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The Most Surprising Games of 2012

GamingUnwrapped's Jake T. writes - "I think this year has done a lot of things for me. Not only did it show me that downloadable titles can stand up to even the biggest of AAA software, but it also showed me that I should never judge a book by it’s cover. As cliche as that sounds in any usage, it applies really well to some of the game’s that I’ve spent time with this year."

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Wigriff1340d ago (Edited 1340d ago )

"Not only did it show me that downloadable titles can stand up to even the biggest of AAA software..."

Braid, Limbo, PixelJunk Monsters, PixelJunk Shooter 1 & 2, Outland, Super Meat Boy, PixelJunk Eden, Journey, Bastion, Stacking, Legend of Grimrock, Castle Crashers... We've all known this for awhile.

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Norrison1340d ago

Just look at all the indie games on steam, they have AAA quality most of the time.

Hellsvacancy1340d ago

Dishonered, I knew id like it, but not as much as I did

Dlacy13g1340d ago

Sleeping Dogs has to be the most surprising as I don't think anyone really thought it was going to be good up until about a month out from release.

Dishonored to me while great pretty much was being assumed to be great.

X-com is also a sneaky one this year as I think many people didn't think a turn based game could be relevant again but it proved to be worthy of play.

I agree with @Wigriff that Downloadable titles really did shine this year on a level we haven't really seen before. Digital download games provided high quality experiences and Walking Dead certainly is going to be one game that gets lots of attention in GOTY discussions.

Axecution1340d ago

Sleeping Dogs + Walking Dead <3

I need to play Sleeping Dogs again actually lol

fOrlOnhOpe571340d ago

My personal standout game this year is Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Right up there with my other favourite, Borderlands 2.

Ducky1340d ago

... what about SpecOps:TheLine?

Dlacy13g1340d ago

SpecOps: TheLine was both a disappointment and a surprise all in one box. I enjoyed the story and thought they did some really good things in that game but was deeply disappointed by the visuals and some of the game mechanics. SpecOps could have been so much more than it turned out to be.

Ducky1340d ago (Edited 1340d ago )

There's some interesting perspectives on the game about how the game mechanics were purposely bad (that the game is trying to be not fun as a form of critique on the medium). Not sure if I buy that, but still interesting nonetheless.

In any case, I was expecting a generic shooter. Story was a complete surprise, even if the shooting remained generic, but I got a memorable experience from the game.

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