Article written by Peter Chapman.
Published on 01/01/2013 at 05:00 PM.
Our Overall Game of the Year 2012 is Mass Effect 3 from BioWare. The epic trilogy is one of this generationâ€™s most compelling narrative arcs and this third instalment seemingly got the mix of dialogue, planning and action just right to make it a big hit with our staff.
Mass Effect 3 brought a thrilling conclusion to the many hours of gameplay that had led up to it. Although there was some discussion around how that final moment played out in the game – and whether that was a fitting conclusion to the story leading up to it – Mass Effect 3 did enough before that moment to leave an indelible mark on the hearts of millions of fans. Mass Effect 3â€™s early release date may have led to some writing off its chances but it has been a strong favourite with many of our staff for much of the year thanks, in part, to the engaging multiplayer mode it added to the series.
There was stiff competition for this grand prize, with Journey and The Walking Dead finishing strongly and Far Cry 3 still fresh in the memories of many. Perhaps the most exciting thing to note about the list of games we voted on is the diversity on show. From big-budget epics and billion-earning-blockbusters right down to tiny indie projects and niche titles, the gaming landscape in 2012 was packed with quality.
Hereâ€™s the chart to show our top five.
And hereâ€™s the table showing all the games which received at least one vote from us.
- Mass Effect 3
- The Walking Dead
- Far Cry 3
- Halo 4
- PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
- The Unfinished Swan
- Assassinâ€™s Creed III
- Asuraâ€™s Wrath
- Dirt Showdown
- Spec Ops: The Line
- Gravity Rush
- Black Ops II
- Diablo III
- Max Payne 3
- Sound Shapes
- Borderlands 2
- New Star Soccer
- Rayman: Origins (Vita)
- Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
- UFC Undisputed 3