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Posted by sawtooth

respect

Posted by jakob187

@Hailinel: I had a first-gen Wii, but the fan died on it and I never bothered to get it fixed. By that point, I just became an achievement whore on PC and an MMO whore on the PC. At this point, most of my gaming is now on the PC (with the exception of Forza Horizon), so I don't see me moving in on those two games anytime in the near future unfortunately.

If I can find the whole setup for cheap, though, I will definitely consider it...if there isn't a fucking Steam sale going on or something. Jesus, my wallet is hurting bad over these last couple of weeks...

Posted by Hailinel

@PixelPrinny said:

@Hailinel: Mark of the Ninja is on PC~ 25% off atm on Steam, but that'll drop lower when it hits a daily sale as it did back during Thanksgiving.

I'll have to take a look at it when I have the chance, though my Steam account is vastly underused simply because I just don't play many PC games. I don't even have a PC gamepad, which I imagine a game like Mark of the Ninja would require.

@jakob187 said:

Not an unexpected list, but for the most part, it's a solid list. I just cannot agree that Double Dragon Neon deserves to be on any type of Top 10 list anywhere ever in the history of ever.

I still need to play Asura's Wrath. I just keep waiting until it's somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 or less. I'm also glad to see some goddamn respect for Warriors Orochi, and also glad to hear from someone that respects those franchises that it's good.

Actually, I also really need to play Xenoblades and Last Story for their own respective reasons: Xenoblades being considered one of the best RPGs in a long time and Last Story being a Sakaguchi joint with Uemastu on music...and from everything I've seen, art direction that looks like Minagawa. Unfortunately, I just don't have much use for a Wii outside of those two as I've come back around full circle to PC gaming.

Well, if you ever do get a Wii (or at this point, a Wii U), those are definitely two games that are worth it. The only real shame about them both is that it took so long for them to make it to the U.S. They're very much worth the wait, though.

Posted by Guided_By_Tigers

@laserbolts said:

I sensed a bunch of Japanese developed games on your list before even clicking on it.

^

Posted by PixelPrinny

@Hailinel: Mark of the Ninja is on PC~ 25% off atm on Steam, but that'll drop lower when it hits a daily sale as it did back during Thanksgiving.

Posted by TopSteer

I've really fallen behind on games this year, I don't know if I even played enough from this year to make a top ten list. Of your list, I've only played three of them and want to play nine of the ten.

Xenoblade Chronicles- I wished I enjoyed this as much as everybody else seems to, I just didn't like the combat at all.

Persona 4 Arena- I haven't played that much of this and haven't even touched the story mode yet but the fighting is really fun.

Warriors Orochi 3- It's a Warriors game is all you need to say really. As usual I love it.

Posted by Napalm

That looks like a bunch of Japanese bullshit. /snark :p

Posted by jakob187

Not an unexpected list, but for the most part, it's a solid list. I just cannot agree that Double Dragon Neon deserves to be on any type of Top 10 list anywhere ever in the history of ever.

I still need to play Asura's Wrath. I just keep waiting until it's somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 or less. I'm also glad to see some goddamn respect for Warriors Orochi, and also glad to hear from someone that respects those franchises that it's good.

Actually, I also really need to play Xenoblades and Last Story for their own respective reasons: Xenoblades being considered one of the best RPGs in a long time and Last Story being a Sakaguchi joint with Uemastu on music...and from everything I've seen, art direction that looks like Minagawa. Unfortunately, I just don't have much use for a Wii outside of those two as I've come back around full circle to PC gaming.

Posted by Hailinel

@Sidoran said:

Seeing this list makes me miss the last couple of generations where a top ten like this would have looked almost normal. Couple of questions:

I love Dynasty Warriors, but the lack of English voiceovers kind of scared me away from Orochi 3. Is it difficult to keep up with what's going on just by reading the popups in battle?

I suck at pretty much every fighter that isn't Smash Bros. Would I have fun with Persona 4 Arena if I loved Persona 4: Golden?

I didn't have much a problem keeping up, but then again, I'm the sort that plays battles over and over, so even if I did miss something, I caught it on a second go.

Persona 4 Arena is designed for people who aren't skilled at fighting games. You can get through story mode no problem mostly just by using each character's auto-combo.

@PixelPrinny said:

Ohh interesting to see Hakuoki on there. I enjoyed that.

I should get back to Xenoblade one of these days. My interest in it fizzled out around the place with all those floating islands in the lake and modernish city. It just started feeling too "single-player MMO" for me at the time, with so many side-quests, that I burned out on it.

The Last Story... hehehe.

P4A would prolly get a special mention on my list just for Elizabeth's ending, alone. I never did stick with it after finishing the story though; went back to SFxT (which I admit is an inferior game in nearly ever respect, but I just like the fighting and characters a whole lot more *shrugs*)

And the rest... I haven't played so I have nothing to say about those. Although interesting to see Double Dragon on there. Did you play Dust: An Elysian Tale or Mark of the Ninja this year?

I don't have a 360, so I haven't played Dust or Mark of the Ninja at all. I'm not sure what my interest level would be if I had access, either. I also really like Street Fighter X Tekken, and it was actually on my list earlier this year, but it was ultimately bumped off, I think around the time I added Double Dragon Neon.

Posted by PixelPrinny

Ohh interesting to see Hakuoki on there. I enjoyed that.

I should get back to Xenoblade one of these days. My interest in it fizzled out around the place with all those floating islands in the lake and modernish city. It just started feeling too "single-player MMO" for me at the time, with so many side-quests, that I burned out on it.

The Last Story... hehehe.

P4A would prolly get a special mention on my list just for Elizabeth's ending, alone. I never did stick with it after finishing the story though; went back to SFxT (which I admit is an inferior game in nearly ever respect, but I just like the fighting and characters a whole lot more *shrugs*)

And the rest... I haven't played so I have nothing to say about those. Although interesting to see Double Dragon on there. Did you play Dust: An Elysian Tale or Mark of the Ninja this year?

Posted by Sidoran

Seeing this list makes me miss the last couple of generations where a top ten like this would have looked almost normal. Couple of questions:

I love Dynasty Warriors, but the lack of English voiceovers kind of scared me away from Orochi 3. Is it difficult to keep up with what's going on just by reading the popups in battle?

I suck at pretty much every fighter that isn't Smash Bros. Would I have fun with Persona 4 Arena if I loved Persona 4: Golden?

Posted by Hailinel

@Galiant said:

@Hailinel: I'm sorry if you've been asked this question already, but did you play anything other than Japanese games this year? Genuine curiosity!

Aside from Asura's Wrath (which I really enjoyed) I've played none of the games on your list, and I still felt this year was a great year for games. I think it's awesome that the range of great games out there is so large.

...Double Dragon Neon? It's on the list, dude. Also, I played Dragon Age II, which is something that made me wish I was playing something else. I do have ZombiU sitting on my shelf, waiting its turn, also, a few other downloadable games (Mighty Switch Force, Trine 2, Nano Assault Neo).

But you are about the great range of games that are out there!

@DeF said:

@Hailinel: Big thumbs up for putting KI:Uprising on there. I've just picked up my unfinished playthrough again yesterday and I've just gotten past the first big "event" in the story. Palutena is seriously my favorite character this year. Yes, I've played TWD lol. Xenoblade and Uprising are sure to land on my list as well. But I still want to finish some games before I write mine down.

Palutena is one of my favorite characters from this year, as well. The writing really does a lot to bring out personality in her and the others.

Posted by Hailinel

@dudeglove said:

I love how your headline makes it sound as though you think we care about your tastes

I love how you don't get the joke.

@Claude said:

If I ever do play, Xenoblade Chronicles, I'm either either gonna piss on it after a few hours or love it wholeheartedly. Or something, there should be some emotion there somewhere.

You should at least give it a shot, Claude. That bad disc you got a while back shouldn't put a stop to that.

@JackSukeru said:

@Hailinel: I didn't get further than chapter 3 in Resonance of Fate (because while the combat was interesting, everything else about the game was pretty dull, and whatever story was in there didn't engage me at any level) but I feel like I managed to get a good sense on how you played it on my own, and I never used a FAQ. This isn't any sort of defense of the game though, it pretty much drops you into the world with very few directions, and you could even run into random battles (which will mess you up when you don't even know what the different buttons do) when just trying to make your way to the tutorial (which you are also not proberly directed towards IIRC). But with enough preserverence, it's very possible to figure out.

Basically bragging...is what I'm trying to do.

The tutorial is probably similar to a lot of fighting games in that it tells you what tools you have and what they do, but in no way indicates why or in what situation you should use these tools. It gives you all the parts that you need to build a house, but withholds the blueprint. Also, you don't know what kind of house it is you're supposed to build.

So while figuring out the importance of Bezel management (it's fucking crucial!), the different weapons usefulness and positioning on your own had its charm, it's not something I feel should be required when you have to beat your head against the game's difficulty for several hours to do so.

Yikes. Well, at least you didn't need a FAQ!

Posted by DeF

@Hailinel: Big thumbs up for putting KI:Uprising on there. I've just picked up my unfinished playthrough again yesterday and I've just gotten past the first big "event" in the story. Palutena is seriously my favorite character this year. Yes, I've played TWD lol. Xenoblade and Uprising are sure to land on my list as well. But I still want to finish some games before I write mine down.

Posted by Galiant

@Hailinel: I'm sorry if you've been asked this question already, but did you play anything other than Japanese games this year? Genuine curiosity!

Aside from Asura's Wrath (which I really enjoyed) I've played none of the games on your list, and I still felt this year was a great year for games. I think it's awesome that the range of great games out there is so large.

Posted by Etnos

Ugggg anime, no thanks...

Posted by kindgineer

I don't think I've touched a single game on that list. However, it's nice to see diversity when it comes to GOTY's instead of the normal mainstream AAA+ titles that seem to make their way up there.

Posted by JackSukeru

@Hailinel: I didn't get further than chapter 3 in Resonance of Fate (because while the combat was interesting, everything else about the game was pretty dull, and whatever story was in there didn't engage me at any level) but I feel like I managed to get a good sense on how you played it on my own, and I never used a FAQ. This isn't any sort of defense of the game though, it pretty much drops you into the world with very few directions, and you could even run into random battles (which will mess you up when you don't even know what the different buttons do) when just trying to make your way to the tutorial (which you are also not proberly directed towards IIRC). But with enough preserverence, it's very possible to figure out.

Basically bragging...is what I'm trying to do.

The tutorial is probably similar to a lot of fighting games in that it tells you what tools you have and what they do, but in no way indicates why or in what situation you should use these tools. It gives you all the parts that you need to build a house, but withholds the blueprint. Also, you don't know what kind of house it is you're supposed to build.

So while figuring out the importance of Bezel management (it's fucking crucial!), the different weapons usefulness and positioning on your own had its charm, it's not something I feel should be required when you have to beat your head against the game's difficulty for several hours to do so.

Posted by Claude

If I ever do play, Xenoblade Chronicles, I'm either either gonna piss on it after a few hours or love it wholeheartedly. Or something, there should be some emotion there somewhere.

Posted by Hizang

@Hailinel: Nice list, great to see Kid Icarus on there.

Posted by dudeglove

I love how your headline makes it sound as though you think we care about your tastes

Posted by ImmortalSaiyan

@Hailinel: I liked the idea behind aggro and all the positioning type moves but my team mates were bad at manage aggro that I could not play well. As someone who played a lot of WOW back in the day I felt like it took steps towards a MMO style but lacks minor but important details.

For instance I could not track quest progress and lvls and aggro type of monsters were had to see. Grounded I did not play much but It never compelled me to continue. I also felt that it would of been a better game on any other system. As I don't like the Wiimote or Classic Controller for that type of game.

Posted by Demoskinos

@Hailinel: Hmm. I don't know that I'd agree. I never used a FAQ myself. I think its easy enough to understand the basic concepts its just a game that finding your footing in it is going to take patience and a LOT of failure to get to the place where you understand it on the level that you are able to adapt and react to situations on the fly.

Posted by Hailinel

@Demoskinos said:

@Hailinel said:

@Mento said:

As I suspected, we have at least three items in common (four if I felt comfortable including Xenoblade Chronicles, since it was a 2011 game from my perspective). It'll be interesting to see how well XC and The Last Story do on ThatFrood's collated community GOTY list, given how the Japanophile quotient around here is deceptively higher than the site's official coverage of such games would suggest. The Last Story especially, seeing how divisive it seems to be; us loving it and PixelPrinny and VGK hating it. Though it does have one thing over Resonance of Fate in that you can actually figure out how to play the damn thing without some form of internet help guide. Not since Knights in the Nightmare had I gotten so lost with a game.

I also wish I had given Virtue's Last Reward a shot, seeing it on the GameSpot list of nominees was kind of a surprise. I still need to play 999, alas.

For the time being, though, I'm wrapping up as many Indie games as possible before I start on my GOTY stuff. It's wearing on my sanity a little, I won't lie.

I'm interested to see how the games appear on ThatFrood's list, as well. I guess now that I've played it, I should go back and check what others have said about The Last Story and see how our opinions differ.

But man, if if Resonance of Fate is as indecipherable as Knights in the Nightmare, that has to be freakin' crazy.

What story wise? I can't speak entirely about the story because I never actually finished the game but from what I played I followed.

No, gameplay-wise. I keep hearing that RoF practically requires a FAQ just to understand how to play it with any sort of understanding because the tutorial is apparently awful at doing its job.

@JasonR86 said:

@Hailinel:

Wow, you've made a list of 10 games that I've not played at all. We enjoy a weird hobby.

We do indeed.

@ImmortalSaiyan said:

Neat list you got there. I played some of those but none of them ended up on personal list which i'm working on. Just shows how diverse this medium can be.

I only played about 8 hours of Xenoblade but nothing about it grabbed me. The combat felt like a worse version of Final fantasy 12. Not being able to stop and control other party members kills it for me. Plus i felt it was trying to be a combination of MMO and JPRPG while ending up a poor version of both.

There's definitely an MMO influence, but I actually like how it plays better than FFXII. And not being able to control my teammates isn't so much of an issue.

Posted by ImmortalSaiyan

Neat list you got there. I played some of those but none of them ended up on personal list which i'm working on. Just shows how diverse this medium can be.

I only played about 8 hours of Xenoblade but nothing about it grabbed me. The combat felt like a worse version of Final fantasy 12. Not being able to stop and control other party members kills it for me. Plus i felt it was trying to be a combination of MMO and JPRPG while ending up a poor version of both.

Posted by Demoskinos

@Hailinel said:

@Mento said:

As I suspected, we have at least three items in common (four if I felt comfortable including Xenoblade Chronicles, since it was a 2011 game from my perspective). It'll be interesting to see how well XC and The Last Story do on ThatFrood's collated community GOTY list, given how the Japanophile quotient around here is deceptively higher than the site's official coverage of such games would suggest. The Last Story especially, seeing how divisive it seems to be; us loving it and PixelPrinny and VGK hating it. Though it does have one thing over Resonance of Fate in that you can actually figure out how to play the damn thing without some form of internet help guide. Not since Knights in the Nightmare had I gotten so lost with a game.

I also wish I had given Virtue's Last Reward a shot, seeing it on the GameSpot list of nominees was kind of a surprise. I still need to play 999, alas.

For the time being, though, I'm wrapping up as many Indie games as possible before I start on my GOTY stuff. It's wearing on my sanity a little, I won't lie.

I'm interested to see how the games appear on ThatFrood's list, as well. I guess now that I've played it, I should go back and check what others have said about The Last Story and see how our opinions differ.

But man, if if Resonance of Fate is as indecipherable as Knights in the Nightmare, that has to be freakin' crazy.

What story wise? I can't speak entirely about the story because I never actually finished the game but from what I played I followed.

Posted by JasonR86

@Hailinel:

Wow, you've made a list of 10 games that I've not played at all. We enjoy a weird hobby.

Posted by Hailinel

@Mento said:

As I suspected, we have at least three items in common (four if I felt comfortable including Xenoblade Chronicles, since it was a 2011 game from my perspective). It'll be interesting to see how well XC and The Last Story do on ThatFrood's collated community GOTY list, given how the Japanophile quotient around here is deceptively higher than the site's official coverage of such games would suggest. The Last Story especially, seeing how divisive it seems to be; us loving it and PixelPrinny and VGK hating it. Though it does have one thing over Resonance of Fate in that you can actually figure out how to play the damn thing without some form of internet help guide. Not since Knights in the Nightmare had I gotten so lost with a game.

I also wish I had given Virtue's Last Reward a shot, seeing it on the GameSpot list of nominees was kind of a surprise. I still need to play 999, alas.

For the time being, though, I'm wrapping up as many Indie games as possible before I start on my GOTY stuff. It's wearing on my sanity a little, I won't lie.

I'm interested to see how the games appear on ThatFrood's list, as well. I guess now that I've played it, I should go back and check what others have said about The Last Story and see how our opinions differ.

But man, if if Resonance of Fate is as indecipherable as Knights in the Nightmare, that has to be freakin' crazy.

Posted by Fredchuckdave

Yay Double Dragon Neon

Edited by Mento

As I suspected, we have at least three items in common (four if I felt comfortable including Xenoblade Chronicles, since it was a 2011 game from my perspective). It'll be interesting to see how well XC and The Last Story do on ThatFrood's collated community GOTY list, given how the Japanophile quotient around here is deceptively higher than the site's official coverage of such games would suggest. The Last Story especially, seeing how divisive it seems to be; us loving it and PixelPrinny and VGK hating it. Though it does have one thing over Resonance of Fate in that you can actually figure out how to play the damn thing without some form of internet help guide. Not since Knights in the Nightmare had I gotten so lost with a game.

I also wish I had given Virtue's Last Reward a shot, seeing it on the GameSpot list of nominees was kind of a surprise. I still need to play 999, alas.

For the time being, though, I'm wrapping up as many Indie games as possible before I start on my GOTY stuff. It's wearing on my sanity a little, I won't lie.

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Posted by Hailinel

@Hunter5024 said:

Whoa people are mean to your lists. Lots of unnecessary downvotes. Anyways your game of the year list looks like a list of games I wanted to play this year but didn't have the time to. Japanese games represent.

Yeah, I really don't know what's up with those downvotes. It's pretty ridiculous. That aside, hopefully you find the time to play some of these games. They're all really fun.

@JackSukeru said:

@Hailinel:

(1) I wasn't a fan of the British-y voices so I set it to Japanese during my time with it, but changed back every so often during non-story parts where I just explored and fought. I prefered the English voice acting during the battles 'cause the Japanese battlecries were a bit too shrill, especially Shulks, for my tastes. Also I liked to occasionally know what they were saying during these parts. Had a bit of a problem with this in Resonance of Fate when I set it to Japanese (no subtitles for stuff said during battle), weird thing was you couldn't change the language on the fly either, you had to do it before you started the game. Once I set it back to English and got a little further there was a part where the characters had a story related conversation during the start of a few battles and I started to wonder if i would have just missed that had I not changed it back.

The best solution to this problem is of course to just learn Japanese, which I'm sorta working on...

(3) I don't really mind how it plays either and like you say it fits well with the presentation, I just...I just want Ouendan 3...

(5) I do in fact exclusively don't own a 360, or well I used to. Now I guess I also don't own a Vita, but I've got everything else. Waiting won't be a problem!

I actually haven't tried the Japanese voices yet. It's just unusual to see a game localized with all British acting. Usually they do the Star Wars approach, where the majority of the characters speak with an American accent and save British/Australian/Whatever accents for odd characters or villains.

I want Ouendan 3 as well, but I doubt we'll ever get it, which is a major shame.

Hopefully we won't have to wait too long for Dynasty Warriors 8. I just hope that there's a disc release. Koei's track record on PS3 has been leaning more and more toward digital-only releases for the Warriors games, which is nuts with the file sizes they have.

Posted by JackSukeru

@Hailinel:

(1) I wasn't a fan of the British-y voices so I set it to Japanese during my time with it, but changed back every so often during non-story parts where I just explored and fought. I prefered the English voice acting during the battles 'cause the Japanese battlecries were a bit too shrill, especially Shulks, for my tastes. Also I liked to occasionally know what they were saying during these parts. Had a bit of a problem with this in Resonance of Fate when I set it to Japanese (no subtitles for stuff said during battle), weird thing was you couldn't change the language on the fly either, you had to do it before you started the game. Once I set it back to English and got a little further there was a part where the characters had a story related conversation during the start of a few battles and I started to wonder if i would have just missed that had I not changed it back.

The best solution to this problem is of course to just learn Japanese, which I'm sorta working on...

(3) I don't really mind how it plays either and like you say it fits well with the presentation, I just...I just want Ouendan 3...

(5) I do in fact exclusively don't own a 360, or well I used to. Now I guess I also don't own a Vita, but I've got everything else. Waiting won't be a problem!

Posted by Hunter5024

Whoa people are mean to your lists. Lots of unnecessary downvotes. Anyways your game of the year list looks like a list of games I wanted to play this year but didn't have the time to. Japanese games represent.

Posted by Hailinel

@GunstarRed: So true.

Edited by GunstarRed

@Hailinel: It's so hard to stop when you're close to another 500 rhythmia/unlock.

Posted by Hailinel

@Video_Game_King said:

@Hailinel said:

@Video_Game_King said:

@MikkaQ said:

As much as I enjoyed Xenoblade, I had to disqualify it from my list due to this strange bug where all these weird Us started appearing everywhere and S would show up where a Z should have been.

What? I can't tell if you're trying to avoid spoilers or if letters actually started appearing all over the place.

He's making a joke about the British localization.

That was pretty difficult to see. I thought it was something about fonts not loading properly or something.

Actually, it was pretty obvious he was joking. At least to me.

@Pessh said:

Cool list. I only got it yesterday, so a bit soon to say, but Theatrhythm might be my GOTY. Hoping to check out Uprising soon, maybe after Sticker Star. Did you play Tales of the Abyss or the 999 sequel?

I never played Tales of the Abyss, but I have Virtue's Last Reward sitting on my shelf waiting its turn. I'm looking forward to giving it some time.

Posted by Video_Game_King

@Hailinel said:

@Video_Game_King said:

@MikkaQ said:

As much as I enjoyed Xenoblade, I had to disqualify it from my list due to this strange bug where all these weird Us started appearing everywhere and S would show up where a Z should have been.

What? I can't tell if you're trying to avoid spoilers or if letters actually started appearing all over the place.

He's making a joke about the British localization.

That was pretty difficult to see. I thought it was something about fonts not loading properly or something.

Posted by MajorMitch

Theatrhythm! Nice to see that game getting some love around Giant Bomb.

Posted by Hailinel

@Video_Game_King said:

@MikkaQ said:

As much as I enjoyed Xenoblade, I had to disqualify it from my list due to this strange bug where all these weird Us started appearing everywhere and S would show up where a Z should have been.

What? I can't tell if you're trying to avoid spoilers or if letters actually started appearing all over the place.

He's making a joke about the British localization.

@GunstarRed said:

I knew you were a fan of Kid Icarus and Theatrhythm is am excellent game that I have spent nearly 40 hours of my time with. I made my list in the same way as you, adding gradually over the year and replacing games as new ones came along. The one I was most saddened by kicking out of my top 10 was Double Dragon. What an incredibly fun, well crafted experience.

Definitely. Double Dragon is a great update of a classic formula. And Theatrhythm is incredibly addicting. It's easy to start playing and hard to stop, just telling myself "one more song..." over and over.

@JackSukeru said:

@Hailinel said:

Yeah, after Xenoblade, I really want to see what Monolith does next, as well. (1)Hopefully NOA will be a bit more...proactive in releasing the game in the west, whatever it may be.

(2)As for Kid Icarus, I was really surprised at how long the game was. It goes from being a quirky reprise of the original game to something far more grand at a startling pace. And in Theatrhythm, (3)I haven't had as much fun with a rhythm game since my days of playing Ouendan 2. (Oh, iNiS, what has become of thee?)

One of the great parts of the Warriors games is that, no matter who you are, there's likely a character that's for you, (4)whether you like gruff, manly dudes, pretty boys, feminine ladies, or tomboys. Warriors Orochi 3 is great because it manages to fill the roster with every single character from past games, and throws in a few more on top for good measure. I've already put a lot of time into Hyper and will continue to do so, (5)but I'm really looking forward to Dynasty Warriors 8. DW7 was a major upgrade over the previous games, and DW8 looks like it's heading in a similarly evolved direction.

  1. I see no problem so long as they release it in Europe ;P
  2. Yeah they really took that game some weird places, have to say I didn't see playing as a dog in a war torn city, and alien invasion coming. Fun though.
  3. My only problem with thethryhrhmhm..........the final fantasy rhythm game, was the whole tapping the bottom screen deal when I prefered the style of Quendan, wasn't a dealbreaker though.
  4. And luckily I like ALL of those things, to some extent.
  5. I'll be sure to keep an eye on that one then. DW 7 looked kinda crazy, but I can wait.

1. Hey, I liked the European localizations of Xenoblade and The Last Story. If Monolith's next game gets that sort of localization, I won't complain (so long as we get it in North America. :P).

2. The Chapter 18 mindfuck blew me away. When that happened, I couldn't put the game down and just kept playing through the evening all the way to the end, even when I had to plug my 3DS into the wall with the Circle Pad Pro attached.

3. As a fan of the Ouendan games, I don't mind how Theatrhythm plays. I thinkm the styles they came up with really work well for the presentation.

5. If you can't wait (or only have a 360, because DW8 is a PS3 exclusive), then DW7 is an awesome game to start with. It's easily my favorite DW game to date.

Posted by Pessh

Cool list. I only got it yesterday, so a bit soon to say, but Theatrhythm might be my GOTY. Hoping to check out Uprising soon, maybe after Sticker Star. Did you play Tales of the Abyss or the 999 sequel?

Posted by MikkaQ

@Video_Game_King said:

@MikkaQ said:

As much as I enjoyed Xenoblade, I had to disqualify it from my list due to this strange bug where all these weird Us started appearing everywhere and S would show up where a Z should have been.

What? I can't tell if you're trying to avoid spoilers or if letters actually started appearing all over the place.

Yeah man like every time the word "color" showed up just... a U right in the middle. Weird shit.

I'm just making a very obtuse, dumb joke at spelling across the pond. Ignore me.

I'm not that far into the game anyway, only like 8 hours. No time for JRPGs that aren't on a portable system these days.

Posted by JackSukeru

@Hailinel said:

Yeah, after Xenoblade, I really want to see what Monolith does next, as well. (1)Hopefully NOA will be a bit more...proactive in releasing the game in the west, whatever it may be.

(2)As for Kid Icarus, I was really surprised at how long the game was. It goes from being a quirky reprise of the original game to something far more grand at a startling pace. And in Theatrhythm, (3)I haven't had as much fun with a rhythm game since my days of playing Ouendan 2. (Oh, iNiS, what has become of thee?)

One of the great parts of the Warriors games is that, no matter who you are, there's likely a character that's for you, (4)whether you like gruff, manly dudes, pretty boys, feminine ladies, or tomboys. Warriors Orochi 3 is great because it manages to fill the roster with every single character from past games, and throws in a few more on top for good measure. I've already put a lot of time into Hyper and will continue to do so, (5)but I'm really looking forward to Dynasty Warriors 8. DW7 was a major upgrade over the previous games, and DW8 looks like it's heading in a similarly evolved direction.

  1. I see no problem so long as they release it in Europe ;P
  2. Yeah they really took that game some weird places, have to say I didn't see playing as a dog in a war torn city, and alien invasion coming. Fun though.
  3. My only problem with thethryhrhmhm..........the final fantasy rhythm game, was the whole tapping the bottom screen deal when I prefered the style of Quendan, wasn't a dealbreaker though.
  4. And luckily I like ALL of those things, to some extent.
  5. I'll be sure to keep an eye on that one then. DW 7 looked kinda crazy, but I can wait.
Posted by GunstarRed

I knew you were a fan of Kid Icarus and Theatrhythm is am excellent game that I have spent nearly 40 hours of my time with. I made my list in the same way as you, adding gradually over the year and replacing games as new ones came along. The one I was most saddened by kicking out of my top 10 was Double Dragon. What an incredibly fun, well crafted experience.

Posted by Video_Game_King

@MikkaQ said:

As much as I enjoyed Xenoblade, I had to disqualify it from my list due to this strange bug where all these weird Us started appearing everywhere and S would show up where a Z should have been.

What? I can't tell if you're trying to avoid spoilers or if letters actually started appearing all over the place.

Edited by MikkaQ

As much as I enjoyed Xenoblade, I had to disqualify it from my list due to this strange bug where all these weird Us started appearing everywhere and S would show up where a Z should have been. Really buggy. Also everyone talked in a funny accent, but it reminded me of the villains from some of my favorite hollywood movies, so I was okay with that artistic choice.*

*Sarcasm. Also I should finish Xenoblade but a grindy game is probably the worst thing I could get into right now, considering how much I've missed in the last couple months, my game pile is endlessly huge. And that game is really slow.

Posted by Hailinel

@LordAndrew said:

I stopped playing The Last Story when I had to fight that black cloud of darkness that won't take hits most of the time and kills all my party members the rest of the time. Still want to check out Xenoblade.

If that's the boss I'm thinking of, you have to nail it with Mirania's magic to make it vulnerable.

@ArbitraryWater said:

This is such a @Hailinel list that the only way it could be moreso would be it having Other M at the top again, just to mess with people. And, much like your other lists, I haven't necessarily touched any of the games mentioned on it. I have a passing interest in Xenoblade and Pokemon Conquest, but other than that we're pretty much 0 and 10 here. Not that that's a bad thing. Different tastes and all that.

For my part, I think Dishonored is hella dope and I think The Walking Dead deserves a lot of the praise it gets. But those are statements I should be saving for my own list, and for me to be able to finish that list I'm going to have to play more Dragon's Dogma. So maybe I'll do that?

My reputation is intact. I can say that much, at least. I look forward to seeing your own list and find out how we really differ this year.

@JackSukeru said:

Nothing too disagreable here, I know of all the games except for # 10 and have enjoyed a few of them too.

Xenoblade is a really well put together rpg that will probably, unfortunately stay on my rpg-pile-of-shame forever. It's a good mix of complexity and modern design with just a tad bit much of a grind for me to stick with it, completionist that I am. In any case I'm at least interested to see what Monolith is working on next, Nintendo sure went out of their way to mention that they're hard at work on something.

I got used to the controls of Kid Icarus but I never grew to like them, and there are weird ways that, that game is similar to Smash Bros and various Kirby games that I just didn't dig, like it failed to establish enough of its own identity. Yet were the game failed to deliver in the gameplay department (which was still alright, mind you, it just had one too many annoyances to make it genuinely enjoyable) it more than made up for with its weird self aware humor and wacky anime hijinks. Also the game kept going and going, with one dumb (the good kind) twist after another. If they make another one I hope they can expand on some of the gameplay concepts I really liked, like the adjustable risk/reward difficulty system.

Theatheet...eh, theatheryeh...egh! ...Theatrhythm is great! It mixes something that I love (tapping to the music) with something that I like (Final Fantasy music) and it's a good combination. Lost many, many hours to that game.

I'm playing Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper off and on right now and as my first Dynasty Warriors-esque game experience I've been enjoying it, mostly. It's got a nice mix of fun, mashy mashy mashy combat of the kind not wholly unlike what I've enjoyed in the Kingdom Hearts games. A little thin in places perhaps, but it makes up for it with some hard leveling, weapon upgrading and with the sheer number of characters you're able to unlock (my current favourite is Zhou Tai, guy likes drawing his sword). Also it's got anime stereotypes out the butt, but of the kind I still enjoy as a guilty pleasure. So much righteousness! So much manliness! So much brotherhood! So many manly men and womenly women! So much silly fun.

Oh and hey, you're the reason I finally took the plunge to try one of these out, so thanks I guess. I even got to the point where I checked old Quicklooks of other DW-esque games and considered getting that Gundam one. Yet with the genre in general seeming to be lacking complexity I have been a bit cautious to dig too far back and have instead steeled myself into perhaps just waiting for future installments of whatever could be interesting.

I personally liked more than 10, yet loved less than 10 games this year, so I felt like making any sort of Game of the Year top 10 was kinda pointless for me. I've made a list of the games I played this year and what I thought of them and I intend to start making one next year, I think that's enough for me.

Yeah, after Xenoblade, I really want to see what Monolith does next, as well. Hopefully NOA will be a bit more...proactive in releasing the game in the west, whatever it may be.

As for Kid Icarus, I was really surprised at how long the game was. It goes from being a quirky reprise of the original game to something far more grand at a startling pace. And in Theatrhythm, I haven't had as much fun with a rhythm game since my days of playing Ouendan 2. (Oh, iNiS, what has become of thee?)

One of the great parts of the Warriors games is that, no matter who you are, there's likely a character that's for you, whether you like gruff, manly dudes, pretty boys, feminine ladies, or tomboys. Warriors Orochi 3 is great because it manages to fill the roster with every single character from past games, and throws in a few more on top for good measure. I've already put a lot of time into Hyper and will continue to do so, but I'm really looking forward to Dynasty Warriors 8. DW7 was a major upgrade over the previous games, and DW8 looks like it's heading in a similarly evolved direction.

Posted by LordAndrew

I stopped playing The Last Story when I had to fight that black cloud of darkness that won't take hits most of the time and kills all my party members the rest of the time. Still want to check out Xenoblade.

Posted by JackSukeru

Nothing too disagreable here, I know of all the games except for # 10 and have enjoyed a few of them too.

Xenoblade is a really well put together rpg that will probably, unfortunately stay on my rpg-pile-of-shame forever. It's a good mix of complexity and modern design with just a tad bit much of a grind for me to stick with it, completionist that I am. In any case I'm at least interested to see what Monolith is working on next, Nintendo sure went out of their way to mention that they're hard at work on something.

I got used to the controls of Kid Icarus but I never grew to like them, and there are weird ways that, that game is similar to Smash Bros and various Kirby games that I just didn't dig, like it failed to establish enough of its own identity. Yet were the game failed to deliver in the gameplay department (which was still alright, mind you, it just had one too many annoyances to make it genuinely enjoyable) it more than made up for with its weird self aware humor and wacky anime hijinks. Also the game kept going and going, with one dumb (the good kind) twist after another. If they make another one I hope they can expand on some of the gameplay concepts I really liked, like the adjustable risk/reward difficulty system.

Theatheet...eh, theatheryeh...egh! ...Theatrhythm is great! It mixes something that I love (tapping to the music) with something that I like (Final Fantasy music) and it's a good combination. Lost many, many hours to that game.

I'm playing Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper off and on right now and as my first Dynasty Warriors-esque game experience I've been enjoying it, mostly. It's got a nice mix of fun, mashy mashy mashy combat of the kind not wholly unlike what I've enjoyed in the Kingdom Hearts games. A little thin in places perhaps, but it makes up for it with some hard leveling, weapon upgrading and with the sheer number of characters you're able to unlock (my current favourite is Zhou Tai, guy likes drawing his sword). Also it's got anime stereotypes out the butt, but of the kind I still enjoy as a guilty pleasure. So much righteousness! So much manliness! So much brotherhood! So many manly men and womenly women! So much silly fun.

Oh and hey, you're the reason I finally took the plunge to try one of these out, so thanks I guess. I even got to the point where I checked old Quicklooks of other DW-esque games and considered getting that Gundam one. Yet with the genre in general seeming to be lacking complexity I have been a bit cautious to dig too far back and have instead steeled myself into perhaps just waiting for future installments of whatever could be interesting.

I personally liked more than 10, yet loved less than 10 games this year, so I felt like making any sort of Game of the Year top 10 was kinda pointless for me. I've made a list of the games I played this year and what I thought of them and I intend to start making one next year, I think that's enough for me.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

This is such a @Hailinel list that the only way it could be moreso would be it having Other M at the top again, just to mess with people. And, much like your other lists, I haven't necessarily touched any of the games mentioned on it. I have a passing interest in Xenoblade and Pokemon Conquest, but other than that we're pretty much 0 and 10 here. Not that that's a bad thing. Different tastes and all that.

For my part, I think Dishonored is hella dope and I think The Walking Dead deserves a lot of the praise it gets. But those are statements I should be saving for my own list, and for me to be able to finish that list I'm going to have to play more Dragon's Dogma. So maybe I'll do that?

Posted by Hailinel

@Phatmac said:

Great pick with Double Dragon: Neon. From what I've seen that game it looks great. Plus the soundtrack is incredible. I'll have to pick it up at some point. Anywho, solid list that includes games that wouldn't be on most lists.

I'd easily put Double Dragon Neon up for soundtrack of the year. Absolute perfection from start to finish, and the ending credits song is well-worth beating the game to hear.

@Cathryn said:

I also thoroughly enjoyed Hakuoki. I was thrilled to see such a high quality Otome visual novel localized by Aksys. I think I'm still surprised that they took the risk and did it. It's definitely one of my top games of 2012 as well.

It was a surprise, and a pleasant one at that. It's not often that a western publisher, even a niche one, will take a risk on a game of that sort.

@Zippedbinders said:

@Hailinel said:

@Zippedbinders said:

I just got Asura's Wrath today, I'm pretty stoked. Glad to see your top three were on my list too, I really gotta finish Xenoblade, there's just so much to that game. I need to get Double Dragon Neon too, if for nothing else than to satisfy my WayForward love.

Hope you enjoy. Asura's Wrath is a wonderful ball of craziness. I just took a look at your own list, and I noticed Liberation Maiden is on it. It really sounds like a great game, but unfortunately it doesn't support the Circle Pad Pro, which makes it problematic for me. :(

Liberation Maiden is a great little game, but I don't think its complicated enough that the circle pad pro is necessary, the movement isn't very complicated and aiming hasn't been all that intense. I wish there were some sort of demo for people to try out instead of dropping $8 for something they can't play at all.

It's good to know. I'm just too left-handed to hold a stylus in my right hand effectively. Still, I'm glad that people that can play the game are enjoying it.

@Landon said:

Getting P4A on Christmas, pretty excited to play it. I've been watching some random episodes of the P4ER in anticipation. I'm glad there is a bunch of story in it too since I only have one PS3 controller.

The story mode in P4A really made the game for me. Easily the best fighting game story mode I've ever played/read.

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