Reviewers Hayden Meikle and Simon Bishop reflect on the
best and the worst of gaming in 2012. -
GAME OF THE YEAR
Meikle: Borderlands 2. Loved the first, loved
the second. Funny and brilliant and like nothing else on the
Bishop: The Walking Dead. A five-part series
based off the comic book. Absolutely amazing in every
respect. A true must-play experience.
Meikle: Assassin's Creed 3 is a fantastic
addition to the series and just keeps getting better.
Sleeping Dogs was good, if a blatant GTA clone.
And two No 3s - Mass Effect 3 and Far Cry 3 -
highlighted the beginning and the end of the year.
Bishop: XCOM Enemy Unknown really surprised me.
Excellent strategy games are few and far between, and
XCOM is exceptional. Spec Ops: The Line was
also a real highlight. Certainly worth a look as the price
Meikle: I expected to hate Transformers: Fall of
Cybertron, but it actually wasn't half bad.
Bishop: The Darkness II. Quite enjoyed the
first one back in 2007, but this one was a much better game
overall. Story was great, gameplay was fantastically gory.
HARDLY WORTH IT
Meikle: Street Fighter X Tekken left me cold.
And (gasp) I really didn't see what all the fuss surrounding
Halo 4 was about.
Bishop: Twisted Metal was the game I disliked
the most. Disgusting narrative, disgusting to look at and the
controls were even worse. I wouldn't give it to my worst
GAMES WE WISH WE'D PLAYED
Meikle: Rugby League Live 2, Hitman
Absolution, Journey and Max Payne 3.
Bishop: Max Payne 3 is on my wishlist, too.
Others that I'll play some time down the track include Far
Cry 3 and Sleeping Dogs.
BEST SPORTS GAME
Meikle: Fifa 13 is growing on me, though its
gameplay still needs some work. NBA 2K13 was
excellent, and UFC Undisputed 3 was also good. But it
was Madden 13 that really stepped up this year. Great
new Connected Careers mode, fleshed-out Ultimate Team and a
sparkling package of gameplay/graphics. Brilliant stuff.
Bishop: Madden 13 also wins it for me this
year. The first Madden game where I've felt the
defence aspect of the game was more enjoyable than the
offence. Very good overall and very good longevity/value for
money, as with most sports games these days.
BEST DRIVING GAME
Meikle: Not exactly a vintage year. Forza
Horizon presented a fun range of races and options, but
was always going to suffer in comparison with Forza 4.
The most enjoyable game was the downloadable Trials
Bishop: Need For Speed Most Wanted. It's pretty
much a direct sequel of Burnout Paradise, just called
a different name and with real cars instead. Burnout was
awesome, though, so that's OK. Multiplayer with friends is an
BEST CHILDREN'S GAME
Meikle: The 127th Lego video game came out late in the
year - and, coincidentally, 127 will be the total viewing
time, in hours, of all The Lord of the Rings and
Hobbit movies put together. Lego Lord of the
Rings is marvellous fun. A ''children's game'' for
Bishop: I played very few children's games this year.
Of those that I did, LittleBigPlanet Vita edition was
probably the best. The full LBP experience translated
over, with added features that take advantage of the Vita's
abilities. Appeals to everyone also, not just the young'uns.
Honourable mention to the Ratchet and Clank Trilogy,
three PlayStation 2 classics that stand up well today.
MOST ANTICIPATED GAMES IN 2013
Meikle: Bioshock Infinite. It's been a long
time since I was this excited about a non-sports game. Also
looking forward to Grand Theft Auto V.
Bishop: I will be all over Grand Theft Auto V.
Others that I'm looking forward to are The Last of Us,
from Naughty Dog, and Dead Space 3. Also looking
forward to finding out about the next generation of consoles.