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Community Game of the Year 2012

You top five in each of our categories.

This year, we opened up our Game of the Year voting to our community members. Some of the results are quite unexpected but what isn’t unexpected is the range of games which got a mention. Allowing voters to fill in their own choice if it didn’t appear on our shortlist meant that we saw a huge variation in the types of games that were voted for.

This diversity demonstrates what a varied bunch we are here at TSA but it also demonstrates something else: what unbelievable choice we have in our videogames in 2012. Obviously, the big names rise to the top in polls like this but there were many slightly less expected names that cropped up which we’ll take a look at in an upcoming feature.

So, 2012 was a varied year for videogames which saw some real quality across many genres and also threw up some unexpected gems. Sure, many of us like to have an occasional moan about the number of sequels and the lack of innovative new IP but we probably have more choice and quality than ever before.

Without further ado, here are your winners for Game of the Year 2012.

Community Game Soundtrack of the Year 2012 – Journey

  1. Journey
  2. Max Payne 3
  3. Mass Effect 3
  4. Metal Gear Solid HD
  5. Assassin’s Creed III

Community Mobile Game of the Year 2012 – Angry Birds Star Wars

  1. Angry Birds Star Wars
  2. Draw Something
  3. Rayman Jungle Run
  4. Fuel Tiracas
  5. Super Hexagon

Community Handheld Game of the Year 2012 – Uncharted: Golden Abyss

  1. Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  2. LittleBigPlanet Vita
  3. Gravity Rush
  4. MotorStorm RC
  5. Rayman: Origins

Community Sports Game of the Year 2012 – FIFA 13

  1. FIFA 13
  2. SSX
  3. Everybody’s Golf (Vita)
  4. PES 2013
  5. FIFA Football (Vita)

Community Racing Game of the Year 2012 – Need for Speed Most Wanted

  1. Need for Speed Most Wanted
  2. MotorStorm RC
  3. WipEout 2048
  4. Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed
  5. LBP Karting

Community Strategy Game of the Year 2012 – XCOM

  1. XCOM
  2. Football Manager 13
  3. Awesomenauts
  4. Worms Revolution
  5. Crusader Kings II

Community Role Playing Game of the Year 2012 – Mass Effect 3

  1. Mass Effect 3
  2. Dragon’s Dogma
  3. Final Fantasy XIII-2
  4. Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning
  5. Diablo III

Community Genre Agnostic Game of the Year 2012 – Journey

  1. Journey
  2. The Walking Dead
  3. LittleBigPlanet Vita
  4. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
  5. Sound Shapes

Community Shooter Game of the Year 2012 – Far Cry 3

  1. Far Cry 3
  2. Borderlands 2
  3. Max Payne 3
  4. Black Ops II
  5. Starhawk

Community Action Adventure Game of the Year 2012 – Dishonored

  1. Dishonored
  2. Assassin’s Creed III
  3. Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  4. Borderlands 2
  5. Sleeping Dogs

Overall Community Game of the Year 2012 – Journey

  1. Journey
  2. Borderlands 2
  3. The Walking Dead
  4. Far Cry 3
  5. Mass Effect 3
23 Comments
  1. Alex C
    One for all.
    Since: Forever

    Overall Community Game of the Year 2012 – Journey

    Fantastic.

    Comment posted on 01/01/2013 at 13:38.
  2. wonkey-willy
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    just started playing journey…
    was doing really well playing co-op with someone (who was basically showing where to go) then my connection dropped and i haven’t got a clue where i am and what i am doing lol

    Comment posted on 01/01/2013 at 13:41.
  3. Death_In_Flamez
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    Someone please explain how Journey won that? No idea what the hype was about :S

    Comment posted on 01/01/2013 at 13:42.
    • cam the man
      Member
      Since: May 2009

      You don’t know why Journey won!……. neither do I, although I enjoyed the first play through I think it got boring in places when playing though it again to get all the collectables etc.

      Comment posted on 01/01/2013 at 13:58.
    • avengerrr
      Member
      Since: Oct 2012

      Agreed. It is a very creative and unique game but it isn’t the dog’s b****** of all the year’s games.

      I’m still trying to work the formula out ME3 = RPG….. no haven’t solved it yet :P

      Comment posted on 01/01/2013 at 15:00.
      • damoxuk
        Member
        Since: May 2011

        In the same way Diablo 3 is :D Barely but does it matter? Nearly ALL games have some aspect of RPG nowadays.

        Comment posted on 01/01/2013 at 19:09.
    • gazzagb
      Master of speling mitakse
      Since: Feb 2009

      Agreed, seriously don’t get the excitement about wandering around a desert!

      Comment posted on 01/01/2013 at 15:21.
      • djhsecondnature
        Since: Forever

        That’s the point, it’s not about excitement. It’s about wonder.

        Comment posted on 01/01/2013 at 15:30.
      • gazzagb
        Master of speling mitakse
        Since: Feb 2009

        Clearly some people like it, but it’s just not for me. If I’m going to play a game, I want it to be fun.

        Comment posted on 01/01/2013 at 16:17.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      If you can’t see why then it’ll be almost impossible to explain it to you (and you accept it). :-)

      Comment posted on 02/01/2013 at 00:09.
  4. Origami Killer
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    I don’t understand how Far Cry 3 wins as best shooter above Boderlands 2 but then in the final category is beaten by Boderlands 2. This makes no sense!

    At first I thought Journey was receiving too much hype but in the end I can see why, wonderful game. Must of played through it a half a dozen times now.

    Comment posted on 01/01/2013 at 14:19.
    • teflon
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      Simple. Everyone had but a single vote in each category, so if those who voted for Far Cry 3 in FPS then voted for Journey in GoTY, but those who voted Borderlands 2 stuck to their guns, FC3 would drop down the list.

      Comment posted on 01/01/2013 at 14:37.
      • Origami Killer
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        I really doubt my intelligence sometimes.

        Comment posted on 01/01/2013 at 19:46.
  5. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    good to see Dragon’s Dogma do well in the community vote.

    i didn’t think there’d be anything i’d be praising capcom for this year, but i have to give them credit for a great game there.

    Comment posted on 01/01/2013 at 14:34.
  6. DapperHayden007
    Member
    Since: Apr 2011

    I thought the soundtrack to Far Cry 3 was amazing. But most people think the actual soundtrack is the skrillex and what not in there. If anyone wants to hear it, this is far cry 3’s awesome soundtrack ;)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAmN270P_Fg&list=PLoyiDxRNZSgh8jP0o1KLZefjNV4XdDkc_&index=1

    Comment posted on 01/01/2013 at 14:41.
  7. bunimomike
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Lovely stuff and kinda how I felt things would roll with the Community votes. To be honest, anything listed is pretty much a “you should play this” game anyway. :-)

    Comment posted on 01/01/2013 at 14:49.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Also, it was wonderful to see the VGA awards recognising games like Journey and The Walking Dead because the video game landscape has changed thanks to the likes of PSN/XBLA/Steam/etc.

      Comment posted on 01/01/2013 at 14:51.
  8. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    Al this talk of Journey is making me want to play it again :)

    Comment posted on 01/01/2013 at 14:53.
  9. samiro05
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    I’ve played none of the community games of the year so I had a completely different set of games of the year for 2012. Looking forward to this extra article though, I hope Tales of Graces F gets a mention as it is the best story and visually awesome game I’ve played on PS3. Can’t wait for Tales of Xillia.

    Comment posted on 01/01/2013 at 15:47.
  10. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    2012 wasn’t the best year for AAA games, it makes sense that a fantastic little gem like Journey could win the GotY.

    That said, there was still room for improvement with Journey too- and I look forward to seeing games that do improve upon it.

    Comment posted on 01/01/2013 at 16:06.

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