Friday, January 4, 2013

Best games of 2012: PlayStation 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 game of the year

The Finalists:

Lollipop Chainsaw - Our Xbox 360 game of the year was also a very strong contender on the PlayStation 3. Goichi Suda's grindhouse epic is packed with intelligent ideas and wildly entertaining gameplay

Assassin’s Creed 3 - Ubisoft really impressed with this title. It has a couple of bugs that let it down, but it took some real risks with a very important franchise, and was the better for it.

Atelier Meruru - Forget the big-budget epic RPGs, a little title from GUST was in many ways the best RPG of the year. Bright and cheerful visuals, a happy, pleasant plot and some interesting twists to the basic JRPG formula make for an essential title.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 - We lied. Don't forget the big-budget epic RPGs, because Final Fantasy XIII-2 is also essential. Square Enix took every single criticism people had with the first game, and answered them all.

The Winner:
Journey - It makes me so happy to see Journey take out this award. It's proof that there are gamers out there that care more about hyper-real visuals, and can look beyond bloodletting. Journey is a breathtaking game and every bit the deserving winner of its accolades.

Journey might not feature hyper-real visuals, but it does feature one of the best art styles you'll ever see. It's over in just a couple of hours, but it's an emotional few hours that will never be forgotten.

And it's a remarkably simple game, but that's why it's so brilliant - this is an elegant and intelligent game that must be played by everyone.
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