As 2012 draws to a close, we find ourselves looking back over the events of the last 12 months with fond memories. We hosted the Olympic Games, celebrated a Royal Jubilee and survived the apocalypse foretold by our good friends the Mayans.
More importantly than that, 2012 has been one of the best years for gamers since I can remember. We’ve had some spectacular titles grace our consoles, in truth, too many to mention, but we’ll be taking a look at our top 5 releases. Join us as we take a tour of The Greatest Games of 2012.
5. Max Payne 3
Max Payne returned in style in its first outing on current generation consoles. Gamers were treated to a truly visceral third-person shooter, with all the gritty storytelling and delivery that we have come to expect from a Rockstar game. Although the game play could be considered much more linear than that of open-worlders like Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption, this only served to highlight the tight plot, perfectly executed cinematics and stunning environments.
Utterly stylised and incredibly more-ish, right to the end (and then a whole lot more through multiplayer!). If you missed out on this earlier in the year, check it out our full Max Payne 3 review before picking it up for a cut of the price.
4. Spec Ops: The Line
Every so often, what looks like an average game, can really surprise you. Spec Ops: The Line is one such game, which proves without a doubt, that you should never judge
a game by its trailer. Within 20 seconds of starting the game, you’re gunning down choppers as you fly through the sand-blasted city of Dubai, and loving every explosive
minute of it.
This is everything a videogame based on war should be; polished and thoroughly enjoyable, with an interesting and daring plot. All aspects combined have made it our
favourite of this year’s war games.
Read our full review here.
3. Sleeping Dogs
Sleeping Dogs was one of my most anticipated games of the year and it did not disappoint. An open-world, third-person shooter, with a strong emphasis on Kung Fu
melee combat. You play Wei Shen, an undercover cop working inside one of Hong Kong’s most notorious branches of the Triad.
Square Enix has created a wonderfully vibrant Hong Kong cityscape, rich in the sights and sounds that will have you wanting to explore every rooftop and back alley in
between missions. The game is also blessed with an excellent storyline & some of the best combat I’ve seen since the days of Shenmu on the original Xbox. If you like your
open-world games to be ultra-realistic & top-heavy on the action, you’ll love this one!
2. Assassin’s Creed III
Assassin’s Creed III is the fifth main installment in what has become a staple of our current generation diet. It’s bold, ambitious and full of all the jumpy-stabby action that
we have come to know and love.
AC3 is a wondrous revival of a series that was, in truth beginning to show it’s age in the gameplay department. The new modes and innovations on offer here have breathed
new life into a story that we are no where near ready to see the back of. For all it’s enjoyment, there is little that can top the mighty naval battles for me, but other aspects
do a damn good job of trying.
It’s clear that Ubisoft has done an incredible amount of research and poured effort into creating something truly unique in a world of grey, amorphous sequels and prequels.
Entertaining and deeply rewarding, this is a revolutionary installment in the series and storytelling at its best. A must have for long-time Assassin’s Creed fans.
Check out our full AC3 review here.
1. Halo 4
To be frank, myself and fellow PopBucketers were pretty skeptical about the return of Halo under the banner of 343 Industries, but what they have managed to create is truly a phenomenal achievement.
Despite a new race of enemies, new weapons and several major changes to multiplayer, Halo 4 feels more true to the series than both Halo: ODST and Halo: Reach
combined. The single player campaign is compact, you get the feeling of genuine quality over quantity, that other games would struggle to boast.
The multiplayer experience can only be described accurately as “beastly”. Probably the best Halo has had to offer since Halo 3, there are a variety of modes and maps to
appeal to fans new & old. Multiplayer also benefits from the addition of customisable weapon load-outs and armour perks, which may sound risky for a Halo game, but trust
us, these are expertly balanced & implemented.
Halo 4 is everything a modern first person shooter should be and so much more. Untouchable!
Read our full review here for more reasons why Halo 4 was the star of 2012.
So there you have it, The Greatest Games of 2012 just in time for your post-binge New
Years Day hangover reading. Hope you enjoyed our round-up. If we missed any knock-out
games, let us know.
Happy New Year from everyone here at PopBucket!!