QSF5’s GOTY 2010 Day 2 of 3

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goty-2010Day two of three is here and I’m recognizing the surprises and disappointments of 2010.

For the curious, day three will be on Sunday.

Most Disappointing Game of 2010

Winner: Gran Turismo 5

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Here were my expectations for the fifth Gran Turismo.

  • Highest caliber tech engine
  • Highest quality car models for all my favorite cars
  • Satisfying driving physics and engine

Just three simple requirements and Gran Turismo 5 managed to only meet one of them; the driving. The tech is all over the place ranging from jaw dropping to down right embarrassing. And the whole business with premium cars vs standard cars left many of my favorites looking like “high” resolution PlayStation 2 models.

Note that I didn’t even mention a quality game experience. I knew going in that Gran Turismo 5 wasn’t going to match up to Forza Motorsport 3 in that department.

Even though I’m still going to investing time in Gran Turismo 5, I can’t help, but feel let down by it. Hopefully future patches improve it tremendously.

Runners ups: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Call of Duty: Black Ops’ Multiplayer for PS3, Fallout: New Vegas

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Checkpoint: Red Dead Redemption Edition

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I picked up Red Dead Redemption for Xbox 360 on Friday and started it immediately. As for Fallout: New Vegas? That can sit there.

I have a GOTY candidate to play.

And so far, It’s living up to expectations. I haven’t encountered any significant issues yet — in fact, I’d go as far as to say it’s the most polished open world game I’ve played this year.

I can’t help, but compare Red Dead Redemption to Fallout: New Vegas. They’re from different “genres”, but they both feature open worlds and both feature vast deserts. I think I’m going to try reviewing both at the same time — like a compare and contrast piece.

As for my late arrival to this Western party? I attribute it to my obsession for a good deal. The price just didn’t budge over the summer and fall seasons. To date, 8 million copies of Red Dead Redemption have been shipped to retailers which explains why the price stayed at $59.99 for so long. I was lucky to grab my $29.99 copy at GameStop on Friday.

Checkpoint: It Was Black Friday Canada Edition

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This past Friday was the first real Canadian Black Friday.

Nearly every major retailer (on or offline) threw up a sale of some sort. I cobbled up as many deals as I could in a post, but I didn’t take advantage of a single one. I either already have the item that was on sale or I didn’t think the deal was good enough (Red Dead Redemption, I’m looking at you, Mr. $49.99.)

I did, however, take advantage of some computer part sales. I picked up the following from Memory Express:

  • OCZ Vertex 2 SATA II 2.5in Solid State Drive, 60GB for $109.99 ($40 off)  (excl. $20 MIR)
  • Antec True Power New 550W for $74.99 ($25 off)
  • Samsung SE-S084C 8x Slim External DVD-Writer, USB 2.0, White for $24.99 ($30 off)

Pretty awesome. I’d actually pick up another Vertex 2 SSD drive, but the MIR is limited to 1 per household. Oh well, I’ll wait for Boxing Day.

I was hoping to run into some Blu-ray movie sales, but no luck.

I was most surprised by GameStop’s showing. They had some real deals. They also had some real iffy “deals” as well, but they were actually throwing out legitimate deals like the Fallout: New Vegas for $40 and Tekken 6 for $10.

The most disappointing retailer, for me, was Amazon.ca. They had solid deals like Borderlands: GOTY for $40 and Mafia II for $30 on PC, but the quantity was lackluster compared to their American counterpart. Hopefully, they’ll make up for it with Boxing Day.

Overall, it was an okay Black Friday. It reminded me of Boxing Day, but without significant deals on computers or home audio.

Checkpoint: “What Games Am I Missing In 2010?” Edition

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We’re almost done the 2010 holiday gaming season. These are the games of interest that are remaining:

November 21, 2010

  • Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)

November 24, 2010

  • Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)

November 30, 2010

  • Epic Mickey (Wii)

I’m definitely picking Donkey Kong Country Returns and Gran Turismo 5.

So with those games coming this and next week, I’m taking a look back at what games I’m missing out on.

  1. Red Dead Redemption (360) – I keep waiting for a substantial deal to hit this game, but one never shows up.
  2. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (360) – It’s an Ubisoft game. It’ll drop down in price really quick.
  3. Vanquish (PS3) – I wanted to Power Trade for this game, but plans fell through. Now I’m going to wait for a deal.
  4. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (PC) – Waiting for the inevitable Steam sale for this one. Seeing how well Burnout: Paradise runs, I have high hopes for the PC version of Criterion’s latest work
  5. Kirby’s Epic Yarn – No deal or promotion for it kept this one out of reach.
  6. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future & Ace Attorney Investigations – I every intention to pick these two up, but I miss out on sales or just didn’t find the time to slot these in.
  7. Mafia II (PC) – Waiting for the Steam sale!
  8. StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty – I’ve decided to wait for the Battlechest. You know it’ll show up. It will take me 3 or 4 years to play StarCraft 2, but I’ll be able to play them all back to back! No doubt it’ll be glorious as well.
  9. Fable III – I’m hearing negative things about Lionhead’s latest. And with my recent purchase of Fallout: New Vegas for PC, I don’t think I’ll find time for this one this year.
  10. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker & God of War: Ghost of Sparta – PSP games are just not appealing to me at the moment. If I see an attractive sale, I’ll pick them up.

I didn’t think there would be so many games, but just look at them all. I’m currently $180 under my 2010 gaming budget. I hope I can somehow squeeze at least half of the above in this year.

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