24 Games until Xmas is our special feature to build up to the end of the year, however that is not all.
Each member of staff was asked to provide their top twenty four games of the year; we have taken this list and will reveal a game each day until December 24, at which point we will unveil our number one game of the year.
There are some fantastic titles on the way and when the final game is revealed, that’s where you come in.
Once the number one game has been revealed we will then create a poll with all 24 games and ask you to vote on your own personal game of the year, this poll will run from December 24 until January 2nd, at which point we will announce the ShopToNews readers Game of The Year 2011.
We hope you are enjoying counting down our best 24 games of the year with us and if you have just joined us then make sure you check out the other games in the list.
Here’s the next…
14 games until Xmas – RAGE
So much has changed over the past 7 years since id software’s last venture into the first person shooter, a genre it pretty much created. With Rage it has managed to keep the thrill of the close confined feeling of Doom and added a few extra twists to boost gameplay.
Criticised for its linear feel, Rage felt like Doom more than ever but to bring it more up to date an open world is also present, with some vehicular moments in-between each new area, plus a few compulsory races to upgrade your buggys. Though a stunning world, these areas felt a little empty with sadly very little reason to get out on foot and adventure, maybe id should have stuck to the dark corridors they are so familiar with rather then the bright outdoors.
Being famous for creating weapons like the chainsaw and BFG9000 in Doom, id doesn’t disappoint with a brutal array of weaponry from the disposable wingstick, double barrel shotgun, RC bomb car and sentry turrets, all with a deadly arsenal with bullets with names like fatboys, fat mammals and killbursts, so whoever gets in you way is gonna regret it.
Visually not many games rival the astonishing graphics seen in Rage, with some of the best created characters seen on a home console, it’s no wonder the game works best with a hard drive install.
Online is where some original choices were made, with a assortment of challenge maps for up to four players to complete co-operatively to a selection of driving games to take your wheels out for a spin. This area is possibly the weakest and a lack of DLC to expand the title was its main downfall, as when compared to games like Borderlands or Fallout it was just too short. But Rage was a hell of a ride whilst it lasted and this is why it made list.
To see a more in-depth analysis of the game and our thoughts on it, click here to read our review. You can order Rage, here (Xbox 360), here (PS3) and here (PC).
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