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I’m poor. That sucks. It especially sucks when you have so many different hobbies like I do. So as 2012 went on and I started to miss out on great comic books, films, videogames and concerts, it really broke my heart. So what do I do when I’m asked to make a top 5 list of the best games of 2012 when I’ve only played two games and beaten one? Well, first I cry, but after I’m done crying I decide to write a list of games I wish I played this year. Can’t hurt, right?
Far Cry 3
I’ve heard nothing but good things about Far Cry 3 and all the little things that can be done in the game. I’ve been told that in terms of gameplay it completely crushes the past games in the series. The best part is it isn’t just like all the other first person shooters out there, Far Cry 3 takes patience and strategy. You can’t just go running into an area guns blazing, you need to take your time with the game. This is good for me because I’m a big fan of stealth and action games. The cherry on top is that there is a lot of exploration in the game, so I know that when I do play Far Cry 3 I’ll be playing it for days.
Now I was actually lucky enough to play the demo of Lollipop Chainsaw at E3 in 2012 and absolutely fell in love with it. Screw what some reviewers say about the gameplay, Lollipop Chainsaw has personality, and in an industry where you are drowned in a sea of first person shooter sequels, Lollipop Chainsaw is a breath of fresh air. I’ll be honest, I’m a huge Goichi Suda (Suda 51) fanboy and I absolutely adore everything that he does. He’s an individual with a bit of a twisted mind, and I respect him for that. Plus, you play as a cheerleader who slashes through zombies with a chainsaw while the disembodied head of her boyfriend is hanging from her waist. How is that not cool?
Remember how I said I’m a huge fan of stealth and action games? Well it seems like Dishonored has everything that I want out of a game. What’s strange is that I feel like this game came out of nowhere. I don’t remember it getting any hype during E3, I don’t remember the press going crazy for it, it’s like one month I hear this new game is coming out and it just explodes on the gaming scene and it’s the next big thing. Since I haven’t even touched the game yet, I’m hoping that Arkane Studios moves slowly with a sequel to the game. Don’t turn into just another studio that rehashes the same game every year. Take some time and perfect the game as best you can, and maybe create some new IPs in the mean time? Just saying.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
"What? But haven’t you said on multiple occasions that you’re tired of being suffocated by yearly releases of games like the ones from the Call of Duty franchise?" Well, you got me. Call me a hypocrite if you want, but I had the chance to play Black Ops II and I enjoyed every minute of it. Enough of the game has changed since I last played it to keep it fresh and entertaining, so I don’t mind being called a ‘faggot’ by a child every now and then while playing the game online. Kudos to Treyarch for keeping the series alive after the debacle that was Modern Warfare 3. I remember a time when people looked down on Treyarch after the massive success that Infinity Ward had with Modern Warfare, for a while Treyarch was just a second thought for gamers. Not anymore.
Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit
Hell Yeah! is another game I was fortunate enough to discover at E3 and it ended up being a surprise for me. Like Lollipop Chainsaw, Hell Yeah! has a fun and interesting story behind it that makes it stick out when compared to other games. I also enjoyed the fact that it was a throwback to 2D games like Metroid and Castlevania. Hell Yeah! got some press hype when it came out, mostly due to its over the top sense of humor, but I feel as if the hype cooled off rather quickly after the game was released, which is too bad because I really enjoyed what I played at E3.
Bonus: Old games that I played for the first time in 2012.
Growing up I was a Genesis fan through and through. The only time I ever played Super Nintendo games were at the houses of friends and family, so when I finally received a Nintendo 64 for Christmas I was astonished by how great Nintendo’s games were. (The Sega fanboy in me was very bitter.) Then one day comes a game called Super Smash Bros. and a character by the name of Samus Aran becomes one of my favorite characters. I wait for the rest of the N64’s life cycle, but no Metroid games come out. I always heard how amazing Super Metroid was, but I was never able to really sit down and enjoy it until this year. The game can become difficult at times; as I often found myself searching all over the place for a way to open a new area, but the game is definitely worth playing through for any fan of videogames.
You’re probably wondering how I got my hands on a copy of Earthbound, right? Well, I technically had to get it by less than legitimate ways, but if Nintendo isn’t going to go through the trouble of re-releasing it in the states, then I see no problem with people going out of their way to play a game that has been admired for years. If you’ve never played this game, but have enjoyed JRPGs in the past, it’s definitely worth a look. Like so many other games that I admire, it doesn’t feel like a carbon copy of other games in that genre, it really stands out on its own. It’s also pretty funny for an old game.
Some people may remember this game; you play as Ashley Riot who is accused of murdering a Duke. The game takes place in the week before said incident. I’ve played Vagrant Story before, but never got too far into the game and eventually I had to move on with my gaming life. Still, I always remembered how great Vagrant Story was. The gameplay is somewhat reminiscent of Final Fantasy Tactics, but with a single character in mind. This game was made during Square’s heyday with the first Playstation, so you know it’ll be good.
Well, that’s the end of the list, I can’t wait until I get my hands on a used copy of the games mentioned above, it will be like second Christmas to me. Here’s hoping 2013 will blow our minds with new and innovative games and less of the same.