Here we are with yet another great year of gaming for 2012. I swear I seem to say this every year that it can’t get any better but once again, I am proven wrong. Without further ado, my game of the year. Don’t forget to also check out M1GO’s and Hockey Glory’s Best and Worst of 2012.
Game of the Year: Sleeping Dogs
This was a tough one. I enjoyed a lot of games this year but Sleeping Dogs was perhaps my biggest surprise. Yup, I loved this game. I had high hopes for it but I didn’t expect to be blown away. I usually don’t say this kind of stuff especially for single player, open world type games but these three things probably helped with my somewhat bias choice.
- I am a huge fan of Asian Triad/Gangster movies like Infernal Affairs, John Woos, The Killer or Hard Boiled (watch them, you won’t be disappointed)
- Love all kinds of martial arts since I was a kid, especially Bruce Lee stuff
- I just visited Hong Kong a few years ago for the first time in my life and it was great seeing it come to life in a video game.
Obviously Sleeping Dogs was tailor made for a guy like me. Check out M1GO’s review which I 100% agree with. Oh and here’s some Dim Mak ass kicking for you to enjoy. I would highly recommend picking this game up as it’s probably heavily discounted now. I am even tempted to re buy the game and download some of the DLCs that have recently come out, especially the one where it is basically the story line to Enter the Dragon.
Honourable Mentions that you can’t go wrong with getting
- Halo 4: Was never a huge fan of Halo but for some reason Halo 4 caught me in the single player and the competitive multiplayer even though I am a noob at it..
- Mass Effect 3: It’s a great Space Action RPG game if you are a fan of the series. Ignore the fanboys who get butt hurt by the “controversial ending”. It’s fine. Read our review of Mass Effect 3
- The Walking Dead: Phenomenal series that will surprise you how much fun you’ll have. I didn’t expect a cartoon point and click adventure to be so enjoyable. Read our review of the Walking Dead Episode 1
- Call of Duty Black Ops 2: Yeah it’s a Call of Duty game but TreyArch managed to make it fun again with their tweaks and Create a class system
- The Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition: Awesome RPG game that I still need to finish! I was hooked on it but things like moving got in the way. Then new games started to come out that kept me from playing it. The game requires a lot of time to play so hopefully I’ll be able to beat it come 2013. Here’s my first impression of Witcher 2
Best Multiplayer Game That I wished more people played: Ghost Recon Future Soldier
Ghost Recon Future Soldier got no love but I had a hell of lot of fun playing the single player and multiplayer. I must admit I got somewhat decent a the multiplayer and it was surprising quite in depth with the leveling and progression system. Here’s my review of the game. Also check out some multiplayer action in this video. The Gun Smith was perhaps the best innovation to a shooter game I’ve seen ever where you can test out your guns and loadouts immediately in a firing range. It’s a shame that I had no one to play with so I was forced to move on to other games.
Best Unintentional Hilarious Moment in Gaming: Syndicate Zombie Walk
Quite simply, this game (demo) had me in tears due to the ridiculous presentation including the zombie walk, brutal HUD and poor interface. Just a sample of the action here as all GamerVets managed to get together and try out the co-op multiplayer demo together
When I come to think of it, it’s actually kind of hard to pick a “Worst Game of the Year” because I generally only pick and play games that I am fairly confident that I am going to like. We are just regular gamers here so we don’t get the luxury of getting tons of free games to try. In fact we don’t get any free games (feel free to send some!). Since we have to buy our own games, it’s not like I am just going to buy just any game out there. Having said that, we did play our fair share of demos and in my opinion, they do give a pretty good indication if it’s going to be a good or bad game.
Worst Game of 2012: Syndicate
Embarrassingly bad. I used to play the original game way back in the day and loved it. Rather than keep or improve on the old top down strategic type game, they went with the highly original first person shooter with a focus of co-op only type multiplayer. Just terrible. From the confusing and messy heads up display to the generic futuristic shooter feel, this is destined for the bargain bin, if not already.
The only redeeming quality is that I had a great time laughing while all of us GamerVets got together to try out the four player demo. Watch the hilarious video here.
Worst Heads Up Display: Medal of Honor: Warfighter
I was tempted to give this to Syndicate as it probably deserves it as well but I figured I’ve ragged on that game long enough. Medal of Honor: Warfighter takes the cake for the worst HUD and GUI that I’ve ever seen. So confusing, as there’s so many things on screen at once and it’s not intuitive at the least. There’s hilarious moments when you die and if you level up or unlock something a huge wall of text will pop up explaining it. Who’s going to read all that crap in between you spawning back into the game? Watch it in action in one of our demo games.
Worst Start of a Game: Assassins Creed III
I loved this series and have completed each one so far. Maybe it’s “AC fatigue” or something but I found the first few hours of the game simply boring as hell to the point where I almost want to give up on it. Here’s my first impressions of Assassins Creed III to see what I am talking about. I’ve recently got back into it and yes it’s finally getting better and more interesting to the point where I do want to keep playing.
Looking Ahead to 2013
All in all, a pretty good year of gaming. You can tell with the serious backlog that’s been building up in my library. Thanks to being a part of GamerVets, I think I’ve actually played more games than I normally do, and ones that I may not have even had on my radar.
Perhaps a New Years Resolution will be to take a serious dent in that backlog. The only problem is I expect there will be more and more games that I’ll be wanting to get (Last of Us, Aliens: Colonial Marines, etc) that will just be continually adding to it. It’s a never ending fight that is the life of an older gamer….