Six months have already come and gone for the year 2012---the year the ancient Mayans predict will be the end of the world as we know it. What will happen in the next six months, you may ask? Will all of us be "goners" in the truest sense of the word? Are we truly running out of, well, time? Kinda creepy, huh? But if you're a serious video-gamer, then time is on your side as we begin the countdown to the Top 12 Video Games for the first half of this Dragon year. According to complex.com, the half-year's best in gaming are the following:
12. The Walking Dead: Episode 1
Published by Telltale Games, this is another offering of the famous television show and comics where the zombies don't just drag themselves from point A to B, they actually run like heck towards their next meal---you! Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, iOS, Mac OS X.
11. Witcher 2
If you're looking for a worthy role playing game with a good storyline, graphics, and a hearty serving of bloodshed on the side, then this is it. Made ready by Atari, this RPG was conscientiously prepared with you in mind via the Xbox 360, PC, Mac OS X.
Solely available on Playstation 3, That Game Company's revolutionary approach to gaming is paying dividends as the story line of "a humanoid running through the desert towards a beacon of light while collecting pieces of cloth" is truly paying off. Plus, the soundtrack (which features New Wave songs) complements the over-all progression of the storyline.
9. Spec Ops: The Line
2K Games has outdone itself this time as the third-person shooter offers more than just your usual bullets, booms, and blood. The storyline of this one will surely leave you biting the dust... and wanting some more!
8. Street Fighter X Tekken
The long wait is over as the brawlers of Street Fighter go “mano-a-mano” with the toughies of Tekken in this future classic by Capcom. So, if you have an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PC or iOS, better head then to the nearest store so you can rumble without further ado.
7. Final Fantasy XIII-2
A fitting follow-up to the less than savory storyline of the Final Fantasy XIII, this second installment saved the day for game publisher Square Enix. More than that, XIII-2 has downloadable content, adding more than a little extra oomph to the equation. Too bad it can only be played in Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
6. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
Released by Ubisoft just over a month ago, this third-person cover-based shooter with Tom Clancy’s name written all over it is a sure-fire best-seller indeed. Ghost Recon series fanatics are definitely going to go ape-sh-- on their PlayStation 3 and Xbox consoles once they start their campaigns.
5. Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition
Get ready to enter a world of mining complete with your usual neighborly creepers, jeepers, and z-z-zombies, all happy to bring you doom and gloom, whichever comes first. This survival adventure game lets you be the builder you want to be as it crosses-over from the PC to the Xbox Live Arcade courtesy of Mojang.
The slopes is where you’re going to want to be after playing this snowboarding video game brought to you by EA Sports via the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. If you’re truly into extreme winter games, Snowboard Supercross will indubitably be one of your favorites after, say, a minute or two.
3. Mass Effect 3
Electronic Arts takes you right back to the beginning, literally, as game play in this one is determined by the player’s previous choices in the first two parts of the now completed trilogy. The action role-playing game made for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and Wii U concludes the story of Commander Shepard and his battle against the Reapers, a race of machines out to destroy all life in the galaxy.
2. Diablo III
With more than just a month into its release, Blizzard Entertainment continues to send shivers down the spines of PC gamers all over the RPG universe. If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then a Diablo III guy’s paramount pals are his trusty mouse and keyboard.
1. Max Payne 3
Rockstar Games takes the number one spot with Max Payne 3. May 2012 saw the release (of the third chapter in Max’s life which is set in Brazil) for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, while PC gamers still had to wait until June to see Max drift from dreadful to shoddier than ever before. It’s all downhill from there and it couldn’t be more exciting for third-person video game enthusiasts.
What other video games are you looking forward to this year?