Video Games (The Next Level)

As this is the second day of 2010, I tend to look at the entertainment that I'm looking forward to this year.  Whether it be movies (Inception), music (The Strokes, Radiohead, Vampire Weekend, Sufjan Stevens), and now - video games.

In 2009, I played more video games then I have ever done in my entire life.  Here's a list:
  1. God of War (1 & 2)
  2. Uncharted (1 & 2)
  3. Fable (2 only)
  4. Music Games (Beatles: Rock Band, Guitar Hero... and the amazing DJ Hero)
  5. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  6. Bioshock
  7. Resistance (1 & 2)
  8. Left 4 Dead (1 & 2)
  9. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  10. And others, that I didn't really like.
I used to think video games were full of weak story, shoot 'em up guns & typical game play... I was wrong.  Dead wrong.  And I'm beginning to believe that actually... video games are in a period of pure and total creativity, and it's only getting better.

The first game to really undo this thinking was Bioshock.  Amazing art direction, atmosphere and a story that stayed with me.  Resistence 2 was a great alien shoot 'em up game set in the 1950s.  Left 4 Dead was just absolutely addicting, as was Batman & God of War.

However, it was when I played Uncharted 2 that I found I could literally be pulled into a world and become the characters.  The story line isn't nothing to original, but Uncharted 2 had all the charm, all the action and all the wonderment of ANY Indiana Jones film.  I was Nathan Drake and I was on the edge of a cliff, hanging from that train, wishing I didn't go off searching for the mythical city of Shambhala.

And now, as 2010 begins, I am seeing a ton of films video games that seem like the big popcorn movies I'm waiting to stand in line for.  Let's take a look at some of the best:


I AM ALIVE



THE LAST GUARDIAN





ALAN WAKE



HEAVY RAIN



These don't feel like video games anymore, these are movies we play and that is really - super exciting.  I just hope I have a job / cash flow / time to play them.

(PS - in searching for an "I AM ALIVE" gameplay video... I was rickrolled for the first time... hilarious).