It’s been a pretty controversial one, though. Possibly the biggest game release for the mass market, Mass Effect 3, has been marred by controversy over that ending, and EA’s DLC practices. But that’s ok EA, we can forgive you for bringing Kingdoms of Amalur into the world, right guys?
We’ve seen the iPad emerge as a genuine centre of great games thanks to the release of Avernum – a full-featured RPG of a scale similar to the classic Baldur’s Gate (also coming to iPad!), and the tablet also has an answer to the Fire Emblems and Final Fantasy Tactics games of the world with Call of Cthulhu: Wasted Land. It’s seen a very playable port of Max Payne as we get ready for Max Payne 3, which is sure to be another massive highlight. And for the more casual audience… you can’t really top Angry Birds Space now, can you?
The 3DS is really starting to fly, too, with Kid Icarus and a range of superb downloadable software (Colors! 3D, Potzol’s Puzzle) showing that Nintendo consoles are finally starting to strike a real balance between offering full retail experiences, and meaty downloadable content.
The existing home consoles haven’t missed out either. From the niche JRPGs such as Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk 2, to the controversial-but-I-loved-it Final Fantasy XIII-2 to the epic battlefields of the best Warriors game ever (Warriors Orochi 3), to an assortment of creative indie efforts – Journey, Fez, The Splatters – we’ve been spoiled for choice with games this year. And that’s just the games I’m interested in. FPS fans have already had some good efforts in Syndicate and The Darkness 2. Those looking for a slightly different experience found a gem in Birds of Steel. And, of course, the aforementioned Mass Effect 3. Wii owners haven’t missed out either. Pandora’s Tower for the Europeans and Xenoblade Chronicles for the Americans… two of the very finest RPGs on the console, so late in its life.
And, of course, whatever is announced at E3 for us to start getting excited over.
Below is a few recap links of some of our favourite games of the year so far. What are your favourite games of 2012, and is it the best year of gaming for you so far? What are you looking forward to for the rest of the year? Let us know in the comments below!
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (http://www.digitallydownloaded.net/2012/02/review-kingdoms-of-amalur-reckoning.html)
Avernum: Escape from the Pit (http://www.digitallydownloaded.net/2012/04/review-avernum-escape-from-pit-hd-ipad.html)
Duck Duck Quack! (http://www.digitallydownloaded.net/2012/01/review-duck-duck-quack-ipad.html)
King Arthur 2 The Roleplaying Wargame (http://www.digitallydownloaded.net/2012/01/review-king-arthur-2-roleplaying.html)
Call of Cthulhu: Wasted Land http://www.digitallydownloaded.net/2012/01/review-call-of-cthulhu-wasted-land-ipad.html
Dynasty Warriors NEXT http://www.digitallydownloaded.net/2012/02/review-dynasty-warriors-next-vita.html
Legend of Grimrock http://www.digitallydownloaded.net/2012/04/review-legend-of-grimrock-pc.html
Pure Chess http://www.digitallydownloaded