From the Chief Editor: My top 4 games of 2012 (so far)

 

Hello readers, I thought it was about time I chimed in on my top 4 games of 2012 (thus far of course), and hopefully get some feedback and discussion on your favorite games of the year as well. 2012 has been a great year for gaming in my opinion, with many anticipated and critically revered games hitting the market. There have been a number of games this year that have taken hours of my life, but they were hours well enjoyed. Anyways, I don’t want to bore you with a long intro, so without further ado, here are my top 4 games of 2012. Keep in mind, these are just the title I’ve gotten a chance to play myself, so it’s limited to that, hopefully you’ll understand.

 

1. Diablo III

 

Diablo III was the game I was anticipating the most in 2012. I was a big Diablo II fan back in the early 2000’s and it remained a favorite for some time. I’ll admit that I never got into the original Diablo too much other than when I tried it on the PSX once. I always loved the fast-paced action, awesome loot, and interesting locales and lore of the franchise, so when Diablo III received its May 15 release date I was hyped up. Needless to say, I was a little disappointed when I had to wait almost two days before I was able to log-in.

In my opinion, the game is the most brilliant let-down I have ever played. I know this may sound strange, but even though I found myself somewhat letdown by the graphics, network issues, and relatively short campaign, I spent an upwards of 100 hours in-game. Props to Blizzard for creating a game that didn’t necessarily “wow” me but still drew me in for hours at a time. The online aspect of the game is really where it’s at, as the most fun I had with the game was spent playing with friends online.

The game doesn’t offer anything brilliantly new or revolutionary to video games, but its addictive mixture of fluid action, cool loot, and cooperative online play makes it hours of fun. I was really hoping Blizzard would have released the PvP update for the game by now, but it is what it is I guess. Hopefully they can release that soon, with perhaps some added content to appease the disappointed fans who seem to roam the Battle.net forums.

 

2. Darksiders 2


Darksiders 2 was a pleasant surprise for me, as I never got a chance to play the original. The game has an awesome blend of captivating lore, awesome gameplay and an impressive overall sense of polish, and I am thoroughly enjoying the game.

You play as Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse who is on a journey to rescue his brother War. It’s an interesting theme and the open overworld is interesting and fun to explore on your mighty steed.

In terms of gameplay, Darksiders II really seems like a combination of elements from various other games, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing in this case because the end result is truly great. The game has fluid and exciting combat, challenging yet intuitive platforming segments, an open-world RPG and plenty of loot to collect and utilize which was apparently absent from the first game. What else could you ask for? This is a gamers game in my opinion, which reminded me of games like the Zelda titles on the N64 but with a modern feel. The platforming element of the game was really well done and breaks up the gaps between combat excellently in my opinion.

THQ really did a good job with this sequel, and I have recommended it to a number of friends. If you haven’t checked it out yet, do yourself a favor and give it a try at least, I’m 90% sure you won’t be dissapointed.

 

3. Max Payne 3

 

Okay, here’s a title that I just recently started playing (okay, I know I’m late, I wasn’t a huge fan of Max Payne 2 so I held off a bit), but it’s already one of my favorite of 2012. The game features the usual Max Payne commentary with signature bullet-time shooting but the addition of a cover system this time around was a nice addition. Rockstar did an awesome job with the presentation, and the graphics are top-notch. It really is quite awesome to witness bullet-time shooting with modern visuals.

The game also has fun multiplayer which is also new for the series, which adds a lot of value to the game in my opinion. Even though I’ve only put about 6 hours into the game, it’s been a blast so far and I am really enjoying the exciting gameplay. The story is well done too, although I do wish that there were less cut-scenes personally, as they can drag on at times. You cannot skip them either which can be a pain. None the less, Max Payne 3 is a great game overall.

 

4. Guild Wars 2

 

The most recent game on my list, Guild Wars 2 is one of the most anticipated MMORPG titles in some time. And now that I’ve spent a decent amount of time playing it, I can say that it lives up to the hype, for the most part. You aren’t likely to be wowed by the graphics, as they feel somewhat-dated at times, but the environments and art direction are done exceptionally well. This game is definitely competition for World of Warcraft, and I am having more fun with the combat that I ever did in WoW.

The in-game world is expansive and exploration is exciting and rewarding, something that other MMORPG’s fail to convey I find. When you discover new areas, XP flows into your experience bar which is a cool effect. I also like how the questing doesn’t revolve solely collecting said number of whatever or killing said number of monsters, it’s a lot more natural. You will discover people who need your help, and you are able to help them in a variety of ways usually instead of just one. The grind in this game is a lot less grueling than in other MMORPG’s I have played.

The game definitely isn’t without flaws though, as there have been a number of exposed bugs and other technical issues. All of that aside, this is still one of my favorite games of the year.

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