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Video Game Review
2012: The Gaming Year in Review
on Saturday, January 12, 2013
2012 was... a year in gaming. Just another year. But there was some cool stuff that happened, and this video is about all the games Roland played this year that he didn't already get a chance to talk about, including Spec Ops: The Line, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Tribes: Ascend, MechWarrior Online, Hawken, Alan Wake (the PC version), and a bunch of indie games.
In part two, Roland talks to his friend Codeknight about a few high profile games that Roland didn't get around to playing this year. Pretty big spoilers abound for Assassin's Creed III, Dishonored, X-COM: Enemy Unknown, and Jagged Alliance: Back in Action.
Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way
Roland looks at the game that started the tactical shooter trend. It didn't exactly popularize it; that honor lies with Rainbow Six, but Spec Ops did come out first. What, you might ask, does the 1998 Spec Ops game have to do with the 2012 Spec Ops game? Nothing. Nothing at all.S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl (2007)
Welcome to 2007, the year the FPS genre came back to life. For a bit. Then died again. The rest of the games industry would soon follow.S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (2010)
Call of Pripyat is the best S.T.A.L.K.E.R. "game". So?
Shadow Ops: Red Mercury
Presented like a popcorn summer action flick where you're a Delta Force operative searching for a nuclear device that's fallen into the hands of terrorists, Shadow Ops: Red Mercury's presentation doesn't quite excuse its spartan gameplay. But it is pretty darn hilarious.S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky (2008)
There's a lot to like about Clear Sky in retrospect, but when Roland first played it he was very disappointed. And the damn thing can't go 10 minutes without crashing (after every patch has been installed).
Grand Theft Auto V (PS3): One step forward, one step back
Roland played Grand Theft Auto V for more than a hundred hours, a handful of which contained actual gameplay! It's flawed, rough around the edges, and rough around the middle, with many of GTA 4's best mechanics run through the strainer of Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3. By which we mean ruined.
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