Russ Pitts' Five Favorites 2010

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You like shooters, huh.

Can't say I agree with that list at all, except for SC: Conviction. Great kick in the pants that the franchise needed, now I hope the next game is deeper.

Good list, but, just to be a language usage pest, if your penultimate game was not your top choice, then you're using penultimate wrong. Just saying. All the same, props for using the under-appreciated word.

I tried going to the link shown at the end of the video (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/content/fivefavorites/2010.php), but it's saying 404 Error: File Not Found. Just wanted to report this. I realize I may just be jumping the gun before it's up, but...

By the way, nice video. I can respect those choices. :D

Where's Super Meat Boy?

:(

BehattedWanderer:
Good list, but, just to be a language usage pest, if your penultimate game was not your top choice, then you're using penultimate wrong. Just saying. All the same, props for using the under-appreciated word.

Penultimate is second to last in a list.
Ultimate would be top choice, no?

I have to completely disagree with Mafia II being at number 3, that game was horrible! I don't buy the whole interactive media/drama bullshit, because it wasn't immersive. Heavy Rain was! The characters had character. Unlike Vito. And why did they make it sandbox based hmmm? And the gameplay is just driving cars and coverbased combat, as if we don't have enough of that as it is!

And also all of his top five are sequels and Undead Nightmare counts. Who else finds that depressing?

Baneat:

BehattedWanderer:
Good list, but, just to be a language usage pest, if your penultimate game was not your top choice, then you're using penultimate wrong. Just saying. All the same, props for using the under-appreciated word.

Penultimate is second to last in a list.
Ultimate would be top choice, no?

Well, this is embarrassing. It appears I was lied to by a teacher who had instructed us that it was superior to, not secondary to.

Baneat:

BehattedWanderer:
Good list, but, just to be a language usage pest, if your penultimate game was not your top choice, then you're using penultimate wrong. Just saying. All the same, props for using the under-appreciated word.

Penultimate is second to last in a list.
Ultimate would be top choice, no?

As any four-year Latin student can tell you, you are correct. Let's go even further and call out the lesser known antepenult as the third to last.

A very nice list you got there Russ but now its time to concentrate on your santa's list.

BehattedWanderer:
Good list, but, just to be a language usage pest, if your penultimate game was not your top choice, then you're using penultimate wrong. Just saying. All the same, props for using the under-appreciated word.

Look it up:

penultimate: adj., 1. next to last.

Also, don't word nerd the EIC unless you're right.

Steve Butts:

Baneat:

BehattedWanderer:
Good list, but, just to be a language usage pest, if your penultimate game was not your top choice, then you're using penultimate wrong. Just saying. All the same, props for using the under-appreciated word.

Penultimate is second to last in a list.
Ultimate would be top choice, no?

As any four-year Latin student can tell you, you are correct. Let's go even further and call out the lesser known antepenult as the third to last.

Isn't that also "pentultimate"?

Russ Pitts:

BehattedWanderer:
Good list, but, just to be a language usage pest, if your penultimate game was not your top choice, then you're using penultimate wrong. Just saying. All the same, props for using the under-appreciated word.

Look it up:

penultimate: adj., 1. next to last.

Also, don't word nerd the EIC unless you're right.

I was called out on this just before, and again I shall apologize. I was quite erroneously informed by a teacher at my university that penultimate was the superior case, not the successive case. I stand mortified and embarrassed at myself, and am quite irked at the aforementioned teacher for giving me erroneous information.

This isn't at all what I expected. At all. A lot of these games are cut-out sequels despite the fact that this year that had a lot of wonderfully original and exciting new ideas. (Even though most of them came from the independents, but hey, toss a dog a bone).

mindlesspuppet:
"Splinter Cell pretty much invented stealth shooting"... really? wow.

No. It didn't.

OT: Nice choices so far.

Well Russ that is quite an... interesting list.

Mafia 2, not a sandbox game... ya and the pope isn't catholic, it is so very obvious what they aimed it at and what parts are missing, but the publisher made them release it one or two years too soon, if it were finished it would take a steaming dump on GTA, like it is now I wouldn't advise anyone to buy it.

Crackdown 2, "more of the good less of the bad"... that is very interesting because they took all the best parts of Crackdown and replaced them with a zombie grind-fest, I guess there will always be someone who likes that

Oh and: "Splinter Cell pretty much invented stealth shooting" ... no, just no

Fallout 3...classic? WTF is that suppossed to mean? Bethesda's baby? I'm at a loss for words at those statements.

Although you sure did get the whole "re-telling" thing right, Bethesda sure did "re-tell" the Fallout universe by practically kicking a bunch of the established lore in the arse.

number 1 and 5 make my "pls pls pls bring this to the PC" list
i can agree with placing new vegas second, it is an awesome game(especially on the PC with mods), but something this buggy just can't be #1

Mafia and Splinter cell?
no.
splinter cell was just and Mafia 2, although i liked big parts of the game just made me hate it in the end, mostly by the way they implemented the DLC.
on the other hand, both games could have gotten way better press if they just had other names

No Mass Effect 2.....okay, I'm going to go punch a few walls now.

I agree with the first page.

The second page, however, was more of a list of the worst games/biggest disappointments of 2010.

Seems like a top five most marketed games list to me, minus CoD Black Opps and Halo. Perhaps they didn't send the Escapist a present this year.

I find this interesting. None of these games would have been picked for my list. It will give me something to consider when reading your reviews. It is obvious you have a soft spot for sandbox gaming. Thats fine but with a few exceptions they don't really grab me.

To be honest I thought Crackdown 2 was a step down from the first crackdown; it was still certainly fun in that crazy and chaotic super-jumping way but it didn't really advance from the first game.

Far from being one of the best games of 2010 it was one of the most disappointing; it lacked the personality of the first with its three colourful factions, it was the same map but altered only slightly with a more war-torn look (but that's about it), it had no new game mechanics, the vehicle evolving was absent and it's 'activate beacon and defend mission' structure was in fact more repetitive than the first games 'eliminate gang leaders' as at least in the latter it took you to different environments to fight in whereas in the former it was essentially very similar looking caves.

And those stupid helicopters died so easily, just trying to land them would take off some of their health. Stupid helicopters.

I neither agree nor disagree with this list, since I haven't played any of the games mentioned. However, I would like to point out that it is strangely coincidental that pretty much all of these games were reviewed by Russ himself.

BehattedWanderer:

Russ Pitts:

BehattedWanderer:
Good list, but, just to be a language usage pest, if your penultimate game was not your top choice, then you're using penultimate wrong. Just saying. All the same, props for using the under-appreciated word.

Look it up:

penultimate: adj., 1. next to last.

Also, don't word nerd the EIC unless you're right.

I was called out on this just before, and again I shall apologize. I was quite erroneously informed by a teacher at my university that penultimate was the superior case, not the successive case. I stand mortified and embarrassed at myself, and am quite irked at the aforementioned teacher for giving me erroneous information.

You're a stand-up guy for owning up to your mistake. Way to be, sir.

As for what your teacher taught you, welcome to one of life's cruelest lessons: Teachers do not know everything. I should know. I used to teach!

Lesson number two here is: Before you presume to correct someone, make certain of your facts.

Tempest13:
I'm genuinely surprised to not see Galaxy 2 or Mass Effect 2 on this list...seemed like he forgot alot of the games that came out earlier this year >_> but that's just my opinion.

Was thinking the exact same thing! Good list none the less though :)

Did Crackdown 2 sell enough units to warrant a sequel? I thought it kind of flopped.

I mostly would argue against SC:C. I bought it awhile back on PC and I've played it until the mission where you infiltrate Echelon 5 or what the number is.

I really, really loathe that game with a fiery passion. Having been a SC fan since the first game was released I was bummed by Double Agent. I've bought it on 3 different systems in hopes that it could be a good game. It's not. But hell, it's miles better than Conviction.

Conviction feels so damn shallow. And the story is completely melodramatic with all the daughter deal/alive teasing.
I found the controls to be horrible, frankly and the mark and execute totally ruined it for me. No longer do I have the option to actually be stealthy. Just kill everybody. I really think making it a cover based shooter was the wrong way to go.

In fact, after playing Conviction I had to go to Steam and buy the first game and Chaos Theory just to wash off the feeling of being dirty. And I already have those games standing right in front of me on my disc, both bought on release.

In short: I really don't understand why you like it. :)

Mafia 2 is sweet though!

Russ Pitts:

BehattedWanderer:

Russ Pitts:

Look it up:

penultimate: adj., 1. next to last.

Also, don't word nerd the EIC unless you're right.

I was called out on this just before, and again I shall apologize. I was quite erroneously informed by a teacher at my university that penultimate was the superior case, not the successive case. I stand mortified and embarrassed at myself, and am quite irked at the aforementioned teacher for giving me erroneous information.

You're a stand-up guy for owning up to your mistake. Way to be, sir.

As for what your teacher taught you, welcome to one of life's cruelest lessons: Teachers do not know everything. I should know. I used to teach!

Lesson number two here is: Before you presume to correct someone, make certain of your facts.

For fairness, yes, but I might admit to a mild fondness of having people enlighten me in ways I might be incorrect. For in years of study and reading, I've learned quite a lot, and can't question all of it. But in being corrected, I am instantly satisfied in that I seek out the exact answer, to the betterment of both parties involved. Again, my mistake for calling you out on it, but thanks for re-educating me at the same time.

BehattedWanderer:

Baneat:

BehattedWanderer:
Good list, but, just to be a language usage pest, if your penultimate game was not your top choice, then you're using penultimate wrong. Just saying. All the same, props for using the under-appreciated word.

Penultimate is second to last in a list.
Ultimate would be top choice, no?

Well, this is embarrassing. It appears I was lied to by a teacher who had instructed us that it was superior to, not secondary to.

Man.. talk about embarassing, after calling Russ Pitt out on it XD

However it's serious derailment from the thread, just try not to be overconfident lest this happens again.

I admired all the games he chose, because it's actually true - They are all very fun and amazing to play along with a creative story line. Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare (If I had to choose one of the 5 listed) would also be my #1 game. It's incredible, fun, and it gives you something to look forward too haha. Along with that I admire the game's settings which new things occur rather then being a boring free roam which would then make it a rental, right? Haha but nice review!

hmm, no offence intended Russ but apart from starcraft 2 that is possibly the worst "top 5 list" I could imagine. Crackdonwn for instance was an ok game, worth of a 8/10. Crackdown not only doesn't offer *any* improvements to the original, it is actually *worse* in many respects then the proginal, whilst the genre, through the like of InFamous and red Faction Guierilla, has taken leaps forward.

For me the top 5 is radically, radically different for this, and comprises of
Assassins Creed Brotherhood
Minecraft (mainly as I haven't played ME2 yet)
Starcraft 2
God of War 3
Heavy Rain
with honourable mentions of RDR, Yakuza 3, SMG2, GT5, F:NV (but only just honourable mention). Of course, if we counted (as I am from the UK) games that came out in our location rather then US this year, Demon's Souls would be right up there, what a stunning game

It's interesting, at first I was disappointed by Fallout New Vegas, perhaps coming so soon off of Fallout 3 for me. (Just finished the GOTY edition of 3 a few months before)But I couldn't quite figure out what it was specifically that was really bothering me about New Vegas so I kept going. Once I got to New Vegas I was seriously thinking about quitting.

Then I caught up with Benny and shit got real. I haven't finished the game yet, but since then I've had a blast with it. The people and options in it really came alive for me as much as those from the previous game. It's definitely in my Top 5 for the year now.

mindlesspuppet:
"Splinter Cell pretty much invented stealth shooting"... really? wow.

Which one did? I'm not sarcastic, just curious.

silasbufu:

mindlesspuppet:
"Splinter Cell pretty much invented stealth shooting"... really? wow.

Which one did? I'm not sarcastic, just curious.

You know I put quotation marks there for a reason? It's something Russ said in the video (0:43), and it's an absolutely ridiculous statement.

Mine's.... Well, the only game I liked this year was BO and RDR, RDR UN.
Still pissed off about your freakin' spoiler review, Russ.

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