Game of the Year 2013 Day 1 of 3

It’s a little late this year but with good reason. There were just so many last minute games that I had to knock out before I could compile my list. With new consoles, the list of platforms for which great games to appear on is on an all time high. I played games on smartphones, tablets, handhelds and on consoles new and old in 2013. Now it’s time to reflect and acknowledge some of the highs and lows of the last year.

The 2013 Game I Wish I Bought & Played in 2013

Winner: Grand Theft Auto V


I had many opportunities to purchase Grand Theft Auto V for $39.99 but I didn’t want to play it on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 generation of consoles. I had faith that Rockstar would be bringing their trademark sequel to PC. So I decided to wait and miss out.

Runner ups: DmC, Rayman: Legends

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Game of the Year 2012 Day 3 of 3

For the final day of my Game of the Year 2012 awards, I bring you my favorite soundtrack, my favorite 2011 game that I played in 2012 and my top 10 list of the year. 2012 was a fun year filled with pleasant surprises towards its tail end.

Best Soundtrack of 2012

Winner: Hotline: Miami


Like Shatter, I wouldn’t have picked up Hotline: Miami if it wasn’t for the soundtrack. Hotline: Miami is nothing without its soundtrack. The beats chosen for this game helped define and shape its atmosphere and my approach to the game. It’s not intrinsic to the gameplay like with Rez but I cannot imagine the game without it.

Runner-ups: Journey, Call of Duty: Black Ops II

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Game of the Year 2012 Day 2 of 3

Day two brings the pleasant and unpleasant surprises of 2012.

Also forget finding a runner-ups, I had a difficult time finding a winner for the “Most Disappointing Game of 2012” because of the pre-screening I conducted before committing any resources on a game this year.

On the other hand, there were plenty of surprises to name. I kept it to three but as you will see tomorrow, I found many great experiences from some unlikely games.

Most Disappointing Game of 2012

Winner: Final Fantasy XIII-2


I enjoyed Final Fantasy XIII. I was looking forward to this release because I actually liked the universe Square Enix fabricated. I also heard some utterances of this game being better than the original which probably raised my hopes up a bit too much. In the end technical issues, grinding and unlikable characters soured the experience for me.

Runner-ups: N/A

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Game of the Year 2012 Day 1 of 3

game-of-the-year-2012-logoI didn’t play many 2012 releases until the waning months of the year. It wasn’t due to the lack of time; it was because I felt the “good stuff” didn’t drop until then. Mass Effect 3 was the only major release that I chose to pick up early on. I let many titles go by but even with that in mind, I somehow managed to play enough (or see enough) 2012 games to assemble a Game of the Year feature.

The 2012 Game I Wish I Bought & Played in 2012

Winner: Fez


I didn’t just want to play Fez in 2012; I wanted to experience Fez during its release window. There was something more to this 8-bit styled platformer and for a while its unraveling dominated my Twitter feed, podcasts and forums. Online centric games always warrant a day one purchase but it’s rare to see a single player game kick up so much fervour from the gaming community.

Runner-ups: Mark of the Ninja, Dead or Alive 5

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