Hey there people and welcome to another one of my blogs. Seeing as its nearly the end of the year I've decided I should probably knuckle down and write my thoughts of 2012. First of I'd like to start by saying Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you all and I hope that the New Year will be an amazing year for all of you.
Now I found 2012 to be a year that took a while to get started. To be fair I think a lot of gamers were still in skyrim fever until the end of January, I know I was, so any major releases would've probably have had a Fus ro dah to the knee from consumers (that was the on-going skyrim joke, right) anyway it wasn't until February that we saw the first contender for skyrims throne: Kingdoms of Amalur. While it had good gameplay its world was not as gripping as skyrims. More sadly its developer, 38 studios, went bankrupt only three months later. This was only the start of the doom and gloom.
As we arrived in March, so did mass effect 3. A game which promised gamers a thrilling conclusion to Shepards trilogy, that every in-game decision made would affect the games numerous outcomes, and so on. But this contender turned out to be a false pretender. From my experience of the game it had great gameplay and its story started off well, but it soon became long winded. The online was fun at first but then it got very repetitive, making me wonder if ME 3 really needed an online mode. Overall I thought it was a good game; it made improvements from its predecessor but it also took a few steps back. But thats just my opinion and the gaming community definitely had a different one. As it happened ME 3s ending was the most controversial subject of the gaming year; as Im sure most of you remember. Most who played the game found the three ending to be very similar and none of them made true the promises made by Bioware. Most importantly the endings lacked proper closure for the player. This sparked fan outrage unlike anything Ive ever seen and caused Bioware to release a free dlc which expanded on the three endings. But the damage was done and ME 3 will always be remembered for the amount of controversy it caused.
Mass effect 3 was not the only game to disappoint. Both Silent Hill: downpour and RE: operation racoon city received mixed to negative reviews. Neither game, both of which were the latest instalments of successful horror series, was able to scare gamers enough to keep their thoughts away from the ME 3 scandal. TW: Shogun 2: fall of the samurai and Tekken X Street Fighter fared much better; but a surprise package was able to take the gaming world by storm: Journey. Made by thatgamecompany, Journey stole the hearts of gamers by taking them on a spiritual adventure of the senses; if that makes sense. Rather than use recognised gameplay; Journey used landscapes, music, and the sense of wonder to craft a unique and fascinating experience for players. I believe that journeys biggest achievement, however, was showing us that unique ideas can create prosperous gameplay and that moving away from the norm can be a fruitful endeavour. For these reasons Journey proved to be the standout game of the beginning of 2012 and definitely the most serious contender for GOTY.
And that concludes part 1 of my end of year blog. The next instalment will take us from April through till July or August. I have more things to talk about in the next blog, not just games, anyways thank you for reading and see you for part 2.
- Posted Dec 23, 2012 1:00 am GMT
- Category: Editorial