PS3 Attitude’s top 5 games of the first half of 2012
We are well into the second half of 2012 and feel the need to look back on some of the best releases the first two quarters of 2012 had. The year is usually so heavily packed with AAA releases during the holiday months that it’s easy to forget about the gems that came before them.
Each member of the PS3 Attitude team has assigned a point value of 5, 3, and 1 to their top three games of 2012 thus far, allowing us to create a list of the top five games. In the end we had a list well over 10 games. Here are our top five.
5. Mass Effect 3 – 6 Points
Leading off our top games of the first half of 2012 is BioWare’s epic conclusion to Commander Shepard’s war against the Reapers. Released in March, Mass Effect 3 was no doubt on of the most anticipated games of the year especially for fans who had been playing the series since it debuted on the Xbox 360 in 2007.
Even amid the whole ending controversy, Mass Effect 3 scored enough points to land at number five on our list. “Mass Effect 3 triumphantly succeeds in all the areas in which it could have faltered,” said Ryanmoto3 in our review. With online multiplayer along with numerous DLC expansions, including the recently released The Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut which added new cinematic scenes and a epilogue, there’s plenty of room to be playing Mass Effect 3 well throughout the rest of 2012 and beyond.
4. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning – 8 Points
The bankruptcy and closing of baseball star Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios was one of the most discussed news stories in the gaming world these past few months. It came a quite the shock because Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, their first and only game released, was actually quite good and sold ”1.22 million copies in its first 90 days.” Unfortunately, even that wasn’t enough to save the studio from closure.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning had some big names attached to its development with the likes of R. A. Salvatore creating the detailed mythos and setting for the game and Todd McFarlane tackling the artwork. Reckoning features all the elements one would expect from a well-developed RPG such as a diverse selection of characters, a deep class ability tree, and glorious environments. That makes it even a greater shame that we won’t be seeing anything else from the talented developers at the former 38 Studios.
3. WipEout 2048 – 9 Points
Coming in at number three is WipEout 2048, the only PS Vita title to grace our list and rightfully so. Released as a launch title, WipEout 2048 showed the gaming world just what Sony’s new handheld platform was fully capable of. Visually, the game even looked better than it’s PS3 counterpart. Couple that with an array of new tracks and cross platform racing and you have a sure winner.
The fun doesn’t end there, though. Both WipEout HD and HD Fury on the PS3 have been released as downloadable content for 2048, further expanding the replayability of the game. WipEout 2048 is shinning example of PS Vita perfection as it did everything right when it comes to graphics, gameplay, and cross platform promotion. We wouldn’t be surprised if the game remains one of the best titles of the entire year.
2. Final Fantasy XIII-2 – 11 Points
Final Fantasy XIII-2 took everything that was good about Final Fantasy XIII and made it great. Square Enix listened to criticism of the first game to make improvements with XIII-2 such as making a more open world for exploration. Time travel allowed players to visit locations during different eras resulting in vast differences depending on what year it is. Essentially, Final Fantasy XIII-2 is the game everyone hoping XIII was.
While the game can take players well into the 100 hour mark to complete, Square Enix has released plenty of downloadable content over past months to keep the experience going. Weapons, costumes, coliseum battles, and character scenarios for Sazh, Snow, and Lightning further expand the storyline of the game. Fans can’t seem to get enough of Final Fantasy. It’s no wonder then that rumor has it Final Fantasy XIII-3 is in development. One thing is for sure, we will definitely be seeing more of Lightning in the future.
1. Journey – 23 Points
It should come as no surprise that Journey is our number one game from the first half of 2012. Judging by the vast point difference between the #1 and #2 spots, it’s clear that all of us here at PS3 Attitude love thatgamecompany and everything they do. Flower was voted our favorite PSN game late last year, but it looks like it may have to move down to the number two spot.
Journey is all about the experience. In a world where games are an onslaught on the senses, Journey is very simplistic. There is no onscreen display, no voices or even names. The beauty of the game is achieved through the nuances of exploration and discovery. Playing alone or with a fellow nameless nomad is seamlessly integrated into the game. thatgamecompany has always gone against typical gaming conventions to deliver an experience like no other. An experience that rightfully places them at the top of our list.