45 points, 3 votes, .33 TOP GAME vote
Captain Lorax: It’s just the same old DKC rehased with better graphics and more moves than normal. You’ll be happy to know that there is at least one mine-cart level. And this game is so much more challenging than other nintendo platformers. Plus there are things to collect that will unlock a few new levels. And there is time trial for each level. It’s possible to do 2-player and one person would be on the same screen as Diddy but I don’t think I would want to play this game that way. One of my top 3 games of the year
ilxor: Donkey Kong Country Returns has been an obsession since its November release. Feels like an awesome, fresh update on the original SNES franchise. Very challenging in the later levels. Two-player co-op mode is a winner here as well.
remy bean: As a Latin American male, I’m proud to relate to prominent video-game role models like Donkey Kong.
30 points, 4 votes, 1 TOP GAME vote
Ledge: ***LOVE*** drifting and am pretty decent at it; the muscle car stuff and road races in general are great (although often pretty damn tough). I don’t dig and am bad at the proper racetrack events. The Le Mans race is my worst nightmare.
Cozwyn: This game is heaps of fun and gorgeous. The tracks are great, the cars all feel different, there’s lots of fun modes and a deep enough career system for an arcade racer. Everything feels very fast; heaps of fun
Ste: I’m so psychologically pissed sometimes when it comes to this game; as soon as I get into first place, I just start sweating madly and lose concentration, followed by usually performing the most horrendous accident ever. I thought it was great, a lot more fun than any other racing game I’ve tried on the PS3.
I love just doing that rewind shit on my crashes, it’s so surreal. The radio commentary is fantastic and it’s great how they tell you who is doing what on a race, sometimes in a tone like you’re supposed to know who the hell they are. “Donny Taylor just span out”. OH NO NOT DONNY!
Jeff Le Vine: I see the game has made a lot of top ten lists, so obviously people liked it, but I probably hated this like no other I played this year – which is weird, because I really enjoy DiRT. Even with a joystick I just couldn’t get used to the slippery way the vehicles handle and bounced off things. It hit a weird middle ground, not arcade enough and not sim enough. I also hated the nickname thing. It just seems to me that there are so many other better driving game options out there right now, even on a console.
I just threw this game in the garbage. Feeling a lot better now 🙂
Coint & Plick 2009 #18: Grand Theft Auto 4: Episodes From Liberty City – The Lost and the Damned/The Ballad of Gay Tony
55 points, 4 votes, .5 TOP GAME vote
Antexit: I doubt this will get many votes, but I’m giving it the points I didn’t give GTA4 last year. If there were a few more things to buy and a little more diversity in the fun shit you can do, the three games taken together would be pretty close to what I was hoping GTA4 would be– let’s hope the next GTA is more like these two and less like their pretentious older brother. It’s the best game starring a Jewish biker I’ve played this year.
Ste: On the Gay Tony story front, I love it. The dialogue and all the characters are well done. But FFS the animations are so sluggish sometime. GET IN THE FUCKING BOAT QUICKER!!
Stevie: The club seems fun as fuck and the characters are a lot more likable and charismatic than in the previous two iterations.