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: 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: 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: 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: Drawn To Life – The Next Chapter

“The clever and innovative formula was fun the first time around, and it certainly showcased the level of creativity possible with the DS’ stylus interface, but it loses some of its impact the second time around. Developer 5th Cell has fine-tuned many aspects of the game design for Drawn To Life: The Next Chapter. While this sequel is a tighter game in most regards, it mostly just delivers more of the same cute, kid-friendly, scribble-happy experience found in the first title. The more noticeable improvements are welcome ones, although they’re not entirely focused on areas that could have benefited the most from a little extra attention.”

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Review: LocoRoco Midnight Carnival

“With all the LocoRoco sleeping peacefully under a starry night sky, no one is awake enough to notice the sneaky BuiBui crawling around in the bush nearby. With the pull of a single lever, the mischievous fellow dumps the whole lot into the spooky BuiBui underworld where the naughty critters have constructed an elaborate series of obstacle courses designed to test your hopping, rolling, and eating abilities. Picking from one of many colorful LocoRoco, you’ll help them oblige their captors by attempting to plow through 16 wild, nighttime levels of world-turning, platforming action as fast as possible.”

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Review: MagnaCarta 2

“For all of its beauty and complexity, MagnaCarta 2 borrows so heavily from many overused RPG elements and clichés that the truly intriguing and fresh aspects of this grand journey don’t shine nearly as brightly as they should. A fulfilling combat system and slick visuals certainly make the experience more enjoyable, though they’re not enough to tip the scale.”

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Review: Undead Knights

“Being the hero is usually a cut and dry thing. There’s a distinct line drawn between good and evil, and your feet more often than not tend to be squarely planted on the prim and proper side of that invisible barrier. Undead Knights spits on that line, douses it in blood, and drags dismembered corpses back and forth across it. There’s a general sense felt throughout the game that the vile and heinous deeds you’re perpetrating are a justifiable form of karmic retribution, even if your soul will inevitably burn in hellish torment when all is said and done.”

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