*Post late because host1free/host1plus refuse to give proper customer service… anyways, on with the posts, finally*
One thing that was a disappointment about the seventh generation was that most games worth playing were multiplatform. If you owned a 360, PS3 or PC, you could play almost everything that came out, so owning multiple platforms was nearly pointless unlike previous gens. It would have been nice to see more good console exclusives. That said, we got lots of great multiplats this gen.
Since there’s so many games I want to talk about in general, I’m making several posts for this. I’ll try to not linger too much on any of the games, there’s a lot to talk about after all. Since there’s a lot of games in here, there are some I’ll just list at the bottom.
The next post will be about console exclusives.
Note: There’s no particular order.
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Wow, this year kinda sucked… In a way.
Usually I do a lot of GotY posts, with one per major system/handheld and one for multiplat releases (since including multiplat releases in “best of X system” awards is retarded GameTrailers), as well as overall winners, with 3-5 winners in each category if possible (because I feel it’s ridiculous to call anything a “best” game, and I like choice). This year there just aren’t enough great games for that.
Not to say there weren’t good games, but very few that I feel were good enough to be in the running for GotY. So, due to that, I decided to go at it in a very simple manner and do one post, and maybe put a couple honorable mentions at the bottom for games I didn’t feel were GotY caliber.
So… let’s go with this year’s winners right away!
(Please note: I may not have played every game that came out in 2012, so sorry if I missed anything that you feel should win… oh, and FUCK Journey and FUCK anyone who likes that vapid non-game POS… yes, that means you Jim Sterling)
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Well, I’m done with this year’s Games of the Year posts. Here’s a quick lowdown post with links to each post!
I haven’t made “Biggest Surprises” and “Biggest Disappointments” posts yet, not sure if I will… So here’s what we have right now! Again, no overall GotY post, but I don’t think it’s really needed, I think all the posts as a whole display a large variety of awesome games we got this year. Sadly we had to skip over a bunch of great games, otherwise we would have had 5-15 winners per category (other than Wii and 360), and I just decided to highlight my personal favorites. I’m sure other people/everyone else have different winners, and that’s obviously fine too.
So here it is:
2011 DS winners
2011 3DS winners
2011 Wii winners
2011 Xbox 360 winners
2011 PS3 winners
2011 Downloadable winners
2011 Multiplatform winners
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With the industry being super weird right now and making it almost pointless to own multiple consoles, a lot of high-budget/really good games end up on PS3/360/PC (or any combination of that… yes, that means games that come on 360 and PC are NOT 360 exclusives as morons will try to make you believe), and thus a lot of the best games every year end up being playable on everything. This was especially true this year, with TONS of high-quality multiplatform titles coming out.
So let’s go right at it… Here I’ll go for 4 winners due to the high number of candidates. As a precision, 2 of the choices are mine, one is Dave’s and the other is some british guy’s. Heck, even with 4 winners, we’re missing a couple games I wanted to highlight.
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The world of downloadable games… it brings some of the most interesting gaming experiences in modern days, due to generally being made by small teams with low budget, with said smaller teams being more willing to experiment with interesting gameplay ideas, or throwbacks to older games/genres. They’re also a very good bet for any gamer to get since they’re low-cost.
To highlight the high variety of great downloadable games and genres that it represents, I’ll go with 5 winners (seriously, I had, like, twice the number of candidates than Multiplatform… so the extra winner is warranted )
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The PS3 had a bit of a rough year due to the unfortunate and badly handled (by Sony) PSN hacking, but, despite that, it still managed to have a good showing game-wise. Mostly sequels, rather unsurprisingly, but still high-quality games.
Continue to see our 3 winners! Read more…
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Earlier this year, I got rid of my 360 because no good games were coming out for it, very few older exclusives on it were any good, and nothing down the pipeline was any good. Turns out that was a minor mistake, and I rebought a 360 a few days back (on boxing day) to get the few good games that came out (see: 2 of the winners) and a variety of XBLA games I missed.
Not a whole lot of good 360 exclusives came out this year, so I tried desperately to find 3 winners, and I’m kinda winging it at this point (most of the “obvious” winners (see: Gears, Halo) are games I don’t want anywhere near this list). Anyways, here’s my 2 winners and a third sort of random choice!
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I would just write “insert obvious choices here”, but I guess I’ll go with the standard “name game and explain why it’s there” concept… just because. Sadly the Wii got very few good games this year, so this isn’t just a “Best Wii Games of the Year” post, but rather a “here are the only good games that came out on the thing” post.
So… let’s go for the 2 obvious choices and the only other worthwhile game. (note: I was thinking of including Fortune Street here… but I won’t… not because it’s bad, but because it’s not too fun alone and it’s not terribly easy to rally 3 people to play with you when the Wii has many better multiplayer game choices)
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Ah, the 3DS, the little console that could. It may have had a mildly rocky start, I won’t deny it, but in the end it had some of the funnest gaming experiences of the year (and it IS kicking ass at the moment). The winners are, however, quite obvious, and even my original idea for a “WTF is that” winner was just not as good as I was expecting (note: it’s Nano Assault… a great game well worth playing, but not as good as the winners here… I may review it soon), so it was left out…
Time for 2 obvious winners and one personal choice (though also fairly obvious)!
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The Nintendo DS is the console that I had pretty much the lowest expectations for due to the 3DS coming out early in the year, but it turns out a good number of great games came out for it. A lot of RPGs, but also a couple unique games. Overall not a bad year despite the low overall amounts of releases.
So here are our choices for this year’s best DS games!
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