GamerXChange's 2012 Games of the Year

2013 is here and we have what could turn out to be a huge year for gamers ahead of us; But we won’t soon forget the gems that 2012 brought along with it. GamerXChange doesn’t feel it necessary to pick just one game to single out and place on a pedestal above the rest from the whole year. We all have different likes and dislikes. With that said, as we have done in the past, some members of the GXC staff have come together to voice our personal favorite games from 2012. This is GamerXChange’s 2012 Games of the Year.




  • Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Developed by: ThatGameCompany
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB Rating: E for Everyone
  • Number of Players: 1-2 (online)
  • Release Date: March 13, 2012

Author – Simply G:

Journey was simply a delight. My sentiments from my review of the game remain the same down to this day. An experience about discovery – Journey was a masterpiece from start to finish. It was the only game to evoke almost every emotion humanly possible from start to finish. With accessible gameplay, innovative multiplayer, and deep underlying themes, a complete package was offered with this title from ThatGameCompany. The game was a feast for the eyes and ears with magnificent and breathtaking visuals in addition to beautiful music that went on to even receive a Grammy nomination. Although I played close to, if not more than, one hundred games in 2012, no other game surpassed the experience that I had with Journey in March of 2012. The feeling that I had after playing the game stayed with me until the end of the year and even down to writing this brief summary. Journey was my personal favorite game of 2012, an experience I will not soon forget, and my choice for GamerXChange 2012 Games of the Year.

Read Simply G’s review of Journey: Journey Review

Author – Nate Paolasso:

The premise behind Journey is simple, and often enough, simplicity is the key to greatness. Journey took gamers to a new height, showing that games didn’t have to be about murder and chaos, but that they could be about wonder and self-discovery. A lonely soul, occasionally accompanied by a silent companion, traveling through a vast desert with only one purpose: to discover what awaits. Journey delves where few games have dared to go, and for that, it has reached the summit of video game greatness.”



Halo 4

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Published by: Microsoft Game Studios
  • Developed by: 343 industries
  • Genre: FPS
  • ESRB Rating: M For Mature
  • Number of Players: 1-4,Co-Op 2-4 Online Multiplayer 2-16
  • Release Date: November 6th, 2012

Author The CrapGamer:

” Picking a single game for the top spot it always a tough decision, a lot of thought and consideration has to be taken and at the end of the day it all really comes down to personal opinion anyway. I was torn between The Walking Dead and Halo 4, in the end I decided to go with Halo 4 because I’m still churning out hours and hours in the multiplayer as well as Spartan Ops. Although I feel that The Walking Dead has the better overall story, it was pretty clunky at times and from a technical standpoint it just wasn’t the complete package, where as Halo 4 had a great campaign, story, co-op and of course the addicting online modes. I’m always about getting the most content you possibly can from a game and I feel that the free Spartan Ops content and the ever-changing and updated online content, that Halo 4 is my personal game of choice for 2012. 343i had big shoes to fill and they managed to put out my all time favorite Halo game, you felt like you were playing a Bungie Halo game, but the graphics and cinematics were so far above my original expectations that I couldn’t help but stand around on certain levels and just enjoy the surroundings. So that is my choice for 2012’s Game Of The Year, please keep in mind that I play online games 90% of the time, and this is simply the game that I’ve spent the most time with and continue to play on a daily basis. “

Read The CrapGamer’s review of Halo 4: Halo 4 – The Best Halo Yet?




  • Platform: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC
  • Published by: Bethesda
  • Developed by: Arkane Studios
  • Genre: Stealth, First-person Action Adventure
  • ESRB Rating: M for Mature
  • Number of Players: Single Player
  • Release Date: October 9th, 2012

Author – Nate Paolasso:

“This game sort of popped out of nowhere and really blew people away. I choose this game because it shows that stealth is still a relevant gaming mechanic, and people still want to play stealth games. Not only did it offer stealth gameplay, but it reached to a wider audience with its’ action elements as well. The art direction for Dishonored was absolutely beautiful and unique; proving that sheer technical prowess is not that only deciding factor for a great game. Combine the fantastic gameplay with a beautiful, believable world and a story that twists and turns in all the right places, and you have a truly amazing video game experience.”

Read Nate’s review of Dishonored: Dishonored Review



Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy

  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS, iOS
  • Published by: Square Enix
  • Developed by: IndiesZero
  • Genre: Muisc/Rhythm
  • ESRB Rating: E 10+
  • Number of Players: Single Player
  • Release Date: July 3, 2012

Author – Taylor Brown:

“This was a hard choice, but my Game Of The Year is Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy. It’s the only game released in 2012 that I still go back to now and then and just have fun with. Sure I’ve already reached 99999 Rhythmia, but I still love the gameplay and music. Plus, I still have to unlock the rest of the characters and get them to Level 99!

The game itself is quite the love letter to Nobuo Uematsu; it must have been for him to cry when he played it back in February when it released in Japan. There is quite the music selection, and the DLC is good too. Oh yeah, it is the first 3DS game for DLC, so that’s cool too! I love this game, and I love the choices of music. Plus the replayability isn’t too bad either! Definitely my choice for Game of the Year.”


So there you have them! GamerXChange’s personal choices for the best games of 2012. There were many other contenders, no doubt. The year left us with great experiences from many different genres. Despite the choices we listed here, one thing is for sure, it was all of us – the gamers, who really won by being able to enjoy all of these games released. If you haven’t had a chance to play any of the games on our list, get to it! For easy access, all of these titles are available in our store and are truly must-have staples in this generation of gaming. Congrats to all of our winners  (they already got their prize – Our Money)!

So we may or may not have listed your favorite game for 2012 in our selection above. We had our moment, now it’s your time to shine. Sound off in the comments below! What were your favorite games of 2012?


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