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Top Ten Favorite Games I Played In 2012

Look, I'm really bad at keeping up with games that come out throughout the year. I just don't have the money. So instead of making a list of games that came out this year, I thought I would make a list of games that I played over the course of the year that I thought were awesome. And though a couple of them came out this year, most of them didn't, so I hope you enjoy my completely irrelevant list.

1. The Walking Dead

If you told me a year ago that an adventure game based on a franchise that I didn't care too much about was going to become one of my favorite games, I would think you're insane. But there's no denying that The Walking Dead crafts a story full of characters that you grow to care about. This was the first time I actually cried at a game's conclusion, and anything that's able to move me like this deserves the praise, regardless of any frame rate issues or bugs that I came across along the way. I just wonder how Telltale could ever follow this up.

2. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4

I got my girlfriend into Giant Bomb's Endurance Run this past year, and watching it made me really want to play a Persona game. Having played Persona 3 before four, I came to really appreciate all the improvements and fixes they made in the sequel. The addicting JRPG gameplay matched an unforgettable, colorful cast of characters makes it such a joy to play, and an unforgettable experience overall. Those who disagree can go get bent.

3. Batman: Arkham City

They made a huge ass Arkham game. And if you liked Arkham Asylum, it'll be easy to get wrapped up in the word of Arkham City. The combat and stealth sections are just as good as you remember it. And after finishing the main story the other night, I can't wait to go back and explore the city and do a lot more of the side missions. Just like Arkham Asylum, Arkham City successfully captures the feeling of being Batman.

4. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES

It's interesting to play Persona 3 and look at Atlus' first attempt at making an accessible RPG with social components and Persona collecting and fusing and all the jazz. And even though Persona 4 undoubtedly improved everything about the gameplay, Persona 3 is still definitely worth experiencing despite it's few missteps. And Persona 3 taught me a life lesson: "Move ya body, make sure you don't hurt nobody." Thanks, Lotus Juice.

5. Rayman: Origins

The first time I played Rayman Origins, I was simply awestruck by how beautiful it looked and how well it controlled, and that feeling stayed with me as I finished it this year. It's a shame it's follow up is a WiiU exclusive, but if it comes to any other platforms, I'll be first in line to play it. What a fun game.

6. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy

I missed out on playing the original Jak and Daxter when it first came out on the PS2, and playing the PS3 re-release, I could see how some people would be bummed by how Jak 2 turned out. Jak and Daxter has such a cool, rich, and wonderful world that I was happy to explore. It's one of my favorite 3D platformers I played in a while, making me wish more games like this would be made again.

7. Rock Band Blitz

Let's just say I had an obsession with rhythm games at the start of this console cycle. I spent way too much money on Rock Band stuff than I really needed to, and thankfully Rock Band Blitz rewarded of me of having so many songs. But...it actually convinced me to buy more songs so I ended up spending more money on Rock Band stuff, even though I don't really play Rock Band Blitz as often now. Damn it, their plan worked. At least I found joy in a refreshing Rock Band experience, even if it was for a brief time.

8. Super Meat Boy

After watching Indie Game: The Movie, I was more than happy to see what Super Meat Boy was all about. I was met with an addicting platformer that only grew more challenging-and rewarding-the more I played. Everything about it is so weird and funny that you can't help but like it, and it frustrates me that I'm having trouble with later parts of the game. Someday I'll finally beat it...

9. Costume Quest

I got this on sale around Halloween time to hype myself up for it, and it worked. Not only that, but I found Costume Quest to be a fun, light RPG that had clever writing and humor throughout. The designs of the costumes were all hilarious and worth seeing, though I wish they would've done more with the idea and had some voice acting. But it's still a really fun game if you're in the Halloween mood.

10. Incredible Crisis

I found this in a pawn shop close to where I live, and once I came across it, it was almost an instant buy. Incredible Crisis is completely stupid an crazy in all the right ways, and it's worth seeing if you're able to get past the super frustrating gameplay. Seriously, it's really hard.

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Posted by MetalGearSunny

Top Ten Favorite Games I Played In 2012

Look, I'm really bad at keeping up with games that come out throughout the year. I just don't have the money. So instead of making a list of games that came out this year, I thought I would make a list of games that I played over the course of the year that I thought were awesome. And though a couple of them came out this year, most of them didn't, so I hope you enjoy my completely irrelevant list.

1. The Walking Dead

If you told me a year ago that an adventure game based on a franchise that I didn't care too much about was going to become one of my favorite games, I would think you're insane. But there's no denying that The Walking Dead crafts a story full of characters that you grow to care about. This was the first time I actually cried at a game's conclusion, and anything that's able to move me like this deserves the praise, regardless of any frame rate issues or bugs that I came across along the way. I just wonder how Telltale could ever follow this up.

2. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4

I got my girlfriend into Giant Bomb's Endurance Run this past year, and watching it made me really want to play a Persona game. Having played Persona 3 before four, I came to really appreciate all the improvements and fixes they made in the sequel. The addicting JRPG gameplay matched an unforgettable, colorful cast of characters makes it such a joy to play, and an unforgettable experience overall. Those who disagree can go get bent.

3. Batman: Arkham City

They made a huge ass Arkham game. And if you liked Arkham Asylum, it'll be easy to get wrapped up in the word of Arkham City. The combat and stealth sections are just as good as you remember it. And after finishing the main story the other night, I can't wait to go back and explore the city and do a lot more of the side missions. Just like Arkham Asylum, Arkham City successfully captures the feeling of being Batman.

4. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES

It's interesting to play Persona 3 and look at Atlus' first attempt at making an accessible RPG with social components and Persona collecting and fusing and all the jazz. And even though Persona 4 undoubtedly improved everything about the gameplay, Persona 3 is still definitely worth experiencing despite it's few missteps. And Persona 3 taught me a life lesson: "Move ya body, make sure you don't hurt nobody." Thanks, Lotus Juice.

5. Rayman: Origins

The first time I played Rayman Origins, I was simply awestruck by how beautiful it looked and how well it controlled, and that feeling stayed with me as I finished it this year. It's a shame it's follow up is a WiiU exclusive, but if it comes to any other platforms, I'll be first in line to play it. What a fun game.

6. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy

I missed out on playing the original Jak and Daxter when it first came out on the PS2, and playing the PS3 re-release, I could see how some people would be bummed by how Jak 2 turned out. Jak and Daxter has such a cool, rich, and wonderful world that I was happy to explore. It's one of my favorite 3D platformers I played in a while, making me wish more games like this would be made again.

7. Rock Band Blitz

Let's just say I had an obsession with rhythm games at the start of this console cycle. I spent way too much money on Rock Band stuff than I really needed to, and thankfully Rock Band Blitz rewarded of me of having so many songs. But...it actually convinced me to buy more songs so I ended up spending more money on Rock Band stuff, even though I don't really play Rock Band Blitz as often now. Damn it, their plan worked. At least I found joy in a refreshing Rock Band experience, even if it was for a brief time.

8. Super Meat Boy

After watching Indie Game: The Movie, I was more than happy to see what Super Meat Boy was all about. I was met with an addicting platformer that only grew more challenging-and rewarding-the more I played. Everything about it is so weird and funny that you can't help but like it, and it frustrates me that I'm having trouble with later parts of the game. Someday I'll finally beat it...

9. Costume Quest

I got this on sale around Halloween time to hype myself up for it, and it worked. Not only that, but I found Costume Quest to be a fun, light RPG that had clever writing and humor throughout. The designs of the costumes were all hilarious and worth seeing, though I wish they would've done more with the idea and had some voice acting. But it's still a really fun game if you're in the Halloween mood.

10. Incredible Crisis

I found this in a pawn shop close to where I live, and once I came across it, it was almost an instant buy. Incredible Crisis is completely stupid an crazy in all the right ways, and it's worth seeing if you're able to get past the super frustrating gameplay. Seriously, it's really hard.

Posted by Hizang

@MetalGearSunny: This is a crazy list, but a list I can get behind. But you are indeed crazy because Persona 4 is better than The Walking Dead.

Posted by MetalGearSunny

@Hizang: They're both incredible, but The Walking Dead's story just exceeded my expectations. Persona 4 is obviously a better playing game. Perhaps I ranked P4 lower because I already knew the story beforehand?

Edited by zyn

Woo~ Jak and Daxter!

EDIT: How did I make that typo?!

Posted by Breadfan

I've been meaning to play Rayman: Origins for a long time. Picked it up last week when it was on sale during the Xbox Live holiday event, thing. Goddamn that soundtrack is magical!

Posted by TobbRobb

Fuck yes! Jak 1 is the best! RECOGNIZE!

Posted by dankempster

An awesome, clearly well-considered list you've got here. I also finished Persona 3 this year and I adored that game - as you say, although it doesn't match up to its more popular sequel from a gameplay standpoint, the story and characters are worth experiencing in their own right. I'd go as far as to say I enjoyed it more than I'm currently enjoying Persona 4, purely because of how awesome those Social Links were. Jak & Daxter is very much the swan song for the platforming old guard, harking back to a simpler time of lush worlds and hidden collectibles, and I love it for that, although I also enjoyed the second and third Jak games for what they were. Hopefully The Walking Dead and Arkham City will feature prominently in my 2013 game-playing plans. Happy New Year to you and yours, man.

Edited by Cloudenvy

"But there's no denying that The Walking Dead crafts a story full of characters that you grow to care about"

I deny that! The Walking Dead had like...One character I cared about and that's it.

@dankempster: Also yes, Persona 3 is amazing. :D

Posted by MetalGearSunny

@dankempster said:

An awesome, clearly well-considered list you've got here. I also finished Persona 3 this year and I adored that game - as you say, although it doesn't match up to its more popular sequel from a gameplay standpoint, the story and characters are worth experiencing in their own right. I'd go as far as to say I enjoyed it more than I'm currently enjoying Persona 4, purely because of how awesome those Social Links were. Jak & Daxter is very much the swan song for the platforming old guard, harking back to a simpler time of lush worlds and hidden collectibles, and I love it for that, although I also enjoyed the second and third Jak games for what they were. Hopefully The Walking Dead and Arkham City will feature prominently in my 2013 game-playing plans. Happy New Year to you and yours, man.

Thanks, dude! And which version of P3 did you play? I really want to get P3P for the improved gameplay and social links...I really just want a Persona 3 experience that's about on par with P4 because... fuck man. Persona 3 had great ideas and if they improved on all that shit in portable...man...

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@Cloudenvy said:

"But there's no denying that The Walking Dead crafts a story full of characters that you grow to care about"

I deny that!

It's just that: denial. Maybe. I actually have a bit of an opportunity to play The Walking Dead, but I'm working my way through Fragile Dreams first. Who needs zombies when you have bitching ninja robot demon boys?

Posted by Tireyo

Rayman is awesome. =-) Rayman 2: The Great Escape was a good game. Rayman Origins I think though is better.

Posted by sevvagon

My favorite is Rayman ,love platform games :)