It's been a while since 2012 has ended, with that being said I think I can post my opinions on the best games that came out last year without anyone being to upset that/if their favorite game wasn't on this list.
First though I want to lay out some rules.
Rule #1 Only games that were released from January 1st 2012 up until December 31 2012 any where in the world are eligible to be on this list.
If a game was released in Japan or Europe or any other country prior to this date then it won't have a chance to be on this list.
This also goes for Persona 4 Golden, for as amazing as it was it's a re-release of a ps2 game that came out back in 2008.
Rule#2. I don't rate games based on how much I like them, I rate games based on how well they perform in doing what they set out to do. For example I may rate a game like Zero's escape Virtue's last reward a perfect 10, and another game like the walking dead an 8 If I had to choose a game to play for just a couple of hours for fun then I would choose the walking dead. Because While I think Zero escape is a masterpiece in its own rite it's not the type of game that I would just be able to jump into for the fun of it.
This list is made based on how much fun I ad with these games, NOT how high I score them.
Rule# 3. I can't possibly play every video game that comes out in a year so If your favorite game is not on the list It's probably because I either haven't played it, or god forbid I'm not interested.
Well those are the rules so now here are my top ten favorite games of 2012
#10. SONIC AND ALL STARS RACING TRANSFORMED. HOLLY FUCK BALLS can it be a Sonic game that's actually worth playing?
Sumo digital has done the impossible make a Sonic game that is Genuinely fun, doesn't rely on stupid gimmicks, and focuses on what's important in a racing game, the Racing. While previous Sonic Racing games like sonic R for the Saturn focused on terrible controls and horrible music. Games like sonic Drift and Sonic Drift 2 where all about giving you a hernia on a small screen, and the Riders Series was focused on making a convoluted mess of a story with mediocre if not below average gameplay, All Stars Racing is accessible to everyone and focuses on well designed tracks colorful stages and an Excellent sense of speed and technique. If your a Die hard sega Fan and Want to see what Vyse Inglebard from Skies of Arcadia, or Beat from Jet Set Radio would look like in HD then here's your chance. With a variety of missions and wealth of unlockables this is a game that any racing fan should be proud of. Sega also didn't Scrouge around to appeal to the lowest common denominator and payed professional NASCAR driver Danica Patrick for use of her likeness in this game. Thank you Sumo digital, with sega pumping out a new Sonic game seemingly every five seconds you and Dimps are two devs who I trust to make quality sonic titles.
#9 CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS 2.
Another surprise, While the Call of duty series has definitely seen its fair share of questionable undeserving hate Black ops 2 tries to reach out and do something different. While it is by no means the most revolutionary shooter on the planet, The inclusion of story segments that can be altered by your choices and a verity of different paths to choose make this perhaps the best call of duty game Treyarch has ever made. While the game definitely could have benefited from not having those annoying Strike force missions, and the fact that you are only given one save file in a game that's all about choice can be agitating the scope of this game gives it the larger then life felling that people have come to expect from a franchise like this.
#8 ASURA'S WRATH.
Fun fact about me I love Dragon Ball Z. I watched it religiously growing up as a kid ever since I was six years old.
Naturally I bout the video games to satisfy my need for more anime action, and while the budukia franchise was fun as a fighting game, it just didn't capture what Dragon Ball Z was about. Enter Asura's Wrath a game that's all about flashy explosions, shooting energy beams at gods, and saving the world from generic, yet oh so lovable bad guys. The game is mostly a giant guicktime event, but it does have some straight up brawling sequences that break up the heavy cinematics. For more on why I love this game just read my review
#7 X-COM ENEMY UNKNOWN (PC VERSION)
Firaxis and Two K have brought back a dying franchise, and brought it up to date with everything a strategy fan could love about sci-fi alien shooter games. While the texture pop up is still an issue in the pc version, Being able to skip through cut-scenes faster and having full control over the battlefield with a keyboard and mouse is so much more satisfying than on Consoles.
If the menu's weren't so confusing then this game might have even been higher on my list, If only I could recruit five members per team instead of four at the very beginning and had a mode where you could just play for fun like a simulation room, but still this game takes the cake for strategy games, and I really am hopeful that Firaxis makes a game this fun maybe based on another long forgotten strategy game. Maybe a sequel to The Temple Of Elemental Evil ever since Troika games went under.
I'm pretty sure by now if your into gaming then you've heard of this game. An Indie game that only lasts 2 hours at most yet has gained huge critical and commercial success. Both IGN and Gamespot gave it their 2012 game of the year awards, and while I wholeheartedly respect them I have to disagree. Journey is whatever you make out of it. it's not something that you preach to the masses and expect them to understand. "This is the defining game of our generation" say some game journalists.
It singlehandedly reformed what is to be expected from an indie game and shows that with the right people given the freedom to do what they want, nothing is impossible. It cured cancer, it brought world peace, I'm sure you've heard everything.
The bottom line is that Journey is only what you make of it. I can't place it higher on this list because to me it doesn't scream most amazing game ever. Journey is not so much a game as it is a way of trying to get people to come to face with themselves on what a video came is about. It's a story without a story a game that has every right to boast of itself. However it just doesn't feel like a complete "Game" to me. It's still a fun experience, but it is by no means the life changing masterpiece that some try to make it out to be. Just enjoy it for what it is and move on.
#5. SPEC OPS THE LINE: A three man delta squad are sent on a mission to rescue a group of foreigners stranded in Dubai six months after a massive Sandstorm has wiped the cit off the map. While on the outside it seems like a standard Shooter, Once you've played it all the way through you realize that this is not a typical shooter, This is a story of one mans decent into madness. If you would like to view a more in depth analysis of the games narrative then copy and paste this link http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/extra-punctuation/9810-Crossing-Spec-Ops-The-Line
for my review of the game just click on my username and it will bring you to my review page. You will find it there.
#4 ZERO ESCAPE VIRTUE'S LAST REWARD. Making a follow up game to 2010's cult hit 999 was not an easy task, especially when it wasn't intended. However being the genius that he is Kōtarō Uchikoshi made a sequel that is surprising arguably better than the first game. The game is a masterpiece in its own rite. It shows some of the deepest and most well thought out relationships throughout the roughly 40 hour experience. This is made even more amazing by the fact that the majority of this game is text based. I dare not spoil anything from this holy grail of an adventure. Play it yourself and be amazed.
#3 THE WALKING DEAD.
Overrated maybe but there is still no denying how brilliant of an idea this was. While most comic book games tend to be horrible the atmosphere in the walking dead as well as the kick ass finale and ending them will most likely stick with you for months to come. When you get to the part where you are surrounded by a sea of the undead armed with nothing more than a meat cleaver and a glass shard, you feel like a Complete BAMF. Not because you are playing as a space marine trying to save the world or a marine commando gunning down terrorists, but because there is a little girl who needs you, and you are her guid to a safer place in a zombie infested hell hole. Excellent music, sense of atmosphere and characters made this an enjoyable game throughout regardless of if your a fan of the comics or not.
Taking everything I love from games like Chronicles of Riddick escape from butcher bay, and turning it up to 11 Dishonored is a fine example of an action stealth game done right. Just like in Riddick you take out enemies stealth-fully and carry their bodies around so that you won't raise suspicion. However here you are given special powers to help aid you along the way. Being able to teleport from one rooftop from the next all while hounding down corrupt town guards and trying to figure out who framed you so that you may reclaim your honor is something that never gets old. If you love the Riddick games, or are a fan of stealth games in general, or just want something a little new, Dishonored has something for everyone.
#1 MAX PAYNE 3. Max Payne. A fitting name for a man who lost everything. A man whose seen the deepest, darkest parts of his own mind. His whole life has been torn apart by the evil and corrupt. But where many would crumble, Max just got harder. Because that's what Max is: a survivor, a paradox. The man has nothing to live for, but he refuses to die. This game was just pure fun from beginning to end. Rockstar has never been one to disappoint, and Max Payne 3 is another fine example of a Quality product from a company that always tries to push the envelope. Whether it be an incredible recreation of 1910 america in Red Dead Redemption, an Amazing life of Drugs hookers and Gang Violence in GTA4, or over the top balls to the walls action is Max Payne 3, Rockstar is a company that you can trust. To see why I love this game so much, just read my review. http://www.gamespot.com/max-payne-3/user-reviews/797932/platform/ps3/ And that's my list of games that I loved from 2012. Tell me some of your favorites. If you haven't played any of these games, or are on the fence about whether or not you want to shell out cash for any of them, then don't be afraid. It will be money well spent