My Favorite Games I Played in 2012 (Part 2)
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*:
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.