NGP Game of the Year 2012 – Donald's Top Five

The line between AAA games and ‘indie’ productions is becoming blurrier than ever. It’s not a new trend, but it certainly made major progress in 2012. Traditionally download-only titles are as sophisticated as their retail counterparts. Sizeable game companies are trying their luck using unorthodox channels, whether it be Kickstarter, Humble Bundles or otherwise. No more is this apparent than this year’s GOTY lists. Big blockbuster games are making way for smaller, more ambitious titles.

With that, I present my top five games of 2012.

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NGP Game of the Year 2012: Bonus Round

The year is over and done with. The dust has settled, the wounds are almost healed and the Game of the Year accolades have been decided. And yet, this year’s games have been so remarkable that we can’t just leave it at that. And so every day this week, we will be publishing some of our cast and crew’s favourite games of the year and the reasons why they love these games so much. We’ll also be posting a forward-facing Opinion piece this week on a topic that many of the NG+ crew hold near and dear.

Check out our site this week for our supplementary Game of the Year coverage. And if you are yet to watch our GOTY episodes, feel free to check them out after the jump.
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Opinion – The Characters That Make The Game

Seeing Mass Effect 3 pop up on a number of GOTY lists, despite the vocal group who still speak of that game through gnashing teeth, reminded me of my feelings about that game and the Mass Effect franchise as whole. I am seemingly one of the few people at peace with Mass Effect 3’s original ending. Not because I thought it was a well executed and fitting conclusion to the trilogy, but because I didn’t really care about the main narrative. The game could have ‘Sopranos’ its ending and I would not have been the least bit concerned.

What I really liked about the Mass Effect franchise was the characters. Continue reading Opinion – The Characters That Make The Game

Opinion – At Last, A Decent Video Game Movie

I’ve noticed a bizarre trend with the way I’ve consumed video game related media lately: The idea of the video game ‘movie’. The basic idea is that someone compiles all the key story cutscenes from a game, edits them all together and uploads it to YouTube or a torrent or the like.

I still legitimately don’t know why, but for some reason, I find myself utterly in love with them. Continue reading Opinion – At Last, A Decent Video Game Movie

THQ Declares Bankruptcy, Obtains Buyer

It’s been a rough year of THQ. It recorded continuous losses, closed its international branches including here in Melbourne, delayed many of its tent pole titles and, most recently, it haddefaulted on one of its loans. It was little surprise, then, to hear this morning  that THQ had declared Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the district of Delaware. However, this move was made to facilitate a purchase agreement with affiliates of Clearlake Capital Group. The private equity firm purchased THQ as a ‘stalking horse bidder’ for $60 million (USD), including a $10 million (USD) credit note for THQ’s creditors.

THQ said that is will continue to operate without interruption during the 30-day sale sale period, “All of the company’s studios remain open, and all development teams continue.” Continue reading THQ Declares Bankruptcy, Obtains Buyer