This year, although it only has one more solid month of gaming left, has been an interesting one for gaming. For the first time ever, Valve releases a game exactly one year after it released the last one (L4D2), a warcraft III mod (Defense of the Ancients) spawns Heroes of Newearth and League of Legends, Gearbox releases its 2nd 100% original game (Borderlands), Flagship studios becomes Runic Games which releases GASP, another dungeon crawl Diablo II like game (yeah Torchlight), EPIC pwned XBLA with Shadow Complex, Mario gets a new shiny game in a red box, and some 17 year old kid still pwns my face only now with knife to my face in Modern Warfare 2. OH and I almost forgot, there are Zombies on my lawn (plants vs. Zombies).
So what does this all mean? Well it is the opinion of this gamer, that the year of 2009 was one heck of a year for gaming. If you read the top part, and haven’t heard of one of the games I mentioned, do yourself a favor and check each and every one of those games out. But if I had to pick a game of the year, all I have to do is look at what I play most, and that is Heroes of Newearth.
Seeing how the NDA is somewhat down, and anyone who wants to get into the beta can now for $30, I guess I can talk about it a little bit. Without saying to much, basically the game is Defense of the Ancients: All-stars, only with a much improved graphics engine, dedicated server support, statistical support, and a lot more. However, I gotta say, if this game could use anything, it wouldn’t be something that the developer could make, because the main problem in HON, is its playerbase. Gone are the players who actually care, and want to help out their fellow pub teammates. Now all we have are jerks that immediately go off on someone if they died early to gank, and simply expell negative energy. However, the developer has added nifty features, like having their announcer say, “RAGE QUIT”, when a person disconnects from the gamer immediately following their characters death. Although there is more to it, until the game is released, I’m afraid that is the most I can talk about it.
Still if your looks for players to play, the name is Fatalhawk97, member of Keepers of the Groove. Here to stay and fight until I get kicked out by a bunch of real pros.
Till next week, when I sit down a write about Shadow Complex, the game of the Summer, that you missed out on.