Howdy everyone Jessica Valentine here, today I am going to round up the good, the bad, and the most surprising video games of this year. In other words YAY! BOO… and Oh Cool. Lets start with the BOO… shall we? I would hate to leave it for last best we get it out of the way.
And here we go… My biggest disappointment for gaming this year cannot be attributed to just one game, but the delays that pushed back the releases of a few games that I anxiously awaited. *Cough* BioShock Infinite*Cough*Luigi’s Mansion 2*Cough*. Sorry about that I must be sick. Sick of WAITING! Moving on and regaining my composure, I should mention that this year I have been let down by many a game, but one game immediately springs to mind when I think of the word disappointment. I had such high hopes for this game, only to be let down. So, the award for Jessica’s Biggest Disappointment of 2012 goes to… Drum-roll please…The Secret World.
Dear The Secret World, you broke my heart. I wanted to love you, I really did, your concept, your art, your ideas were fantastic. I thought you would be the one to rope me into MMO’s Then I took you home… For those of you not familiar with The Secret World it is a MMO set in the real world, but with just one difference. Every conspiracy theory or myth turns out to be true. Cool, right? Players are given a choice of 3 factions, the Illuminati, the Templars or the Dragon. Personally I chose the Illuminati because hey with a faction tagline of “Sex, Drugs, and Rockefeller” Why the !@#$ would I pick anything else? And that’s where I stopped having fun.
Maybe it’s just me, but I cannot get used WASD controls. A PC gamer I am not, because if I was at least I wouldn’t spend 20 minutes running into walls or get lost trying to find my objective. Also for some reason the game decided that it couldn’t recognize my graphics card and although I have a pretty beefy card in my laptop, the game always defaulted to a low graphics setting, where I couldn’t read anything. Despite my floundering with the controls and necessary tweaking of the settings I bravely pressed on. Then it was boring. I don’t know why, but the story did not engage me. I found myself not caring if my character lived or died. The game was just boring. Needless to say I didn’t play it very long. Maybe if I had toughed it out I would have liked it more, but there is nothing worse then realizing that you just spent good money on something that is just not worth your time. I realize that now the game is free to play, which is should have been to begin with. Desperate times call for desperate measures I suppose.
Now let me lighten the mood a little bit. “Damn Jessica, you scary when you go on rants.” “Why thank you, Jessica.I take that as a compliment.” Yes I am talking to myself and no I don’t care that you are judging me right now. Any who, incoherent segues aside, my most surprising game of 2012 is Borderlands 2. Before I am assaulted with a resounding “WHAT?!”, let me explain. I normally do not play first-person shooters because of this, Borderlands (the original game) somehow flew under my usually impressive radar. So on a whim, I purchased Borderlands 2 knowing nothing of the game other than it was a cell shaded first-person shooter. Boy howdy was I delighted with my “whim” of a purchase.
Not only is Borderlands 2 fun, the story engaging, and is just overall awesome but it managed to accomplish something that no other video game had done before. It got me to actually buy DLC for it. I have wanted to buy DLC for many games but this was the first game that I actually purchased DLC for. I just had to have the Mechromancer pack. There is nothing not cool about running around with a !@#$% giant robot named Deathtrap that just straight murders practically everything in his path. I LOVE IT. If you don’t have it get it. Like seriously. So yes, that sums up my most surprising game of the year.
Now ladies and gents for the highlight of this post the highest honor I can give to a game my pick for best game of 2012. And that the most exemplary game is Dance Central 3 for the Xbox 360. I do love me some movin’ and groovin’. Okay I you got me. I lied. I never have and most likely never will EVER play Dance Central 3 and no, I have not played the first two games of the series. Now I will tell you my actual pick for best game of 2012, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Yes, I know that came out in 2011, it’s because I am messing with you again. For realsies this time, my pick for best of 2012 is Persona 4: Golden on the PS Vita.
I love the Persona franchise and no joke this game is the reason why I bought a PS Vita. ‘Nuff Said.
-Jessica OUT *throws down microphone*