First, a confession: I’m what would be called a casual gamer. I currently don’t own a current-gen console and my PC is about five years old (and it wasn’t top of the line when I got it). But before you question my gaming credibility, I do edit a gaming TV show — I just like movies, TV and comics more than games.
I can count the number of games I’ve played this year on one hand. And only one of which came out this year. So while I can’t give a proper list, I can fill you in on what’s been taking up my attention this year.
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I was a Pokémon kid; I have extremely fond memories of both Red and Gold. I decided that I would invest in Pokémon Black. I played it on and off for some time this year and as a whole I’ve enjoyed it, but the main issue is I have no idea what these Pokémon are. Until you beat the elite four, all the Pokémon are the newest 150, who I have no connection nor history to. I have to guess what type they are based on their colour. But I still play it every few months for a solid week or two. So I’m pretty sure I’ll get back to it soon.
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The one game that came out this year was Dear Esther, a game that Don convinced me to play after his review earlier in the year. Both Jason and Tim called it a “walking simulator,” and I can see where they’re coming from. It is a game without any game mechanics. It is however an experience that I really enjoyed. It’s halfway between a movie and a ‘walking simulator’. You are a man exploring an island, discovering letters that kind of reveal your past. You aren’t given the whole story and that’s something I like. It also features a haughtily beautiful score and some great graphics.
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The last, and my favourite, game of note that I played in 2012 (and continue to play) is Assassin’s Creed II. Yes, only five years behind the times, but I’m having such a great experience with it that I should be playing its sequels on a brand spanking Xbox 360 soon. I’m enjoying the story, the gameplay, the exploration and most of all, I’m enjoying stabbing people with my hidden blade. If you haven’t got into this series, Assassin’s Creed II has been a great jumping-on point and I can’t wait to see where the story goes.
An honourable mention must go to the iOS game SpaceTeam – great, crazy multiplayer.