I recently completed Fire Emblem: Awakening several times, hurray for importing! I'm sick of late and crappy European release dates, but I really blame Nintendo for region-locking their damn systems.
Anyway, having completed my second playthrough on Hard/Casual, I decided to select the New Game option once more and was deciding whether or not I should do a third playthrough on Lunatic difficulty, shortly after, however, I was staring at the "Classic" and "Casual" options and it got me thinking.
(For those who don't know, the Classic option has permadeath on your units, while the Casual options lets your units return to you next battle after death, and allows you to save at any time during battles).
The thing is, the option of Classic and Casual has no effect on difficulty whatsoever, that's what the actual difficulty options are there for.
What the game really asking you is "Do you want to save a lot of time?" if yes, choose Casual, if not, Classic. In Classic, you can't save during battles and when an ally dies, you're going to have to reset, and what does that waste? Time. I'm sorry, but when I'm playing a video game, I want to have fun, I want to be entertained, I hate wasting my time doing ANYTHING, that's why I also hate games with no checkpoint in between long stretches of gameplay.
I don't have a problem with people playing Classic mode in Fire Emblem if they feel that that is the "true way to enjoy Fire Emblem", but for people who think they are hardcore and want to show off by telling others that they completed Fire Emblem: Awakening on Lunatic/Classic or Lunatic+/Classic, I want to just punch you.
#3 Dishonored (Multiplatform)
Great combination of Deus Ex and Bioshock, has fantastic stealth mechanics and addicting gameplay and a fine example of a game not needing Multiplayer to be successful. Also, known as "Bioshock Infinite Early", if Infinite does not surpass this, I will be disappointed.
#2 Far Cry 3 (Multiplatform)
What I would call a combination of Just Cause 2 and Assassin's Creed 3, huge open world, lots of optional content, fun gameplay, great characters and voice-acting and just an all-around bloody, good time.
#1 Tales of Xillia 2 (Playstation 3)
A fantastic JRPG that transcends the original in every possible way, which is what sequels are meant to do. My love for the Tales series only grows stronger at this point.
Games of the Year (Handhelds)
#3 Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (Multiplatform)
I'm in love with the 999 story, I have not yet completed this game as of the time of writing this list, but I just love these adventure games and I'm pretty sure I'll end up falling in love with this game as well, and I'm looking forward to the third game.
#2 Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (Nintendo 3DS)
Great entry in the Layton series, fantastic story and characters, and great use of the 3DS' features for the puzzles.
#1 Persona 4 Golden (Playstation Vita)
I put over 200 hours into this game and I'm not bored of it yet, that might say something about what I think of this masterpiece.
Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten (PC)
Guild Wars 2 (PC)
Hitman: Absolution (Multiplatform)
Layton vs. Wright (Nintendo 3DS)
New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U)
Silent Hill: Book of Memories (Playstation Vita)
Silent Hill: Downpour (Multiplatform)
The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series (Multiplatform)
Torchlight II (PC)
Disappointments of the Year
Borderlands 2 (Multiplatform)
Game isn't bad, just slow and boring, and when a game is boring, it's not entertaining, which is the entire point of playing a video game; to be entertained. I was already angry by the time I reached Sanctuary, and I forced myself to reach level 23 because I really wanted to like the game. It resulted in me snapping the disc in half.
Diablo III (PC)
Blizzard took out too many choices and everything that made Diablo II fun, not to mention that I paid £40 for a game that I literally could not play for a month after my initial purchase; it's not a bad game, but it didn't turn out to be what I expected, go play Torchlight II instead.
Worst Game of 2012
Revelations 2012 (PC)
Don't play it, don't spend money on it, don't even play it for free, because you would still be spending time on it, and spending time on it is the game actively taking time off of your life, that sir, is technically murder.
Anticipations of 2013
Fire Emblem: Awakening (Nintendo 3DS)
Dead Space 3 (Multiplatform)
Bioshock Infinite (Multiplatform)
Dragon Quest VII (Nintendo 3DS)
I'm curious, how many of you has played at least two games in the "Tales of" series? I think it's a fantastic JRPG series that should be treated with equal respect and acknowledgement as Final Fantasy (the ones before X).
My first Tales game was Tales of the Abyss on the 3DS, I played it and couldn't stop, I instantly brushed Kid Icarus: Uprising aside and eventually sold it because I knew that all I would be playing was Abyss because it was that good. After completing that, I went to play Phantasia, Destiny, Eternia, Vesperia, Graces f, Innocence R, Hearts, Xillia and Xillia 2 in that order, I just wish all of them are in English.
So, my ultimate question is, which Tales games have you played, and are you looking forward to the English release of Tales of Xillia in 2013? Leave your comments below and let me know. =)
By the way, Lulu the cat reminds me a bit of Jim (No offense, I love you Jim):
I'm pretty sure one of the first things people would want to know about an avid gamer are their favourite games of all time; well, since I'm so nice, I'll provide the list below to the zero of you who care.
(Megadrive) Phantasy Star IV End of the Millennium