20 Games You Might Have Missed in 2012

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Orvtrebor

Good list, going to check out a few of these, thanks

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Archavious

What about Planetside 2? That was released in November.

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james888

Come on guys. Natural selection 2 is one of my absolute favorite games ever now and ftl is pretty good too.

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vrmlbasic

I just don't see the appeal of using graphics in games that seek to emulate the 16 bit Nintendo era. I can't get past it. Perhaps it appeals to the nostalgia of older gamers, and if it does I understand why it does not work for me as I don't remember that era of gaming with fondness. I've been told that the appeal might also come from what is today called "irony", that having pixelated "16-bit" graphics in the HD era is appealing as it is vaguely contradictory but I don't quite buy that either.

Gamers say that graphics aren't important, often forgetting that the now-older games that they champion as "gameplay over graphics" weren't often using that as their claim to fame in their heyday. For example, I never had the opportunity to play MYST or realMYST when they came out but I've been working on them over the past few weeks (thanks GOG.com) and it is hard for me to get into them due to the now-horrid graphics, graphics that were lauded in their day.

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jgottberg

By gaming standards, I'm old as dirt so I do remember gaming on the Atari 2600. I don't have that nostalgic bone in my body that begs me to play those old games now but I do see the appeal in the games that don't have the gorgeous visuals ("16 bit" games, as you call them).

In my opinion, the current "16 bit" games have an appeal because by nature, they are very simple to play (easier controls) and aren't saddled with deep story lines, cinematic cut screens or the other bloat. The game can be picked up, understood and played within seconds. Since I don't have a lot of time, that appeals to me. Also, the controls are usually pretty basic so the learning curve is usually knowing how to use directionals and perhaps a fire or action button.

I do agree with you though that some games graphics can deter me from playing them. Like Mincraft... The graphics are just too atrocious to enjoy the game.

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zeroibis

NS2 FTW!!

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jgottberg

Geometry Wars for the Xbox 360 is stupid addicting. It's definitely worth checking out. I don't know much about it as a friend brought his Xbox over and it was already on there... but damn, played for over 3 hours non-stop and would have played longer. Unfortunately, not available on my platform (PS3).

http://www.gamespot.com/geometry-wars-retro-evolved/reviews/geometry-wars-retro-evolved-review-6140318/

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bertant

Now if you really want to go back the "Original" Geometry Wars was a free side game in the garage of your cars in the game PGR2. It was also linked to an online highscore list and the game was free! I enjoyed that back in the day on the original Xbox.

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Peanut Fox

The original Geometry Wars on the 360 came out in like 2006. I defiantly remember being one of the first games I downloaded for the system. There is also a sequel out for it on the 360 that has some co-op and versus play in it. It's not a bad follow up, and even after all this time I still find myself going back and playing both.

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jgottberg

lol, that's awesome. That's what I call replay value :)

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Peanut Fox

You may want to check out N+ I think I remember that coming on PSN way back when twin stick shooters were the new hotness.

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jgottberg

Thanks for the heads up, I'll check it out!

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Peanut Fox

I got this totally wrong. I should have said Super Stardust HD, not N+. The heck was I thinking?

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gothliciouz

nah! all of them are bad except torchlight 2 which is just a bit above average.

oh blackmessa i was never able to unzip it(corrupted or who knows) with success, what a shame!

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bjoswald

Torchlight 2 wipes the floor with Diablo 3.

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stradric

You should precede statements of opinion with "In my opinion" or "I think". I found TL2 quite boring, much like its predecessor. It's an amusing, well-done distraction for $10 (on sale). I find its fans look at it through rose-colored goggles because they so desperately want it to be better than D3. I don't think TL2 compares to D3 from a technical or aesthetic perspective, but there are certainly nice gameplay elements there.

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DezDestron

It's pretty fucking obvious that if they are saying it, it's their goddamned opinion.

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DeltaFIVEengineer

Just wanted to say that this comment made me poop myself. That is all.

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p47riot

I thought I would throw in a nod for 'Slender-The Eight Pages', which was a pretty fun time-waster from Parsec Productions. It's free, simple and scary as hell, especially with the sound up and the lights out.

Synopsis: The Slender Man is an urban legend of a tall, faceless man who mysteriously shows up in old photographs. As the story goes, anyone who looks upon the Slender Man in person is a goner.

The game has you in dark woods (as in pitch black) armed only with a flashlight. Your goal is to hunt down and collect eight pages randomly scattered throughout the map, which are usually attached to a landmark (old abandoned pickup, hollowed out tree, creepy building etc).) Each page you gather brings you a step closer to him catching you. Your flashlight helps you see in the dark, but helps him find you more quickly. I have never been able to collect all eight pages (6/8), and most games I only get maybe two or three.

It's not the most advanced game out there, but Parsec makes great use of the environment, music and sound effects to deliver a jump-out-of-your-seat thrill. The website has some back story that I highly recommend reading before you play for your first time...it really enhances the in-game sense of impending doom as you turn each corner knowing that he's probably waiting for you. No wait...he's right behind you...

www.parsecproductions.com

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lordfirefox

I didn't miss any of these. Just didn't have the money or time to play them. But I did get Torchlight II.

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