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The Best Games You Missed in 2012 – Part 2

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Last week we published part one of what we think are the best games that many people missed in 2012. Games like Spec Ops: the Line, Sleeping Dogs, DYAD, and Sound Shapes went unnoticed and never achieved the sales that they deserved. Hopefully last weeks list helped people find the games that they forgot or didn’t hear about because it didn’t get the marketing it needed to stand-out in the over-populated marketplace.

This next list include a Japanese wolf-god, a lone survivor, a demon-possessed gangster, a hyper-violent killer and more so check out the Best Games You Missed in 2012 – Part 2 after the break.

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The Best Games You Missed in 2012 – Part 1

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2012 was a year chock-full of amazing games. Not only did we get to play a number of groundbreaking blockbuster titles like Far Cry 3, HALO 4, Mass Effect 3, and Assassin’s Creed 3, we also received a smattering of unique and creative independent titles like The Walking Dead, Mark of the Ninja, and the award-winning Journey.

Unforunately, because of the almost overwhelming amount of games to choose from, there were a number of truly great titles that went unnoticed and never achieved the sales they deserved. The next couple of games are the best console titles you missed in 2012.

Check out part 1 The Best Games You Missed in 2012 – Part 1 after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Best of 2012 – Brooke’s Top Five Games of the Year

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Spec Ops: The Line is one of Brooke’s favourite games of 2012. What else did she like this year? Find out!

It’s already day 4 of the JTM team’s “Best of the Year” week. So far we’ve seen Borderlands 2, Mass Effect 3, Dishonored, Assassin’s Creed 3, and The Walking Dead coming up on everyone’s lists. Continuing with our JTM Top Five’s, up next is staff writer Brooke F. with her picks for the five best games of the year. (In no particular order – Brooke)

Wondering which games are on her list? Hit the jump to find out! Read the rest of this entry

Best of 2012 – Joe’s Top Five Games of the Year

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Mass Effect 3 is number five on Joe’s list? What games did he put in his “Best of the Year” list?

Can you believe it? It’s already day 3 of the JTM team’s “Best of the Year” week. So far we’ve seen Borderlands 2, Mass Effect 3, Dishonored, Assassin’s Creed 3, and The Walking Dead coming up on everyone’s lists. Continuing with our JTM Top Five’s, up next is veteran Joe T. with his picks for the five best games of 2012.

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Best of 2012 – Lee’s Top Five Games of the Year

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Popular coop shooter Borderlands 2 is only one of Lee’s top picks of the year. What else is on his list?

Lately we’ve been giving out our awards to what we think are the best Canadian-developed games of the year. Of course, in addition to those awards, each of our amazing writers will also be sharing their top five games of 2012. Yesterday JTM’s own Nick D. shared his top game picks. Today, veteran writer Lee G. will share his top five games of the year.

Hit the jump to check out Lee’s Top Five Games of the Year.

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Best of 2012 – Nick’s Top Five Games Of The Year

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The Walking Dead is only one of Nick’s picks this year. What other games could there be on his list?

Lately we’ve been giving out our awards to what we think are the best Canadian-developed games of the year. Of course, in addition to those awards, each of our amazing writers will also be sharing their top five games of 2012. Let’s start out with our newest writer/ex-Ironstar Movement member Nick Drouillard and his picks for games of the year.

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Best of 2012: Canadian Edition – Best Independent Game

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If you’ve been following the Canadian game industry, you might have noticed an overwhelming number of critically acclaimed independent games released this year alone. From Game Critics Award and IGF winners, to PAX 10 inductees, to one of the highest scoring PC games on Metacritic, our contenders for the Best Independent Game award category were serious digital heavy-hitters in 2012, not just in Canada, but in the United States as well.

What’s wonderful is that our picks are available on PSN, XBLA, and PC; meaning indie developers are able to reach larger audiences than ever before. Minority Media showed us that games can not only be fun, but tackle serious psychological issues as well with Papo & Yo. Queasy Games introduced PS3 and PS Vita owners to one of the most unique music-platformer games ever created with Sound Shapes, and VBlank Entertainment brought us back to glorious 8-Bit with Retro City Rampage. Klei Entertainment proved that stealth and 2D sidescrolling gameplay can be a successful combination with Mark of the Ninja. And finally, Polytron successfully combined 2D and 3D planes into a fun and fresh platformer with FEZ.

This year’s contenders are:

  • Papo & Yo - Minority Media
  • Mark of the Ninja - Klei Entertainment
  • Sound Shapes – Queasy Games
  • Retro City Rampage – VBlank Entertainment
  • FEZ – Polytron Corporation

Find out who won our award for the Best Independent Game after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Best of 2012: Canadian Edition – Best Overall Shooter

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2012 was a year full of top-quality shooting games; there were big multiplayer blockbusters like HALO 4, Black Ops 2, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, and Borderlands 2. Then there were single-player adventures that featured some of the best stories this year including the cult-favourite Spec Ops: The Line, 2k’s The Darkness II, and Bethesda’s Dishonored.

It was also the year when Canadian-developed shooters brought their big guns (forgive the pun) to the ultra-competitive genre. Rockstar Vancouver brought us Max Payne’s third and most impressive adventure, Relic Entertainment brought us deeper into the ground war between man and Orks in Warhammer 40K Space Marine, Ubisoft Montreal dropped us into the deceptively beautiful, pirate-infested Rook Island in Far Cry 3, and Slant Six Games brought us back to the Raccoon City incident in their squad-shooter Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.

One thing was sure, there was no shortage of great shooters made in the great white north.

This year’s contenders are:

  • Max Payne 3 – Rockstar Vancouver
  • Far Cry 3 - Ubisoft Montreal
  • Warhammer 40K: Space Marine - Relic Entertainment/THQ
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City – Slant Six Games/Capcom

Find out who won our award for the Best Overall Shooter after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Best of 2012: Canadian Edition – Best Open World Game

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Here we go folks, that time of the year when we at JTM honour the best videogames Canada has offered in 2012. What better way to start things off than to give out our award for the best open-world game.

And oh boy were there lots to choose from this year. From the beautiful picturesque Rook Island in Far Cry 3, to the bustling city streets of Hong Kong in Sleeping Dogs, to the American frontier in Assassin’s Creed 3, open world games were at the forefront of triple-A Canadian blockbusters. In a way, these worlds became integral characters within the each of the games themselves; a place that ensured that the players were truly immersed in the game universe.

This year’s contenders are:

  • Far Cry 3 - Ubisoft Montreal
  • Sleeping Dogs - United Front Games
  • Assassin’s Creed 3 - Ubisoft Montreal
  • Prototype 2 – Radical Entertainment

Find out who won our award for the Best Open World Game after the break. Read the rest of this entry

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