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)
Categories: 3DS, Console, Game of the Year, Games of the Year, Handheld, impressions, NES, PC, ps3, PSN, sexy, XBLA, xbox 360
You know, when I first saw gameplay footage for this game, it looked really bad. Then it kinda fell off the radar for a little while, but when it popped back up and people actually played it at E3, it sounded pretty awesome.
Now the new Double Dragon is out and I’ll say this right away: it’s awesome, buy it now!
But I guess I should elaborate. So read on and see why I like this game so much!
Whoa, new Sonic! This generation Sonic has been all over the place. He went down in the abyss most of the time (Secret Rings, Black Knight, 2006, Unleashed, Colors) to kinda average (handheld games) to masterful (Sonic 4 Episode 1 and Sonic Generations). I was hoping Sonic 4 Episode 2 (I’ll call it Sonic 4-2 from now just because it’s easier) would follow Episode 1 and Generations Sonic. It, sadly, fell short of the mark. I have a bit of trouble explaining why, and maybe it’s just me, but I’ll try to explain myself nonetheless.
So let’s go for a quick review of Sonic 4-2! (minor spoilers ahead, but you probably already know about them)
This won’t be a standard review, basically I’ll talk about what I like and what irks me with this game, in hopes of explaining why I’m not a fan of this one.
Skullgirls! It’s been a while since it was announced but we can finally play it!
It’s a fighting game, so not much to talk about before reviewing it. So let’s go!
Talk about a stealth release. It came completely out of nowhere on the XBLA, with no announcement or anything by Atari for a release date, and then it came out on Steam out of nowhere. WTF?
Anyways, this is a sequel to the best selling Atari-made game on the Atari 2600, Yars’ Revenge (notice the different placement of the apostrophe in the title). Or at least some sort of revival. Yars’ Revenge is probably my favorite Atari 2600 game, one that I replay frequently, so that alone made this a sure-buy for me. The shift in gameplay styles wasn’t much of a problem to me, since I doubt keeping the original gameplay would have been a great idea here.
Read on and see if it lives up to its predecessor!
Super Meat Boy! The game that confuses people now since it has the same abbreviation as Super Mario Bros!
It’s about a boy without skin going to save a girl covered in bandages, from the evil hands of Doctor Fetus, an actual fetus in a robotic suit. The premise itself sounds all sorts of awesome, and then we see that it’s a super-hard super-precise platformer where you die in one hit and any minor error will kill you? Damn right I’m interested.
So read on and see if I liked it as much as I was hoping!
(Note: I’m starting the GotY posts either tonight or tomorrow morning)
Pac-Man, one of the legendaries in the gaming industry. Despite being part of a few less-than-stellar platforming and adventure games, and the infamous Atari 2600 port (which really IS as bad as you might have heard), Pac-Man’s original gameplay style remains timeless and one of the best pure gameplay experiences ever. Basically, if you don’t like Pac-Man, you can’t consider yourself a gamer. It’s that awesome.
When I checked the demo for this game, I didn’t think I’d end up buying it, considering I already have a few versions of Pac-Man available to me (on NES, on Atari 2600 (there’s actually 2 good Pac-Man games on there, people tend to forget those because of the crappy port), the arcade version in my MAME cabinet), but then I saw something that got my attention: this game has a BOMB button. A Pac-Man game with a bomb button? What the heck? That’s awesome! I had to buy it.
Needless to say I instantly picked it up after experiencing the furious gameplay. So read on and see exactly why I liked it so much!
Well, just based on the premise of this game, the developers might as well have come to my house and taken my money, because it was 100% sure I’d buy it. I mean…a humorous Diablo clone, with a great graphic style and made by Ron Gilbert (one of the Monkey Island creators)? Sounds like awesomeness to me.
Read on and see if it reached my expectations!
This is a strange little package by Capcom. It includes one of the most classic Beat ‘Em Ups ever, Final Fight, and the largely overlooked Magic Sword. Rather than remakes or upgraded ports, those are basically just the ROMs from the arcade version, withÂ Â addedonline capabilities and a few visual options.
So this will be a rather short review, but it’s still a game I want to comment about a bit.
So read on!
AH yes, Capcom milking something that hasn’t really been milked since the early 90s. After the success(and awesomeness) of Mega Man 9, it was no surprise that people wanted more, and Capcom never misses the opportunity to make easy money.
Since the fans loved it so much, myself included, this game goes back to the NES style of Mega Man games again. Cover art and all. Yeah, I really love that cover art… The game features nostalgic graphics, nostalgic music and nostalgic gameplay.
Does it hold of as well as Mega Man 9, or should have Capcom stopped milking the cow already?
Read on and see! Read more…