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:
- God of War (1 & 2)
- Uncharted (1 & 2)
- Fable (2 only)
- Music Games (Beatles: Rock Band, Guitar Hero... and the amazing DJ Hero)
- Batman: Arkham Asylum
- Resistance (1 & 2)
- Left 4 Dead (1 & 2)
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii
- 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
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).