2012 is quickly coming to a close and as such Cheerful Ghost needs to select its top 5 Games of the Year. I am going to list a few big titles released this year and if I left one out you want added, please toss it in the comments. Everyone will have till 12/22 @ 10 AM PST to submit games to this post to add to our candidates for the top 5 games of the year.

After the list has been collected I will make the list available for us all to vote on. The Game of the Year will be the game that gets the most votes and so on till 5th place.


  • Fez

  • Borderlands 2

  • Diablo 3

  • Farcry 3

  • Max Payne 3

  • The Secret World

  • Quantum Conundrum

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

  • Guild Wars 2

  • I Am Alive

  • FTL: Faster Than Light

  • Torchlight II

  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

  • Dishonored

  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown

  • Doom 3: BFG Edition

  • Assassin's Creed III

  • Darksiders II

  • PlanetSide 2



If you want any other games on the list that were released in 2012, add the them to the commets!

Travis   Admin wrote on 12/19/2012 at 02:53am

I haven't played these but they probably should be included in the master list.

The Walking Dead
Mark of the Ninja
Natural Selection 2
Halo 4
Hitman Absolution
COD BLOPS 2

Dubb wrote on 12/19/2012 at 04:53am

Pawn's Adventure

Gary_Butterfield wrote on 12/19/2012 at 05:40pm

The Walking Dead is the only game on here that changed how I think of games. A lot has already been said about the narrative which is the focus and is top notch. But not enough has been said about the play.

TWD has the best "false gameplay" of any game I've ever played. The gameplay is almost entirely quick decisions and mild puzzles and the decisions are the draw. Not only do they have real consequence and do they masterfully manipulate tension by having timers, they are sometimes false. Sometimes, what you say doesn't matter. Sometimes, it doesn't matter how quick you are. Sometimes, the things you say have the opposite of the intended effect. Just like in life.

Further, there are some actual quick time events. Sometimes these are just button tap fests, but I want to talk about a very specific one that is very SPOILERY. So please STOP READING IF YOU HAVEN'T PLAYED IT BECAUSE I'M GOING TO SPOIL SOMETHING.


















Seriously, spoilers.








Near the end, when you're strangling the guy in the hotel, you're prompted to slam on the Q button to do so. The prompt disappears. If you stop slamming Q at this point, he gets the upper hand and you're forced to take care of him another way. However, if you're like me, you're so emotionally invested in this character and what he's done and in protecting Clementine, you just keep slamming on the Q button as if you are actually choking the life out of someone. If you can't stop pressing the button until he's no longer a thread, he dies. DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE GAME ISN'T TELLING YOU TO. That moment alone makes this my game of the year. The fact that I cared enough to transcend mechanics and actual "game" signaled to me that this would be a game I'd never forget.

Runner up: Dishonored. Dishonored is a stealth game where it's fun to get caught. Think about that for a moment.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 12/19/2012 at 06:22pm

Cool, I skipped the spoiler part ill make sure Dishonored and Walking Dead are in the list to vote on :D

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 12/19/2012 at 06:22pm

Oh and I was planning on getting The Walking Dead in its entirety in the next Steam sale.

vdogmr25 wrote on 12/20/2012 at 08:10am

Spec Ops: The Line.

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