My Favorite Games I Played in 2012 (Part 1)
Looking over my recent blog posts, I feel like I've been a little bit too negative in posting about games that I don't really care for. So to buck that trend, here are some of my favorite games that I played in 2012.
Note that not all of them 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 (*).
One of my favorite games that did release in 2012. QTE's are rarely ever enjoyable, but Asura's Wrath did a good job of implementing them smartly and they made sense for the most part. The action, on the other hand, was top caliber. The game was broken up very well, 10-20 minute action scenes followed by a few minutes of a pretty good cutscenes, and then right back to the action.
At this point, third-person brawlers are probably my favorite genre (Bayonetta is still my favorite game of this generation) and Asura's Wrath did a unique and great job.
Borderlands 2 is just more Borderlands, which is a great thing. The gameplay in Borderlands 2 is perfectly precise and the "just one more mission" aspect is just as addictive as it was in the first game. A quality sequel to one of my 4 favorite current generation games, which I like to call the 4 B's. (Bayonetta, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Bioshock, Borderlands)
BloodRayne Betrayal*: XBLA/PSN
A quality 2D hack and slash that generated a "love it or hate it" opinion among gamers. I personally loved the 2D action and great control scheme, though the platforming did leave something to be desired.
Rayman Origins*: PSVita
An absolutely beautiful 2D platformer. This was actually my introduction into the world of Rayman, and I'm glad I finally took the plunge. As a huge platforming fan, the challenge level always felt right (challenging but not masochistic). Disappointing that the sequel is currently only slated as a WiiU title.
From Dust*: XBLA/PSN
From Dust is a God-sim where you have control over the "breath" of life, and hence can reshape landscapes by moving around earth, water, lava, etc. The goal of each level is to make it possible for your followers to complete specific missions by creating safe paths and villages for them. I went into this game with a lot of doubts, but had a blast trying different ways to complete each level.
Toy Soldiers: Cold War*: XBLA
The sequel to one of my absolute favorite XBLA games, Toy Soldiers: CW is a hybrid tower defense game set in the age of the Cold War. While I actually felt like it was a letdown compared to the original, the core of the game still makes for great, addictive gameplay.
Z0MB1ES (on teh ph0ne): Windows Phone
One of my favorite Windows Phone games, this is actually a port of the XBL Indie Game I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES 1N IT!!!1 along with 2 other games from developer Ska Studios. Simplistic but well made twin-stick shooting and a goofy soundtrack are enough to make it a great pick-up-and-play experience.
Pinball FX2/Zen Pinball 2:XBLA/PSN
Zen Studios has done an amazing job of supporting their pinball simulation with tons of Marvel tables and other random tables here and there. If you still haven't checked out these awesome pinball games, buy a table (or 4) and enjoy!
A great 3D hack 'n slash with well implemented combat. The game got an awful rap for being shallow and overly-similar to similar hack 'n slashers. But it's a quality game in its own right. For more, please see my previous blog post about Bloodforge.
Quarrel combines parts of Scrabble with elements of Risk and makes for one of the best word games around. Reasonably prices at 400 MSP, Quarrel can make for many hours of wordplay fun.
PART 2 COMING SOON