There’s less than a third of the list to go now. Today, we’re counting from number 30 to 26, and then we’ll be even closer to finding out what number one is. Let’s not rush ahead though, if all we wanted was number one then this feature wouldn’t be called ‘Top 100 of 2012’ and it would be rather short. In fact if you really don’t feel like rushing why not take a step back and take a look at our five games from yesterday?
30 Gotham City Impostors
Gotham City Imposters is an interesting one – piggybacking the recent success of the Batman franchise and the ever growing genre of multiplayer first person shooters, it takes Batman out of the city and instead replaces him with impostors – citizens that mimic Batman in order to take down the Joker posers that have also formed in Gotham.
One rule these impostors don’t follow is Batman’s own ‘no killing’ policy, grabbing an armada of guns and other gadgets to take down the foes. And those on Joker’s side will just follow his example anyway; shoot to kill.
It doesn’t seem to just be about killing foes, however; it looks to be much of a team-based affair, with teams working together prevailing over those playing alone. With much customisation for characters or loadouts, it looks far from a shallow game. If Gotham City Impostors hits the nail on the head, it could be the latest and greatest team-based shooter, much like Team Fortress 2 before it. You won’t have to wait long to find out, though: it releases on January 10th on PS3, PC and Xbox 360. If that’s still not soon enough then you can find out what we thought of the game’s beta in our hands on.
29 Sound Shapes (Vita)
Sound Shapes, to put it simply, does what it says on the tin; it’s a game involving a relatively simple platforming mechanic with a music-based backdrop. Rhythm is the name of the game here with the beat being affected by your progress through the level and items that you collect adding layers to the sound scape.
It’s a stellar concept, but taking into account the level editor – which harnesses the Vita’s touchscreen and back panel to make it as simple as ever to create your own musically driven level – and user generated content – much like LittleBigPlanet – it’s a potentially endless rhythm platformer.
If Sound Shapes manages to bring enough variety with the level editor and a good mix of music, then it looks to be a brilliant game. It looks very simple, yes, but with the touch screen mechanics and limitless amount of levels, Sound Shapes could be a solid platformer and also a great music game; expect remixes of all your favourite tracks after Sound Shapes launches alongside the Vita next year.
28 Resistance: Burning Skies (Vita)
I think by this point it’s obvious to see that we’re very excited for Vita and the games it’s going to bring next year. Not content with our PS3 versions of Resistance, we’re look forward to this portable iteration of the series. As you’d expect, Burning Skies is set from a first person perspective, like the PS3 versions rather than the third person PSP game, and harnesses Vita’s dual stick controls to create a game as big as its console counterpart.
However, you won’t be controlling Hale or Capelli in this release, as it’s a brand new story from the Resistance universe set in 1951 and featuring a firefighter named Tom Riley as the main character. Burning Skies also takes full advantage of the touch screen controls that Vita has to offer, used for throwing grenades, melee attacks or even controlling the path of your rockets mid-flight. It looks like another big Resistance adventure and we can’t wait to see how it holds up.
It’s developed by Nihilistic and we should see it in the middle of next year, barring delays. Let’s hope that it’s as good as Resistance 3. From what we’ve seen so far, it looks every bit as fun.
27 Ni No Kuni
Ni No Kuni is a game that also appeared on our Top 100 list last year. And it’s a game that did release this year, though only in Japan. Due to our Top 100 relying on EU release dates – Ni No Kuni will release early next year in these conditions, after having a western release finally confirmed – it’s on our Top 100 list once again.
It’s even more popular this year, going up 24 places in our list. Developed by Level-5 – esteemed JRPG creators – and Studio Ghibli – acclaimed anime producers – it looks to be a brilliant RPG featuring the tale of a boy named Oliver, who has recently lost his mother. He finds solace in his doll, which reveals itself to be a fairy. With the help of a magical book Oliver and his fairy head to the parallel reality of Ni No Kuni.
It looks great too, with a visual style not too unlike The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. In fact it looks like a 2D anime extruded into a 3D environment. The game has been very well received in Japan, scoring 36/40 in the popular Japanese video game magazine Famitsu. We’ll soon get to find out, when it releases on PS3 on this side of the world in the coming months.
26 The Darkness II
The Darkness was one of the first games that I played on my PS3. It wasn’t near perfect, but it was a lot of fun. Now, nearly five years after the release of the first game, the sequel is set to release on PS3, PC and Xbox 360 on the 10th of February.
Taking place two years after the first game, protagonist Jackie Estacado is now the Don of the Franchetti family and has managed to contain his supernatural powers for the time being, though it is made clear that The Darkness intends to escape their prison inside Jackie.
The sequel looks to improve on the first game exponentially, with story-driven four player co-op which features four distinct characters, a new cel-shaded graphical style and a quad-wielding mechanic – that’s four weapons at once, using Jackie’s Darkness appendages – along with many other new mechanics, though the core shooting gameplay will remain the same.