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OXCGN’s Game of the Year Awards for 2012

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OXCGN’s Game of the Year Awards for 2012

The world did not end this year 

by David Hilton

©2012 David Hilton

game of the year award smlWith all the attention on the impending Mayan apocalypse it would have been fitting to look at the state of gaming at the end of 2011 and wonder if the gaming world might also end.

While there was initially some optimism that new major next gen consoles would be announced at this year’s E3, only the Wii U actually was a next gen certainty and the limits of current gen consoles had seemingly been reached.

On top of that, gaming sequels continued to dominate game releases.

It looked like the end could be nigh for big release gaming of the AAA variety in the near future.

However the quality of this year’s titles shows that gaming is very much alive and though many studios and franchises faltered this year, more succeeded with some of the best games this gaming generation.

With a huge renaissance gaming year promised for 2013 in the form of new generation consoles, let’s look at 2012 as the last big battle of this current console generation for top gaming honours.

We gave our readers a chance in a poll to decide their 2012 Game of the Year, and the results came in with the beautiful and clever Playstation exclusive downloadable title, Journey. Now it’s our turn.

How it works

OXCGN MEDAL2We at OXCGN have been nominating and tallying our own Game Of The Year Awards for 2012, and some of the results might surprise you.

These are just our individual opinions scored together using a complex mathematical formula involving each of us picking a Top 3 and scoring them with 3 points, 2 points or 1 point.

Without any more rambling, here are OXCGN’s Game Of The Year Awards for 2012.  Runners up are in order of point score.

Feel free to discuss your opinions of our picks in the comments section below.

far cry 3 review screenshots oxcgn #30Overall Game Of The Year 2012:

WINNER: Far Cry 3

Though this may come as a bit of a surprise, Far Cry 3‘s mix of open-world beauty and sandbox gameplay, as well as the basic The Beach meets adult Lord of the Flies scenarios, makes this a game quite unlike any other for sheer crazy fun.

Others may have more innovation, serene beauty, compelling storytelling, or amazing multiplayer, but this game scored enough points from our combined staff to make it stand out just ahead of Mass Effect 3.

Runners Up:

  • Mass Effect 3
  • Dishonored
  • Halo 4
  • Journey

mass effect 3 screenshots oxcgn #15Best Writing/ Story in a Game:

WINNERS: Mass Effect 3 and Spec Ops: The Line

Runners Up:

  • Dishonored
  • Max Payne 3
  • Halo 4
  • The Witcher 2 (360)

mass effect 3 screenshots oxcgn #5Best Soundtrack:

WINNER: Mass Effect 3

Runners Up:

  • Halo 4
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Journey
  • Dishonored

serious sam 3 bfe screenshots oxcgn #12Best Game Revival:

WINNER: Serious Sam 3: BFE (console)

Runners Up:

  • XCOM
  • Max Payne 3
  • Sleeping Dogs (was True Crime: Hong Kong)

dishonored screenshots oxcgn #21Best New IP:

WINNER: Dishonored

Runners Up:

  • Journey
  • Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale
  • Fez
  • Binary Domain

mass effect 3 screenshots oxcgn #2Best Singleplayer Game:

WINNER: Mass Effect 3

Runners Up:

  • Dishonored
  • Far Cry 3
  • Hitman Absolution
  • Assassin’s Creed III

Halo_4_screenshot_oxcgn 7Best Multiplayer Game:

WINNER: Halo 4

Runners Up:

  • COD: Black Ops 2
  • Nintedo Land
  • Far Cry 3
  • Borderlands 2

dishonored_oxcgn_screenshot #8Best Game Atmosphere:

WINNER: Dishonored

Runners Up:

  • Mass Effect 3
  • Far Cry 3
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • The Secret World

Halo_4_screenshot_oxcgn 1Best Shooter:

WINNER: Halo 4

Runners Up:

  • Far Cry 3
  • COD: Black Ops 2
  • Borderlands 2
  • Max Payne 3

oxcgn mass effect 3 #1Best RPG:

WINNER: Mass Effect 3

Runners Up:

  • The Witcher 2 (360)
  • Star Wars the Old Republic (released March 2012 in Australia)
  • Persona 4: Golden
  • Dragon’s Dogma

Skylanders-Giants-logo-oxcgnBest Family Game:

WINNER: Skylanders Giants

Runners Up:

  • Nintendo Land
  • New Super Mario Bros U
  • Kinect Rush
  • LEGO Lord of the Rings

far cry 3 review screenshots oxcgn #25Best Open World Game:

WINNER: Far Cry 3

Runners Up:

  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Borderlands 2
  • Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation

Itvw_JourneyBest XBLA or PSN Game:

WINNER: Journey

Runners Up:

  • Serious Sam 3: BFE
  • Fez
  • Trials Evolution
  • Unfinished Swan

halo 4 campaign screenshots oxcgn #19Best 360 Exclusive:

WINNER: Halo 4

Runners Up:

  • Trials Evolution
  • Forza Horizon
  • Dance Central 3

starhawk screenshots oxcgn #21Best PS3 Exclusive:

WINNER: Starhawk

Runners Up:

  • Journey
  • Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale
  • Unfinished Swan

zombiu review screens oxcgn #12Best Wii U Exclusive:

WINNER: ZombiU

Runners Up:

  • Nintendo Land
  • New Super Mario Bros U

Assassin's Creed Liberation screenshot oxcgn #1Best Portable Console Game (3DS, PS Vita)

WINNER: Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation

Runners Up:

  • Persona 4: Golden
  • Uncharted: The Golden Abyss
  • New Super Mario Bros 2
  • Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale

dance_central_3_oxcgn_screenshotBest Kinect/Move Game:

WINNER: Dance Central 3

Runners Up:

  • Kinect Rush
  • Just Dance 4

sonic_tansformed_oxcgnBest Racing Game:

WINNER: Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed

Runners Up:

  • Forza Horizon
  • Need For Speed: Most Wanted
  • Wipeout 2048

angry_birds_star_wars_oxcgnBest Smartphone/Tablet Game:

WINNER: Angry Birds: Star Wars

Runners Up:

  • Ski Safari
  • Jet Pack Joyride (Android)
  • Rayman Jungle Run
  • Super Hexagon

FIFA_13_oxcgn 6Best Sports Game:

WINNER: FIFA 13

Runners Up:

  • PES 13
  • NBA 2k13
  • WWE ’13
  • Vitual Tennis 4 Vita

spec ops the line screenshots oxcgn #8Biggest Surprise:

WINNER: Spec Ops: The Line

Runners Up:

  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Halo 4 (a new developer meant a lot of worries)
  • Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation
  • Nintendo Land

Call-Of-Duty-Black-Ops-Declassified-oxcgnBig Name, Big Shame Award:

LOSER: Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified

Runners Up:

  • Medal of Honor: Warfighter
  • Star Wars Kinect
  • Need For Speed: Most Wanted
  • 007 Legends

Golden Crap Award 2010

Golden Crap Award 2012

The Golden Turd Award (Worst Game of 2012):

LOSER: Call of Duty Black Ops Declassified

Runners Up:

  • Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise
  • Steel Battalion
  • Ninja Gaiden 3
  • Medal of Honor: Warfighter
© 2012 David Hilton
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