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December 19, 2012

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Best Video Games of 2012

by Leon Phanrana

Many great games came out this year, from the Walking Dead: The Game to Halo 4. Not just big-name companies made great games,  an indie company named Thatgamecompany made a fantastic game named Journey. The games I have named above are just the tip of the iceberg on what I think should be considered for Game of the Year.

One game I believe is Game of Year worthy is a shooter game known by everyone. It is either hated or loved.  Call of Duty: Black Ops II.   Black Ops II is the ninth game in the Call of Duty franchise and the third in the Black Ops series. The game was developed by Treyarch and published by Activision. The game still retains its simplicity but at the same time makes a lot of changes from last year’s game Modern Warfare 3. The game is set in the year 2020, and the storyline continues from the first Black Ops. Although it has a campaign, most people only care about its online multiplayer. The game has many new features in its multiplayer, with things like score streaks instead of kill streaks. The basis of this is when you get enough points, you’ll be able to use a special and powerful weapon to help you win, you’ll get all new weapons, and you’ll to live stream your games, along with many other features. Another big thing about this game  is its zombie mode. In this mode, you just fight endless hordes of zombies, and there is a new game mode where it is humans vs. humans vs. zombies. This game made over $500 million in its first 24 hours of sale, becoming the biggest entertainment launch of all time.

Another game I see that should have a Game of the Year edition is a first person shooter mixed with RPG elements called Borderlands 2. Borderlands 2 is a direct sequel to the first game. The game is about four people who call themselves vault hunters and are looking to open a vault that would give them all the riches. Standing in their way is the Hyperion Corporation run by a man named Handsome Jack who is the main antagonist of the game. You can choose one of the four vault hunters in the game who you will play out in the story, and each character has his own unique ability. One of the main things that make the game successful is the number of items you can find in the game. Each and every one of them will be different; no item in the game will be the same. When the game came out, downloadable content was already available for the game, which gives you another character to play as. Borderlands 2 became one of the best-selling games of the year selling over 5 million copies in the month of September.

One of the most anticipated games of the year that deserve a Game of the Year tag is a game I mentioned above, and that game is Halo 4. Halo 4 continues its story from the third game where you still play as the main character Master Chief. The game heavily relies on its great story and great online multiplayer which makes the game great. In multiplayer, you are able to gain experience points to unlock special weapons that can be used in multiplayer, which is something new from any of the previous games. On launch day, the game grossed $220 million.

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  1. Dec 28 2012

    Indeed, I agree that The Walking Dead should be considered as one of the Bestselling Video Games of the year. It’s very true to it’s comic book and it’s very story-rich. I loved it.

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