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Vote: Best music, rhythm, or party game of 2012

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There's nothing like a good party game to get everyone playing together. Did you have a favourite in 2012?

There's nothing like a good party game to get everyone playing together. Did you have a favourite in 2012?

Here at the tail end of our 2012 game voting, we have now reached the grab-bag categories. It might seem odd to have a serious guitar trainer like Rocksmith in the same poll as party minigame collections like Nintendo Land, but it's as close as we can get to a cohesive category for these games.

While these kinds of releases don't get a lot of respect, there is a surprisingly large number of really excellent games on the list. Rocksmith was released in the US last year, but we Aussies had to wait until 2012 to get an official local release. I wrote a series of articles earlier in the year about using Rocksmith as a serious learning tool, and I was pleased with how much serious guitar playing it taught me.

Another favourite of mine in the list of nominees is Nintendo Land, the Wii U's technical showcase minigame collection. After playing some of its multiplayer offerings with friends recently, I am now getting frequent messages from those same friends, asking when we're going to play it again. That seems like a good sign.

Sound Shapes for the PS Vita was an oddball that I had trouble fitting into a category. It is kind of a platformer, but seeing how much music and rhythm is integrated into the action makes it feel like more of a rhythm game, hence its inclusion here. Whatever box you stick it in, it is a beautiful game featuring toe-tapping music and great visuals.

Another favourite among the Screen Play crowd was 3DS title Final Fantasy Theaterhythm, a strange hybrid of Japanese RPG and music game. Characters get into battles, and you have to tape and slide your stylus across the touch screen in time with the stirring Final Fantasy musical score to deliver killing blows. It's strange, but incredibly addictive.

Harmonix, creators of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, were back in 2012 with two new games. The first was their cut-down version of Rock band, played using a regular controller, called Rock Band Blitz. They also released a new edition of their consistently excellent Kinect exclusive dance franchise, Dance Central 3. Ubisoft also released a new edition of their motion-controlled dance series, Just Dance 4.

Now it's time to vote. Everyone can vote only once, for a single game, and you can type your own title into the "other" field if I have left out your favourite. Results are going to be revealed tomorrow, with the winning game entered in our Game of the Year poll. in the meantime, you can discuss your votes in the comments here.

Thanks for participating.

 - James "DexX" Dominguez

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4 comments so far

  • I put Double Fine Happy Action Theater into the other option to vote, I'm not sure if many people would have given this game a chance because it is a Kinect game but it is great to just have on in the background at a party for people to muck around in as they walk past and both my boys are obsessed with it.

    Commenter
    Blahzy
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    December 19, 2012, 8:27AM
    • Blahzy has a good point, I already voted for Dance Central 3 (I just can't stop dancing!), but thinking about it, there have been many parties where I put on Happy Action Theatre as it ticks all the boxes.

      Short rounds for short attention spans

      It gets people moving to keep them awake and alert, also cuts down the chancesof people getting "messy"

      It's not too active and won't tire anyone out too much that they have to have a nap.

      Non-competitive so we have no cranky losers

      Really easy to pick up the rules, so there's no one feeling left out

      Most of all, it's really fun!

      My vote is still with Dance Central 3 as it's pretty much my only source of Cardio and has managed to get rid of about 5kg this year.

      Commenter
      Snoxee
      Location
      werk
      Date and time
      December 19, 2012, 11:23AM
      • Was tempted to vote for Theaterhythm. That game is damned addictive!

        But I opted to vote put in Project Diva F on the "Other" category =P Just because...

        Commenter
        RocK_M
        Location
        I want chinese take-away!
        Date and time
        December 19, 2012, 1:10PM
        • Theatrhythm for me. I was surprised at its quality, and it's fairly addictive.

          Commenter
          Tiger
          Location
          Work
          Date and time
          December 19, 2012, 4:04PM

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