My Top 3 Games and Albums of 2012

I mostly wrote about games this year, but sometimes instead of listening to butthurt players call you a retard you just want to listen to some tunes.  Here are my picks for the top 3 games of 2012 and some music to listen to while you play:  Music and games that’ll go together like Mountain Dew and Cheetos.  And mom’s basement.

Top 3 Games

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (PC)

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The modern day return of one of the best team-based FPS ever.  CS experienced its sophomore slump in (CS: Source) but fear not, CS:GO reintroduces the tight controls and precise shooting that made the original famous.  I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the community isn’t half bad either.  I somehow haven’t been witness to much nerd rage

in Competitive mode yet in 100+ hours played.  It’s on sale on Steam for $11.24 until Jan 5th.

 

Ragnarok Odyssey (PS Vita)

Ragnarok OdysseyThere are always a lot of comparisons to the Monster Hunter games.  The gameplay is much faster and features 6 classes: Sword Warrior, Assassin, Hammersmith, Hunter, Mage and Cleric.  The object of the game is to run missions and collect crafting materials, weapons and skill cards.  Materials are used to upgrade weapons and armor and skill cards contain boosts and/or penalties to statistics and can grant new abilities.

 

Persona 4 Golden (PS Vita)

Persona 4 Golden The long-awaited remake of the Playstation 2 JRPG, now available on PS Vita.  It’s a solid remake with updated graphics and additional content.

Honorable Mentions: Dishonored, PlanetSide 2, Guild Wars 2

 

Top 3 Albums

Black Moth Super Rainbow – Cobra Juicy

Cobra JuicyCobra Juicy is the follow up to Dandelion Gum that I had been waiting for.  It’s got the BMSR staples: vocoder, analog synths and an unsettling music video, but it also takes large strides forward.  Some of the songs are actually dancy, in fact.

 

 

 

Purity Ring  Shrines

ShrinesBeats, synths and Megan James’ great vocals combine to create a tight package of awesome electronic music.  This album also spawned an unlikely collaboration between Purity Ring and Danny Brown in the form of Belispeak II.  You’re going to want to bump this album.  Hard.

 

 

Beach House  Bloom

BloomBaltimore’s own Beach House returns with an amazing album of relaxed, dreamy vocals over soothing guitars.  You owe it to yourself to give this album a listen as you chill out.