Top 5 Reasons Destiny is the Worst Game Ever

Before we kick this off, let me say that “Worst Game Ever” is a sarcastic title, just so that I can keep this article in league with my other “Worst Game Ever” write-up for Assassin’s Creed 3.  BUT, I do make these to point out glaring flaws and stupid aspects of the game that everyone is overlooking. With that out of the way, let’s see why Destiny is on track to suck later this year!download

5.) It’s a watered-down Halo. Bungie really doesn’t know how to do anything else. Want a handful of Halo assets palette-swapped and on the PS4? Then I guess this is the lowest common denominator game for you!

4.) It’s a watered-down Borderlands. Can you collect shit? Yessir! Is there any real addictive nature to upgrading weapons, adjusting stats, and the usual RPG jargon? No.

3.) Boatloads of exclusive content. Sony’s getting exclusive content, Gamestop’s getting exclusive content, and Microsoft gets shafted by their former lovers at Bungie. I honestly couldn’t care less about who gets what, but it’s a disgusting practice that pisses me off every time it comes up.

2.) Cross-Gen malarkey. When a game crosses gens, you have idiots on the “next gen” side claiming that the game is watered down in order to accommodate the previous gen. When, in actuality, it is the previous gen’s game slightly bolstered to look incrementally prettier on the more current consoles. Diminishing returns, anyone?

1.)  The hype is unreal. The majority of people playing the beta say “it’s okay, has potential, not all that entertaining”. People are sizing this thing up to be the second coming of Christ, when in all honesty it looks like it’s gonna be another Watch_Dogs, albeit with less controversy and corporate politics. Ride that hype train all you want, but I guarantee when regular people get their hands on the retail versions of Destiny, the train will come to a screeching halt.

Top 3 Unsung Heroes of 2012 Gaming (Xbox 360)

After deliberating long and hard, I keep feeling the need to make an honorable mentions list. Sure, the top 5 list was full of quality games, but there were a few other titles that came darn close to win my GOTY as well. As I see the “best of 2012” blog post season is still in full swing, what better a time than now for me to acknowledge the runners up of this year’s gaming highlights?

3.) Max Payne 3

This game rocked my socks, to the core. I actually enjoyed the story of this more than any other video game I’ve played to date, and that’s something worth mentioning. When a game gets you emotionally driven and encourages you to continue the balls-to-the-wall gameplay just to see the next cutscene, you know something is good. Really good.            

2.) Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (Xbox Live Arcade)

Even if it doesn’t make you sh*t yourself quite as much as the original Alan Wake, it still serves as a frightful reminder to how good an arcade title can be. It takes a lot for an arcade game to impress me, and most just sink to the depths of my Xbox’s hard drive, relatively unloved (Trials Evolution review coming soon). Yes, Wake’s adventure was something to be marveled at this year, delivering the content of a full retail release and the quality of a triple A title within the price and data constraints of an Xbox Live Arcade title.

1.) Resident Evil 6RE6-21512-15

I was REALLY on the fence as to whether I wanted this as my #5 GOTY or TC’s: Ghost Recon, and we all know who won that battle (and if you don’t, be sure to click this link to see my Top 5 Games of 2012). Although Ghost Recon got the title by a hair, RE6 is nothing short of outstanding. With four intertwining campaigns, fantastic co-op, fun multiplayer and all-around great atmosphere, this game deserves its title as best honorable mention game of 2012.

Top 5 Movies of 2012

What movies from this year should you be adding to your DVD (’cause DVD’s are the jam) collection? Read on to find out!

Number 5.) The AvengersThe Avengers

In a year jam-packed with superhero flicks, the Avengers was a no-brainer. While it didn’t quite trump some of the other awesome super hero films of the year, it was definitely pretty great. Seeing Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and the gang all in one place at the same time was monumental and easily one of the greatest cinematic moments of the year.

Number 4.) Skyfall

Skyfall was just a really well-rounded movie. The soundtrack? Amazing. The acting? Amazing. The plot? Impressively solid and interesting, as far as Bond movies go. I really can’t help but recognize it as the definitive Bond film.

Number 3.) The Amazing Spider-ManimagesCAEV1WVG

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who was dry-eyed at hearing about Toby McGuire’s departure from Spider-Man. He was all right, but honestly, Andrew Garfield takes everything that made him good and multiplies it five times over. He’s the definitive Spidey, and there’s so much more depth to his non-superhero self this time around. And how can we forget about Emma Stone. She’s fantastic. As always.

Number 2.) The Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan pretty much reserved a spot on everybody’s top __ movie list this year with TDKR. Not only did it neatly wrap up the best superhero trilogy of all-time, but it felt satisfying, as so few movies do nowadays. It really provided a detailed, lengthy plot, an ounce of superhero magic, the best ending of anything ever, and an overall extremely impressive three hour epic.

Number 1.) Wreck-It Ralph

I know that a lot of you are on the verge of clicking away after seeing the number one spot go to this movie, but wait! Don’t go! I have reasons as to why Wreck-It Ralph is the best of 2012. If seeing all of the best video game characters of the decade on the big screen wasn’t enough, Disney finally managed to muster up something that might possibly be as awesome as Toy Story, which is no small feat. The characters were memorable, the worlds were memorable, and its the best thing to come out of Disney in a while. Not only is it an instant classic, but it provides us gamers with something we’ve always wanted: Sonic, Pac-Man and Dig Dug in a movie. Together.

Top 5 Xbox 360 Games (2012)

We’re nearing the end of 2012, and that means some “best of” lists are in order. First up, the best Xbox 360 games of the year! So let’s find out what my personal favorite titles of this year were, and hopefully I’ll convince you to go out and try them before the world ends in a few days.

5.) Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

I really liked this game. It had that perfect mix of stealth, action and adrenaline to make things exciting 100% of the time. The campaign was the strongest I’ve seen in a TPS in quite some time, and I was really happy with the overall package, even if the multiplayer had a few flaws.

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Sonic seems to fare better in a car than on his feet, these days. As odd as it sounds, this is one of the better Sonic games I’ve played in some time, and easily the best karting game I’ve played to date. It takes the simple gimmick that was in MK7 and increases it ten fold. Land wasn’t enough for me, and this time Sonic and his arsenal of transforming cars had me covered in an extremely polished and quality game.

3.) The Amazing Spider-Manuntitled

Well, I’ll be damned, a movie tie-in scores in my top 5 list. This really is the end of the world. But seriously, Spidey was good in this game, and unquestionably better than he’s been in quite some time. Swinging through the open world streets of Manhattan was a blast, and the speedy action never got stale. Couple that with the interesting missions and wide variety of content, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a game.

2.) Halo 4

Triple A titles may seem a little cliche` to be on a top __ list, but Halo 4 is just that good. Having a friend or two along for the ride makes this FPS one of the best of the year, and the multiplayer is second to none. Add on the free Spartan Ops weekly DLC, and this game is a beast. Easily the best Xbox exclusive I’ve had the pleasure of playing to date.

1.) Dishonored

I went in to this game with the mindset of “this is going to be my game of the year”. I wrote a tip guide where I found the funniest thing in-game and again stated, “this is going to be my game of the year”. And here we are, Dishonored. You are my game of the year. With dozens of different ways to handle any given scenario, an unrivaled amount of gameplay improvisation and the best replayability factor I’ve seen in a game since Skyrim, Arkane Studios and Bethesda have outdone themselves and I crave, no, demand, a sequel.