Best of 2012
Game Of The Year – 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
Action Game Of The Year – 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
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
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
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
Race cars, escape cops and smash through your own face at high speed.
Simulation Racing Game Of The Year – F1 2012
The only sim-racing game that I have the patience to play.
Sports Game Of The Year – FIFA 13
The only sports game I have any inclination to play.
Platformer Of The Year – 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
Science-fiction, class-based, multiplayer, open-world gorgeousness. Now even the poor can have masses of fun online.
Indie Game Of The Year – Hotline Miami
This trippy journey into drugs and violence comes with a side-order of psychotic. Brilliant.
Massive Multiplayer Online Game Of The Year – Guild Wars 2
Was there ever any doubt this would be awesome? No, there was not.
Casual Games Of The Year – English Country Tune / Amp Watts and Circuit
Dreamy, ambient and mind-crunchingly challenging puzzler with a brilliant soundtrack. Have your herbal tea ready.
This quirky puzzler featuring three snazzy robots certainly pressed my buttons this year.
Simulation Game Of The Year – Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
Simulating chopping people’s heads off has never been so much fun.