I thought 2012 was a one of the best years for games we had the some new titles to beloved series coming to an end, from shooters to stealth, the good and the bad. These are my top ten favorites!
(10) LittleBigPlanet Karting
I adore the LittleBigPlanet games and have a soft spot for karting games so it seemed like a good combination for me. Not much depth to go into, it had the same quirky graphics; story line of the game was average nothing amazing, just same old Sack boy up to his usual tricks but this time in a kart, but in whole it was fun to play.
(9) Tokyo Jungle
I’ve done my review of this game already which I have explained further on why it’s great. But to put in into a few sentences, I’ve never played a game like it before even though it is super repetitive and sometimes aggravating; it’s so fun and hilarious to play. No regrets spending countless hours on this game roaming around the town as a chick and beating up other animals as a Pomeranian.
Pid was one of my biggest love-hate games of 2012, but still one of my favourites. I loved basking in the beauty of its unique art style and listening some of the most relaxing music ever. It also had an interesting storyline and some fun puzzles to solve yourself, or with a friend. Even though sometimes it got way too frustrating for me I always went back to play it just because it was so addictive.
(7) Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale
I know people instantly started comparing this game with Super Smash Bros but I think the game had its own charm. It’s very combo heavy and felt like an old school fighter. It was mainly more fun playing with other people and online. I do wish that they thought about adding Sora or some Kingdom Hearts characters. Also I’ve decided if you aren’t playing as fat princess you’re playing it wrong.
(6) Sound Shapes
One of the most creative and original platformers, which focuses on music. Its story is simple, it’s a ball which collects notes and creates music for the level that you’re on. Great art style with awesome music from Beck, Jim Guthrie and Deadmau5. It also starred some of the most adorable background characters ever. Each album has a different style and theme, also giving the player an option to make your own levels which is similar to LittleBigPlanet and following the ‘Play, create and share’ theme.
(5) Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
I’m a huge Kingdom Hearts fan so of course this was going to be one of my favourites. I didn’t think it was as amazing compared to the console games obviously, but it wins out of all the handheld games that have been released. The story, as per usual with KH games, was great and had awesome boss battles, especially near the end of the game. Out of the new worlds my favourites were the Sorcery of Symphony and TRON: Legacy. I also got the secret message at the ending which has made me even more excited.
(4) Torchlight II
I’m one of the few people who preferred Torchlight II instead of Diablo 3- Don’t shoot me! I just think in general it held my attention more, and of course one of the aspects I loved about it was the art style. You can play the game on your own, or play it online and the customization has been worked on a lot because the original Torchlight customization sucked due to having a low variety of choices, but in Torchlight II there is a lot more customization options, and I do like customizing. The game is also a looters dream! Looking forward for it being released on Xbox Live Arcade.
(3) Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
It’s a shame that 38 Studios and Big Huge Games are no more, because I thought Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was brilliant. The game surprised me because I never realized how much I’d actually enjoy it and thought it was very well written, well paced and was a good length. It combined a lot of different genres into one, an action adventure RPG with hack and slash combat. I loved how the world looked and the use of vibrant colours, it was so pretty. It’s not my favourite RPG but it’s definitely on my top ten favourites.
(2) Borderlands 2
I was a big fan of the first Borderlands and loved returning back to Pandora for its new adventure. Gearbox did a fantastic job, listened to the fans and put what was missing in the first game into the second. It has some of the best dialogue and is full of wit, and of course the millions of guns they added is always a plus. Also adding Easter eggs including, Bioshock, Minecraft and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, good job Gearbox. I love the characters and of course it also introduced one of my new favourite antagonists in video games Handsome Jack. It had some of the best boss encounters. I preferred playing this game more co-op than alone, don’t get me wrong it’s awesome either way, but it was more fun exploring with friends.
Oh Dishonored, it is without a doubt is my favourite game of 2012. A stealth game with a steampunk and Bioshock vibe. I’d been waiting for Dishonored to come out since day one so I was pretty nervous to play it in case I hyped it way too much, but it lived up to my expectations. I’ve done two playthroughs of the game, first more leaning towards the stealth side and getting low chaos which is the way the game is supposed to be played in my opinion, and the second play through hack and slash and getting high chaos. I thought the story was great and loved the father-daughter like relationship between Corvo and Emily. The graphics, as I’ve said already, reminded me of Bioshock, which is always a win and feel like I can play it without getting bored. Overall a joyous gameplay experience.
[Written by contributor Heather Riddick]
This is a personal top 10 list and the entries and their rankings do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Geekenstein.com, but of the author publishing it. Feel free to send in your own top 10 list to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tags: Best of 2012, Borderlands 2, Dishonored, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, LittleBigPlanet Karting, Pid, Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, Sound Shapes, Tokyo Jungle, Torchlight II