With 2012 firmly behind us,we at Gamer Living decided to throw in our votes for the 2012 Game of the Year.Whether it's the story that grips your heart and tugs you along for a long epic journey,the dazzlingly realistic visuals,mind boggling gameplay,we all have different ideas of what makes a game The Best.Read more to see if any of our staff agreed on which game should take home the Game of the Year award.The best game in 2012 would have to be Mass Effect 3! |
While the original ending left much to be desired,it was still a sensational,emotionally charged game that brought a final close to the much beloved series.The fact that you could rekindle an old romance well,I did that had been ripped away from you in the second Mass Effect and many other story elements of this nature really brought things full circle and made all three games tie in nicely to whichever character you made.The gameplay was still fresh even three installments later,and they didn't add any unnecessary mechanics to the game to try to make it stand out from the others.They knew a formula that worked and based their entire world around it;this is why they deserve the credit.
As a history graduate,and a little bit of a conspiracy theorist my surname's Moulder,it kind of comes with the territory,the Assassin's Creed series has always held a strong appeal for me.Although Assassin's Creed III wasn't quite the departure from the previous games that some people expected,and even though Dishonored presented a better realised assassin stealth experience,no other game this year engrossed me quite so much.From the fantastic plot twist about five hours into the game which I only spotted a couple of seconds before it happened,yet yelled at the TV about for a good while longer afterward,to running through the wilderness for hours as Connor,to the fantastic naval battles,Assassin's Creed III drew me in and wouldn't let go.For me,Assassin's Creed III is 2012's Game of the Year.
X Com was a story of good versus evil;it was incredibly refreshing to defend Earth without the moral of the story turning out to be ‘man is the real monster'.X Com's gameplay was unforgiving,brutal,and incredibly rewarding.I got attached to every member of my squad and mourned their deaths,and I FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Coins cheered at the death of every alien.X Com:Enemy Unknown isn't just a game it's a story machine,where you and your chums can share the unique tales of bravado and success from your squad.X Com:Enemy Unknown is my choice for Game of the Year 2012,and I can't wait to see where the franchise goes from here.
For me,this is a no brainer.Kingdoms of Amalur:Reckoning was the biggest title for 2012.I already said this game raised the bar for how RPGs should be done,and I'm sticking to my guns.Skyriwho? Reckoning showed us that an RPG can be compelling,immersive,and most of all,fun to play.Polished,fluid combat made getting into a brawl something to look forward to,not just a stat based numbers game as you moved from plot trigger to plot trigger.Flashy skills enabled the player to feel like a badass even at lower levels while facing off against enemies who gave a real sense of accomplishment when vanquished.
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