Best of 2012

2012 was a pretty busy year for me. The first third of the year I was finishing my second year of University, which involved a hell of a lot of work and took up most of my time to play games. The second third of the year I was on placement/working from home to save money for my final year. Then the final third was the start of my third and final year of university which requires so much work it is insane. That said I still made time somewhere to play some fantastic games.

First off, some 2011 game that I felt I should leave off the list that I played this year were:

  • Saint Row: The Third - I got this game in the Christmas sale of 2011 and played it as soon as I had time. I don't think I have had more fun per hour with any game this year at least. The over the top, balls to the wall nature of this game led to me having fun every single second I was playing it.
  • Bastion - I played this right after finishing Saints Row and completed it within 24 hours of starting it. That's not to say the game is short, it's fairly long for how much I payed for it. I was so intrigued by the world of Bastion and wanted to learn everything I could learn about it, as quick as possible. Along with that the combat is so perfect and precise, it is just a joy to play.
  • The Witcher 2 - Over the summer I went through a few games I had been meaning to catch up on, and both of The Witcher games ended taking up a lot of that time. The world of the Witcher is dense and even though I feel like the game taught me so much about the world it takes place in, it still managed to make me feel like I have barely scratched the surface. It achieves this through fantastic characters, great voice acting and a story line that starts off unbelievably strong.

There are a couple of honorable mention from this year including Borderlands 2. This sequal in certain ways felt just as good as borderlands 1 did, which I have sunk days worth of play time into. In other ways though Borderlands 2 was disappointing to me. There are many small reasons that add up over time, but the main one for me was the difficulty. I do not know why the game for me was so challenging for me, because there are plenty of people out there who will even argue that the game becomes too easy. That was not the case for me though. By the last third of the game I would be killed almost instantaneously by every enemy which just felt cheap, not challenging. I beat the final level of the game with two different characters in exactly the same way. I found a group of enemy's, instantly got placed into last stand, hope I manage to kill one to get back up so I can be instantly put into last stand again, until I die and go back and try again. This was the only way I could beat the level and it was endlessly frustrating and put me off the game eventually, but by that point I had put 69 hours into it so I know the magic is still in there somewhere.

The other honorable mention is World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. I have played WoW pretty much since it's release to now. There have been times when I have been playing it constantly and times where I have barely touched it. But it would always rope me back in somehow, whether it was a new patch, new expansion, or my friends were doing something cool that I wanted to join. But by the time Mists release date was announced, WoW had finally started souring on me and the grind that WoW provides just stopped being fun to me. I bought the new expansion and I still had fun exploring the new continent and new dungeons and leveling up my Death Knight to new heights. But when it came to the end game grind of running dungeons multiple times a day and this expansions baffling obsession with throwing obscene amounts of dailies at the player and making that the only real way to progress, I just was not interested anymore. I have now cancelled my subscription, which makes me kind of sad in a way. But my time in the world of Azeroth will never be forgot.

Finally before I get to my list I have a few massive omissions that I just have not got round to playing yet, which will likely be mentions on next years list. These include XCOM, Halo 4, Hitman: Absolution, FTL, Torchlight 2 and finally I need a lot more time so I can finally get into Dota 2 properly.

After all that rambling I finally manage to find my way back to the point! Here are my favorite games of 2012:

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