It’s only a few days until Christmas and a few more until the end of the year, so I’d like to take this moment to write about my top 5 games of 2012. Enjoy!
Black Ops 2
Okay sure, this ones a pretty obvious choice for those of us who are fans of the Black Ops series. Black Ops 2 has really pulled it out of the bag again. Not only does it feel like a completely new game, it also keeps the fundimental parts that us Black Ops fans truly love about the series. Unlike Modern Warfare 3, Treyarch haven’t just rinsed and repeated Black Ops 2, they’ve worked on creating a unique experience for both the single player campaign as well as the multiplayer campaign – okay so there’s been a few grumpy faces over their choice to remove Nuke Town 2025 from the standard playlist, but they’ve sort of made it up to us.. right?
(Available on PC, Xbox 360, PS3, WiiU,)
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken
I’ve been introduced to a fair few platform games this year such as Blocks that Matter and Stealth Bastard Deluxe (review coming soon) but none have quite compared to the masterpiece that is Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken. If you’re looking for a platform game that has the right amount of puzzles, gunfights, humor, and penguins then Rocketbirds is for you! RB:HC follows a burly chicken named Hardboiled who’s set on assassinating the evil penguin leader Putzki, along the way there are cutscenes that reveal how Hardboiled came to be and the reasons behind wanting to assassinate Putzki.
I definitely recommend this game to anyone – it’s fantastic.
(Available on PC)
This little gem has recently been stealing all of my time, and has also stolen a spot in my top 5 right at the last minute. From developers Nimblebit – people behind the popular mobile game Tiny Tower comes an airport tycoon simulator where the player can buy airports in different cities across the world, buy different size planes for both people and cargo, and manage a tiny airport empire. This game is available on both iOS and Android (only recently on Android) and has become one of my favourite mobile time management games. Pocket Planes is pure brilliance!
(Available on Android and iOS)
Dogfight 1942 is an arcade style aerial combat game that for me, brings something new and exciting to that genre. Unlike most aerial combat games, Dogfight 1942 is constantly throwing things at you and barely giving you a moment to think which in my opinion is something most aerial combat games lack. Right away you’re thrown into the action and not only that, you can have a friend join you with the local multiplayer!
Overall Dogfight 1942 is a great game to just pick up and play that doesn’t really need a lot of concentraton, nor is their much of a story to follow which for me is perfect!
(Available on XBLA)
Now this game is something people should be going wild over, but they’re not. Ravaged is a 32 player online multiplayer game that takes on a similar post-apocalyptic style to games like Rage and Borderlands. Focusing mainly on vehicular warfare, Ravaged offers a unique play style that almost anyone can jump into. I’ve only ever experienced the game with around 10/12 other players but that didn’t let the game down at all, it was still pretty fast paced and I killed plenty of time while playing – I can imagine that 32 players would make a pretty insane game.
It’s definitely worth a try, and the game has so much potential so what are you waiting for? GET IT!
(Available on PC)
2012’s Big Flop: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD
If there was a game I was looking forward to playing the most I’d say it was this one, I’ve been a fan of the THPS series since the original Tony Hawk’s game. I recently bought a Dreamcast for my wife along with a box full of games and THPS and THPS 2 were included. It totally rekindled my love for the series so when I heard that Activision were releasing a remastered HD version of the game I couldn’t wait to play it.
I honestly wish I had just stuck to the Dreamcast version..
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is the most disappointing game I’ve ever spent money on. Though the levels are very familiar the entire gameplay mechanics are totally different, it lacks the feel the original games came with and makes the whole experience seem cheap and unappealing. The soundtracks were always something to look forward to in the Tony Hawk’s series’ but the playlist for this game, though some tracks are nostalgia inducing it gets very repetative, very quickly.
Another downside is the lack of local multiplayer one of the main things that I’d love within the THPS series. I recently spoke with a source at Activision who informed me that there are no plans to bring local multiplayer to THPS HD – gutted.
(Available on XBLA)
Well that concludes my top 5 games of 2012, I hope you enjoyed it and if you haven’t played any of the above games I certainly recommend doing so, but not THPS HD.. That sucks.