2012 was a great year for the First Person Shooter, the Third Person Shooter and Survival Horror Genres of games.
In the past few years, the first-person shooter and third-person shooter has seen a true evolution in the subject matter and style of gameplay these games coul include. King’s Field had dabbled in mixing first-person combat with RPGs for years and years, but games like Fallout 3 and Elder Scrolls showed that you could truly merge RPG style elements into a first person universe.
The same proved true for third-person shooters like Mass Effect, which is considered the crown jewel in many role playing gamers collections. Many people would consider Mass Effect to not be a true third-person shooter, but let’s be honest; this game carries marries third-person shooter elements with RPGs in such a way that it would be hard NOT to consider Mass Effect a third person shooter.
The same type of evolution played out for the survival horror genre this year, with games proving that your gameplay did not need to take place in 3D battlefields to be any less terrifying. Take a look at Deadlight for a perfect example of 2.5D gameplay being used in the survival horror genre.
Below, we will look at the top games in 2012 for these three genres, as voted on by GameNTrain’s staff and by the GNT fan base.
Halo 4 arrived on the battlefield late in 2012, but its impact was definitely felt. Halo 4 served as 343 Industries first installment in the Halo series proper and was well-received, grossing 220 million dollars on its launch day alone and selling four million copies within one month of release. A lot of gamers can expect to see a copy of this FPS under their Christmas tree tomorrow morning, as Halo 4 is without a doubt GameNTrain’s Best First Person Shooter of 2012
Honourable Mentions – First Person Shooters
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Far Cry 3
Gotham City Imposters
Despite an initial fan backlash due to what many gamers considered a let down ending, Mass Effect 3 proved to be a fan favorite for 2012. Since its release, the game has received numerous DLC updates, including a director’s cut ending, three different story-based DLCs and numerous weapons pack and characters for online play. This constant infusion of new content to the game’s online multiplayer and catering to fan complaints in reworking Mass Effect 3′s ending has served developer Bioware well. Even without the DLC, Mass Effect 3 serves as a tremendous game in its own right and has earned the title of GameNTrain’s Best Third Person Shooter of 2012.
Honourable Mentions – Third-Person Shooters
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
Resident Evil 6
This episodic game from Telltale Games based on the Walking Dead franchise is an absolute gem.This point-and-click adventure is jammed full of role-playing elements and gives more than enough horror imagery to satisfy devout fans of the series. The Walking Dead is not your typical survival horror game. It is well thought-out, with excellent story telling and plenty of choices to make throughout each playthrough, affecting just how this game is going to end. Many gamers have been reduced to tears based on some of the hard choices you are going to have to make. When a game can bring out that emotion from a player, you know Telltale Games has made a true masterpiece. The Walking Dead is a shoe-in for GameNTrain’s Best Survival Horror Game of 2012.
Honourable Mentions – Survival Horror
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
Resident Evil 6
I Am Alive
That’s a look at three categories so far. Stick with GameNTrain as we countdown the best games of 2012 in all genres every day until December 31st, when we reveal the GameNTrain Top 10 Games of 2012.
Tomorrow, we get a little adventurous on Christmas Day and look at the Best RPG and the best Action/Adventure Games of 2012!