The Ten Ton Hammer Best of 2012 Awards - Page 2

Posted Tue, Dec 18, 2012 by Sardu

Back in the day, shooter fans had much slimmer pickings when it came to worthwhile titles to choose from. With fewer releases in any given year, those that were truly worthy of a massive, loyal fan base quickly rose to prominence. The dividing lines were even more clearly defined once you factored in that online multiplayer modes were still a very hit-or-miss proposition in most cases (if they existed at all, depending on the title).

Man, how times have changed. These days, online shooters are a dime a dozen. It seems like a new one is released every few weeks, each clamoring for attention in an increasingly saturated market. For an online shooter to be worthy of notice, it needs to not only provide a truly original experience, but one that gives gamers ample reasons to invest their time in on an ongoing basis.

This is exactly what we were looking for when we sat down to decide on our winner for Best Online Shooter of 2012. While there were a few worthy contenders, at the end of the day it became readily apparent that only one title this year had that special something to take the genre boldly into the future rather than simply rehashing the same, tired old mechanics as has become all too common with online shooters these days.

With Planetside 2, Sony Online Entertainment has injected the online shooter space with a few key ingredients it has so desperately needed for a very long time. While a great setting and an even greater variety of weaponry certainly matter, Planetside 2 also adds meaningful persistence and player progression into the mix. It also packs in a reason for community interaction perhaps better than any other game released this year.

SOE tossed each of those ingredients into its magical MMO blender, and packaged the results in a free-to-play wrapper, all but eliminating the barrier for entry in the process. Even if running and gunning isn't your particular forte, the ability to make a meaningful contribution via your vehicular prowess by land or air only helps Planetside 2 stand out as the clear victor of our Best Online Shooter of 2012 award.

MAHAHAHAHA, how much did Turbine pay you to say what you said... Mounted combat is a joke... Im a veteran player of Lord Of The RIngs, and the game is in worse shape than it ever has been... I have been playing since day 1... The community is starting to turn into World Of Warcrafts community.. The game is laggy, Mounted Combat is broke, You Rubberband all over the place, due to the servers not being able to keep up with our clients, at least this is what we have to assume, since Turbine wont give us an official statement on whats going on.. raids are broken.. HEAVY IN YOUR FACE MONITIZATION Im sorry, go read the forums if you dont belive me. You will see for yourself.

Even though the mounted combat is cool I have to say Storm Legion brought so much more to the table.Trion is actually surpassing many people's expectation's with this xpac,it's hard to do that in today's mmo climate.Confused at the choice.

This sounds more like an editorial page than results from an actual contest.

There is far more "right" with the Riders of Rohan expansion than there are problems, and to the person who posted about rubberbanding and other issues, I can only say that I certainly haven't experienced them (and yes, I have been playing for a very long time). Futhermore, the LOTRO community remains the most mature-minded player base of any MMO out there. Sure, there are people who are annoying, exploitive, or just down right idiots but if you want to see just how bad it gets in open chat, feel free to log into any other game; LOTRO players as a rule are far more positive and polite. Also, the developers and community liaisons have worked hard to keep players updated with the status of bugs and the general direction in which they're heading...moreso than in any other games I've played.

The short of it: RoR was a massive undertaking and while there remains some tweaking to be done, the devs have done a fantastic job. Any Tolkein fan - any game fan can appreciate their work by experiencing the high level of immersion and great attention to detail in this expansion as is.

The community is starting to turn into World Of Warcrafts community. Is it not?

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