Monday, December 31, 2012

Best Video Games Of 2012

This is just a personal list of my favorite games of the year.  Usually when I think about what appeals to me as a gamer is how fun the game was and how immersed I was in the game world.

1. The Walking Dead
In terms of storytelling, Telltale's The Walking Dead was a game that kept me emotionally invested throughout the whole series and finally breaking me down when it all ended. It was more than just a game to me.
2. Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect 3 was another game that kept me emotionally invested in the story from front to end. While the ending wasn't what I was expecting I enjoyed the game for what it accomplished. I also spent numerous hours in the surprisingly fun multiplayer which was well supported after the release of the game. It's a great package overall.
3. Far Cry 3
Late release for 2012 but It was probably the most fun I've had in a game in a few years.
4. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
I'm a sucker for turn based strategy games and XCOM is one of those games that just sucked the hours away. It's a game I will probably come back to long after it's been released to waste away a few hours.
5. Binary Domain
Binary Domain, oh how it was delightfully strange. My love for this game comes from the many subsystems of the game, relationship building, upgrades, quirky comedy, taking out robot limbs, and etc. It's a fun game with a great setting and story.
6. Diablo III
I was a huge Diablo 1 and 2 fan and spent most of my high school and college life playing those two games. Diablo 3 didn't quite have the same impact but It was addicting and fun. The auction house was an interesting idea but only time will tell how much it diminishes the longevity of the game. I at least came out 300$ richer from selling items on the real money auction house.
7. Darksiders II
Darksiders 2 I enjoyed for it's combat and dungeon solving. It probably felt like too many other games but it combined them fairly well. Also i'm a big fan of the aesthetics of the Darksiders universe. Hopefully THQ gets back on it's feet and brings us another Darksiders in the future.
8. World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
There was probably no other game I've logged the most hours into this year than World Of Warcraft. This expansion only reignited my addiction to this mmorpg after I was seemingly done with it for a year after Cataclysm. Blizzard continues to make meaningful changes to the gameplay systems(skill trees and abilities completely revamped in this expansion) and their storytelling only gets better. I don't know if I can truly stay way from World Of Warcraft again.
9. Dishonored
Dishonored is an excellent stealth action game. I was hoping there would be more meaningful story choices throughout the game but that didn't diminish how fun the game could be with the abilities you are given.
10. Guild Wars 2
I have Guild Wars 2 here in my top ten because I felt it's an important step forward in how future MMORPG's should approach their leveling systems. It was probably the most fun I've ever had leveling in an MMO as it encouraged exploration and participating in Dynamic Events that are so far different than the traditional questing system in an MMO as ways of progression. Also the buy to play business model is something that should be applauded as it shows the world that you don't need a subscription model to be successful in this genre.