2012 was a a year for video games that I’ll remember for a long time. We saw what was unquestionably the best year ever for downloadable games, a new system launch and what very well could be the last hurrah for the Xbox 360 and PS3 (maybe). I played quite a few games this year and reviewed a bunch of them and this was a pretty hard list to nail down. Now, just because something didn’t make my top 10 doesn’t mean I think any less of it. Opinions are opinion afterall!
10. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Xbox 360 – Mojang/Microsoft Studios)
A game I enjoyed on the PC back in its beta stage, now on the 360, and it’s still awesome.
9. Dishonored (Xbox 360, PS3, PC – Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
Bioshock with stealth. Brad Dourif voices a character. BRAD DOURIF.
8. Rock Band Blitz (Xbox 360, PS3 – Harmonix Music Systems)
It’s no secret that I love Rock Band. What Harmonix did with this game is so simple yet brilliant. Easily poured in over 100 hours on this just trying to beat my friends score and complete goals with them. I will always be the first person to complete the Dave Grohl goal, and it will say so on my tombstone.
7. SSX (Xbox 360, PS3 – EA Canada/EA Sports)
A series I didn’t know I missed until it was gone. If it wasn’t for the ridiculous final levels,no true multiplayer and dubstep this would have been higher up on my list.
6. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (Xbox 360, PS3 – High Moon Studios/Activision)
Great campaign, very fun multiplayer and you can play as the Dinobots. Nuff said.
5. Max Payne 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC – Rockstar Studios/Rockstar Games)
Rockstar took out all of the cheesy noir dialogue and instead injected some of that hard-edge Rockstar flavor.The game makes you forget about that awful Marky Mark movie, and the soundtrack is fantastic.
4. Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC – Bioware/EA)
Despite the entire internet hating the ending, I really enjoyed the other 24 hours and 50 minutes of the game!
3. Halo 4 (Xbox 360 – 343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)
343 rose to the occasion and delivered the best Halo game since ODST. I don’t know where they go in Halo 5, but I can’t wait.
2. Spec Ops: The Line (Xbox 360, PS3, PC – Yager Development/2K Games)
Just like with my number one pick, the gameplay isn’t what makes it special. It’s the story, the choices you make and how those choices make you feel. I tweet a few times a few about “feels” and this and my number 1 game have quite a lot of them.
1. The Walking Dead (Xbox 360, PS3, PC – Telltale Games)
Telltale’s finest hour. They crafted not only one of the best child characters in any medium, but entire sets of characters you connected with and cared about. Telltale set the bar for what episodic gaming could and should be.