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Game of the Year 2012 - Sports

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Our Sports Game of the Year 2012 is FIFA 13 from EA. The annual sporting leviathan continues to make improvements that keep it ahead of all competitors. This year saw the customary inclusion of a wide range of real-world stadiums and officially licensed teams to take through a newly revamped career mode or various other game modes – online and off.

The game was one of the fastest, biggest sellers of the year. It was the first non Call of Duty game to break a million sales in its first week in the UK and sold 4.5 million copies around the world in only five days. EA has claimed it as the biggest sports videogame launch of all time. Quite an achievement.

Unfortunately, the Wii and Vita versions were barely reskinned re-releases of the previous year’s games on those platforms. None of the new features were present and only team rosters and slight presentational differences were notably different.

EA will be pleased to know that second place in our vote went to another of its releases – SSX. The rebooted snowboarding sim wasn’t so far behind its vastly more established stable-mate either. EA’s strong sporting presence continued with UFC Undisputed 3 and FIFA Street tying for third.

Here’s a chart showing our top five.

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

  1. FIFA 13
  2. SSX
  3. FIFA Street
  4. UFC Undisputed 3
  5. Everybody’s Golf (Vita)
  6. NBA 2K13
  7. Football Manager 2013
  8. Sports Champions 2
  9. FIFA Football
  10. Madden 2013
  1. Erroneus
    Wanted "Trophy Hunter" but was too late.
    Since: May 2009

    Woav I expected Football Manager 2013 to be much higher, but I guess it’s to “hardcore”.

    Pleased to see Everybody’s Golf in top 5, brilliant game for the Vita and cheap also.

    Comment posted on 23/12/2012 at 15:02.
    • dave87fez
      Since: May 2011

      Yep, I really enjoyed playing and platting Everybody’s Golf. One of the most replayable Vita games out there.

      Comment posted on 23/12/2012 at 15:37.
  2. tonycawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    Fifa 13 really deserves this as it’s excellent. The amount of game modes on offer is unreal, lots of really good ideas. It’s starting to do my nut a little though as it really does have quite a lot kf issues, some large some small but when all combined it can make for quite a frustrating experience.

    Comment posted on 23/12/2012 at 15:58.
    • Amphlett
      Since: Jul 2009

      Aye, Fifa 13 is a rather large beast, offering a bewildering number of game scenarios, most of which I will probably never touch. The core game is excellent, quick, crisp, fluid and lifelike, heck, Wolverhampton Wanderers are just as bad in FIFA13 as they are in real life”

      Comment posted on 27/12/2012 at 15:11.
  3. blast71
    Since: May 2012

    No love for PES :(

    Comment posted on 23/12/2012 at 16:29.
  4. Aran Suddi
    Since: Sep 2011

    Just have to be a bit nit picky. UFC Undisputed 3 was published by THQ.

    Comment posted on 23/12/2012 at 18:30.
    • Peter Chapman
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      I know, my point was that FIFA Street was from EA. Perhaps that sentence quotes those two games the wrong way around, I was tired by this point!

      Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 00:34.
  5. Sympozium
    Since: Aug 2009

    PES 13 was really good, shame its not on the list.

    Comment posted on 23/12/2012 at 18:58.
  6. Unterred
    Since: Oct 2009

    PES is better in my opinion but I’m really biased against fifa!

    Comment posted on 23/12/2012 at 20:04.
  7. aerobes
    Since: Aug 2009

    Pretty much what I imagined. Couldn’t disagree more however.

    Comment posted on 23/12/2012 at 20:55.