Friday, December 30, 2011

Random Shots: The Year That Was 2011

  • Today, we look back at 2011. There are two themes that run through this post that played havoc with the crazy predictions I made last year. One, we had a baby and my gaming time fell precipitously. Two, several of these games didn't even come out this year. So I'm not expecting to have done very well. Let's take a look.

  • Diablo III - Did I really predict that D3 would be out this year. Shame on me. I didn't even get into the beta. (Insert un-smiley face here.)

  • Guild Wars 2 - When I made my predications at the beginning of the year, I knew that there were two ways that I could go. I chose wrong. But in my defense, I really, really, really wanted to play GW2.

  • Dragon Age 2 - I thought that would hold out longer against the DA2 lovefest. However a $20 price tag on Amazon broke my resolve. I was right about the second half of my predication though. I did regret buying it.

  • Mass Effect 3 - More wishful thinking on my part. I'm sure ME3 will be a great game, but not until 2012.

  • Torchlight II - Again, still not out. I haven't even preordered it, though. Anytime you're ready, Runic.

  • Dawn of War II: Retribution - I couldn't help myself. I went ahead and bought Retribution, but I haven't played it very much. Someday, I would really like to.

  • LA Noire - I wanted to like this game. I really wanted to. But I didn't finish it. And here is a spoiler for you: it's not on my Top Five. I do want to see this one though here.

  • The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim - Finally, a predication that I was (mostly) right about. Skyrim did come out on time and I haven't bought it. But all of the hype around the game is weakening my resolve.

  • Portal 2 - The only thing that I got wrong about this predication was that I didn't wait to buy it. It was a lot of fun, it did feel a little long (mostly because of the climb through the old Aperture Science facility), and I still haven't played the co-op. I'm glad that I didn't bother to wait.

  • DC Universe Online - Home run! I still have not played DCUO and it seems like few people are. Yay?

  • Rift - I was pretty close on this one too. I did get caught up in the hype, I going in during the head start, and I did burn out pretty hard. However I was smart enough to unsubscribe in time. I get extra points for not being stupid, right?

  • Tera - Again, failure to launch makes this prediction moot. At this point, I'm starting to doubt that they will even bother.

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic - SWTOR came out so late this year that my predications haven't had enough time to prove themselves. I was right about the very first thing, though: my brother was in at launch and wants me to play. And considering the gift card burning a hole in my pocket, I'm sure that a purchase is not far away. For my reaction to the actual game, we'll have to wait until next year. Oh, and I'm going to give myself credit for predicting that SWTOR will be the most talked about. You can't turn around in this community without bumping into a Jedi or Sith. But so far, I haven't had the opportunity to tell anyone "I told you so."

  • Considering how bad I did, I should get out of the prognostication business. But why would I do that? Look for my 2012 predications here in a couple of days!

© 2011 Marty Runyon. All rights reserved.


  1. Dude, not sure what you're waiting for, but if skyrim goes on sale, you have no excuses. buy that shit.

  2. Given the baby and all, you may want to wait on SWTOR, but Skyrim would be perfect for late nights. You hear a cry at 1am? Just pause the game. I wish I'd had a great single-player game like this when my son was in the not-sleeping-through-the-night phase.

  3. @ Hunter - It had better be a good sale. I felt so burned by Oblivion.

    @ Blue Kae - That does sound a lot better than trying to find a safe spot in an MMO. Saints Row The Third has been doing a great job in that respect. Very easy to jump in and out.