With the nominees out of the way it is time to which game came out on top and became our Best of the Rest Game of the year
Coming in at third place is Dead Space 2. The game built on the original Dead Space in nearly every way and proved that 2012 was to be the year of the sequel or, in some cases, the three-quel. The second instalment in the series managed to recreate the claustrophobic corridors and hallways, isolated feeling and moments of sheer terror that made the IP the survival-horror game out there this generation.
The story line was tight and the script well written and it came with one of gaming’s most gruesome moments as well. Yes, we are talking about the infamous needle in the eye sequence. The multiplayer did not quite work out but the single player experience held up well enough.
Dead Space 2 did a great job in developing the story and Isaac’s character as well but it’s more accessible feel and focus towards action more than survival meant that it left the real fans of the original game slightly disappointed.
Coming in as runner up is Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Don’t get us wrong, this is a solid title and brings tactical shooters back to the mainstream in some style. The single player campaign is solid, the multiplayer brilliant and the co-op mode unmatched. Its storyline may be your typical generic military shooter story but there are plenty of moments in the game that are memorable.
For once there is a game this generation that rewards players for planning their attacks and opting for stealth instead of the usual run and gun sequences. Maybe if left more of an impact and had a bit more polish Ghost Recon: Future Soldier could taken the gong and even been a contender for game of the year but sadly it just fell short.
That means that the Best of the Rest Game of the Year for 2012 is none other than the jarring, mind numbing Spec Ops: The Line. The game rewrote the rules of the shooter genre and does a great job at showing just desensitised the gamers of today have become. Some call the game arm but to be fair The Line shows that games don’t have to be about mindless gaming.
For the profound effect the game leaves on the player when the final credits roll, Spec Ops: The Line deserves to go down in history as one of the most important games this generation and wins the Best of the Rest Game of the Year award.
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