With all the attention on the impending Mayan apocalypse it would have been fitting to look at the state of gaming at the end of 2011 and wonder if the gaming world might also end.
While there was initially some optimism that new major next gen consoles would be announced at this year’s E3, only the Wii U actually was a next gen certainty and the limits of current gen consoles had seemingly been reached.
On top of that, gaming sequels continued to dominate game releases.
It looked like the end could be nigh for big release gaming of the AAA variety in the near future.
However the quality of this year’s titles shows that gaming is very much alive and though many studios and franchises faltered this year, more succeeded with some of the best games this gaming generation.
With a huge renaissance gaming year promised for 2013 in the form of new generation consoles, let’s look at 2012 as the last big battle of this current console generation for top gaming honours.
We gave our readers a chance in a poll to decide their 2012 Game of the Year, and the results came in with the beautiful and clever Playstation exclusive downloadable title, Journey. Now it’s our turn.
It’s that time again. When we at OXCGN use our silent, stealthy skills to scope out the competition and sneak into the nearest GAME store, slip the latest exclusive game from the *shudder* other console off the shelf, shove the cash into the shopkeeper’s hands and sprint out the door before we’re recognised.
When I had found a suitably secluded alleyway free from prying, judging eyes, I cast a glance down at the title written on the strangely alien-feeling box, so unfamiliar from the comforting heft of an Xbox 360 DVD case.
Hurrying home with my guilty secret tucked firmly under my jacket, I threw the disc in the big black box that sits silently behind my 360 before running off to the bathroom and taking 3 showers to wash away any evidence of my escapades.
The end of another year approaches and game journalists everywhere are deciding what gaming masterpiece deserves Game Of The Year 2009. But what about the average gamer?
OXCGN thinks you should have a say too and we would be interested to see what you think. Now don’t just decide your choice should be dictated by metacritic or other GOTY announcements: your GOTY should be the one YOU ENJOYED the most.
It doesn’t have to have the best graphics, or be only on Xbox 360 because this is mainly a 360 site, or be the most critically acclaimed of the lot.
Get your mates involved and let’s see what the average gamer thinks. OXCGN’s own GOTY announcement will be coming soon.
With Modern Warfare 2 being released on the 10th of November 2009, at the busy end of the year and competing with other big titles, it would seem that Infinity Ward are showing a dramatic intensity to grab our attention for their latest Call of Duty game.
But the latest E3 demo looked more like a film than a game…
During Microsofts Keynote yesterday Infinity Ward showed off what looked to be an awesome snow level in Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 2 but whilst it looked great it heavily reminded me of too many other similar scenes.
I was left wondering if that was a good thing or a bad thing?