Archive | December, 2012

Best PlayStation 3 Game of 2012

31 Dec

Though we didn't get quite the huge amount of PS3 exclusives that we've had in previous years, 2012 still proved to be a stellar year for Sony's console, thanks mostly to a knock-out set of multiplatform titles and a handful of fantastic downloadable games. These are not only the best PlayStation 3 games of the year, but some of the best this year had to offer in gaming, period. 


Here are the Nominees:





Mass Effect 3


The Walking Dead

Walking Dead 5 -1

And the Winner is...


Journey 2
Xbox 360 and PC owners should definitely play the other nominees listed above, but Thatgamecompany's PlayStation 3-exclusive Journey is far and beyond the best that the PlayStation 3 has to offer this year. Through its fantastic art design, Grammy-nominated soundtrack, and innovative use of multiplayer, Journey provides something that we've never seen in gaming before.

As a standalone experience, Journey is moving in its own right. But it truly shines when played online with a partner - an anonymous player who partakes in your journey with you. Much like life itself, your experience with Journey is defined by the people you meet along the way. 

Critics looking for proof of games as art? This is it. Here is your definitive proof. Journey validates the argument that we have been making for years. Gaming has never seen a game like Journey before, and it's possible we may not again for a long time. 

Read the full version here - http://www.gamrreview.com/article/89606/best-playstation-3-game-of-2012/

Competition: Win an App Store ‘Best of 2012’ Gaming Bundle

31 Dec

Another year of gaming has come to an end, and what a year it’s been. 2012 was a great year for gaming across all platforms, and some would argue that it has been one of the best years in gaming history. However one platform that you may have overlooked is the iDevice. Yeah, you heard me.

The iDevice has served as a platform for some great games this year, and you’d be a fool to underestimate the quality that can be found on these pieces of tech. In order to celebrate the brilliant games that can be found on your iPads, iPods and iPhones, we’ve teamed up with various developers to give you the chance to win a selection of the best the App store has to offer.

There are 3 bundles to be won, each containing the same four games. All of the games up for grabs have been named on Apple's ‘Best of 2012’ list, so you know you’re getting the good stuff. I imagine you’ll want to know what games are in these bundles? Well, let’s take a look:

Incoboto: "When The Corporation causes all the suns to go out, a small boy named Inco and his strange friend, Helios, go on a galaxy-spanning quest to light the skies once more."


Lost Winds 2: "The award-winning, enchanting ‘LostWinds’ adventure continues! Amazing new season-switching gameplay. Incredible new wind powers at the tips of your fingers. Beautiful visuals. Expansive new environments to explore. Charming new characters, and an absorbing storyline."


Nihilumbra: "Discover the beautiful world of Nihilumbra and join Born on his adventure to find himself whilst trying to escape from his inevitable curse."


OLO: "OLO is an addictive game of skill and strategy, a new generation social board game for all ages. Play with up to three friends or play online against anyone, anywhere."


Out of the three bundles available two are compatable with the iPad and one is compatable with the iPhone/iPod Touch, so when entering please specify which one you would like to win. You must also be running iOS 4.3 on your device in order to enjoy all of the games on offer, so make sure you check, and if need be update, before entering. 

Let's get down to the serious business of how you can go about winning one of these bundles. In order to be in with a chance, you must simply tell us what your favourite game of 2012 was. That's it. Elementary, right? It can be any game, on any platform, that has been released this year. How do you tell us what your favourite game was? Easy!

  • You can enter by posting your answer in the comments sections below. Remember to include an email address and to specify if you want an iPhone or an iPad bundle, so that if you do win, we'll be able to get in touch and send you the right bundle.
  • You can also enter via twitter by following me and then tweeting at me or direct messaging me. You can find me on twitter under the name @kerrblimey. Again, remember to give me some way of contacting you and to also let me know which bundle you would like.
  • Finally, you can enter by liking gamrReview on Facebook and posting your response there. Again, remember to give us some way of contacting you and to specify which bundle you want.

Winners of the three bundles will be contacted by me directly in a week's time on January 7. That's all the information you lovely guys and gals need, and I'm off to begin my new year celebrations early.

Good luck, and have a fantastic new year!

Read the full version here - http://www.gamrreview.com/article/89628/competition-win-an-app-store-best-of-2012-gaming-bundle/

Video: Wootini’s Video Podcast #101

31 Dec
Happy New Year, gay gamers! Much shorter vidcast this week, as I just quickly run down some highlights of my gay/gaming Christmas presents, and then talk about some gaming New Years resolutions. Did you guys get anything awesome And what are your resolutions?

USA Preorders Chart, 22 December 2012 – Slow Week

31 Dec


There are no games in the top 40 to be in its final week before launch. As a reminder the Pro data is back up, which means that I am taking requests again for games outside the top 20.

One game has 200,000 or more pre-orders, the same as last week, and the top nine has 100,000 or more pre-orders, the same as last week. One game added 20,000 or more, up from zero last week and eight added 10,000 or more, up from four last week.

Games in Final Week Before Launch

There are no games in the top 40 to be in its final week before launch.

Major Performers in the U.S. – Week Ending December 29

Overall software sales are expected to increase by around 45 percent.

Overall hardware sales are expected to increase by around 45 percent.

Other Hot Games – In Order of Release

God of War Ascension Pre-orders vs God of War III

God of War: Ascension (PS3) added 12,763 pre-orders, up from 9,052 last week, for a total of 137,582. The game is 104,000 pre-orders behind God of War III. The game is 12 weeks away from launch in the USA, March 12, 2013.

Gears of War: Judgments Pre-Orders vs Gears of War IIi Pre-orders

Gears of War: Judgment (X360) added 5,448 pre-orders, up from 4,376 last week, for a total of 38,028. The game is 747,000 pre-orders behind Gears of War III. The game is 13 weeks away from launch in the USA, March 12, 2013.

Bioshock Infinite Pre-orders

Bioshock Infinite (X360) added 13,733 pre-orders, up from 11,021 last week, for a total of 236,299. Bioshock Infinite (PS3) added 8,499 pre-orders, up from 7,226 last week, for a total of 146,165. The game is 14 weeks away from launch in the USA, March 26, 2013.

Notable mentions: Grand Theft Auto V (X360) added 19,843 pre-orders for a total of 144,952. Grand Theft Auto V (PS3) added 17,271 pre-orders for a total of 126,202. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (PC) added 15,927 pre-orders for a total of 135,166.

Requests: Fire Emblem: Kakusei (3DS) added 4,573 pre-orders for a total of 12,868. Killzone: Mercenary (PSV) and Soul Sacrifice (PSV) are not in the pre-order charts yet.

If your favorite game isn't in the top 20, leave a comment requesting which game you want to see and the most requested games will be added in next week's article!

The Top 40 can be seen below or click here to go to the USA pre-orders page.

Pos Game Weeks to Launch Weekly Change Total
BioShock Infinite (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Shooter
14 13,733 236,299
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
Nintendo, Adventure
N/A 5,792 167,717
BioShock Infinite (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Shooter
14 8,499 146,165
Grand Theft Auto V (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Action
N/A 19,843 144,952
God of War: Ascension (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Action
12 12,763 137,582
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (PC)
Activision, Strategy
12 15,927 135,166
Grand Theft Auto V (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Action
N/A 17,271 126,202
Aliens: Colonial Marines (X360)
Sega, Shooter
8 5,760 112,780
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
Nintendo, Simulation
28 3,535 105,710
The Last of Us (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Adventure
20 10,758 84,056
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Platform
7 5,374 70,785
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3)
Konami Digital Entertainment, Action
9 8,460 70,759
Ninokuni: Shiroki Seihai no Joou (PS3)
Namco Bandai Games, Role-Playing
5 11,196 65,373
Dead Space 3 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
N/A 8,920 64,420
BioShock Infinite (PC)
Take-Two Interactive, Shooter
14 6,104 61,994
Aliens: Colonial Marines (PS3)
Sega, Shooter
8 3,271 61,277
Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6: Patriots (X360)
Ubisoft, Shooter
N/A 1,996 61,226
Tomb Raider (X360)
Square Enix, Action
2 6,672 50,443
The Last Guardian (PS3)
Unknown, Adventure
N/A 602 49,893
Take-Two Interactive, Shooter
N/A 324 47,789
Dead Space 3 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
N/A 6,295 47,619
Crysis 3 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
15 4,777 45,223
Metro: Last Light (X360)
THQ, Shooter
N/A 3,851 44,750
Anarchy Reigns (PS3)
Sega, Action
3 3,964 42,241
Anarchy Reigns (X360)
Sega, Action
3 3,733 40,632
Lego City Stories Undercover (WiiU)
Nintendo, Action
15 5,448 40,324
Gears of War: Judgment (X360)
Microsoft Game Studios, Shooter
13 5,558 38,028
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist (X360)
Ubisoft, Action
15 2,938 36,720
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (X360)
Konami Digital Entertainment, Action
9 4,549 35,473
Dead Island: Riptide (X360)
Deep Silver, Adventure
N/A 4,201 35,282
Prey 2 (X360)
Bethesda Softworks, Shooter
N/A 33,754 33,754
Pikmin 3 (WiiU)
Nintendo, Strategy
N/A 3,350 32,963
Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Adventure
N/A 3,037 32,107
Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6: Patriots (PS3)
Ubisoft, Shooter
N/A 1,269 31,619
South Park: The Stick of Truth (X360)
THQ, Role-Playing
15 5,262 31,013
Crysis 3 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
15 3,269 30,392
Metro: Last Light (PS3)
THQ, Shooter
N/A 3,037 29,326
Injustice: Gods Among Us (X360)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Fighting
N/A 4,395 28,908
Heavy Fire: Afghanistan (X360)
Mastiff, Shooter
2 382 28,826
Aliens: Colonial Marines (PC)
Sega, Shooter
8 1,617 26,670

Contact VGChartz at wdangelo@vgchartz.com

Japan Bids Farewell To The PS2

31 Dec
launch-ps2.jpg Over the years, I've poked fun at Japan. Partly it's because of the of the destroying of our collective innocence with its twisted brainwrongs; partly it's because of the theory the only nation on Earth that treats its water with the "brown acid," and is generally a 150,000 mi2 factory for the world's night terrors. Yet I kid because I love, and aside from adoring its weird creations, our friends across the pond have given us some mighty fine game systems: among the being the NES, Sega Genesis, and of course, the PlayStation line - the most notable of which, arguably, being the PlayStation 2. Have rolled in the digital hay for over twelve years, the PS2 and Japan have decided to part ways. Indeed, after selling over 150 million units (according to Joystiq) and being the best-selling console of all time, production has ceased . With its final shipment on the way to retailers, gamers will have to suffice with used version of the popular system. So alas, we bid adieu to the PS2: its rectangular, black profile standing tall above its peers, like the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. As our dear friend - one which served me with admirable reliability until the optical drive failed after 14 months god f*cking d*mmit - is being put out to pasture, I cradle it in my arms and say, "Leave this world with pride, brother. You gave us MGS3, Silent Hill 2, and Shadow of the Colossus. Now rest, my old comrade; you've earned it." via Kotaku

EA, Take Two, Activision Take Stock Market Loss In Violent Video Game Fallout

31 Dec
This sort of imagery is beginning to scare investors.
There has been much consternation in recent weeks about the effects of violent video games - much more than usual. While some of it has been level-headed (seriously, read that link; it's excellent, and should be required reading for anyone interested in the topic), much of the response has been shrill and reactionary. This is no surprise, given the 24-hour news cycle's propensity towards simple narratives and fear-based marketing. However, rich people who can afford to gamble on the stock markets these days (and, depending on how they're managed and if you can afford them, your bank investments) are feeling the consternation financially in the form of up-to double-digit stock price losses for major video game manufacturers. Activision and EA each saw an eight percent drop in their stock prices last week, while Take-Two saw a fifteen percent drop. These losses are being blamed directly on the cultural aftermath of the Newtown massacre in the United States as analysts fear for these companies' 2013 sales outlooks and the potential for a sustained backlash against violent video games. Whatever your opinion on the supposed link between violent video games and real-world violence (full disclosure: I have written ad nauseum about my take on the matter), a conversation about the issue is being pushed forcefully, and from many directions.

Best Nintendo 3DS Game of 2012

31 Dec

Mobile gaming has surged ahead in recent years. With smartphones able to play something more impressive than Snake, as well as the dedicated handhelds of large game companies, there are now a multitude of ways to get your gaming fix, no matter what you are doing. 

While it had a shaky start, Nintendo's 3DS has not only thrived since its launch last year, but it just recently outsold the PS3's lifetime sales in its mother country in less than a third of the time. While this year saw plenty of excellent titles for the handheld, these were the ones that really floated to the top.

The Nominees are...

Kid Icarus: Uprising

kid icarus uprising

Resident Evil: Revelations

resident evil revelations

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

professor layton

Zero Escape: Virture's Last Reward

zero escape

And the Winner is...

Resident Evil: Revelations

resident evil

If somebody had told me last year that a handheld version of Resident Evil was going to be significantly better than that year's console version, I would have slapped them and called them a Jill Sandwich.

But that's what happened. Revelations was an action-packed showpiece that really shows off just what the 3DS is capable of in the right hands. On top of a single player campaign as long as those found in most console action titles, there's also an addictive multiplayer mode, and it's still the best reason to own a Circle Pad Pro add-on.

The second screen of the device is used to give you a constant map and a quick inventory system, so the action never stops. However, it balances this action by giving you varied gameplay that truly does remind you that this series has its roots in survival horror.  Tense moments, surprise enemy encounters, limited resources, environmental hazards; it feels like true Resident Evil through and through.

Read the full version here - http://www.gamrreview.com/article/89599/best-nintendo-3ds-game-of-2012/

Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Gameplay Footage Surfaces

31 Dec

Gameplay footage has been released for the upcoming Walking Dead FPS game, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. The game, which is being developed by Terminal Reality and published by Activision, is looking a little rough around the edges right now if this footage is anything to go by, to say the least.

But given the current level of attention and praise surrounding both the Telltale Games Walking Dead game series and the actual show right now, you can perhaps understand why they're releasing this footage now.

You can take a look at it for yourselves below:

Source: [Facebook]

Read the full version here - http://www.gamrreview.com/news/89627/walking-dead-survival-instinct-gameplay-footage-surfaces/

Best Wii U Game of 2012

30 Dec

Barely a month old and Nintendo's new Wii U console is already garnering a whole bunch of attention from all corners of the gaming world. From classic franchises to brand new properties, the Wii U is home to all kinds of gaming experiences and it's only going to get better in 2013.


Here are the Nominees:

Assassin's Creed III

Wii U GOTY 2012 01

New Super Mario Bros. U

Wii U GOTY 2012 04

Mass Effect 3: Special Edition

Wii U GOTY 2012 02

Zombi U

Wii U GOTY 2012 05


And the Winner is...



New Super Mario Bros. U

Wii U GOTY 2012 03

Is there no stopping Mario? Nintendo's moustachioed hero was as busy as ever in 2012 (six games, not bad) but no task was more important than getting the Wii U off to a good start. And that's just what he did.

Choosing the best Wii U game for 2012 was an extremely difficult task, because the system's launch line-up was among the best we have ever seen. There was Assassin's Creed III, with its excellent combat and epic tale; Mass Effect 3: Special Edition's high stakes game of intergalactic warfare; Zombi U's ravaging and terrifying undead; not to mention games like Black Ops II, Nintendo Land and Arkham City: Armored Edition that narrowly missed out on being shortlisted.

But in the end it was the tight, classic and perfected Mario formula that won the day. The series' new additions of challenges, boost rush, Miiverse interactions and, of course, the Wii U Gamepad definitely didn't hurt either. But most important of all, this is the first 2D Mario platformer since Super Mario World to truly feel original and really capture the series' essence, and that is why New Super Mario Bros. U is our choice for Best Wii U Game of 2012.

Read the full version here - http://www.gamrreview.com/article/89573/best-wii-u-game-of-2012/

Best Xbox 360 Game of 2012

29 Dec

It's been a fantastic year for gamers across the globe. Console owners in particular have been able to enjoy some of the best games of the year, and regardless of your system of choice there has been plenty of variety in the form of exclusive and multiplatform titles. As you'd expect, the Xbox 360 has had a slice of the action, so let's take a look at the nominees for the Xbox 360 Game of the Year. 


Here are the Nominees:

The Walking Dead

Mass Effect 3

Halo 4





And the Winner is...



Halo 4

is without a doubt the biggest franchise Microsoft has in its locker. Over the years it has had millions of fans frothing at the mouth in excitement, and it has rarely disappointed. Halo 4 was a different beast though. Before the game was released no one really knew what to expect. This was because Halo 4 wasn't being made by Bungie; that era is now over. All eyes were instead on 343 industries as they took on the challenge of not only continuing, but also improving, one of the biggest franchises in gaming. 

It would be fair to say, then, that 343 Industries delivered a game that met our lofty expectations, and then decided blow them away. Halo 4 managed to walk the fine tightrope between evolution and preservation. The game felt fresh, exciting and engaging without sacrificing its identity: a remarkable feat that means we will forever be in 343 Industries debt. It also allows us to stop worrying and start frothing at the mouth again, because Halo is in safe hands and it's never been better. 

Read the full version here - http://www.gamrreview.com/article/89602/best-xbox-360-game-of-2012/

Best PC Game of 2012

29 Dec

The personal computer is one of the greatest technological marvels in human history. Over the years it has evolved into an indispensable piece of technology that has taken on many forms, from desktops to laptops to tablets and even smartphones. 2012 saw a number of great games release on the PC, across various methods of distribution. Below is our shortlist for PC Game of the Year 2012.



Here are the Nominees:


Guild Wars 2

Mass Effect 3

The Walking Dead: Season One




And the Winner is...




Guild Wars 2

A game like Guild Wars 2 makes the world stop and take notice. ArenaNet’s new MMORPG, five years in the making, promised to be a game-changer in the MMORPG genre. Judging by the overwhelmingly positive response, they’ve succeeded in their goal. Gameplay-wise, it changed up many of the MMO genre's staples in a way that made both genre fans and newcomers feel welcome. Its world is stunning and full of detail, encouraging players to traverse every nook and cranny. Guild Wars 2 is the biggest MMO release in several years, and everything it brought to the table allowed it to eke out a win over many deserving competitors for our Best PC Game of 2012 Award.

Read the full version here - http://www.gamrreview.com/article/89601/best-pc-game-of-2012/

Wootini Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

29 Dec
Dear Diary, Well, this week was Christmas in Narnia, so there's a lot to get to. No time to waste!

Notch: Minecraft Sold 453,000 Units on December 25

29 Dec

Markus 'Notch' Persson has tweeted that Minecraft has sold 453,000 units across all platforms on December 25. The game is available for the PC, Mac, Xbox 360, Android and iPhone.

"Across all platforms, Minecraft sold 453k copies on dec 24! Wowzers!" said Persson. He later corrected that he meant to say December 25 and not December 24.

Persson announced the Pocket Edition of the game passed five million sold earlier this month. The PC version has sold 8.63 million units according the games official website. The Xbox Live Arcade version of the game passed four million units sold at the end of September and averages 50,000 units sold each week.

Sony to Stop PlayStation 2 Shipments in Japan

29 Dec

Sony has told Famitsu (and translated by Kotaku) that it has stopped shipping its PlayStation 2 consoles to Japan after more than 12 years. The console was released in Japan on March 4, 2000 and has sold more than 23 million units in the region.

The PlayStation 2 has also sold more than 150 million units worldwide. The console has also sold more than 50 million units in North America and Europe.

Sony hasn't said when it will stop shipping the PlayStation 2 in other regions around the world.

Competition: Win a Signed Copy of the Journey OST

28 Dec

This year Journey made gaming history when the OST became the first ever video game soundtrack to be nominated for a Grammy Award. Impressive, right? Achievements like this should be celebrated, and what better way to celebrate this event than by winning your very own signed copy of the soundtrack?

Win this!

That's right guys, we've got our hands on a copy of the Journey OST that's signed by the man behind the music, Austin Wintory. So, do you want to get your hands on this prize? Sure you do! Well, thankfully, it couldn't be easier. 

To enter all you have to do is let me know what your favourite piece of video game music is and why. Don't worry, you don't need to write me a dissertation, just a sentence or two will suffice. The winner will be picked based on who the gamrReview team thinks gave the best response, so think it through. There a few ways to get your answer to me, and here they are:

  • You can enter by posting your answer in the comments sections below. Remember to include an email address so that if you do win, we'll be able to get in touch.
  • You can also enter via twitter by tweeting at me or direct messaging me. You can find me on twitter under the name @kerrblimey. Again, remember to give me some way of contacting you.

  • Finally, you can enter by liking gamrReview on Facebook and posting your response there. Again, remember to give us some way of contacting you.

The winner will be chosen in two weeks' time on January 11, so all answers must be in by then. Entrants must live in the US or in Europe. While you're here I feel obliged to tell you that If you're a fan of free stuff then you should probably follow gamrReview on Twitter and like us Facebook, because there will be some more competitions in the coming weeks. Well folks, that just about covers everything, so good luck, god speed, and may the force be with you. 

Read the full version here - http://www.gamrreview.com/article/89626/competition-win-a-signed-copy-of-the-journey-ost/

Walk With The Dead For Free Today!

28 Dec
If you've been curious as to why Telltale Games' The Walking Dead has been winning so many awards for being awesome, but didn't want to drop any money on it, now's your chance. As part of their Deal a Day countdown to 2013, Microsoft has put the first episode of the adventure game series on sale at a massive discount. That's right: Today, you can download The Walking Dead: Episode One for free! The subsequent four episodes are all on sale as well, for 50% off, bringing them down to 200 Microsoft Points. So why not give it a try? And if you like it, you can grab all the episodes for half off. That's a grand total of $10 for the whole five episode series, which is the cheapest I've ever seen!

Most Anticipated Game of 2013

28 Dec

One of the grandest things about any form of entertainment is anxiously awaiting something you've been looking forward to. Previous years' Most Anticipated Awards have been dominated by games like Final Fantasy vsXIII and The Last Guardian, but there comes a time when you've been waiting too long and the anticipation wanes, the titles descending into what the industry calls vaporware. Despite some games fading into obscurity over the horizon, that doesn't mean there aren't still a wealth of quality titles looking forward to, including a new take on a beloved franchise, the most ambitious title in one of the most popular and influential franchises of all time, a post apocalyptic zombie survival horror by perennial Game of the Year winners, and a wonderfully presented anime-inspired gem. Only one can win our Most Anticipated Award, but they all have the opportunity to impress us in the long run.

Here are the Nominees: 

Bioshock Infinite


Grand Theft Auto V


The Last of Us


Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch


And The Winner Is...




The Last of Us


Naturally, any game on the horizon, regardless of apparent quality, needs to be met with cautious optimism. The Last of Us was an enigma until this year's E3; before then we'd only seen what we thought were pre-rendered cut-scenes and highly scripted combat sequences. Much to our delight, those assumptions were proven wrong and the live E3 demonstration we were invited to proved that not only was this game as beautiful as we hoped it would be, but that the scripted scenes were not as scripted as we thought.

What we've seen of The Last of Us grants us a much deeper understanding of what developer Naughty Dog is capable of when it comes to cinematic gameplay, and that is something truly grand to behold. There's always a chance that it could disappoint, but as of right now, The Last of Us is easily the most anticipated game on our radar.   

Read the full version here - http://www.gamrreview.com/article/89581/most-anticipated-game-of-2013/

Video: Super Mario Zombie Bros.

28 Dec
Have you ever wondered what would happen if Nintendo branched out and decided to do a Mario game as a FPS survival horror game stocked with zombies? No? Well, comedy troupe Dr. Coolsex did, and they made another Mario video showing you exactly what it would be like! Can Mario avoid all the zombies and rescue the princess? Come on — it's a zombie game. What do you think?

Most Surprisingly Good Game of 2012

28 Dec

The gaming industry rewards a "winner takes all" mindset: only the biggest and the best get the most publicity, pre-launch hype and all of the "best of" awards. Such is this type of culture that many games' pre-release are met with either fan backlash or merely a resounding "meh". That's why every year we award the games that seemingly come out of nowhere to delight us, or the games that against all odds turned out to be some of the best of the year.


Here are the Nominees:

Pandora's Tower

Pandora's Tower Review Image 3

Spec Ops: The Line

spec ops

The Walking Dead

Walking Dead 5 -1

XCOM: Enemy Unknown


And the Winner is...

Spec Ops: The Line

Spec Ops

Yager Development's reboot of the Spec Ops franchise may not be the best game on this list, but it is certainly the most surprisingly good. After all, its title, box art, and previews all made it look like another mindless shooter, content to leech off the Call of Duty and Gears of War audience. Who would have expected we would have received a game that not only criticized the genre it resides in, but the audience that plays it as well?

Spec Ops: The Line's gameplay may have been paint-by-the-numbers, but it made up for it with its gorgeous setting, expertly crafted story, and the characterization of its protagonist Martin Walker, whose emotional arc will be remembered for years to come. Couple that with some interesting and dynamic moral choices and one of the most shocking moments to ever take place in a video game, and Spec Ops: The Line easily makes its case for Most Surprisingly Good Game of the Year, and one of the best games of the year at that. 

Read the full version here - http://www.gamrreview.com/article/89600/most-surprisingly-good-game-of-2012/

Seek Adoulin In March

28 Dec
I've admitted before that MMO's aren't my bag, baby, so I have no idea whether or not any of you are still playing Final Fantasy XI. But if you are, Square Enix has announced that the expansion Seekers of Adoulin will be released on March 26, 2013 for Xbox 360 and PC. This new adventure will take players to the Sacred City of Adoulin on the Ulbuka Continent. It's a maritime metropolis with nearby jungles full of secrets. The expansion will also add two new jobs: Geomancers (who harness the elemental energies of Vana'diel) and Rune fencers (who duel with blades and incantations). New gameplay systems such as player-built outposts, new contract work and "power spots" hidden throughout the environment to enhance your character, are introduced as well. Seekers of Adoulin will be launching the same day as the Final Fantasy XI: Ultimate Collection Seekers Edition, which contains the full game, all four previously-released expansions, three add-on scenarios and three battle area add-ons for $39.99. Which sounds like a bargain, since the Seekers of Adoulin expansion is $29.99!