OXCGN’s Game of the Year Awards for 2012


2012 GOTY feature

OXCGN’s Game of the Year Awards for 2012

The world did not end this year 

by David Hilton

©2012 David Hilton

game of the year award smlWith 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.

OXCGN GOTY here

Patient 0: A Real Life Zombie Slaying Experience


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Patient 0: A Real Life Zombie Slaying Experience

Training for the eventual apocalypse

by Daniel Geikowski

©2012 Daniel Geikowski

Patient 0Zombies. Everybody loves them.

Zombies are one of gaming’s favourite enemies. More often than not, they just shuffle around, waiting for us players to kindly blow them away. Zombies are a safe choice of enemy when developing a game, as most people won’t think twice about mowing down a walking corpse.

Zombie games are really popular with players, and are seemingly everywhere nowadays. Players have many apocalypses to choose from, such as Resident Evil, Dead Rising, ZombiU, House of the Dead, Left 4 Dead, etc.

Titles usually pit players against hordes of undead (obviously), testing them to survive and escape the apocalypse.

Do you have what it takes to survive the zombie apocalypse?

OXCGN’s ZombiU Review: The Console DayZ


OXCGN’s ZombiU

The Console DayZ

by Nicholas Laborde

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

First, take a gaming niche that is nearly completely worn out and overdone.

Second, use an incredible new console and its intuitive controller to redefine how players interact with this game.

Third, use the new console’s social aspects to its full capacity and intertwine it with the game wherever possible.

Fourth and finally, take inspiration from some of the most influential games of recent years.

When you follow all of these steps, the end result is ZombiU.

It’s the standout hardcore launch title of the Wii U, and at the end of the day, is one of the most brilliant, misunderstood games of recent years.

English head bashing this way!

Top 10 Upcoming Games You Should Buy This Year


Top 10 Upcoming Games

That You Should Buy This Year

by Nicholas Laborde

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

2011 was the last big shebang of this generation, but that doesn’t mean that 2012 is a dying breath.

Across all franchises, platforms and genres, 2012 is a big year filled to the brim with quality titles.

In no particular order, here are ten upcoming games that you really should get this year.

Is 2012 a year of gaming for you?

OXCGN’s E3 2012 Awards: Who Really Stole The Show?


OXCGN’s E3 2012 Awards

Who really stole the show?

by Nicholas Laborde

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

E3 2012 has come and gone, but for members of the media, it’s still going.

I like to separate E3 into three stages:

Stage 1: Preparation

Stage 2: Madness

Stage 3: Try To Live Life Without An Editor Breathing Down Your Neck.

As we’re obviously in the height of the third and final stage, we now present our E3 awards.

From best shooter to best take on a new genre to game of the show, we have a robust list chosen by our staff who attended the show.

Did your favorite game win?  If not, vote for your Top 5 Games of E3 2012 in the poll below.

See who we decided on and vote for your top 5 here

E3 2012: ZombiU Hands-on: Just Another Putrid Face In The Horde?


E3 2012: ZombiU: Just Another Putrid Face In The Horde?

Hands-on Preview

by Nicholas Laborde

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

E3 2012, while filled to the brim with great games, fizzled in terms of big announcements and overall buzz.

Watch Dogs was the only game really being talked about throughout the show.

While Ubisoft’s major thunder was focused on Splinter Cell: Blacklist and their amazingly annoying Just Dance 4 (the entire convention center knew who had the moves like Jagger), one little Ubisoft title on the Wii U managed to gain a little buzz.

At the very end of our appointment with Ubisoft, OXCGN got hands-on with ZombiU to see what all the fuss was about.

Shuffle over here

OXCGN’s E3 2012 Snapshot: Day 3: New Games Previewed


OXCGN’s E3 2012 Snapshot: Day 3: New Games Previewed

Even more bite-sized previews

by David Hilton

©2012 David Hilton

Games!

Games are ultimately what draws the press from around the world to Los Angeles for E3.  The chance to see, play, and preview the newest announced or displayed games from around the globe.

But that’s just for the press.

We don’t want you to completely miss out though, or wait for long detailed descriptions on the games you want to know about now.

So we are running around like chickens with our heads chomped off (by ZombiU zombies?) to give you mini-previews of as many games as possible.

Each day we’re going to list a short snippet regarding each game, listing what we “got” – whether that is hands-on time, a trailer, et cetera – our impressions based upon that, and then our thoughts.

Click Here for Day 1

Click Here for Day 2

Impressions are judged with a badge based upon the impression itself.

Green: game looks fantastic, polished and basically a guaranteed winner

Yellow: game looks great, but there’s a bit of uncertainty or something that didn’t quite work right

Orange: game is shaping up, but needs some work.

And now, let’s get down to business!   Day 3!


E3 Day 3 2012 Game previews, click here

OXCGN’s E3 2012 Snapshot: Day 2 New Games Previewed


OXCGN’s E3 2012 Snapshot: Day 2: New Games Previewed

Massive number of bite-sized previews

by David Hilton

©2012 David Hilton

Games!

Games are ultimately what draws the press from around the world to Los Angeles for E3.  The chance to see, play, and preview the newest announced or displayed games from around the globe.

But that’s just for the press.

We don’t want you to completely miss out though, or wait for long detailed descriptions on the games you want to know about now.

So we are running around like chickens with our heads chomped off (by ZombiU zombies?) to give you mini-previews of as many games as possible.

Each day we’re going to list a short snippet regarding each game, listing what we “got” – whether that is hands-on time, a trailer, et cetera – our impressions based upon that, and then our thoughts.

Click Here for Day 1

Click here for Day 3

Impressions are judged with a badge based upon the impression itself.

Green: game looks fantastic, polished and basically a guaranteed winner

Yellow: game looks great, but there’s a bit of uncertainty or something that didn’t quite work right

Orange: game is shaping up, but needs some work.

And now, let’s get down to business!   Day 2!


E3 2012 Game previews, click here