Top Ten for 2012

Top ten games for the year of 2012, while not a great year for my typical type of game, there were some amazing games that came out this year.

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  • I could go on forever why Journey is easily my game of the year, but as much as I would like to, I’ll just say that playing through was one of the most memorable gaming experiences I have ever had.

  • It’s easy to lean on the fact that Dust was mainly designed and created by a single person. But you just simply don’t need to, everything about the game feels entirely uncompromised, from the beautiful artwork, engaging story and what is easily the best gameplay to be found in any RPG ever, or any 2D action game you care to mention for that matter. Dust An Elysian Tail is simply a masterpiece.

  • I was and still am a huge fan of the original Darkness game, and I was always hungry for a sequel to that game. By the time The Darkness 2 actually showed itself I was very skeptical, between the 6 year gap and how much the industry has changed I wasn’t expecting much out of this game. But Digital Extremes have hit it out of the park in The Darkness 2, completely revamping the gameplay and delivering a story that will stay with me for a very long time.

  • Enough about this game has already been said, so I’ll just say this; The Walking Dead is most engaged I have ever been with a games story, ever. While the game parts of it leave something to be desired, they do not even come close to detracting from the harrowing experiences I had throughout my story in The Walking Dead.

  • Halo 4 is definitely one of those games where the more time I spent away from it, the more I began to notice the problems it had. That being said, it is mainly on here for how much I enjoyed my first journey through its campaign, I just sincerely hope they don’t undo it via Halo 5.

  • I know this is cheating a little because this came out in 2011, but I just can’t not have this on my list. This is simply one of the best puzzle games I have ever played and if you consider yourself a fan of puzzle games; seriously, go and play QUBE.

  • Did not see this one coming, while I certainly think aspects of the gameplay are underappreciated it was how Binary Domain handled its character relationships and interactions that made it so enjoyable. Oh, and Cain is fucking awesome.

  • I cannot say that Darksiders 2 did not disappoint me in some ways, but the high points of the game combined with the new directions it could very well take it in leave my very excited for what could be possible in store next. I truly feel this franchise has all the ingredients to make one of the greatest action adventure games ever, it’s all a matter of combining in the right way. In some ways I can’t believe I’m saying this but; I’m rooting for you Darksiders 3!

  • I really don’t know what to say about Hotline Miami, I'm not sure I really got whatever it was there was supposed to get about it. The soundtrack is great, and at its core is a great puzzle game. This is one I will definitely revisit.

  • Clever physics being the backbone of a game isn’t exactly a new thing, but there’s just something about the way the different types of liquid move in Puddle that makes me feel happy. While this is type of game that I imagine can be taken to extreme levels of precision and execution, this is a game I’m very content coming back to every now and then to just chill out with.