Jonathan talks about how comparing the 2011 version of Mortal Kombat with the 1993 version of Super Street Fighter II Turbo illustrates how modern fighting games have completely left him behind. He’s also been disappointed in the changes made to Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, and Red Faction: Armageddon proves to be just another bug shooter.
Sam’s gone old school with Grand Theft Auto 4, which has helped improve his opinion of Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire.
Alex, meantime, received EDF, Dead Rising 2, and Bastion for Christmas, though he hasn’t played any of them because he’s been playing with his new toys, an iPod Touch and a Kindle Fire. He’s also broken out some Space Marine Capture the Flag, but finds himself just wanted to go back to Exterminatus. Finally, he and Jonathan have both been playing an Xbox Indie Game called Lexiv, which is an interesting mix of Scrabble, SimCity, and tower defense. It sounds weird, but it works great.
In our topic this week, we still aren’t ready to discuss the games that were in the year that was, but we do decide to talk about the prevailing themes of the year. Jonathan’s already been discussing his belief that the year is full of Almost Perfects. Sam focuses on setting aside his expectations. And Alex decides that 2011 was the year Day-1 DLC and Multiplayer Codes became a permanent part of the industry.
Finally, Jonathan’s in charge of this round of Name That Game!, and he’s got a 100-themed round prepped for the others.