Or that I don’t play new games. Or good games.
Or at least that I do not buy any new games.
Another list. Still not done with that theme, not by a long shot.
This time around, The Amazon Games team at Amazon.com has created their Best of 2012 Video Games list.
I am going to copy it here, with the platforms they indicate, just because.
- Journey (PS3)
- Borderlands 2 (Xbox, PS3, PC)
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Xbox, PS3, PC)
- Dishonored (Xbox, PS3, PC)
- Mass Effect 3 (Xbox, PS3, PC)
- The Walking Dead (Xbox, PS3, PC)
- Halo 4 (Xbox)
- Darksiders II (Xbox, PS3, PC)
- Hotline Miami (PC)
- The Last Story (Wii)
- Need for Speed: Most Wanted (Xbox, PS3, PS Vita, PC)
- Gravity Rush (PS Vita)
- Diablo III (PC)
- GuildWars 2 (PC)
- Sleeping Dogs (Xbox, PS3, PC)
- Zero Escape: Virtues Last Reward (PS Vita, 3DS)
- Assassin’s Creed III (Xbox, PS3, PC)
- Max Payne 3 (Xbox, PS3, PC)
- Lumines: Electronic Symphony (PS Vita)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Xbox, PS3, PC)
So, looking up at that list, my first thought is that there are a pile of sequels and remakes up there.
Of course, remakes, reboots, and sequels are the staple of most entertainment industries. We moan about video games slipping into that mode these days, and movies having been there for a while, but frankly it is the way of things. Go look up how many movie adaptations there have been of The Wizard of Oz. Video games just haven’t been around long enough for us to get used to remakes, but even Shakespeare was ripping off plots and retelling old stories 400 some odd years ago, so we had all better get used to it I suppose. Your grand kids will be playing Wasteland 8 or some such I bet.
After that, I have to admit that I have only played two of the games on the list (Guild Wars 2 and Diablo III), and I only bought one of them (Diablo III), and since I got that one through subscribing to World of Warcraft for a year (annoying pain point unnecessarily referenced just because I hold a grudge), you could make the case that I did not even buy that.
And then, finally, I start to wonder if these are really the best games of 2012. I probably watch too much Zero Punctuation (for example, Halo 4 review) and play too few such games to be able to make my own determination.
Oh, and it sucks to be the Wii about now, with one game on the list. But even Nintendo says they have moved on from the Wii, having no more titles in the queue for it. Screw you, little white box of joy, we’re on to bigger and better things!
So, the usual wrap up. The list, legitimate ranking or crass attempt to get sales out of the titles with the highest margins?