It’s that time of the year! 2012 has thrown everything it had at us, including a bevvy of highly anticipated games like Diablo III, Resident Evil 6, and Silent Hill: Downpour — but we made it. Many of us lost friends to the foggy town of Silent Hill, the demon-infested lands surrounding Tristram, or the eerie, deserted town of Night Springs, Arizona. It was tough, but the important thing is we survived. Sure, our social lives took a beating and our wallets are looking particularly thin, but the good news is we have about a month to save up before things pick back up.
In a continuation of our celebration of the glorious year for gaming that 2012 definitely was, the Bloody Disgusting staff has chosen our favorite games of the year. Check them out after the break.
Game of the Year: The Walking Dead (360, PS3, PC)
Gamertag: Baby Colada
I can’t say enough good things about Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead. It’s difficult to believe the first episode released way back in April, but what Telltale has done since then for storytelling in games, the adventure genre, and episodic gaming as a whole easily makes this my Game of the Year. This has been a great year. 2012 brought us games like Dishonored, Diablo III, and multiple installments in the Resident Evil and Silent Hill franchises, but choosing this was a no-brainer (pun intended). I can’t wait to see what Telltale does next.
Game of the Year: Minecraft (360)
Minecraft 360. I know, with a lot of heavy hitters that came out this year, why Minecraft? 143 hours, that’s why. The only other game that comes close is 50 something hours put into Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer, and that is still low compared to Minecraft. There is something about the game that’s magnetic to me. When I’m sitting around thinking of what game to play, and I’m clueless, I always turn to Minecraft. Endless hours of pointless building makes me feel like a little kid playing with Legos and I love it.
Game of the Year: Journey (PS3)
Claiming that Journey is merely a game is a huge disservice to thatgamecompany’s follow-up to Flower. From the moment your faceless, hooded character stands up in the desert until the end of your beautiful – and occasionally perilous – trek, Journey is an experience that encourages exploration and discovery and is the closest you will ever feel to living inside a painter’s masterpiece. It’s a game that needs to played multiple times, both with and without a partner, to enjoy everything it has to offer; single player provides a “stop and smell the roses” playthrough without the possibility of a randomly assigned, experienced partner rushing you to the level’s meditation point, but there is nothing more satisfying that chirping your way to your destination while solving puzzles and soaring through the air with a friendly, unknown companion. Using only four buttons, Journey provides a deep and emotional experience that will stick with you months after you finish.
Honorable Mentions: Resident Evil: Revelations (3DS), Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)
Game of the Year: NBA 2K13 (360)
NBA2K13 left my Xbox only for Halo 4, but soon returned. The graphics are a huge step up from previous years, and without a lockout all rookies were ready to go on opening night. The new version also tells you about new additions as you log in, and has a pretty cool professional mode where you can build your own character’s career. By buying it early I also got the All Star Weekend DLC that has an awesome Slam Dunk competition that plays out like Guitar Hero. And while last year we got all of the legendary teams, this year players can peg the 1992 Dream Team with the 2012 Olympic Team. Who’s the best? Duh, of course it’s any team with Michael Jordan on it… And a quick final note, Aliens is my most anticipated game of 2013. If its not my pick next year, I will be incredibly disappointed.
Game of the Year: Halo 4 (360)
Gamertag: T4CO 2000
I’m sure this is a pretty typical pick and ends up at the top of many “best of” lists for 2012, but I’m going with Halo 4. Halo 2 was the first game I ever played on XBOX Live and for a long time was the foundation for many nights of excessive pizza and mountain dew consumption with friends. During these nerd fests we also made use of one of mankind’s greatest inventions, the Pizzazz. Halo 4 brought the return of all of it, even the Pizzaz was dusted off and put back in service for the first time in years. It’s far from perfect, but Halo has always been my go to game for casual n00b killing, no scoping, tea bagging, stress relieving fun, and I’m glad to have it back.
Jonathan “Sexiest Man O’ The Year Who Also Has A Luxurious Pelt” Barkan
Game of the Year: Silent Hill: Downpour (360, PS3)
Gamertag: Biz Rizzle
I’d have to go with Silent Hill: Downpour, simply because I didn’t really buy a lot of games this year. However, it was also a really solid game that I enjoyed a great deal.
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