Dhampy's 2012 Game Awards Show
posted 1/14/2013 5:35:40 PM
Winners from the last blog have been PMed their winnings. Yay!
Some explanation of my awards.
These awards are for games which were played IN 2012, not necessarily games FROM 2012 (most will be). But I think that the categories will make sense.
Dhampy's Favorite Overall Game of 2012.
This is a difficult category.
But I decided it has to be Crusader Kings 2.
Paradox can't publish anyone else's games, but they do make their own very well. This game is polished and complex yet straightforward. Simply outstanding.
Dhampy's Favorite Expansion for a Game of 2012
Three words: Best. Vanilla. Armor.
Vampires still haven't gotten back to their Morrowind/Vampire Embrace mod level of awesomeness, but the devs showed that you CAN script vampirism infection and followers in Skyrim. Someone's got to take it and run with it. We need to create our own massive vampire clans like in Morrowind.
Dhampy's Favorite Mod of 2012
A total conversion that turns Half Life 2 into Half Life 1!
Dhampy's Favorite You Need To Play This Game of 2012
This game is awesome. Play it now.
Dhampy's Favorite You Spent Too Much Time Playing This Game and Now You have to Scramble to Get Those Exams Graded Game of 2012
According to Steam, this is one of my most played games. Above it are such titles as Skyrim (which I actually didn't play a whole lot in 2012...strange), Fallout New Vegas (same), Europa Universalis II (which I have but not as much in 2012 as Borderlands 2).
So, Borderlands 2 it is.
Dhampy's Favorite Game You Play On Your Phone of 2012
Angry Birds Space.
I'd choose Angry Birds Star Wars, but it's only got two sets of levels up and that's not a real game yet.
Dhampy's Favorite Neo-Retro Game of 2012
Legend of Grimrock.
If you played games in the 80s, or play older retro games, you know the dungeon crawl. And this is it in the modern world.
Dhampy's Favorite Game You Have Probably Never Heard of of 2012
Civil War Battles: Campaign Overland.
From John Tiller Games. By John Tiller...formerly of HPS and before that of Talonsoft. It's the Overland Campaign. Great fun.
Dhampy's Favorite Why the Hell Did You Make this Game of 2012
So like take the format of Far Cry 2 and put it in the setting of Far Cry 1 and then feed it blotter acid for a few weeks.
The game makes no sense. Pirates and magic tattoos and skinning animals to carry more guns and something about pulling an expansion card out of a radio tower's power box and there is no emotion in the game at all. AND WHY INCLUDE A FLAMETHROWER IF NOTHING BURNS WELL?
And yet one still plays it.
It is also fun to critique what you see it the game, as people I'm facebook friends with know.
Dhampy's Mildly Least Favorite Game of 2012
I just can't get in to Dishonored.
I don't get the point of a game with one dimension...maybe less than one.
But it is a mild dislike. I may return to it.
Dhampy's You've Got to be ****ing Kidding Me Game of 2012
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
Yeah yeah yeah released in 2011, don't care. Needs to be mentioned.
Seriously, this game is stupid. This game is short. This game is a cakewalk. I was kind of bummed when I saw the trainer is retired. But who ****ing needs it? I TRIED TO DIE AND COULDN'T. I played the whole game on "regular", never ducked for cover, ran right up to baddies and then ignored them as they shot at me and only died twice, both times because I blew myself up cooking grenades.
Dhampy's Favorite I'd Rather Gouge My Own Eyes Out than Play Another Second of this Game of 2012
Assassins Creed 3.
This series has run too hard and has lamed itself and it is time to put it down. Tie it to a tree and bash it with a shovel.
Moving it to the late colonial period was a neat idea. But they added too much crap.
Here is what I mean: You are chasing someone through Boston. You pass relatively close to a table and your guy jumps on it. You pass relatively close to a bench and your guy sits on it. You pass relatively close to a well and your guy jumps down it. It does not matter to your guy that you weren't even aimed at these things, or that you are chasing someone at full speed. No, proximity is all that matters.
Flash to the forest, you're running to an objective. You pass near a pile of sticks, you jump in it. You pass near a tree stump and you jump on it and THEN YOU'RE STUCK. Thirty seconds of fiddling and your guy falls off backwards.
And the story is just stupid.
Please. Kill. This. Series. Now.
Dhampy's Favorite Retro Gametime Merry Happy Days of 2012
The 7th Guest.
A possibly pedophile murderer who made a pact with sinister forces, dolls laced with an incurable virus, puzzles, a haunted house, and an amnesiac invited to a dinner party.
GoG has it. This is the game that put the CD-ROM drive on the map. It is STILL outstanding.
Dhampy's Favorite Game Accessory of 2012
I got an Xbox 360 Controller for Windows.
I was using a PS3 controller but my bluetooth dongle stopped working. Now I can play Nintendo again.
Dhampy's Special Shoutout of 2012
Playstation 2 on your PC, all you need is a bios image from your PS2 and your game collection.
What Dhampy is Playing the First Weeks of 2013 and Needs to be Mentioned of 2012.
The Europa Barbarorum Mod for Rome Total War.
RTW2 is gonna suck, guys. You all know it even if you can't bring yourself to accept it.
And until EB2 comes out (it is being made for M2TW), this is all you've got.
Reinstall RTW. Patch to 1.5. Download EB.