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Gaming Year in Review: 2012

December 31st, 2012 by Cat

Categories: DS, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

With one day left in 2012, I figured this would be a good time to do my usual review of games I played this year 🙂 Let’s start with the favorites!

Favorite single player: Mass Effect 3
I am a huge fan of the Mass Effect series, and though I agree that the endings left me feeling empty and disappointed, the journey up to it was emotional and satisfying. I also liked that the game play required more movement than just taking cover in one place.

Favorite multiplayer: Mass Effect 3
Yes, ME3 wins both for me. I was skeptical about the multiplayer, but it is good fun, especially after they added better kits (like the N7 series). I’m normally not that into shooters, but adding in powers and skills definitely makes this more interesting for me.

Favorite indie: Orcs Must Die! 2
Though I haven’t played the first one (yet), I had a lot of fun doing the co-op in the sequel. It’s a different take on the tower defense games since you control a character that runs around setting traps and can also shoot the enemies yourself.

(* = beat/finished)


* 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors
A game that is supposed to be played more than once since there’s 6 different endings. I thought this was different than most other visual novels and a lot of fun too. I was immersed in figuring out the story through multiple playthroughs, and the puzzles are not too hard nor too easy.

Professor Layton and the Last Specter
This is the prequel to the first Layton game. It’s still fun, but it’s really nothing different from other Layton games, and that can get tiring after a while.

* Time Hollow
An interesting story of altered timelines and the consequences of time travel, but I thought the gameplay was on the boring side.


* Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
I enjoyed every AC game that Ezio is in, but I thought this one became too bloated. Even though I like side quests, there were so many, I lost track of the main quest all the time.

* Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
A smaller, compact game compared to Brotherhood, though the pacing was a little weird. (I was able to get the best items right in the beginning.) I still enjoyed it though.

Borderlands 2
As popular as this game series is, I can’t get into it that much. I’ve played and beat the first, and this second one doesn’t feel that much different. It is fun though. It just doesn’t motivate me to play it as much.

Don’t Starve
I only played the demo, but I included this since I have the full (beta) game now. It’s Minecraft-like in the way that you start with nothing, gather a bunch of stuff, and start building things that help in your survival.

Fallout 3
I’m still trying to get into this game, as the beginning is quite slow, even after you leave the Vault. I’m hoping to write more about this next year.

* Mass Effect 3
See above

* Orcs Must Die! 2
See above

A combination of dungeon crawling and owning a store to raise funds. It’s a cute game, but some of it, in terms of interface and game flow, isn’t designed that well.


* God of War 2
More hack and slash goodness, much like the first game. I found this game to be very mean, but I think it’s a good thing that it was actually challenging.


* Kirby’s Return to Dreamland
Though a 3D Kirby game, it was side scrolling and returned to how Kirby games traditionally are. I thought this was really fun.

2 Responses to “Gaming Year in Review: 2012”

  • Alyssa says:

    I unfortunately didn’t do much gaming this year, on account of the fact that Skyrim owned my life, but I plan to rectify that in 2013. I especially want to get back into playing my DS and maybe invest in a 3DS. There’s a multitude of amazing-looking games for it that I’m dying to play.

    I got about halfway through ME3 before Skyrim took over. I’ve heard so many bad things about the ending that I feel kind of discouraged to finish it. Mass Effect has been one of my all-time favorite gaming experiences (especially ME2 and its final mission), so the idea that it ends on a bad note makes me sad. I will eventually get around to finishing it, though, and maybe check out the multiplayer too.

    • Cat says:

      I’ve been wanting Skyrim, but I’m not sure when I’d get to it. I have such a bad backlog D=

      Bioware released additional stuff for the ME3 ending, which some people said they liked. I still need to get around to doing it again, so I’m hoping that makes it better. Mass Effect is one of my favorites too!