The Essential Video Games of 2012
By Bill Hess
Regardless of whether you consider The Walking Dead a video game in traditional sense or not, this is undoubtedly a can’t miss experience in 2012. Telltale Games manages to tell one of the best stories of the year, introducing numerous colorful characters, and forcing you to make truly gut-wrenching decisions along your journey.
The Walking Dead is a game for a mature audience and touches on sensitive topics, the likes of which we have never seen in gaming before. Is this a sign that the industry is growing up? With such a wide net cast and positive reception from the video gaming community, it’s safe to say that we’ll be seeing The Walking Dead for at least a second season.
Whether you judge Journey on its satisfying pallete of beautiful art, it’s mold breaking twist on multiplayer, or its unique method or story telling, you’ll be hard pressed to find many faults with Jenova Chen’s latest vision. It might be That Game Company’s best targeted game for the core gaming audience, but with that said, it does come in a tad on the short side when speaking to the game’s length. With only around 2 hours of playtime needed to complete Journey, it doesn’t offer as much value as other games at the same price point.
But Journey is a trip worth taking, its a bite sized adventure that you won’t soon forget with plenty of replay value. Don’t be surprised if later this year, Journey is nominated with even biggest of titles, and gets at least a few nods for Game of the Year. Like other games from That Game Company, Journey takes a ton of risks straying from convention, but ultimately feels nearly perfect in every way.