Here Are Your Winners: 2012 PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year Awards

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Here Are Your Winners: 2012 PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year Awards

The polls are closed and the votes have been tallied. Read on for the full list of PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year Awards winners as chosen by you, plus a few Editors’ Choice picks from the extended PlayStation.Blog team.

I want to thank each and every one of you for voting, debating, and commenting on our first annual awards! As predicted, the process wasn’t entirely without its hiccups, but in general I think it was a pretty good first attempt. That said, we absolutely want your feedback on next year’s awards, which will be bigger and better in many ways. Please provide your feedback in the comments – we’ll be referring to it in preparation for next year!

Also, be sure to listen to our new episode of PlayStation Blogcast, where GamesBeat Editor in Chief Dan Hsu joins us for a discussion of our favorite games of the year.

‘Nuff said. Read on to see the very best in PlayStation gaming for 2012 as chosen by PlayStation gamers worldwide.

PS3 Game of the Year

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2012 - PS3 Platinum

Assassin’s Creed III

GotY: Assassins Creed 3
This one was a squeaker, but Ubisoft Montreal’s period epic inched past a strong showing by Gearbox Software’s well-received shooter. FIFA 13 Soccer landed the most write-in votes, but not enough to place in the winner’s circle.

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2012 - Editor's Choice

Dishonored “In my book, this was the smartest, most distinctive FPS of the year, shoehorning adult themes, nuanced characters and sophisticated gameplay mechanics into a wincingly visceral campaign. Oh, and it was great to see so many primary colors too! Sequel please!”

— Fred Dutton, Manager, EU PlayStation.Blog

Borderlands 2 “Sequels don’t always manage to one-up their predecessors, but Borderlands 2 does just that — in nearly every conceivable way. From the vastly improved story, to the motley cast of characters, to the massive volume of guns, Gearbox has planted their foot firmly in the ground as one of this generation’s premier FPS developers.”

— Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog

XCOM: Enemy Unknown “This game scratched an itch I didn’t know I had, weaving tense turn-based firefights into a shockingly addictive management simulation. This is a refreshing and utterly fascinating game with a surprise and a delight around every corner. Highly recommended.”

— Sid Shuman, Manager, US PlayStation.Blog

PS3 Game of the Year (PSN Only)

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2012 - PS3 (PSN) Platinum


GotY: Journey
Thatgamecompany’s wildly original opus was always the favorite to win this category, though Telltale Games’ heartbreaking series The Walking Dead nearly overtook it in the final hours of voting. Queasy Games’ Sound Shapes took the most write-in votes.

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2012 - Editor's Choice

Journey “I’m going with the obvious choice here. Nothing else I played this year drew me in like thatgamecompany’s Journey. Despite the lack of communication and identity involved, I felt closer to my co-op partners in Journey than in anything else I’ve played this year… maybe ever. It’s an experience I wish I could wipe from my memory, just so I could have it for the first time again.”

— Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog

Journey “I won’t be alone in singling out thatgamecompany’s bewitching quest here. Some complained that it was too brief, but its three hours of playtime will surely live longer in the memory than almost any other release this year. This is joyful, uplifting, must-play material. And, no, there’s no shame in admitting its final moments set your bottom lip aquiver.”

— Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog

The Walking Dead: Episodes 1 – 5 “Telltale’s memorable series starts small but slowly builds to towering emotional heights, culminating in what may be the greatest gaming moment of the year. This is a prime example of the narrative potential of videogames — don’t you dare miss it.”

— Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog

PS Vita Game of the Year

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2012 - PS Vita Platinum

UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss

GotY: UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss
The closest category in this year’s awards nearly ended in a three-way tie between Gravity Rush, Persona 4: Golden, and UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss. But in a photo finish, Bend Studios claims the Platinum prize. The most popular write-in vote was for Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, which is also available on PS Vita game card.

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2012 - Editor's Choice

Gravity Rush “Alternately careening and frolicing through the skies of Hekseville provided some of the most enjoyable, empowering moments in gaming this year for me. A lush world and loveable character wrapped around a set of mechanics that feels downright awesome in the palm of your hands.”

— Nick Suttner, PlayStation Blogcast co-host

Persona 4 Golden “JRPGs have seen a relative lack of representation in this gaming generation. But now that Atlus has rebuilt one of PS2’s most highly regarded games for PS Vita, they’ve proven that a well-written, visually striking, character-driven RPG can still find an appreciative audience.”

— Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale “A tough choice, but my voracious appetite for portable pugilism ultimately tipped the scales in favor of the All-Stars. SuperBot’s slavish attention to detail shines on the OLED screen and the characters feel intoxicatingly powerful, making this a perfect choice for mobile encounters.”

— Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog

PS Vita Game of the Year (PSN Only)

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2012 - PS Vita (PSN) Platinum

Sound Shapes

GotY: Sound Shapes
Innovative indie titles placed strongly in this category, with Queasy Games’ charming musical platformer handily securing the lead. Fun fact: Grasshopper Manufacture’s shooter Sine Mora was the top write-in vote.

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2012 - Editor's Choice

Frobisher Says! “Not many games are silly. Yet Frobisher’s minigame madness is supremely silly in all the right ways, a ton of fun, kind of beautiful, and free, free, free as a bird. Whether I was finding flan, making a terrible din, or not smiling at pandas, it was some of the most fun I’ve had on PS Vita this year.”

— Nick Suttner, PlayStation Blogcast co-host

Sound Shapes “Jonathan Mak’s unique approach to game design yields one of the biggest surprises of the year: A whimsical musical platformer that whisks you away on a magical tour of five imaginative worlds, leading inexorably to a momentous meeting with Beck.”

— Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog

When Vikings Attack! “Okay, maybe I’m biased, but I found When Vikings Attack!’s bonkers Britishness impossible to resist. If there was a more satisfying mechanic in gaming in 2013 than flinging a skip at a gang of Viking invaders, I certainly wasn’t privy to it. If you’re after a hidden gem to discover this Christmas, you could do a lot, lot worse.”

— Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog

PS Mobile Game of the Year

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2012 - PS Mobile Platinum

Super Crate Box

GotY: Super Crate Box
In a surprisingly tight race with several favorites jockeying for position, Super Crate Box’s accessible, addictive formula came out on top in the PS Mobile arena. The most popular write-in vote? Lemmings.

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2012 - Editor's Choice

Rebel “Super Crate Box is the easy choice, but with that well-trod I want to make sure that no one misses out on Rebel. A sort of anti-Crate Box that has you dodging falling weapons crates while turning enemies against each other, Rebel feels satisfying thanks to a brilliant reward loop of upgrades that turn time-waster into skillful navigator.”

— Nick Suttner, PlayStation Blogcast co-host

Super Crate Box “This feels like the no-brainer of the group, though Bullion Blitz and Puzziball are definite gems. Simple but focused, Super Crate Box is one of those indefinable instant classics that you’ll understand the moment you lay hands on it. A sheer delight.”

— Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog

Super Crate Box “Believe it or not, I reckon I’ve played SCB more than any game in any category. Vlambeer’s bite-sized score-attack platformer was an ingenious confection, and nailed that just-one-more-game catchiness better than any other title this year.”

— Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog

Best Use of PlayStation Move

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2012 - Best Use of PS Move

Portal 2 In Motion

Another tight race, with Sixense’s Portal 2 expansion pack beating back a potent showing from PlayStation Move favorite Sorcery and close runners-up Wonderbook: Book of Spells and Sports Champions 2, while Okami HD claimed the most write-in votes.

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2012 - Editor's Choice

Datura “Probably the best example yet of how PS Move can open up new ways to interact. Navigating the dreamlike forests of Datura from a first-person perspective using PS Move brings a hypnotic surreal quality, as well as a more tactile interface. Really cool stuff.”

— Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog

Datura “I like touching trees.”

— Nick Suttner, PlayStation Blogcast co-host

PixelJunk 4am “Sure, it’s something of an acquired taste and plays best, as advertised, in the small hours after a night on the town, but Q-Game’s music plaything really got its hooks in me over the summer. If you like your digital entertainment arty, freeform and very, very bleepy, this one’s for you.”

— Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog

Most Anticipated PS3 Game

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2012 - PS3 Most Anticipated Platinum

The Last of Us

GotY: The Last of Us
Despite powerful resistance from Grand Theft Auto 5, Naughty Dog’s highly anticipated post-apocalyptic journey The Last of Us claimed the coveted Platinum prize. Bronze winner BioShock Infinite topped Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch by just a handful of votes, while Namco Bandai’s RPG Tales of Xillia earned the most write-in votes.

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2012 - Editor's Choice

Puppeteer “A close call between this and BioShock, but my innate predisposition towards anything involving 2D visuals, running, and jumping won through. Japan Studios’ lovely platformer is a true feast for the senses, shot through with a delightfully dark sense of humor and A-grade character design. One to watch out for.”

— Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog

The Last of Us “An agonizing decision, but (sorry BioShock Infinite) I’m putting my money on Naughty Dog. I’m drawn to the game’s suffocating atmosphere of hopelessness, but I’m also dying to learn more about the fragile relationship between innocent Ellie and world-weary Joel. Fingers crossed that Naughty Dog pulls off something extraordinary here.”

— Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog

Sportsfriends “If you’ve ever managed to catch one at a gaming event such as PAX, you know that Johann Sebastian Joust, Hokra, BaraBariBall and Super Pole Riders are already some of the best local multiplayer games EVER, even in their unreleased forms. Having all of them on PSN, upgraded and collected as Sportsfriends, is just too exciting for words. Get ready to Joust!”

— Nick Suttner, PlayStation Blogcast co-host

Most Anticipated PS Vita Game

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2012 - PS Vita Most Anticipated Platinum

Killzone Mercenary

GotY: Killzone Mercenary
Strong showings from Sly Cooper, Soul Sacrifice, and Tearaway weren’t enough to unseat Guerilla’s upcoming powerhouse. Intriguingly, Atlus USA’s mysterious Dragon’s Crown earned the most write-in votes.

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2012 - Editor's Choice

Guacamelee! “It’s been far too long since I got my hands on a unique exploration-based platformer. Guacamelee’s hyperactive art style and elbow-dropping personality promise to revitalize the genre popularized by games like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.”

— Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog

Soul Sacrifice “Inafune’s dark fantasy promises to bring some serious emotional gravity to the co-op battlefields, such as tragic boss monsters that beg for mercy and an alarming array of life-or-death choices. I’m particularly drawn to the grim, almost grotesque art style.”

— Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog

Tearaway “Can’t wait. Expect wild innovation, free-wheeling creativity and charm in abundance. If you don’t covet a PS Vita now, just wait until this one lands on shelves.”

— Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog

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  • The Last Guardian I still believe in you.

  • AC 3 sucked man

  • Kinda surprised seeing Sly in the Vita most anticipated.

  • Not bad, not bad at all. I voted Borderlands 2 as PS3 GOTY, but am happy with AC3 as being the PS3 GOTY.
    Am shocked though, Sorcery didn’t win the PS Move award. It’s a great Move enabled game.
    And it goes to show, that the most difficult voting decision category is by far, the “Most Anticipated Ps3 Game”.
    Ni No Kuni didn’t even make it into the Winners Circle. Really awesome Demo!

  • Also, might we expect discounted sales on these nominated games, as like what happened in years before?
    Wouldn’t be surprised if they were, and it would be the icing on the cake for what was a great 2012 Playstation
    gaming year!

  • I don’t agree with any of the winners. :(

    I liked Assassin’s Creed III, but I don’t think it’s game of the year material. And Golden Abyss was alright.


  • sigh…can’t believe the overrated Journey beat out Walking Dead. :/

  • SCEA just doesn’t care for the fans anymore. Any cookie-cutter site could’ve pulled this list in a second.

  • And really? Did Uncharted beat out Persona 4? I know Persona is more niche in appeal because its a jrpg, but Golden Abyss was a disappointment as an Uncharted game. Too many forced gimmicky touch controls that brought down the overall experience. Not to mention the story wasn’t the best.

  • @9 The voting was done right here on the PS Blog. There wasn’t any pulling it from a “cookie-cutter site”.

    Borderlands 2 should have won PS3 Platinum, P4G should’ve won Vita Platinum, and Ni No Kuni shouldn’ve won most anticipated PS3 game Platinum.

  • BLOPS2?? seriously? are you people that stupid???

  • Can’t believe PS3 USERS voting for COD games, you people must be masochists

  • How did AC3 win at all!? It’s one of the worst ones yet!

  • i just want to know why the app for pulse is not in the Canadian store ,thanks

  • had no idea Okami supported ps move!!!!

  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss!
    Kickass game

  • the wiiners are all great

  • @12 how dare people vote for a game you don’t like. idiot….

  • it just shows how little taste people have in games anymore. anyone who likes real games add me lol. i am tired of these over rated games always winning.

  • Wow, Soul Sacrifice gets Gold even though it wasn’t part of the options (had to enter it as “Others”).

  • @Fardeenah
    your mom sucked man

  • Great Year, BTW, so um i bought big sky infinity on the PS3 last week, but can’t transfer over on the Vita. It keeps giving me error message. And when i try to download from my Vita download list, same thing. Thanks for looking into this.

  • I love how people say AC3 sucked, why its not living up to your standards? But yet people want The Walking Dead to win.. It won Game of the year on the VGAs so people stop whining. Seriously I am curious about all your taste in games and what you like. I bet many people will say your taste suck too. It an opinion . I think AC3 is a very good game if it wins it wins. It still has one of the most unique of Multiplayer there is. Yup I’m an AC Fan if you don’t like it come find me in the multiplayer. But as I said before its an opinion people have a right to like a game as they see fit.

  • T_T not my favourite game be winner this years..

  • @ Ryuomanu

    You have got to be kidding me. Uncharted is great, playing it right now (for free since I have PS+) and it is not a disapointment. Man, what is it with you, tired of seeing your same old complaints about almost everything. Man, if I was so disappointed with the stuff that Sony puts out week after week, I’d just sell me PS3/Vita.

    What’s your deal man? You love to log on just to complain week after week? I can understand some constructive criticism, but you offer nothing and frankly its quite annoying.

  • How close where some of these awards? Surprised that AC3 and Uncharted: Golden Abyss won.. really thought that Far Cry 3 and Persona 4 Golden would win, but I supposed not as many people have bought those games.

  • Interesting Choices. I’m saddened by the amount of shooters list, but preferences aside. I understand why people voted for what they did. I got the biggest kick out of what the staffers voted for. Those were more along the lines of artistic then mainstream.

    The correct answers are Persona 4 Golden for all of the above. Except for anticipated which is Ni No Kuni.

  • No The Last Guardian – no deal -_-

  • Best award list I’ve seen yet.
    AC 3 totally deserves it, I loved the game.
    Journey too
    I enjoyed Gravity Rush the most but, I guess a silver ain’t all that bad.
    SoundShapes definitely deserves it

    The Last Of Us is of course my most anticipated title and to many others too
    And of course to Killzone mercenary I share the same Excitement.

  • @Sid, so I was right that this was the first time for this poll? It was fun & sure sparks controversy, but that’s cool (but not the childish name-calling toward people with different opinions).

    Anyway, Sid, sometimes I see flashes of great writing from you, as in your opinion quotes above. My favorite is the “portable pugilism” quote. You should copyright that.

    Merry Christmas to the Blog staff. I hope you get some time off for enjoying the holidays and working through your “pile of shame”–Sid Shuman, 2012.

    My backlog has officially turned into a Hoarders episode.

  • Aside from some of the questionable touch controls I thought Uncharted GA was a very very close second place to Uncharted 2. Removal of the touch controls and a bit more filler in the story would have made it #1. I liked the story but I think it needed to focus more on the archeology part of the story than on Chase’s family.

    The collectables portion of the game was the best ever and I commend Sony Bend.

  • Cross Controller for the PS3/Vita is broken! Care to explain why a lot of people are having problems not having it to work!! I tried to DL the file on the Vita but it keeps stopping, and every time I try to re-downloading it it restarts! I need answers to this issue NOW!!!

  • Well, I’d be lying of I said I wasn’t disappointed with many of these results… but congratulations.


  • I take that back. Shouldn’t have said many. But a couple.

  • Anyone who thinks AC3 and Uncharted: GA didn’t deserve to win, I STRONGLY disagree with you. Especially Uncharted. It was an amazing game that I thoroughly enjoy and I want more from Bend Studio with Uncharted! They did a phenomenal job! The only things I’m disappointed with is Walking Dead not winning the platinum and (here’s the bigger one) Watch Dogs not being at least one of the top four in most anticipated games. I agree with The Last Of Us being #1 but Watch Dogs is a clear #2 for me. All 4 games on that Most Anticipated list are games I will be buying and am very excited for but Watch Dogs!!!! This game is going to be SICK.

  • Such poor taste… AC 3 is a complete joke. The second worst game of the franchise.. Conner isn’t likable… I could go on… The rest of the winners isn’t too bad. But man, AC3 really?

  • Nice winners. WHY IS LBP2 CROSS CONTROL BROKEN!?!?!? I follow the steps. Both Vita and PS3 are on my wi-fi signal. I played some GOW via remote play to make sure Ihave that right and everything is done right. So why is it when I click on cross control o LBP2 when Im on the pod and start cross control on my Vita nothing happens? I know a app is supose to download. But myPS3 and Vita don’t do nothing. FIX IT!!!!! You or MM get off your asses and get to work on this. Alot of people are going mad a d getting inpatient.

  • No PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale? BOO

    The Last Guardian is never coming out, definitely not on the PS3. TEAM ICO can rot in hell for all I care. Wouldn’t even allow a rep to be in the PSASBR roster.

  • Really guys… AC3…?!

  • All-Stars… :(

  • I agree with all apart from Ps3 game of the year, AC3 is good and all but I do think there was other games that deserved the title more. I think AC 3 won due to the fact the game is a very well known franchise and people are more familiar with the name than any other title. Then again, my opinion only at the end of the day. Max Payne 3 is my game of the year. Then again, Far cry 3 is waiting underneath the Christmas tree so that can very well be changed.

  • really craps of dookie. i don’t remember the nominations but i believe darksiders 2, max payne 3, etc. should have won. ac3 was okay i guess but borderlands 2 should have won platnium. next or if there’s another bsblog goty please don’t add that annual release piece of dog turds we need real games that have real fans we don’t need kiddies.

  • Re elmatiz’ comment (@15), I also don’t understand why Canadians don’t always have access to the same content. I thought it’s the North American store (although I recognize the PSN cards are country specific).

  • Also, I don’t agree with some of the winners, but who am I to argue with democracy?

  • very good picks by the community. Too bad XCOM, Sleeping Dogs and Battle Royale didn’t get their recognition. At least Far Cry 3 made it.
    A good year. Not the best but good. Oh, and next year… starting with Ni No Kuni… will be awesome!

  • People need to play some more PSM games… Everybody’s Arcade shouldn’t be up there at all!

  • Whoever didn’t vote for Rainbow Moon is a crazy person.

  • @48 Agreed. Here are some other PSM games much better than Everyone’s Arcade:

    Rock Boshers DX
    Fuel Tiracas

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