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“We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.”
— Andrew Ryan (Bioshock)
When making my list for the best game of 2012. I thought of a quote I should say to start this off. So I looked back at games I ranked number one or at least top five in years past. Games like Batman: Arkham City, Fallout 3, Red Dead Redemption all had great quotes. But one really stood out to me. That is the quote you see above.
Last year was a great year for gaming. Batman, Uncharted, Zelda, Skyrim, Dead Space 2, etc. were all great titles. But this year was different. There weren’t many games that really stood out like these games did. But these five games on this list will easily compare to the games of last year.
Number 5. Borderlands 2- I first played Borderlands back in 09. I remember going to my local game store and picking it up. I played through the game in one day and replayed it the next day. So I was excited for Borderlands 2 and hoping it would be better than the first. I was right Borderlands 2 surpassed the first one in so many ways. The writing was top notched. A story that players actually cared about. Better co-op and level spacing. A much better skill tree. A game filled with Easter eggs and of course ALOT OF GUNS
Number 4. Halo 4. I know this is a cop out, but I loved Halo 4. 343 did something special with Halo. They brought back Master Chief in a big way with a story that has you sucked in the moment you awaken. With a better multiplayer than Reach and more innovation made this game stand out from any other Halo. Spartan Ops extends your play time with new episodes every week. Halo 4 is the first step to beat Call of Duty.
Number 3. Journey. Enough said
Number 2. Max Payne 3. Max Payne 3 was probably my most anticipated game of 2012. I remember when they gave this game a winter release date of 2009. Well here we are in 2012 with one of the best narrative I have played since Red Dead Redemption two years ago. If this game was a movie it would win an Oscar for the score and the writing. Bullet time is back and better than ever. I never got tired of slowing down the bullet time cam when you kill the last guy in the room. Max Payne 3 is easily one of the best games of 2012. But as Yoda said “There is another”
Mild spoilers below
Number 1. The Walking Dead Season One. I'm going to be honest here; I thought The Walking Dead game was going to be shit. I never cared for Tell-Tale and their last game was terrible. I'm a big fan of the comics and show so I gave this game a chance. I wish I could go back in time and kick the shit out of me. I never expected to be so drawn to a game. I replayed episode one the minute I finished it and again for the next three episodes. Each episode was so different from the other. First one was more puzzles, second one focused on grossing you out, third one deals with something most zombie movies won't touch, the infection of a child, the fourth one was suspenseful and episode 5 tugged on the heart strings of gamers. I can honestly say that this game made me cry and the ending stuck with me for days after. As I write this right now I’m still thinking about the ending. For 25 bucks you get to play the best crafted story you will play this year and beyond. I thought Max Payne 3 was a shoe in for game of the year. But this game just surpassed it. If you haven't played this game yet go out and buy it right now.
Games like Max Payne 3, Journey, and Walking Dead are prime examples that video games aren’t just games. They are work of art and should be treated that way. 25 years ago you wouldn't expect the impact games have on our world. They are art works that are made to be played and enjoyed by all.
My favorite game is rather obscure: Virtue's Last Reward. It's a game on the 3DS and Vita that plays sort of like the Ace Attorney 'visual novel' style of games. I found myself fully immersed in it, and it was a great followup to Nine Hours Nine Persons Nine Doors.
And yeah, I'll jump on the bandwagon: Walking Dead. I ended up caring more about the characters in it than in the actual comic. Other than those two though, most of the games I played this year weren't from this year. I never tried series like Mass Effect or whatever big name series got releases this year.
Walkin Dead for me too, though I haven't yet finished Episode 5 as my PS3's being repaired so avoiding spoilers as best possible.
I agree it's not been a great year for games and nothin much stands out to me in terms of AAA titles, partly cos most of the few big franchise releases where franchises I'm not interested in (Halo, Call of Duty, Assassins Creed) but also I think a general lack of inspiration in the other big titles on offer.
That's why smaller games like Walking Dead and Journey stand out to be real GOTY contenders, whereas previous years that might've been a tougher accomplishment. I certainly know that no other game this year has affected me as much the TWD, it's a journey that pulls you through just about every emotional state in the book and has been pulled off with staggering efficiency. My only worry for Season 2 is how it can possibly be as good as the first one.
Like everyone else the walking dead videogame, It is a really great game no contest. Mass effect 3, Borderlands 2, transformers fall of cybertron
I have a strong feeling that it won't.
This is a tough call.
1. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 - Yeah, it's a fighting game; but TTT2 is the only game this year I've played a lot and didn't think... "Damn... this would be better if..." I've been a huge fan since Tekken 1 and the train keeps rolling.
2. Halo 4 - Interesting story with a nice twist and going a long the journey with Master Chief and Cortana was great. Spartan Ops isn't bad and Halo MP is Halo MP. The levels in the Sp were repetitive and could've used more diversity.
3. Dragon's Dogma - Terrible save system, needs more quest variety, and bare-bones lore/dialogue/story/etc
4. ME3 - Not enough side quests and terrible ending (Although it has improved with Leviathan and the EC)
5 - TWD - This would probably be way higher IF I played episode 3-5, but... I'm hoping they'll be free eventually on PS+. I really enjoyed episode 1 and 2 and think they are way better than the actual show.
I did buy Borderlands 2 and I'm sure that game will be awesome.
I agree with your #1 choice. TTT2 is the only game I've played this year that I've thouroughly enjoyed. online connectivity is greatly improved, the tag system melds very well with the bound/juggle system from T6 ( I hate juggle combos BTW). They streamlined the customization (although I did like the way it was in T6 cuz there was more variation) , and as if there wasn't already enough replay value they added bonus items that can be unlocked through matches. Not to mention that if you can play the game in 3D which wasn't good. The tekken team just needs to work on their anti-aliasing a bit more so models aren't so jaggy cuz you can really tell when the game is in 3D
This game more than likely won't get GOTY, but it was mos def the best fighting game that came out this year. Hell the last several yrs.
I'd love to see The Walking Dead take GOTY but I think most sites will give it to Mass Effect 3 and that's a shame. The combat in the game and the writing during most of the game are so good that it allows people to gloss over the game's issues.
There really just haven't been any games that have gotten me super buzzed this year. I've enjoyed a lot of games this year but nothing that struck me quite like Arkham City or Skyrim last year.
I think Mass Effect 3 taking the prize for Game of the Year as as likely as The Walking Dead taking it. Another game will take the award home in my opinion.