Hippie's Colourful Top Ten and GoTY

Halfway through the year I was just about ready to write 2012 off as a weak year overall for games but it was great to realize that I was having trouble narrowing down my list of favorite games down to 10.

I did miss out on playing some games that I’ll probably get to later like Journey and Far Cry 3 (I know this one isn't out but I lost interest in buying it day 1). Here's a list of all the games I did play this year. One major thing that caught me by surprise is the amount of retail box copy games I cut from the list in favor of some downloadables. The year of the downloadable couldn't be more true and without further ado, let's start with a 2011 game before going into my favorite 2012 games.

2012's 2011 Game of The Year

This game is the reason why I occasionally turn on my 360. Recently my consoles have fallen to the wayside because of my shift to the PC realm but the amount of fun I derive out of the multiplayer is just too much for me to ignore. This game kept me coming back for more thanks to the solid season pass that was chockful of great multiplayer maps that also became more maps for Horde and Beast Mode. I’m not sure if Judgement will pull me in like all of the past Gears games did but I do know Gears 3 will continue to stay in the disc tray for many more months to come.

Now onto my top ten...

10) The Darkness 2

I picked this up for cheap on PC at Amazon and I got my money's worth and more. Although this game went for a more linear path than the last game it still retained a good amount of the last game's personality plus adding solid gunplay with some visually-striking, over the top gory darkness attacks. It was a blast working my way through the game and the more linear nature of it all didn't bother me because of how engaging the gameplay was.

9) Asura's Wrath

Never not bursting

This game is stupid...in the best way possible. Ludicrous cinematics would be an understatement in describing just how ridiculous all of the shit that happens in this game is. The gameplay may have only ranged from simple to tedious but damn this game has heart. Also say what you will about Capcom cutting the "true ending" into DLC but the outrageous events in that ending DLC still remain fresh in my mind and I’m glad I played it.

8) Persona 4: Golden

OK, I haven't finished this yet so placing it here is somewhat unfair in some respect but being able to play Persona 4 plus a lot of new content is more than enough reason for it to sit here on my list. Enough said.

7) Halo 4

Here's my second reason to keep my Gold and 360 plugged in. This game would be sitting a lot higher on my list if it managed to truly shake things up in the campaign and manage to keep the narrative compelling as it was in the first third of the game...unfortunately I think 343 dropped the ball on the story shortly after revealing the main antagonist (I can’t go into specifics because of spoilers). I honestly didn't expect to like this game as much as I did because I was worried about being all "Halo'd out" but I think Halo 4 was able to keep me engaged just enough to not be turned off. The enemy AI is as sharp as ever here, I never had this much joy from the challenge of playing Halo 4 on Heroic than any other Halo game and the new high level of visual flair that 343 added is a nice bonus. After stopping with Halo multiplayer shortly after the launch of Reach it was refreshing to jump online with the new changes that 343 brought. I know some people don't like the changes but a faster paced Halo game is fine by me. One thing's for sure though, if I have to fight more Covenant in Halo 5 then I'm done with Halo.

6) Dishonered

It’s not too often that you see a big retail release that is also a new IP. This game was a nice surprise and well worth the price (got it off GMG for about $40). You may stumble at first as you figure out the mechanics and enemy AI but once you hit your stride and get comfortable this game is truly something else. The level of freedom that you have to accomplish your goal in so many ways is what kept me coming back to retry a level and get a more perfect playthrough. You can’t beat that badass feeling you get when you pull off an elaborate plan with the fun powers at your disposal, accomplish your task, and leave the scene like nothing happened.

5) Diablo IIII

I never played any of the past Diablo games (but I did play Torchlight) so this was a fairly new experience for me that I enjoyed immensely. I think I just hit 60 with my monk somewhere in Act III on Hell difficulty and once I catch up some more on my backlog I think I’ll revisit the game. I loved grinding dungeons and the pace of the game was perfect for me because I could boot it up grind for 30 minutes and then hop off and play later. My only problem with the game was the always online requirement that it has but it didn't give me that many issues.

4) Lumines: Electronic Symphony

I think one of the reasons why I adore this game so much is because I basically skipped all of the past games in this franchise so I was able to avoid the feeling that I've done this all before. I did play a bit of the 360 version (I know that’s a weaker version) and it didn't pull me in like the way Electronic Symphony did. This game is the reason why I bought a Vita (getting the device for like $40 after selling stuff did help though) and why I don’t care about just using the Vita to play more Lumines. The soundtrack and visuals are top notch and still manage to entertain me as I cruise through the Voyage mode for the 500th time.

3) Crashmo

Dude this is the fucking sequel to Pushmo, I don’t think I need to say more than that but if you insist...Pushmo is one of my favorite 3DS games that I can easily pick up, solve a couple puzzles, and then put down again. The new mechanics in the sequel are enough to keep the experience for me fresh and engaging and I’m just glad to be able to have new puzzles to solve whenever I have some downtime. Buy this game.

2) The Walking Dead

I've never cared as much about any other video game character than Clementine.

I think I regret not paying full price for this (got it in a Steam Sale) because of the enormous value that I personally derived from this game. The gameplay mechanics range from mediocre to simple and the “illusion of choice” still exists here to a certain extent. With that said, none of those issues have stopped me from being emotionally invested on such a level that I can’t remember any other game that has made me feel this way. If the narrative wasn't so compelling and sharp as it was then I probably would have fallen off the fan train a long time ago. I know this game will be topping a lot of other user’s lists here and I’ll support them because this game provides a unique emotional ride that more people need to experience.

1) Sleeping Dogs

OK, even I’m a little confused...how did this happen? Here’s a game that nearly flew under my radar and barely caught my attention when it was released. A competently made open world game set in Hong Kong? Yeah I’ll get around to playing it sometime....then Amazon had the PC version for $18...I guess it was time to figure out why some people are really liking this and why Vinny can’t stop violently attacking the NPC’s.

I love how good the place looks at night.

First off I want to highlight the visuals. This game looks great and I can’t wait for my GTX 660 ti to arrive so I can play it again with some more bells and whistles on but even with my GTX 555, this game runs so damn smoothly at 1080p. Kudos to United Front for putting out a solid PC port and thank you Square Enix for making sure this game reached the finish line.

Take it, motherfucker!

I think that the setting and melee combat was what blew me away. I know that this game wouldn't be first in line when it comes to being called original but that doesn’t stop it from having solid gameplay mechanics, detailed environments, and a somewhat engrossing story that all blend together to form a game world that I want to dive headfirst and lose myself in. The setting and story allows the game to highlight the well made melee focused combat that takes plenty of cues from the Batman games, which isn't a bad thing. You can fuck up dudes badly in this game and the audio and visuals reinforce that fact superbly. Once I got a good grasp on the combat I went out of my way to seek fight club side missions to complete because it was just fun to fight dudes. Driving was also a blast to do in this game and I’m glad that United took a page from Just Cause’s book and added a similar “stunt position” mechanic so you can jack other vehicles while driving. As for the gunplay....yeah it’s a little weak. Shooting guys is manageable but it’s not a highlight for me so I was disappointed when the game started to shift towards more shooting focused missions but I was grateful that beating the shit out of dudes with your fists was a not so distant priority in the last hours of the game.

Wei's just a bit eccentric

Now I've noticed that I haven’t really talked about the story. It’s not because it’s bad, it's just that I got most of my enjoyment out of playing the game than just watching the cutscenes which I can’t say for many other open world games. I’m not gonna go into story details because you can find that out elsewhere but it’s just a basic undercover cop story of a guy who is trying to toe the line between being a cop and a thug and while I personally thought it was good enough to keep me interested in what was happening, unfortunately there was a huge amount of dissonance in the narrative that still calling Wei Shen a cop was pretty ridiculous because of all of the over the top shit that happens.

In summary though, I simply had a lot of fun with this game. United Fronts’s version of Hong Kong is a place that I wanted to sink hours into exploring and I’m glad that I did just that. After listing all of my favorite games for this year and beginning to rank them I was surprised to see how high I was moving Sleeping Dogs up the list until it hit #1 and you know what? I’m feeling pretty good at where it’s at on my list and calling it my game of the year.

Honorable Mentions

I do have a couple of honorable mentions which go to The Witcher 2 and Trials Evolution. It’s a shame that Trials couldn't make the cut but that didn’t mean that I regretted my purchase, I may have wanted to throw my controller at the wall but I still kept coming back to try that track over and over. As for Witcher 2...I’m only mentioning it because the 360 version allowed me to finally experience this fantastic game until I got a desktop to run it. This game would be in the running for 1st place with Sleeping Dogs but it is technically a 2011 game so I had to remove it.

If you made it this far, thanks for reading.

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Posted by Colourful_Hippie

Halfway through the year I was just about ready to write 2012 off as a weak year overall for games but it was great to realize that I was having trouble narrowing down my list of favorite games down to 10.

I did miss out on playing some games that I’ll probably get to later like Journey and Far Cry 3 (I know this one isn't out but I lost interest in buying it day 1). Here's a list of all the games I did play this year. One major thing that caught me by surprise is the amount of retail box copy games I cut from the list in favor of some downloadables. The year of the downloadable couldn't be more true and without further ado, let's start with a 2011 game before going into my favorite 2012 games.

2012's 2011 Game of The Year

This game is the reason why I occasionally turn on my 360. Recently my consoles have fallen to the wayside because of my shift to the PC realm but the amount of fun I derive out of the multiplayer is just too much for me to ignore. This game kept me coming back for more thanks to the solid season pass that was chockful of great multiplayer maps that also became more maps for Horde and Beast Mode. I’m not sure if Judgement will pull me in like all of the past Gears games did but I do know Gears 3 will continue to stay in the disc tray for many more months to come.

Now onto my top ten...

10) The Darkness 2

I picked this up for cheap on PC at Amazon and I got my money's worth and more. Although this game went for a more linear path than the last game it still retained a good amount of the last game's personality plus adding solid gunplay with some visually-striking, over the top gory darkness attacks. It was a blast working my way through the game and the more linear nature of it all didn't bother me because of how engaging the gameplay was.

9) Asura's Wrath

Never not bursting

This game is stupid...in the best way possible. Ludicrous cinematics would be an understatement in describing just how ridiculous all of the shit that happens in this game is. The gameplay may have only ranged from simple to tedious but damn this game has heart. Also say what you will about Capcom cutting the "true ending" into DLC but the outrageous events in that ending DLC still remain fresh in my mind and I’m glad I played it.

8) Persona 4: Golden

OK, I haven't finished this yet so placing it here is somewhat unfair in some respect but being able to play Persona 4 plus a lot of new content is more than enough reason for it to sit here on my list. Enough said.

7) Halo 4

Here's my second reason to keep my Gold and 360 plugged in. This game would be sitting a lot higher on my list if it managed to truly shake things up in the campaign and manage to keep the narrative compelling as it was in the first third of the game...unfortunately I think 343 dropped the ball on the story shortly after revealing the main antagonist (I can’t go into specifics because of spoilers). I honestly didn't expect to like this game as much as I did because I was worried about being all "Halo'd out" but I think Halo 4 was able to keep me engaged just enough to not be turned off. The enemy AI is as sharp as ever here, I never had this much joy from the challenge of playing Halo 4 on Heroic than any other Halo game and the new high level of visual flair that 343 added is a nice bonus. After stopping with Halo multiplayer shortly after the launch of Reach it was refreshing to jump online with the new changes that 343 brought. I know some people don't like the changes but a faster paced Halo game is fine by me. One thing's for sure though, if I have to fight more Covenant in Halo 5 then I'm done with Halo.

6) Dishonered

It’s not too often that you see a big retail release that is also a new IP. This game was a nice surprise and well worth the price (got it off GMG for about $40). You may stumble at first as you figure out the mechanics and enemy AI but once you hit your stride and get comfortable this game is truly something else. The level of freedom that you have to accomplish your goal in so many ways is what kept me coming back to retry a level and get a more perfect playthrough. You can’t beat that badass feeling you get when you pull off an elaborate plan with the fun powers at your disposal, accomplish your task, and leave the scene like nothing happened.

5) Diablo IIII

I never played any of the past Diablo games (but I did play Torchlight) so this was a fairly new experience for me that I enjoyed immensely. I think I just hit 60 with my monk somewhere in Act III on Hell difficulty and once I catch up some more on my backlog I think I’ll revisit the game. I loved grinding dungeons and the pace of the game was perfect for me because I could boot it up grind for 30 minutes and then hop off and play later. My only problem with the game was the always online requirement that it has but it didn't give me that many issues.

4) Lumines: Electronic Symphony

I think one of the reasons why I adore this game so much is because I basically skipped all of the past games in this franchise so I was able to avoid the feeling that I've done this all before. I did play a bit of the 360 version (I know that’s a weaker version) and it didn't pull me in like the way Electronic Symphony did. This game is the reason why I bought a Vita (getting the device for like $40 after selling stuff did help though) and why I don’t care about just using the Vita to play more Lumines. The soundtrack and visuals are top notch and still manage to entertain me as I cruise through the Voyage mode for the 500th time.

3) Crashmo

Dude this is the fucking sequel to Pushmo, I don’t think I need to say more than that but if you insist...Pushmo is one of my favorite 3DS games that I can easily pick up, solve a couple puzzles, and then put down again. The new mechanics in the sequel are enough to keep the experience for me fresh and engaging and I’m just glad to be able to have new puzzles to solve whenever I have some downtime. Buy this game.

2) The Walking Dead

I've never cared as much about any other video game character than Clementine.

I think I regret not paying full price for this (got it in a Steam Sale) because of the enormous value that I personally derived from this game. The gameplay mechanics range from mediocre to simple and the “illusion of choice” still exists here to a certain extent. With that said, none of those issues have stopped me from being emotionally invested on such a level that I can’t remember any other game that has made me feel this way. If the narrative wasn't so compelling and sharp as it was then I probably would have fallen off the fan train a long time ago. I know this game will be topping a lot of other user’s lists here and I’ll support them because this game provides a unique emotional ride that more people need to experience.

1) Sleeping Dogs

OK, even I’m a little confused...how did this happen? Here’s a game that nearly flew under my radar and barely caught my attention when it was released. A competently made open world game set in Hong Kong? Yeah I’ll get around to playing it sometime....then Amazon had the PC version for $18...I guess it was time to figure out why some people are really liking this and why Vinny can’t stop violently attacking the NPC’s.

I love how good the place looks at night.

First off I want to highlight the visuals. This game looks great and I can’t wait for my GTX 660 ti to arrive so I can play it again with some more bells and whistles on but even with my GTX 555, this game runs so damn smoothly at 1080p. Kudos to United Front for putting out a solid PC port and thank you Square Enix for making sure this game reached the finish line.

Take it, motherfucker!

I think that the setting and melee combat was what blew me away. I know that this game wouldn't be first in line when it comes to being called original but that doesn’t stop it from having solid gameplay mechanics, detailed environments, and a somewhat engrossing story that all blend together to form a game world that I want to dive headfirst and lose myself in. The setting and story allows the game to highlight the well made melee focused combat that takes plenty of cues from the Batman games, which isn't a bad thing. You can fuck up dudes badly in this game and the audio and visuals reinforce that fact superbly. Once I got a good grasp on the combat I went out of my way to seek fight club side missions to complete because it was just fun to fight dudes. Driving was also a blast to do in this game and I’m glad that United took a page from Just Cause’s book and added a similar “stunt position” mechanic so you can jack other vehicles while driving. As for the gunplay....yeah it’s a little weak. Shooting guys is manageable but it’s not a highlight for me so I was disappointed when the game started to shift towards more shooting focused missions but I was grateful that beating the shit out of dudes with your fists was a not so distant priority in the last hours of the game.

Wei's just a bit eccentric

Now I've noticed that I haven’t really talked about the story. It’s not because it’s bad, it's just that I got most of my enjoyment out of playing the game than just watching the cutscenes which I can’t say for many other open world games. I’m not gonna go into story details because you can find that out elsewhere but it’s just a basic undercover cop story of a guy who is trying to toe the line between being a cop and a thug and while I personally thought it was good enough to keep me interested in what was happening, unfortunately there was a huge amount of dissonance in the narrative that still calling Wei Shen a cop was pretty ridiculous because of all of the over the top shit that happens.

In summary though, I simply had a lot of fun with this game. United Fronts’s version of Hong Kong is a place that I wanted to sink hours into exploring and I’m glad that I did just that. After listing all of my favorite games for this year and beginning to rank them I was surprised to see how high I was moving Sleeping Dogs up the list until it hit #1 and you know what? I’m feeling pretty good at where it’s at on my list and calling it my game of the year.

Honorable Mentions

I do have a couple of honorable mentions which go to The Witcher 2 and Trials Evolution. It’s a shame that Trials couldn't make the cut but that didn’t mean that I regretted my purchase, I may have wanted to throw my controller at the wall but I still kept coming back to try that track over and over. As for Witcher 2...I’m only mentioning it because the 360 version allowed me to finally experience this fantastic game until I got a desktop to run it. This game would be in the running for 1st place with Sleeping Dogs but it is technically a 2011 game so I had to remove it.

If you made it this far, thanks for reading.

Posted by Video_Game_King

Man, GOTY season just comes earlier and earlier every year.

Posted by TheSilentGod

I would say its still early for a final list but if you are not playing any more games till years end then cool, and a great list.

Lovely mix of games, with plenty of indie and downloads like you said. Also, its good to see some love for Asura's Wrath. Now I really need to play Sleeping Dogs myself..

Posted by Colourful_Hippie

@Video_Game_King: Ehh, I could have held off till later but after looking at the release calendar there really isn't anything else for me to wait for. I've played what I wanted to play and I'm going to be too busy next month to put this list together.

Posted by Doctorchimp

@Colourful_Hippie: How did you lose interest in Far Cry 3?

Everything I've seen so far makes that game look ridiculous. And yeah Sleeping Dogs is some serious fun on my 670

Posted by Colourful_Hippie

@Doctorchimp: It looks solid but so did Far Cry 2 which did nothing for me. I'll wait for the price to come down before trying it out.

Posted by Skytylz

@Doctorchimp said:

@Colourful_Hippie: How did you lose interest in Far Cry 3?

Everything I've seen so far makes that game look ridiculous. And yeah Sleeping Dogs is some serious fun on my 670

I've thought everything they've shown has looked extremely mediocre and the story stuff dumb as hell, the only reason I'm slightly interested now is because Jeff seems to be really happy with it.

Posted by Doctorchimp

@Skytylz said:

@Doctorchimp said:

@Colourful_Hippie: How did you lose interest in Far Cry 3?

Everything I've seen so far makes that game look ridiculous. And yeah Sleeping Dogs is some serious fun on my 670

I've thought everything they've shown has looked extremely mediocre and the story stuff dumb as hell, the only reason I'm slightly interested now is because Jeff seems to be really happy with it.

Well yeah back at E3 when it looked like a game that squarely put the focus on its amazing story, sure I wasn't even thinking about getting it either.

But these last couple of weeks the game is completely different from what they advertised initially.

Edited by RubberFactory

@Doctorchimp said:

@Colourful_Hippie: How did you lose interest in Far Cry 3?

Everything I've seen so far makes that game look ridiculous. And yeah Sleeping Dogs is some serious fun on my 670

Do you know if they ever patched the stuttering issue some people with 600 cards were experiencing in Sleeping Dogs? I have a 670 as well and at launch the game stuttered like crazy so I quit playing in the hopes they would eventually patch it.

Posted by believer258

Sleeping Dogs is fantastic and its finale is one to look up to. It's a great show of how to combine a game's major mechanics in great fashion. You could say that its ending left me feeling pretty... chipper.
Bad jokes aside, I can't make a top ten list because I haven't played enough 2012 games.

Posted by Colourful_Hippie

@believer258: Wow I can't believe I almost forgot about that moment in the end, fuck that was great. You should just consider making a top 5 instead of 10. I was going to do that until I realized I played a lot of 2012 games that I actually really liked.

Posted by believer258

@Colourful_Hippie said:

@believer258: Wow I can't believe I almost forgot about that moment in the end, fuck that was great. You should just consider making a top 5 instead of 10. I was going to do that until I realized I played a lot of 2012 games that I actually really liked.

Well... come to think of it, the only 2012 releases I've beaten are Mass Effect 3 and Sleeping Dogs. Mass Effect 3 is not touching any "top..." lists that don't include the word "disappointment" in them.

But, yeah, I can't see anything beating Sleeping Dogs. I've played other 2012 games and, frankly, none of them seem like they could come close to me. I'm still missing Halo 4, XCom, and Dishonored, and I have bought but haven't played several games including Forza Horizon, The Walking Dead, and Max Payne 3, and of course there's the terribly interesting but potentially disappointing Far Cry 3 coming out. And all of those, while good games from what I understand, just don't seem like they'll measure up to the same fun I got out of Sleeping Dogs. None of them include jumping in the air, spinning around, and kicking a motherfucker out of your camera view, something I did a few hours after restarting the game last night, and the game is just chock full of crazy shit like that.

Edited by I_Stay_Puft

@believer258: @Colourful_Hippie: I think the end of Sleepings Dogs was kind of a let down for me. Don't get me wrong Sleeping Dogs is a great game, its just that when I was playing the ending didn't realize that was the final "final" mission and when the credits did eventually role out I was kinda like, wow that's it and then proceeded to complete the police and side missions I didn't accomplish yet. I think I was dissatisfied with the ending cause I was kinda expecting more from such a great game. Along with that it left a lot of unanswered questions like, will we ever find out Not Ping's real name also expecting a lot more backstory from Wei's past. Really hoping we may get a Sleeping Dogs prequel of some sorts, that'd be kinda cool.

Posted by ImmortalSaiyan

@Video_Game_King said:

Man, GOTY season just comes earlier and earlier every year.

Like Christmas. Still, better to get one out now before everyone has a list.

Posted by Video_Game_King

@ImmortalSaiyan said:

@Video_Game_King said:

Man, GOTY season just comes earlier and earlier every year.

Like Christmas.

Posted by Pabba

Gotta pick up Crashmo for sure as I too loved the original, though some of those later puzzles were tricky.

Posted by PillClinton

Kudos on the Sleeping Dogs #1 pick. Not only one of the best games of the year, but indisputably the Surprise of the Year™. Great game, and that much better because I wasn't expecting it.

Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG

Im not gonna lie........  I havent played a single game on that list.....  This year has been a terrible year for me when it comes to games because I havent had the time to check out a single new game.  

Edited by believer258

@I_Stay_Puft said:

@believer258: @Colourful_Hippie: I think the end of Sleepings Dogs was kind of a let down for me. Don't get me wrong Sleeping Dogs is a great game, its just that when I was playing the ending didn't realize that was the final "final" mission and when the credits did eventually role out I was kinda like, wow that's it and then proceeded to complete the police and side missions I didn't accomplish yet. I think I was dissatisfied with the ending cause I was kinda expecting more from such a great game. Along with that it left a lot of unanswered questions like, will we ever find out Not Ping's real name also expecting a lot more backstory from Wei's past. Really hoping we may get a Sleeping Dogs prequel of some sorts, that'd be kinda cool.

Huh? How was that not climactic? I remember feeling like that finale lasted around 45 minutes or so, it covered a lot of ground.

EDIT: OK, if there's one issue I have with Sleeping Dogs, it's that Wei Shen stops really being a cop about halfway through the story. I feel like it only ended with him still as a cop because the cops are supposed to be the good guys. Well, Wei Shen never struck me as a really good guy. This doesn't bother me much because open world video games, yo, but the latter half of that game has him doing some fucked up shit to some fucked up people.

Posted by Vinny_Says

I'll wait until Far Cry 3 comes out to make a list. Your list is pretty good though, but I still don't get how anyone actually enjoyed Sleeping Dogs.

Posted by Colourful_Hippie

@believer258: @I_Stay_Puft: The gameplay was what was keeping me engaged in the game not so much the story and I didn't really feel like I was short changed after finishing the game because I played a fair share of the side missions. I was surprised that the story was better than I expected but Wei's dissonance is still a big issue for me that I couldn't take a lot of the story seriously.

@the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG: Sorry to hear that, you're seriously missing out.

@PillClinton: Yup, I think the reason why I liked it so much was because I was just surprised at how much fun I was having playing it. I'm not sure if I would have been so positive on it if I ended up playing this on consoles because having a high framerate at 1080p sure was great.

@ImmortalSaiyan said:

@Video_Game_King said:

Man, GOTY season just comes earlier and earlier every year.

Like Christmas. Still, better to get one out now before everyone has a list.

EXCLUSIVE

@Vinny_Says: I don't know maybe if you hate the melee combat, then I can see why someone wouldn't like it.

Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG
@Colourful_Hippie: Yeah I missed out on a lot of games that came out last year too....
Posted by DarthOrange

I haven't played any of those games (besides Walking Dead, which I haven't finished yet)  and even so I am having trouble narrowing down a "best of 2012" list to only ten. This year has been great for gaming, anyone who says otherwise is straight up crazy.

Edited by Ghost_Cat

So far on my list; I'm looking at Hitman: Absolution, Max Payne 3, Sleeping Dogs, Walking Dead, and Hotline Miami.

Posted by Doctorchimp

@RubberFactory said:

@Doctorchimp said:

@Colourful_Hippie: How did you lose interest in Far Cry 3?

Everything I've seen so far makes that game look ridiculous. And yeah Sleeping Dogs is some serious fun on my 670

Do you know if they ever patched the stuttering issue some people with 600 cards were experiencing in Sleeping Dogs? I have a 670 as well and at launch the game stuttered like crazy so I quit playing in the hopes they would eventually patch it.

It's been running perfectly ever since I bought it like last month off amazon when it was like 14 dollars.

Posted by Doctorchimp

@DarthOrange said:

I haven't played any of those games (besides Walking Dead, which I haven't finished yet) and even so I am having trouble narrowing down a "best of 2012" list to only ten. This year has been great for gaming, anyone who says otherwise is straight up crazy.

2012 is definitely lackluster.

Posted by Colourful_Hippie

@Doctorchimp: Compared to other years then yeah for sure. I'm really excited for next year apart from new console announcements because a lot of the games I was looking forward to a lot were pushed to 2013.

Posted by Doctorchimp

@Colourful_Hippie said:

@Doctorchimp: Compared to other years then yeah for sure. I'm really excited for next year apart from new console announcements because a lot of the games I was looking forward to a lot were pushed to 2013.

Bioshock Infinite, Company of Heroes 2, Amnesia, GTA V....god hoping it gets a PC release.

And yeah whatever those new consoles have in store. 2013 is gonna be nuts.

Posted by jakob187

A solid GOTY, and the inclusion of The Darkness II makes my heart swoon, good sir. I'm glad someone else realizes how great that game was and didn't forget about it.

Posted by Colourful_Hippie

@jakob187: It's a great game for sure and I'm glad I played it on PC cuz the high framerate made the gameplay an absolute blast.

Posted by Yummylee

Needs more Nicolas Winding Refn movie soundtracks, but otherwise a fine list! A lot of the games on here have continued to disinterest me, but Dishonored is one such game I'm sure I'll play sometime next year--going to be hard to fit it into the fustercluck of promising games across 2013, though--and hopefully it'll then snag a spot somewhere on next years list.

Posted by gamefreak9

Man, Sleeping dogs DID go under my radar. Still not sure if this is enough to convince me.