With the end of 2012 in sight, what better time is there to look back over the year and decide on my top games of 2012. Now when I say top games of 2012, they may not have been actually released in 2012 but they must have been near and I sure as hell played the bejeezus out of them during the year so they count.
I’m sure I’ve missed some, because quite frankly there were crap loads of games I could have played in 2012, and I couldn’t possibly play them all. So this is what we’ll do, I’ll list my top 5 games and then you can all use the comments bit below to add any you think should have been on the list. If nobody comments then I will just have to assume that the entire world agrees with me, and why the hell shouldn’t they.
World of Warcraft expansions are always a cue for the gaming industry to get excited as the fans divide themselves down the middle. Half of the Warcraft fans herald the expansion as the saviour of the MMO while the other refuse to have anything to do with it because it changes something that they think is fundamental or because it includes pandas or something.
The latest World of Warcraft expansion called Mists of Pandaria is due for release on the 25th September this year.
Over the past couple of weeks we’ve seen the release of Diablo III and mixed with all the high praise for it’s addictive gameplay and action-packed kill ‘n’ loot action, is the low grumbling noise of discontent gamers who are not happy with the games mandatory online presence (DRM). Many players are complaining that they get booted out, or are unable to connect or the servers are offline, all the time being unable to play a game that they have paid about £40 for.
This is not going to be another ‘whining at Blizzard post’. They took Diablo III in a direction I don’t entirely agree with, but was it a bad move? A move so terrible that other game developers will be too afraid to try something similar? Not at all, despite the negativity for being online, Diablo III is now one of (if not the most) best-selling game of 2012. This shows that whatever negative effects the online presence may have it’s not shadowing the gameplay or the enthusiasm for a majority of its players.
But still, if you type “Diablo III Online Moaning” into Google there’s more than enough unhappy people to go around.
I haven’t bought Diablo III myself and I have to admit that despite how pragmatic I try to be I am a bit put off by having to be permanently online. I know I would be mightily pissed off if a game I had spent so much on was inaccessible to me because the servers are down, or I kept getting kicked out or there was lag or any of the other game-breaking issues that people have complained about. Is that it though? Is that my only gripe? Nope, I know there’s a unhealthy mix of fear-of change, paranoia and distrust for a large company. None of these are in any way rational. Read more
Warcraft Real ID grouping is the latest thing to come out of Blizzards think tank for ‘subscriber squeezing’. It is the ability for you to form groups with people on your Real-ID friends list. So, rather than using the LFG tool, and risking having to group with a pleb or two, for a small fee per month you can carefully select the right people from your Real-ID list.
The thing that puzzles me, is just how this is the game defining move that people are bigging it up (or breaking it down) to be. Read more
The time has come to cancel my subscription to World of Warcraft. I would like to say that “I do not make this decision lightly” but I was actually surprised at just how easy a decision it turned out to be.
My time spent in Azeroth has dwindled over the past few months. In fact my interest was waning half way through Wrath of the Lich King. Although I put this down to the general lull in enthusiasm that generally sets in just before a new add-on is released.
I even tried giving myself a blog-based boot up the jacksy with this post. Trying to desperately come up with good reasons why I wasn’t playing. Trying to find something that could re-ignite that spark that I’ve had almost consistently for 7 years or so. Read more
World of Warcraft is currently celebrating it’s 6th year and 3rd add-on, under the apocalyptically sounding ‘Cataclysm’. If you haven’t started playing then there is no better time. Blizzard have taken what they have learned over the past 4-5 years when they implemented the two add-ons (Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King), and used this information to go back to the original game and drastically change not only the fundamentals of the game-play, but the world of ‘Azeroth’ itself. Read more