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Which was the better year for gaming . . . 2011 or 2012?

#1CyricsServantPosted 2/8/2013 11:06:13 AM
Which was the better year for gaming . . . 2011 or 2012? - Results (47 votes)
2011
61.7% (29 votes)
29
2012
31.91% (15 votes)
15
Tie
6.38% (3 votes)
3
This poll is now closed.
I've seen a few topics here and there claiming that 2012 was a weak year for gaming, especially after all the big blockbusters we got in 2011, but is that really the case? Which year do you think brought more to the table?

Just looking at the games I enjoyed the most over the past two years, it's difficult to say which did better.

My personal favorites for 2011 . . .

Dark Souls
Batman: Arkham City
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Portal 2
Infamous 2

My personal favorites for 2012 . . .

Asura's Wrath
Hotline Miami
The Walking Dead
Mass Effect 3
Dishonored
Binary Domain

Dark Souls and Batman: Arkham City are two of my favorite games this gen, but I can't ignore that every single game on my 2011 list is a sequel while only one on my 2012 list is. In a lot of ways, the games I played in 2011 delivered more refined gameplay . . . but they also felt less original.

I'm leaning slightly towards 2011, but it's a tough call. How about the rest of you?
#2SunDevil77Posted 2/8/2013 11:10:43 AM
2012 for me.
Pokemon B/W2
P4Golden
Mass Effect 3
Halo 4
Assassins Creed 3
Max Payne 3
Wii U
XBLA kicked ass
The list goes on and on, man
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#3all_that_juicePosted 2/8/2013 11:11:11 AM
Dude GOTY 2012 was an arcade game. I think the answer to your question is pretty obvious.
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#4nazacuckooPosted 2/8/2013 11:12:29 AM
This is really hard, 2011 was amazing, and according to a poll I saw,
is considered the second best year for gaming ever, behind 1998...

.....But that was last year, and I really liked 2012. Besides, 2012 had the Walking Dead.


*chooses 2012*
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#595_EclipsePosted 2/8/2013 11:12:47 AM
Skyrim, Forza 4, Battlefield 3...
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#6Erupt50Posted 2/8/2013 11:13:43 AM
2012 was an awesome year for gaming. Walking dead,ac3,me3, borderlands 2, prototype 2,far cry,etc.
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#7nazacuckooPosted 2/8/2013 11:15:40 AM
all_that_juice posted...
Dude GOTY 2012 was an arcade game. I think the answer to your question is pretty obvious.



Sometimes arcade games are really good, even better than some/most retail games,
if 2012's GOTY was an arcade game, it means that game is really good,
not that the retail games sucked, and I know this is the case, because 2012 had a LOT
of great retail games.
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#8CapwnDPosted 2/8/2013 11:54:04 AM(edited)
all_that_juice there is no "the" game of the year. Secondly, the only disappointment I have that an "arcade" game won is that it was the wrong arcade game, IMO. Should have been Mark of the Ninja.

Overall I think 2011 was better. Forza 4 and Skyrim.
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#9CyricsServant(Topic Creator)Posted 2/9/2013 5:46:32 AM
I think an Arcade game or Indie game winning GotY (e.g. Journey, The Walking Dead, etc.), says less about the quality of gaming in 2012, and more about the Indie renaissance we're currently experiencing.

Small game development has really taking off in recent years, and I think that's ****ing awesome. I haven't played an RPG as whimsical and charming as Bastion (2011) in years, or a survival horror game as captivating and disturbing as Lone Survivor (2012) in years. Without the Indie scene, I would never have even had the option to play games like these.

Larger, established studios seem more focused right now on AAA titles, and minimizing risk by "broadening a game's appeal." In order to protect these multi-million dollar investments, entire genres and concepts, like survival horror, are getting left by the wayside. There's also a lack of evolution or innovation in recent, big releases. I still enjoy them . . . a lot! Hell, look at my favorite games for 2011, they're all sequels and AA or AAA releases. But I also love the fact that the Indie scene is flourishing.
#10triple sPosted 2/9/2013 5:48:10 AM
Hmm, it's kind of hard to say to be honest. I might go with 2012 though.
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