Gerry Pagan

10.The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
It’s Zelda. Probably my least favorite Zelda in a good long while, but by no means a bad game, and definitely good enough to earn a spot on my personal top 10. READ MORE

While last year’s Kirby’s Epic Yarn was a nice, relaxing title for the Kirby franchise, it’s been 11 years since The Crystal Shards, which was the last proper console entry featuring Kirby’s signature copy powers and abilities. We’ve had several handheld iterations, ranging from great to average, but Kirby’s been long overdue for a new, grand adventure. Return to Dream Land is a spectacular, well, return to Nintendo’s home consoles, building up on its entire series legacy for what’s arguably the best game in the series. Welcome back, Kirby. READ MORE

When the people behind what was already considered one of the most brutal games of this generation say that they plan on releasing a sequel that makes that game easy by comparison, it’s hard not to take notice. Dark Souls, the spiritual sequel to the 2009 cult hit, takes this claim and certainly validates it, though not without sacrificing some of the things that kept players exploring the original’s world. READ MORE

Tides of Destiny, originally branded Rune Factory: Oceans in Japan, is the follow-up to the Wii-only Rune Factory: Frontier. Known for their being a more magical, fantasy take on sister series Harvest Moon’s realistic (though still often fantasy) farming simulation, this new Rune Factory looks to change things up within the series, introducing and changing core elements in the series to flesh out others, including combat, exploration, and for the first time, the ability to choose between a male and a female protagonist. READ MORE

Brought to us by the folks over at Recoil Games, Rochard is an interesting physics-based puzzle-platformer with a lot going for it. You take on the role of John Rochard, a portly space miner, and the events that take place after his discovery of a rare type of ore. It doesn’t get much more complicated than that. Rochard’s plot really just plays second fiddle to where the game truly shines, which is its excellent puzzle design. READ MORE