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Game of the Year Awards 2012 - The Nominees
Game of the Year Awards 2012 - The Nominees
Written Monday, December 24, 2012 By Lee Bradley
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It’s almost time. 2012 is coming to a close and for the past couple of weeks we’ve been arguing it out to decide the nominees for our Game of the Year Awards, celebrating 12 months worth of gaming excellence. It hasn’t been easy.

There’s been a slew of high-quality titles this year, from indie gems to AAA blockbusters, and getting them down to a choice of just five per category has been difficult. But, as Father Christmas warms up the reindeer and the shepards wash their socks, it’s time to unveil our shortlists.

So without further ado, here are the nominees for PS3T’s Game of the Year Awards 2012. Have a look below, tell us what you think, then come back on New Year’s Eve for all the winners and runners up.

Best Premise of the Year
Borderlands 2
Max Payne 3
Dishonored
Far Cry 3
Assassin’s Creed III

Best Story of the Year
Spec Ops: The Line
Max Payne
Mass Effect 3
The Walking Dead
Dishonored

Best Multiplayer of the Year
Borderlands 2
FIFA 13
Black Ops II
Assassin’s Creed III
Max Payne 3

Best Graphics of the Year
Dishonored
Mass Effect 3
Resident Evil 6
Max Payne 3
Assassin’s Creed III

Best Original Score of the Year
Mass Effect 3
Dishonored
Assassin’s Creed III
Journey
Max Payne 3

New Franchise of the Year
Sleeping Dogs
Dishonored
The Walking Dead
Dragon’s Dogma
Binary Domain

PSN Game of the Year
The Unfinished Swan
The Walking Dead
Journey
Tokyo Jungle
Sound Shapes

Innovative Gameplay Feature of the Year
Dragon’s Dogma - Pawn System
Quantum Conundrum - Dimensions
Dishonored - Blinking
Hitman: Absolution - Contracts Mode
Unfinished Swan - Paint Throwing

Surprise of the Year
Dragon’s Dogma
Transformers
XCOM
Sleeping Dogs
Fifa Street

Disappointment of the Year
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
Resident Evil 6
Medal of Honor: Warfighter
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
007 Legends

Developer of the Year
Ubisoft Montreal
Firaxis
TellTale
thatgamecompany
Arkane Studios

Publisher of the Year
Sony
Square Enix
2K
Ubisoft
EA

Game of the Year
Mass Effect 3
The Walking Dead
Far Cry 3
Dishonored
XCOM





 
 

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Comment #1 by mjc0961
Monday, December 24, 2012 @ 01:25:29 PM
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Everything related to TellTale and The Walking Dead would get my pick! That game was fucking amazing and really set the bar for what we should expect for many game elements like character development and moral choices.

 
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Comment #2 by dda1996a
Monday, December 24, 2012 @ 01:55:43 PM
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Game of the year doesnt have journey or assassins creed 3?

 
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Comment #3 by ForceGrip86
Monday, December 24, 2012 @ 03:36:50 PM
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Surprise of the Year for me should definitely be Sleeping Dogs in my opinion.

 
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Comment #4 by JuggernautClone
Monday, December 24, 2012 @ 08:11:18 PM
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Multiplayer of the Year for me would have to be Black Ops 2. Hate on me all you want, but at the end of the day, CoD still brings me back to play its MP, that and it's the only game there I have played the MP on (still finishing up AC3 in SP, which would be my pick for best SP of the year).

 
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Comment #5 by olsen77 [STAFF]
Monday, December 24, 2012 @ 08:14:57 PM
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Great to see XCOM up there. Such an awesome and underrated game.

 
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Comment #6 by Vorlon
Monday, December 24, 2012 @ 11:26:06 PM
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Far Cry 3 and The Walking Dead are my games of the year.

 
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Comment #7 by felly777
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 @ 01:54:46 AM
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Walking Dead looks in a good position to sweep quite a few of these awards

 
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Comment #8 by refan122
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 @ 02:38:20 AM
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come on why is re6 in dissapointment of the year?! besides that it looks like a awsome list

 
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Comment #9 by Psycho-DioXx
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 @ 05:00:35 AM
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why isn't journey a nominatee for game of the year? It was awesome and diferent. Really unique

 
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Comment #10 by Psycho-DioXx
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 @ 05:01:45 AM
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nominee, sorry

 
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Comment #11 by OmniOmegaKillr
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 @ 09:29:45 AM
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@8...Because you will played for one weak and then i dare you, to play it again just one hour without began feel boring.
lol
**sorry for my english**

 
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Comment #12 by RandyAghem
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 @ 02:41:40 PM
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Why the hell is RE6 one of the disappointment game of the year i yhe nominees? You are making me disappointment PS3Trophies,

 
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Comment #13 by Aboelsas
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 @ 02:34:34 AM
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now this is a respected game of the years awards every other website was giving bizarre nominees PS3Trophies.org u Rock !!

 
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Comment #14 by FuryOfFirestorm
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 @ 04:21:26 AM
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Best MP: ACIII
Biggest Disappointment: RE 6
New Franchise: Sleeping Dogs

 
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Comment #15 by Seasonreaper
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 @ 06:07:34 AM
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This is actually a pretty damn solid list. Good to see XCOM, Spec Ops and The Walking Dead on there as that's further confirmation that I NEED TO GET THOSE GAMES.

I've only bought a couple of games this year and I've recently realised what I've been missing out on. Pity without any internet connection at home I can't grab TWD, Okami HD, Journey or Unfinished Swan :(.

 
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Comment #16 by Low
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 @ 09:28:47 AM
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FIFA 13, Best Multiplayer? Constant disconnections, no skill required because of the chemistry system in the game, you have very little control of your team. When I play FIFA, I refer to my controller as the suggestion box! Absolutely terrible multiplayer, it'll be the death of the games industry for me if this poor excuse for a game wins any best award.

 
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Comment #17 by theDane21
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 @ 12:43:55 PM
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Game of the year - The walking Dead
Best MP - Borderlands 2
Disappointment of the year - any game that is released annually (not RE6)
surprice of the year - FarCry 3

 
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Comment #18 by kingofirony
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 @ 02:31:47 PM
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why is there no Sports goty?

 
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Comment #19 by bowskillz
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 @ 05:49:08 PM
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@18
Because most are the same game almost every year the only difference every
release is the price (it goes up) and team rosters.

 
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Comment #20 by terryfu
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 @ 06:39:33 PM
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Good list. Tough to choose from all of them. Played most and will be starting some soon. All are superb games in my opinion.

 
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Comment #21 by beanietheman
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 @ 06:55:24 PM
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I read this list and felt dissapointed , i tried to think of a better list, a better game but 2012 has let me down with the amount of releases and dissapointing AAA's. 2013 shall hopefully be more reliable with its promises of great games. ACIII ruled though

 
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Comment #22 by Taktikzade
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 07:44:41 AM
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Supprised that Hitman wasn't selected in the top 5 for "BEST GRAPHICS"...
Got that game at Christmas and the graphics are superb - almost look like real life, especially when there are hundreds of people on the screen.

 
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Comment #23 by SonicBelmont
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 09:26:09 AM
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resident evil 6 would get my vote for biggest disappointment. lmao

The lists look right to me. Nice work guys!

 
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Comment #24 by XxTIER1ELITExX
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 05:13:34 PM
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Sleeping dogs should win every category they are in, and why is MOH warfighter in disappointment of the year, it did a better job than black ops 2. Also how the hell is Assassins Creed 3 in best multiplayer its awful just like revelations was.

 
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Comment #25 by smartdude1212
Friday, December 28, 2012 @ 01:18:43 AM
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TWD should be in the surprise category... because let's cut the shit, it surprised a lot of people.

 
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Comment #26 by twyz
Friday, December 28, 2012 @ 06:17:41 PM
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Walking Dead is my Game of the Year.

 
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Comment #28 by hooch is crazy
Saturday, December 29, 2012 @ 12:11:58 AM
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Premise: dishonoured (yes i spelt it wrong, im australian ok)
Story: spec ops
multiplayer: black ops 2
graphics:AC3
original score: ME3
new franchise: dishonoured
PSN: walking dead
Innovative: Hitman
Surprise: sleeping dogs
disappointment: 007
developer: ubisoft
publisher: square enix
game: farcry3

 
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Comment #29 by SwordSpiTTer
Saturday, December 29, 2012 @ 08:48:01 AM
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Premise: Dishonored
Story: Mass Effect 3
Multi: Borderlands 2
Graphics: AC3
Score: Journey
Franchise: The Walking Dead
PSN GOTY: Journey/ The Walking Dead..Can't decide
Innovative: Dragons Dogma
Surprise: Sleeping Dogs
Disappointment: MOH
Developer: Telltales
Publisher: SONY
GOTY: Walking Dead






 
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Comment #30 by snakeisnotdead
Saturday, December 29, 2012 @ 11:27:26 AM
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Best Premise of the Year: Far Cry 3
Best Story of the Year: Max Payne 3
Best Multiplayer of the Year: Max Payne 3
Best Graphics of the Year: Max Payne 3
Best Original Score of the Year: Assassin’s Creed III
New Franchise of the Year: Dragon’s Dogma
PSN Game of the Year: Journey
Innovative Gameplay Feature of the Year: Dragon’s Dogma - Pawn System
Surprise of the Year: Dragon’s Dogma
Disappointment of the Year: Medal of Honor: Warfighter
Developer of the Year: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher of the Year: Ubisoft
Game of the Year: Far Cry 3

 
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Comment #31 by GizM0 The Great
Saturday, December 29, 2012 @ 02:38:33 PM
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Best Premise of the Year: Far Cry 3

Best Story of the Year: The Walking Dead

Best Multiplayer of the Year: Assassins Creed III

Best Graphics of the Year: Assassins Creed III

Best Original Score of the Year: Assassin’s Creed III

New Franchise of the Year: Dragon’s Dogma

PSN Game of the Year: The Walking Dead

Innovative Gameplay Feature of the Year: Hitman: Absolution - Contracts Mode

Surprise of the Year: Dragon’s Dogma

Disappointment of the Year:/EVER:: 007 Legends

Developer of the Year: Ubisoft Montreal

Publisher of the Year: Ubisoft

Game of the Year: Far Cry 3

 
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Comment #32 by Ron-A-Palooza
Saturday, December 29, 2012 @ 09:25:13 PM
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MP of the year best not be black ops II. Game was trash. Sub par graphics, recycled EVERYTHING!

 
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Comment #33 by Terminator
Sunday, December 30, 2012 @ 04:53:07 AM
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For me Borderlands 2 and Gearbox win in all relevant categories.

 
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Comment #34 by Biggs
Sunday, December 30, 2012 @ 01:17:42 PM
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Disappointment of the year was RE6 hands down, it was a big downgrade from 5 and thats being nice about it.

 
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Comment #35 by bowskillz
Monday, December 31, 2012 @ 04:47:35 AM
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@32 are you sure i dont think all that futuristic stuff was 'copy and pasted' and in HD the graphics were pretty good so shut your fucking whining ive had enough of cod haters

 
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Comment #36 by DJAndy2K
Monday, December 31, 2012 @ 08:27:07 AM
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Tokyo Jungle for PSN Game of the Year.

 
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Comment #37 by JimmyHogeveen
Monday, February 18, 2013 @ 06:36:43 PM
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The Walking Dead was just amazing !!

 
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Comment #38 by the king of games vagos
Friday, October 18, 2013 @ 04:08:55 AM
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Assassins creed 3 without second thoughts


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