Critical Miss: Top Five Games of 2012 #2

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Critical Miss: Top Five Games of 2012 #2

Five days. Five of 2012's best games.

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This game is still on my "to play" list. I'll probably pick it up next time it's seriously on sale, or once I've broken my addiction to XCOM.

Any bets for #1?

MetalMagpie:
This game is still on my "to play" list. I'll probably pick it up next time it's seriously on sale, or once I've broken my addiction to XCOM.

Any bets for #1?

Watch it be Mass Effect 3, and the site EXPLODING from rage. Even if they did think it was, I don't think they'd jeopardize readership to that level.

MetalMagpie:
This game is still on my "to play" list. I'll probably pick it up next time it's seriously on sale, or once I've broken my addiction to XCOM.

Any bets for #1?

XCom or TWD I'm guessing. They're both really popular and I refuse to believe that people who don't love TWD exist.

NameIsRobertPaulson:
Watch it be Mass Effect 3, and the site EXPLODING from rage. Even if they did think it was, I don't think they'd jeopardize readership to that level.

Grey's involved. Seriously wouldn't be surprised at that kind of thing happening.

Oriental? More like Ornamental amIright?

NameIsRobertPaulson:

MetalMagpie:
This game is still on my "to play" list. I'll probably pick it up next time it's seriously on sale, or once I've broken my addiction to XCOM.

Any bets for #1?

Watch it be Mass Effect 3, and the site EXPLODING from rage. Even if they did think it was, I don't think they'd jeopardize readership to that level.

Grey has already made his feelings on ME3 ABUNDANTLY clear

Ninja, Ninja, RAP! Ninja, Ninja, RAP! GO GO GO GO!
Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO: Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO!
Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO: Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO!
GO GO GO GO!

NameIsRobertPaulson:

MetalMagpie:
This game is still on my "to play" list. I'll probably pick it up next time it's seriously on sale, or once I've broken my addiction to XCOM.

Any bets for #1?

Watch it be Mass Effect 3, and the site EXPLODING from rage. Even if they did think it was, I don't think they'd jeopardize readership to that level.

Actually even funnier would be "The War Z" given the reaction to that one. Truthfully I was kind of surprised it didn't get mentioned more in end of the year wrap ups... perhaps being the most epic trolling attempt from a game company ever (and if you think it's really genuine, it's almost funny). :)

The only game I've ever gotten a refund for on STEAM... and that in of itself makes it deserve some kind of award.

NameIsRobertPaulson:

MetalMagpie:
This game is still on my "to play" list. I'll probably pick it up next time it's seriously on sale, or once I've broken my addiction to XCOM.

Any bets for #1?

Watch it be Mass Effect 3, and the site EXPLODING from rage. Even if they did think it was, I don't think they'd jeopardize readership to that level.

Oh dear god, PLEEEEASE do this. I love the fireworks after ME3 gets any credit. Even if the real #1 isn't ME3, make an ME3 comic anyway and put it up with a little addendum in the text below saying "This isn't actually #1, that's coming tomorrow", just to see how many people are blinded by rage and lose they're freaking minds.

As for Mark of the Ninja, eeeeh. I played it, but I just kind of stopped. Which is weird, since I go stealth in any game that gives me the option. I can tell it's a good game, but I just couldn't get into it for some reason.

Well I tend towards TWD. I don't think ME3 is going to be goty. I saw the comic strip right after the game was released ;)

Both Mark of the Ninja and Dishonored are tied for my favorite games this year. I've never been a fan of stealth games before, but those games have made me one. Glad to see this one the list.

I was considering getting that game but never got around to it. It sounds like I really have to now.

Also, on a side note, I thought the order of the comics was Spec Ops as #5 and Dishonored as #4.

Yes, dead guard really adds to the fung shuay(sp?).

hazabaza1:

MetalMagpie:
This game is still on my "to play" list. I'll probably pick it up next time it's seriously on sale, or once I've broken my addiction to XCOM.

Any bets for #1?

XCom or TWD I'm guessing. They're both really popular and I refuse to believe that people who don't love TWD exist.

What's TWD? I don't know if I've heard of that one.

Fasckira:

NameIsRobertPaulson:
Watch it be Mass Effect 3, and the site EXPLODING from rage. Even if they did think it was, I don't think they'd jeopardize readership to that level.

Grey's involved. Seriously wouldn't be surprised at that kind of thing happening.

Is this another one of the "Grey is a troll" things?

If so, oi.

I just don't want to oi someone for the wrong reasons.

canadamus_prime:
Yes, dead guard really adds to the fung shuay(sp?).

hazabaza1:

MetalMagpie:
This game is still on my "to play" list. I'll probably pick it up next time it's seriously on sale, or once I've broken my addiction to XCOM.

Any bets for #1?

XCom or TWD I'm guessing. They're both really popular and I refuse to believe that people who don't love TWD exist.

What's TWD? I don't know if I've heard of that one.

The Walking Dead. The adventure game by Telltale.

hazabaza1:

canadamus_prime:
Yes, dead guard really adds to the fung shuay(sp?).

hazabaza1:

XCom or TWD I'm guessing. They're both really popular and I refuse to believe that people who don't love TWD exist.

What's TWD? I don't know if I've heard of that one.

The Walking Dead. The adventure game by Telltale.

*facepalm* Oh right, of course. Brain not working this morning (it's morning where I am). It doesn't even work at the best of times.

MetalMagpie:
Any bets for #1?

'Journey'. It's gotta be 'Journey', right? A game which might actually make Carter feel something? Then again, he did say that it wasn't so much a 'game' per se, so... I guess we'll just have to wait 'till tomorrow and see. (But yeah, 'XCOM' is also a pretty safe bet.)

NameIsRobertPaulson:
Watch it be Mass Effect 3, and the site EXPLODING from rage. Even if they did think it was, I don't think they'd jeopardize readership to that level.

Oh, boy, you do not know Carter very well, do you? It's not like he's ever been big on the whole 'political-machinations thing', like the rest of the media is. Believe me when I stand here today and swear: "If Jonathan Grey Carter wants to piss his entire readership into the wind, he will piss his entire readership into the wind."

I got my Japanese lesson for the day.

Yeah, this game really is fantastic. I was a bit iffy playing a 2D stealth game, but holy fuck did it deliver. The benchmark by which all stealth games are now measured? Yeah, sounds about right.

Zachary Amaranth:
Is this another one of the "Grey is a troll" things?

If so, oi.

I just don't want to oi someone for the wrong reasons.

Nah, not so much troll more "loveable wild scamp with a heart full of good intentions behind an exterior of impish mischief"

Pretty sure Hotline Miami is not goint to be #1.
Maybe X-Com or That Game That Makes You Sad.

X-Com or TWD for number 1 unless he aims to troll.

I'm actually leanin towards X-Com, if only because I can imagine the skit bein somethin along the lines of makin fun of how the hit table is a lyin sack of shit. 99% chance to hit you say? Watch as I miss all but 1 bullet and then die next turn to aliens that spawned from nowhere.

Genius.

Good to know more people out there recognize the genius that is Tarzan of the Jungle Mark of the Ninja.

MOTN was okay, but I felt it had sticky controls and the terror costume is both broken and a typo. The game says the costume causes guards that see a stealth kill to become terrified, this isn't true, it causes guards to become terrified if they see a corpse. I was once dragging around a dead body and two guards saw me, I said "'sup..." then they killed each other. I'm such a lonely ninja. They might have fixed it since then, I haven't played it in a while.

Oh hell yes. This is one of my favorite games of last year, definitely in my top 10 list.

should pick it up once i finish dishonored.

Just a minor note - I think a lot of the game's streamlining wouldn't work in 3D. The gameplay is very tight and a lot of fun, but disconnected and clinical (I never imagined I was the ninja dude, or empathized with him). You are always playing an assassination tactics game, for lack of a better term. All the audio circles work here, but in 3D would turn into annoying audio spheres that would completely break the mood of something like Thief.

Making it 2D was part of the design genius, just sayin' that a lot of these refinements only apply to a certain game style. I want more of it, but you shouldn't expect them to show up in Dishonored 2 or any game where you're trying to make the player afraid. On the other hand, Dishonored's 'peek through the keyhole' thing could easily use the 'lean to peek through the keyhole' thing.

MetalMagpie:

Any bets for #1?

Personally I'll be shocked if it isn't either TWD or Journey, two games which apparently I'm the only person who hates on principle, TWD because I have little patience for Point and click games and even less for zombies, and Journey because from everything I have seen up to and including the way people praise it, is big on the semi pretentious "art" and short on gameplay. I might actually like TWD if I could get past how sick I am of zombies but the closest thing to an emotional response Journey could ever get from me is "I payed money for this?".

Ha! Ok, this was a good one. Silly guards, have you learned nothing from Metal Gear Solid? You fan out and search when you find a dead body, not admire the decor.
As for #1, it will either be Walking Dead, X-COM, or Journey, or some other Indie Darling.

(An aside: You can just call the protagonist Mark.)

Yep. This is my 2012 GOTY. Mechanically flawless and deeply satisfying.

major_chaos:

MetalMagpie:

Any bets for #1?

Personally I'll be shocked if it isn't either TWD or Journey, two games which apparently I'm the only person who hates on principle, TWD because I have little patience for Point and click games and even less for zombies, and Journey because from everything I have seen up to and including the way people praise it, is big on the semi pretentious "art" and short on gameplay. I might actually like TWD if I could get past how sick I am of zombies but the closest thing to an emotional response Journey could ever get from me is "I payed money for this?".

You might be surprised.

I loved mark of the ninja. However the game of the year is they bleed pixels. That game made me rage, but I still beat it. This was the year or rage games for me. FTL, They Bleed Pixels, Hotline Miami, Edna and harvey: HNE, Xenonaughts...so much rage.

I'm so proud of myself, I actually read "天才", understood it, and moved on before realising I'd done so. YAY! My Japanese is getting better! (it only took three years of studying it in school plus 12 years of on and off again study...)

OT: Haven't played the game and for some reason I get this "Don't wanna" feeling when I look at it on Steam. Dunno why.

Scars Unseen:
Ninja, Ninja, RAP! Ninja, Ninja, RAP! GO GO GO GO!
Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO: Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO!
Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO: Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO!
GO GO GO GO!

Have you ever seen a turtle get down?

nodlimax:
Well I tend towards TWD. I don't think ME3 is going to be goty. I saw the comic strip right after the game was released ;)

It'll be TWD.

This website melted for that game. [Not that such a thing is unfair, just got a little repetitive.]

Grey Carter:

major_chaos:

MetalMagpie:

Any bets for #1?

Personally I'll be shocked if it isn't either TWD or Journey, two games which apparently I'm the only person who hates on principle, TWD because I have little patience for Point and click games and even less for zombies, and Journey because from everything I have seen up to and including the way people praise it, is big on the semi pretentious "art" and short on gameplay. I might actually like TWD if I could get past how sick I am of zombies but the closest thing to an emotional response Journey could ever get from me is "I payed money for this?".

You might be surprised.

Well now that you've said that I assume it'll be the Kinect "Steel Battalion" game.

oldtaku:
Just a minor note - I think a lot of the game's streamlining wouldn't work in 3D. The gameplay is very tight and a lot of fun, but disconnected and clinical (I never imagined I was the ninja dude, or empathized with him). You are always playing an assassination tactics game, for lack of a better term. All the audio circles work here, but in 3D would turn into annoying audio spheres that would completely break the mood of something like Thief.

Making it 2D was part of the design genius, just sayin' that a lot of these refinements only apply to a certain game style. I want more of it, but you shouldn't expect them to show up in Dishonored 2 or any game where you're trying to make the player afraid. On the other hand, Dishonored's 'peek through the keyhole' thing could easily use the 'lean to peek through the keyhole' thing.

Dishonored does the sound circles around your feet too >.>.

And it is 3D <.<...

Edit:

Both games do the looking through doors thing.
Both games have the "ninja vision".
Both games had the feet circles as I mentioned.
I don't know if Dishonored really made use of shadows though, I'm only in level 2 <.<...I keep replaying it trying to perfect my technique (as I did in MoTN).

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