Saturday, March 20, 2010

Stop Playing This - Start Playing That

With so many games released every week, it can be a full-time job trying to figure out which ones are worth your time. And often, the answer is none. Why risk getting a crummy game when you've got a perfectly awesome one sitting on the shelf already?

Because you're missing some great stuff, that's why. It's easy to get stuck playing the same game for years on end, but while that's nice to your wallet, it's downright nasty to your well-being as a gamer. If you're willing to live a little, consider changing up your game by switching out your beloved blockbuster for a new video game pal.

Stop Playing: Halo 3

Sheesh, finish the fight already. Despite being three years old now, Microsoft's smash first-person shooter is still the most popular game on Xbox Live. That's just silly. Sure, it's got millions of active players and well-worn gameplay, but it's hardly the best multiplayer game available for the system. We could easily name three other shooters you really should be playing.

Start Playing: Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Such as this one. It might not have the marketing reach of Halo or Call of Duty, but this superb military shooter does some things both of those greats cannot. EA's Battlefield: Bad Company 2 features fully destructible environments, which turns each multiplayer affair into a riotous game of "find the sniper lurking in the building, then blow up the building." It's still tough, but well worth the money...and some time away from Master Chief.

Stop Playing: Bejeweled

Seriously, stop. You've been playing this match-three puzzle legend for about a decade, and while it's still totally addictive and totally fun (especially on the iPhone), it's too old for you and you're too old for it. Time to move on to bigger, brighter puzzle games.

Start Playing: Puzzle Quest

Like Bejeweled, this terrific blend of puzzle and role-playing has appeared on just about every platform on the planet. Unlike Bejeweled, however, it's got loads and loads of depth and replayability. A sequel is due out in a few short months, making this the perfect time to upgrade your puzzle skills.

Stop Playing: Super Smash Bros. Brawl

If you're still playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii, well, we can't blame you. It ranks among the most played games on the Wii and has provided us with more satisfying nights of mascot bashing than we care to admit. But it's also two years old, and it turns out there are some other great Wii fighting games out there.

Start Playing: Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

While Tatsunoke vs. Capcom doesn't roll off the tongue, make no mistake: this is a top notch brawler that IGN has called "one of the best games on the Wii." And with a similar easy-to-learn, hard-to-master approach as Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it will feel pretty natural for fans. Give it a fighting chance and it won't let you down.

Stop Playing: Fieldrunners

The Little Game that Could! No one saw this sublime tower defense game coming, yet within a few short months it shot to the top of every must-have iPhone game list around. And if it were still 2008, we'd still be playing it. But alas, every good thing must come to an end. Or at least a new game.

Start Playing: Plants vs. Zombies

Like this one. Created by the unceasingly brilliant PopCap Games, this stellar strategy game turns the tower defense idea on its rotting head with simple mechanics and amazing depth. Worth much, much more than its $2.99 asking price, it's easily one of the best deals on the App Store. Make it your next buy.

via Yahoo! Games

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