Whether being overshadowed by other games or just being too big to conquer in a single year, these games will be stalwarts of our gameplay for 2012, if not for the next decade or so.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings – The Witcher 2 is a game that makes this list because we literally couldn’t find the time to fit it in our already jam-packed gaming queues. This doesn’t show flaws with the game as much as it proves that we’re crappy with time management and that some of our staff needs to remember that computers can be used for more than just watching porn (instead of, you know, just waiting for next year’s console port.)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim– Skyrim is an awesome game that will more than likely be named GOTY for many, many different sites. That doesn’t mean we have the time to constantly play it with all the other games that came out. There’s literally hundreds of hours to waste just goofing around in the Nordic landscape not to mention the DLC. It’s safe to say that we may still be playing this game, this time next year.
Star Wars: The Old Republic – Having an MMO launch a few weeks before 2012 makes it a shoo-in for this category, though knowing some of our staff’s obsession with the Star Wars mythology, we’d probably be saying the same thing had the game be released earlier. Whether or not this is a WoW killer isn’t something we can speak to now, but it has all the components needed for sticking around the MMO playground.
Battlefield 3 – BF3 may not have won the war of military combat threequel sales, but it does offer up an experience that appears to have far more staying power than its closest competition. For those of you that lack moderate intellectual levels, we’re not talking about replaying the single player campaign to increase our proficiency… it pretty much sucked.
Dungeon Defenders –Dungeon Defenders was already chock full of content before Trendy Entertainment decided to unleash a ton of holiday themed updates over the last few months. That coupled with a solid community and an exiting co-op experience make this the perfect alternative to those with MMORPG commitment issues.
- Not Entertained Award
- BFG Award
- Infinite Lives Award
- Queued Up Award
- New Character of the Year
- Soundtrack of the Year
- Story of the Year
- Gamers United Award
- Comeback of the Year
- Steady Sequel of the Year
- Proud to be a Video Game Award
- Competitive Multiplayer Game of the Year
- Co-op Game of the Year
- Indie Developer of the Year
- Mobile Game of the Year
- Downloadable Game of the Year – Bottlecaps Division
- Downloadable Game of the Year – Coins Division
- Game of the Year