It's time! Happy New Year! Time to list my favorite games that came out in 2012 (that I played)!
This year's going to be in 1 post, and will feature 20 games, in no particular order. Let's begin!
20. Double Dragon Neon (PS3 PSN)
Here's a game I would have never have played if it wasn't for PS Plus. Double Dragon Neon isn't only a game that is a tribute to beat 'em up games of the past and 80's in general, it's a great game in itself. The music is awesome, the gameplay solid, and it features one of my favorite endings to a game ever. And did I mention the Bro-op? (Co-op) It's stellar. Most will ignore my recommendation, but if you like beat 'em ups of yesteryear, seriously play this game. I'm glad I did.
19. Virtua Fighter 5 Showdown (PS3 PSN)
Virtua Fighter 5 is one of my favorite games from early on in the 360 Lineup. It's characters feature solid, deep move lists and some of the best fighting 3D gaming ever saw at the time (2007). Time has changed a bit since then, the update, Showdown, proves that VF5 is still great. It's one of the more hardcore 3D fighting games - it teaches you to learn your character, and really time your moves more then any other game I've ever played. I played this via PS Plus and had a blast replaying with one of my favorite fighting game characters ever, Eileen (Monkey Kung Fu)!
18. Soul Caliber V (PS3)
Okay, let me get this out of the way. SC V is no SC II. It's new characters are lackluster (except for Natsu), the game's a bit unbalanced, the story mode is...ugh. That said how can I even put it on this list? It was the customization. The customization in SC V is the best it's ever been in any fighting game, and being able to create your own characters and fight is the game's saving grace. Heck, I made SakuraShinguji (Sakura Wars/Sakura Taisen) in the game and gave her Mitsurugi'smove set!The game needed to be on the cooker a bit longer though.
17. Puzzles and Dragons (Android/Google Play Store)
Most are probably looking at this and saying "what the heck is this game and why the hell does it have such a generic title?!" Okay, do yourselves all a favor and download this free game by GungHo Online Entertainment. It's a game from Japan that is a cross between Puzzle Quest and Pokemon. You go through and collect monsters and use their abilities while creating chains from a bejeweled-like game. It's more addictive then you think and I have a feeling that if the word gets out there it could be as big as Angry Birds. Ever since downloading it, I've found myself playing it at lunch break almost every day at work.
16. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 HD (PS3)
After playing TTT2 Prologue via Tekken Hybrid earlier this year I knew what Iw as getting in to. It's a weird one to put on the lsit because basically I haven't played much of it technically in 2012 as I liked, but regardless I know it's great what I have played. This game will be played far into 2013.
15. Gotham City Imposters (PS3 PSN)
Another one via PS Plus. This one didn't hit off with many, but I appreciate the different gameplay from normal shooters. It's heavy emphasis on gadgets, continuous unlocking and teamwork really hit a soft spot with me. It's not the best title, but it sure did suck me in with it's character in 2012.
14. Nano Assault Neo (Wii U eShop)
Getting the Wii U was something I didn't originally intend to like the Vita earlier this year. I'm a sucker for fancy gadgets, as everyone knows, so after a few weeks on the shelves I caved and bought the deluxe model for Xmas. A bit weary, I've had an awesome time with the device so far. Nano Assault Neo is another shoot 'em up from Shin'en, who developed one of the first game's I ever played on the GBA, Iridion 3D. They are know to really create some pretty shoot 'em ups, mostly for handhelds, and I've yet to play a shoot 'em up from them that was subpar. This was their first console release (albeit digital only), and it's simply gorgeous. It's not as meaty as their previous titles, but they really made a fun shooter in a little amount of time. It's worth buying.
13. LittleBigPlanet PS Vita (PS Vita)
I participated in the beta test for LBP PSV, and you just knew this game was going to be magic. The touch functions add a nice touch, and the cross compatibility with previous DLC and levels from LBP 2 really make this a massive game. It really is LBP in portable form. I'll be playing more of this in 2013.
12. Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collector Set (PS3) (Street Fighter X Tekken, PS3)) (My Fighting GOTY)
This one kinda breaks the rules. This isn't one game, basically it's a ton of games in a box. the SF 25th set is an awesome collector's set, that especially in the PS3 supplies you with tons of SF games, DLC, Music, movies, avatars, and a nice statue as well.
...But to keep it a bit fair I'll center around SF X Tekken. Let's face it, I have a Love/Hate relationship with this game, as shown earlier this year, and naming it my Fighting Game of 2012, seems even more perplexing. I dislike what they did with the DLC in this game, even though getting it in this massive box set with all these goodies offsets it, as a regular release they really should have included all the character (on the disk!) without having to pay for it. That I don't agree with one bit. But the gameplay itself, at it's core, is VERY solid and fun. Having not only a great tag game, plus incorporating the Tekken characters in the SF 4 Engine, was surprising, and fun to play. I had a lot of fun with this title this year. Even if I don't agree what Capcom did with the character DLC.
11. Rock Band Blitz (Xbox 360 Arcade)
RBB was fun to play if only to relive my library of songs from past Rock Band games. I had a blast scoring and listening to songs this past year.
10. Uncharted: Golden Abyss (PS Vita)
PS Vita is the single most anticipated handheld system I've ever wanted. When I got it in early 2012, I dove right into it, buying a bunch of games for it. Uncharted is one of those title that stood out, if only for one thing. Holy moly, is this game GORGEOUS! It's single best looking handheld game I've ever played. The gameplay was solid, If not as long as it's console brethren, and using the vita to aim, actually felt pretty useful. It wowed me in 2012, and I had fun.
9. Mortal Kombat (PS Vita)
Best fighting game on a handheld, period, right now. If Vita has anything going for it, it's that it's D-pad is well suited for fighting games. Mortal Kombat (9) revitalized the franchise, by making it less clunky, faster, and more fluid with it's controls in 2011, and in 2012 it made a successful, impressive jump to the Vita. It's worth playing, and somehow MK9 is even better on the go. FINISH HIM!
8. Yakuza: Dead Souls (PS3)
I wish I finished up this game in 2012, but regardless I still had fun playing this "What IF" game featuring the characters of Yakuza. It's a bit wacky, but I had fun blowing up zombies, Yakuza style.
7. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Wii U) (Racing GOTY)
Oh my gawd, my playing it for a while my first time, I put down the controller and called it - this is simply the best kart racing game I have ever played. Better then any Mario Kart Racing game before it. It's got loads of unlockables, tons of gameplay options, loads of amazing tracks, online, and exciting races. It's amazing how Sega has taken a genre and taken it to new heights. Nintendo take note, because Sega just set the bar. If you have any interest at all in kart racing, you NEED to buy this title. It's a must have from 2012. Obviously, my favorite racing game of 2012
6. MLB 12: The Show (PS3) (Sports GOTY)
I'm really picky when it comes to baseball games, but MLB 12 became my new favorite sports game in 2012. The presentation is amazing, and the gameplay is as solid as it's ever been in a baseball game. People always talk about Madden, and FIFA, but for me MLB 12 is the real deal. Love this game. MLB 12 is my Favorite sports game of 2012.
5. Gravity Rush (PS Vita) (Portable GOTY)
Gravity Rush was a game I was excited for when I first heard about in 2011. When it came out mid 2012, I was blown away. GR's gravity based gameplay works really well, but it's the level design and Kat, game's lead character that really make the package gel. This could be the start of a new franchise for Sony. My favorite portable game of 2012, and a must play for any Vita owner.
4. Super Stardust Delta (PS Vita PSN)
SSD was my first digital title for the Vita and still one of my favorites. It's the best game in the Super Stardust series, and not only that, it's a darn good shoot 'em up as well.
3. Little Inferno (Indie GOTY)
A lot don't know about this title, some say it's not even a game...but whatever it is, it's one of the best things I played all year. It's set around a fireplace that you must burn things. Weird, heck yes, but those who get to the end realize the game's true intention, and love it. I hate to leave this vague as it is, but I really don't want to spoil anything about this game. All I can say is if you like games like Journey and Flower, this is a game to get.
2. Super Mario Bros Wii U
Wow, a Mario Game on my list? After getting this at Xmas, I have to say this - it's the most fun I've had with a 2D Mario game since Super Mario Bros 3 and Super Mario World. Past games in the NSMB series haven't sucked me in like this game has, and I think it has to do with a couple of things:
1. The overall levels are creative and fun to play.
2. Secrets GALORE
I just feel that past NSMB games have lacked the charm that SMB3 and SMW had, and NSMB Wii U recreates that again. A must purchase for your Wii U and a game I am glad I got to play in 2012.
1. Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) (Overall GOTY, Console GOTY, RPG GOTY)
What can I say about Xenoblade Chronicles that I haven't already said? Most games in the list I didn't do in terms of favorite order, but let's get one thing straight, Xenoblade Chronicles IS my absolute favorite game of 2012. I'm shocked that not only did a Wii game, a game from a system I didn't care much about, not only became my favorite game of 2012, but my favorite RPG game of all time - no wait - my favorite game of all time.Xenoblade Chronicles is a masterpiece, I can not stress it enough. It fun to play beginning to end, and a for any RPG fan. The game I had the most fun with in 2012.
Well, there it is, there will be more gaming in 2013!