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Game of the year and round-up of 2012.

Game of the year 2012.

2012 has been kind to gamers in giving a variety of quality laden games albeit with a few missteps and disappointments along the way. With 2 new consoles released, it seems that we are on the peak of the next-gen with the next Playstation and Xbox hopefully being announced next year as the rumours start to fly. For now though we have seen the strengths of this generation exemplified in games released this year such as Far Cry 3 and Assassins Creed 3. Here is Game of the year and other categories also.

Game of the Year- Dishonored

Unsung game of the year- Sleeping Dogs

Disappointment of the year- Call of Duty: Black Ops declassified

Best graphics- Far Cry 3

Best use of sound- Journey

Xbox GOTY- Halo 4

PS3 GOTY- Journey

PS Vita GOTY- Little Big Planet Vita

3DS GOTY- Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D

PC GOTY- Xcom: Enemy Unknown

Downloadable network GOTY- Minecraft XBLA

Best HD collection- MGS HD Collection

Best DLC- Battlefield 3 Premium

Best multiplayer- Starhawk

Best co-op- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Zombies) 

Best setting- Dishonored

Use of voice acting: Sleeping Dogs

New character of the year- Connor (Assassins Creed 3)

Underrated exclusive- Twisted Metal 

Dishonored continues the quality-set trend led by Bethesda as they have their claws firmly on this generation. With Oblivion, Fallout 3, Skyrim and now Dishonored, they have managed to craft simultaneous engrossing narratives with non-linear choice based gameplay. It is a bold direction they undertook in 2006 with Oblivion representing the envisioned scope and depth of non-linear open world RPG. Dishonored is slightly different in its themes and approach to the non-linear approach by placing violence and conspiracy central to its narrative. The result is one of the finest new IP’s ever to grace gaming.

2012- consoles and disappointments.

The PS Vita launched in February this year. Despite not setting the world on fire with sales and some games under-performing, the Vita remains a very capable portable gaming device with Uncharted: Golden Abyss highlighting the PS Vita’s technical capabilities. However, the portable market has changed with a growing trend focused on casual gaming rather than the focused experiences set out in most PS Vita games. I hope it picks up in 2013- it needs a good year.

The WiiU launched in late November. Despite a limited launch line-up, consumers are hardly deterred by the scepticism surrounding the capabilities of the console. ZombiU looks like an interesting title and with games like Mass Effect 3, Black Ops 2 and Arkham City, it is clear as to the direction Nintendo are attempting to take. The use of the pad as the second screen and how it is incorporated into gameplay elements is certainly innovative and involving. How it is used and developed further will also be interesting to see. The game to keep an eye on for the WiiU is undoubtedly Rayman: Legends.

There have been a few select games that have come under fire from the ever harsh circuit of critics as well as consumers. Resistance: Burning Skies could and should have been much more. However, Nihilistic turned one of this generation’s underrated shooters into nothing more than mediocre cannon fodder despite the portable transition.

Medal of Honor (2010) was a solid shooter with a focused campaign which was the big draw of the game compared to its lacklustre multiplayer. Hopes were somewhat high for Medal of Honor: Warfighter as well as coming after last years brilliant Battlefield 3, you would be mistaken for thinking Warfighter would be anything but a disappointment. However after a late review embargo, the signs were clear and the game has been subject of negative approval- something that will concern the bigwigs of EA. It will be interesting in what they do with the MOH series now.

There can be however no doubt as to what the biggest fluctuating disappointment of the year is and that is Call of Duty: Black Ops declassified. The negative approval of the game has sparked debate particularly on TSA/TheSixthAxis where user scores on websites and PSN are far more positive than critic scores. Honestly from what I have seen and sampled, Declassified is no worse than Resistance: Burning Skies (hardly a compliment). The multiplayer is alright and mostly above average. Yet the solo content is lacking and is not representative of the Call of Duty series of late. It is a shame as the PS Vita could have used Declassified as a platform to appeal to the masses. Had Treyarch taken the reigns- who knows. As it remains though, Declassified is a below-average shooter that barely manages to be nothing more than competent at best.

2012 has seen new consoles, fluctuating franchises and as ever great games. I haven’t even scratched the surface on games such as; Borderlands 2, Hitman Absolution, Black Ops 2, Mass Effect 3, Starhawk, MGS HD Collection and more. 2013 could be the new dawn with hopefully the announcements of new consoles from Sony and Microsoft. That will be at the forefront of what critics, consumers and onlookers will be looking at come E3.

2013 promises more great games and some may prove generation defining. Here is what you should keep an eye on.

The Last of Us- PS3

Rayman: Legends- WiiU

Persona 4: Golden- PS Vita

Gears of War: Judgement- Xbox

Luigi’s Mansion- 3DS

Elder Scrolls Online- PC

Next week will be a round-up of films from this year as well as film of the year. Have any thoughts, opinions on the choices for GOTY? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section or our new page on Facebook.





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