Our Action Adventure Game of the Year 2012 is Dishonored from Arkane Studios and Bethesda. Perhaps the most striking thing, at least initially, about Dishonored was the aesthetic of the game world. It was a kind of diesel punk style, mixed with an almost Soviet utilitarianism in its building design but set upon an ageing layer of Edwardian London.
Its success wasn’t just about how it looked though. Dishonored offered a little bit of something different in its gameplay too. The freedom to play how you wanted – even though the game encouraged stealth – meant that you really could approach each of the missions as a kind of challenge room. Go in loud and messy or think of it like a puzzle and nibble around the edges until you crack it.
Dishonored was a joy but it had some stiff competition to win this category. Assassin’s Creed III saw a jaw-dropping return to form for the series after dalliances with tower defence and often repetitive mission structures. The breadth of things to do in colonial-era Northeastern America offered plenty of replayability and Connor’s frustration and sense of justice was a refreshing direction to take the lead character in after Ezio’s charm and arrogance.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss’ position in the chart perhaps demonstrates the love affair we have with the series and the eagerness with which we approached the best the Vita had to offer this year, too.
Here’s the chart showing our top five.
And here’s the table which shows every game that managed at least one vote from us.
- Assassin’s Creed III
- Uncharted: Golden Abyss
- Sleeping Dogs
- Gravity Rush
- Borderlands 2
- Darksiders II
- Asura’s Wrath
- Rayman (Vita)
- LEGO LotR
- MGS HD
- Mark of the Ninja
- Resident Evil 6