2012 GOTY - So Far

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We are now halfway through the year. Although many exiting games are coming out in the fall, some have been delayed until next year, and others may eventually suffer the same fate. Only 3 of the community's 10 games of the year for 2011 came out in the first six months, however, one of them was the number one game (Portal 2). What is your 2012 game of the year so far?

For me, it is Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. I played it for 2 straight months, and I even bought the strategy guide for it, which is is something I haven't done in a long time. A wonderful game.

Syndicate takes my number one spot. Absolutely sublime co-op experience.

Dragon's Dogma is a close second, because it features the best combat system in a fantasy system ever created.

2012 has been Late to the Party year for me.

I've turned on to (and completely fallen for) Dead Space 2, Outland (XBLA), Renegade Ops (XBLA), Rayman Origins and RAGE.

For 2012 releases, it's been all about digital distribution. Minecraft, Walking Dead, Trials Evo., etc.

If I had to go with a single favorite highlight, it would have to be Walking Dead Ep. 1. The tone, presentation, pacing and maturity just caught me completely off guard.

Heck, it jazzed me enough to dive headlong into the graphic novels and that's a first for me.

I'd have to say Diablo III is my personal favorite 2012 release thus far, followed by Legend of Grimrock. And Tribes: Ascend totally deserves a shout-out. Beyond these, most of my gaming has consisted of dipping into my library for replay (Deus Ex: HR), continuing a near-persistent game in Skyrim, and trying some new-ish, free-to-play stuff (Fallen Earth).

Tanglebones wrote:

Going by the 'released in 2012' definition? Crusader Kings 2.

+1. So good.

I think D3's the only game I've bought this year, so that gets the nod, despite all the flaws.

Only new game I have is Mass Effect 3. It wins by default at this point.

Hopefully Torchlight 2 will take the cake.

Dragon's Dogma. Flawed game for sure, but I love every second of it.

Going by the 'released in 2012' definition? Crusader Kings 2. Though a close second goes to Mass Effect 3. Assassin's Creed 3 and Persona 4 both have a good chance at the crown.

Journey. No contest. Mass Effect 3 and Diablo 3 after that.

As soon as my hand heals enough to play console games again, I'm gonna grab Dragon's Dogma. Not sure where that'll slot in yet, but the things I have heard make me think it could also have a slot at the top.

I know this will change by the end of the year as Assassin's Creed III comes out, but at this point in time, it's Mass Effect 3. It was flawed and lacked polish in some key areas, but I really enjoyed playing it and still dabble in the multiplayer from time to time.

Diablo 3 is still fun, but the online connectivity lag just puts a big dirty spot on what could otherwise be a really fun game.

I've only bought a couple games so far that were released this year. One of them is ME3, which is the best 2012 game I've played so far.

By the end of the year, I expect Borderlands 2 and Torchlight 2 to be at the top of my GotY list.

tboon wrote:
Tanglebones wrote:

Going by the 'released in 2012' definition? Crusader Kings 2.

+1. So good.

I'll toss my vote in with CK2.

Hmm, for all the noise and expectations this year, it's been pretty thin on the ground for me, in terms of actual enjoyment. I loved the hell out of Legend of Grimrock, and so far, that's been the high point of the year. ME3 was a disaster, I wouldn't play Diablo III if they paid me, and despite buying it, I haven't ever really dug into CK2. I got a ways into one scenario, and just got kind of bored with it. I'm not complaining about it at all, the production values are excellent, and the game design seems solid, I just ... kinda wasn't that interested in playing the game they imagined.

The last couple years were freaking amazing, but 2012 has been kind of a bust so far.

2012 has been great so far.

Here's my top 5 so far:
1. Diablo 3
2. Civ V: Gods & Kings
3. Mass Effect 3
4. Crusader Kings II
5. Battlefield 3 (premium/expansions)

Looking forward to Dishonored, Assassin's Creed 3 and Guild Wars 2.

You know, I forgot about Mass Effect 3. This game should have been my GOTY for all of 2012, given how much of a super-fan I am of the other 2. But alas, it was not in the stars...

I know what I've played in the first half of 2012, but nothing really stands out to me as a game I would be happy to endorse. They're more games I have passed time with rather than really enjoyed. I'm played far more non-2012 games and replayed more. The autumn season always has something big, but there's just nothing I can say has made me go wide eyed, jaw dropped, etc. I don't feel like I've had fun or been really involved with a 2012 release yet.

For the second half I'm looking forward to Dishonored and Guild Wars 2, with a side-order of Torchlight 2.

Journey, Diablo III, Botanicula, Binding of Isaac: Wrath of the Lamb right now.

MeatMan wrote:

By the end of the year, I expect Borderlands 2 and Torchlight 2 to be at the top of my GotY list.

I feel the same.

Diablo 3, IMO, shouldn't be on the list. I hate the trend of giving GOTY nods to big budget games based primarily on their big budgets. It's a Blizzard game so it has to be a GOTY nominee. Ptooey! Pedestrian storyline. Nothing particularly exciting or fresh about the game. And the fact that realistically you cannot complete the game on it's hardest difficulty without purchasing items off the Auction House with real money, disqualifies it from GOTY consideration for me.

Since the Perpetual Testing Initiative released this year, Portal 2 is solidly in my number one spot.

Spoiler:

What's that you say? You're only interested in playing maps created by Goodjers? Buddy, have I got great news for you.

Fingers crossed for Torchlight 2 unseating it later this year, though.

FSeven wrote:

I hate the trend of giving GOTY nods to big budget games based primarily on their big budgets. It's a Blizzard game so it has to be a GOTY nominee. Ptooey!

If Clock reads this, I think that would be an interesting view on the end-of-year GOTYs. Just as you can do some alternate looks at the collated data, it would be interesting to filter out such games by some definition (by big publisher, by budget, by price-tag) and see what's left.

I'm in the same camp as Scratched and Malor, actually. There hasn't been too much that I've played so far in 2012 that I'd give a GOTY-for-now title to. The bigger releases like ME3 and D3 were definitely enjoyable, but flawed enough for me to say that they didn't push themselves above anything else.

So, my vote so far is going to go to Crusader Kings 2. The game is pretty solid and uses some interesting game mechanics to the strategy of empire building aside from the typical "raise an army crush your enemy" approach.

Journey, in a head-and-shoulders kind of a way that I've not so felt so comfortable about with any game yet this hardware cycle.

Can I say Day Z? Its so different from everything else I've played this year and is the game that gets to most varied amount of emotions out of me. It's only a mod thats in Alpha right now but I cant wait to see where it will be by the end of 2012 with the amount of updates and attention it's getting.

FSeven wrote:

Diablo 3, IMO, shouldn't be on the list. I hate the trend of giving GOTY nods to big budget games based primarily on their big budgets. It's a Blizzard game so it has to be a GOTY nominee. Ptooey!

I know in my case it's probably going to get knocked down the list by the end of the year. There's a lot of upcoming games that I'm looking forward too. For example, if Borderlands 2 or Torchlight 2 are firing on all cylinders at launch D3 is getting bumped big time.

TempestBlayze wrote:

Can I say Day Z?

If you can say DayZ, can I retroactively say Nehrim in 2010? SureAI really would be doing great if they had access to an engine that let them create content like the Bethesda/Gamebyro engine, but let them sell their work.

Hard to pin down one but these three have been standouts:

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Crusader Kings II.

Dragon's Dogma so far and it isn't even close.

Still a full 6 months to go though, and I'm very excited for Borderlands 2.

Stele wrote:

Only new game I have is Mass Effect 3. It wins by default at this point.

Same here -- aside from ME3, my gaming so far this year has been catching up on big games that came out last year (Saint's Row 3, Deus Ex: HR).

So not only do I have no idea what my GOTY for 2012 will be, my choice for 2011 is retroactively getting even harder.

Crusader Kings II, Kingdoms of Amalur, Legend of Grimrock, Dragon's Dogma, and the Civ V expansion have all been absolutely outstanding. Strongest first half to a year in new games that I can remember in a long time.

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