Games I Finished In 2012

I can't really do a traditional top 10 games of 2012 for my GOTY list simply because I couldn't really play all that many games released in 2012. Money and time are both big factors in my game playing decisions. Rather, I'm just going to list every single game I finished in 2012, and rank them accordingly.

List items

  • 5/5

    One of the most addicting games I've played in the past few years. The micromanagement of building my base was perhaps my favorite part of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Turn based strategy games weren't really up my alley, but this game turned me into a believer.

  • 5/5

    A simply transcendent experience. Sliding down the sand while the sun beams shone through the pillars was perhaps my favorite gaming moment of 2012.

  • 5/5

    I actually played Persona 4 before I played Persona 3, but that didn't ruin my enjoyment of this superb JRPG. The gameplay is fine, but the story, the characters, and those goddamn Social Links are what make the Persona series memorable to me.

  • 5/5

    This was a landmark achievement for video games in terms of storytelling and choices. What an emotional roller coaster this game put me through.

  • 5/5

    I'm not that big of a racing fan, but this game is just goofy fun. Put on that dubstep radio channel and plow through the streets of Colorado.

  • 5/5

    The perfect mesh of story, characters, and satisfying gameplay. The motion capture and voice acting really helped bring the characters to life.

  • 5/5

    I'm a little late to the party, but all the praise for this game was well-deserved. Every single set piece was incredible.

  • 4/5

    I wasn't able to figure out the depth of Fez by myself, and had to look at walkthroughs to really understand what this game was all about. But once I finally picked up what Fez was putting down, this game was a revelation.

  • 4/5

    The fighting system is perfectly acceptable, but the story mode was the main draw for me, even if it was basically a visual novel interspersed with a smattering of fights.

  • 4/5

    Mass Effect 3 is a fine game, and the vitriolic hate behind its ending is totally undeserved. But I found that the process of recruiting your team by solving their problems began to get a little stale after 3 games. It follows a very traditional Bioware formula.

  • 4/5

    Okay, I could see why this game was really a dropping off point for many people. Despite all that, I still had a fun time with this game. The beginning took way too long, but once I really sunk my teeth into this game, I still enjoyed burying my hatchet into people's faces.

  • 4/5

    I finally got around to playing this classic PS1 game, and I'm glad I did. I think it's totally unwarranted how Chrono Trigger gets all the love while Chrono Cross gets treated like the red headed step child. This would have been an easy 5/5, but there were a few aspects of the game that did not age well.

  • 4/5

    The third person shooting was painfully mediocre, but that didn't hinder its unexpectedly gripping story.

  • 4/5

    A Metroidvania in every sense of the word, Dust was a beautiful game that makes me marvel that one person was the driving force behind this game. Plus, there's a surprising amount of Korean references in the game. How could I not love it?

  • 4/5

    This was the first Metal Gear game I've ever played. The gameplay was clunky and awkward, but that didn't stop me from loving every single minute of its insane story.

  • 4/5

    The Ace Attorney series is one of my all time favorite series. Investigations has a great storyline, but I found that it wasn't as engaging as the courtroom drama of the Phoenix Wright games.

  • 4/5

    Yup, it's a Pokemon game. And I still love it.

  • 4/5

    Never played Diablo 1 or 2, but Diablo 3 was a fantastic experience. Gimme that loot!

  • 4/5

    Outland is one of those games that I think not enough people have played. It's a really smart and challenging platformer, and its use of the two color switching mechanic a la Ikaruga was ingenious.

  • 3/5

    Yes, I know it's criminal to put this game this low, but I already knew many of the wild and crazy moments in this game before I played it. This game is built around those "wow" moments, and without that surprise factor, Saints Row loses a lot of its charm.

  • 3/5

    My experience with BioShock was very similar to my experience with Saints Row: The Third. I knew many BioShock's main plot points so they didn't hit me as hard, but I felt like it was my duty to actually sit down and finish this classic.

  • 3/5

    I love Assassin's Creed, but this one was very "meh." Simply put, it just wasn't very memorable.

  • 3/5

    The first Uncharted is a decent game, but it doesn't hold a candle when compared to its far superior sequels.

  • 3/5

    An interesting game, but Sound Shapes was far too simple and rudimentary in terms of its gameplay to really grab my attention.

  • 2/5

    I really don't like Final Fantasy XIII. The story is a bunch of nonsense, the characters are annoying, and the gameplay is mildly fun at best. I don't know why I forced myself to finish this game.