Best of 2012

Best of 2012

Game Of The Year – Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3

This compelling, thoroughly entertaining open-world shooter places you in the heart of a modern nightmare. Kidnapped on a tropical island by slave traders, you must overcome immense odds to rescue your friends from a psychopathic warlord and his crack-addicted army. Far Cry 3 blew me away with it’s high quality from start to finish. It looks stunning, plays flawlessly and thoroughly entertains. The voice-acting is of the best I have ever heard in a videogame; Michael Mando, who plays unstable henchman, Vaas, is absolutely outstanding. Far Cry 3 manages to create a living, evolving world to immerse in. This truly is an ‘open-world’, where one can simply sit back and witness wild animals fight to maintain the food-chain, whilst natives battle slave traders for dominance. The vast, beautifully crafted tropical island is packed with missions, challenges and treasures to unearth.

I have been aching for a really good open-world, stealth-shooter for a while and Far Cry 3 vastly exceeds my expectations.

Shooter Of The Year – Far Cry 3

See above.

Action Game Of The Year – Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs

Gritty, dark and violent, this stylish thriller immersed me into a world of Chinese street-gangs and undercover cops with ease. The open-world, Hong kong cityscape provides an exciting backdrop to play good or bad cop, as you embed ever-deeper into sleazy gang-life. A wide range of missions, races, collectables and DLC make a potentially huge game. If only it had multiplayer PvP Kung-Fu tournaments.

Adventure Game Of The Year – The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

Enter an apocalyptic world, besieged by zombies, in this emotional adventure that is guaranteed to pull your heart-strings.

Role Playing Game of The Year – Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3

The third episode of the popular science-fiction series was met with mixed feelings from fans but it’s still the best space-based RPG out there.

Strategy Game Of The Year – XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM Enemy Unknown

This reboot of the classic strategy series provided countless hours of extra-terrestrial based fun.

Arcade Racing Game Of The Year – Need For Speed: Most Wanted 2012

NFS Most Wanted 2012
Race cars, escape cops and smash through your own face at high speed.

Simulation Racing Game Of The Year –  F1 2012

F1 2012The only sim-racing game that I have the patience to play.

Sports Game Of The Year – FIFA 13

FIFA 13The only sports game I have any inclination to play.

Platformer Of The Year – Thomas Was Alone

Thomas Was Alone

Beautiful, ethereal and enchanting. Wonderful narration by Danny Wallace and superb ambient soundtrack by David and Paul Housden.

Free To Play Game Of The Year – Planetside 2

Planetside 2Science-fiction, class-based, multiplayer, open-world gorgeousness. Now even the poor can have masses of fun online.

Indie Game Of The Year – Hotline Miami

Hotline MiamiThis trippy journey into drugs and violence comes with a side-order of psychotic. Brilliant.

Massive Multiplayer Online Game Of The Year – Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2Was there ever any doubt this would be awesome? No, there was not.

Casual Games Of The Year – English Country Tune / Amp Watts and Circuit

English Country TuneDreamy, ambient and mind-crunchingly challenging puzzler with a brilliant soundtrack. Have your herbal tea ready.

Amp, Watts and CircuitThis quirky puzzler featuring three snazzy robots certainly pressed my buttons this year.

Simulation Game Of The Year – Chivalry: Medieval Warfare 

Chivalry Medieval WarfareSimulating chopping people’s heads off has never been so much fun.

This entry was posted by Ian Brown.

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