Well, 2022 is already 2/3rds of the way done, and now that the "new" generation of consoles (that came out nearly two years ago) are finally starting to become easier to obtain at the suggested retail price, it seems that the time is finally right to discuss the best games from the prior year. Assuming you can still remember that far back, 2021 was actually another decent year for gaming. Even though the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 remained next to impossible to obtain at sane prices, they both saw the release of some great new titles and even the occasional exclusive (although in the case of the Series X, that term is somewhat generous). There were also a number of big releases for the Switch and PC as well. Please read on for a list of the best games of 2021 according to 12/12 Games:
Is it just me, or does it seem like this has been a pretty decent year for Nintendo so far? Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Triangle Strategy, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Mario Strikers: Battle League, and now Live A Live AND Xenoblade Chronicles 3?? Switch owners may not know what they did to deserve all this love but I'm sure they don't hate it. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a continuation of the popular RPG series, both previous entries of which have also appeared on the Switch, and Live a Live is a modern remake of a Square Enix Super Nintendo/Famicom title that was never before released in the West.
Also out in the last 7 weeks, a fantastic collection of mid-90s Capcom arcade fighting game hits; a totally radical brand new, yet retro in all the right ways, TMNT game; and one of legendary shoot-em-up company Psikyo's single best games ever made. Live to fight. Fight to live. Then jump past the break to see more new releases from the last 35 days.
Well it's been quite a while but finally, Nintendo has seen fit to grant fans another Mario soccer/football game. The last one (not counting 2017's 3DS sports compilation game, Mario Sports Superstars) was 2007's Mario Strikers: Charged for the original Wii console. Clearly, it has been too long. Mario Strikers: Battle League looks to offer up a pretty decent game of footie. Here's hoping it was worth the wait.
Also out in the last 11 weeks, a Switch port of Obisdian's fantastic 2004 Star Wars title, Knights of the Old Republic II; and GOG ports of the incredibly terrifying and atmospheric 2014 sci-fi horror game, Alien: Isolation, and a handful of great Worms games. Battle soccer is back. Jump past the break to see more new releases from the last 77 days.
Not so long ago, in this very same galaxy, Respawn Entertainment created a fantastic original entry to the beloved sci-fi franchise called Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order. The game was definitely something special and you may recall that I even saw fit to include it in the list of my 6 Favorite Star Wars Games of all time. Well apparently I wasn't the only one who loved it, because they've just officially announced the sequel and dropped a pretty strong trailer to boot!
Star Wars: Jedi - Survivor will continue the adventures of Cal Kestis as he is pursued across the galaxy by the deadly Imperial Inquisitors. As of right now, all we know is that the title will be released sometime next year (presumably for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X). I don't know about you but I can only feel my desire for this game increasing by this most welcome news.
Feel free to check out the trailer after the break and...may the force be with you.
Let's kick shell! Konami has great news for all you '90s Turtles fans out there! They just recently announced that they will be releasing all the hit titles from the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo, Game Boy, and Sega Genesis in one righteous package! The appropriately named Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Cowabunga Collection will be releasing sometime later this year for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X, and Steam.
For more information, you can visit the official website for the game, here, or you can watch the totally radical reveal trailer that I've posted after the break.
Well, Nintendo released a brand new Kirby game for the Switch yesterday, and I couldn't be more excited about it given what a treat the last one was (for people of all ages)! It will be interesting to see how well Kirby's gameplay translates into 3 dimensions. But just based on the look of the previews, along with developer HAL Laboratory's hit-filled history, I'd say there's probably very little to worry about.
Also out in the 4 weeks, a surprisingly fantastic homage to classic Legend of Zelda games called Tunic; Ghostwire: Tokyo, the somewhat-anticipated next release from The Evil Within series developer, Tango Gameworks; and Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, a full-featured title based around the fantasy-themed dlc campaign from Borderlands 2. Feast your eyes on a wild world of 3D platforming action, then jump past the break to see more new releases from the last 28 days.
Notable New Gaming Releases: Elden Ring, Horizon - II - Forbidden West, and More...
Well, it's another year and there's yet another Souls-type game from From Software. You'd think that this would be starting to wear a little thin by now, but somehow they've managed to conjure up some sort of magical horse that, despite their continuous beating, never seems to die. At least this entry mixes things up by featuring elements created by Game of Thrones author George R R Martin. Although that may just mean you'll want to steer clear of the game's ending (assuming it even has one).
Also out in the last 14 weeks, the greatly-anticipated sequel to Guerrilla's 2017 smash hit, Horizon: Zero Dawn; the 15th and latest installment in the 27-year (and still) running King of Fighters series; and Pokemon Legends: Arceus, an apparently fresh and exciting new action-RPG spin-off from the main Pokemon series. Rise tarnished, then jump past the break to see more new releases from the last 98 days.
Well, it's a new year and I'm back again with another best-of retrospective. This go round, we'll be taking another 12-year look-back, at the best games of 2009, and unlike with the last one, I'm happy to be able to deliver it in a more timely, and thus, sensible fashion. 2009 was another great year for games. But really though, aren't they all, just about? Let's just say, it wasn't any slouch. Please join me as I take a look back at some of the following reasons why.
As you might have noticed by now, I have kind of a thing for gaming retrospectives. I also love anything having to do with the number 12. For those reasons, I've decided to debut a new retrospective series where I take a look back at the best games from 12 years ago. In the case of this particular article, the year 2008. Now you may be thinking, "it's the end of 2021, shouldn't this article be about 2009 or even 2010?" And the answer is, I'm going back a full 12 years (and several months). I also meant to post this months ago but got a bit sidetracked. Just go with it. 2008 was a special year for gaming that saw a number of truly exceptional titles grace the various consoles of the day. Please join me as I look back at what I feel were 12 of the absolute best.
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