It's that time of year again, folks! As the rumour mill and PR trains slow to a halt, it gives us a chance to reflect upon the last twelve months and pick out a few highlights.
We've already run our season of individual staff picks, and now it's time to go out on a limb and select the finest games that 2012 has had to offer. From now until the end of the month, you can expect at least one award to be announced per day, with Readers' Choice voting for your game of the year opening on the 31st.
It's been a year of ups and downs, but we've unarguably seen more risk-taking, more of a desire to swerve (however slightly) from the well-worn track. We've seen big franchises see significant change, new IPs galore, risky restorations and reboots, and an even greater variety of ways for creatives to get their games in front of audiences.
As usual, there'll be a ranging editorial looking back over 2012 at the end of the month, and you can be sure that we'll be podcasting expansively on the year in review. But for now, check out the awards timetable below, stick that debating cap on, grab a mince pie and some mulled wine, and get ready to plunge into some serious discussions in the comments section. It's GOTY 2012 time and, in the words of Run-DMC, it'll go a little something like this...
- December 19th - Best New IP
- December 20th - Best Multiplayer Game & Best MMO
- December 21st - Best Driving/Racing Game
- December 22nd - Best Platform/Puzzle Game
- December 23rd - Best Strategy Game & Best Fighter
- December 24th - Best Sports Game
- December 25th - Best Download/Marketplace Game & Best Indie Game
- December 26th - Best Portable Game
- December 27th - Best RPG
- December 28th - Best Shooter
- December 29th - Best Action/Adventure Game
- December 30th - Game of the Year 2012
- December 31st - Reader's Choice Voting Opens
- January 1st - Top Ten Underdogs of 2012
- January 2nd - Most Anticipated for 2013
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Thunderdome! Set out your stalls, step up to your soapboxes, it's time to champion your games of the year too. Get stuck in with some double-barrelled rhetoric and scorchingly nuclear opinion. It's been a year of quality over quantity, and we've all been winners when all's said and done. But with the icy wind whipping through the streets, let's warm ourselves by the fires of opinionated smack talk and a lot of hot fuss.