Welcome to part two of my top ten games completed in 2011.
Let's get straight onto numbers 5-1.
5. Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GameCube)
Took me three attempts to get into the game but when I finally did I couldn't put it down. Graphically Wind Waker still looks as good as it did the day it was released, game play wise, well It's a Zelda game, you know what to expect.
The things that I realy enjoyed about the game include the changes in Link and Zelda and funnily enough the sailing. Some people criticise it but I thoroughly enjoyed it and probably spent way too much time just sailing around looking for islands and treasure, I just found it to be very relaxing.
4. Tomb Raider: Legend (GameCube)
Legend is the first TR game that I've ever properly played (I tried the first one for the Dreamcast as part of my five in fifteen posts a while back but could not get into it at all), and is a game that I really enjoyed playing.
I'm sure that everybody is fully aware of the adventures of Lara Croft so I shall skip all that. What I will say is that Legend is a wonderful game, it handles smoothly, has nice graphics and with the amount of puzzles and action included has brilliant game play. Unfortunately it can be a little on the short side depending on whether you decide to collect everything or not but that's just one minor niggle in an otherwise great game.
3. Metal Arms: Glitch in the System (GameCube)
This game was a total surprise to me, like Ghost Trick I didn't really know what it was about and when looking at the box it looked very child like but as you can probably tell I'm really glad that I did buy it.
You take control of a small robot called Glitch who must infiltrate and destroy an enemy race of robots. This is done in a third-person view over quite a few levels and includes a vast amount of weapons that can be upgraded. Glitch can also take over and control larger robots which does help a lot as the game can fall on the difficult side quite often and even though levels can take a few attempts you never feel like it's the games fault for you dying. Overall Metal Arms is difinitely worth a play.
2. Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS)
The second to last game that I completed in 2011 goes in at number two due to how good it is. Order of Ecclesia was the first Castlevania game that I played since Super Castlevania IV on the SNES (which is also one of my all time favourite games), and I thought that it was an absolutely superb game.
The game can be tough as nails and can take a lot of levelling up to finally be able to easily overcome enemies but again like Metal Arms it never feels like it's the games fault that you keep dying. The graphics are brilliant with the bosses filling up the screen and one shadow boss being exceptional and tough. The game play is great with lots of hidden secrets and puzzles which result in items to use and new weapons/glyphs to collect. There are also numerous sider-quests that can be completed that again result in items to use and some not to use but that can really add to the experience and joy of the game.
1. Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii)
So the last game that I completed for the year is also my number one game for the year. It's not because it's fresh in my mind but a game that I've just thoroughly enjoyed and really liked playing.
The graphics are nice, the music is quaint and relaxing and the game play is just brilliant. It's a platform game at heart but there is just so much going on that it never gets boring. One minute you can be jumping and swinging along platforms when suddenly Kirby transforms into a ship and the level turns into a shump. It certainly keeps the game fresh and enjoyable. Yes, it can be on the easy side, which is also the one problem with the game in that you cannot actually die, but if you try and collect all 100% of the items you can come across some difficult patches.
Finally, away from the main game there is enough stuff to do to keep you entertained like completing various mini-games and decorating Kirby's flat in an Animal Crossing style. All in all Kirby's Epic Yarn is a fun, enjoyable and relaxing game that you can play for minutes or for hours and that's why it's at number one.
Well, there is my top ten games that I completed in 2011, nine out the ten games were Nintendo games mainly because it's been a lot easier to play on the Wii and DS over the past year, rest assured though that next years will probably be a lot different as I'm finally going to make a start on my Sega back catalogue and work through some 360 games that have been neglected.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading the top ten and maybe spotted a game or two that you hadn't considered playing before.