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411 Games Top 5 1.04.14: Top 5 2014 Gaming New Year's Resolutions
Posted by Sean Garmer on 01.04.2014



Hello everyone, I hope it has been a good week for all the readers out there. Everyone makes New Year's Resolutions right?


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This week, the 411 staff was asked to give out lists for their Top 5 Gaming New Year's Resolutions or Top 5 Things They hope to accomplish in gaming in 2014




Stephen Randle (Games Zone Reviewer, Quizmaster for the Four Player Co-op, Host of "Cooperative Multiplayer" The Official 411 Games Podcast, Writer of the Wrestling News Experience)


5. Get a "celebrity" to appear on Co-operative Multiplayer, which airs every Saturday at Midnight Eastern - Not a huge celebrity, although if they're interested I wouldn't say "no", just somebody who's at least well-known in the gaming industry...or even something tangentially related to gaming. Smaller developers, other gaming journalists, Xavier Woods...hey, Morrison, what's Liana K doing on Saturday nights? I mean, the guys on the podcast are great, but I'd love to get some serious interviews or inside industry talk mixed in with Coop waxing poetic about Castlevania.



4. Get a Platinum trophy - It's shameful, really, but I've never gotten 100% completion on any PS3 game, or even really gotten close, because most of the requirements for trophies are insane. This year, I plan to fully complete at least one game (it's probably going to be LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, but it still counts), if only so that I can pretend it gives me more credibility.




3. Review more games than I did in 2013 - Last year was the first one in which I seriously started buckling down and contributing to the Games Zone beyond 4PC, especially on the reviews side. Okay, I still haven't reviewed One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 (it's a 6.5), but I did review 15 other games for the site, some of which I didn't even have to purchase myself! My plan is to top that in 2014, so let's see if I can!

2. Find a gaming "crew" - One thing I've missed since my WoW guild mostly went our separate ways is having that tight-knit group of people to play with on a regular basis. I haven't found a new group yet, but with persistent online worlds becoming a bigger and bigger part of gaming, I'm hoping I can find some people to run with so that I'm not just out there by myself in the wilderness, grinding away in silence. Anybody taking applications?




1. Do it all while raising my firstborn - Oh yeah, he's due at the end of February. This should be an interesting year...


John Cash (Reader Voice, Occasionally Contributes to Four Player Co-op)



5. Finally finish Assassin's Creed: -When I got my Xbox 360, I bought it with two games; Fable II and Assassin's Creed. I have since bought about 40 games for my 360, and have finished all but three or four; the other three I sold because I didn't like them, and the other is Assassin's Creed. It's just so monotonous and unrewarding, especially after having played Assassin's Creed II this past summer. I'll just have to hunker down and plow through the main mission as fast as I can this year.

4. Play an imported game from Japan: -Over the last console generation or two, I have been a big supporter of getting Japanese exclusives localized, even more so after Operation Rainfall was so successful. Never the less, it's definitely a losing battle, and it's time to start importing. Specifically PSP games, since apparently many games on there have home-made language patches done for them all the time. I know, I know, emulators exist, even for Macs, but this is the kind of thing that is worth spending money on, from my experience.





3. Buy a Wii U/XBO/PS4: -I wouldn't be surprised if the others contributing to this week's Top 5 also have this somewhere on there list. For me, I haven't bought a console when it was "new" (first year available) since the Gamecube, and I'd like to change that this year. I've talked a big game about the Wii U being the only console worth buying for exclusives, but I also don't want to spend 2500 simoleons on a decent gaming PC (or to upgrade my current Mac), so I am afraid it will come down to which console sounds like it will play Dragon Age: Inquisition the best.




2. Be more open-minded about gaming in general: -I put out a lot of feelers out this year, and it never came back to bite me. I tried several JRPGs, new entries into classic series that either I never or hardly played before, and even dipped into the so-called "hipster" games like Gone Home, Journey, Dear Esther, Stanley Parable, etc. All of them were at the very least interesting, with many of them turning out to be far better then I would have ever expected them to be. So this year I will be holding in all my scoffs, my groans, and hopefully keeping my eyes from rolling at games, because you never know when you just might find a gem.





1. Make a game: -Not with any goal of success or acclaim in mind, but just to make a game and experience the process. I've already been self-teaching myself Python script, and I'll be taking on Flash after that. I just think with all the truly incredible things developers have been pulling off lately, the gaming community has grown to expect that level of quality in every game, and forget how much honest-to-god hard work making a game involves, myself included. So I will do it. I doubt it will ever see the light of day, but I will finish it, even if only to prove to myself that I have the conviction to do so.


Todd Vote (Games Zone Reviewer)


5.Catch up on Assassin's Creed so I can play Black Flag - Yeah... I am a ways behind on Assassin's Creed. I didn't care for the first game in the series. It was a cool concept, and fun to play for about an hour before it just became so repetitive. I probably would have finished the game eventually had I purchased it, but not knowing what to expect, no way was I dropping $60 on it.

Assassin's Creed II, Brotherhood, and Revelations came out before a cousin of mine convinced me to try out Assassin's Creed II. Such an improvement over the first game. I finished it, and purchased Brotherhood immediately. I think I am about half way through that one. I am stuck in a part and not sure how to advance. Anyways, I hope to finish out the series and be caught up this year.



4. Finally pick up a PS3 - While I do intend to jump into the next generation of consoles in 2014, I'm really not in a huge rush to do so. There are still so many games out for the current generation that I want to get my hands on. The PS3 in particular has a figurative shit-ton of games that I want to play. Heavenly Sword, the new God of War games, InFamouse, Heavy Rain, just to name a few. Hopefully I can find someone willing to sell one on the cheap.



3.Maybe get a Wii - While there aren't as many games on the Wii that I want to get my hands on. Picking up a Wii is probably more likely to happen than the PS3, just due to the price of both machines. Still it will be nice to play some of the newer Mario titles that have come out recently.

2.Jump Into the Next Generation - While it is pretty much decided which of the two consoles I will end up getting. I truly hate having to make a decision, and miss out on so many great games that will be appearing on the other console. If I choose PS3, I'm going to miss out on Dead Rising 3, Quantum Break, and of course Killer Instinct. If I ultimately go with the XBone, I'm missing out on InFamouse, The Order, and a heap of other games. Maybe I am not as decided on this as I thought...

1. What's Yet to Come - One of the great things about a new console generation is the launch titles barely even scratch the surface of what the machines will be able to do. With more power to work with, we can almost assuredly expect some new exciting things. I for one, am looking forward to what the end of this year will bring as far as games.

Editor's Note: Since Todd hates those RPG's LOL...





Daniel Anderson (Games Zone Reviewer, Games Top 5 Organizer, Regular Contributor to "Cooperative Multiplayer" The Official Podcast of 411 Games)



5. Get a "celebrity" to appear on Co-operative Multiplayer, which airs everySaturday at Midnight Eastern - I know Randle put this on his list, but I consider it a goal of mine as well because I tried, without any success (unless you call a non-stock letter or refusal a success), to get a particular "celebrity" to appear. I would like to succeed eventually either with that particular celebrity or another. Hopefully after the first, more will follow.




4. Find an awesome gaming community for multiplayer - I love multiplayer games. The only downside is that I tend to play them with friends and don't branch out to meet new people. I plan on making more of an effort to meet new people online and hopefully join a guild or clan that doesn't take the game too seriously, but likes to be competitive.

3. Enjoy gaming more this year - First, let me say that I really enjoyed a lot of games in 2013. This isn't to slam last year's games. When I say this, I refer to not enjoying games in spurts (playing Skyrim all weekend for a month and then stopping), but find a game I enjoy for a long period of time. It has been a while since I found a game that I enjoyed playing all the way through, felt like I urgently had to finish it, and then restart the game right after beating it. I tend to have one or two of the three for great games. I want to get the hat trick.



2. Get a PS4 - I already have an Xbox One (a really great Christmas present), but I would like to get a PS4 as well. Right now, there are not any exclusive games I want that are released, but I know there are some coming. I would love to be able to play all exclusive games more than just a bit here and there.




1. Review some games - Something I regret not doing more of are game reviews. I really hope to be able to review some more games, and hopefully not have to pay for them all. I really need to get on the ball and start writing them down, but somehow work always interrupts (work also pays for my games so it is a nasty cycle). Hopefully in the new year I will be able to balance both desires.



Robert Cooper (Writer of the "Metal Hammer of Doom" News Report, Music Zone Reviewer, & Regular Contributor to "Cooperative Multiplayer" The Official Podcast of 411 Games)


5. Find more pointless topics to bring up on Co-operative Multiplayer, which starts Midnight EST on Saturday nights: Pretty cut and dry, this one is, I make a habit out trying to find new things to annoy Randle with on the podcast, because we have 3 hours and the gaming news has been pretty bare as of late. So I think a good way to fill time is to pointlessly bring up things like Quantum Leap, the Virtual Boy, and the Ouya. It makes fun for me, and I really think if I try harder this year, I can get something new started.




4. Beat Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 100% I've been at the game for over 6 months now, and I'm honestly really good at the game. But, there are 50 levels that need to be beaten on all levels of difficulty and a challenge to complete for every level to be able to complete it 100%, and I have before Lords of Shadow 2 comes out to do so, so I need to get on that.

3. Get my hands on a 3DS: I had really been missing playing Pokemon, and as I sat around my buddy's house on New Years Eve watching him, my other friend, and his cousin play Pokemon really made me want to get a 3DS, so I'm hoping that over this year I can track one down for cheap.



2. Continue my quest to beat every Castlevania game in storyline order: While I'm only a fifth of the way into a game for get this quest started, I really feel like this is something that I can complete sooner or later. I've really come to love and cherish this series, and while the overall goal of a lot of the games are similar, the gameplay surrounding those games is usually pretty great. On the docket right now is Lament of Innocence, then is Castlevania 3, then Curse of Darkness, so if I at least beat those this year, I'll be on the right track.




1. Play more video games: This should be a given! I've really noticed over my time of being on the Co-Operative Multiplayer podcast how little games I play in comparison to everything else I do in my life. I can probably chalk that up to my sort of ADD when it comes to getting things done, but I have built up a massive backlog of games over the years, and I feel like 2014 is the year that I really start to crack that down. If anyone cares to track my progress on playing more video games, look for the Co-Op podcast that I plugged at entry five!


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