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#1 Dec 11 2012 at 4:51 PM Rating: Excellent
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There have been a lot of games released this year. Some good, some not so good. Picking a favourite that we all agree on is a tough call. That's where you come in.

While the rest of the crew are arguing over their top picks for 2012, we want you to share yours.

Which release this year do you think is unparalleled? What title has had you slumped over a keyboard until the early hours? Which game has had you grinning like a child who just discovered ice-cream? Which one, unique gem of interactive entertainment has had you crying more than that time at the end of Avatar?

Let us know.

Entry is simple. Just go to this article right here and reply with your nomination. Speak your brains.

Edited, Dec 11th 2012 5:53pm by Gazimoff
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#2 Dec 11 2012 at 5:24 PM Rating: Excellent
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Not that I won't vote (not sure which yet), it seems a little odd that a site focused on MMO's would open voting to all games.
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#3 Dec 11 2012 at 5:47 PM Rating: Good
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Jophiel wrote:
Not that I won't vote (not sure which yet), it seems a little odd that a site focused on MMO's would open voting to all games.
This site has a focus? Smiley: wink
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#4 Dec 11 2012 at 6:17 PM Rating: Excellent
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It's a little counter-intuitive, but I think it kinda makes sense.

We're all fans of MMOs, but most of us play other games as well. It' just happens that MMOs are the genre we enjoy the most. So if the best examples of MMO gaming lose out to other titles on an MMO-focused site, it says something about the state of MMO development in general.

Of course, Jarimor might have a different reason. He's the EiC, after all :)
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I Dragon Age: Origins still valid?

Let's talk about it for 20 pages.
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#6 Dec 11 2012 at 8:09 PM Rating: Excellent
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Demea wrote:
I Dragon Age: Origins still valid?


You Dragon Age: Origins, I Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.
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#7 Dec 11 2012 at 9:37 PM Rating: Good
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A list of eligible games would be nice...
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#8 Dec 12 2012 at 1:16 AM Rating: Good
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Iamadam wrote:
A list of eligible games would be nice...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_in_video_gaming#Game_releases
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We need to band together to make sure KoA wins, just to rub salt in the wounds.
Smiley: crymore
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#11 Dec 12 2012 at 10:40 AM Rating: Good
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The One and Only Poldaran wrote:
Iamadam wrote:
A list of eligible games would be nice...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_in_video_gaming#Game_releases
I call foul. That list shows a game being released on the Mac.
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#12 Dec 12 2012 at 10:42 AM Rating: Good
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Given the list, I'd probably vote for KoA...
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#13 Dec 12 2012 at 10:48 AM Rating: Good
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Can I nominate Russian Roulette? It's a very exciting game, the only problem is that it has low replayabiliy.

Edited, Dec 12th 2012 11:48am by Shaowstrike
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Can I nominate Russian Roulette? It's a very exciting game, the only problem is that it has low replayabiliy.


Sure, for 1 in 6.
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#15 Dec 12 2012 at 10:51 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'd vote for Puddle. Smiley: thumbsup

The only one on the list I've played is Diablo III, and I'm kinda 'meh' about it.

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#16 Dec 12 2012 at 11:04 AM Rating: Good
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Shaowstrike the Shady wrote:
Can I nominate Russian Roulette? It's a very exciting game, the only problem is that it has low replayabiliy.
Depends how good you are at it.
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I'd probably vote for Dishonored, The Walking Dead, or Journey, mostly because they're not sequels. Smiley: lol

Borderlands 2 really surprised me with how good the story was, and the voice acting was excellent.

Torchlight 2 is wicked fun, and was great right from the start.

Diablo 3 was enjoyable for a short while, but ultimately was a disappointment. They've changed a lot, so it might be better now, but as long as you have to keep actually running story quests to go kill bosses, I'll pass.
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#18 Dec 12 2012 at 12:38 PM Rating: Good
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Borderlands 2 really surprised me with how good the story was, and the voice acting was excellent.


That got my nomination. I went in to that game with some pretty high expectations and it still blew me away.

It really wasnt that great of a year for video games though, imo.
#19 Dec 12 2012 at 2:23 PM Rating: Good
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It really wasnt that great of a year for video games though, imo.


I keep hearing that, but it doesn't really register for me. I feel like this year's been better than most.

Perhaps I'm looking for different things out of the market than others? A lot of my gaming mileage this year has been done on smaller downloadables.
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Eske Esquire wrote:
KTurner wrote:
It really wasnt that great of a year for video games though, imo.


I keep hearing that, but it doesn't really register for me. I feel like this year's been better than most.

Perhaps I'm looking for different things out of the market than others? A lot of my gaming mileage this year has been done on smaller downloadables.

The bulk of my gaming this year has been Forza 4 (came out in 2011), Diablo 3 (extreme disappointment), NCAA Football 11/Madden 13 (cant give these GotY), Torchlight 2 (easily second place for me) and borderlands 2.

I played a ton of other other games sure, but those got most of my attention.

What's your nomination?
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I'm voting for Gettysburg: Armored Warfare.
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#22 Dec 12 2012 at 2:58 PM Rating: Good
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Eske Esquire wrote:
KTurner wrote:
It really wasnt that great of a year for video games though, imo.


I keep hearing that, but it doesn't really register for me. I feel like this year's been better than most.

Perhaps I'm looking for different things out of the market than others? A lot of my gaming mileage this year has been done on smaller downloadables.

The bulk of my gaming this year has been Forza 4 (came out in 2011), Diablo 3 (extreme disappointment), NCAA Football 11/Madden 13 (cant give these GotY), Torchlight 2 (easily second place for me) and borderlands 2.

I played a ton of other other games sure, but those got most of my attention.

What's your nomination?


Journey's my GOTY, and it's not even remotely close. A very special game, IMHO, and I think we'll grow to appreciate that even more as we get some distance from it.

There's been a lot of other games that I've enjoyed, too, particularly on the smaller/indie end. And I've missed a bunch of titles that I thought looked solid, and plan to go back to, as well.

Shooting from the hip:

Shank 2
Syndicate
SSX
Sine Mora
Closure
Trine 2
The Walking Dead
Starhawk
Minecraft (err...technically)
Dyad
Papo y Yo
Madden 13
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Borderlands 2
Dishonored
The Unfinished Swan
Pid

(Bolded the ones I particularly enjoyed)

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#23 Dec 12 2012 at 2:59 PM Rating: Good
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Jophiel wrote:
We need to band together to make sure KoA wins, just to rub salt in the wounds.
You have my vote.
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#24 Dec 12 2012 at 3:18 PM Rating: Good
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I would agree with this one if it wasn't for the fact that the game is nearly unplayable without a controller.
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Eske Esquire wrote:
KTurner wrote:
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It really wasnt that great of a year for video games though, imo.


I keep hearing that, but it doesn't really register for me. I feel like this year's been better than most.

Perhaps I'm looking for different things out of the market than others? A lot of my gaming mileage this year has been done on smaller downloadables.

The bulk of my gaming this year has been Forza 4 (came out in 2011), Diablo 3 (extreme disappointment), NCAA Football 11/Madden 13 (cant give these GotY), Torchlight 2 (easily second place for me) and borderlands 2.

I played a ton of other other games sure, but those got most of my attention.

What's your nomination?


Journey's my GOTY, and it's not even remotely close. A very special game, IMHO, and I think we'll grow to appreciate that even more as we get some distance from it.


Isn't that a very short game though? Value goes a long way for me in what I consider a great game, and if that game is ~2 hrs (first google result) for 15 dollars, thats pretty terrible value when im getting 3hrs to the dollar in torchlight 2 (only level 48 out of 100 on my main character to boot) and close to 4 hrs to the dollar in borderlands 2.



Edited, Dec 12th 2012 1:25pm by KTurner
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KTurner wrote:
Eske Esquire wrote:
KTurner wrote:
Eske Esquire wrote:
KTurner wrote:
It really wasnt that great of a year for video games though, imo.


I keep hearing that, but it doesn't really register for me. I feel like this year's been better than most.

Perhaps I'm looking for different things out of the market than others? A lot of my gaming mileage this year has been done on smaller downloadables.

The bulk of my gaming this year has been Forza 4 (came out in 2011), Diablo 3 (extreme disappointment), NCAA Football 11/Madden 13 (cant give these GotY), Torchlight 2 (easily second place for me) and borderlands 2.

I played a ton of other other games sure, but those got most of my attention.

What's your nomination?


Journey's my GOTY, and it's not even remotely close. A very special game, IMHO, and I think we'll grow to appreciate that even more as we get some distance from it.


Isn't that a very short game though? Value goes a long way for me in what I consider a great game, and if that game is ~2 hrs (first google result) for 15 dollars, thats pretty terrible value when im getting 3hrs to the dollar in torchlight 2 (only level 48 out of 100 on my main character to boot) and close to 4 hrs to the dollar in borderlands 2.


It's a short game, yes. 2-3 hours, tops.

Whether that's worth $15 depends, of course, on the perceived value of the experience. A straight dollar-to-hours comparison is fallacious, because it assumes that those hours spent on different games are inherently identical. But we don't weigh all our gaming experiences the same; some are more potent than others.

For example, all the hours that I've spent in Borderlands 2 don't amount to more than the 2 hours I've spent in Journey. BL 2 was entertaining, no doubt. But Journey wowed me...I played the final sequence with with my mouth agape in some kinda weird joy/amazement combination. I'll take those 2 hours over the hundreds I've spent in Skyrim. But that's just me. It's all about your internal metrics, of course. Wholly subjective.

'Course, it'd probably be tough for you to really love Journey now, after it's been talked up to death. Smiley: lol


PS: I expect it'll see a discount after it gets some GOTY nods. So maybe it'd be worth waiting until then?

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Yeah, I just wish it was on a system I actually played...
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Yeah, I just wish it was on a system I actually played...


Aye, bummer.
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You have my vote.

And my bow.
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#30 Dec 12 2012 at 4:15 PM Rating: Good
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You have my vote.

And my bow.

And my revolver.
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Shaowstrike the Shady wrote:
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You have my vote.

And my bow.

And my revolver.

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#32 Dec 12 2012 at 8:44 PM Rating: Good
Mass Effect 3 was a divisive conclusion to an RPG epic that had surprisingly decent multiplayer.

Dishonored was the best "original" game I've played since Bioshock.

The Walking Dead game was surprisingly emotional.

X-Com was a great remake...

I'd give it to The Walking Dead. I know Clementine isn't real, but I really wanted to protect & take care of her and no "game" has ever made me care that much about a NPC before.
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#33 Dec 13 2012 at 6:30 AM Rating: Decent
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Hahaha, first game on that wiki list I saw is Katawa Shoujo. I should totally vote for that instead of reading through the list to find another game I know something about.

edit: Or even better. "Whichever game it was, as long as it was released in 2012, write your nomination in the comments below and add a line about why it is, in your opinion, the best game of the year. I should vote for something very very nsfw like サウナ内でのあるある ~ほっこり日常編~.

Edited, Dec 13th 2012 7:35am by Deadgye
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