2012 has been a great year for gaming with several great titles coming out. What were your favourites?
Either way here's my top 10 games of 2012.
it barely makes the list for a lot of reasons, mainly because it's a
very easy game and relatively short, The Darkness II was a blast from
start to finish. The feeling you get of being a total badass, all the
quirky and interesting NPC's you build a connection to and not to
mention, the search for your dead girlfriend, all wrapped up in an epic
story of light versus dark, makes the game an unforgettable journey. The
multiplayer is also fun if you're into L4D-style co-op and each
character feels well thought out and interesting. The comic book style
also makes the game stay true to its source material.
love arcady racers and Ridge Racer Unbounded is one of the best I've
played in that genre. The main gimmick here is that you can pretty much
destroy parts of the course to gain extra points. You also get points
for ramming into enemy vehicles and performing takedowns Burnout-style.
With awesome graphics and a really good soundtrack, this is definitely
my favourite racing game of 2012.
ending aside, Mass Effect 3 is in my opinion a pretty good third person
shooter with a lot of cool RPG elements and it feels like it takes
elements from both ME1 and ME2 and brings them together in a good way. I
really enjoyed the weapon customization they brought back and the
dialogue feels a lot more natural in this game as characters are more
active and don't just stand there talking for several minutes. Here they
actually move and they feel more like people, making the conversations
more engaging as a result. I also really liked the multiplayer, it makes
for some frantic co-op action at times.
Retribution is honestly one of the best free-to-play games I've played.
It offers graphics and gameplay that both rivals and surpasses the Call
of Duty games and the try-before-you-buy model in the game lets you
find your favourite loadout before spending money on anything. I'm also a
total sucker for the cyberpunk feel of the game and the visor which
reveals enemy positions more or less eliminates camping issues. A fun
and enjoyable multiplayer shooter that offers a lot for very little to
no cash at all and a viable alternative if you want a good modern FPS
experience but don't wanna spend 60 bucks on the latest Call of Duty
Doom games remain some of the best FPS's ever made in my opinion and
Doom 3 BFG Edition brings all 3 of them together in one rock solid
package. Being the hardcore id-whore I am, this was a must-have this
year and I am not disappointed. With Steam achievements, widescreen
support up to 1080p, 3D support, a shoulder-mounted flashlight that
makes the game suitably action-oriented as I always wanted it, a brand
new third mission for Doom 3, and ultra-smooth gameplay at 120fps, Doom 3
BFG Edition to me is THE ultimate edition of Doom 1, Doom 2 and Doom 3.
I heard that a remake of Giana Sisters was coming out, I was pretty
skeptical. Giana Sisters is one of my favourite 8bit titles and probably
one of the most popular Commodore 64 games in existence and a cult
classic among a lot of people. Though after having played Twisted
Dreams, I can easily say that this is actually an improvement. The
controls are really tight, like they should be in any platformer, the
graphics are really cartoony and colourful and feel reminiscent of
classics like Rayman at times, and the music are mostly rearrangements
of the original Giana tracks, performed by the always awesome Machinae
Supremacy. The main reason I really recommend Twisted Dreams is because
it truly feels like a Giana game and not just a Mario ripoff.
face it, MW3 might have been a good game (at least it was in my opinion
since it was my first CoD game) but it's obvious the series was
beginning to stagnate. One of the most common complaints I hear about
CoD is that none of the games stand out enough and don't feel engaging
enough. This is where Black Ops II gets things right. Black Ops II I
think might be the best CoD game because it takes everything that was
bad about MW3 and just improves it. The single player campaign feels
engaging because it focuses on making the characters memorable and
having a more engaging story than MW3 ever did. Of course you still go
from set piece to set piece, but the set pieces here are definitely more
awesome than they were in earlier games, mostly because the game has a
new setting, taking place in the near future and if you've ever wanted
to fire a missile launcher while riding horseback, this is the game for
you. Another thing they did with the story was giving you multiple
choices at several points, adding actual replay value to the campaign as
each campaign has a possibility of being really different from the
The zombie mode is also a really fun mode where
survival is the key to unlocking new guns and various rewards that make
fun and interesting changes to the gameplay. The zombies actually feel
rather threatening and the mode is pretty challenging and will take
serious teamplay to be completed.
The multiplayer also has received a
much needed upgrade. The killstreaks have been replaced by
scorestreaks, giving supportive players a bigger chance to contribute as
the rewards are no longer based on the amount of kills you have, but
how big your score is and it definitely makes the game a heck of a lot
more balanced. The class creation system has been entirely revamped and
you now have a "10 slots" system that allows for almost complete
customization and you can make a class that fits YOUR playstyle to an
even greater degree than MW3 offered. The maps are also much better
designed and I think they did a splendid job with the graphics.
major difference here is that MW3 looked like shit mixed with dust, and
Black Ops II actually looks more realistic because it has more colour.
Add the option to make your own emblems, the League play which lets you
play against people in your skill range, and you have easily the best
Call of Duty ever!
is a FPS set in the near future where the world is no longer divided
into countries, but rather huge corporations known as syndicates rule
the world. In the single player campaign you play as Miles Kilo, an
agent for EuroCorp who uncovers corruption and conspiracy within his own
syndicate. The game's main gimmick is that in the future nearly
everyone are implanted with computer chips. As an agent you have the
power to hack into these chips and you can pretty much force people to
commit suicide and you can also use this hacking ability to dominate
computer systems etc. The chip also gives you an overlay that highlights
enemies and volatile objects. It makes for a very fun and engaging FPS
that has a very strong cyberpunk aesthetic and the cool factor is pretty
much through the roof. The single player campaign is pretty short
though and feels like it doesn't offer enough replay value. The game
could really benefit from a New Game + option. The multiplayer is pretty
fun and engaging though and at times really challenging, and highly
recommended. Also helps that the first bossfight has background music by
Skrillex. Definitely one of my favourite games this year as I am a
complete sucker for cyberpunk games, and I was definitely eager to play
Syndicate as a FPS, and I can't help but feel Syndicate is terribly
underrated. We can has sequel, EA?
say it right now, I'm a sucker for humor in games. A lot of the time it
can really help a game stand out from the crowd as most games today
take themselves way too seriously. It's this reason Borderlands 2 is a
fresh breath of filthy air and it's really a unique experience that has
to be played to be understood. Borderlands 2 takes everything that made
the original so great and improves upon it to the f*cketh (that's a word
now) degree. Also helps that the characters are really memorable,
especially Handsome Jack, who I'd say is one of the most memorable
villains as of recently. His constant taunting and teasing makes him a
villain you get to dislike from early on in the game and when you
finally get to take him on, the satisfaction is incredible. And guns.
SOOOO MANY GUNS! There are really just two words that conjure up how I
feel about Borderlands 2: Awesome and badass!
Skyrim. If I want a huge open-world first person RPG with animals to
hunt an items to craft, I'll play me some Far Cry 3, thank you very
much. While I haven't completed this game yet, mostly because I spend
far too much time running over animals with my car and putting pirates
on fire with a flamethrower, this is easily my favourite game of 2012
already. There is just an insane amount of content here and so much fun
to be had, and it's probably the most addictive game I've played lately.
The multiplayer is also really well made, although it can be a bit
glitchy at times. It's fun when it works though. The co-op missions are
also really fun and add a side story to the game rather than just
sending you from objective to objective. Add a very good single player
story where you actually care about the characters, and lush graphics
and you have probably not only the best FPS, but easily the best GAME of
2012 on your hands.