GTA 5, XCOM, Mass Effect 3 & Dishonored: The Race For Top 10 Games Of 2012

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The year is drawing to a close and it is time to pick the top list of games which have rattled us in the past one year. Has action or sci-fi dominated yet again, one finds out…

In a week’s time we would be entering the New Year and having survived the apocalypse, it sure is time for some celebrations. And if you want to take the New Year weekend with some gaming action, there is a short list of favorite picks which can make the ride more enjoyable. Now to begin the charts, I will pick one of the much discussed games of 2012 :

10. Spelunky

The game is a bit addictive and takes you back in time. It is a master stroke in terms of its effortless game play across the board. Developed by Derek Yu, it is one of the true arcade ventures of this year with its random levels and underground tunnels just to keep you engaged for a while.

9. Far Cry 3

For those who love some insanity driven into their stories, Ubisoft’s Far Cry 3 offers an unpredictable situation and figuring your way out of a mess of sorts. Its multiplayer may be weak link but its superior graphics and gripping play make up for the rest.

8. The Walking Dead

The initiative of Telltale Games does provide one with a cool set of interesting scenarios involving the zombies and though I would have wished to see a Resident Evil in the lineup, the new games are offering a much more interactive and interesting content for the gamers. The graphics are really impressive and a good test of your survival abilities overall.

7. Sleeping Dogs

In the absence of a genuine GTA on the charts, Sleeping Dogs can make it up the list for now. The unique setting ofHong Kongand all the elements that result in a well-defined potpourri of adventurous game play.

6. Borderlands 2

It would be a good pick just for the sheer weapons range offered through the course and of course, the point of garnering loot across the board. The options are limitless and the characters straight out of a graphical comic book.

5. Journey

It is ironical that halfway through the list, the Sony-backed Journey forms the leader of the light – pun intended. The tremendous ride by the solitary figure in the game is nothing short of a revelation for many gamers. A way for the unusual and abstract.

4. Gravity Rush

Another comic book venture which can keep the pulses running and with a female protagonist it does prove to be the next level. The lead character Kat can control gravity and it has one of the best game play of the lot.

3. Dishonored

One of the best FPS games of this year, the Arkane Studios game has all the intrigues to keep the user plugged in for longer durations. As a one-man army with a dedicated mission, you are out to annihilate your opponents, thinking on your feet, all the time.

2. Mass Effect 3

BioWare has gathered many reviews with its final installment of the Mass Effect series. And just like its predecessors, the game has been topping charts with its unique narrative and engaging game play. Even though, the finale to the game was much debated, its quality remains unmatched across the board.

1. XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Now, coming down to the last two slots, I was perplexed to choose between them. But the toppers can only merit on delivering an all round performance and with its polished strategy deliverables, XCOM is ahead of its league. It is a complex game and well crafted for the modern gamer.

And if one was to complete the list, there would be some more favorites on the ride including Darkness II, Dragon’s Dogma, Guild Wars 2, Halo 4, Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Assassin’s Creed 3, among others. For now, one still awaits the arrival of the New Year but do remain connected for the fresh arrivals of the year.… Read the rest

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 would be the most explosive FPS ever; launch trailer on view!

 

Activision has maintained its tradition of offering a fine FPS game with its latest release, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 which exhibited its launch trailer. Will it redefine its genre? One finds out…

 October is turning out to be the month of guns and glory. Even as gamers are going about in their usual ways totting them at their favorite villains, comes in the new launch trailer of ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’. Activision’s yearly installment has come out with its final show just before the actual launch of the game which would be released on November 13, 2012.

Set in the year 2025, the game brings to light a new world where the world is redefined by the advent of technology. And the chief antagonist uses the unmanned weapons created by America against itself. It is a distinct possibility considering the spurt in weapons race among nations. The game has had a steady progress of information regarding the various multiplayer coops and its enhanced weapons arsenal, maintaining its tempo regarding the launch and the launch trailer, the final stroke from Activision justifies its abilities as a leader in FPS games.

In the latest edition, Alex Mason plays the role of chief protagonist and the storyline moves between the settings of the Cold War and the future where an adversary from the past comes back to set up a war between China and America. And to make matters worse, now the soldiers have to battle the machines made by their own country. The final trailer in the series really shows the sheer impact of the game which is bundled with state-of-the-art visual effects and delves into the various settings within the game. One can even indulge in mid-air battles while swimming across the ‘atmosphere’ with a gryphon-like attack glider. And if that is not all, the preview also shows the various kinds of attack vehicles deployed in the actual game play. Not to miss is the Hollywood-like realism which has been a part of the franchise for quite some time now.

There is a review right in the middle of the trailer which mentions ‘Poised to Blow you Away’ and one could not agree more at this point. And yes, if you have not made up your mind yet, Activision takes extra care to project the Nuketown 2025 multiplayer map which would be part of the pre-order pack. The multiplayer has been one of the highlights of the Call of Duty series and the latest edition would not be lagging behind in maintaining the creditability of the series. Also, the gaming company has even offered the Call of Duty: Elite along with pre-order version absolutely free. It is also offering a free access to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Double XP Launch Weekend as well. And yes, while you are still considering the purchase of the game, do remember it also has the delectable Zombies coop as well. All in all, the game’s package is tough to beat and only something as formidable as Halo 4 could only provide a tough fight!

 

 

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Multiplayer Extends the Imagination!

Call of DutyA long and arduous wait is finally over for the fans of the Call of Duty series. Activision and Treyarch revealed more details about their upcoming venture, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Many of the game fans were warming up to the fact that the game forwarded itself well into the future depicting 2025 when soldiers have to combat with a lot of gadgetry which could redefine modern battles. The nasty multiplayer gives an apt preview of such a battle showing a unique setting for such a war. Besides the unique setting, the multiplayer preview shows a rich array of game play churning out at a rate of 60 frames per second. After all, it is not news that they are running the same old engine which is well ahead of its league. But, the graphics although upped from its previous versions faces a tough competition from other FPS games such as Borderlands 2 which do shine out separately. One does prefer the new set of colors that Treyarch is willing to try in this new version. Another fact which is going for the Black Ops 2 is the set of modern weaponry mixed with traditional assault weapons such as hatchet shown in a slick Hollywood-like execution in the trailer.

Also, the game shows some innovative gadgets such as grenades which mess with enemies’ jolting them electrically. It also shows the deployment of a reflector shield which can stun the opponents giving you ample cover to launch an assault and shoot them down. Since the theme of the game does rest on the assault from unmanned weapons operated by a terror faction, the multiplayer seems to be dotted with scenarios where different kinds of quadrotor drones and other air borne machines can change the course of the battle. Bombs can be thrown and detonated using a remote in the assault course. The trailer is given an abrupt ending with a plane doing a Kamikaze on the player but then again the ‘Future could have been Black’ sans the crash as well.

The rewards option is also extensively presented in the trailer showing some new additions in the list of medals and rewards which were a feature of previous games. Tags such as ‘Red Baron’ and ‘Flyswatter’ are part of the kill rewards in this version. The shooting is still the USP of this game play showing different modes of tracing the enemy and making a perfect kill.

Though the multiplayer is a vital element of this Call of Duty edition, it waits to be seen whether it will elevate matters for the game and heighten the anticipation of the fans. After all, the battle still persists between Battlefield 3, Medal of Honor: Warfighter and FPS such as Borderlands 2 who will have the advantage of playing with gamer imaginations before the November 13 launch of Black Ops 2.… Read the rest

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Pre-order Perks for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Assassin’s Creed 3; New Revelations in Stores!

The gaming season is beginning as the big names of Fall 2012 come out with their own set of perks to boost up their sales. The latest to join the league is Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed 3…

The games have come a long way from the earlier times when we used to buy simple discs for playing out sequenced formats one after the other. Just like a sale in the Holiday season, every game comes along with a bagful of ‘perks’ and ‘pre-order benefits’ for the gamer. As Fall 2012 approaches, gaming majors have raised their bar for promoting their own brands of the season. Starting off the proceedings, Activision’s Call of Duty series is offering a series of goodies at an additional price of 10 pounds including a Quadrotor drone prop for Xbox 360 players and an entry into the Black Ops 2 Perks Program sweepstake as well. A pre-order before August 5 will make them eligible to win a chance to visit Gamescom. Playstation 3 players can get a Quadrotor theme for themselves as well.

Pre-order benefits also include a Nuketown 2025 map on a 10 pound deposit. There are more to follow and you don’t have to worry if you have already made the pre-order and did not get any of these perks. You just have to shell out an extra 5 pounds to get the required deal. And if you think that your kitty is not yet full, then pick up the Assassin’s Creed III pre-order package through Newegg. You will get a straight 20 per cent discount on the retail price of the game. You can get the game for a cool 47.99 dollars as compared to 59.99 dollars offered by the manufacturer. Do remember to enter “EMCYTZT1964” as the promo code to get the discount. The game would have a release date of October 30, 2012 and besides the usual perk, Ubisoft is also planning to also promote a ‘post launch episodic content’ which is expected to the top of the line DLC, which is expected to ‘set the bar’ in the gaming industry.

Ubisoft, which is gaining a lot of publicity owing to its latest enterprise ‘Watch Dogs’ is now expected to give tough competition to its contemporaries with Assassin’s Creed III. The ‘Season Pass’ is another feature that is going to be part of this edition, which has lead to speculations that the game would be augmented through a series of DLC releases. This is expected to commence soon. The game has progressed nicely and its latest edition is expected to make the battleground tougher for established enterprises such as Red Dead Redemption as well. Ubisoft seems to picking up well on the ‘trail’ of other gaming majors and catching up on favorites such as Rockstar Games. But as the season begins, more pre-order goodies are being announced every day and as long as the ‘perks’ keep on increasing, I am not complaining! After all, these just keep the gaming clime more ‘perkier’!… Read the rest

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