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levelseeker avatar 1:04 PM on 12.29.2012  (server time)
A Year In Review: My Picks of 2012

-Instead of spamming the blogging feeds, I decided to give you the recap of my favorite games of 2012. Check the bottom for my other picks. I would love criticism, but please not too harsh; posting all these within a week left me swamped-

2012 showed gamingís ever expanding grasp, from small, tightly weaved experiences, rising to the heart of popular media with cinematic explosiveness. 2013 can only get better.

5. Mass Effect 3 |360,PS3,Wii U

Ripe with controversy, Mass Effect 3 is the conclusion of one of the greatest trilogies in gaming history. Summing up a decades worth of memories is no easy task, and developer, Bioware, did their best. Witnessing an entire galaxy at the brink of destruction, Commander Shepardís last stand is a mighty one, reaching a narrative and cinematic peak that will be hard to top.

4. Halo 4 |360

Master chief returns to save the day again in Halo 4. Returning to form, Halo 4 brings a narrative thatís better than ever, erasing the wrinkles of the weakening gameplay, refining it to a limber beast, and itís ever expanding multiplayer proves livelier than ever. Halo 4 demonstrates the series only gets better with age.

3. Max Payne 3 |360,PS3,Steam

A depressing noir tale set in Brazil, Max Payne 3 is an excellent, stylistic shooter that brings back as much as it pushes forward. With its entrapping bullet dodging gameplay, Max Payne 3 is truly fantastic, dancing realistic physics with reality bending maneuvers. Itís twisted and engaging tale is a cinematic wonder, using techniques for the silver screen, but harnessing moments only meant for gaming experiences.

2. Journey |PSN

A symbolistís view of death, Journey is a masterpiece and the greatest evidence for games as art. Its simple and deceptively caring gameplay and unique online focus creates an invisible companionship that becomes its loving core. Meaningful, open-ended and visually and emotionally detailed, Journeyís greatness is what it inspires you to imagine.

1. The Walking Dead |360,PS3,Steam

The emotional roller coaster that questions your humanity, The Walking Dead is an intriguing, brutal, adventure title with a rich, logically thorough, and gut wrenching story that brings you right into the narrative. Following Lee and his adopted daughter, Clementine, the journey to safety is a touching one, nearly bringing you to tears every step of the way, regardless of your emotional disposition. With its ample narrative, The Walking Dead is what every story strives to be: an emotional, cohesive, logically well written, tale that makes you care for you fellow man, even if they are portrayed by digital simulations.

-Other 2012 Awards-

The MultiPlat Awards: My Top 5 Games On All Platforms/

The Exclusies: My Top Exclusives of 2012/

The Little Guy Awards: My Top 5 Handheld Titles of 2012/

Letter's Lost In The Mail: My Honorable Mentions of 2012/

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