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This year has been arguably the most important year for the videogames industry in a long time. Not only did we see Sony take a final punt at the handheld market with the PS Vita - a move it may well now be regretting - but 2012 also saw Nintendo usher in the next generation of gaming with the Wii U. Sure, the Wii U may not be a …

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Walking Dead? Game?

Less game more Choose your own adventure..........

Still enjoyed it though.....

(spent too time with Fighting Fantasy books in my youth - damn you (thank you) Jackson and Livingstone)

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Re: Walking Dead? Game?

Actually if you play the game enough, no decision at any branch of the story, or no matter how many people you let die or save, will affect:

1) the outcome of the story

2) the characters that you are left with at the end

And from a lesser perspective... even the way characters behave towards you.

It's actually a really linear story that gives you the illusion of choice, but in the end, the same characters will die or leave, and you'll get the same ending as everyone else who played the game.

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Why no mention of Elite 4!? shocking...

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Elite: Dangerous? It hasn't reached its funding goal yet. That's like vapourware squared. Ouya, GTA V and Occulus Rift are merely vapourware to the first power.

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so mainstream games have gone downhill even more this year

For 2013 I predict

-Battle Solider 7: War Combat

-Combat War 5: Battle Assassin

-Another Fucking Batman Game

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@NomNomNom

Mainstream games tend not to stray too far from a standard formula. I'm finding more fun with some of the games to emerge from Steam's Greenlight process. (Example: Miasmata. Who would have thought that a game where you essentially wander around picking flowers could be so much fun?)

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You forgot:

- Drive Through These Checkpoints In An Invincible Car 12

- Run Through These Checkpoints As A Cartoon Character 9

- Shoot Through These Checkpoints As A OMFGLOLWTFSECREATNINJAR 72.

But wow, the graphics are like, so amazing, so that makes up for the linear gameplay.

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-Who would have thought that a game where you essentially wander around picking flowers could be so much fun?)-

Anyone who has played as a gust of wind in the PS3 game Flower

Which leads me to add...why isn't Journey on this list? Not everyone's cup of tea to be sure (especially 15 year old males if the forum comments I've read are anything to go by), but not only does it look astonishing (only bettered by Outlands 2 for having a distinctive aesthetic IMO), but for such a simple game mechanic it has a level of emotional involvement far beyond it's linear gameplay, not to mention providing some of the loveliest moments I've experienced in 32 years of gaming which bought actual joy to me while playing it.

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Omissions?

I'm pretty sure Blizzard brought a game or 2 out this year...

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Re: Omissions?

Did they? What was that then? Ermmm.... No can't think of anything they released... was there another (yawn) world of warcraft thingy.... Erm.....

Nope. No idea. :)

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Um

"Valve will finally confirm Half-Life 3... as pigs circle Heathrow."

HL3 wouldn't be released so soon.

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Wii U doesn't feel next generation

No big leap like there was from PS2/XBox to PS3/X360.

Vita is a nice piece of kit

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Re: Wii U doesn't feel next generation

Vita is lovely. But they dont seem to be doing naything cool with the possible connection to the ps3. Which is a shame, as the possibilities are great.

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The PSV should take off in 2013 if Capcom release Monster Hunter Vita, it's pretty much a guaranteed sale of 2.4 billion Vita's. Maybe the PS4 will have lots of connectivity options with the Vita, maybe allowing it to be used as a controller in the style of the Wii U controller for certain games?

If I were in charge at Sony, I would do the one thing that would improve PS Vita sales instantly, I would drop the price of the memory cards from £2/gb to £0.50/gb (or less). Lets face it, you buy a phone with a micro SD slot and shove in a 32Gb card for a tenner, then you look at the PS Vita and figure "well, I got a 32Gb for my phone, I should require at least that for my console.... what the fuck? £60 just for a memory card? No way am I paying that much and the console without it is useless so I'm not getting the console either!"

I'm a PS+ member, downloading Uncharted pretty much filled my card up, the price of getting a larger card is dissuading me from getting a larger card, and next month I'll be faced with the choice of deleting Uncharted to stick another game on or getting a bigger card (or downloading it on my PS3 and doing some fiddling around). I don't want to fiddle around, I want to buy a bigger card but when a 32Gb card is more expensive than a 120Gb SSD you really don't feel like it.

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Re: Wii U doesn't feel next generation

That was exactly the same problem with the psp. Memory Sticks were very very ****ing expensive.

Sony never learn.

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Ouya is an onomatopoeic name

It will be the sound made by industry journalists when they finally realise it's vapourware.

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Re: Ouya is an onomatopoeic name

Vapourware? How so? It's a marketing dream: commodity Chinese components (Android phone internals), in a box, minus the two most expensive components (screen and battery). The only actual work they have to do to release it is set up their own app store and convince a few devs to upload their games. 2: PROFIT.

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Re: Ouya is an onomatopoeic name

Even at cost a Tegra 3 chipset alone costs $25. That's a quarter of the price gone already. I've seen industry experts stating that they think it will cost at least $77 for parts per unit, leaving $22 for manufacturing costs, staff wages, warehousing and shipping. And remember, this is not a Sony-sized company that can get rock bottom prices on everything or sell as a loss leader.

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@ Jedit

Thanks for reminding me about this. I just finished purchasing a unit and extra controller. Will be delivered in April 2013 according to the estimates. Dev units are going out now.

I have no idea how good it will be, but for $150 including shipping I am willing to take a leap of faith.

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Dishonoured is a brilliant game. Loved playing it on extreme difficulty - reminded me of why I enjoyed the Thief series. Not too sure about the new DLC for it though...

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EliteDangerous on Kickstarter is well on the way to meeting it's funding goal (£723,389, 57.9%).

Funding closes on 4th January (22 days to go), and at the current trend is looking like it will take an average pledge from most of the backers of £50 to meet the goal. This is by no means guaranteed, but there are some good videos from Frontir Developments now, and surely the message will spread over Christmas...

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I've currently pledged £25... I'll double it if other will :D

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I've got £40 pledged IIRC. Part of my motivation for funding it is so when it finally meets it's funding goal, people will stop whinging about Elite 4 being vapourware, and find something else to moan about.

Like Elite 5, for example.

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No mention of The Secret World?

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Oh Yeah?

"only Dishonored and Far Cry 3 offered an experience fitting the billing ‘game of the year’, Talk sense man. Any so called "game review" that doesnt even MENTION Borderlands 2 isnt worth reading. Granted Dishonored is good but doesnt live up to the hype and as for Far Cry 3, that has been as dissapointing as No2 in the series. This discussion shouldnt even be happening. Borderlands 2 (and 1 for that matter) beats them all hands down. Next you'll be saying that the latest version of Need For Speed: Most Wanted is better than the original.

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Borderlands 2

Which part of Borderlands 2 was great exactly?

Story, average,

Shooting, average.

Abilities, OMG i can have ANOTHER 3% bullet damage.... Average (i'd say below average actually).

The game was so repetative i didn't actually finish it and i doubt i'll bother, it'd be a travesty if a game like that was awarded game of the year by anyone.

Still atleast it looked okay, sort of, ish.

Quite enjoying Far Cry 3 currently but Game of the year i reckon should be Dishonored.

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PS Vita....

Still early days, its only been out 10 months, which is like 2 days in Sony's time line line, just think of PSP and how long it was before the really great games came out.

Agreed though, Sony need to get their act togeather with cross play/remote play and give us more access to our PS3 games via our Vita.

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Expect more of the same. Most modern games require you to be on the Internet so they can monitor your play, where you go and what you do. They will crunch those numbers and produce pablum games that appeal to the majority.

Just like the movies, you will see less originality and more corporate input into what we are supposed to like based on demographics and focus groups.

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Dust

Early 2013 - Dust 514. A revolution in console games or a damp squib. No-one really knows which way it will go.

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Re: Dust

I played the beta, the controls were terrible. PC version would be fine, but it just doesn't work on a ps3 controller

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PS3

Sorry, I've not bought a single new game all year, I've played Skyrim but frankly there's been naff all new out that's enticed me, which is a sure sign that there's either something new on the horizon or that games companies are feeling the pinch and had decided to stick to the same tired formulaic games. Look at the top 30 of all time on Metacritic, how many of them came out in the last 12 months? And how many of those are sequels? Although I may buy Farcry 3 when it comes down to a reasonable price (sub £20).

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FAIL

The target audience doesn't want innovation - they want something to wave their epeen around in.

And that's EA's/Activision's/Ubisoft's fault.

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