Casually Addicted’s 2012 Game of the Year Nominations
OVERALL GAME OF THE YEAR
Picking the best game of the year is never a fair accolade. How do you judge the best when each title offers a myriad of ideas and interactions.
Especially in a year like 2012 when the line between movies, TV shows and games has become so blurry. With some parts of games it is now difficult to ascertain what part is exactly a ‘game’ as it is evolved into an emotional interactive experience.
Games are going in new and exciting directions. We will of course always have the typical games where aiming, shooting and jumping at the precise moments create the win. But this years nominations show just how diverse the gaming scene is becoming.
It’s been a strange year for the PlayStation 3 after a star studded 2011. The exclusives have dried up and while PlayStation All-Stars failed to live up to expectations thatgamecompany’s Journey far surpassed them.
Third Party support for the system also hasn’t been bad and with less controversy. While the Skyrim debacle raged on this year in the form of DLC both EA and Ubisoft proved that they can actually develop a game for the PS3 without any problems.
Exclusives aren’t really a Microsoft thing but the Xbox 360 had it’s fair share this year. Forza Horizon and Halo 4 in particular gave racing and shooting fans a plethora of choice when you add in the usual suspects from third-parties.
Xbox Live Arcade continued to impress with the addition of Minecraft and Trials: Evolution but should we still be paying for a gold subscription to watch Netflix and play online? That’s a question for Microsoft to ponder going into 2013 and beyond.
It’s been a while since a new console appeared so we welcome the Wii U into our homes with open arms. The GamePad’s battery is left to be desired and the power is circa 2006 but with a bit of Nintendo spice in HD we’re more than happy with it’s arrival.
A decent launch line-up gave us some interesting games and a new way to play with ZombiU, Nintendo Land and Super Mario Bros. the pick of the bunch so far. We look forward to seeing what delights await in 2013.
The PS Vita has quickly become the ugly duckling of the games industry but like a blossoming flower it’s quickly rising into becoming the must have item.
After a great launch and a smattering of games all year the Vita has hardly been out of our hands here at Casually Addicted. Gravity Rush, Sound Shapes, Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation and even our surpise hit Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward kept us rocking with the Vita right through to the end of the year.
Downloading games now is no longer a way to lose a few minutes with a small game anymore but a way of gaining an experience that even some full retail games fail to match.
These so-called ‘smaller’ are fast becoming a major part of the industry with games like Minecraft and Journey changing the perception of gamers and people outside the industry. Are games art? Some of these should be hung up high when that debate rolls around again.
Individual characters in games are becoming as important as gameplay itself in some instances. A strong character helps the identity of the game and in the case of Far Cry 3 it can also be a main selling point of what your trying to portray.
Emotion has been the theme of the year for 2012 and with some fantastic performances by some truly incredible voice actors and actresses this is one of our strongest categories.