This Year’s Most Exciting Games

In this day and age, it is common to have exciting games each and every year. Last year, Modern Warefare 3, Skyrim and Batman were three of a number of huge hits in the gaming world. But what are the best of the bunch for 2012?

Playstation 3

When it comes to exciting games, it’s pretty much a street fight between Sony and Microsoft. The former has stepped it up this year, and a top three would look something like this:

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  1. Journey – An indie game that became a smash hit among gamers, this is an arty game that merges music and design with a colourful and evocative world for great effect. No dialogue, no real back story to start with, no guns or cars and not even a name. It’s a ridiculous simple game that is basically based on interpretation.
  2. Mass Effect 3 – The momentum of the previous two titles meant that this had to tick a lot of boxes. A story that flows quite brilliantly from start to finish, you take charge of having to boost strength and gather assets ahead of war. Complexity that puts it in a different category to Journey, it is a masterpiece, topped with the emotional connection you wouldn’t expect from any other game.
  3. Max Payne 3 – Another third in the series, and this was reviewed indifferently across the board. It has been an almost 10-year absence for this game and the transition of the main character shows this. It is a dynamic shooter, that becomes frustrating at times but a great buy.

Xbox 360

On the other side, there are a lot of sequels on offer. It is believed that the 360 is coming to the end of its cycle, and many comment that games improve in a peculiar paradox. A top three might include:

  1. Assassin’s Creed 3 – Being released at the end of the month, this is one of the hottest awaited games of the year. The open-world action-adventure series takes on the American Revolution this time with a new protagonist. It needs after the last title but new features should give it a fresher gameplay.
  2. Black Ops 2 – The latest addition to the Call of Duty franchise is released in November. It will be the first to use future warfare technology in its game and story – along with story branching.
  3. FIFA 13 – With an almost full house for positive critic reviews, everyone was buzzing about the new football game hitting the shelves. What a game it is, user reviews have been mixed but the gameplay tuning has been brilliant in creating more a more realistic game.

If you are looking to refill your entertainment collection after you sell computer games online, perhaps some of these are what you should you buy.

What’s in store for next year?

These are only six of the best from this year, and most are offered on both consoles but usually better on one. The next year will see games like Crysis 3, BioShock Infinite, Watch Dogs and Tomb Raider on the shelf. Get excited.

Michael Edmondstone is a freelance writer who specialises in technology, gaming and also personal finance.

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