2012 has been an odd year for the games industry. Normally, the third person shooter category is dominated by games like Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto, Uncharted, and Gears of War, but 2012 has taught us that sometimes the best games can come out of nowhere, and no genre teaches us this better than the third person shooter category. This year we have a long delayed sequel to a classic Nintendo franchise re-imagined as a third person shooter, a second sequel to a film noir styled game from last generation, a surprisingly fantastic side entry in a franchise known for its many ups and downs, and a re-titled version of a cancelled game! Which one comes out on top? You may be surprised!
Here are the Nominees:
And the Winner is...
Resident Evil has certainly enjoyed a roller coaster of all time highs and lows throughout the years. The fourth entry, despite being one of the best reviewed and beloved games of all time, had its fair share of detractors complaining about the series' departure from its strictly survival horror roots. That little tidbit of information is very important because it explains precisely why Resident Evil: Revelations is such an astonishingly good game.
Blending the best jump scares and creeping horror from the first three entries of the franchise with the impeccable action oriented perspective and controls from the second half of the series means that this is arguably the best of both worlds, and that not only surprised but greatly impressed us. Of course, the fantastic visuals and moody audio mixed with the sheer amount of content and addictive multiplayer means that not only is this a great handheld game, but it would've been an excellent main entry in the franchise.