Whether you have someone on your list that you want to buy a gift for or whether you are shopping for yourself, the 2012 holiday season is fast approaching. Retailers either have already or will start discounting older items to make way for the new. If you are looking to buy video games, it is a great time to buy those great games that have been mostly overlooked by gamers. If you are shopping for someone else, they are less likely already own it and if you are shopping for yourself, you might just find a new franchise you love. The following are the best overlooked games of 2012.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 – Despite a strong advertising campaign, this sequel to Final Fantasy XIII didn’t quite get the attention it deserved. It is outright a better game than its predecessor. For any fan of the original, this game is a must buy.
SSX – Alternative sports games are a pretty niche genre, so unless you are a fan of snowboarding, you have probably never heard of this game. Unlike most sports games, the SSX games have consistently appealed to those who aren’t classically fond of sports games. This game is no exception and is worth buying while it is available.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning – Published by the now defunct 38 Studios, this game is a massive role playing game that is nearly as long as the more popular Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Since the publisher is now defunct, the game is likely to increase in price in the near future. Now is the time to buy this game. There is one caveat. The amazing combat system is actually pretty bad on the PC, so this game should only be purchased for a console.
Gotham City Impostors – Actually, since this game is free, there is basically no excuse not to pick it up. This Steam game is an imaginative, hilarious first person shooter, where you play a wanna-be super hero or super villain. Despite the good press, it was an easily overlooked game that is definitely worth owning.
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes – The LEGO series of games have been consistently irreverent to the source material while also being consistently good. This game continues the tradition. Released in late spring, it simply faced too much competition. It is a good game that got overshadowed by powerful franchises.
Torchlight II – Speaking of good games that got overshadowed by powerful franchises, Torchlight II is the poster child for that concept. This game was released at nearly the same time as Diablo III. Since both games play similarly, it is no surprise which got top billing. But don’t dismiss Torchlight II. It is arguably just as good without the annoyance of having to be online while playing single player mode.