Red Dead Redemption

I realize its already March, so I’ll keep this short and sweet. Red Dead is somewhat of an obvious choice for my game of the year, but there’s a reason for that. Rockstar worked their magic once again bringing their innovative open-world gameplay to yet another setting, this time the wild west. Drawing influences from Sergio Leone’s famous “Man with No Name” trilogy, among other films, western pop culture and history, they craft an intriguing world that’s brought to life with fleshed out characters and fully realized environments. I liken RDR to Bully, as in they both take the GTA formula and apply it to a new setting and create something much more interesting in doing so.

Honorable Mentions

Heavy Rain

 

 

– Innovative and engrossing, Heavy Rain is one of the more unique and satisfying experiences out there.

 

 

 

 

BioShock 2

 

 

– Maybe an unnecessary sequel, but the result is a game better in every possible way than its predecessor, albeit lacking a bit of the “magic.”

 

 

 

 

Blur

 

 

– The most fun I’ve had with a racing game, ever. Bizarre Creations, you will be missed. Good night, Sweet Prince.

 

 

 

Final Fantasy XIII

 

 

 

 

– The most polarizing FF among fans and critics alike to date, I happen to fall on the positive side of the polarity.

 

 

 

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