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Game of the Year 2012 - Shooter

The Crying game.

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Our Shooter Game of the Year 2012 is Far Cry 3 from Ubisoft. This large, vibrant open world gave us so much to do, aside from the more linear story missions, that it is hardly surprising that it managed to firmly cement itself in our minds during voting.

Whether you were stalking wildlife with a bow, clearing outposts with a machete or blowing stuff up with an RPG and bundles of C4, Far Cry 3 seemed to give you countless little stories of your own that were totally unscripted and completely beguiling. A few hours with this game, just getting along in the world, is enough to generate at least one – and often several – hilarious stories about animal attacks, burning grasslands or other such hazards from which you made a daring escape (or not).

Let’s not forget about another engaging open world though – Borderlands 2 placed second in our poll. The combination of solid shooting, a huge world, RPG levelling mechanics and a really interesting, amusing antagonist made Borderlands 2 a pleasure from start to finish. Perhaps it was that sense of unabashed joy that led to it pipping shooter heavyweights Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II into third and fourth places respectively. Spec Ops: The Line was something of an unexpected pleasure this year too, so it’s nice to see it grabbing fifth place.

Here’s our top five in chart form.

And here’s the full table showing every game that received at least one vote from us.

  1. Far Cry 3
  2. Borderlands 2
  3. Halo 4
  4. Black Ops II
  5. Spec Ops: The Line
  6. Max Payne 3
  7. Counter Strike: Global Offensive
  8. PlanetSide 2
  9. Starhawk
  10. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
  11. Hotline Miami
  12. The Darkness II
22 Comments
  1. Roynaldo
    Member
    Since: Nov 2008

    Borderlands for me. Far Cry is quite buggy and finding it hard to get into….. but i will persevere!

    Comment posted on 30/12/2012 at 13:02.
  2. rht992
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    Worthy winner although I have yet to pick up Borderlands (this makes me sad).

    Far Cry is the only game thats ever made me change my mind about an entire species.

    I used to like sharks. Now they are fucking terrifying.

    Comment posted on 30/12/2012 at 13:15.
  3. damoxuk
    Member
    Since: May 2011

    Borderlands is more RPG than all out Shooter. Farcry 3 is a worthy winner lots more to do than the tepid Halo / Cod – but i’m biased towards Single player :)

    Comment posted on 30/12/2012 at 13:21.
    • MadBoJangles
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      Yup, amazing game. :)

      Comment posted on 30/12/2012 at 13:44.
  4. Origami Killer
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    I’ve only played Far Cry 3 out of that top 12. Have to say it’s fantastic. As you say there are so many encounters with animals and the like, it’s incredible and funny most of the time!

    Comment posted on 30/12/2012 at 13:23.
    • MadBoJangles
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      I found it particularly “funny” when I first encountered a croc.
      Having blown up an enemy camp, I ran to the pier and dived into the flowing river to escape the enclosing enemy forces. Chuffed as can be with myself and then a huge ass crocodile grabbed me!! Proper shat myself lol

      Comment posted on 30/12/2012 at 13:55.
      • Origami Killer
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        Haha! The random encounters really do make the game. I’ve had a tiger take out an entire enemy outpost for me and then it nearly took myself out.

        Comment posted on 30/12/2012 at 14:03.
      • E8_BALL_
        Member
        Since: Jul 2010

        My bro & I, literally jumped on my first croc encounter.
        I had no heads up they were in the game:) A worthy winner.

        Comment posted on 30/12/2012 at 14:26.
      • rht992
        Member
        Since: Apr 2009

        I spotted a croc and as I lined up my shot, eager to avoid a nasty up close fight with him, a tiger jumped on me and ate my face.

        Comment posted on 30/12/2012 at 18:19.
  5. Kivi95
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    No Sleeping Dogs???

    Comment posted on 30/12/2012 at 13:25.
    • damoxuk
      Member
      Since: May 2011

      I wouldn;t class that as a shooter. More Action adventure.

      Comment posted on 30/12/2012 at 14:16.
  6. Erroneus
    Wanted "Trophy Hunter" but was too late.
    Since: May 2009

    I love that Spec Ops: The Line makes it to top 5, as the story in this game, is beyond every other shooter for years.

    Comment posted on 30/12/2012 at 14:44.
  7. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    I only own two of these (on Steam).

    Only just got Spec Ops, haven’t played it yet.

    I got Counter Striker Go on release, it’s decent, but nothing special. I don’t go back to it often.

    Comment posted on 30/12/2012 at 14:50.
  8. MadJunkBoy
    Member
    Since: Aug 2010

    i am not much for shooters but what i have seen and heard then far cry 3 is a worthy winner and Borderlands 2 a worthy runner-up! =D

    Comment posted on 30/12/2012 at 16:44.
  9. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    Far Cry is amazing on PC, and I’ve only played a few hours of it! Borderlands 2 is also an awesome game, both games are worthy of their places.

    Comment posted on 30/12/2012 at 17:17.
  10. Adam Garrett
    Community Manager
    Since: Feb 2009

    Such a worthy winner, Far Cry 3 is my game of the year (although there’s some big ones I’ve missed out this year).

    Comment posted on 30/12/2012 at 17:27.

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