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Monday, December 31, 2012

The best games of 2012: PlayStation Vita Game of the Year

As voted by you!

Through the month of November, we asked for you to vote for your favourite games of the year. You did (and in incredible numbers - thank you for that), and now it's time to announce the finalists and the winners. Each day we'll be revealing a new category.

How it works

The five games you'll see below are the top five games for each category based on the reader's votes. They are listed in no particular order. The final game is the winner.

If there are six games listed, then there was a tie for the 5th finalist in that category.

We'd love to hear what you think about each category, so please do let us know your thoughts in the comments!


PlayStation Vita Game of the Year

The Finalists:

BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend - It might be for the hardcore fighting game fan, but BlazBlue is an incredibly well-made series, with an interesting lore and characters, wonderful animation, and near-endless content.

Rayman Origins - The best 2D platformer this side of Mario Brothers, Rayman Origins struggled on the 3DS, but on the Vita is looks gorgeous. Beautiful 2D animation, some wonderful level design and a nice level of challenge for experienced gamers.

Metal Gear Solid Collection - It's a little difficult to look past a game package that brings together two of the finest stealth games of all time. And yes, the Vita's screen does both classics justice.

Dokuro - If Tim Burton was to make a game, Dokuro would be it. That is not to say the game is just a pretty face. Dokuro has some spectacular 2D platforming/ puzzle solving; of a kind we haven't seen since Limbo.

The Winner:

New Little King's Story


It's a little surprising that Gravity Rush didn't take out the category this year, but it's not surprising that New Little King's Story is the one that unseated it. 

Half a remake, half a sequel to the criminally underrated and largely forgotten Wii game, New Little King's Story features a charm in a league of its own, some tight puzzle/ strategy game play and a style of play that suits the handheld perfectly. 

Fingers crossed that the second bite of the Apple is a bigger success story for the developers. It deserves to be.
The best games of 2012: PlayStation Vita Game of the Year
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