Critical Miss: Top Five Games of 2012 #1

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I enjoyed all 5 comic strips, even though I barely know a few of those games(FTL, Xcom). Favorite part was the "GENIUS". Made me laugh every time.

Frankly, this sounds to me as the "edgy indie" choice for the sake of being "edgy and indie". I'm getting very tired with the whole narrative thing that is being tried to be pushed constantly in the medium. I mean, it's a puzzle platformer, that it has a very nice written narrative added to it just means that the writer could write a book, it doesn't make it the best game EVAR. I'm sure as game it is fun and enjoyable, I'm a sucker for that type of gameplay, but I'm sure if it was called "block adventures" and didn't have the "deep narrative" nobody would have given half a damn about it and if the same narrative add been tacked on any other crappier indie game it would be getting this same "praise" right now.

I find it interesting how some people complain about TWD getting 'undeserved praise' and then turn around and praise this game using almost the exact same words.

Meh, it doesn't seem very intriguing to me, certainly not enough to motivate me to buy it. Opinions be I guess.

hmm
It seems odd.. and maybe I've missed a comment in the past where you voiced out that you hated the game, but there is no mention of Journey? or is this just PC?

As far as narrative, Thomas was alone was very entertaining and smart, but I thought it was rather, blunt when it came to delivering metaphors, but the gameplay I felt, didn't bring forward anything as interesting. On the other side, I believe Journey did a far better job at conveying the complete range of emotions, narrating a subtle story and exploring multiplayer in a completely different light. It really showed the potential that the medium could deliver, in an extremely approachable way.

But well... seems you didn't look at it.

Piecewise:
Honorable mention list:

XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Skullgirls
Dust: An Elysian Tail
Primordia
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
Spelunky
Gravity Rush
Mass Effect 3's Excellent Ending
The War Z

Not sure how much of this is a joke and how much is real...because xcom is there but so is The War Z and ME 3.

I think the last nomination is simply a sign that Grey is reading his responses. :)

As far as ME3 goes, it's been a while but I think Grey was firmly on the side of EA/Bioware on that one. That said I think he's just having fun as he specifies "the excellent ending" knowing the response it will get. Truthfully most people agree that it was a pretty good game up until the ending, including it's tacked on, monetized, co-op multiplayer.

Looking at his "honorable mention" list closely, I think it's in of itself a giant joke, starting out with likely nominees but then descending into WTF territory to the point of utter ridiculousness, ending with "The War Z" which I Loled at for personal reasons. :)

If you consider the strips we've seen, we've gotten one going off about Paradoxes which seemed to be largely aimed at "Virtue's Last Reward" as well as similar games. The overall impression I got was that The Critical Miss Team liked it overall but that was mitigated by a few things I won't go into, but the strip should give you the general idea. If you consider that a pretty "average" release in their eyes in comparison to a few games that they mentioned really liking but didn't make it, and then look at the games under it... you can see 4 really good games above it, and 4 games of mediocre quality (for one reason or another) at best below it, I haven't played "Gravity Rush" or "Spelunky" but I'm guessing they were probably not all that wonderful. "The Walking Dead", "Analogue", and others games mentioned well not being here says a lot.

That's probably overanalyzing things though.

Delcast:
hmm
It seems odd.. and maybe I've missed a comment in the past where you voiced out that you hated the game, but there is no mention of Journey? or is this just PC?

As far as narrative, Thomas was alone was very entertaining and smart, but I thought it was rather, blunt when it came to delivering metaphors, but the gameplay I felt, didn't bring forward anything as interesting. On the other side, I believe Journey did a far better job at conveying the complete range of emotions, narrating a subtle story and exploring multiplayer in a completely different light. It really showed the potential that the medium could deliver, in an extremely approachable way.

But well... seems you didn't look at it.

I did, didn't really care for it. Aesthetically lush, but I didn't find it particularly intellectually stimulating.

While I'm sure the choice is genuine, Grey, I'm pretty damn sure some percentage of that brief review is pure trolling. Especially with the inclusion and wording of the last two entries in the honorable mention list.

Also this:

Zhukov:
I... I think I might have to hate you for all eternity on account of that second "myeeeh".

Grey, you are Hal 9000 level of cold, unfeeling emotionlessness.

SonOfMethuselah:
SOMEBODY'S, SOMEBODY'S LITTLE GIRL!
DREEEEEEEAMS OF THE THINGS SHE'S READ;
OF THE MONSTERS IN HER BED! WHO HAAAAAACKED HERRRRRRRRRRRRR!

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New album due later this year, fuck yeah!

OT:

I disagree that Telltale was necessarily outwritten, not that the block's plight wasn't moving.

MetalMagpie:
Soooooo, is Thomas Was Alone basically 2012's Braid?

Either way, I think I'll give this one a miss. It's probably fun, but your description really puts me off due to the above comparison. The text sections in Braid were pretty hilarious to start with (especially reading them out loud to my boyfriend) but got tiresome really quickly. I enjoyed the actual game more once I stopped reading them.

WanderingFool:
Okay, knowing how this webcomic typically is, so is Thomas was Alone really like that?

It has a metascore of 77 (whatever that means to you) and appears to be a narrative-driven platformer. So yeah, this comic is probably not ironic.

well I played thomas was alone about 1-4 am after seeing 10min of gameplay on youtube and not being able to sleep, the text parts are only 1-3 lines long and happen about every 5-10 levels apart form that the games story is told by narration. The story is also very simple its really just wanting to know what happens to the characters, the puzzle plat forming is also at very good quality. So if you worried about reading blocks of texts in order to enjoy the game don't, go play it.

Can anyone tell me what the games in the first three panels were?

Huh. I'm pretty sure this is meant to be ironic, but Poe's Law has me wondering if this isn't actual trolling.

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