2012 Game of the Year Awards

Christmas is just around the corner and that means 2012 is just a few weeks away from being done and gone. We at CA! would like to thank you readers for making these last few months of the year an exciting time for us, and we hope that you stick with us for another excellent year that we expect will be filled with growth and change for the site. In order to send 2012 out with a bang myself and CA!’s contributors have each put our heads together and selected deserving nominees for various categories in gaming, and then went about battling each other in bloody fisticuffs over who should win. Below are the nominees and winners, and remember, each title below is deserving of playtime, and each has earned its place on this list through excellence in certain fields.

“Counter Attack’s 2012 Gaming Awards”
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-Best Action Adventure Title-

  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Darksiders 2
  • Dishonored
  • Mark of the Ninja
  • Asuras Wrath

Winner: Mark of the Ninja

  • Klei helped rejuvenate the action stealth genre earlier this year with this downloadable hit. Perfect player awareness, fun level design, rpg elements, and a nice visual style all help push Mark of the Ninja above its competition.
-Best First-Person Shooter-

  • Borderlands 2
  • FarCry 3
  • Syndicate
  • Halo 4
  • Darkness 2

Winner: Borderlands 2

  • With memorable characters, unmatched co-operative play, twisted humor and addictive gameplay, Borderlands 2 just edges out its competition in this race.
-Best Strategy Title-

  • Civilization V: Gods and Kings
  • Hero Academy
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Worms: Revolution
  • FTL

Winner: XCOM: Enemy Unknown

  • Addictive and punishing turn based combat infuses perfectly with strategic base management to make one of the most satisfying games of the year.
-Best RPG Title-

  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
  • Dragons Dogma
  • Diablo 3
  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Mass Effect 3

Winner: Diablo 3

  • 2012 brought some great variation for RPG fans, but Diablo 3 slips past the competition by offering great variety, replayability, and addictive gameplay all with the option of doing it with friends. Blizzard has continued to update the game throughout the year, and will continue to do so as well.
-Best Racing Title-

  • Sonic All Stars Racing
  • Dirt Showdown
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted
  • Little Big Planet Karting
  • Forza Horizon


Winner: Forza Horizon

  • Offering precise controls, great gameplay, and hundreds of options for both single and multiplayer, Forza Horizon stands tall this year against the competition.
-Best Free to Play Title-

  • Super Monday Night Combat
  • Gotham City Imposters
  • Tribes: Ascend
  • Blacklight Retribution
  • Planetside 2

Winner: Super Monday Night Combat

  • This year was fantstic for the F2P market, but Super Monday Night Combat was one of the first, and best. Great DOTA style third person combat with a great sense of humor and marketplace makes this a title to check out-FOR FREE!
-Best Multiplayer Experience-

  • Borderlands 2
  • Guild Wars 2
  • Halo 4
  • Diablo 3
  • Syndicate

Winner: Halo 4

  • With what seems like unlimited options, expanding content, loads of unlockable’s and even a Forge mode, Halo 4 provides an amazing multiplayer experience.
-Best New Character of 2012-

  • Vaas (FarCry 3)
  • Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2)
  • Clementine (Walking Dead)
  • Mr. Scratch (American Nightmare)
  • Tiny Tina (Borderlands 2)

Winner: Handsome Jack

  • An attitude that can switch with the drop of a hat, a great sense of dark humor, and the awesome fact that he follows you everywhere in the game, all make Handsome Jack a villain you love to hate. Plus he wears a face! On his face!
-Best Performance of the Year-

  • James McCaffrey (Max Payne 3)
  • Liam O’ Brien (Asuras Wrath)
  • Michael Mando (FarCry 3)
  • Dameon Clarke (Borderlands 2)
  • Nigel Carrington (Dear Esther)

Winner: Michael Mando

  • Mando’s performance depicting this psychotic madman is so absolutely incredible, Ubisoft helped make the role specifically for him. Vaas is physically modeled after Mando and his voice work and facial expressions show you what a lunatic looks and sounds like. He also went past his work for the game and did a mini series advertising the title.
-Best Story of the Year-

  • Mass Effect 3
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • Darkness 2
  • FarCry 3
  • The Walking Dead

Winner: The Walking Dead

  • Telltale’s The Walking Dead easily stands above all others with its perfectly executed goal of making the player feel invested in the story of Lee Everett and Clementine. Your choices drive the tale forward and the twists and turns that transpire are shocking and exciting.
-Best Art Style-

  • Hotline Miami
  • Sword and Sworcery
  • Journey
  • Borderlands 2
  • Asuras Wrath

Winner: Journey

  • Journeys world and its characters are completely mesmerizing. Each location brings with it new sights to marvel at, and each wall of etchings a new story to be told. The art on display here is terrific and helps make Journey a no brainer.
-Best Graphics-

  • FarCry 3
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Max Payne 3
  • Halo 4
  • Guild Wars 2

Winner: FarCry 3

  • Ubisoft’s island of violence is a sight to behold. The artistic and technical worlds come together to create a living breathing island that is both beautiful and chilling. Under the perfect lighting effects and behind the lush dense foliage may lie a deep cave with great textured rocks, or a perfect swimming hole with well crafted waters. FarCry 3 is no doubt one of the best looking games of the year.
-Best Soundtrack-

  • FTL
  • Dustforce
  • Sword and Sworcery
  • Journey
  • Hotline Miami

Winner: Sword & Sworcery

  • Jim Guthrie’s completely unique mix of tracks found within Sword & Sworcery is unlike any game out there, and should be found within any gaming fans music collection.
-Best Indie Game of the Year-

  • Hotline Miami
  • Journey
  • FTL
  • Sword and Sworcery
  • Legend of Grimrock

Winner: Journey

  • ThatGameCompanys work has always been distinct and perhaps too unique, but Journey has managed to capture the imaginations of both the casual and hardcore markets, and that’s because its gameplay and world are truly special. 
-Biggest Disappointment of 2012-

  • Dishonored
  • Assassins Creed 3
  • Hitman: Absolution
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Mass Effect 3

Winner: Resident Evil 6

  • Capcom seems to have truly lost their way when it comes to one of their flagship series. Resident Evil 6 had four campaigns, and none of them seemed to hit the mark. The story and gameplay both failed to impress, and in some cases, actually infuriated fans. This was one of the bigger games of 2012, and it didn’t deliver as it should have.
-Best Game of the Year-

  • Guild Wars 2
  • The Walking Dead
  • Halo 4
  • FarCry 3
  • Borderlands 2

Winner: Halo 4

  • Each of these games earned their spot on this list for delivering some of the best gameplay and story moments of the year, but Halo 4 squeaks by its competition with one of the best well-rounded titles of 2012. Whether its a solid single player campaign your after, or a great co-operative adventure to share with your family, or if its just cutthroat competitive online madness; Halo 4 has you covered. 343 had a tough assignment taking over for Bungie, but they no doubt delivered and now offer gamers an experience that can last them for years. 
“Writers Personal Top Three Games of the Year”

Jeff: 

  • Halo 4
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Spec Ops: The Line

Chuck:

  • The Walking Dead
  • Journey
  • FarCry 3

Chris:

  • Guild Wars 2
  • Halo 4
  • Borderlands 2

Randy:

  • Journey
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • The Walking Dead

Nick: 

  • Diablo 3
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Sleeping Dogs

Well that’s it, the year is coming to a close, and now you readers have a long list of great games to play during the coming drought. Please comment below with your Top 3 Titles of the year, or to just vent about a personal favorite that didn’t make our own.

3 thoughts on “2012 Game of the Year Awards

  1. Nice work! I’m happy to see Borderlands 2, XCOM and The Walking Dead all get recognized. Still need to play Mark of the Ninja myself, though I plan on picking it up once it goes on sale this week.

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