As I stated in my previous article, 2012 was a big year full of game releases. Many sequels saw the light of day and new IP’s came out of no where and made us excited. Not all of the releases were good games, I could think of any entire list of horrible releases that came out, but I’ll be a bit more civil than that.
I could go on with this, but I will hold my tongue for now. *WARNING: The last statement was a lie, more horrible titles will be humiliated soon enough!*
Every year that passes, a huge slew of releases is released and among them are so really great titles. I mean, how could you not compete with such titles as Sing Party and Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013? All joking aside, many AAA titles did push for releases this year and a lot of them released some amazing pieces of work.
Now you must be asking yourself, “How do you plan to sift through all these great gaming titles to decide a GOTY?” Very easily, I will compile both personal gameplay experience and the major review scores of the year. Now a minor disclosure: My final decision will not be swayed by the review scores of those around me, I do have final say even if my personal experience is limited I will still do my best to judge the game appropriately based on if I am still overly interested in a title I have not yet played.
I mean, hell, I never have time to play EVERY game! But Imagine if I did….
Now for the contenders, I can’t have too many titles entering the fray all at once. My article would be way too long for my own good.
Borderlands 2: Many people called me on this game, telling me that this article should just be called Borderlands 2 game of the year. I wont say whether or that opinion is the same for me, as of this portion of the article. With a grounded stance with its previous entry in the series, BL2 brought back the mayhem, the destruct, and the ass-load of guns from the first title and then shoved it in a cloning machine built by the biggest sailor with a horrible potty language problem. With the niche market of co-op shooters and wanton destruction, Borderlands 2 definitely earned it’s entry.
Halo 4 Imagine your favorite series reaches its peak and goes silent for some time. The gameplay was great, the visuals were stunning, and the story was fine for what we wanted in a game. Now imagine another studio closely involved with the original creator revives the series and kicks it into a spastic over-drive. Thus we have Halo 4. 343 Studious took the reigns from Bungie for this sequel, at first many a gamer were skeptical if this title would hold any air in its sails. Thankfully for 343 AND for us, they final product blew our minds. New graphics, new weapons, a fully immersive story (something Halo sorely lacked in its heyday.), and improved gameplay added directly on top of the same elements that made the series great in the first place. Halo 4 opened itself up for greatness, and earned its spot in the running for Game of the Year.
Dishonored: The widely known concept of revenge can be interrupted in many ways. For some it’s the small victories against those they hate that give them satisfaction, while other believe the one’s accused will need to pay dearly to feel satisfied. In Dishonored, the main character is wronged in one of the worst ways and throughout the span of the game he seeks to get revenge, but is left with the choice to kill his targets or ruin their life for the remaining time they stay among the living. Many times we are left with so dire of a choice that your anger may blind you that will push you forward to just end one’s life without worrying what is to happen in the end. With an open ended solution set environment, allowing you to either rush in or choose stealth, as well as the amazing powers of dark magic, Dishonored gained it’s spot so easily and in such a bloody fashion.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2: In this installment of Call of Duty we are shown something that is so hard to find. A recreation of a game we already saw the year before. Wait…. All flaws aside, the Black Ops franchise has always side stepped the main series, in a good way. Its original story, its integration with the Zombies games, and even a nod to the old school text based game, Zork. The latest installment showed us some improved gameplay and some amazing graphical improvements while entertaining us with the off the wall story. Black Ops 2 stood beside the rest as a game of the year.
Hitman: Absolution: Agent 47 came back into the light, if only before he switched his wardrobe with the security guard outside my door. In Absolution 47 is trying to redeem himself for all the dark and sordid things he has done throughout his life.. by doing the same dark and sordid things to the ones who told him to. Violence beats violence, right? Right? With a slew of weapons at his disposal, brand new costumes available to him, including a gardener, and the more intense story line that shows just how far one man will go for redemption, 47 sealed the spot for Game of the Year
Far Cry 3: Welcome to the island, our local attractions include; Pirate gangs looking to take and kill whatever they can get, grand cannabis fields, and bloodthirsty animals waiting to rip off your flesh. Welcome to the Island. Far Cry 3 introduced us to the underworld of crime on the island regions, showing us that pirates are indeed still vicious, animals are wild and unpredictable, and that a tattoo will give you super powers if you join the right tribe of locals. Amazing graphics, great ways to traverse the landscape (my favorite is hand gliding), and interesting side quests that keep the game interesting. When all was said and done, it solidified its placed in the GOTY category.
This year was tough indeed, even having to narrow it down the ones above was a difficult task. I have thought a while on it, based the decision on my experience and my feelings towards many of these titles. I have personally played some of each of those above, so it gave me a better insight, giving me some edge on making a decision.
In the end I had to go with… *drum roll*
Far Cry 3!
My decision was split between Dishonored, Halo 4, and Far Cry 3. Yet the more time I spent with the games themselves, I began to feel they were each individually amazing. Far Cry 3 set itself apart from the rest by showcasing an amazing mix of amazing setting and gameplay and vast amount of exploration. Call me a sucker, but I love an open world to explore. Sure, Borderlands 2 is a massive expanse to explore, I just couldn’t get the feeling that it didn’t look real enough for me. I love the game, don’t get me wrong, Far Cry 3 just took the cake for me.
So, what do you guys think? Who was game of the year for you?
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