My third day of gaming is up and I had a great time playing and writing about the games. This was the first set of reviews at this site instead of being hosted on Blogger, and I've learned a whole lot about hosting a site like this (like how your bandwidth will get eaten alive when you have a ton of images and allow hot-linkers). I also played my first overall 10 first hour in Call of Duty 4, not to mention the second, Ocarina of Time. And I had an indie-only game month playing a bunch of non-blockbuster titles made by one or two man teams.
Day Four's set of 24 games will start soon, but I have a bunch of full reviews to write first. I'm also planning on totally revamping the scoring system for first hour reviews. I've spoken to editors of other review sites and kept a close eye on the various comments scattered around and I feel like things need to change. More on this over the next few weeks though.
Here's my ranking of the first hours of the 24 games I played in order from best to worst. Even though some games received the same score, the higher rank means I enjoyed that game's first hour more than the ones below it. And by the way, much to one reader's dismay, I don't play all the games in some sick and twisted 24 hour marathon. Give me a break, I have an infant in the house!
1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (10)
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (10)
3. Braid (9)
4. Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (9)
5. Aladdin (9)
6. World of Goo (9)
7. Katamari Damacy (8)
8. Pikmin (8)
9. Diablo II (8)
10. Ico (8)
11. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (8)
12. Mother 3 (7)
13. Kudos 2 (7)
14. ActRaiser (7)
15. Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (7)
16. Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble (7)
17. Kung Fu Panda (7)
18. Lost Odyssey (6)
19. Mutant League Football (6)
20. The Magic Toy Chest (6)
21. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (5)
22. Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure (5)
23. Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures (4)
24. Fallout (4)
Call of Duty 4 was the best first hour I played, and Fallout was the worst. The average score has jumped up quite a bit from 6.44 to 7.25. Either I'm getting more leniant or I'm just playing better games, that's for you to determine; but really, it's all about the written review, not the score. The overall score is more for the reader to use as a marker for how I would compare two games directly. Though this will be all kind of a moot point starting Day Four.
Day Four will start soon, be prepared for some changes!