My favourite and least favourite XBLA games and why
Hey, this blog post is just to list my 21 favourite and 21 least favourite XBLA games that I have played
I will give a short paragraph of what I thought of the game and and some likes/dislikes concerning each game.
These summaries are intended to do exactly that. Just a quick opinion for some games that may or may not interest people looking for a new XBLA game to play.
I would also like to point out that the games are in no particular order.
*Submitting 10 of the best just now and will edit later as this is writing up my summaries is an ongoing process*
• Peggle – This greatest thing about this game has to be the wide variety of circumstances that it is suited to. Peggle can be enjoyed whether you want to relax or want a challenge; whether you are looking to fill a small gap in time or pass many enjoyable hours. The other main plus to Peggle is its simplicity; anyone at all can happily enjoy a game of Peggle even if they aren’t a gamer, and not many games meet all of the qualities listed here.
• Raskulls – This game is a gaming day worth of enjoyment. So many people may say it’s not worth the money; I disagree and think the 800MS points spent on this game were some of the best I have spent. Raskulls has a very unique style of play which merges three genres together in a fantastic way, the challenges are varied and it doesn’t drag on too long. Money well spent.
• Bastion – I’m aware most people already know of Bastion and everyone I know who has played it holds it in high regard. I must say that I’m not usually one for sharing an opinion with the majority but Bastion is an exception, not only do I regard it highly but also for the same reasons as many other people. I like the unique way the story is told, how the game builds and all fits together and the variety of choice which affects gameplay.
• Super Meat Boy – This game is so much fun and has so much content to work through especially with the packs of free levels that got released as patches after the game came out. The extra levels added provide quite a challenge but with Super Meat Boy I never feel like I’m working away at it. Super meat boy is good to pass a small amount of time doing a level or two or to sit for hours perfecting worlds
• Mutant Storm Reloaded – This is my favourite dual stick shooter to date. I list of great things about this game are its style, variation in enemies, variation in level design, great difficulty curve and settings. The only thing is dislike is how the bombs work as they are short range. One of the achievements I would be most proud of is the last one in this game, my record is only 73 or 74 XD but it keeps me coming back to the game.
• Rocket Riot – A very unique game with some great game mechanics. I liked the powerups and the way the land gets destroyed when hit. Different objectives within levels keep the game fresh however the campaign does drag on and as I got near the end I just wanted it finished. That didn’t stop me doing it all over again on the WP version a year or two later.
• Banjo-Kazooie – I really loved the old hub-based collectible platformers and Banjo-Kazooie is a great example of the style. The levels are very well designed. I really enjoyed searching for the collectibles and jiggies. Even though the game has you entering levels over and over again it has you searching different areas each time so once a level is done you really feel you know it inside out in a good way.
• Guardian Heroes – Guardian heroes is my favourite Sega Saturn game and I was glad when I heard it was coming to XBLA. When it comes to these brawler style games most complaints I hear are that they are clunky, fidgety (having to be at just the right level on screen to hit enemies) or boring due to lack of attacks. Guardian Heroes solves all of these problems having an fast based SF-ish input system, 3 planes to fight on, very varied characters and enemies and several different paths through the story mode. It’s a shame they didn’t implement 4-player co-op but it’s still great alone or 2-player. I haven’t played much of it on 360 but I did many runs of this game back on the Saturn.
• A Kingdom for Keflings – A Kingdom for Keflings is one of those rare games that peaks my interest in a genre I normally don’t enjoy too much. The game is incredibly addictive and just the process of building and maintaining the town seems to flow very well. Despite no real threat or sense of urgency to do anything present I still seemed to focus on efficiency and liking just how my town was growing. The system of others entering the town and the collection of banners made for a pretty cool feature as well although not one that I bothered much with.
• Bejeweled 3 – I feel Bejeweled 3 improved on Bejeweled 2 in every aspect. New game modes and how they play is significantly different from each other keeping the game fresh and allowing people with different play styles to find the right mode for them; sometimes you may want to play fast so may choose lightning or ice mode; other times you may want to play slow and strategic so Poker or butterfly mode may be a better choice. The last thing I really like about this instalment is the rewards for making moves that would yield no great results in previous Bejeweled games, such as the star gems and matching to hypercubes.