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The List of the Ten Games That I Enjoyed the Most This Year and is Sure to Get a Lot of Dislike Votes Like My Other GOTY Lists (Fuck You Guys)
This is my Game of the Year list for 2012. DEAL WITH IT.
OK, snark out of the way, these are the ten games that I got the most out of this year, for one reason or another. In putting this list together, I wasn't particularly thorough in my explanations, but this list was slowly cobbled together over the past year as it went along. A few games were on the list, and then got moved off as better games took their place, but after all was said and done, this is what it came down to. If you want to discuss these entries further or accuse me of being an unrepentant Japanophile (as happens without fail at least once every time I make a GOTY list), then we can chat about these further.
Because debates are fun.
|1. Xenoblade Chronicles|
It took far too long to reach North America, but the wait was worth it. It's easily the best game I've played all year and the best RPG I've played in a very long time.
|2. Kid Icarus: Uprising|
A fun game with an excellent story and wonderful characters that does the original NES game more justice than it could have possibly deserved.
|3. Persona 4 Arena|
Who would have thought that a fighting game sequel to an RPG would feature such an amazing story and such a fun fighting system?
|4. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy|
A Final Fantasy rhythm game with classic tracks and beautiful design.
|5. The Last Story|
The last major Wii release in North America turned out to be one of the console's best.
|6. Asura's Wrath|
While it may largely be a QTE-driven anime in video game form, that doesn't make Asura's Wrath any less entertaining in its own right. The game does what it sets out to do with aplomb.
|7. Pokémon Conquest|
Pokemon and Nobunaga's Ambition? Together? Who would have thought something so crazy could result in something so fun.
|8. Warriors Orochi 3|
Specifically the Wii U version. Easily one of the best Warriors games to date.
|9. Double Dragon Neon|
A fun, hilarious revival of the series with great music and a terrific villain. What more could I want out of it?
|10. Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom|
Visual Novels don't come to North America in an official capacity very often, but Hakuoki is a quality entry in the genre.