November was an overwhelming month to be a gamer, as pretty much every week there was an onslaught of great new games to buy. Of course, there's not enough time in the month to actually get to play all of them, especially for the video game journalists who have to cover specific titles. But things are finally slowing down, and we can start cracking into the piles of games we bought. (Several of the games on my shelf are still in the shrink wrap, by the way.)
I'm pretty sure I'll be doing a lot of gaming over the holidays, and here is a personal list of the seven games that are going to steal the most of my time this month. Feel free to let us know which games will be pulling you away from your own family gatherings in the comments section.
Gears of War 3 hooked me with its great multiplayer. Few gamers would deny the fact that Horde Mode is an absolute blast, but Gear of War 3's new Team Deathmatch is pretty solid too. To keep us coming back, Epic threw some additional maps at us on Thanksgiving. For free. And then there are the incredibly fun events that seem to be happening on an almost weekly basis. With all this great multiplayer action, I still haven't finished the campaign yet. While my family is trying to find me so we can start opening gifts on Christmas Eve, I might be hiding away in front of a TV somewhere, chainsawing people in half with a Lancer in an online match.
I keep trying to get away from Modern Warfare 3, but too many of my friends keep pleading with me to play with them some more. They're like drug pushers. Of course, MW3's controls are so smooth and the action so frantic that "one more game" can quickly become an all nighter. And I can't say I'm upset about playing so much MW3; it's too much fun.
We all had pretty high hopes for Arkham City, and thankfully, Rocksteady delivered. Batman's most recent game swings open the asylum doors and gives players free reign to explore a fairly large chunk of Gotham City. Being Batman feels so damn good that we just don't want this one to end. Thankfully, Rocksteady crammed the city with so much for us to do that our time in the suit of Gotham's Dark Knight can extend for dozens of hours. And then there are the challenge missions and a New Game Plus feature. Realistically, I'll probably never earn all of Batman's upgrades, find every Riddler trophy, or even answer every one of Zsasz's phone calls, but that won't keep me from trying anyway.
I have a confession to make: I scored 100% in Twilight Princess. That's right; I filled my heart bar to completion, learned songs at every Howling Stone, found every Poe soul, and collected every insect. Will I get 100% in Skyward Sword as well? I don't know yet, but I'll certainly give it my best shot. There's just something about Zelda games that make them nearly impossible to put down. And with Skyward Sword being perhaps the most enormous Zelda title yet, it's going to be a long, enjoyable journey.
Yes, I've already spent a few hundred hours with Minecraft. But now that it's officially been released—and a gigantic dragon has been added—I keep finding myself going back to it. I always get these huge ideas for really cool stuff to build, and I usually end up on some massive project that consumes entire days at a time. And then, of course, a group of creepers comes along to blow holes in whatever I happen to be building at the time. Goodbye, productivity; hello, Minecraft!
The Elder Scrolls games have a tendency to absorb insane amounts of our time, and Skyrim is no exception. With robust crafting features, lengthy side missions, a literally infinite procedural quest system, and tons of dungeons, a dozen hours in this game is just the tip of the iceberg. I'm a little nervous about how much time I'll ultimately spend in Tamriel's Skyrim province.
I'm completely hooked on Uncharted 3's multiplayer. I can't get enough. TDM, Team Objective, Co-Op Arena, and so on; this game is bursting at the seams with incredible multiplayer modes. And to keep us playing even longer, Uncharted 3 has a Legacy system, which allows you to start over at level 1 once you hit the level cap—several times, if you'd like to. Yes, it's basically Uncharted's version of Call of Duty's Prestige, but I've actually been quite impressed with the way it's handled here. I almost feel bad for my family this holiday season, but I'll be too busy playing Uncharted 3 to think much about it.
CCC Editor/Contributing Writer
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