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Ben’s Game of the Year 2012

February 7, 2013

Ben’s Game of the Year Award 2012

2012. Man, what a year for gaming. We had the epic conclusion of Bioware’s Mass Effect series marred by fan out-cry at the less than satisfying ending. Max Payne dove back onto the scene, packing a tonne of guns with the same gruff cynicism we all missed. The world of Pandora was in need of some gun-totting Vault-hunters once again in Borderlands 2, the age-old conflict came to revolutionary America in Assassin’s Creed III and finally the real fight began. PlayStation heroes and villains from across the ages meet to do epic battle in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

Ben’s Game of the Year Contenders

Borderlands 2

It’s always hard to pick which is your favourite game of the year, there are so many contenders and all are very deserving. Borderlands 2 did something amazing for me this year, it re-ignited my love for first person shooters again. It’s may be called ‘Diablo with guns’ by an ignorant few, but Borderlands 2 shows that there is interest in a colourful, vibrant and cartoony shooters. You don’t need the dull grey and gloom of the military shooters. Fun and Gunning is still wanted. As a refreshing First Person Shooter it was completely unbelievable. I was amazed at just how much Borderlands 2 reminded me why I love First Person Shooters and what I used to enjoy about them. It’s not just the kick to established order of modern military shooters, Borderlands 2 was a masterclass in addictive gameplay, off the wall characters and was as engrossing as it was satisfyingly destructive

Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3, the game that launched thousands of groans of displeasure. I’m not going to go over the old discussion, whether you loved or hated the ending of Mass Effect 3. I was more disappointed that it wasn’t wholly fleshed out the first time round, but regardless, as you played Mass Effect 3 for the first time it was the stunning climax of a groundbreaking sci-fi epic. It had more punch, more grit and wasn’t afraid to really grind all hope for the galaxy into dust. You were fighting for the galaxy’s survival and it was everything the fans wanted…right up until the end. Mass Effect 3. It will go down in infamy of the textbook way to not finish a trilogy of games, though can it win my Game of  The Year? It’s easy to ignore it and push it by the wayside but Mass Effect 3 was a game that really captured my imagination and inspired me. That is credit enough but would it be enough to make Mass Effect 3 my winner?

Assassins Creed 3

18th Century Revolutionary America at first did not interest me in the slightest, but to be fair to UbiSoft they managed to pull off the new setting for our new Assassin Hero ‘Connor’ and really capture the essence of the era. New ideas, enlightened thinking minds, questionable acts from both sides, the importance and the impact of naval supremacy. All of these themes and thoughts distilled down perfectly into an enjoyable sequel. Assassins Creed 3 was full of things to do and plenty of interesting avenues of distraction. Connor’s story was powerful and dramatic, hitting key points in the birth of the foundling nation The United States of America, as well as playfully exploring the relationship between Templars and Assassins, and their often overlooked similarities. This interweaved with some more engaging Desmonds sections that we have been given in the past, Assassin’s Creed 3 was truly a successor. But the weight of all these things seemed to drag it down in the end, and as an avid Assassin’s Creed player I was a little disappointed in the way Desmond’s story finally played out. Can I look past this and make Assassin’s Creed 3 my Game of the Year?

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

You can read my full Review of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale here.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale was every Sony fan-boys dream. We suffered months of bi-polar bouts of extreme hype followed by extreme dissatisfaction. We wanted it…No we needed All-Stars to be good, but could it ever live up to the fantasy in our heads, could It really compete on the same level as Nintendo’s Smash Bros? And you know what? It had a bloody good go at it and it did well. OK there were teething problems, you always get that from the first installment in a game, but All-Stars was fantastic fun, a real love-song for the die-hard PlayStation fans and lets hope there is more to come.

Does PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale deserve my Game of the Year award?

My Game of The Year 2012 is…

Borderlands 2

Believe it not Borderlands 2 is the only first person shooter I bought this year and just remind yourself of the big hitters also released this year: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Medal of Honour: Warfighter both released new entries and to their credit they look damn good fun, but I was wary of investing in them in case nothing had changed. So I’m very grateful that Borderlands 2 came along when it did. I played it for hours upon hours and I loved every single second of it. In a year where they were all these fantastic games coming out, Borderlands 2 stands out because it re-introduced me to the world of First Person Shooters, a genre I have been deeply unsatisfied with for a year or two now, and for that I give it my Game of the Year award.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. February 7, 2013 6:06 pm

    you have influenced me to go out and get it!

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