2012 has ended and with that brought us many great gaming experiences.
Each one of the editors of Confident Gamers have been talking about and trying to decide which game should be considered 2012 Game of the Year. Well, seeing that the crew here at Confident Gamers each have their own likes and dislikes when it comes to games, we couldn’t just choose one. Then we thought, why just name one? Sure everyone else narrows it down to one game, but again, why should we?
So we each of us have our favorites and why it deserves to be placed on our Game of the Year mantle. It’s a good thing our mantle is big enough for more than one game.
And so, with out further a due, my choice for Confident Gamers Editor’s Choice 2012 Game of the Year.
This game stands out because even thought it featured a very common theme in games in 2012, zombies, this unconventional point and click, story driven game, separated itself from all other games by keeping you hooked to the story line and also making you connect with the characters in the game. Oh, but wait, then takes it a step further, by placing you in situations where you had to make life or death choices with affect your story line. That’s why my choice is The Walking Dead : The Game by Telltale Games.
Telltale Games did a phenomenal job when they crafted The Walking Dead: The Game. This game comes from great stock even and takes place within the graphic novel series. The Walking Dead graphic novel, great and the Walking Dead television series equally as great. The game introduces you to two characters that over the five episodes of the game, makes you so connected that you start to feel for them and their situation. Those two characters are Lee and Clementine.
You play as Lee, a very unlikely hero. In fact when the game opens up, you are handcuffed in the back of a police car. From there, after a chain of events, you meet up with Clementine, a very determined little girl searching for her parents during a zombie infestation. Throughout their journeys, you meet up with other individuals and with the sole purpose of survival and finding Clementines parents and getting away from the infestation, you go along on a roller coaster of a ride.
With The Walking Dead: The Game, your choices from episode one carries all the way through to the final episode five. This really encourage for multiple play throughs to try different choices and experience different outcomes. I have completed all the episodes and enjoyed every moment of it. In fact, it took me a whole week before I started Episode 5. Not for the reason I could not start it, but mainly for the fact that I knew that it was episode five and so the end, I didn’t want the journey to end. When a game has that type of effect on you, where you have become so close with the characters, where you know the story will be ending and you actually choose not to finish because you don’t want to, that’s a great gaming experience.
Now I have played some great gaming franchises, Halo 4, Resident Evil 6, Far Cry 3, Hitman: Absolution, plus many more, while all are great games, all where games I’ve played before. The Walking Dead: The Game, was something fresh and new. While you are here, check out the Confident Gamers Editor’s Choice 2012 Game of the Year chosen by JayDubb and stay tuned for the other editor choices.
Happy New Year and while in 2013 remember Real Gamers, Keep Gaming.