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Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

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Matt Gardner
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Borderlands 2, Dishonored, Far Cry 3, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Guild Wars 2, Halo 4, Sleeping Dogs, The Walking Dead, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

Typically, with our small staff size, there's simply no way we get to play all of the best games each in a given year, there's simply too much reviewing to be done. It can often make these end of year debates rather personal, with individual writers championing games that have had a personal effect on them, and the shortlists get longer and longer. There came a point where I was worried there'd be no overlap, that the internal voting process would yield only singular choices, rather than clear frontrunners.

Of course, all that really means is that the true winners of 2012 have been the consumers. We've seen genres busted wide open, brave new approaches to distribution and development, new ways to get projects off of the ground and in front of an audiences, new IPs when "experts" declared there'd be none. There have been mechanical marvels, fresh waves of indie innovation, sublime storytelling, wondrous worlds in which to wander.

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Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

Borderlands 2

We described Borderlands 2 as "the best co-op shooter of its generation" and it still holds true to that accolade. Outstanding AI, superlative scripting, one of this generation's finest villains in Handsome Jack, and more loot than we knew what to do with, Borderlands 2 was a huge step up from its predecessor. Not that Borderlands 1 wasn't great, it's just that its bigger, badder, bolder brother was so very pleasing.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

Dishonored

Dishonored did better than simply revive the stealth genre, it made us wonder why the hell it went away in the first place. Arkane delivered a blank canvas in Corvo Attano, with a commendably mature approach to player freedom that asked much of you, and delivered ultimate gameplay satisfaction in return. In Dunwall, we had one of the finest video game worlds of this generation. Nothing short of astonishing.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

Dragon's Dogma

It was broken in places, and Gransys was one of the more forgettable worlds we've seen from an RPG, but Dragon's Dogma was one hell of an endearing game. Breathtaking combat, an innovative Pawn mechanic, and deep customisation options made it a firm favourite in spite of its flaws. Plus, the opportunity to take down a hole bunch of mythical beasts made it all the sweeter. Refreshingly mature.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 undoubtedly takes took the SP crown in the shooter category this year. Magnificently epic in scale, stuffed with things to do, and set in a living, breathing jungle, Far Cry 3 empowered the player to become the ultimate tropical predator, with a cracking story and lashings of immersion.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

Guild Wars 2

It touted a rather bold MMO manifesto in the run up to its release, and while it didn’t quite match all the claims they were hoping for, what they did deliver provided the biggest shake-up to the genre in years. With a huge world that was an explorers paradise, personal stories that went in the direction the player wished, a scaling system that meant no content ever got out-levelled, and more PvP options than you could shake a Quaggan at, it gave players a complete MMO experience, all without an subscription.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

Halo 4

343 Industries were up against it, the pressure must have been huge. Yet, with Microsoft's biggest frnachise in their hands, they pulled off the incredible: not only did the match up to Bungie's predecessors, they even managed to surpass some of them. Halo 4's campaign was excellent, but it was in the multiplayer modes that 343 really pulled out all of the stops. War Games is still giving us tons of fun, with expanded loadouts and greater gameplay variety than ever before. And then there was Spartan Ops: yes, there were examples of some lazy content recycling, but we've simply been having too much fun to care. An utter blast.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

Journey

Gloriously life-affirming, utterly transcendental, Journey was one of those few games that not only provided a thoroughly unique experience, but also deeply personal one too. It didn't matter whether or not you considered it art, or even if you defined it as a "game", one thing was for sure: it was absolutely unmissable.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs was this year's little-big game that could. Dropped by Activision whilst it was still True Crime: Hong Kong, Square Enix snapped it up after a year in the wilderness and dropped it over the summer. Wei Shen's adventures provided the perfect antidote to the traditional sunny lull. Perfectly sized, utterly OTT, United Front Games refused to take themselves too seriously, instead providing an immaculately balanced open world game, stuffed with things to do, and supported with a near endless stream of cracking DLC.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

The Walking Dead

Telltale could perhaps have structured their releases with a little more organisatiion, and maybe fixed that infuriating cross-platform savegame bug, but otherwise there was little to complain about from The Standout Storytelling Experience of the Year. A cracking adventure game, with some utterly fantastic scripting and voice work, Telltale's take on Kirkman and co.'s zombie-ridden franchise was miles ahead of the TV series, and showed BioWare that it's possible to pull off a brave ending without compromise. There were tears. So many tears.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

Uncharted Golden Abyss

A staggering technical achievement, and undoubtedly the lead launch title for the Vita, Golden Abyss carried on the series’ tradition of excellent adventure games with all the familiar elements working fantastically on the new handheld. The list of collectibles had us replaying it obsessively, the Vita’s unique control features were used to fantastic effect, and the bar was set incredibly high.

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2012

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown was a sensational game and a truly exquisite reboot. We fell in love with the series all over again, even as Firaxis blew the classic turn-based formula wide open for new players to consume and enjoy. Sid Meier and co. gave us the freedom to make many terrible choices over the course of countless non-linear campaigns, but the first one was simple: buy the damn thing!

Previously in this year's season of Game of the Year awards, we've dealt with difficult decisions by looking at the nature of the genre in question, searching for innovation from the games in question, forward-thinking approaches to development and distribution, value and longevity in content and effect, and how the games in question might define, or in some cases redefine, those genres.

But when it came to Game of the Year, presented with a clipped shortlist of Dishonored, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Far Cry 3, Journey, and The Walking Dead, we had to cross genre boundaries. There were games on the shortlist that didn't play by the book, so we threw the book out of the window.

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Saints Row: The Third | £10.99 | Amazon | PS3 / Xbox 360

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Action Games, PS3 games, Saints Row: The Third, Xbox 360 games

Saints Row: The Third | £10.99 | Amazon | PS3 / Xbox 360

Eight quid for anarchic, purple-tinnged, dildo-stuffed fun times? Oh go on then...

It's an Amazon lightning deal, though, so don't bother going to the product page, simply hit the link and scroll down to the lightning deal list. Deal goes live at 15:19. Great spot Waju @ HUKD.

Renegade Ops | £1.75 | Green Man Gaming | PC

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Avalanche Studios, PC games, Renegade Ops, Sega
Renegade Ops | £1.75 | Green Man Gaming | PC
  • What: Renegade Ops
  • Where: Green Man Gaming
  • Current Price: £1.75 (use code GMG30-DPLIM-DN831)

Renegade Ops is a nitro-injected, napalm-spewing and visceral twist on the twin-stick shooter genre; throwing players head first into enormous battlegrounds in devastating all terrain vehicles. While the singleplayer campaign is a little on the repetitive side, getting some mates involved leads to outrageous and hilarious consequences.

Civilization V: Gods And Kings | £2.10 | Green Man Gaming| PC

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Civilization V: Gods And Kings, PC games, Strategy games

Civilization V: Gods And Kings | £2.10 | Green Man Gaming| PC

New civilization, new units, new technologies, improved naval warfare, and the addition of religion are some of the features added in the Gods And Kings expansion. It's a 24 hour deal so get moving. Thanks to cannibalwombat @ HUKD!

Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition | 600 MSP | Xbox LIVE

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Capcom, Fighting Games, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition, Xbox 360 games

Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition | 600 MSP | Xbox LIVE

  • What: Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition
  • Where: Xbox LIVE
  • Current Price: 600 MSP

This is how you a digital redux: revamped visuals, a remixed soundtrack, bonus content, new tournament and spectator modes, YouTube integration, and now it's down to 600 MSP.

Thanks BTL.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Action/Adventure Game

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Best Action/Adventure 2012, Darksiders II, Dishonored, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Journey, Sleeping Dogs, The Walking Dead, Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Action/Adventure Game

Ah, the problem genre. Action/Adventure is that broad spectrum zone for shooters that also dabble in platforming and puzzling, for hack'n'slashers, point'n'clickers, open world expanses, daredevil blockbuster action, and indie darlings that aren't necessarily obvious enough to have a home elsewhere.

As such, it's been an utter bastard to call...

NB. Click on the thumbnails for price comparisons and the game's title for the relevant review where available.

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Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Action/Adventure Game

Darksiders II

Darksiders II did pretty much everything right. It built upon its predecessor in terms of combat, presentation, longevity, replayability, and fat mounds of loot. Unfortunately, the only misstep was releasing within days of Sleeping Dogs, which was also awesome.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Action/Adventure Game

Dishonored

Dishonored did better than simply revive the stealth genre, it made us wonder why the hell it went away in the first place. Arkane delivered a blank canvas in Corvo Attano, with a commendably mature approach to player freedom that asked much of you, and delivered ultimate gameplay satisfaction in return. In Dunwall, we had one of the finest video game worlds of this generation. Nothing short of astonishing.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Action/Adventure Game

Dragon's Dogma

It was broken in places, and Gransys was one of the more forgettable worlds we've seen from an RPG, but Dragon's Dogma was one hell of an endearing game. Breathtaking combat, an innovative Pawn mechanic, and deep customisation options made it a firm favourite in spite of its flaws. Plus, the opportunity to take down a hole bunch of mythical beasts made it all the sweeter. Refreshingly mature.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Action/Adventure Game

Journey

Gloriously life-affirming, utterly transcendental, Journey was one of those few games that not only provided a thoroughly unique experience, but also deeply personal one too. It didn't matter whether or not you considered it art, or even if you defined it as a "game", one thing was for sure: it was absolutely unmissable.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Action/Adventure Game

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs was this year's little-big game that could. Dropped by Activision whilst it was still True Crime: Hong Kong, Square Enix snapped it up after a year in the wilderness and dropped it over the summer. Wei Shen's adventures provided the perfect antidote to the traditional sunny lull. Perfectly sized, utterly OTT, United Front Games refused to take themselves too seriously, instead providing an immaculately balanced open world game, stuffed with things to do, and supported with a near endless stream of cracking DLC.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Action/Adventure Game

The Walking Dead

Telltale could perhaps have structured their releases a little better, and maybe fixed that infuriating cross-platform savegame bug, but otherwise there was little to complain about from The Standout Storytelling Experience of the Year. A cracking adventure game, with some utterly fantastic scripting and voice work, Telltale's take on Kirkman and co.'s zombie-ridden franchise was miles ahead of the TV series, and showed BioWare that it's possible to pull off a brave ending without compromise. There were tears. So many tears.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Action/Adventure Game

Uncharted Golden Abyss

A staggering technical achievement, and undoubtedly the lead launch title for the Vita, Golden Abyss carried on the series’ tradition of excellent adventure games with all the familiar elements working fantastically on the new handheld. The list of collectibles had us replaying it obsessively, the Vita’s unique control features were used to fantastic effect, and the bar was set incredibly high.

Click here to read more...

Daily Bite: Final Fantasy Painting

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Matt Gardner
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Funnies
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Daily Bite

Shanna May is back with a really rather excellent painting of Ms. Oerba dia Vanille...

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Shooter

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Best Shooter 2012, Binary Domain, Black Ops 2, Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Halo 4, Spec Ops: The Line

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Shooter

It didn't matter if you wanted to play with or without company; if you were looking for an expansive, open-world bundle of gunplay, or a tightly focused corridor shooter; it didn't matter if you preferred your MP co-operative or competitive; whether you were a fan of the super-serious, or the terrifically tongue-in-cheek...2012 had what you needed, and it had it in swathes.

NB. Click on the thumbnails for price comparisons and the game's title for the relevant review where available.

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Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Shooter

Binary Domain

Like the very best mad scientists, Binary Domain proved incredibly entertaining, stuffed with smart ideas, and occasionally got things wrong. But the very fact that it tried to innovate in such a relatively lazy genre was worthy of applause. Boasting some incredible boss battles, slick gunplay, and a cracking story, Binary Domain threw off any Gears-clone tag it might have attracted and became a barnstorming title that married the best East and West had to offer.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Shooter

Black Ops II

As usual, Call of Duty delivered another comprehensive content package this year, with Treyarch making tweaks here and there to expand and enhance rather than overhauling. Reliably excellent fun as always, the simple -yet brilliant- revolution of giving players total freedom to tailor their loadout made Black Ops II a joy to play. Not many new modes to speak of, but existing party favourites, deathmatch options and shiny futuristic boomsticks made it a surefire online MP hit, with an excellent singleplayer campaign to boot. Another stunning content offering that saw Treyarch step out of Infinity Ward's shadow and become COD's premier dev team.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Shooter

Borderlands 2

We described Borderlands 2 as "the best co-op shooter of its generation" and it still holds true to that accolade. Outstanding AI, superlative scripting, one of this generation's finest villains in Handsome Jack, and more loot than we knew what to do with, Borderlands 2 was a huge step up from its predecessor. Not that Borderlands 1 wasn't great, it's just that its bigger, badder, bolder brother was so very pleasing.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Shooter

Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 undoubtedly takes took the SP crown in the shooter category this year. Magnificently epic in scale, stuffed with things to do, and set in a living, breathing jungle, Far Cry 3 empowered the player to become the ultimate tropical predator, with a cracking story and lashings of immersion.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Shooter

Halo 4

343 Industries were up against it, the pressure must have been huge. Yet, with Microsoft's biggest frnachise in their hands, they pulled off the incredible: not only did the match up to Bungie's predecessors, they even managed to surpass some of them. Halo 4's campaign was excellent, but it was in the multiplayer modes that 343 really pulled out all of the stops. War Games is still giving us tons of fun, with expanded loadouts and greater gameplay variety than ever before. And then there was Spartan Ops: yes, there were examples of some lazy content recycling, but we've simply been having too much fun to care. An utter blast.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Shooter

Spec Ops: The Line

Providing probably the most striking narrative we've seen in the shooter genre for some time, Spec Ops: The Line was Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Coppola's Apocalypse Now relocated to a seemingly post-apocalyptic Dubai. As a pure shooter it was admittedly lacking, but excellent presentation, a storming Vietnam-era soundtrack, thought-provoking writing, and a barnstorming performance from a nearly unrecognisable Nolan North rendered it one of the greatest surprise packages of the year.

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L.A. Noire: Complete Edition | £6.24 | Steam | PC

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Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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Adventure Games, L.A. Noire, PC games
L.A. Noire: Complete Edition | £6.24 | Steam | PC

Missed Gamefly's £6.25 deal just before Christmas? Don't worry, Steam have it a penny cheaper than that price for the next 30 hours. If you're not bothered about the DLC, you can nab the straight-up regular version of the game for under a fiver at £4.99.

If you still haven't picked up L.A. Noire yet, your apathy has been rewarded by another cheap price for the complete edition (including all of the DLC cases).

Borderlands 2 | £10.50 (download) | GMG | PC

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Borderlands 2, FPS games, PC games

Borderlands 2 | £10.50 (download) | GMG | PC

Here are the important things to know. Is it a good deal? Yes. Is it the best co-op shooter of its generation? Probably. Will this digital download register on Steam? Indeed.

Make it happen, and wipe the smile face off of Handsome Jack's face. Great spot by gamestraderjames over on HUKD.

Hitman: Absolution | £14 | Amazon| PS3 / 360

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Hitman: Absolution, Io Interactive, PS3 games, Square Enix, Xbox 360 games

Hitman: Absolution | £14 | Amazon| PS3 / 360

Lightning deal indeed! There's less than an hour to go on this one, but hit the link above, scroll down to the lightning deals and you'll find both console versions of Hitman Absolution nestled in amongst the rapid-fire price drops so you can enjoy Codename 47's bat-shit crazy latest adventure for just £14.

Thanks Alex.

The Walking Dead: Episodes 1-5 | 800 MSP | Xbox LIVE

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Adventure Games, Telltale Games, The Walking Dead, Xbox 360 games

The Walking Dead: Episodes 1-5 | 800 MSP | Xbox LIVE

The Walking Dead was frankly one of the video game events of the year...in fact, it mustered five of them. Going for 400 MSP per episode on release, for today only you can nab Episode 1 completely FREE on Xbox LIVE and get the other four at 200 MSP per episode.

It's a no-brainer. Do it. Do it now!

Cheers, Alex.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best RPG

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Best RPG 2012, Borderlands 2, Dragon's Dogma, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Mass Effect 3, Torchlight II

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best RPG

It didn't matter if you were a Western RPG fan, or a connoisseur of JRPGs; whether you were in it for the story, the combat, the epic loot, or all of the above, there was an RPG for you this year. Many of them were hybrids, many had taken on elements from other genres in a bid to grow and expand, many of them were franchised entities, building on games that had come before in evolutionary manner. Projects went abandoned, revision left untouched, there were timesinks aplenty - too many worlds to save, characters to get to know, destinies to fulfil, and legacies to forge.

And loot. So much awesome loot.

NB. Click on the thumbnails for price comparisons and the game's title for the relevant review where available.

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Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best RPG

Borderlands 2

We described Borderlands 2 as "the best co-op shooter of its generation" and it still holds true to that accolade. Outstanding AI, superlative scripting, one of this generation's finest villains in Handsome Jack, persistent RPG mechanics and upgrades, and more loot than we knew what to do with, Borderlands 2 was a huge step up from its predecessor. Not that Borderlands 1 wasn't great, it's just that its bigger, badder, bolder brother was so very pleasing.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best RPG

Dragon's Dogma

It was broken in places, and Gransys was one of the more forgettable worlds we've seen from an RPG, but Dragon's Dogma was one hell of an endearing game. Breathtaking combat, an innovative Pawn mechanic, and deep customisation options made it a firm favourite in spite of its flaws. Plus, the opportunity to take down a hole bunch of mythical beasts made it all the sweeter. Refreshingly mature.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best RPG

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Square delivered a game that built upon, and corrected a number of the mistakes of, its predecessor, whilst sacrificing none of what made FFXIII an attractive proposition in the first place. This was a game that made few concessions to genre unbelievers, preferring to reward the faithful with some fine examples of fan service. It wasn't perfect, and it doesn't quite stand on its own two feet, but rather made a bid to be the game that FFXIII should have been...and it largely succeeded.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best RPG

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Big Huge Games made a big huge game, and one that was good for hundreds of hours of addictive questing. The brilliant combat and compelling skill system deserved stronger characters and a more imaginative, less insipid setting, but Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning absolutely nailed the 'Playing Game' aspect of RPGs. With gameplay this good, we were willing to forgive the compromise in the 'Role' department.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best RPG

Mass Effect 3

The third and final entry in the Mass Effect trilogy was a stunning achievement. The combat systems were better than ever, the multiplayer hugely enjoyable, and there was a sense of scale and heightened emotion that drove everything. But it was the excellent pacing and wonderful writing that rung out, providing us with some of the most memorable moments in videogaming. It's just a shame that BioWare rushed and ruined the ending. The journey was sublime; the destination found utterly wanting.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best RPG

The Last Story

If last year's JRPG spectacular - Xenoblade Chronicles - gave us forward-thinking genre pinnacle for our times, this year's The Last Story sought to create the definitive traditional JRPG. Sakaguchi's opus was beautiful, and gave the Wii a fittingly epic swansong.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best RPG

Torchlight II

Runic Games may have less than 40 developers on staff, but they delivered what was perhaps the best loot grinder since Diablo II. Practically perfect in every way, it shamed Blizzard's third effort in the aforementioned franchise through comprehensive content and exquisite execution.

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Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Portable Game

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Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Best Portable Game 2012, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Gravity Rush, LittleBigPlanet Vita, Motorstorm RC, Pokemon Black/White 2, Resident Evil Revelations, Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Portable Game

With Nintendo's 3DS  hitting its stride just  in time for Christmas last year , and with Sony prepped to come out swinging with the Vita early this year, handheld fans we salivating over the prospects that 2012 seemed to hold. The reality? Well, the Vita has had one or two stellar titles, though nothing perhaps that's really come to define the platform, not at a premium level anyway. In all honesty, too, the titles we've most been excited for on the 3DS ended up getting pushed back into 2013, with Fire Emblem, Luigi's Mansion 2, Animal Crossing,  and Castlevania all due to hit in the next few months.

That said, there have been a few standouts for portable fans this year...

NB. Click on the thumbnails for price comparisons and the game's title for the relevant review where available.

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Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Portable Game

Gravity Rush

By setting you down in a strikingly rendered game world and giving you an incredibly unique way to explore it, Gravity Rush joined the select handful of games that occupied us for hours on the basis of mechanics alone. Toyama's decision to move away from survival horror resulted in a game of dazzling beauty in both function and form. It wasn't perfect, but it was pretty darn special.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Portable Game

LittleBigPlanet Vita

LittleBigPlanet Vita was a triumph of handheld development, an unprecedented creative outlet that will remain relevant, varied and important throughout the console's lifespan. The campaign was great fun while it lasted, and once the community got into full swing, it literally became the last Vita game you'd ever need.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Portable Game

MotorStorm RC

The cheapest of the Vita's launch titles turned out to be the most enjoyable, and the one we'd find ourselves constantly returning to over the course of the year. A fantastic retro-flavoured racer with some wonderfully futuristic elements, MotorStorm RC proved that the Vita can carry off sub-£5 games with aplomb, and paved the way for some very interesting cross-platform opportunities to come, even if that potential for the platform was questionably fulfilled.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Portable Game

Pokemon Black/White 2

Black & White version 2 refined Pokemon's gameplay into its most capable and enjoyable shape to date. Despite several issues in the disbelief department, these were two fantastic timesinks, with the series' best rival to date, a huge array of Pokemon to collect and train up, and an impressive array of MP options. Shame Nintendo couldn't quite bring themselves to fully slap it on the 3DS.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Portable Game

Resident Evil: Revelations

Resident Evil: Revelations was a sensational portable title that made full use of the 3DS' capabilities, and proved a great addition to the franchise in its own right. Impressive value and a masterful multiplayer mode elevated Capcom's latest to the upper echelons of handheld gaming this year.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Portable Game

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy succeeded on every level, as a point attack rhythm game, nostalgia trip, persistent RPG, and inescapable addiction. It was an utterly essential purchase and killer app for 3DS-owning Final Fantasy fans, and well worth checking out even if you're just looking for a quirky new experience. We'd love a sequel, if only to give Theatrhythm the only thing it lacked: its own voice.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Portable Game

Uncharted Golden Abyss

A staggering technical achievement, and undoubtedly the lead launch title for the Vita, Golden Abyss carried on the series’ tradition of excellent adventure games with all the familiar elements working fantastically on the new handheld. The list of collectibles had us replaying it obsessively, the Vita’s unique control features were used to fantastic effect, and the bar was set incredibly high.

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Daily Bite: Mario Warfare

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If you liked it, they even have a Kickstarter...

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Best Download/Marketplace Game 2012, Fez, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Journey, Mark of the Ninja, Minecraft: 360 Edition, The Unfinished Swan, The Walking Dead, Trials Evolution

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Once again, the virtual marketplaces had an absolutely barnstorming year. Even if you never bought a boxed game in 2012, you would have found yourself with an overwhelming array of quality to keep you entertained this year. One again, the highest of bars in this category can be recognised from those that didn't quite make the cut to the final shortlist. Exceptional honourable mentions must go to Alan Wake's American Nightmare, Joe Danger: The Movie, Papo & Yo, Sine Mora, Sound Shapes I Am Alive, Pid, and Awesomenauts.

It was a hard job, be it had to be done. Eventually we whittled down the shortlist to eight:

NB. Click on the thumbnails for price comparisons and the game's title for the relevant review where available.

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Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Dust: An Elysian Tail

Dust: An Elysian Tail may have taken more than three years for Dodrill to create, but the result was truly time well spent. The great thing about indie games is that they don't follow convention and they refuse to be pigeonholed... but let's do it anyway in the broadest possible terms. If Fez was 2012's Braid, then Dust: An Elysian Tail was quite possibly its Bastion.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Fez

In many ways, Fez reminded us of Portal. Both create moments of supreme frustration in the player at the limits of knowledge and understanding, and both provide exceptional payoffs when the player finally overcomes those hurdles. If you were willing to play the game and truly get involved, Fez rewarded you time and time again. With its simple conceit (and fantastic execution), Fez took a commendably mature approach to letting you discover things for yourself. It was a flawed work of brilliance to be sure (*cough* patches), but brilliance nonetheless.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Journey

Gloriously life-affirming, utterly transcendental, Journey was one of those few games that not only provided a thoroughly unique experience, but also deeply personal one too. It didn't matter whether or not you considered it art, or even if you defined it as a "game", one thing was for sure: it was absolutely unmissable.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Mark of the Ninja

Shank was good, Mark of the Ninja was better. In ditching OTT action for graceful, shadowy stealth, Klei made a great game, not just a good one. It's rare to see true stealth embraced in such emphatic fashion these days, with publishers impressing on all parts of the industry that we gamers must be constantly stimulated and can't possibly appreciate games that require patience or, god forbid, thought. But this was a title that thrilled us with its clandestine delights. It's a bold, brave game to have placed so many of its eggs in one stealthy, shadowy basket, but it was undoubtedly one of the finest XBLA games of the year, and a stunning end to a somewhat flat Summer of Arcade because of it.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Minecraft: 360 Edition

It's Minecraft, opptimised for 360. And it was brilliant, but then, what did you expect?!

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

The Unfinished Swan

Who would have thought that you'd be able to produce a thoroughly compelling, utterly unique storytelling experience, with motion control at the very core. Well, that's exactly what The Unfinished Swan achieved this year. Dazzlingly original, The Unfinished Swan was a modern classic - a delightful interactive fairytale that finally gave us a resounding reason to pick up a Move controller.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

The Walking Dead

Telltale could perhaps have structured their releases a little better, and maybe fixed that infuriating cross-platform savegame bug, but otherwise there was little to complain about from The Standout Storytelling Experience of the Year. A cracking adventure game, with some utterly fantastic scripting and voice work, Telltale's take on Kirkman and co.'s zombie-ridden franchise was miles ahead of the TV series, and showed BioWare that it's possible to pull off a brave ending without compromise. There were tears. So many tears.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Trials Evolution

As well as being bastard hard, Trials Evolution was also enormous fun. Whether shaving nanoseconds off of your times, or enjoying the pick-up-and-play appeal of the multiplayer modes and racing your friends, Trials Evolution delivered ultimate satisfaction and boundless entertainment. Better yet, RedLynx took a leaf out of Media Molecule's book, providing a comprehensive level editor that has ensured that there's not been a week gone by this year without having engaged in some fast and furious motorcross platforming. Unmissable.

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