Susan's Five Favorites of 2012

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Susan's Five Favorites

Susan's five favorite games of 2012.

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Susan's top five games from 2012.

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Apart from Dishonored (Which I haven't played.) I have to agree with all of your choices here! I also just knew that Persona 4 Golden was going to be in there, since you told me how much you were looking forward to playing it at the expo.

Also, admittedly I was one of those people who weren't very keen on the idea of Tokyo Jungle, but after playing it recently - it's just so darn fun. :3

Do I get a Vita and P4 Golden(As I'm replaying P4 right now), or do I wait until after I acquire a case of Gatecrash?(Especially with 90 dollar/box pre-order).

Since Journey, Tokyo Jungle, and most of the games on PS Plus entice me and are only for PlayStation 3, it's going to take quite a shock from Mario/Zelda on E3 2013 to make me decide to get a Wii U instead of a PS3 next summer break.

EDIT: I just realized that, while Justin is mainly a PC gamer judging from his favorites, Susan is a PS3/Vita gamer judging from her favorites.

I have yet to play Journey... May do it as one of my Lets Plays in Jan.

Breaking your own rules eh? Shame on you!

*leans in*

I would of done a 7th, to many good games released this year ;)

OT: I've heard so many good things about Journey, and because I am a sucker for artistic things such as atmosphere, music, and depth in picture itself I might fall hard for a game like this. If only I had a PS3 actually ... I think games that good should be released onto other consoles. Just saying.

Glad to see The Walking Dead close being #1 though. I certainly wasn't into The Walking Dead show, so seeing the game come out didn't make me to interested. But trying it out anyhow- holy crap I was so emotional and drawn into it I bought the Chapters the first days they were released. Some choices so hard, I had to pause and think with such tensity rushing through my very veins and my eyes wide in horror. Yep a game made me like that.

Journey just became my favourite game full stop, never mind of this year. I spent so much time with my companion that when I eventually lost my way and we got separated, never to see each other again, I felt genuine sadness. Such a beautiful experience.

I wish Journey was available on PC. I don't own any of the the current gen of consoles, and Journey is one of only a few games that make me regret that fact.

Oh well, there's still FTL, Minecraft and a constant wealth of surprisingly good indie games in general. It's not all bad..

I agree with ya about Journey. I HATE having to play with other people I don't even know, but Journey made it a wonderful experience almost every time I played.

Also, I do not fault you for making room for Mass Effect.

Mass Effect 3 should not have made this list due to the artistically indulgent forest sequences :) I kid (any game can make anyone's list) I just wish ME3 took the ball from ME2 and ran with it, while I felt ME3 basically kicked a field goal in comparison to ME2. If that makes sense. Quite amazing what BioWare did with the series in terms of storytelling, though.

In reference to P4G, all I can say is: Fsteak.

Agree totally about Padok Wiks. I did a playthrough with him and thought he was just as awesome as Mordin.

Love seeing Dishonored and The Walking Dead up here as well. It hurts so much seeing Journey winning all these awards when I still haven't been able to play it (on account of not having a PS3).

I'd play Journey if it wasn't $30 on the PSN in New Zealand.

The Persona games are starting to get really frustrating for me. Everybody keeps telling me how great they are and I just can't get myself to like them. I bought Persona 3 after several people on the internet told me it was great. I got half way through it, but for reasons I will cover in a moment, I gave up and have never touched it again.
Then Persona 4 came out and everybody said it improved on 3 in every way so I bought it and gave it a shot. Still can not get my self to complete it.

It basically boils down to two things. One is the calendar system. I do not enjoy being so constrained in what activities I can do. I am bad at playing a game more than once so I always try to get everything in my first go. I focused so much on what I was missing out on and if I was getting the best "deal". Knowing that I could not befriend every one to the max level annoyed me so much, which is ironic seeing as:

Two. I do not like the social link system. This is really me being weird but I felt so manipulative when I played it. Because of the rewards from getting high social links (and coupled together with the limited time available) I always gave people the answer they wanted instead of what I felt. Sure I could tell the stuck up girl I thought she was a pain in the ass but what about my personas? Yet always being "fake" to all of them to get a reward made me feel horrible.

You know writing this really makes me feel I need to go see a professional. I play games in a weird way.

Liked the list otherwise :)

Kingjackl:
Agree totally about Padok Wiks. I did a playthrough with him and thought he was just as awesome as Mordin.

Wasn't he just a Mordin reskin? You know, going through the same steps but with different dialogue.

-Dragmire-:

Kingjackl:
Agree totally about Padok Wiks. I did a playthrough with him and thought he was just as awesome as Mordin.

Wasn't he just a Mordin reskin? You know, going through the same steps but with different dialogue.

Technically yes, but he was a completely different character. He was more spiritual and trying to cure the genophage not out of a sense of guilt or pragmatism, but because he genuinely believed it was the right thing to do. He's basically the Paragon Mordin.

He's also a massive dork. He has a rather creepy moment on the Normandy med-lab where he fantasizes about krogan sex and refers to Eve as "Krogan of Female Persuasion". During the scene at the krogan meeting place where he's surrounded by all the burly alien brutes, you can just tell he's worrying about having his lunch money stolen or thinking about that D&D campaign he'll never get to finish.

Kingjackl:

-Dragmire-:

Kingjackl:
Agree totally about Padok Wiks. I did a playthrough with him and thought he was just as awesome as Mordin.

Wasn't he just a Mordin reskin? You know, going through the same steps but with different dialogue.

Technically yes, but he was a completely different character. He was more spiritual and trying to cure the genophage not out of a sense of guilt or pragmatism, but because he genuinely believed it was the right thing to do. He's basically the Paragon Mordin.

He's also a massive dork. He has a rather creepy moment on the Normandy med-lab where he fantasizes about krogan sex and refers to Eve as "Krogan of Female Persuasion". During the scene at the krogan meeting place where he's surrounded by all the burly alien brutes, you can just tell he's worrying about having his lunch money stolen or thinking about that D&D campaign he'll never get to finish.

Heh, sounds hilarious.

Thanks, I had figured he'd be some kind of cop out like Mordin's secret twin or something like that.

Before ME3 came out I had hoped Mealon had been able to come back and finish the cure. Too bad he only got an email sendoff.

Susan Arendt:

Susan's top five games from 2012.

Pretty good list. Dishonored being in there was a plus, but Walking Dead and Journey taking the top spots made me smile. There is one thing that somewhat confused me though: At one point you mentioned that you have one game in your top 5 (or 6) list every year where no one understands why it's there and no one knows what it is. You then mention that last year's game was Bastion. The weird thing about that is that Bastion was an incredibly popular and critically acclaimed game the week it was released and it is still widely praised today.

Draxz:
I have yet to play Journey... May do it as one of my Lets Plays in Jan.

You could do that, but I do have to recommend against it (even though I know my opinion holds no value). Journey is more of a personal...well...Journey, and due to the nature of LP's, being forced to talk and comment on everything that's happening might (and probably will) take away from the experience you may or may not get from playing the game.
Your choice however you want to play it of course and I sincerely hope you enjoy the game as much as I did.

For the record, everyone met Padok Wiks. He still appears if Mordin is alive, although only briefly.

They're not show tunes, they're comic opera songs.

But I do have to agree. It made everyone care so much, it is something incredible.
Might hate ME3, might love it, then there's the ending, the romance, everything else, but people just seem to care a lot. I think it's quite an achievement on its own.

I was sure P4G would be Susan's GOTY.
And God Damn it Sony! Just release Journey on Vita already! I wanna see what's all that fuss is about!

SpaceBat:

Susan Arendt:

Susan's top five games from 2012.

Pretty good list. Dishonored being in there was a plus, but Walking Dead and Journey taking the top spots made me smile. There is one thing that somewhat confused me though: At one point you mentioned that you have one game in your top 5 (or 6) list every year where no one understands why it's there and no one knows what it is. You then mention that last year's game was Bastion. The weird thing about that is that Bastion was an incredibly popular and critically acclaimed game the week it was released and it is still widely praised today.

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True, but I know droves of people who just never bothered to give it a shot because they took a look at it and just plain didn't believe it could be as good as people said. Sure, it's quite obviously pretty, and it looks fun enough from trailers, but you don't really get what makes it so special until you play it, and a whole lot of folks didn't do that for a long time. I still know plenty of people who haven't played it because they think it's just a little throwaway game.

Awww poor Mass Effect 3 it got the "pity award"...

Still good list as always, Susan Arendt is my go to informant for games for another year.

No matter how many times I see/read it, Tokyo Jungle just does't grab me.
'You have to play it to know that it is good'

*sigh*

Tokyo Jungle and Journey are 2 games I hate to think about
Because those are PS3 exclusives
I really want to play these games, but
1)I don't have PS3 and buying that for only few games seems inadequate
2)Even if I've bought PS3, controller just don't fit in my hands, not because of the size (although my hands are pretty big), but because it just feels wrong to game without precision of the mouse. I'm a PC gamer and most probably never will convert to consoles. At my previous work I spent up to 12h per workday in front of PC, and even after double shifts I went home and still enjoyed sitting in front of my laptop and gaming for few hours. And if that (as far as I know most common reason for PC>>>consoles converting) didn't forced me into console gaming nothing ever will. Hell even when I understood that game would be much better and somewhat easier with controller (Psychonauts and Bastion, for example) and I had access to controllers, I still played with mouse and keyboard, because it felt right.
I wish these games would have a PC ports (and not 3 years later, as some PC ports are released)
And since this wish most probably won't be fulfilled, I'm a bit sad :(

Susan Arendt:

SpaceBat:

Susan Arendt:

Susan's top five games from 2012.

Pretty good list. Dishonored being in there was a plus, but Walking Dead and Journey taking the top spots made me smile. There is one thing that somewhat confused me though: At one point you mentioned that you have one game in your top 5 (or 6) list every year where no one understands why it's there and no one knows what it is. You then mention that last year's game was Bastion. The weird thing about that is that Bastion was an incredibly popular and critically acclaimed game the week it was released and it is still widely praised today.
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True, but I know droves of people who just never bothered to give it a shot because they took a look at it and just plain didn't believe it could be as good as people said. Sure, it's quite obviously pretty, and it looks fun enough from trailers, but you don't really get what makes it so special until you play it, and a whole lot of folks didn't do that for a long time. I still know plenty of people who haven't played it because they think it's just a little throwaway game.

Thank you, Susan
Yep, I'm one of those people who tried Bastion only because of the podcat and your review
Before that I've seen it on Steam, but neglected it, and only after your praises I gave it a try.
And I can say with certain degree that I will never forget the episode with Zulf (yes, THAT one, closer to the end), because it was one of those transcending moment when world around you and machine in front of you disappears, and it is only you and the deeply emotional story.
Although it is questionable achievement, but you indirectly made my life a bit richer.
So once again thank you for that.

Susan Arendt:

True, but I know droves of people who just never bothered to give it a shot because they took a look at it and just plain didn't believe it could be as good as people said. Sure, it's quite obviously pretty, and it looks fun enough from trailers, but you don't really get what makes it so special until you play it, and a whole lot of folks didn't do that for a long time. I still know plenty of people who haven't played it because they think it's just a little throwaway game.

Ah, I see. Yeah, the magic is indeed fully enclosed in the game rather than the media surrounding it, so I see your point. Ah well, it's a shame that people still view such games as throwaway. It's their loss and they won't witness the game's glory as those who've played it, but it still feels bad.

Thanks for spreading the word then!
I really need to get P4G if it's that big of an upgrade. If only the Vita wasn't so damn expensive.

Almost the whole list is pure gold in my book, these are entries from my personal top ten.
Just not Tokyo Jungle, which is just not my cup'a'tea.

And P4G is not out in Europe yet, but i have ACIII: Liberation to keep me warm.
(which is on my personal list)

Loethlin:
They're not show tunes, they're comic opera songs.

I...erm...what's the difference?

I agree, Journey was pure bliss. In fact, it's my second favorite of all time.

Haven't gotten through Dishonored yet, cause I only just started, but I'm also quite liking it.

SpaceBat:

Draxz:
I have yet to play Journey... May do it as one of my Lets Plays in Jan.

You could do that, but I do have to recommend against it (even though I know my opinion holds no value). Journey is more of a personal...well...Journey, and due to the nature of LP's, being forced to talk and comment on everything that's happening might (and probably will) take away from the experience you may or may not get from playing the game.
Your choice however you want to play it of course and I sincerely hope you enjoy the game as much as I did.

It's not exactly a game I've seen done by someone I know of on YouTube. I don't think enough people have done it to not get a shoe-in-the-door with views. I would've expected perhaps a gamer such as Cry would've perhaps done it by now but hasn't. So I'm thinking "Why not?" I'm not that new but not that old on YouTube so, eh. I want to start up fresh and open my horizons and try to get something, what I want to do done.

I'm a little surprised actually, I was expecting to see Virtue's Last Reward after hearing you gush so much about 999 a few years back.

Also I think the power of the Executive Editor title is going to your head... you can't have 6 games on a top 5 list! This is madness!

you picked 5 +1
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you betrayed the law

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its kind of impressive that almost all of you picked the walking dead as one of the higher ranking favorites.

This is my first time seeing Tokyo Jungle, and DAMN it looks good.
That, and Journey, really make me want to fork over my not-earned cash to get a PS3.
Cursed exclusives!

MisterShine:
I'm a little surprised actually, I was expecting to see Virtue's Last Reward after hearing you gush so much about 999 a few years back.

Also I think the power of the Executive Editor title is going to your head... you can't have 6 games on a top 5 list! This is madness!

Was really disappointed by VLR in many respects (go read my review). It made a lot of technical improvements, but story-wise...ugh. What a mess. And the English voice acting for some characters was practically unbearable. 999 is far more enjoyable, even if it is clunkier to actually play.

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