Is It Just Me, or Has 2012 Been Crap for Gamers?

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#1 Posted by txdave38 (34 posts) -
The year is nearly half over, and 2012 is shaping up to be one of the worst years in recent memories for gaming. For, starters, there has been a extreme lack of games, and even more so, quality games. We are nearly half way into the year, and so far, only two games have received AAA type praise, Max Payne 3 and Mass Effect 3. And even ME3 gave us a sour taste with an awful ending, and more stripped down options than ME2. It's hard not to feel disappointed. I was expecting a game on the level of ME2 and then some. But we still have a lot of year left with lots of great releases, right? I wish, but the release schedule looks bone dry, and more releases keep getting pushed into 2013 which is downright depressing. After May, gamers will have a three month drought until the big hyped titles start coming in. And that's assuming no more delays! The entire summer will consist of only three major titles. Inversion, Lollipop Chainsaw and Anarchy Reigns. Not much excitement there. Even more sad, after the typical summer drought, the deluge of games won't be happening. Less than a dozen big releases between Aug - Dec. And almost all of them are sequels. can thank COD and AC for chasing off all the competition. No one is willing to take a change with a new IP or get ouf ot the FPS genre these days. :( Then there is the PS Vita. A strong start in Feb, and then it fizzled out. I'm sure it's a great system, but there are just no games. I'm not going to spend $250 to have a portable port of PS3 games. I'm hoping that E3 will hold some nice surprises and perhaps new game annoucements for this year, but I wouldn't bet on it.
#2 Posted by jrabbit99 (2835 posts) -
2012 has just begun my friend. Not only is Black Ops 2 coming, but there is also a new Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon for the first time in years, and a whole new Halo trilogy. What could be better?
#3 Posted by vashkey (33718 posts) -
Remember last gen when all the good games practically game out exclusively during the fall? This year hasn't been fantastic and I have to admit, Bioshock and Tomb Raider being delayed to next year has been a big blow to me but it hasn't been awful from an objective perspective. On 360 so far we got Minecraft, Trials: Revolution, Max Payne 3, Mass Effect 3, Akai Katana, Sine Mora, Fez, The Witcher, Street Fighter X Tekker, UFC Undisputed 3, SSX, Kingdoms of Alamur, Anomaly: Warzone Earth, The Darkness II and Awesomenauts. And the next CoD, Halo, Forza, Assassin's Creed and Fable are still on the way as well as Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Dragon's Dogma, Lollipop Chainsaw, Persona 4: Arena, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, Far Cry 3, Borderlands 2 and Resident Evil 6. You may not be interested in those games but that doesn't make this year bad. Just means you're picky. Personally I don't think we'll see another year as good as 06, 07 or 08 this gen since every year since has been about trying to imitate them and now we don't even have music games to break up all these shooters and action games.
#4 Posted by 67gt500 (4620 posts) -
It's definately just you... 2012 has been an amazing year for gamers and it's not over yet...
#5 Posted by Manimal2000 (162 posts) -

Halo 4 and Fall of Cybertron. That's all I need to keep my happy this year.

#6 Posted by chilly-chill (8902 posts) -
It's just you. Seems people just like finding stuff to complain about.
#7 Posted by Blueresident87 (5336 posts) -

It hasn't been a great year for games compared to 2011 and I am so very okay with that.

I spend all available gaming time on The Witcher 2 and NHL 12 so I don't care that it's a down year.

#8 Posted by Vari3ty (11111 posts) -

The year is starting out quite slow, I'll agree, but the latter half looks chock full of good games.

#9 Posted by ydnarrewop (2137 posts) -
I'm content with this and that and that of the other thing.
#10 Posted by SolidTy (42451 posts) -

It's been sucky.

one saving grace?

I have more than a 360, thank the heaven's.

There is 343's first real solo game, Halo 4 coming at the end of the year. we can play that until the end of 2013's big shooter. :P

#11 Posted by sukraj (22133 posts) -

its just u this year has some amazing games.

#12 Posted by roleplayer2004 (921 posts) -

2012 has been a poor year so far. At the rate it's going Max Payne 3 will be game of the year. The only game I wanted to play in 2012 is GTA V and it might not even come out until next year. GTAV is the only game that can save 2012.

#13 Posted by agp31 (75 posts) -
I'm really excited for the slated fall-winter releases. I just wish some of the games were being released earlier.
#14 Posted by elpooz (5883 posts) -

Two great MMOs, Max Payne 3, Xenoblade Chronicles, the Witcher 2 on 360, and The Last Story?

Dafuq you on TC...

#15 Posted by elpooz (5883 posts) -

2012 has been a poor year so far. At the rate it's going Max Payne 3 will be game of the year. The only game I wanted to play in 2012 is GTA V and it might not even come out until next year. GTAV is the only game that can save 2012.

roleplayer2004

You clearly don't play many games.

#16 Posted by 3dfd (767 posts) -

(FUTURAMA FRY reference)

Cant tell if 2012 is a slow year for gaming,

Or we're comparing it to the last 2 years, which have been amazing

#17 Posted by Busy_Man123 (1430 posts) -

Diablo 3 and Halo 4. Nuff said.

#18 Posted by firefox59 (4361 posts) -

Be patient. Borderlands 2, AC3, Ghost Recon, Halo 4, Dishonoured and I seem to be the only one hyped about the ne Resident Evil game. I'm still beating games from last year though...

#19 Posted by wwervin (10257 posts) -
Max Payne 3, Prototype 2, Halo 4, possibly GTA V, ACIII, and a whole lot of other games. I don't think it's been bad at all. There's loads more to come.
#20 Posted by Venom951 (365 posts) -
The Witcher 2 and Max Payne 3 are my 2 favorite games this year so far .
#21 Posted by Dark_Arcitekt (130 posts) -

The only game i'm majorly looking forward to this year is Dishonored.Not impressed with anything else i've played this year so far outside of Ghost Recon.

#22 Posted by CTR360 (6983 posts) -
HALO 4 borderlands 2 far cry 3 AC 3 darksiders 2 RE 6 sly 4 blac ops 2 medal of honor warfighter tales of graces and probably castlevania 2 last of us GTA V amazing year overall my top games this year 1 the witcher 2 2 ME3 3 max payne 3 4 the darkness 2 5 last story 6 final 13 -2 7 dragon dogma
#23 Posted by Andrew_Xavier (9616 posts) -

I liked the ended to mass effect 3. I despise ham-fisted endings which treat you like a moron, and it was not that.

2012 has been pretty good thus far.

#24 Posted by MathMattS (4002 posts) -

No, 2012 has been pretty good for me. I'm extremely pleased with Mass Effect 3.

#25 Posted by yazman666 (13 posts) -
Well i have to agree with OP somehow although all those titles you guys mention there for me and this is my personal opinion this year has given me only two really good titles so far the first one "the witcher 2" what will become my fav game of the year and then KOA managed to get in my list ( thats a sign that the market wasnt juicy for me) AND HERE IS THE FULL LIST: 05/08 Starhawk (PS3) 05/09 Minecraft (Xbox 360 Edition) (360) 05/15 Battleship (3DS, DS, Wii, PS3, 360) 05/15 Diablo III (PC) 05/15 Game of Thrones (360, PS3, PC) 05/15 Max Payne 3 (360, PS3, PC) 05/20 Mario Tennis Open (3DS) 05/22 Dragon's Dogma (360, PS3) 05/22 Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (360, PS3, PC) 05/22 RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D (3DS) 05/22 Sorcery (PS3) 05/29 Dirt Showdown (360, PS3, PC) 05/29 Resistance: Burning Skies (Vita) June 2012 06/12 Gravity Rush (Vita) 06/12 Lollipop Chainsaw (360, PS3) 06/18 Pokemon Conquest (DS) 06/26 The Amazing Spider-Man (360, PS3, Wii, 3DS, DS) 06/26 Darksiders II (360, PS3, PC)* 06/26 Heroes of Ruin (3DS)* 06/26 LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (360, PS3, Wii, PC, 3DS, DS, Vita) 06/26 Spec Ops: The Line (360, PS3, PC) June The Last Story (Wii) June Rayman Origins (3DS) Summer The Walking Dead: The Game (XBLA) July 2012 07/03 Anarchy Reigns (360, PS3) 07/03 Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (3DS) 07/24 Prototype 2 (PC) 07/31 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (3DS) 07/31 Risen 2 (360, PS3) August 2012 08/24 Dark Souls (Prepare to Die Edition) (PC) 08/28 Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (360, PS3) August Legasista (PS3) August New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS) September 2012 09/04 Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC) 09/18 Borderlands 2 (360, PS3, PC) September Dead or Alive 5 [DOA5] (360, PS3) October 2012 10/02 Resident Evil 6 (360, PS3, PC) 10/16 BioShock Infinite (360, PS3, PC) 10/30 Assassin's Creed III (360, PS3, PC)* October LittleBigPlanet Karting (PS3) October Skylanders Giants (3DS, Wii, 360, PS3, PC, MAC) October 2012 10/6 Halo 4 (360) TBA 2012 Q2 2012 Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown (360, PS3) Q3 2012 Aliens: Colonial Marines (360, PS3, PC)* Q3 2012 Mugen Souls (PS3) Q3 2012 Pokemon Black 2 / Pokemon White 2 (DS) Q3 2012 Persona 4 Arena (360, PS3) Q3 2012 Ratchet & Clank Collection (PS3) Q3 2012 Saints Row: The Third -- Enter the Dominatrix (360, PS3, PC) Q3 2012 Sleeping Dogs (360, PS3, PC) Q3 2012 Tomb Raider (360, PS3, PC) Q3 2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown (360, PS3, PC) Q4 2012 Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (360, PS3, Wii) *TBA 2012 Aliens: Colonial Marines (Wii U) TBA 2012 Animal Crossing 3DS (3DS) TBA 2012 Assassin's Creed Vita (Vita) *TBA 2012 Assassin's Creed III (Wii U) *TBA 2012 Batman: Arkham City (Wii U) TBA 2012 Bioshock Vita (Vita) TBA 2012 Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 (360, PS3, PC) TBA 2012 Call of Duty Vita (Vita) TBA 2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (360, PS3, PC) *TBA 2012 Darksiders II (Wii U) TBA 2012 Dishonored (360, PS3, PC) TBA 2012 Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (3DS) TBA 2012 Dungeon Defenders (Vita) TBA 2012 Dust 514 (PS3) TBA 2012 End of Nations (PC) TBA 2012 Fable: The Journey (360) TBA 2012 Final Fantasy X (PS3, Vita) TBA 2012 Guild Wars 2 (PC) TBA 2012 Hitman: Absolution (360, PS3, PC) TBA 2012 LEGO City Stories (3DS, Wii U) TBA 2012 LittleBigPlanet Vita (Vita) TBA 2012 Lord of Apocalypse (Vita) TBA 2012 Luigi's Mansion 2 (3DS) TBA 2012 Medal of Honor Warfighter (360, PS3, PC) TBA 2012 Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (Vita) TBA 2012 Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (360, PS3, PC) *TBA 2012 Ninja Gaiden III: Razor's Edge (Wii U) TBA 2012 Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD (Vita) TBA 2012 Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD (Vita) TBA 2012 Paper Mario 3DS (3DS) TBA 2012 Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS3) TBA 2012 Sound Shapes (Vita) TBA 2012 South Park: The Game (360, PS3, PC) TBA 2012 StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (PC) TBA 2012 Street Fighter x Tekken (Vita) TBA 2012 Super Monkey Ball Vita (Vita) TBA 2012 Tekken Wii U (Wii U) TBA 2012 Transformers Prime (3DS, DS, Wii) TBA 2012 Unchained Blades (3DS, PSP) TBA 2012 Zone of the Enders HD Collection (
#26 Posted by jekyll (9140 posts) -

The really good stuff is backloaded to the last four months: Halo 4, CoD:BO2, Far Cry 3, Hitman Absolution, and RE6. Having BioShock Infinite pushed to next year was a crushing blow, though. But maybe Lollipop Chainsaw will surprise.

#27 Posted by KeredsBlaze (2049 posts) -
it has been pretty crap so far, but we have been spoiled the last few years. Only games worth mentioning this year for me so far are ME3 and the Witcher 2
#28 Posted by bobdood99 (1862 posts) -
This year has been fine. I don't need to go out buying a new game every month. I'm still playing games from 2011.
#29 Posted by brimmul777 (1136 posts) -

Trust us,it's just you.

#30 Posted by Venom951 (365 posts) -

I liked the ended to mass effect 3. I despise ham-fisted endings which treat you like a moron, and it was not that.

2012 has been pretty good thus far.

Andrew_Xavier
The ending was horrid there were no differences between the endings besides a different shades of color . We were told we would have 10 or so different outcomes to the endings bet we got Red ,Blue and Green if that's your ideas of a good ending cool....
#31 Posted by chilly-chill (8902 posts) -

I liked the ended to mass effect 3. I despise ham-fisted endings which treat you like a moron, and it was not that.

2012 has been pretty good thus far.

Andrew_Xavier
You must be handicapped, because that's exactly how they treated you. The ending wasn't even really an ending with all the plot holes in it, not to mention the blatant rip off from Deus Ex. [spoiler] The star child's logic was so flawed and made absolutely no sense at all making you feel like everything was for nothing. The only way they could have saved the ending was claiming "indoctrination" but no, Bioware already denied that. [/spoiler] I could go on, but I have a feeling you are trolling.
#32 Posted by Maor-Teo (87 posts) -
Give it some time. The year is not over yet. We still have E3 ahead of us too.
#33 Posted by kerrman (2904 posts) -

I agree that it has been bad so far, but in a month or two the good games will start coming out.

Plus, any year with a Halo is a good year for gaming my friend! :D

#34 Posted by kerrman (2904 posts) -

[QUOTE="Andrew_Xavier"]

I liked the ended to mass effect 3. I despise ham-fisted endings which treat you like a moron, and it was not that.

2012 has been pretty good thus far.

chilly-chill

You must be handicapped, because that's exactly how they treated you. The ending wasn't even really an ending with all the plot holes in it, not to mention the blatant rip off from Deus Ex. [spoiler] The star child's logic was so flawed and made absolutely no sense at all making you feel like everything was for nothing. The only way they could have saved the ending was claiming "indoctrination" but no, Bioware already denied that. [/spoiler] I could go on, but I have a feeling you are trolling.

I KNEW I saw that style of ending recently! But I couldn't remember where haha, thanks for solving the mystery for me!

Gotta love the "Which button will you pick?" endings :P

#35 Posted by MOM-D (5222 posts) -
I think it depends what type of games you are in..
#36 Posted by Sweetbackhair (1926 posts) -
I don't think so at all.
#37 Posted by Schreek (1636 posts) -

Mass Effect 3, Max Payne 3, Trials Evolution, Fez, The Witcher 2, Sine Mora, Street Fighter X Tekken, Minecraft 360, SSX, Kingdoms of Amalur, The Darkness 2, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, etc. are all out already. Still to come in 2012 is Halo 4, Black Ops 2, Assassins Creed 3, Darksiders 2, Resident Evil 6, Borderlands 2, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, Sleeping Dogs, Dishonored, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Far Cry 3, and Hitman: Absolution. Not too mention we still have E3 to look forward to in a week and a half. No, 2012 looks pretty great.

#38 Posted by doubalfa (6808 posts) -
I've gotten two games this year and both Mass Effect 3 and Minecraft were great
#39 Posted by Virtua_Souls (289 posts) -

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown comes out on XBLA in 11 days. I'm set for the entire year with that, and that even makes 2012 basically the best year in games EVER for me.

Aside from that though, for me 2012 had The Witcher 2, Dragon's Dogma, Soul Calibur 5, Skullgirls and more so far, and has Dead or Alive 5 and Halo 4 coming later. I can't be unhappy with this year on my 360.

#40 Posted by MW2ismygame (2183 posts) -

while it may be the a slow start it is only 5 months in

#41 Posted by chaoz-king (5952 posts) -
Yeah I've ran out of things I want to play (on both my 360 and ps3) It really sucks to because I just got a brand new 42" HD and I'd love to have something to play on it.
#42 Posted by -Vulpix- (2375 posts) -

I personally think this year has had some good releases. Then again I did buy plenty of last years games, but some games I do want yet from this year include Tales of Graces F, SSX, Silent Hill HD Collection, Halo 4 and some others I'm sure I can think of.

#43 Posted by Nozizaki (1471 posts) -

Maybe for you, but I've been living in the back library. I mean, there are a ton of pretty good game from ~3 years back, that game stores are practically giving away. And while gamers with only one system might be disappointed, there are plenty of games for my systems to keep me occupied (Moreso than it should).

#44 Posted by piranha_inc (1994 posts) -
Mostly Crap
#45 Posted by Jagged3dge (3895 posts) -

I've really enjoyed Max Payne 3 and Prototype 2 from this year, but I agree this year isn't really a very innovative one with most games being sequels.

The only games I'm interested in that will be arriving later this year is AC3 and Halo 4 (thanks to the Tomb Raider and Bioshock delays)

But I'll see how E3 goes. I don't think gamers should complain. If you really feel like blowing your cash then there are plenty of games in Xbox's current library.

#46 Posted by Quantum_D (50 posts) -
Its just you.
#47 Posted by Quantum_D (50 posts) -

Lets see: Borderlands 2 in september, Resident Evil 6 on October 2nd, some ppl like Halo with the 4th coming Nov 6th then you have Assassin's Creed 3 on halloween, Black Ops 2 Nov, Ghost recon out now, Tropico 4 out now just to name a few.


Theres a been 395 games there abouts for 360, i got 80+ of them, the rest are rubbish or im just not interested.

#48 Posted by MathMattS (4002 posts) -

Plus, any year with a Halo is a good year for gaming my friend! :D

kerrman

Indeed! I can't wait to see what awaits in Halo 4!

#49 Posted by buccomatic (1941 posts) -

KoA:R, ME3 and Diablo have been the only great games released so far.

KoA:R is the best of the 3 - flat out AWESOME game.

ME3 was ok. too much planet scanning and the worst ending of all time ruined the entire franchises replayability

Diablo launch was a disaster but they are showing record breaking sales figures. - looks very promising

max payne 3 is too short to be considered a good game - a total ripoff.

ssx sinkholes sunk that game right from the start. that and all the STUPID day one DLC.

prototype is average at best

everything else sucked.

that's it for 2012 so far...

#50 Posted by Jagged3dge (3895 posts) -

KoA:R, ME3 and Diablo have been the only great games released so far.

KoA:R is the best of the 3 - flat out AWESOME game.

ME3 was ok. too much planet scanning and the worst ending of all time ruined the entire franchises replayability

Diablo launch was a disaster but they are showing record breaking sales figures. - looks very promising

max payne 3 is too short to be considered a good game - a total ripoff.

ssx sinkholes sunk that game right from the start. that and all the STUPID day one DLC.

prototype is average at best

everything else sucked.

that's it for 2012 so far...

buccomatic

Get over it, your acting like a spoiled child just because none of the games that released appeal to you. :lol:

Maybe you should do a better job researching...