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Top 5 Games of 2012

This year kind of felt like a “meh” year for video games, but these games were the definite stand outs.

5. Dishonored (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) – “Dishonored” feels like a game that came out of nowhere, yet was still highly anticipated AND fully lived up to the hype. You play as Corvo Attano, the legendary bodyguard to Empress Jessamine Kaldwin.  That is, of course, until she is murdered and you are framed for it. You fight your way through the industrialized (steampunk-y) city of Dunwall to overthrow the oppressive regime that has taken over, while also helping the Loyalist find the Empress’ missing daughter so she can be placed on the thrown and restore order to the city.

The best part about the game is that, although it is short, the replay-ability is large. There are numerous power and weapons at your disposal as well as different ways to proceed through the story. Because the missions are based on how violent your acts have been, if you decide to go non-lethal enemy resistance will be minimal, but if you decide to go all out violent, prepare to face a lot of “Tall Boys.” Go stealth, combat or a combo of both, it doesn’t really matter because regardless you’ll be back for more.

4. Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, WiiU) – Once again, as Commander Shepherd you take command of the Normandy to save the Galaxy, only this time you’re basically starting from the ground up. Reform alliances, touch base with old friends, make new friends,and handle the dirty work for the underworld.  All in all, you’re rallying the troops for one hell of a last stand.

With “Mass Effect 3” you have three ways of playing.  RPG mode is made for the purist; it’s your typical “Mass Effect” experience where all conversations are manual and combat difficulty is normal. With the Action mode, conversations have auto responses and combat difficulty.  Story mode gives you manual control over conversations and minimal difficulty in combat. Putting the outcry of the masses about the ending aside, “Mass Effect 3” was an amazing game that is fun to play and felt like a solid conclusion to the series.

3. Guild Wars 2 (PC/MAC) – While adventuring across Tyria you have to reunite the members of the disbanded Destiny’s Edge, a multi-racial adventuring guild whose members’ struggles and eventual reunion serve as a microcosmic metaphor for the larger-scale unification of the playable races, whose combined strength is needed to effectively combat Zhaitan, the undead Elder Dragon.

I was not much of a PC gamer until I played “Guild Wars 2.” Gaming Goddess Jessica Nigri talked it up so much I went out bought a new PC and now I spend more time on the PC then I do my consoles. It’s the perfect game for me; the way that I game I can jump on for an hour or two, taking care of events and some missions, log off and feel like I accomplished enough “as a gamer” while still feeling like there is so much more to do and that’s what makes a great game.

2. Far Cry 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) – While on vacation Jason Brody and some friends are taken prisoner by Vaas. After escaping at the expense of your older bother you begin your search for your friends while on your path for revenge.

It’s hard to really express how I feel about this game, I tend to lose track of time when I’m playing, not always from the missions but just from the vast and beautiful world. The story is great, visually it’s stunning, the controls and gameplay mechanics are near spotless. My only complaint is that sometimes it feels light the screen is cramped, but I’ll go into that more in a review. I cannot recommend this game enough.  You all need to own “Far Cry 3.”

1. Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, MAC) – The best game to come out this year was “Borderlands 2.” What makes this game so amazing?  You choose: story, gameplay, characters, voice overs, guns, the DLC, the open world, the visuals, character skins, the pop culture references, Tiny f-ing Tina, etc…

Honorable mentions:

The Walking Dead: The Video Game

Starhawk

Dragon’s Dogma

  • Hadley

    Sleeping Dogs > Mass Effect 3

  • Sleeping Dogs and Absolution > all top