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My Favorite Games I Played in 2012 (Part 2)

Posted by tylerh1701, 01 January 2013 · 60 views

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Note that not all of these games released in 2012. As a CAG, I never buy games on release, so a lot of the games I played in 2012 weren't actually released in 2012, especially retail games. These are just some of my favorites that I played over the year. Games that weren't released in 2012 will be marked with an asterisk (*).

Gravity Rush: PSVita

Another one of my absolute favorites from 2012. Unique environments and quality controls made this third-person action game a pleasure from beginning to end. The combat was a little bit simplistic, but I never got tired of the world or missions in the game. A great example of what the PS Vita is capable of.


Dust: An Elysian Tail: XBLA

My personal pick for downloadable game of the year, Dust properly channels some classic "Metroidvania" 2D sidescrollers. Dust is filled with gorgeous worlds to explore, tons of enemies to destroy, and an interesting story to boot. Dust is all that is right in gaming.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition: XBLA

What is there to say about Minecraft that hasn't already been said. It's an amazing experience of exploration and survival, and at its most basic level it's pretty much virtual Lego's. The XBLA version made it possible for us console-only gamers to experience Minecraft for the first time.

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath*: PSN

This HD port of the 2005 Xbox game looked great. Developer Just Add Water did an amazing job making sure of it, and I wish more of the HD re-releases we're seeing had this much work put into it. As for the game, it's a unique tale of a bounty hunter in the Oddworld Universe. It was my first time playing this game and the hybrid FPS/TPS controls work really well and make for a great experience.

Super Stardust HD*: PSN

I finally got around to this older PSN classic, which I got for free during the PSN outage. It's an addictive twin stick shooter with a great personality. It also lead to one of my most intense gaming moments in recent memory.

Shadows of the Damned*: :360: :ps3:

A funny, trippy, and exciting third person shooter that I enjoyed quite a bit more than Resident Evil 5 or 6. Though not as great as RE4, the game did a great job of taking a lot of the same principles, removing some of the horror, and reskinning it and giving it a new personality. Quality controls and environments make it enjoyable from start to finish, just make sure to prepare for some insanity.

Monster World IV*: XBLA/PSN

A blast from the past, this game was a great retro experience for me. I had never played any of the Monster World games, but picking this up on PSN turned out to be a great decision. The sidescrolling action took me back to my golden days of gaming.

Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack PSVita

Better than its PSN predecessor in many ways, Mutant Blobs Attack was an excellent handheld platformer with great controls and an interesting setting. Well implemented touch screen and tilt controls made it a must have title for the Vita. PS+ making it available for free was just an awesome bonus.




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Note that not all of these games released in 2012. As a CAG, I never buy games on release, so a lot of the games I played in 2012 weren't actually released in 2012, especially retail games. These are just some of my favorites that I played over the year. Games that weren't released in 2012 will be marked with an asterisk (*).

Gravity Rush: PSVita

Another one of my absolute favorites from 2012. Unique environments and quality controls made this third-person action game a pleasure from beginning to end. The combat was a little bit simplistic, but I never got tired of the world or missions in the game. A great example of what the PS Vita is capable of.


Dust: An Elysian Tail: XBLA

My personal pick for downloadable game of the year, Dust properly channels some classic "Metroidvania" 2D sidescrollers. Dust is filled with gorgeous worlds to explore, tons of enemies to destroy, and an interesting story to boot. Dust is all that is right in gaming.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition: XBLA

What is there to say about Minecraft that hasn't already been said. It's an amazing experience of exploration and survival, and at its most basic level it's pretty much virtual Lego's. The XBLA version made it possible for us console-only gamers to experience Minecraft for the first time.

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath*: PSN

This HD port of the 2005 Xbox game looked great. Developer Just Add Water did an amazing job making sure of it, and I wish more of the HD re-releases we're seeing had this much work put into it. As for the game, it's a unique tale of a bounty hunter in the Oddworld Universe. It was my first time playing this game and the hybrid FPS/TPS controls work really well and make for a great experience.

Super Stardust HD*: PSN

I finally got around to this older PSN classic, which I got for free during the PSN outage. It's an addictive twin stick shooter with a great personality. It also lead to one of my most intense gaming moments in recent memory.

Shadows of the Damned*: :360: :ps3:

A funny, trippy, and exciting third person shooter that I enjoyed quite a bit more than Resident Evil 5 or 6. Though not as great as RE4, the game did a great job of taking a lot of the same principles, removing some of the horror, and reskinning it and giving it a new personality. Quality controls and environments make it enjoyable from start to finish, just make sure to prepare for some insanity.

Monster World IV*: XBLA/PSN

A blast from the past, this game was a great retro experience for me. I had never played any of the Monster World games, but picking this up on PSN turned out to be a great decision. The sidescrolling action took me back to my golden days of gaming.

Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack PSVita

Better than its PSN predecessor in many ways, Mutant Blobs Attack was an excellent handheld platformer with great controls and an interesting setting. Well implemented touch screen and tilt controls made it a must have title for the Vita. PS+ making it available for free was just an awesome bonus.
I may be checking a few of these out. Thanks.
Keep hearing good things about Dust, but no idea what it even is about, haha! I'm not very up to date with the PSN and XBLA arcade games.. I actually used to keep up with it a few years ago, but now content and games are being released tenfold what they were when PSN/XBLA were first introduced. It became way too burdersome to scroll through the content and read different gaming sites to even figure out what these games were and what ones were worth buying. Not only that, but the price point for a lot of this games spiked to $15 from $10. That alone was kind of the killing blow for me, as $15 is often more than what I pay for my console games (Thanks to CAG).

I do love Super Stardust though. I think it was the first game I bought on PSN back in 2007 yet when I first got my PS3. I played the heck out of it, and it still holds up great till this day. I find myself booting it up every now and then just because it's so fun to play and very quick and easy to get into.
Monster World O_O