Video Game Power Rankings #5

It’s the post-Holiday VGPR:

1. (2) Red Dead Redemption – Besides watching all the hilarious glitch videos, I still haven’t tasted the sweet western nectar that Rockstar has evidently squeezed out of this game. From chats with Nat and other friends, I will be picking this up shortly. The fact that it’s readily available to me here in the states is not a luxury our gaming brethren over the pond have enjoyed. I’d say that’s as ringing an endorsement as you could get.

2. (-) Blur – Has hit the shelves and is getting mostly good reviews (except for IGN, who by giving it a “7” have basically said it’s terrible, what with their scale of 7-10) but has been, until this week, absent from the rankings. Penny Arcade says it may difficult to put down. If you have it, do you agree?

3. (3) Super Mario Galaxy 2 – Yes, it boasts no groundbreaking innovations or changes from the first game, but who cares?! This game is awesome.

4. (-) Alpha Protocol – This pains me to do this, but just one day ahead of its release Alpha Protocol makes its return to the rankings for all the wrong reasons. It is getting absolutely skewered by the gaming press in their reviews. Destructoid was particulary brutal. Joystiq calls it a “technical nightmare.”

5. (-) Split/Second – On the strength of the Beta reaction for Blur, Split/Second wasn’t going to stand pat and they challenged Blur from the get-go, dropping its price by twenty bucks to go head-to-head with the release of Blur.

6. (1) Steam on the Mac – I’m still playing Torchlight on my Mac, so I have to keep Steam on the list.

7. (6) Mass Effect 2 – Mass Effect stays in the rankings due to the news that Legendary Pictures has picked up its rights

8. (-) Back Breaker – The first football game since All-Pro Football 2K8 came out, Back Breaker has a lot of work to do to break into the Madden-ruled football game arena. Bill Harris Breaks. It. Down.

9. (-) Killzone 3 – I feel like the Power Rankings have been mostly PS3-free, which has never been my intention. To remedy that, I figure Killzone 3 is as good a place to start as any, seeing how the new screen shots are popping up everywhere.

10. (-) Enslaved – Rounding out the top ten is Enslaved, a new game from Ninja Theory. I read the phrase “Post-Apocalyptic New York City” and had to find out more.

Honorable Mention: Knights Contract, Crackdown 2.

Dropped out: The Prince of Persia, Pac-Man Anniversary, EA’s Online Pass, Guild Wars 2, Alan Wake, and (gasp!) Halo Reach.


  1. Cool. We are on the same page this week. I do think that Back Breaker should be a little higher, but it works there.

    Red Dead Redemption. Um, yeah. I wish I could go into detail. My videogame playing dream was to play an Old West game that rocked. I’ve not really experienced that since Outlaws (which has not aged well and was sort of cartoon-y looking back on it.)

    I have a confused emotion about it. I should not love it, but I do. Certainly, one of the best games I’ve played in a decade.

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