I’ve provided this article for two reasons. The first is let you know whether you’ve been landed with a complete stinker of a game from a relative. The second is to avoid you making suggestions to your nearest and dearest on games that you’ll come to regret – just in case you haven’t been following the reviews this year!
There is no doubt that there’s been some good games released in 2008, but equally there’s been a few mediocre ones out there. Avoid, if you can, Iron Man (perhaps like the infamous ET game they should bury all copies somewhere). Equally, there are better racing games than Need for Speed: Undercover on most formats (though if you can find it for about $20 it’s worth a look).
Unfortunately, Sonic Unleashed continues the tradition for Sonic games of just being poor – of which they seem to have existed in that category since going fully 3D. Lego Batman retains the addictiveness of the other Lego games – but just seems to be lacking something. Don’t buy this game if you want to go for something with depth.
Perhaps the game that you really want to avoid this year is Haze. It’s a particularly poor shooter that had an interesting premise – yet just doesn’t deliver in the gameplay department. Lastly, Too Human got a pretty big mauling in the games press – and for good reason. Avoid, unless you have more money than sense.
I’d never suggest being rude to anyone over Christmas, but if you got any of the games above then there’s one simple statement that can avoid heartache (and perhaps save embarrassment):
“This is great, but I’ve already got it. Would you mind if I exchanged it for something else?”