December 31, 2012

Played in 2012

Writeups on games I played this year. By writeups, I mean one sentence.

My emotional attachment to its little pixel people rivals the original XCOM.

Max Payne 3
Very pretty.

Tight-as-a-drum sequel to Thief in all but name.

XCOM (2012)
Constantly makes you make the kind of decisions that give you premature grey hair.

Mark of the Ninja
Expect to see all future stealth games pick and choose from Mark of the Ninja’s clever set of mechanics.

Syndicate (2012)
Its “They Live”-esque vision mode is a great bit.

Skyrim truly shines when you pretend its fast-travel doesn’t exist.

Silent Storm
If you enjoyed XCOM, then for chrissakes play Silent Storm.

Makes bold and very welcome changes to the roguelike formula.

The Walking Dead
Choosing between right and wrong is what most games do; choosing between wrong and wrong is what The Walking Dead relishes.

Co-op + roguelike + smart design = one of the best games of 2012.

Spec Ops: The Line
I like it when games are critical.

Far Cry 3
Is absolutely fantastic when the game embraces its open-world environment.

Borderlands 2
Has great humor from start to finish, which is particularly impressive because the game is jumbo sized.

Day Z
This is the future of games, folks.

Batman Arkham City
I felt like Batman, which is probably the best compliment in the world.



  1. michele mazzamichele mazza  
    January 2nd, 2013

  2. I always appreciate conciseness.
    Now I know exactly why I want to look into those games.


  3. mmmichaellllmmmichaellll  
    January 2nd, 2013

  4. Nice picks. I wouldn’t have guessed that you were interested in roguelikes, but now that I think about it, it makes sense.

    Have you tried “Sil”? I’ve found it to be somewhat similar to brogue in how it streamlines the experience, but with a little more complexity, and without most magic. It works out suprisingly well.


  5. BrendonBrendon  
    January 3rd, 2013

  6. Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll check out Sil.

    I’d say out of all game genres, Roguelikes are the most exciting to me. I’m so glad more and more games with roguelike characteristics (Spelunky, FTL, Dark Souls) are seeping into wider gaming audiences.


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