Game of the Year 2013 Day 1 of 3

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It’s a little late this year but with good reason. There were just so many last minute games that I had to knock out before I could compile my list. With new consoles, the list of platforms for which great games to appear on is on an all time high. I played games on smartphones, tablets, handhelds and on consoles new and old in 2013. Now it’s time to reflect and acknowledge some of the highs and lows of the last year.

The 2013 Game I Wish I Bought & Played in 2013

Winner: Grand Theft Auto V

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I had many opportunities to purchase Grand Theft Auto V for $39.99 but I didn’t want to play it on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 generation of consoles. I had faith that Rockstar would be bringing their trademark sequel to PC. So I decided to wait and miss out.

Runner ups: DmC, Rayman: Legends

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Checkpoint: The PlayStation 4 Awaits

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Am I ready? Kinda.

I’m looking forward to the launch of the PlayStation 4. I cannot wait to tinker with the new console and all its new fangled features. But as I was playing Rayman: Origins on my PlayStation 3 Slim, I found myself wondering how often I will be checking back in with that console.

I spent a lot of time playing PlayStation 2 titles on my PlayStation 3 because the launch and post launch releases weren’t very compelling. I cannot say the same for the PlayStation 4’s launch offerings though. If Battlefield 4 ends up living to my expectations, I could see myself spending a lot time with Sony’s latest.

My PS3 backlog contains numerous titles and I do wish to return to many of them. But for now, I’ll be happy with just wrapping up Rayman: Origins completely.

I picked Rayman: Origins back up again because I finished Beyond: Two Souls and wanted something without a long commitment. I’ll pen down my thoughts on Beyond: Two Souls as soon as possible because it’s a game which was only undone by its choice of story progression.

LTTP: Rayman: Origins (PS3)

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LTTP or ‘late to the party’ pieces are opportunities for me to catch up and write about games I missed out on the first time around. They may contain spoilers.

After playing Ubisoft’s Rayman: Origins, I can’t help but think Nintendo have fallen behind in the 2D platforming game. Rayman: Origins provided everything I wanted from the New Super Mario Bros. line of games. It was challenging, gorgeous and provided a lot of nuance with its core mechanics.

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Checkpoint: Certified Linux Admin Edition

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I’m now a Red Hat Certified System Administrator. It wasn’t something I sought out; I was offered the opportunity and said: why not? Even after this first certification (going to take the RHCSE in a week) I’m still not a big fan of Linux in a role other than server.

User friendliness and compatibility with games I care about is a big road block for me. Red Hat, Fedora and CentOS distributions are just not very user friendly. Ubuntu is superior in the friendliness department but it too doesn’t supplant Windows or Mac OS X in my books. As for game compatibility? That’s a huge issue at the moment — even id Software who were big supporters of Linux in the past didn’t release a version of RAGE on Linux. If I were to pick a Unix based OS to switchover to, I would choose Mac OS X. At least Apple’s operating system is actually on the radar of high profile game developers.

I haven’t incorporated a Linux distribution into my home network and I don’t have any plans to do so. If/when I go through with my VMWare project, I’m planning to run it with FreeNAS, Mac OS X and Windows Server 2012 but since Plex Media Server is working so well with Windows Server 2012, I don’t know if that’s going to happen any time soon.

I just finished the last level of Rayman: Origins but I’m not 100% done with the game. It’s one of those titles that I’m going to 100%. I have Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, God of War: Ascension, Tomb Raider and a copy of BioShock: Infinite coming but I’m still playing Rayman.

Oh and Mechwarrior: Online. I can’t put that down either.

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