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Old 01-01-13, 02:33 PM   #1
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Definitive 2013 Finished/Unfinished Report Card Thread

We survived! Play more games!

Finished in January:
* Deadlight (XBLA) | Act One: Holy crap this is great! Act Two: Oh no, you guys ruined it! Act Three: No, it's too late, don't even try to go back. | Grade: B-
* NCAA Football 2013 (360) | Received all attainable achievements.

Finished in February:
* Dead Space (360) | Second playthrough for achievement cleanup and story refresh. Still awesome.
* Dead Space 2 (360) | Not as amazing as the first game, and some heavy handed storytelling gets in the way. Pretty great though. | Grade: A
* Aliens: Colonial Marines (360) | A total sham. | Grade: D

Finished in March:
* Mass Effect 3: Citadel DLC (360) | A terrific end to this generation's Mass Effect universe. | Grade: A
* Dead Space 3 (360) | As the game went on I began to actively hate it. Would have been better without the relentless enemy swarming and if the first two games didn't already exist. | Grade: B-
* Tomb Raider (360) | Everything went better than expected. | Grade: A
* Rogue Warrior (360) | Critically maligned, but if you can get it cheap it's a decent meat and potatoes shooter. Mickey Rourke's lackluster voiceovers make it more entertaining, somehow. | Grade: B-

Finished in April:
* Sleeping Dogs (360) | aka Asian GTA IV. Lots of fun, but peters out about 2/3rds of the way through. | Grade: B
* NASCAR Unleashed (360) | Decent, low budget arcade racer. | Grade: B-
* Bioshock (360) | Hard to see it as groundbreaking when you play it six years later, but the universe you're in is still a wonder to behold. | Grade: B+
* Star Trek (360) | Janky? Sure. Broken? No. Fun, especially if you're a Trek fan? Absolutely. | Grade: B

Finished in May:
* Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (360) | A terrific tribute to all things 80s. | Grade: A
* Fast & Furious: Showdown (360) | Cheap, sloppy, but still playable and mildly entertaining. | Grade: C+
* Bioshock 2 (360) | More of the same, which isn't necessarily bad. | Grade: B

Finished in June:
* Call of Juarez: The Cartel (360) | An unfinished mess that somehow *I* was able to finish. Great idea, lousy execution. | Grade: C-
* Jurassic Park (360) | A wonderful precursor to the Walking Dead series. Gameplay is pretty goofy, but fun. | Grade: B+

Finished in July:
* The Walking Dead: 400 Days (360) | Nifty "bridge" DLC between seasons 1 and 2. | Grade: A-
* Bodycount (360) | Generic shooter with a decent backstory and good glass shattering destruction. | Grade: B
* Heavy Rain (PS3) | An interesting tech demo of what games "could" be, but there are frustrating limitations. | Grade: B+
* Men in Black: Alien Crisis (360) | Playable, but garbage. | Grade: C-
* Dragon Age II (360) | Not as bad as people make it out to be, but also nowhere near as good as the first game. | Grade: A-

Finished in August:
* Saints Row IV (360) | It's no Saints Row the Third, but it's still a blast. | Grade: A-

Finished in October:
* Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix (360) | Interesting DLC based on the previous game's abandoned expansion pack. Too short. | Grade: B

Finished in November:
* Bioshock Infinite (360) | Beautiful, moving, fun for the most part. Best Bioshock yet. | Grade: A
* The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (360) | Even for $5, the game just isn't fun. | Abandoned
* Uncharted (PS3) | I "get" the admiration this game gets, but it's not great playing it for the first time in 2013. You're also a mass murderer with no conscience. | Grade: B+
* Killzone: Shadow Fall (PS4) | Quit somewhere in the middle of Chapter 7. What a boring mess. Pretty though. | Abandoned
* Flower (PS4) | Gorgeous. | Grade: A
* Injustice: Gods Among Us (PS4) | Enjoyed the story but have little use for any of the other modes. | Grade: B
* Ryse (One) | A big, dumb summer blockbuster where you get to wreck dudes. | Grade: B+
* Knack (PS4) | Not sure why this got such bad reviews. It's fine. | Grade: B
* Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS4) | Such a schizophrenic single player campaign that alternates between dull and OMG HOLY SHIT! Multiplayer is fine. | Grade: B

Finished in December:
* Saints Row IV: How The Saints Saved Christmas (360) | Both pretty great and pretty broken. | Grade: B
* The Walking Dead Season Two: Episode 1 (360) | Unfathomable sorrow is back! | Grade: A
* Gone Home (Steam) | A very moving, interesting experiment. | Grade: A
* Brothers (XBLA) | I like the idea of this game more than I enjoyed playing it, but there's still a lot to recommend here. | Grade: A-
* Beyond: Two Souls (PS3) | Runs out of steam towards the end, but there's some great stuff in here. | Grade: A-

Currently Playing:
* WWE 2K14 (360)
* Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
* Persona 4 Golden (Vita)
* PS4 and Xbox One-a-palooza

Abandoned:
* Spider Man: Edge of Time (360) | Some interesting visuals and ideas, but holy cow does it control like garbage.
* Dead Space: Ignition (XBLA) | Doubt I'll ever return to this virtual comic book/puzzle game tie-in.
* SBK-X Superbike World Championship (360) | Ugh.
* Quantum Theory (360) | Low budget Gears of War clone that is pretty difficult, even on Easy.
* Dead Island (360) | I'm amazed at this game's popularity. Idiotic missions and zero fun to be had.
* Also: Kengo: Legend of the 9 (360) | The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (360) | Damnation (360) | Risen (360) | Morphx (360) | Pocketbike Racer (360) | Golden Axe: Beast Rider (360) | Divinity II (360) | Rise of the Argonauts (360) | Venetica (360) | Raven Squad (360) | Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (360) | Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
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