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Game of the Year 2012 - Racing

Speed freaks.


Our Racing Game of the Year 2012 is WipEout 2048 from Studio Liverpool. It’s testament to the exceptional work that Studio Liverpool has given to the PlayStation brand over many years that 2048 left such an impressive mark on our staff.

WipEout 2048 represents a bridging point in the series’ historical arc. The Anti-Gravity Racing Championships are in their infancy and tearing through the augmented city streets rather than on dedicated tracks. The game made use of the Vita’s array of control methods with tilt controls and touch weapon management but for purists, the button controls still offered the best method of play in this tightly honed racer.

Unfortunately, WipEout 2048 was to be the final game developed by Studio Liverpool before it was shuttered by Sony Computer Entertainment and staff were let go or relocated.

The Vita seems to have been our platform of choice for racing games this year with the brilliant (and very affordable) MotorStorm RC coming a very close second to WipEout 2048 in our vote.

Forza Horizon wasn’t far behind in third, showing that Playground Games could deliver an excellent racing experience with Forza, even though they stray from Turn 10’s exceptional track-bound history with the franchise.

Here’s a chart showing our top five.

And here’s the league table for all games that got at least one vote from us.

  1. WipEout 2048
  2. MotorStorm RC
  3. Forza Horizon
  4. Need for Speed Most Wanted
  5. Dirt Showdown
  6. Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed
  7. LBP Karting
  1. teflon
    Community Team
    Since: May 2009

    Fully deserving win for Wipeout 2048… Really managed to rip every ounce of performance from the Vita.

    RIP Studio Liverpool.

    But long live Evolution Studios!

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 13:19.
    • damoxuk
      Since: May 2011

      Hopefully Wipeout will be a ps4 launch title with Evolutions branding..

      However personally i’d have gone for Most Wanted but i’m a massive fan of criterion so :)

      Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 13:31.
    • cam the man
      Since: May 2009

      It’s a shame Studio Liverpool is no more. I hope another developer takes on the Wipeout franchise.
      I also think it’s a worthy winner.

      Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 13:32.
    • Youles
      Since: Feb 2011

      Indeed – it got my vote and I’m pleased it won. Only sad I never tried the previous WipEout games. The TSA meets were awesome too!

      Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 17:43.
  2. colmshan1990
    Since: Apr 2009

    Well deserved, the best racer I’ve had the pleasure to play since Wipeout HD.

    There’s just no substitute for the sense of speed it offers. Fantastic sound and graphics to match the gameplay, and there’s loads to, especially if you pick up the HD and Fury DLC, which would be free to anyone who bought the PS3 game or got it free when the PSN got hacked.

    I’m still disgusted at Sony for shutting Studio Liverpool. Evolution is their next best studio but their games have never matched Wipeout, as good as they undoubtedly are.

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 13:51.
    • JigsawPieces
      Since: Sep 2010

      I was going to reply to this post, but you’ve said it all already & better :)

      A well-deserved win for the brilliant Wipeout 2048!

      Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 13:57.
  3. Dan Lee
    Common like the rest of us.
    Since: Jun 2010

    Sorry, but Forza Horizon is far and away the best racer this year.

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 14:03.
    • The Lone Steven
      Never heard of him.
      Since: May 2010

      I think Fuel Overdose should have won this. Too soon? *is found the following day in an alleyway with a tub of jelly babies shoved up his arse*

      Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 14:15.
    • Peter Chapman
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      I agree. We were outvoted by all those other fools!

      Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 23:21.
  4. Alex C
    One for all.
    Since: Forever

    Good good, as long as it’s not Most Wanted.

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 14:03.
  5. Klart
    Since: Jun 2010

    Great to see a Vita title on top. It really is an amazing game to see on a handheld.

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 14:04.
  6. ron_mcphatty
    Since: Sep 2008

    It was a good game, a very pretty and refined experience with great multiplayer for a hand held console, but for me the HD&Fury DLC outshone the main game. I can’t put my finger on what 2048 lacked, but I’d just say its very good rather than awesome. Most Wanted is also very good, but not quite in the same league as Wipeout and Forza, so number 4 is a good spot for him to sit in. It needed a better soundtrack , some 2 Many DJs would have gone down well. Thump thump thump.

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 15:04.
  7. XisTG
    Since: May 2010

    Oh, I though Burnout 2 would win :)

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 15:27.
  8. freezebug2
    Since: Dec 2008

    Out of that list, I would have expected Forza to win with Most Wanted a close contender due to popularity in sales. Motorstorm RC is more fun factor than racer and I can’t drive those boats in Wipeout, but hear that some people can apparently :P

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 16:00.
  9. Vaile23
    Since: Dec 2009

    Motorstorm RC was much, much better.

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 16:52.
  10. Dom El
    Since: Mar 2012

    It’s been a good year for racing titles, and I’ve loved Wipeout, Sonic Racing Transformed and Need For Speed Most Wanted. Hopefully next year will be just as good with Grid 2 and perhaps a Mario Kart title?

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 19:27.

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