1/18/2013

HBM's Top 10 Games of 2012

Hey guys. 2012 wasn't exactly a great year for video games, was it? Unlike the awesomeness that was 2011's games, this year was just... mediocre, overall. Of course, that won't stop me from listing my favorite 10 games of the year! Keep in mind, this list is subject to change at any time, but some will probably stay on the list forever. Now, let's not waste anymore time and get to it!

Obviously, I'm only going with games I've actually played, so if you don't see a game you enjoyed from this year, either I didn't play it, or it wasn't good enough to be in the Top 10. Also, I'm going to be disregarding Collections/Compilations, so unfortunately, no God of War Saga, inFAMOUS Collection, or Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection. :(

#10: Soul Calibur V


I tried to rationalize that PSASBR was better than this, but to be honest, Soul Calibur V just has more in it. The Character Creation is much better this game, the controls are great, graphics rule. My only real problems are the story mode, some characters being broken (NIGHTMARE >_>), and the fact that NamcoBandai hasn't announced any more DLC for it in a while.

#9: Pokemon Black 2/White 2


Best Pokemon games since Gold/Silver/Crystal/HGSS. These games are everything Black/White were and more. My only actual problem is how cheap the PWT is.

# 8: Lollipop Chainsaw


If you like stupid zombie gore, chainsawing things, and over-the-top druggy anime shit, then Lollipop Chainsaw is for you. It's silly, has celebrity voice actors, and, of course, YOU KILL ZOMBIES WITH A CHAINSAW. What's not t love?

#7: Nintendo Land


I love this game and you should too. This is the perfect introduction to the Wii U. Only issues are the difficulty of certain attractions (DONKEY KONG'S CRASH COURSE) and some series not appearing in this (Kid Icarus, Kirby, Pokemon, MOTHER, Star Fox).

#6: Asura's Wrath


This game is the most epic masterpiece of storytelling ever. Critics called this game an "interactive anime," and I think that's fitting, considering the sheer scale and depth to the game. It's so badass that they couldn't fit the final act of the story into the game and had to make it DLC because they used up literally all the space on the disc! You can't get much more awesome than that!

#5: Far Cry 3


Lots of people have referred to Far Cry 3 as "Skyrim with guns," and, well, that's a damn good description. It does have the huge open world, vast amount of sidequests and exploration, and it certainly does have gun. Also, Vaas I clearly one of the greatest villains ever conceived. Like, ever.

#4: Project X Zone


This game came out in America in 2013, but I count it as a 2012 game because that's when it came out originally. Anyway, PXZ combines some of the best of Namco, Capcom, and Sega to make one big, juicy adventure of awesomeness. And that's cool.

#3: Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance


Currently, this is my 2nd favorite 3DS and Kingdom Hearts game. It's pretty much everything a portable Kingdom Hearts game should be. I don't need to go into detail, you all know what I mean here.

#2: Xenoblade Chronicles


It took forever for Nintendo to localize this game, but it was worth it, because Xenoblade Chronicles is really damn good. The British voice acting adds a unique charm to this game, the music is amazing, and the gameplay is really cool. One of the better new Nintendo IPs in recent history.

#1: Kid Icarus Uprising


This was the obvious choice, in my opinion. Kid Icarus Uprising is basically one of my favorite games, and the fact that I still haven't gotten everything in the game is a testament to how much content it has. Amazing graphics for the 3DS, great story and controls, and the perfect sense of humor make for what I deem 2012's Game of the Year.

Well, that's that. Bleach Recaps will be starting up again within the next week or two.

HBM Signing Out.

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