Favorite Video Games of 2012
Our movie podcast was posted Sunday, and after that I felt a little dirty about calling it “The Best Movies of 2012″. Are these really the best games of 2012? That’s what we think, but that’s because they were our favorites. Enough rambling, Rick and I each wrote a list of our 10 favorite games in order, here is our combined list in reverse order.
10 – Mark of the Ninja - In an age where you see past stealth franchises like Splinter Cell and Metal Gear Solid going the action route, Thief not having any recent releases, and the Assassin’s Creed franchise just not really bother with it, it’s nice to see a game to take stealth and do it well. It’s damn fun too.
9 – Quantum Conundrum - Another great unconventional puzzler from Kim Swift. Being able to manipulate environments in ways you always dreamed of is a blast. - Rick If you like Portal this should be your speed. - Jamie
8 – Borderlands 2 - Guns! Guns! Guns! Oh, I’m sorry, is that insensitive in our current social climate? This game is super fun, and you can play it with three of your friends! Did I mention some of the dialogue is hilarious? No? Well, it is.
7 – Warp - I loved Oddworld, and this game reminded me of it. Challenging puzzles and fun abilities to work through them. - Rick
6 – Fez - A puzzle game where you have to spin the world to find alternate routes and all the pieces you need to “win”. It’s not really even about winning, because the gameplay is fantastic. I love everything about this game. Even if you don’t like the creator of Fez you need to play his game.
5 – Far Cry 3 - An engrossing game where you start out as a frail weakling and end as a warrior bad-ass. The life within the world surrounding you and your vulnerability make this game truly exciting. You can be hiding from a patrol in some tall grass and then just get mauled by a tiger. The story plays out linearly, but the openness of the world will cause you to want to spend hours completing side quests.
4 – Journey - This is a polarizing game (I love it, Rick hates it), because when you see it it IS a character walking from point A to point B, but it’s so much more than that when you play it. It really is all about the journey here. And the co-op is amazing. At first you don’t even realize you’re playing with another human being, then you’re trying to communicate through tones (the game doesn’t allow you to communicate via XMB and doesn’t show you their screen name) and showing each other secret items. Journey is an experience that you shouldn’t miss.
3 – Hotline Miami - If you like weird storylines and graphic pixelated murder THIS is the game for you. The story can’t get much weirder and the violence can’t get much heavier. You’re going through bashing heads open and shooting mobsters leaving piles of bodies in every level. It’s also very difficult and unforgiving, which is very rewarding when you succeed. The soundtrack is great too.
2 – Dishonored - I guess I spoke too soon about there being no good stealth games. Dishonored isn’t a stealth game, but it can be played like one. You actually don’t have to kill anyone throughout the entire game if you don’t want to, not a single person, there’s always a way you can handle people non-violently (good luck killing zero people though). When it comes to combat it’s very fluid and you have so many ways to deal with danger. The different ways to handle each mission should keep you playing the same missions a few times. The end was a little weak, but we’ll forgive it seeing as how everything else was excellent.
1 – Spelunky - There was no other game that we liked or played more this year than Spelunky. The campaign is short and randomized and very challenging. And when I said randomized I mean the level doesn’t look the same twice. You can’t just memorize what to do. You start out with four hearts, four bombs, four ropes, and your own skill, and that’s all the help you’re going to get. Everything else you need to succeed you earn. If you die, you start from the beginning of the game. This is a game for people of the Nintendo age. Like Hotline Miami, because of the difficulty every little milestone you achieve is hugely rewarding. Neither of us have beaten the Xbox version(The final boss has always won / Rick has finished the PC version many times), but it doesn’t mean we’re going to stop trying. Try the multiplayer too. The only downside of this game is that the multiplayer isn’t online, because it is frantic and super fun. If you haven’t played Spelunky yet you are FUCKING UP. There’s even a free PC version.