ArbitraryWater's Best Games of 2012 (that came out in 2012)

Hey guys! Remember that other list I made before you made all your lists? Well I made another one. I'd like you to see it.

GOTY 2012

My personal games of the year. As per usual, the optimal place to see this list is in the blog form, where any game marked with an asterisk (*) has additional commentary, and the ones that don't probably don't because I wrote something lengthy about them in the past and will no doubt have provided a link therein. This is probably not as exciting as my other list, but I bet this one will get more views.

1. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Original Blog

Simply put, Firaxis has managed to make a modern version of XCOM that stays true to the original whilst still being its own thing, a precarious balancing act that I applaud. Admittedly, I feel like the game became far too easy by the end on normal difficulty, something that was well made-up by how poorly my attempts at Classic Ironman have gone.

2. Dishonored
Original Blog (also for TWD)

After I finished Dishonored, I immediately started another playthrough where instead of sneaking everywhere I murdered everyone and had just as much fun the second time. Say what I will about the underwhelming conclusion, the game's failure to use its setting to any real benefit, or the decidedly brief length it all takes place in, Dishonored is crazy fun and probably the best Deus Ex-type game since Deus Ex.

3. The Walking Dead

The fact that TWD got any sort of emotional reaction out of me is impressive, considering that I'm a robot with no feelings and the last game story that got any sort of major reaction out of me was Persona 3. Sure, the actual game parts are boring filler between the parts where you make horrible decisions and make people hate you, but I feel that the game is good enough with the pacing that it doesn't necessarily matter.

4. Eador: Genesis

As this is an ArbitraryWater list, it has to have at least one obscure game that you've probably never heard of, and if you have heard about it it's probably because I've been ranting about how good it is. Eador is that game. *

5. Halo 4

It's more Halo. Surprise. It's more Halo. Having not played a significant amount of Halo since the 3rd one, I'm totally fine with that. *

6. Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 succeeds at being more Borderlands. This is fine. While the humor hits as much as it misses and I feel like Gearbox could have afforded to be more ambitious with its improvements, the core gameplay is still pretty fantastic.

7. Dragon's Dogma

Consider this to be somewhat preliminary, as I haven't finished it, but I've played enough Dragon's Dogma to tell you that it is a hella weird game that I'm pretty sure only someone like me could consider hella dope.*

8. Hotline Miami

Because indie games need representation too. Hotline Miami is the closest thing to an actual murder simulator, but it's also a puzzle game and kind of an action game? Either way, the soundtrack is probably the best thing.*

9. Mass Effect 3
Original Blawg

Looking at the rest of your lists, my opinion on Mass Effect 3 isn't quite as an aberration as my opinion on Dragon Age 2, which I fully admit is a not-good game that I happen to like. Mass Effect 3 happens to be a perfectly good game with a terrible, horrible, not very good ending that Bioware has since gone and attempted to retcon the hell out of. It's all a messy business and the reaction is similarly messy, but talking about any other part of that game I can tell you that Mass Effect 3 is still totally alright. Even the multiplayer is totally alright.

10. FTL: Faster Than Light

Because spaceship rougelikes are fun? The final boss is still totally BS though. Video Games.

Vidya games indeed. Now onto special categories and junk!

Honorable Mentions: Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning, Diablo III and Civ V Gods and Kings

All 3 of these games were on my list at some point, but due to various circumstances (namely, me liking these other games more) they failed to make the cut. However, that being said, these games definitley deserve their props for being what they are. Amalur is interesting inasmuch as its combat and class system are concerned with some pretty great flexibility in how you want to approach the game, but the world is pretty dull and I could do without the whole "Single player MMO" thing it has going on. Admittedly, Dragon's Dogma does a lot of what I'm ragging on as well, but that game is... different somehow. In ways that I have yet to entirely comprehend. Regardless, I should probably play more of it because I think it is a preeeeeettyyy good game despite how much hates it with the burning fury of a thousand suns.

Speaking of burning fury, Diablo III was also totally good. While they apparently messed up the endgame (It certainly sounds that way) and told a dull, not especially exciting story that was as predictable as it was boring, they made another Diablo and (once again) I am pretty much ok with that. Loot is great, random people are ok, and being able to play with fellow bombers during the early days of launch was similarly fun. Of course, I only played through it on normal and then a bit of Nightmare, so I can only comment on it as someone who didn't necessarily see all that the game had to offer. Either way, it got the cut.

Gods and Kings fixes a lot of what I had against Civ V, most prominently how much I hated the AI in the base game, with their constant take take take only to get mortally offended any time I would so much as sneeze. It also adds a bunch of new civs that are cool, religion and espionage (which are kind of just additional screens, if anything). I guess the reason why it didn't make the list was because it still didn't motivate me to play a ton more Civilization V despite how much those small tweaks really did contribute towards me enjoying that game a lot more. Whatevs. You get the picture.

Dishonorable mention: Inquisitor

Hoo boy. Yes, technically Inquisitor came out in the Czech Republic in 2009, but it only came out in English this year, much like Eador, which as far as I am concerned is reason enough to give either a mention. However, whereas Eador is probably one of the single best fantasy turn based strategy games of the last 10 years, Inquisitor is basically a tribute to all that annoys me about old RPGs, a genre that you might have heard I think is preettttyy great. Maybe I'm being too hard on a low-budget Eastern European attempt at being a tribute to the classics, but while Inquisitor very much looks and plays like it would've come out 12 years ago, with such games as Baldur's Gate 2 and Icewind Dale, it does so rather poorly. The part where you play detective and read a bunch of text (one of the bragging features in the description is how big the script is. Most of it is redundant information) is alright, and I'm into the dark, dark dark tone even though I found the depicitons of torture to be... questionable. The part where it is a kind of terrible dungeon crawler in the vein of something like Diablo or maybe Divine Divinity however, is... really boring and more than a little bad. However, I obviously thought it was noteworthy enough to mention, and I'd really like to see if anyone else on these forums (i.e. not those crazies on the GOG boards) has a higher level of tolerance than me and would maybe be able to get something more out of it. Perhaps or , since those are both people who like old RPGs and not necessarily good old RPGs. No, I'm not going to fund you. I'm just going to point to the part where it's half off until the 3rd. Also the soundtrack is preeetty good.

Best game that you had no idea existed: Eador Genesis

Do you like Heroes of Might and Magic? Age of Wonders? Disciples? Master of Magic? I can name specific aspects of Eador that are taken from all of those games, but because it only just came out on GOG this month and I was the one who made the wiki page for it, I somewhat doubt you've messed with it. You should. As kind of a mish-mash of all of your (or rather my) favorite fantasy turn based strategy games, I can overlook the part where it could easily be mistaken for something to come packed in with Windows '95 and definitely being made by Russians. What it lacks in grafix it makes up for in being totally awesome. I'd go into specifics, like how you can hybridize your heroes at level 10, or how I'm pretty sure starting with a warrior is a great opening move, but I feel like then we'd be here all day and you probably have other things to do, like buy gifts for family members you forgot you had, so I'll just say: buy it and see for yourself. If you like those kinds of games. But really, you probably should. Also, a sequel is coming out with actual graphics, if you're into that. Vote it up on Greenlight.

Best Halo: Halo 4

I could not tell you if I like Halo 4 more than Halo 3, the last game in the series I spent any sort of significant time with (but man did I spend some significant time with Halo 3) but I can tell you that 343 succeeded, for better or worse, at making a game that is comparable to Bungie's work. While I'm not much for how the story sets up what is basically the exact same plot as the other Halo games, the campaign is solid and doesn't overstay its welcome (also I would like to confirm that playing 4 player co-op on Legendary makes what would be a frustrating experience an enjoyable one). However, having played almost 20 hours of the multiplayer thus far, I can also confirm that I like the Halo 4 muliplayer, for whatever complaints there have been about loadouts changing the nature of the game to a more mid-ranged affair. Now I just need to see what ODST was all about. I think I'd like it?

Best open-world game with a strong combat element but not necessarily a great story: Dragon's Dogma

On the surface, Dragon's Dogma holds a lot of similarities to Amalur, thus the comparison I made earlier. The difference is that Dragon's Dogma is weird, and not weird in the way that something like Saints Row the Third is weird. It's half Dark Souls, half Monster Hunter with some Skyrim thrown in for good measure, but at the same time it can't be considered analogous to any of those games directly. I'm not entirely sure what makes this game tick for me, but it's clearly made to appeal to someone with my tastes. I'm not even bothered by the lack of Fast Travel, for the most part. I think the game would be better with it, certainly, but I also think the combat is strong enough to stand on its own. Much like Dark Souls, I'd like to see how this viewpoint holds out once I actually finish it (preferably over the break), but like Dark Souls I doubt my opinion will change very much. I really need to see the bananas ending that every review mentioned. I have to.

Best Soundtrack/Murder Simulator: Hotline Miami

I don't particularly think this needs any more embellishment.

And then I was like: nah, I don't need to write anything about FTL. I wish you all a Merry Christmas, or whatever particular holiday you celebrate (Secular excuse to hang out with family and buy presents?)

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Posted by ArbitraryWater

Hey guys! Remember that other list I made before you made all your lists? Well I made another one. I'd like you to see it.

GOTY 2012

My personal games of the year. As per usual, the optimal place to see this list is in the blog form, where any game marked with an asterisk (*) has additional commentary, and the ones that don't probably don't because I wrote something lengthy about them in the past and will no doubt have provided a link therein. This is probably not as exciting as my other list, but I bet this one will get more views.

1. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Original Blog

Simply put, Firaxis has managed to make a modern version of XCOM that stays true to the original whilst still being its own thing, a precarious balancing act that I applaud. Admittedly, I feel like the game became far too easy by the end on normal difficulty, something that was well made-up by how poorly my attempts at Classic Ironman have gone.

2. Dishonored
Original Blog (also for TWD)

After I finished Dishonored, I immediately started another playthrough where instead of sneaking everywhere I murdered everyone and had just as much fun the second time. Say what I will about the underwhelming conclusion, the game's failure to use its setting to any real benefit, or the decidedly brief length it all takes place in, Dishonored is crazy fun and probably the best Deus Ex-type game since Deus Ex.

3. The Walking Dead

The fact that TWD got any sort of emotional reaction out of me is impressive, considering that I'm a robot with no feelings and the last game story that got any sort of major reaction out of me was Persona 3. Sure, the actual game parts are boring filler between the parts where you make horrible decisions and make people hate you, but I feel that the game is good enough with the pacing that it doesn't necessarily matter.

4. Eador: Genesis

As this is an ArbitraryWater list, it has to have at least one obscure game that you've probably never heard of, and if you have heard about it it's probably because I've been ranting about how good it is. Eador is that game. *

5. Halo 4

It's more Halo. Surprise. It's more Halo. Having not played a significant amount of Halo since the 3rd one, I'm totally fine with that. *

6. Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 succeeds at being more Borderlands. This is fine. While the humor hits as much as it misses and I feel like Gearbox could have afforded to be more ambitious with its improvements, the core gameplay is still pretty fantastic.

7. Dragon's Dogma

Consider this to be somewhat preliminary, as I haven't finished it, but I've played enough Dragon's Dogma to tell you that it is a hella weird game that I'm pretty sure only someone like me could consider hella dope.*

8. Hotline Miami

Because indie games need representation too. Hotline Miami is the closest thing to an actual murder simulator, but it's also a puzzle game and kind of an action game? Either way, the soundtrack is probably the best thing.*

9. Mass Effect 3
Original Blawg

Looking at the rest of your lists, my opinion on Mass Effect 3 isn't quite as an aberration as my opinion on Dragon Age 2, which I fully admit is a not-good game that I happen to like. Mass Effect 3 happens to be a perfectly good game with a terrible, horrible, not very good ending that Bioware has since gone and attempted to retcon the hell out of. It's all a messy business and the reaction is similarly messy, but talking about any other part of that game I can tell you that Mass Effect 3 is still totally alright. Even the multiplayer is totally alright.

10. FTL: Faster Than Light

Because spaceship rougelikes are fun? The final boss is still totally BS though. Video Games.

Vidya games indeed. Now onto special categories and junk!

Honorable Mentions: Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning, Diablo III and Civ V Gods and Kings

All 3 of these games were on my list at some point, but due to various circumstances (namely, me liking these other games more) they failed to make the cut. However, that being said, these games definitley deserve their props for being what they are. Amalur is interesting inasmuch as its combat and class system are concerned with some pretty great flexibility in how you want to approach the game, but the world is pretty dull and I could do without the whole "Single player MMO" thing it has going on. Admittedly, Dragon's Dogma does a lot of what I'm ragging on as well, but that game is... different somehow. In ways that I have yet to entirely comprehend. Regardless, I should probably play more of it because I think it is a preeeeeettyyy good game despite how much hates it with the burning fury of a thousand suns.

Speaking of burning fury, Diablo III was also totally good. While they apparently messed up the endgame (It certainly sounds that way) and told a dull, not especially exciting story that was as predictable as it was boring, they made another Diablo and (once again) I am pretty much ok with that. Loot is great, random people are ok, and being able to play with fellow bombers during the early days of launch was similarly fun. Of course, I only played through it on normal and then a bit of Nightmare, so I can only comment on it as someone who didn't necessarily see all that the game had to offer. Either way, it got the cut.

Gods and Kings fixes a lot of what I had against Civ V, most prominently how much I hated the AI in the base game, with their constant take take take only to get mortally offended any time I would so much as sneeze. It also adds a bunch of new civs that are cool, religion and espionage (which are kind of just additional screens, if anything). I guess the reason why it didn't make the list was because it still didn't motivate me to play a ton more Civilization V despite how much those small tweaks really did contribute towards me enjoying that game a lot more. Whatevs. You get the picture.

Dishonorable mention: Inquisitor

Hoo boy. Yes, technically Inquisitor came out in the Czech Republic in 2009, but it only came out in English this year, much like Eador, which as far as I am concerned is reason enough to give either a mention. However, whereas Eador is probably one of the single best fantasy turn based strategy games of the last 10 years, Inquisitor is basically a tribute to all that annoys me about old RPGs, a genre that you might have heard I think is preettttyy great. Maybe I'm being too hard on a low-budget Eastern European attempt at being a tribute to the classics, but while Inquisitor very much looks and plays like it would've come out 12 years ago, with such games as Baldur's Gate 2 and Icewind Dale, it does so rather poorly. The part where you play detective and read a bunch of text (one of the bragging features in the description is how big the script is. Most of it is redundant information) is alright, and I'm into the dark, dark dark tone even though I found the depicitons of torture to be... questionable. The part where it is a kind of terrible dungeon crawler in the vein of something like Diablo or maybe Divine Divinity however, is... really boring and more than a little bad. However, I obviously thought it was noteworthy enough to mention, and I'd really like to see if anyone else on these forums (i.e. not those crazies on the GOG boards) has a higher level of tolerance than me and would maybe be able to get something more out of it. Perhaps or , since those are both people who like old RPGs and not necessarily good old RPGs. No, I'm not going to fund you. I'm just going to point to the part where it's half off until the 3rd. Also the soundtrack is preeetty good.

Best game that you had no idea existed: Eador Genesis

Do you like Heroes of Might and Magic? Age of Wonders? Disciples? Master of Magic? I can name specific aspects of Eador that are taken from all of those games, but because it only just came out on GOG this month and I was the one who made the wiki page for it, I somewhat doubt you've messed with it. You should. As kind of a mish-mash of all of your (or rather my) favorite fantasy turn based strategy games, I can overlook the part where it could easily be mistaken for something to come packed in with Windows '95 and definitely being made by Russians. What it lacks in grafix it makes up for in being totally awesome. I'd go into specifics, like how you can hybridize your heroes at level 10, or how I'm pretty sure starting with a warrior is a great opening move, but I feel like then we'd be here all day and you probably have other things to do, like buy gifts for family members you forgot you had, so I'll just say: buy it and see for yourself. If you like those kinds of games. But really, you probably should. Also, a sequel is coming out with actual graphics, if you're into that. Vote it up on Greenlight.

Best Halo: Halo 4

I could not tell you if I like Halo 4 more than Halo 3, the last game in the series I spent any sort of significant time with (but man did I spend some significant time with Halo 3) but I can tell you that 343 succeeded, for better or worse, at making a game that is comparable to Bungie's work. While I'm not much for how the story sets up what is basically the exact same plot as the other Halo games, the campaign is solid and doesn't overstay its welcome (also I would like to confirm that playing 4 player co-op on Legendary makes what would be a frustrating experience an enjoyable one). However, having played almost 20 hours of the multiplayer thus far, I can also confirm that I like the Halo 4 muliplayer, for whatever complaints there have been about loadouts changing the nature of the game to a more mid-ranged affair. Now I just need to see what ODST was all about. I think I'd like it?

Best open-world game with a strong combat element but not necessarily a great story: Dragon's Dogma

On the surface, Dragon's Dogma holds a lot of similarities to Amalur, thus the comparison I made earlier. The difference is that Dragon's Dogma is weird, and not weird in the way that something like Saints Row the Third is weird. It's half Dark Souls, half Monster Hunter with some Skyrim thrown in for good measure, but at the same time it can't be considered analogous to any of those games directly. I'm not entirely sure what makes this game tick for me, but it's clearly made to appeal to someone with my tastes. I'm not even bothered by the lack of Fast Travel, for the most part. I think the game would be better with it, certainly, but I also think the combat is strong enough to stand on its own. Much like Dark Souls, I'd like to see how this viewpoint holds out once I actually finish it (preferably over the break), but like Dark Souls I doubt my opinion will change very much. I really need to see the bananas ending that every review mentioned. I have to.

Best Soundtrack/Murder Simulator: Hotline Miami

I don't particularly think this needs any more embellishment.

And then I was like: nah, I don't need to write anything about FTL. I wish you all a Merry Christmas, or whatever particular holiday you celebrate (Secular excuse to hang out with family and buy presents?)

Posted by Video_Game_King

My winter holiday's less about spending time with family and more about beating the shit out of each other. (That's the only thing I can say since, well, I haven't played a single game on this list.)

Posted by me3639

If i played a lot of those games i am sure my list would have looked very similar. Almost your entire list is what i expected i would have played this year but i kept getting side tracked by Steam sales and backlog of games which continually grows and grows. Curse Them! I have only 1 episode of TWD to finish, and like you i have no feelings other than for my family but yet that little girl gets to me every time. Curse you feelings! Nice job.

Posted by laserbolts

Nice list. It seems I have read more negative reactions to dishonored than positive so its nice to see some love for it. Stringing together your powers properly in combat is one of the more enjoyable things I have done this year in games. I need to play XCOM.

Posted by Mento

I might be getting less patient with old-school RPGs, actually. I think years of console gaming have broken me, or I'm just getting that ADD that all the television and the rap music (or I guess the YouTube and the dubstep, if we're being current) are supposed to inflict upon an impressionable not-youth like myself. So I'll probably give Inquisition a miss. Eador sounds like a riot though, I'll keep that one in mind.

Though talking of old-school RPGs, I've been playing a few hours of Crimson Shroud and it is old-school as hell. It's like one of those Fighting Fantasy Choose Your Own Adventure books which err slightly closer to a single-player pen and paper RPG (though it should be said that it's leagues better than the actual licensed Fighting Fantasy PSN Minis). It's also really well-written. I'm playing it in spurts so I don't get too enervated by the tense and kind of lengthy battles.

As for the top ten list, I concur with everything on it that I played (and I'm interested in playing the ones I didn't). We have similar tastes it appears, but then we both knew that. Happy Secular Happenstance to you as well.

Moderator
Edited by Yummylee

What, why houst thouthst shoust was I notified? Apparently I've been @'d? *30 seconds*

Awwww, I don't hate Dragon's Dogma. There was certainly a time where I did, as my posting history on our Dogma forum would prove, but as a whole I think it's got a lot--a lot--of problems, but there's also plenty to like about it all the same. I just wish it wasn't contained within an open-world, or they at least let me ride a mount with infinite stamina - something. C'mon, Capcom, why must I trek past this same fucking patch of bandits that I've already killed ten times over and are now at a point where they don't even reward me any fakking EXP - WHY?!

WHY!!!??!

...

Yeah, Dragon's Dogma is such a downright peculiar game. Like, y'know those revive stone things? Well: (don't worry, it doesn't spoil much and the story is a bunch of dry wank until the end anyway, but I'll spoiler anyway just-in-case)

There's this duel between the French lady and that black armour knight guy, and they fight (and you can decide to help one of them or let them go at it on their own), but once one dies, you then just revive the dead character with a revive stone thing and they'll wake up - no cutscene or anything, they'll just... wake up, like you were waking up a character in Oblivion in the middle of the night. I revived the black knight guy, and he said he's going to be a good little knight and... well, off he went. Never brought up again during the story, and in fact I saw him run past the French knight lady and... just, nothing! I can still remember the mental picture in my head when this was going on (NSFW):

*IOU one funny/rude picture that is guaranteed to elicit a chuckle out of you*

The combat is still superb and again, the ending just take things to a crazy weird place; it's the sort of ending that makes you look back on everything else with a new found appreciation, like all of that rubbish before hand suddenly meant something. Even though deep down the story up until that ''point'' is just a bunch of painfully generic rubbish.

I think the Pawn system is pretty cool, too, while s/he's literally not even a character, I definitely grew to enjoy the company of ole Firebeard, and the ending actually gives you a surprisingly emotional resolution to the relationship between you and your Pawn.

Dragon's Dogma is the sort of game that needs a sequel. It's got such a strong foundation to work with, and with some tweaks here and some cuts here, it could truly result in something outstanding.

Great blog btw, and I read it to the end. It's quite a nice change of pace for you to blog something I can actually read and relate with instead of being completely lost. (edit: minus any blog that involves Resident Evil of course)

Posted by ArbitraryWater

@Video_Game_King: You probably should, though I'm not entirely sure what game on this list I would directly recommend to you specifically. Maybe Dragon's Dogma because its weird and Japanese and you like those kinds of games, right?

@me3639: Somehow I manage to crank out two different top 10 lists every year despite me not being especially great at finishing lengthier titles. Steam sales have done horrible things to me, though I've reached the point where I don't care about 90% of what they're selling.

@laserbolts: I can understand why people don't like Dishonored. I just disagree completely. Upon some reflection, I can definitely conclude that it is a better game than Deus Ex Human Revolution, even coming from the perspective of someone who put that game at #3 on last year's list. Yes, you should play XCOM.

@Mento: I've finished all but one Infinity Engine RPG over the last two years and even then I could barely get through the first act of Inquisitor. So your choice to avoid it is probably not a bad idea. I just want someone sane to talk to about it because of how aberrant it is in the grand scheme of games that came out in 2012.

Posted by Video_Game_King

I'd probably go with Halo 4, since I know somebody I can borrow it from and I could always use another Halo blog.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

@Yummylee: My phrasing was probably kind of bad. I was referring to your well documented dislike of Amalur, since I recall you giving DD an honorable mention on your list. Probably should've looked this post over, but eh. It's a Sunday. I found the MST3K episode for Manos: the Hands of Fate on Youtube but I wanted to finish my blawg first. You can understand my haste.

@Video_Game_King: Ah yes. I remember that Halo 3 Blog you did so very long ago. I think it was the first one of your blogs that I paid serious attention to. Well, I have great news: Halo 4 is like Halo 3. Play it on Heroic.

Posted by Video_Game_King

@ArbitraryWater said:

Well, I have great news: Halo 4 is like Halo 3. Play it on Heroic.

You mean the blog for it is going to be massively controversial? Oh joy.

Edited by Yummylee

Ohhh... Man, I don't even have it in me to rev up a rant about Amalur. Dragon's Dogma I'd say I'm passionate about because I can see how much potential it has; Amalur however, imo, is just a pile of utterly mediocre mediocrity. I can certainly see its appeal, though. It's a very breezy sort of game; pretty easy, dozens of hours of content, loot, and the combat's... functional. I could imagine it's the sort of game you could play while listening to a podcast.

edit: Also new category:

Worst Game You Didn't Play: Resident Evil 6.

Jus saiyan.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

@Yummylee said:

Ohhh... Man, I don't even have it in me to rev up a rant about Amalur. Dragon's Dogma I'd say I'm passionate about because I can see how much potential it has; Amalur however, imo, is just a pile of utterly mediocre mediocrity. I can certainly see its appeal, though. It's a very breezy sort of game; pretty easy, dozens of hours of content, loot, and the combat's... functional. I could imagine it's the sort of game you could play while listening to a podcast.

edit: Also new category:

Worst Game You Didn't Play: Resident Evil 6.

Jus saiyan.

Believe me, once RE6 gets down to the $20 mark I will more than willingly write something about it. I imagine Assassin's Creed III is some sort of runner-up considering the amount of pure negativity I've been hearing in its direction from various members of the internet.

"Breezy" is a good word to describe Amalur, though I can't say me playing it on hard has been going swimmingly (though that is probably because of me going finesse/magic and therefore not being the most durable tank in the world). Still, I think it's alright. Dragon's Dogma however, is clearly a game that could have a totally awesome sequel if Capcom pursued one and fixed the right things, which they probably will after citing how impressive its sales numbers have been.

Posted by CJduke

Awesome list!

Edited by Yummylee

BTW what console version are you playing Dragon's Dogma on? If 360, then give a look in the Rift for ''Firebeard''. Or you could add us even and then select from the friends section. He's essentially specced as an near invulnerable warrior wielding a fuck-off 2H sword. Plus he's looks cool; got a very 'badass veteran' look to him, complete with a scar over one eye and a full beard. He's had some pretty good reception :P Until eventually it was plainly obvious that the general community were only interested in recruiting over-levelled lady Pawns wearing nuttin' but their underwear rags or the hidden ''panties'' clothing item. edit: Wait, no I think it's a thong actually, or a g-string maybe.

That brings me to another 'complaint', though, (minus the annoyingly predictable player tastes in Pawns) in that for as impressively expansive the creator is, the facial hair is rather pants. It's the only flaw for what is otherwise one of the best character creators around; it's like Demon's/Dark Souls' creator, but if they didn't always end with your character looking like the missing link.

Posted by living4theday258

@Video_Game_King said:

You mean the blog for it is going to be massively controversial? Oh joy.

that link made me want to play KH II again...

Posted by ArbitraryWater

@CJduke: Thanks!

@Yummylee: I am playing on 360, so maybe I'll look your pawn up. My character is in the low 30s (also I think the Mystic Knight class is awesome), so I imagine I'll be able to scrounge enough rift crystals eventually. I'm not buying them, because that would be a terrible idea, kind of like how I don't think I'll buy any of the DLC because it's all so piecemeal and (more importantly) does not add any more achievements.

@living4theday258: Personally, I'd recommend that, but only if you approach the game from the angle of it being ironically amazing, which is pretty much why I think Kingdom Hearts 2 is alright. Not as good as Final Fantasy X-2 though, that's for sure.

Posted by Tordah

This is a pretty cool list based on what information I've absorbed over the year through quick looks and forum discussions. Sadly, I haven't actually played any of them though (yet).

No honorable mention of Legend of Grimrock? Or did you not like it that much? I can't remember if I you blogged about it or not.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

@Tordah: I think Grimrock is cool, I just didn't finish enough of it to feel entirely comfortable putting it on my list. I should've given it an honorable mention though.

Posted by ahoodedfigure

Based on what you've said I'm not too interested in Inquisitor :)

I did download a demo for something called Underworld Gold, but for some reason it's giving me malware vibes, so I haven't tried it yet. About the closest thing to an RPG I've been playing lately, as far as what many of us would define as an RPG, would be King of Dragon Pass. I've revisited old stuff but that's the only "new" one, really.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

@ahoodedfigure said:

Based on what you've said I'm not too interested in Inquisitor :)

I did download a demo for something called Underworld Gold, but for some reason it's giving me malware vibes, so I haven't tried it yet. About the closest thing to an RPG I've been playing lately, as far as what many of us would define as an RPG, would be King of Dragon Pass. I've revisited old stuff but that's the only "new" one, really.

Oh well. 'Twas worth a try when I gave that offer...like a month ago.

I did mess with some King of Dragon Pass when it came out on GOG. Needless to say, my tribe slowly ran out of food and perished. It's utterly fascinating as a "Old Magic Clan" simulator, but it's also kinda a strategy game on top of that which isn't particularly transparent with its mechanics. It's definitely unique, if nothing else.

Posted by GreggD

Speaking of the crazies on GOG's boards. One of them implied that if you haven't played Daikatana, you have no place to speak of its quality, and even went so far as to claim that it may be a good game. I was flabbergasted.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

@GreggD said:

Speaking of the crazies on GOG's boards. One of them implied that if you haven't played Daikatana, you have no place to speak of its quality, and even went so far as to claim that it may be a good game. I was flabbergasted.

Don't spend any more time on there than you need to in order to obtain help about a game or perhaps links to information about a game. Trying to read the angry rants against any form of DRM whatsoever is likely to sap you of any ability to feel joy.