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Weekly wrap-up: Goodbye 2012 edition

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Posted by: David Sanchez

Well, it looks like 2012 is just about wrapping up, and we’ve covered a lot of content over the past 12 months. Hell, we’ve covered a ton of gaming reviews, previews, and more over the last month. Let’s take a look back at the last few weeks of 2012 here on GameZone. Happy New Year to all of our readers. Be safe!

Reviews

Review: Cognition Episode 1 ungraves believable drama, and you’re holding the shovel

This adventure game manages to deliver great storytelling and gripping gameplay.

Review: Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition on Wii U is challenging, charming, and cheery

While not exactly loaded with content, this Wii U rendition of the 3DS platformer is solid and worth downloading.

Review: Ratchet and Clank launch a Full Frontal Assault on tower defense games, with above average results

One of Sony’s mainstay duos is back in yet another strong installment of Ratchet and Clank, this time adding some new gameplay elements.

Review: Lego Lord of the Rings stumbles on its journey to the PS Vita

This portable fantasy adventure is anything but epic, grand, majestic, triumphant ... well, you get the  idea. It blows.

Review: Family Guy: Back To the Multiverse is a licensed project gone horribly bad

Remember the time when games based on licensed franchises were awesome all the time? Yeah, we don’t, either.

Review: The Critter Chronicles is a few penguins short of adventure

Adventure games! Sadly, not all of them are good, and Critter Chronicles is a perfect example of that.

Review: Tropico 4 Gold Edition offers the best of both third-worlds

So much Tropico, so little time. So yeah, get to it because Gold Edition will keep you busy for a while.

Review: Perixx MX-1000 gaming mouse is both impressive and inexpensive

You get a lot of good mouse gaming quality for a small price with this one.

Review: Under Defeat HD achieves a modest victory

If you’re a fan of shoot ‘em ups, you’ll likely enjoy the intense action of this romp.

Review: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City iOS makes a glorious, cheap return on the mobile front

One of the most iconic games of all time goes mobile and succeeds once more. Car-jacking never gets old!

Review: Rift: Storm Legion offers a ton of content

Storm Legion gives Rift players something definitely worth writing home about: a buttload of new content.

Review: Skylanders Giants stomps onto Wii U with authority

The sequel to the awesome Skylanders lands on the Wii U and delivers a truly enjoyable adventure. Also, toys!

Review: The Hobbit juggles too many expectations and can't meet them all

The Hobbit delivers a wondrous fantasy experience that isn’t perfect but is certainly impressive.

Review: Skullcandy's PLYR 2 Wireless Gaming Headset offers plenty of bang for the buck

This thing isn’t cheap, but it’s certainly a worthwhile investment. Plus, dat sound quality!

Review: Funky Barn is a delightful farming game with the case of uglies

You should totally buy this neat little farming game ... after it gets a price reduction, that is.

Review: Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition is the definitive caped crusader experience

The Dark Knight lands on Nintendo’s latest console and kicks a ton of ass in what can only be called a stellar version of Arkham City.

Review: Big Sky Infinity fails to live up to its wide open potential

Despite the fact that it’s a completely competent shooter, too many issues keep this title from delivering the great experience it could have.

Review: Jack Reacher is a discount crime novel turned Hollywood cinema

If you’re looking for a flick that’s on par with a crime novel, you’ll definitely dig this.

Review: Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2013 makes you the prey – to awful gameplay on the Wii U

This game will probably make you want to get eaten by a bear.

Review: Rapala Pro Bass Fishing is a decent, yet gimmicky Wii U experience

This fishing title is actually pretty enjoyable, and it certainly doesn’t make you want to get eaten by an animal like that shoddy game above.

Review: Black Knight Sword is one of the prettiest games of the year but sadly nothing more

Despite offering some of the best art seen in a game all year, this project fails to give players a worthwhile gameplay experience.

Battlefield 3: Aftermath presents destruction in its most glorious form

Want more Battlefield 3? If so, Aftermath gives you what you want, and it does so in an impressive manner.

Review: Django Unchained is Tarantino at his indulgent best

So what if this isn’t the typical holiday flick? Go watch this impressively awesome Tarantino film ASAP.

Previews

Preview: Company of Heroes 2 has some great potential

We take a look at the next entry in Company of Heroes, and we like what we see.

Preview: Shootmania Storm brings first-person shooting back to basics

If you’re looking for non-stop FPS action, keep an eye on Shootmania.

Preview: The Cave is an intriguing puzzle/platformer hybrid

Aside from being a promising title in terms of its mechanics, the dark tone of The Cave is definitely appealing.

Preview: Marvel Heroes is part Diablo, part MMO, all awesome

Yup, we’re excited about a Marvel MMO. Insane, right?

Tags: Reviews, Previews, GZ Originals

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