters at our beck and call, and the only thing they ever play is Wii Sports. #2 Elder Scrolls IV: Ground Breaking RPG in every way shape and form. This game was probably the closest thing we'll see to a WoW killer in a while :) As for 3 4 and 5 , wish I had time to think of em, but I just can't :)

Gothic 3 (1)

soccerisgod (585710) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402356)

You heard me. Yeah, it's full of bugs, but oh well. Still a pretty good game, best of 2006 for me personally.

Yeah... (1)

bobdole369 (267463) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402388)

All those games suck.

1. World of Warcraft
2. Guild Wars (When WoW is down)
3. World of Warcraft
4. World of Warcraft
5. ...Profit?

Notice a trend?

Grand Strategy for game of year (2, Interesting)

bryanbrunton (262081) | more than 7 years ago | (#17402396)

Grand Strategy (www.denizengames.com), a web-based Risk clone is without a doubt the game of the year. Never before has playing Risk been so easy and so accessible.

A brief list on why GS is so great:

1. Gone are the hours devoted to setup and dice rolling.
2. Your house mates and relatives will not have to collared and cajoled into sitting down with you, the "strategy game freak", for 5 to 6 hours.
3. Grand Strategy uses Ajax and is fully Web 2.0. VCs love it and can't give stop giving me money.
4. It is guaranteed that while playing Grand Strategy that crazed strangers will not take slight at your mentioning the weakness of the Ukraine and attack you on subway trains!

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