GOTY 2012

Well, you know what they say. Another year, another... year. I guess.

As per usual, my pc-bound gaming and late-to-the-party purchase decisions leaves me with a few difficulties in making a top 10 list for the games I've played this year. There are a few games that I feel would have strong possibilities of making this list, but they've come out too recently, are too pricey, or simply are too difficult for my pc to handle. Far Cry 3 is chiefly the game I'm referring to.

For the most part, every game I've spent a significant amount of time playing is on this list. I don't play games long if I don't like them and I usually wait for price drops before making purchases, so even though I don't play many games I usually am confident in the quality of the games I do. There are 2 notable exceptions to this rule. I played both Diablo 3 and Max Payne 3, I played them both because of a significant interest on my part in their series. They were both disappointing to me and, looking back on the time I've played them, I cannot recommend them or say that they were positive experiences. Max Payne 3 was possessed with a very grim and mottled story that was unsaved by humor or pulp. Diablo 3 was an unenjoyable grind with no notable payoff or satisfaction, also hindered by a weightless narrative.

So now that those introductions are done, on to the list!

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3 Comments
Posted by ImmortalSaiyan

Nice list from the list bearer. Is calling you that going to far? You are the only person i've seen give GOTY to Spec Ops. Good one ya for it. Great game, glad someone is giving it attention. It was a hard game to cut from my list.

You got me intrigued by The Void now. Even that picture speaks to me. How would I go about obtaining it?

Was not expecting Katawa Shoujo down there. I agree with you that Lily's route is the best. The ending felt a bit hokey to me though. That last sentence does a good job summing up the game. Despite some issues that is a game with heart.

Posted by ThatFrood

@ImmortalSaiyan said:

Nice list from the list bearer. Is calling you that going to far? You are the only person i've seen give GOTY to Spec Ops. Good one ya for it. Great game, glad someone is giving it attention. It was a hard game to cut from my list.

You got me intrigued by The Void now. Even that picture speaks to me. How would I go about obtaining it?

Was not expecting Katawa Shoujo down there. I agree with you that Lily's route is the best. The ending felt a bit hokey to me though. That last sentence does a good job summing up the game. Despite some issues that is a game with heart.

Ha, thanks for stopping to read it!

There are a few other people who have given spec ops goty but, yeah, you're right, it's far from a majority. I can see why too.

As for The Void, it's on steam. I worry that people who play it based on my recommendation will be disappointed, but it's my honest opinion. I think the game is beautiful. Overtly "artistic" but also subtle. I'd recommend reading up on Color Management or something first, though, because while the game provides you with all the information you need in-game, it is done cryptically. Just to avoid some early and disheartening headache, you should just make sure you have Color Management under control right away.

The game's a slow start and really, really not for everyone. But it stuck with me in a big way. The less I say the better, because a big part of The Void is forming your own ideas about what is "going on".

And Christ. Katawa Shoujo. Lily's ending is super cliche, but that's probably why I liked it. The writing's goofy throughout, so something about a nice, warm and tacky ending made me feel good and happy inside.

Posted by atomic_dumpling

Just for fun and out of curiosity I am hunting down the few people who voted for Black Mesa, didn't expect the list master himself to be one of "us". Overall, your list is one of the crazier I have seen, I like you casually sticking a 2009 title in there.
 
Also, Xen was shite. Almost everyone would be fine with them never releasing that part, I think.