Game of the Year 2012 – Shooter


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


  1. Borderlands 2 is my GOTY but then I only got Far Cry 3 for Xmas so my opinion could still change.

  2. Far Cry 3 is on steam sale currently at £21.24.

  3. Max Payne 3 was great. Should have featured higher than Spec Ops, that’s for sure!

    Haven’t started Far Cry 3 yet. Been stockpiling a nice big back log while stuff is cheap, and being that I’m gonna be a dad in 8 weeks, I won’t be buying anything else for a loooooong time!

  4. Max Payne 3 for me.

  5. Definitely Farcry3 is a brilliant game & a worthy winner, yeah there are a few bugs but none I’ve seen have been game breakers. Borderlands 2 is just as good & just as much fun, the little snippets of humour dotted throughout the game make it worth playing & then there’s the characters! Very much enjoying both games.

  6. Glad to see, as another has pointed out, Spec Ops do so well. Been playing it to near completion and it’s fantastic. An excellent take on a story and a solid shooter too. I have got Borderlands 2 and Far Cry 3 recently, although only tried the latter yesterday on the solid co-op game, much fun

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