2012 – A Year In Games – In Haiku form

Since last year’s write up of the games I enjoyed took 5 separate posts (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and more than 6K words, this year, I thought I’d take a different approach.

Uncharted 3

Aiming? Controls changed? / Beautiful vistas but hard / 2’s still favourite

God of War: Chains of Olympus

First PSP port / Enjoyable hack and slash / Near perfect for me

God of War: Ghost of Sparta

Didn’t play before / Yet more Kratos epicness / Best played in series

The Simpsons Arcade Game

Classic beat-em-up / Saved 30 quid from arcade / Unlimited plays

Tomb Raider: Underworld

First I’ve played of all / More difficult jumps than Drake / Going to take time

Saints Row: The Third

Fantastic intro / Driving, shooting, epic fun / Race quad bikes on fire!

Portal 2

Hadn’t played first one / Polished gameplay and detail / Now want to try first

Fifa (Vita)

Perfect for the train / Even if you don’t football / Backtouch for the win

Touch My Katamari

Sticky ball roll fun / Mad arse king protagonist / Great port, worth buying

Fallout: New Vegas (Game of the year)

Continued from end / Enjoyable new stories / Many hours of play 

Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Epic adventure / Amazing length, depth and plot / First Vita must buy

Cars 2

Racer for the kids / Typical karting action / with the Cars 2 cast

Mass Effect 3

Yay! More chest high walls! / Tried net play but not my thing / OK with Ending

Rayman Origins (Vita)

Blimey – beautiful! / Favourite platformer yet! / Perfect portable

Resistance: Burning Skies

First Vita shooter / Strong start but difficult end / Glad to have 2 sticks

Renegade Ops

PSPlus Freebie / Great, pretty twin stick shooter / Top down SWIV-em-up

inFAMOUS 2

Amazing graphics / Huge city plus UGC /Going to take time

Gravity Rush

Took a while to learn / Something new – refreshing change / Worth a try – get Plus!

Plants Vs Zombies (Vita)

Well-polished and fun /Favourite tower defense / Stiff hand after hour!

Dungeon Hunter: Alliance

Standard RPG / Gave up! Refighting bosses / Not a great ending

Sound Shapes

Surprised by how good / Epic moments as tune grows / Inspirational

Ratchet and Clank

One more chance to play / Jumping and guns nostalgia / 1mill bolt trophy?

Lumines Electronic Symphony

Loved on PSP / Great choice from modern soundtrack / Could play forever

Borderlands DLC: Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution

Last of first’s extras/ Early bosses as claptraps! / Long but walking lots

Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 (Vita)

Super hard scrapper / Combo-centred for experts / Not Street Fighter 2

Disney Universe

Simple platformer / Limited character choice / Levels drag a bit

Journey

Wish I’d played before / Beauty, art and emotion / Need to revisit

LittleBigPlanet (Vita)

Platform and sub-games / Impressive tech achievement / Not one to Create

FIFA 13

Similar to 12 / Oops, set to semi-pro – fail / Need a year to learn

Borderlands 2

Loved first, couldn’t wait / RPG-lite shooter fun / Bring on DLC

LittleBigPlanet 2

Early Plus title / Nice look, heavy inertia / Drop-in, time-to-time

Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack

Jumpy munching blob / Reminiscent of Sound Shapes / Katamari-like

Chronovolt

Didn’t really like / Ball-rolley, time-freezy game  / Not my type of thing

Welcome Park

Vita Intro app / Initially ignored it / Good, better for kids

Ratchet and Clank: Full Frontal Assault

2 play or too hard /3rd person tower defense / Also on Vita!

LEGO The Lord of the Rings

Retells story well / No real challenge but still fun /Platinumable!

Limbo

Dark in art and plot / Increasingly difficult / So glad I played it.

Need For Speed Most Wanted (Vita)

Free roaming racer / Another Vita classic / My A1 beats all!

Knytt Underground (Vita)

Simple mechanics / Huge explorable game space / Challenging but fun

Vanquish

PSPlus download / Inspired by Access preview / Hyper-intense game

Disney Pixar Toy Story Mania

Disney Move  Shooter / Christmas break game for littl’un / 2 player havoc

Treasures of Montezuma Blitz (Vita)

Free Vita Match-3 / Lives limited by timer / Portable pastime

Call of Duty Black Ops II

Love me a shooter / Future weapons much more fun / Yet to play Zombies

Assassins Creed 3 Liberation (Vita)

First AC for me / Story heavy, some action /Want to try console

The Final Word

Screw this for a game of soldiers! I know you should embrace constraints but this has been a difficult job. Halfway through I realized I could have done something simpler, like limiting myself to a tweet-like 140 characters. If I never have to count syllables again, I’ll be a happy man.

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