by Heinreich T. Sioson
While this isn’t the end-all, be-all list of “the best” games this year, these are the games I had the most fun with in 2012. While the year is not over and there are still other games that I need to play – which will be covered in another post – these 5 games will be the ones I’ll keep coming back to for some time. In no particular order, here they are.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. It’s a damn shame that this game’s developers, 38 Studios and Big Huge Games, were shuttered because it was such an awesome game. The combat was fun, fluid, and addicting in the same way the God of War games are. The story was kind of forgettable but that was easily overcome by excellent gameplay and eye-popping presentation values.
Borderlands 2. I love shooters. I love loot games. Combine the two with crass but endearing humor and a cool visual style and you have one of the funnest games I’ve played this year. With two pieces of DLC I still need to grab and more to follow I’ll be shooting and looting for a time to come.
Mass Effect 3. This was an excellent game and YES, I liked the original ending. Despite the unnecessary controversy marring this otherwise stellar finale to Shepard’s story, the combat mechanic was polished, there were many memorable events, the characters were superb, and the multiplayer was surprisingly addicting. I can’t wait to go back to this one.
The Walking Dead. Full disclosure: I’ve yet to complete this game. In fact, I only finished the first ep and only got halfway into the second. But before you start yelling at me and screaming bloody murder let me make my case. I was so affected by the characters, the situations they were forced into, and the decisions I had to make that I was too scared and depressed to play it. I cannot think of a game in recent memory that has affected me like this. But I can promise that I will play this game to completion.
Call of Duty Black Ops II. What I heard about this game made me give the series a second chance. And thankfully, it paid off. The story and characters are intriguing, as are the different choices you can make to affect the game’s ending. Changes and improvements to the multiplayer recaptured that magic that drew me in when the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare came out.
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