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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Guild Wars 2 Hopes to Evolve MMO Games Business!

Fans of multiplayer online hit Guild Wars have some good news. The developers have now upgraded the game to Guild Wars 2, which is made with several noteworthy changes to game play that makes the sequel handy to the average video gamer.

The massively multiplayer online (MMO) game has evolved, offering gamers a breath of fresh air.

The unique approach to the game includes the developers’ decision to keep Guild Wars free-to-play that means that gamers won’t have to pay any monthly subscription fees now, which sounds fun.

Users can simply buy Guild Wars 2 with a starting price of $59.99, which depends on the version they want. But, what’s good is that there will be no regular bill, just micro-transactions in the game that players can use to enhance their characters.

Free-to-play service grows as the subscriptions of a game go down. With this decision, the developers seek to aim new customers, who find monthly bills a barrier to enter gaming market.

However, there are also other creative changes made to this follow-up version.

Designers of the game appear to have worked to get back the magic of MMO, which seem to have got lost among players.

Designed to get together players from all over the world, this updated version of the game pulls people as one.

Chris Whiteside, Lead Producer, Guild Wars 2 said that the team behind the game really wanted all players from different parts of the world to get together and interact with each other rather than competing for the same objectives related to specific areas of the game.

“It’s designed to be dynamically accessible,” he said. “So if someone turns up, it doesn’t negatively affect the experience, like how the enemies will behave.”

Guild Wars 2 also hopes to offer players an opportunity to work together. It wants to persuade people to come together and experience the world.

In a move to encourage a community, designers made the Guild Wars 2 world a persistent one. The game continues to change even when players leave the game. And to add more fun, actions that players take can alter the in-game world for the entire community, which can change their in-game experience altogether.

For example, if a player’s characters release or detain a village from the opposition, it will influence the political situation for every other player who may walk through that area.

The team has also put special emphasis to its beta weekends. It even invited players to take a look at the game during a particular stage of development. They also read the message boards and other community input from fans. The first version of Guild Wars sold 7 million units, which was ahead of the alpha and beta tests of the game.

The team of Guild Wars 2 said that around 50 to 60 percent of players did understand the changes team made when they saw the first beta weekend, whereas 40 percent seemed completely lost.

So the team reached out to people directly, and based on feedback, made the changes before it came out with a successful second beta weekend.

The game is expected to be a hit among gamers.

Whitman said, “We can’t wait to see the players, enjoy the world with them and see the whole world come to life.”

Players who pre-register can play the game on Saturday ahead of the official release on Aug. 28!… Read the rest

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