Last week I counted down my Top 10 Most Anticipated games of 2013, but about a year ago I did a similar list; the games of 2012 I was most looking forward to playing. I am currently working on my overall Top 10 of 2012, which will be next week’s list, but first I wanted to look back at the 10 games I was anticipating most in 2012 and see what became of them. Some met or exceed expectation, some failed to live up to the hype, while others still were pushed into 2013. For the games that did come out, I won’t necessarily be giving my own in depth opinions, I’ll instead be looking at the game’s overall success with a brief outline of my personal experience. Just a note, the order of these games is the original order I placed them in; the games of 2012 I was most looking forward to one year ago.
10. Halo 4 (343 Industries, Microsoft Studios)
Halo 4 was undoubtedly Microsoft’s biggest exclusive game of the year. The original reason this game made the list was because I have always been a big Halo fan, but the reason it was only number 10 was because I was very skeptical of the change in developers. After it release, the general consensus seems to be that 343 has made an excellent Halo game. The game has received almost universal acclaim, with GiR’s Josh Knowles giving the game a 9.8 as well. However, for me personally, this is not the Halo game I wanted to play. Part of that is likely that I felt the series came to a meaningful conclusion with Halo 3, and I just don’t really need anything that takes place after that. I am also past the point where I have any desire to get absorbed in an online shooter again. Halo 4 is without a doubt an extremely well made game in almost every aspect, it just went in a direction that I have no desire to follow.
9. Skyrim DLC (Bethesda Game Studios, Bethesda Softworks)
This year saw the release of several pieces of downloadable content for Skyrim, my 2011 game of the year, but I’ll be honest, I haven’t played any of them. The general consensus seems to be that most of the content is quite good, but at this point I have had my fill of Skyrim for a while. When I originally listed Skyrim DLC as my number 9 most anticipated release of 2012, I was nowhere near done with the game. I had spent around 100 hour with the game at that point and was making why through the content on the disc. By the time any significant DLC was released I was well over the 150 hour mark, and while I still haven’t done everything in the game, I don’t see myself coming back for a while. Don’t take this to mean I like the game less or regret naming it my game of the year for 2011, it’s just there is only so much time you can spend in a game before getting burnt out. I fully intend to finish all the on disc content and eventually get around to playing the DLC, I just need some time to re-acquire that itch.
8. Counter Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
Looking back it’s interesting that I placed Countersrtrike GO on this list, because I really haven’t played a whole lot of it. There isn’t much to say about this game. After being in beta for quite a while, it finally launched last summer to very little fanfare. The only thing you can really say about the game is that it is certainly Countstrike. There are some minor changes and improvements, but for the most part it is the same game it has been for over a decade, which is good for those that like some Counterstrike, it just makes the game a bit uninteresting.
7. Prey 2 (Human Head Studio, Bethesda Softworks)
This is one of the most unfortunate stories of 2012. Prey 2 was one of the most exciting potential release of the year, and every time it was shown I wanted to play it even more. The unfortunate part is that the game did not come out in 2012, and is currently in development hell. At this point we don’t even know if the game is canceled, postponed, delayed, or what’s going on. There isn’t really much concrete information, but there have been several explanations thrown around such as Bethesda being unhappy with the game’s quality, developer Human Head Studios being displeased with the terms of their contract with Bethesda, and members of the development team being laid off. At this point we can only hope that these issues have been resolved and Prey 2 is still in development.
6. Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North, Rockstar Games)
The inclusion of GTA V was more of a hope that it would come out in 2012 than an expectation, but I can’t say I was too surprised it didn’t release last year. There is less doubt that the game will come out this year, and in fact it made number 2 on my most anticipated games of 2013 list.