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Most Addictive Game 2010 – Ethos

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Plants vs. Zombies Game of the Year Edition

So this is a bit of a cheat. Plants vs. Zombies came out in 2009, and the Game of the Year Edition that came out this year is barely different. But I didn’t discover this gem until 2010, and Riddles chose God of War for an award last year, so suck it!

Anyway, since I discovered this cutesy tower defense brilliance early this year, I have likely booted up the game 60% of the days that followed up until today. The campaign is varied and challenging, the mini-games, challenges and survival modes are wacky, fun, and time-consuming. But even more time-consuming is the almost completely pointless Zen Garden that is just a place to harvest cash to buy upgrades.

All these facets are wrapped up in well-thought-out balancing, a charming graphical style, great music, and – obviously – an entirely addictive nature.

I’ve beat the campaign at least 10 times total and spent countless hours with the title, and only show minor signs of slowing down. This was an easy win.

Runner up: DeathSpank

This was a tossup between the Sly Collection, Mass Effect 2, and DeathSpank, but the ridiculous thong-donned hero won out. While Sly’s mission based structure kept me playing, I do eventually tire out and while I was completely sucked into Mass Effect’s universe, the pacing was perfect and I was happy to be done when it was over. DeathSpank, however, has so many sidequests on the go, and so many hilarious conversations to explore that even after a sequel released just weeks after the original, I was (and am) desperate for more.

Sunshine Games – #1: Plants vs. Zombies (PC)

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Ethos’ Sunshine Games Countdown is a completely arbitrary list of games that make him smile. They are games that are pure unadulterated fun with none of the heaviness that might come from more epic titles. They are games that make you giddy just thinking about them, and have the same refreshing optimism that Spring yields.

Plants vs. Zombies (PC)

PopCap goes two for two in the final entries for this ridiculous list. Plants vs. Zombies wins over Peggle because not only is it the better game, but the main resource is quite literally sunshine. For those who don’t know, Plants vs. Zombies is a tower defense game that pits the odd combination of plants defending a house from zombies. I’m not a big tower defense guy, but this game still has me addicted. It’s creative, funny, addictive, and occasionally quite challenging. Y’know that “just one more level” quality I was talking about with Peggle? Well Plants vs. Zombies has it in droves. The reason why I specify PC (and iPad too, I suppose) is because although the iPhone version is great (and cheap), it doesn’t have the wide range of modes that the PC version has. Mini-games, creative spins on the gameplay, and survival modes are topped off with a “Zen Garden” which is quite literally a virtual garden for harvesting cash. While the tone of the game is more tongue-in-cheek as opposed to Peggle’s overwhelming happiness, Plants vs. Zombies is still the undeniable Sunshine Games champion.