Looking Back on… the 2010 Year in Review Staff Commentaries

(This was the last year Alex assembled and posted the GOTY-related commentaries; 2011 didn’t really see anything get posted that I can recall, or at least not for staff commentaries, and I picked up the role from 2012 onward. Otherwise there’s nothing to note, save that this was the first of two years I attended E3, the second being 2011, before real life kind of got in the way of doing this thing, sadly. I’d like to go back once life sorts itself out a bit, though the older I get, the less likely it seems that’ll happen. Oh well.)

Mark B.’s Top Ten
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1. Mass Effect 2 (360)
2. 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors (NDS)
3. Dead Rising 2 (360)
4. Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love (PS2)
5. Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage (360)
6. Castlevania: Harmony of Despair (360)
7. Splatterhouse (360)
8. Deathsmiles (360)
9) Yakuza 3 (PS3)
10. Bayonetta (360)

(That top five is fucking rad as hell, I don’t care what anyone says. I’d easily say Harmony of Despair could be subbed out, since right afterward they patched it to “balance” it and fucked up so much of the game that I’ve actively uninstalled the game and never gone back. Strange Journey could’ve easily taken that spot, I think. Otherwise, Splatterhouse could’ve been moved down a couple notches, though I still like that it comes with the classic games enough to keep it in there.)

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(Not So) Random Song of the Day – ERB Edition – Part Seven

For an idea as to what we’re doing here, refer back to the introduction for more details.

We’re down to the final three, since this season had an odd number of entries, so we’ll wrap up the final three today and pick this up again next week, so as not to start the second season mid-week. The final three for the first season are easily among the best the franchise has delivered in general, and they’d easily be in competition for the top slots of all time from the franchise so far. So let’s see where the final three fell in the rankings:

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Looking Back on… the 2009 Year in Review Staff Commentaries.

(BUT FIRST: We also did a write-up of our thoughts on the games announced during E3 that year, and since I’ll really never have another chance to share it, since I’ll almost certainly forget about this thing after now, let’s take a look at that.)

Mark B. Choses: (Aaron submitted this one, so I’m not going to yell at myself for that one.)

Things I’m looking forward to coming out of E3:

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(Not So) Random Song of the Day – ERB Edition – Part Six

For an idea as to what we’re doing here, refer back to the introduction for more details.

We’re into the top five at this point, and from here on, everything is generally of good quality; from the shit talking to the beats to the costumes, everything in these videos works more often than it doesn’t, and the final products are honestly pretty great all the way around. Let’s take a look at what’s going on today, and head into the top three tomorrow.

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Looking Back on: the 2007/2008 Diehard Gamefan Staff Commentaries

(Well, ’tis the season, so let’s look back on Staff Commentaries of yesteryear, partly because I’m thinking about it at this moment, and partly because, with how… not bad but uninspired gaming was this year, certainly… it helps to look back at prior years and say “Well maybe it wasn’t that bad…”)

1. Persona 3 (PS2)
2. Mass Effect (XB360)
3. Fire Pro Wrestling Returns (PS2)
4. Trauma Center Second Opinion (Wii)
5. Monster Hunter Freedom 2
6. Front Mission DS (DS)
7. Rock Band (XB360)
8. Earth Defense Force 2017 (XB360)
9. Spider-Man Friend or Foe (Multi)
10. The Darkness (XB360)

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(Not So) Random Song of the Day – ERB Edition – Part Five

For an idea as to what we’re doing here, refer back to the introduction for more details.

We’re back with more from the mid-ground of ERB’s first season, and what’s here is generally from early on in the production cycle too, while Peter and Lloyd were fooling around with the concept. In other words, the concepts were interesting, but the execution needed a little work for these two.

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(Not So) Random Song of the Day – ERB Edition – Part Four

For an idea as to what we’re doing here, refer back to the introduction for more details.

Yup, time for more battle raps, and we’re into the “not bad” territory here; everything from this point onward generally does everything decently, though it might lack one or a few things that keep it from being part of the top releases for the season. Let’s get into what’s here and see what worked and what didn’t.

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