Review of 2011

The year 2011 proved to be “a game of two halves” for me in terms of my personal life but gaming-wise it was one of the better years of gaming for me. The motivation to play video games was still burning bright through the entire year right until the end which was pretty rare for me as I’m easily susceptible to ‘gaming burnout’.

I’ll be going in the order I got around to playing the following games last year, this is the first part and a final part will follow as soon as I’ve written up that section. On a side note, I won’t be delving into any RPG maker games as I covered all the ones I played in my game reviews. Continue reading

3DS – The Save Data Debacle

A couple of weeks back I noticed many (all) the sites I frequent were talking about Capcom implementing a permenant save data in Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. “Oh look it’s Capcom with their money hungry antics again” I thought (see Marvel vs Capcom 3). However, it appears that Konami are in on the act as well with Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D along with Aksys and SEGA. I never buy Pro Evo used but I know many people that pick up second hand copies a few months after the annual releases, it boggles the mind as to why publishers think this is a good idea.

On paper, it makes sense for maximum profits but I’m sure they did not realise how much of a big market the second-hand business is. For example, Blockbuster with their game rentals, GAME/Gamestation with their preowned selection and not to mention the thousands of people on eBay (despite whatever % they’re left with after eBay and Paypal suck up the final price fees with). A problem I figured out straight away was the fact that the moment you step into a GAME store, you’ll see most of the customers trawling through the pre-owned shelves. The Top 10 games rarely get a glance except for when the sales assistant is ‘advising’ mums on what to buy their kids. It’s no wonder these stores will reject any pre-owned copies.

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