Cast Your Vote For The Escapist's Game of the Year 2012

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I'm not voting because I haven't played the majority of those games and what I have played I don't consider GOTY material but if Spec Ops aka Ironic Gears of War: The Re-skin wins I'm going to be severely disappointed.

This poll was nicely set up and the backgrounds when you voted looked good.

This year I will not write a page long argument why the game of the year poll is bad.

I went with Mass Effect 3. As much as the ending was... disappointing (though there I still enjoyed the vagueness to a degree), the overall game was a long, expansive journey that allowed us to say goodbye to the characters we'd spent two other games interacting with. And even though the original endings didn't show where they ended up, it was enough to get those final moments with them. Those last bits of character to see who they'd become.

The runner-up for me was Walking Dead. The story was great, the characters were well-rounded, and the atmosphere was pretty excellent. But there were parts that I didn't care for that much. And even though the last episode ended so brilliantly, the gameplay to me was somewhat dull and created a slow pace when things should have been very hurried. The beginning of the last episode comes to mind.

Dishonored would have been on there. But while the gameplay was excellent, I felt the story was somewhat bloated. It was easily most hurt by the fact the main character didn't ever get much of a personality. And that became all the more obvious when Emily was involved. You could make choices on what to do of course, but that didn't say anything about the person doing them.

And finally, I haven't played a lot of the games on there. I'm about halfway through Spec Ops, which is good but not quite GOTY so far. I'd have played P4G if I could afford a Vita, since I never was able to play 3 or 4 before. I've wanted to try Journey, but I haven't gotten on my PS3 in ages. Xcom has been one I actually almost picked up but didn't realize a sale ended that day. And... well, the rest are pretty much all down to not being able to afford them.

Caramel Frappe:
I had to go with The Walking Dead.

What other game got you to care so immensely for the characters, that not only did you actually remember their names but feel really bad if you had to do something that would screw over the other person? Crap, they made me really care for Clementine and she's a kid ... kids tend to be put there so people 'have' to care, but this game makes it where I just want to, and if she's hurting then I really am.

I'll never forget the experience, and each Chapter was not a disappointment but actually heightened up how amazing it is. People argue it's not a game because it's a point and click, but you know ... if Mass Effect didn't have the combat it would just be a dialogue game too, which it's basically solely revolved around dialogue and choices. Except in this game, every choice you make will affect everyone, and WILL come back to haunt you. It just will, and I love it.

I was liking it til the stupid save problems came in. It was mentioned on the podcast as well. Plus the main storyline was a bit of a railroad.

So I think I'll go with Xcom just by the virtue of how much time I sank into it and how it enjoyable it all was.

of the games i played this year guild wars 2 was the one that made me smile and enjoy messing around in a fantasy setting again and that itself is an achievement after years of rpg experience
the 'do what you want sandbox' aspect is nice, but there's still structure if you want it the whole game has a certain fluidity to it that others lack partly because it takes drop in drop out events so seriously and lets you do a little or allot of something a day with near equal reward
and partly because combat is exactly what you make of it, equip a shield? be the tank. why not right?

a very close second is dishonored for me, ( mostly out of my bias love of teleporting, stabbing things and sneaking )
but that has it's issues in other areas so it still doesn't win

mass effect 3 looses because it's on origin, the rest take equal mid field

Formica Archonis:
The day you realize you're visiting a site out of habit:

You look at their X of the year candidates and realize you haven't even seen one of them outside the site.

I'm confused...are you trying to say that you've never heard of games like Mass Effect 3, Xcom, and Spec Ops? I don't quite understand what mean.

Haven't played X-Com yet, I'm getting it at Christmas. Mass Effect 3 and Spec Ops: The Line were good sure but I voted for The Walking Dead. Hope Series 2 will be good.

gardian06:
Oh no. the Escapist is "learning" from the VGAs, but only letting us vote on Game of the Year. Will they be getting Samual L Jackson to announce it too? the only thing that I can truly give them is that they are giving the option of 20 titles.

OT: the funniest thing is that each of these games would fall into Game of the Year for very different reasons. emotional impact, overall fun, shear comedy...

So it will mostly depend on which one delivered its desired effect to the largest number of readers.

Actually, we just thought we'd do something fun. Last year we did the 12 Games of Christmas. This year, it's GOTY.

Your hostility is really uncalled for.

Haven't played a single one of the games (except Diablo 3, but, you know...), so I voted P4: Golden since I played/loved the original Persona 4. lol

Susan Arendt:

gardian06:
Oh no. the Escapist is "learning" from the VGAs, but only letting us vote on Game of the Year. Will they be getting Samual L Jackson to announce it too? the only thing that I can truly give them is that they are giving the option of 20 titles.

OT: the funniest thing is that each of these games would fall into Game of the Year for very different reasons. emotional impact, overall fun, shear comedy...

So it will mostly depend on which one delivered its desired effect to the largest number of readers.

Actually, we just thought we'd do something fun. Last year we did the 12 Games of Christmas. This year, it's GOTY.

Your hostility is really uncalled for.

Scrooges be scrooging it up in here.

I voted P4: Golden just so I could get the Teddie badge.

...

And because Golden is a really ducking awesome remake.

Halo 4 and a WoW expansion make the list, but Darksiders 2 doesn't. Right. /facepalm
Oh well, Dishonored it is, then.

neonsword13-ops:
I voted P4: Golden just so I could get the Teddie badge.

I cannot argue that reasoning. :D

At first I saw XCOM and thought that it's going to be simple, but they just HAD to put FTL there as well. I still chose XCOM but I'll be just as happy if FTL wins. Both games surprised me very much and got me interested in strategy and tactics again.

If someone out there is facing the same choice, please vote FTL to balance things out.

Dragon's Dogma was my GOTY.

Since it's not listed, I'll give the nod to Dishonored, which was my runner-up. It's not a bad choice, but I'm a bit disappointed with the composition of the list. Oh well. That's the way it goes sometimes.

Journey looks like a game I could take or leave. It's artistic, great, maybe it has an underlying message, but in the end I'm all about gameplay and it doesn't look like it has much. In the end however I believe it's a PS3 exclusive, so I can't play it on my PC.

The only game that's really jumped above average for me this year has been Dishonored.

I went with The Walking Dead. I'll admit I haven't played Spec Ops: The Line or Journey so I get the feeling my opinion may be worth less. However, as someone who enjoys character development and story heavily, The Walking Dead didn't just deliver, it served story on a beautiful plate for me to feast upon. It broke tropes when it was needed (e.g. instead of having a child who was a bag of sugar you have to lug around, she was actually useful and interesting) without coming off as needlessly rebellious (e.g. like it didn't keep hammering home anti-climaxes and twists at every corner, some things were expected but it was enjoyable for that). It didn't give an illusion of choice, it actually gave you choice. You want to lie to someone? Sure! Go for it! He/she may or may not find out about it and will hate you for not just that episode but for future episodes for it. You want to save X over Y, sure, that'll affect future episodes as X will act differently to Y in future events. It was still slightly rail-roaded, but you still felt in control and like you could make a difference.

The story writing was incredible, with not a single part of your crew feeling 2D and all of them affecting things. No one lurked in the background for no reason. If they lurked, they were coming out later to do something important or were lurking for a good reason. Another thing is, for a very tired genre like zombies they actually looked at it from a fresh new angle. Instead of a focus on the zombies, the focus was on the survivors and that felt amazing and fresh, especially considering the characters didn't feel like 2D tropes but rather fleshed out characters to care about.

Also, oh god, that ending. Oh god.

sethisjimmy:
I'm not voting because I haven't played the majority of those games and what I have played I don't consider GOTY material but if Spec Ops aka Ironic Gears of War: The Re-skin wins I'm going to be severely disappointed.

I really can't decide if you're trolling or just incredibly misinformed...

Mass Effect 3

Yes I was one of many that complained at the ending
Yes I complained about the Omega DLC

but

It's the only game released this year that I feel compelled to return to
and it's the only multiplayer I've ever wanted to play more than once!

Man, so many people complaining that X game isn't on their list. Don't forget this list was decided on by other human beings with likes and dislikes; I don't think they were trying to encompass all possible scenarios, just the ones they thought would work best. Try not to take it too seriously.

For me, I only played 2 games on this list. 3 if you count P4 Golden since I played the original. It was a very, very close pick between the two, but I'm going Mass Effect 3. I just spent so much time on it, and I was one of the lucky few who didn't mind the ending. Overall the game didn't quite live up to my expectations but what I was expecting was basically impossible and I can't blame it for not achieving that.

Runner-up is Borderlands 2, which almost won because that is a game that actually did succeed in everything it tried to do. So much pure fun that it was hard to put any game above it.

Andrew Sayers:

sethisjimmy:
I'm not voting because I haven't played the majority of those games and what I have played I don't consider GOTY material but if Spec Ops aka Ironic Gears of War: The Re-skin wins I'm going to be severely disappointed.

I really can't decide if you're trolling or just incredibly misinformed...

I've beaten the game, not really sure how much more informed I could be. It's mediocre and IMO very much undeserving of the praise it gets.

My main problems with it can be summed up here: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.395379-Worst-game-s-of-2012?page=6#16082364

Essentially while it tries to satirize the generic shooter genre to provoke thought and reflection, it ultimately misses the mark for me because it is a generic shooter itself.

I can't believe Mass Effect 3 was nominated for Game of the Year.
I mean seriously did NO ONE play it?
It was garbage.

Here's hoping one of the actual good games on the list actually wins there are only like 5 of them anyway.

sethisjimmy:

I've beaten the game, not really sure how much more informed I could be. It's mediocre and IMO very much undeserving of the praise it gets.

My main problems with it can be summed up here: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.395379-Worst-game-s-of-2012?page=6#16082364

Essentially while it tries to satirize the generic shooter genre to provoke thought and reflection, it ultimately misses the mark for me because it is a generic shooter itself.

If it had innovative, interesting gameplay then it wouldn't really add anything for me.

PLus I actually kind of enjoyed the gameplay

I voted for The Walking Dead. Because it managed to destroy my soul in a good way.

Busfull:

If it had innovative, interesting gameplay then it wouldn't really add anything for me.

PLus I actually kind of enjoyed the gameplay

Nothing wrong with that, it just didn't do anything for me. I didn't feel like it stood out against other cover shooters that well.

We couldn't agree amongst ourselves

then there is only one way to settle this
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My favourite games this year were:
Journey
Xcom
Spec Ops

Natural Selection 2 where art thou? Also Max Payne 3 and Sleeping Dogs yeah. Either way even though it had some glaring flaws(namely length) I went with Dishonored, thought about Farcry but it was also pretty short. Though I finally got Spec Ops I still haven't got around playing it shamefully enough.

sethisjimmy:

Busfull:

If it had innovative, interesting gameplay then it wouldn't really add anything for me.

PLus I actually kind of enjoyed the gameplay

Nothing wrong with that, it just didn't do anything for me. I didn't feel like it stood out against other cover shooters that well.

I can buy that. I was more invested in what was going to happen with the characters.

I voted for Spec Ops: the line. It is a truly giant leap for videogame storytelling and allows you to experience the trauma real soldiers go through and the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It doesn't glorify war like other FPS games, it makes you suffer the brutal realities of war and it lets you know how ridiculous modern shooters are by using the same mechanics to drive home the point.

Plus I have not seen many first-person shooters where the enemies actually try to flank you and make proper use of grenades to flush you out of cover instead of always attacking head on!

I voted for Walking Dead. This has been a terrible year for video games.

'twas a tough choice betwixt Spec Ops: The Line and Dishonored.

I went with Dishonored in the end. Spec Ops was spoiled for me, so perhaps that's unfair, but I can't deny how much I enjoyed Dishonored.

I've been playing Far Cry 3 a lot over the past few weeks and I would have said it was my "Game of the Year" but then I started getting near the end of the story. Eh...

So yeah, Dishonored gets my vote.

(Side-note: Aside from being a great game, I gave my vote to Dishonored because it's available on PS3, Xbox and PC. It also doesn't require a ton of upgrades just to make it playable (I'm looking at you, Secret World). I hear things about Journey and I think "Why have I never heard of this game?" Oh, right...it's a PSN exclusive and that's the system I don't have. Sure, it's difficult to make this an even playing field, but a game like Dishonored shines on any platform.)

A lot of picks for me, but I had to go with Dishonored.

I'm sorry Guild Wars 2 :(

I have to throw my vote behind Guild Wars 2. If only because it has monopolized all my gaming time since it was released. I flitted from game to game before, constantly scouring steam for the next big thing. And once I found Guild Wars 2, it's all I've been doing. The play is fun and compelling and I've enjoy the social aspect thoroughly.

No brainer, it's GW2.

Susan Arendt:
I'm confused...are you trying to say that you've never heard of games like Mass Effect 3, Xcom, and Spec Ops? I don't quite understand what mean.

I've heard of them. Here. That's it. I've never seen a physical game box for them. Never seen anything running them. Never spoke to anyone about them. To my knowledge I've never been within 20 feet of the games. Any of them.

I think I'd already hung up my claim to being a gamer a while ago, but I think this makes it official.

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