Games that rocked my socks off in 2012

I’m notorious for playing catch up with consoles and gaming.  So with this list, I’ll be recounting the games that took me by surprise in 2012.  (Not all were released in this past year…)

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Dead Space (360 and Android) – Ever seen those people that smell a jug of milk that’s past it’s prime and tell everyone to smell it?  That’s me… With myself.  The Dead Space series, though old, is amazing!  Dead Space was released in 2008 and has been shocking the pants off of people since.  Playing the first installment hooked me straight away.  Getting jolted over and over again, made me want to see what was around the next corner.  Recently, a new mobile version was released with a new touch interface and a different side story.  If you want to complete your Necromorph ensemble, be sure to pick this one up with your PC/console versions.  (Maybe I’ll get Dead Space 2 next year.  Don’t get me started with picking up the 3rd installment coming out soon!)

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9)Need-for-Speed-MostWantedNeed For Speed: Most Wanted  (Android) – Ever since the Gamecube versions, I was hooked!  Yeah, I played the previous versions that came out on older systems and PCs but none of them were as good till Underground.  This portable version isn’t nearly as good as it’s free roaming big brother title, but it’s one of the shining experinces of how to do quality racing on-the-go.

8)wpid-HappyWars-600x330.pngHappy Wars (360) – This Free To Play title on the Xbox 360 is somewhat of an anomoly.  Nothing is free on XBox Live… NOTHING!  Well that was till this past fall when a beta test for the new Xbox dashboard came out and they brought along a friend to the party.  Happy Wars is originally a F2P game on the PC and now has a homd on the 360.  It’s a 15 on 15 experience with little medeival SD guys used to play a hilarious game of capture the flag.  There are in game purchases but you don’t really need to them to get a great experience.

7)  Left4Dead2Left 4 Dead 2 (360) – What bad can you say about hordes upon hordes upon hordes of zombies?  Nothing?  I thought so.  😉  This game is just FUN!  No other way about it.  Now the Steam for Linux was just released, I’m making this purchase again once L4D2 is completed.

6)Gears_of_War_historyGears of War series (360) – Honestly, it’s a great 3rd person shooter.  The story is what drives it along and makes you want to keep on playing through to the 3rd installment.

5)  MegaMan25thStreet Fighter x Mega Man (PC) – An incredibly late comer to the list (as it was released this month) this fan-project-turned-official-release quenches the thirst of anyone that loves Capcom, Street Figher, Mega Man and crossovers.  Show some love and get this game.  Support Capcom and their milestone anniversaries.

4)Final_Fantasy_XIII_LogoFinal Fantasy XIII (360) – Not very final.  There’s even a Final Fantasy XIII-2 and XIV.  Joking aside, the story is rich and the visuals amazing!  A new combat engine (ATB) is in place and makes the game not so turn based.  The 360 comes on 3 DVDs and is a bear to get through.  (If anyone has fought Cid, then you really know what I’m talking about!)  Fans of the series won’t be disappointed with this super discounted title.

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Transformers War for/Fall of Cybertron (360) – I am a child at heart.  When something pulls at your nostalgia heartstrings, like these 2 games, you can’t say no.  A majority of the series ended up on Netflix this year and now that I’m well into my 30s, it hasn’t aged well.  The movie still holds up without issue, but the show is hard to watch.  My child brain doesn’t believe that it was this bad back then and War/Fall makes everything in the world seem right.  These games bring me back to how I remembered the toys and the series.  Transformers: War for/Fall of Cybertron is comfort food for me.  Eat up!

2)Ingress4.img_assist_custom-480x258Ingress (Android) –  OK, this one is going to be a LOT of weird.  The game premise is weird.  Google’s secret marketing plans make it weirder.  The fact that I can’t even play the game is incredibly weird since it’s also placed as #2!  Here’s why:

The game is an augmented reality app where you go out an about on the town to help the Enlightened or fight with the Resistance.  Chosing your faction will decide if you want humanity to continue or become overrun by Shapers.  Essentially, it’s a higher tech, faster paced version of GeoCaching.  You head to the portal and hack it.  Once hacked, you can get experience by fortifying it and get items to help you along your righetous quest.

Honestly, this is something an amazing way for Google to get even more mapping info to crush their rival, Apple and their mapping software.  Crowdsourcing thier data is GENIOUS!!!

On a side note:  If anyone has an invite to spare, I’m game for the game.  My local area is ripe for the picking and don’t want it to fall in the wrong hands. #ingress #ingressinvite

1)MinecraftMinecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (360) – See that sidebar over there?  The one with Raptr.com?  Yeah, those are all our gaming stats.  As of this writing, I’ve hit over 260 hours of play since July when it was released.  This is over the course of 3 major updates ranging from a pretty vanilla version to the addition of hunger then ravines and strongholds now experience with enchantments/brewing.  We are incredibly close to the PC version, it’s crazy!  I just can’t stop playing this game!!?!?!   Also, on December 22, Mojang and 2 Player Productions gave all XBox Live Gold members (Hehe…  Gold members…) a pre-release sneak peek at the movie, Minecraft: The Story of Mojang.  It was amazing!  To make it even more amazing, 2PP released a free version of the movie on the web!

Greetings Pirate Bay!

This is 2 Player Productions here, and we hoped we could be the first to upload our new movie “Minecraft: The Story of Mojang”. We’ve never uploaded a torrent before so hopefully this isn’t all screwed up.

We wanted to come here first because we knew the movie would end up here eventually, and the best thing to do seemed to be opening a dialogue. Torrents and piracy are a way of life and it probably won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. There are many people that want to punish you for that, but we have a more realistic outlook on things.

We’ve been there. We’ve all needed to do it at some point. Maybe you don’t have the money. Maybe you want to try before you buy. Maybe you’re pissed at us for premiering the movie on Xbox Live. These are all fine reasons. But if you feel that piracy is, in Gabe Newell’s words, “a service problem,” please consider that we are selling DRM free digital downloads that you can watch in whatever manner you please.

We’re just three guys trying to make a living doing what we love. We love the world of video games, and we love making it real. If you buy the movie, you support those efforts. The reason we Kickstarted this movie in the first place was that we didn’t have enough money to make it ourselves, and even then, we still put A LOT of our own money into it. Not to mention nearly two years of work.

Watch the movie. Hopefully you’ll like it, and understand what we’re trying to do. Please consider supporting us by buying the $8 DRM-free digital download of the movie at www.theminecraftmovie.com, or the $20 DVD from www.fangamer.net.

We’ve worked with a lot of amazing people in the games industry and had the incredible fortune to make some great films the way we wanted to make them. Please consider helping us continue on this path. The best has yet to come.

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If you didn’t get a chance to see it or didn’t know about it at all, go grab it then buy it because  support for these kinds of projects should continue.

So there it is folks, what really impacted me this year.  It’s been a pretty diverse year for gaming, for me and look forward to what’s coming up in 2013.  Yes, I joked about Dead Space 3 but I really can’t jump into the 3rd one without getting the second one.  It doesn’t mean I may not just plow through it to get to the current chapter!  😉  Other things I’m looking forward to are the great games that are being reworked for Steam for Linux.  TeamFortress 2 and Killing Floor are already rocking out on my old netbook.  There is a great amount of potential here.

Game with us in 2013!
CHEERS!

4 thoughts on “Games that rocked my socks off in 2012

  1. CaptainErock’s Top 10 list for 2012

    These top 10 lists really got me thinking about my own top 10, so I thought I’d share my spin on what I really enjoyed this year on the gaming front.

    10) Mass Effect 3 (360)
    While this is my least favorite of the Mass Effect games, it’s still a really good game. With all the controversy around the game’s ending, I stopped playing before I actually finished this game. I call this the Final Fantasy Effect. The Final Fantasy Effect is when I get to the end of a Final Fantasy game, but I don’t want it to be over, so I just don’t finish it. So that’s where I’m at with Mass Effect 3, near the end but in a holding pattern because I don’t want the game to be over. I’ll finish it though; I’ve just got a cornucopia of other games to get through.

    9) Minecraft (360)
    My raptr profile says I put 127 hours into this game; I guess I liked it. I’ve had Minecraft on PC since beta, (did it actually ever come out of beta?), and the group of people I played on a server with disappeared. I appreciate the social aspect of the game. That was always the fun part of Minecraft for me, to make something cool and to show someone else. So, when the XBOX version came out, I picked it up in hopes to play with others online. And that I did, many hours were spent with UberDalum and 1FreshG building towers of wool and whatnot.

    8) Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack (Vita)
    This game took me by surprise. I truly think it was the best of the launch line-up for the Vita. The barrier to entry was low, $7.99 I believe it was. It works really well on the handheld, easy saving system after each level makes it easy to pick-up and play in short bursts. Basically, it’s Katamari, where your block absorbs everything in the environment to become larger. I just discovered the PSN has another one of these titles, Tales from Space: About a Blob. I just picked this title up and will plug through a level here and there.

    7) Guild Wars 2 (PC)
    I’m really trying to avoid MMO’s due to my past addictions to them (earmuffs EQ!). But this game really had a fresh spin on how to engage people in the environment with their proximity quest system. The game encourages you to join others in world events and really promoted cooperation. I was impressed with the time that I put into the game how helpful everyone was to each other. Also, no subscription, I can go back and see what has changed whenever I would like.

    6) Diablo III (PC) It’s really just more Diablo, you click on stuff until it dies and take the loot. The auction house addition is really neat, and the fact that the game is tied to your battle net account really gives you some ability to be social. It was nice to have the option to co-op your way through the content, with easy jump-in jump-out features. I was only let down by the final boss battle of the game.

    5) Torchlight II (PC)
    Everyone else makes the Diablo III comparison, and so will I. This game was just a little bit better then Diablo III, the boss battles were much more creative, and I though the environments and enemies were much more varied.

    4) Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3)
    While the characters are a bit duller then the first installment of Final Fantasy XIII, the improvements made to the gameplay bumps this game up on my list.

    3) Persona 4: Golden (Vita)
    I’m cheating a bit by putting this game on the list; I’m only 8 hours into the game and barely scratched the surface of a game that I expect I’ll be sinking in 50-60 hours into. I’ve played Persona 3 FES on the PS2 back in the day and really enjoyed it. I never got around playing Persona 4 on the PS2, but when I heard this updated version was coming out it pretty much sold me on my Vita purchase.

    2) Journey (PS3)
    This game is best experienced by sitting down and playing through the game in one play through. The game itself is around 2 hours, maybe a little less, but the range of emotions the game takes you through was an amazing experience. One I’ve never really had playing a video game.

    1) Mass Effect (PS3)
    Ok, ok. So, Mass Effect came out in 2007, and yes I confess that I played through the game back then. That doesn’t stop me from arguing the fact that on a technicality; this game still came out in 2012 on the PS3. I’ve really become attached to the Mass Effect series and with the trilogy release I thought it would be neat to go through the series on a fresh run, and essentially in closer succession. I have already played through the game twice this time around, and am about half way through my 3rd play through with plans on going for the platinum trophy. The game is essentially the same as the 360 version, I did run into a few sound issues and load in problems on one cut scene, but that was over 80 hours of gameplay and didn’t tarnish my enjoyment of the game that much.

    Honorable Mentions 2012:
    So close! Here are some of the other games that I played this year that just missed out on making the cut.

    Rock Band: Blitz (360)
    I enjoyed getting some value from my Rock Band library. It was actually refreshing to just use the controller instead of a parade of plastic instruments.

    Zuma Revenge (360)
    A much better save system then Zuma Deluxe; you don’t have to play for hours and hours on end to progress.

    Dead Space (360)
    While not a 2012 game, but that’s when I played it. It took me until about chapter 5 to really get into it. I’m a little bit of a wimp when it comes to scary games, but I really got into this one. I’ll be playing Dead Space 2 in the near future.

    Pile of Shame 2012:
    My backlog of games has been growing at an enormous rate. Here is where I burry my head in the sand for the titles I just didn’t find the time to get to before the end of 2012. I’m pretty certain that had I played through the following slew of games; that several of these titles would have made their way into my top 10.

    Max Payne 3 (PC)
    XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PC)
    Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (360)
    Halo 4 (360)
    Borderlands 2 (PC)
    Assassin’s Creed III (PS3)
    Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)
    Darksiders II (PC)
    The Walking Dead (PC)
    The Last Story (WII)
    Far Cry 3 (PC)
    Mark of the Ninja (PC)
    Dust: An Elysian Tail (360)

    cheers!
    CaptainErock

  2. I hope you’ll update us on Ingress after you get to spend time with it, and once the non-disclosure agreement is up (if there is one), that seems really interesting.

    1. Good news is that there isn’t an NDA on this one like I had with the 360 Fall Preview Dashboard. I’ve been compiling thoughts and strategies about the game. I’ll have some big things coming out soon about the game. I just wish that you and Kara weren’t using iOS.

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