Feature: Top 10 Red Hot Games of 2011

2010 was a rebound year for the gaming industry and gamers alike. The country’s economic woes and belt tightening across the board had a lot of folks concerned for the future, but the dire situation finally turned around enough for the gaming world to breathe a momentary sigh of relief. With a fresh start and a new slate of hot games coming down the pike, 2011 is already shaping up to be a great year for gamers. Here’s a rundown of some of the hottest and most-anticipated games of 2011.

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Feature: High and Lows of 2010

Before I wrote about games I spent years covering a local beat as a reporter for a weekly newspaper. Eventually, I decided I wanted to branch out into other kinds of writing and explore the possibility of freelancing. I’ve been a gamer since I was old enough to hold an Atari 2600 joystick, so aside from music, gaming seemed a perfect fit for my choice of a writing career. Cheat Code Central was my first paid freelance gig in this industry, and in 2007 when I started seriously delving into freelancing, it was a great place to cut my teeth and get re-acquainted with the video game world. Looking back, I’ve come a long way since those first steps into the realm of freelancing. It’s been a wild and fun ride thus far, and I’m looking forward to many more exciting years to come. In any event, this past week was the first time I’ve written for CheatCC in almost a year. I’ll be doing some feature work for the site again heading forward.

You can check out my “first” feature at the newly designed site here. Enjoy!

Review: Shadow of Destiny

“When it comes to death, most people don’t get a second chance, or a third, or a fourth. However, they also don’t have a creepy disembodied entity watching over them and offering “friendly” advice on how to best stay alive. Armed with this insightful info and a device that lets you go back in time, you have nothing to lose in Shadow of Destiny – aside from your life. Warping between the past and the present to change your fate in Konami’s time traveling adventure doesn’t change the fact it’s a dusty port of a decade-old mediocre PS2 game.”

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Review: The Sky Crawlers – Innocent Aces

“After gunning and bombing through far too many uninspiring WWII flight combat games, it’s easy to be sucked in by the way The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces almost teasingly rolls out a compelling far-out story of airborne warfare built around wingman camaraderie and some intense flying and fighting. The game is based on the Sky Crawlers anime film and sports a cinematic progression that anime fans will immediately appreciate. And the fact it’s put together by the Project Aces team means it doesn’t skimp on the crazy dog fighting action in the least.”

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Review: Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 5: Rise of the Pirate God

“Bringing everything together and wrapping up the crazy tangle of outrageous loose ends that comically unraveled throughout the Tales of Monkey Island series, Telltale Games really pulled out the big guns to make Chapter 5: Rise of the Pirate God the grand finale that we’d hoped for. This high seas adventure full of voodoo, pirates, and zombies had us hooked from the get go, and anyone who’s followed along with each episode will find the last chapter offers a stellar ending to what can easily be considered some of Telltale’s best episodic work to date.”

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Review: King Arthur: The Role-Playing Wargame

“Neocore Games didn’t beat around the bush in coming up with an accurately descriptive title for King Arthur: The Role-Playing Wargame. The game beautifully blends some familiar and engaging war strategy genres into a powerful concoction that’s heavily steeped in Arthurian legend. The King Arthur mythos is ripe with fantastic subject matter and story elements to pluck from, and it’s seamlessly woven throughout the adventure in interesting ways. This epic and challenging quest to unite Britain by sword doesn’t disappoint, but you’re going to need some great fortitude to persevere in your righteous conquest.”

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Review: Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery

“Last year’s Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles and the newly released Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery couldn’t possibly be more different from one another. Both handheld titles offer separate plots and side-adventures featuring the main character assassins from their respective console counterparts. However, that’s about where the main comparisons end. If you were among the many players who were painfully disappointed by the shoddiness and gimmicky gameplay in Altair’s Chronicles, take some comfort in the fact Discovery is a much better example of how a proper portable Assassin’s Creed title on the DS should be done.”

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Review: Chaotic: Shadow Warriors

“With roots as a card battling game that eventually morphed into a hit kids’ cartoon, Chaotic: Shadow Warriors is made of the typical hyperactive, overstimulating stuff that most children simply thrive on. Plop them in front of the TV for a few episodes and then listen to them chatter about the inner-most complexities of the show. Sound unintelligible? It probably is. But even if you can’t quite get into the cheeseball, self-referential plot concepts and terminology-thick dialogue, there are some sound gameplay concepts floating around here and there. You just might have to dig a little to find them.”

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Review: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex

“As a consolation prize for their patience, Nintendo enthusiasts finally get a shot to dig into the tense, gritty firefights and grippingly poignant present-day conflict found in the original game with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Reflex Edition. The two year old, dialed down graphics are certainly not as sexy on the Wii, and there are some other subtle blemishes that appear on this port. Nonetheless, it’s a game you’re going to absolutely want to pick up, especially if you don’t have a chance to play it on another console.”

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Review: Elven Legacy: Ranger

“With its focus on a complex, swords and wizardry-filled land spiraling into war following the theft of ancient, forbidden elven magic that could bring about the destruction of the entire realm should it fall into the wrong hands, Elven Legacy delivered a solid if somewhat unspectacular turn-based strategy experience. Players who enjoyed that title and squeezed every last drop of hard-earned fun from the game’s dual campaigns and multiplayer offerings will get a reasonable amount of extra mileage from the first installment in a trilogy of expansion packs clearly designed for the hardcore Elven Legacy addicts out there – assuming such a thing even exists in large numbers.”

Check out the full review here at Cheat Code Central.