Games That Will Steal My 2012 Holiday Season
I have this holiday tradition where I ignore my family to finally get caught up on the deluge of video games that always comes out during this time of year. Sorry, mom, but this is actually important! I also have this tradition of bragging about my antisocial decisions to the masses on the Internet (you can read last year’s list by clicking here), and that’s a tradition I won’t be breaking this year.
So, even though this year’s holiday release schedule wasn’t as jam-packed as last year’s, here are the seven games my family can expect to play with me if they want to get any face time with me during the holidays.
New Super Mario Bros. U
There’s just something about 2D Mario that will never get old. Perhaps it’s the excellent level design, or maybe it’s just the fact that so many of us have such fond memories of Super Mario Bros. 3. Either way, New Super Mario Bros. U has the mustachioed plumber back in glorious two dimensions, and I couldn’t be happier.
I still have a ton of those secret gold coins to collect before I’m willing to put this one down, even if it means missing out on unwrapping gifts with my family.
The Walking Dead
Telltale’s The Walking Dead game series is simply a masterpiece, and we’ve proudly handed it our Game of the Year award this year. But that doesn’t mean I’ve actually finished it.
So off I go with a box of Kleenex, because I’ve been told my eyes won’t be dry by the time I finish this one.
I’ve been a fan of survival horror since the term was first coined by the original Resident Evil game. Since then, though, the genre’s been shrinking into the shadows as action horror becomes more and more popular. So returning to what I love most about horror games—being forced to implement real survival strategies—was welcome indeed.
No, that glazed look in my eyes isn’t from eating too much at our holiday feast; it’s from obsessing over ammo counts and escape routes. Sorry.
Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Trilogy
I’ve already confessed to never having finished an Assassin’s Creed game. But since the Ezio Trilogy was recently released, I was able to get my hands on all three of Ezio’s adventures at a very reasonable price. That means it’s finally time to catch up.
These are not short games by any means, so if you want to find me, one of the places you should probably look is medieval Rome.
For many, this is a season for giving, but for me this is a season of disturbingly bloody assassination. With a steampunk, whale-oil-powered backdrop and an arsenal of magical powers and deadly toys, Dishonored makes murder just plain satisfying.
Oh yeah, and you can watch your enemies get devoured by swarms of rats. So there’s that too.
Dishonored is a game I imagine I’ll be spending several cold winter nights trying to master. Especially since the new DLC, Dunwall City Trials, just came out.
Yeah, I beat the main storyline in Borderlands 2. But that doesn’t mean I’m done with it. Hell no. There’s so much cool stuff to see here, so many epic bosses to kill and loot, that my time with the game has barely just begun.
When my mom tries to lure me out into the family room with promises of cookies, I will keep my resolve strong by envisioning that glorious Platinum Trophy that I’m sure will eventually be sitting there in my PSN account for all to behold.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
I’m going to be honest. Ever since Call of Duty 3, I’ve wanted to hate the CoD series. Then Black Ops came out and reintroduced me to pretty much everything I loved about the series in the very beginning (yeah, back when it was a PC game).
Black Ops II is another reminder, with multiplayer map design that’s second to none. Yeah, I’m going to be spending most of Christmas Eve headshotting noobs on the excellent Hijacked map, which will be exponentially more exciting than listening to my crazy aunt talk about knitting socks for her cat yet again.
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Date: December 13, 2012
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