So here we’re again, another year and another list of ten games that I deem to be the best of this year, the year of 2012. So what did I do this year? I started my second year in university, continued to freelance as Boom operator and visited America to see my family… This year had its ups and down but yeah! Video games, that’s not why your here let’s find out what I deem to be the best games of this year.
What better way to start off this list by listing the games I played the most from last year in our first category;
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What the fuck? A Twist! As mention above this award goes to the game I played the most this year that was released last year but because work has started to pick up in the later part of this year I’ve haven’t had any time to play new games and anytime I have I spent playing old games that I’ve been meaning to play for a while now. So I’m going to extend this category to games that I’ve played this year that where released from the last ten years, and it shall be called;
2012’s Yester Year Game of the Year.
Now let’s start off with the runner ups:
Saints Row: The Third
Platform: PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 | Developer: Volition Incorporated
I can’t believe I missed this gem of game from last year. I’ve always viewed the Saints Row franchise from a far always hearing about every couple of years, until last year. It wasn’t until I started to hear Jeff, and Ryan talking about this game and raving about the latest instalment craziness, I didn’t believe them at first. Sadly I didn’t get a chance to get my hands on Saints Row until this year when visiting a friend’s house and he showed me the CRAZY MISSION.
I instantly went and brought a copy the night and started playing, making my character near the end of the game jump out of a Votoll Jet and Finally breaking free from its “GTA Clone” staple and creating a unique image for its self. I
Platform: Playstation 3 | Developer: Amusement Vision, Ltd.
After finding a new love for the Yakuza series with four I thought I would look around and try and purchase the other instalments in the franchise. After looking around on online I found Yakuza 3 pretty cheap.
And the winner is…
Platform: PC, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360 | Developer: Double Fine Productions, Inc
Needs a squeal!
Now with that out of the way; I’ve always heard good things about Double Fine’s Psychonauts, and just like Beyond Good & Evil, I just never got around to playing it but I picked it up on Steam pretty cheap and what I found blow my mind. I found a unique premise with a well-written story and tight controls. I loved the humour, the aesthetic, the level design, and the characters. Overall this should have been my Game of the Year for 2012, and I encourage anyone who hasn’t played this game to do so.
And now on to the actual list, there is a sad twist I have to add to this list this year. So sadly haven’t played enough games that I deem worthy of Game of the Year, no XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Asura’s Wrath, Dishonored, Syndicate, or Far Cry 3. Hopefully I’ll get around to playing them next year, hopefully… Anyway on to my top five Games of the Year!
OrangeSponge's Personal Top 5 Games of the Year for 2012
5. K-ON! Houkago Live!! HD Version
Platform: Playstation 3 | Developer: Sega
OK, if you really want to look into it this is a re-release of a PSP game that came out in 2010 but hey! This version came out this year.
And OK, I admit that K-ON! I love the Manga, the Anime, the music and I even love the figures... So when I heard that there was going to be a game based on a series, a rhythm-game none the less, I was instantly sold. I even jump through fucking hoops to be able to play the PSP version. Overall while I still really enjoy the game, it has its flaws. I feel like the challenge doesn't come from the note chart but the hardware it's self. The PSP D-pad isn't as responsive as you would like it be.
4. FTL: Faster Than Light
Platform: PC | Developer: Subset Games
3. Tokyo Jungle
Platform: Playstation 3 | Developer: SCE Japan Studio, Playstation C.A.M.P, Crispy’s!
Oh, Tokyo Jungle you’re ridiculous in a way I like. I can play as a Bear who is wearing a straw hat and a pair of kitty paws, and run around a decimated and empty Shibyu
Platform: Playstation 3 | Developer: That Game Company
Journey had always been on my radar since its announcement at E3 2010. I feel deeply in love with the aesthetic, MORE
With all these expectation that I had attached to Journey I never thought I would encounter a wonderful social experiment that would make me deeply consider how people could interact online. Playing through Journey and experiencing it with another player that I had no, if any, communication with and creating a weird and wonderful bond with this player through only a handful of chirps. And it’s amazing to think that this bond was strong enough to bum me out when the other play left the game, and it’s even incredible to think that I cared out another player who’s PSN name was xXxSM0K3W33d4L1F3420xXx (Or something to that )
Beyond the social experiment
And the winner of Game of the Year for 2012 is…
1. The Walking Dead
Platform: PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 | Developer: Tale Tell Game
For someone who doesn’t have much or very little interest in the Walking Dead franchise or has never really been big into the zombie genre that has sprung up over the last couple of years. I’m surprised that this would be my game of the year, but from the story to the characters, go team Kenny, I found an
At one point in this game I made a decision that I regret so badly for about twenty minutes, I sat at my desk considering restarting the game and changing the decision
So well done to The Walking Dead you join the ranks of 2009's winner Borderlands, 2010's winner Mass Effect 2 and 2011's winner The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.