Sure, I did just show off my choice for Game of The Year, showcasing some of the best and brightest games to be released for the year. The only thing with that, way too many games went under the radar due to either year end release, or lack of people knowing anything about them. Below, I’d like to point out a few of the amazing titles that were unsung heroes of 2012.
What I have dubbed as the zombie survival preparedness simulator, ZombiU has seen a lot of face time with many WiiU gamers who were fortunate enough to pick up the new console. With a kit that gives you the basic essentials and a pack that will allow you to pick up items you find along the way. With your WiiU remote, you control a digital assistant like interface that allows you to see hidden images written by other online players or codes given to you by the game itself. The big twist in this game is if you die, you have to start all over from the beginning as a new survivor. It gets worse, however, because in order to get your previous collected items, you must fight and kill your former self as a zombie. To me this game just screams awesomeness, and single-handedly refreshed the zombie shooter genre. Once I can get my hands on a WiiU this will be the first title on my list to play.
Valve has had a knack for great games that normally take sometimes years to release. “Is he hinting at Half-Life 3?” Yeah, I am but I sure hope to find that we actually hear some release news this new year, but I can’t expect miracles. Black Mesa was a re-release of the original Half-Life that Valve graced us with in 1998. I haven’t gotten a chance to play this update but from what I’ve seen I am impressed at the update given to my main man Gordan Freeman. Now why haven’t people picked this as GOTY? It’s because it is a remake, and normal criteria limits remakes from being eligible. That is rather sad as this was already an amazing game when first released, with a remake wouldn’t it qualify as a great title?
Now I have personally played this one at the beginning of the year, as it was done by Capcom and they just happen to be one of my favorite game companies, it just seemed like a nice game to play. I was greeted by this undervalued gem of a game staring a warrior who has been cursed to be immortal for 5 centuries by a demon who pretty much destroyed his life. Now with the premise being you can’t die, how are we supposed to be punished in this game? Dismemberment that’s how. All to often you may find you’re missing an arm and a leg while fighting down demons in your long awaited final battle with the demons of yesteryear. You may also find your head has been knocked off and you have to roll your way back to your body before you get sucked up inside the belly of a demon for all eternity. The gameplay was standard of any normal adventure game, you are graced with guns and sword play and puzzle per the norm. However some of these puzzles are only solved if you pull off parts of your body. That’s right, these puzzles will definitely make you use your head. (Wow did I seriously just make that joke?) The game may have had its flaws but to be honest it was a rather enjoyable game, just over looked by the general public.
The Walking Dead Episodes
The Walking Dead Episodes are not really an unsung game as there are many people who absolutely love and rave about these games. I am calling this an unsung game as it is such for me as I have not seen nor played any of the games in this series nor do I know anything about the series outside the games, other than it is about the zombie apocalypse and the people trying to survive in this new, dark world. Many people have ranted and raved about how amazing this series is, all I have to do is look on my Twitter feed to see how much everyone LOVES this game. It is one of the many unsung games of 2012, if at least for me.
Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock
The world of Doctor Who has always been filled with excitement and adventure mixed with some amazing time travel situations. The Doctor always proved to be a loveable character and it was about time he got a game of his own. The Doctor and River Song are out to save earth by collecting the pieces of the Eternity Clock, an item that has records of all things that have and ever will happen in the world. Many enemies from the show make an appearance such as Daleks and Cybermen, trying to stop you in your quest. While I haven’t seen too much in gameplay on this game, but from what I have seen it is a very interesting and great game. As a small end title, this sadly gets little to no press and once I get my Vita, you can expect a review for this game.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Now the Sonic series has gone through a lot of transitions throughout the years. From the classic 16-Bit speed runs back on the Sega Genesis, to a horribly flawed “reboot” dubbed Sonic ’06 and finally he stars in a racing game. This game features many of the characters from Sega’s top franchises, guys from Jet Set Radio, Ulala from Space Channel Five, and even B.D. Joe from the Crazy Taxi series. All of the characters have their own special vehicles that showcase the character’s unique skill or powers in their respective games. I normally am not interested in racing games but this one called to me. The one thing that really makes me wonder about this game… Why doesn’t Sonic just run? He must be faster than a car!
What it all comes down to is this: Many types of games get released every year and not all of them are considered worthy by certain parties who deem it so. I love gaming as an artform, the media allows for so many different experiences on all the emotional levels available but it is sad that many people can’t appreciate them in the same way.
If you guys agree with these unsung games, let me hear it. Are these games any that you love, and are there other games that you feel have been overlooked this past year? Comment below, follow me on twitter @Respwnpoint and Facebook/tehrespawnpoint and let me here from you.