Incoming: Best of 2012 Awards

GameSpot's annual awards and people's choice award voting are coming soon.

2012 has been another great year for games and, starting next week, we at GameSpot will be honoring the best games of the year with our annual awards. Proceedings will get underway next Monday when we reveal not only this this year's award categories, but also the five nominees that are in the running for each. After Monday, winners will be revealed on the following dates:

  • 12/13 - Genre Award Winners
  • 12/17 - Platform Award Winners
  • 12/20 - Special Achievement Winners
  • 12/25 - Game of the Year Winner

This Wednesday, December 5, marks the start of this year's People's Choice award which, for the first time, will revolve around just one prestigious category: the People's Choice Game of the Year. Voting will employ a bracket system that pits games against each other in head-to-head elimination rounds until only one game remains, and the first 32 match-ups will be determined by a random drawing that you can watch live on Wednesday at 3pm Pacific. The games in contention, in alphabetical order, are as follows:

Will Black Ops 2 and Halo 4 do battle in the first round? Will racers like F1 2012, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and Forza Horizon manage to avoid taking each other out at the first corner? Will your personal pick for Game of the Year face seemingly impassable obstacles en route to the final vote? Join us on Wednesday when we'll be pulling 64 balls out of a bingo blower to find out.

Watch the live seeding here at 3pm PT on Wednesday, December 5.

Following Wednesday's random seeding, you'll be able to commence voting for your favorite games starting on Friday, December 7. the winner will be decided on Saturday, December 29.

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lukasdawn
lukasdawn

I WONDER WHERE LUCIUS AND DARKNESS 2 IS?

rskueem
rskueem

Lots of great games in this list but AC3 and Far Cry 3 are my choices for GOTY :)

suplax
suplax

And the WINNER IS......... Whoever paid Game$pot most !!! .... sigh.

Phrosnite
Phrosnite

It's 18:44 here.... 7th of december... where do I vote?

doktron
doktron

best games I played this year are not even on this list: Black Mesa, Mechwarrior Online

OK so maybe Black Mesa is a mod of an old game, and, Mechwarrior Online is still in beta.Both are remakes of older games,But they have something most games dont: they are hard,challenging, and they dont hold your hand!

spirit_obscura
spirit_obscura

What happened to old voting system & a lot of categories. This is unfair.

LiaraT
LiaraT

Where can I vote???

isrrg
isrrg

gamespot please make it clear on your website where can people vote because i cant find it and i really want my picks to win

Yuna00
Yuna00

I'd like to know the criteria for selecting those games. There some games missing that even thought might not make my personal GOTY but surely I enjoyed a lot more than a bunch on this list.

iandavidvinoya
iandavidvinoya

Oh, I thought there won't be any "best" games in Gamespot's perspective.

pelvist
pelvist

Let the popularity contest begin!

NeoIostars
NeoIostars

Haven't played the game yet, but I hope Dishonored wins, if only to encourage publishers to keep releasing new potential IPs.

Payasoplas
Payasoplas

Without dubious honours, there's no reasn for me to keep track on this...

gawthy
gawthy

Not a fan of this only played 9 games on the list and dont care for most of the rest

lowkey254
lowkey254

Brackets are always ruined by those who are ignorant to anything other than what they know (you only know what you know basically) or others who just want to ruin something. I think this is going to be terrible. Look at the last few brackets you've done; some of the worst voting/trolling I've ever seen.

Renoo27
Renoo27

I've just realized... where the f is The Walking Dead in this list!? 

Ardazu
Ardazu

Well I am all for voting but at least I believe the top 6-8 games shouldn't go against each other until semis or something like that.

 

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Have no idea why GS thinks a bracket system will work worth a damn. Every bracket voting that's been done on this site the last couple of years has pretty much been a train wreck. My money is on the LEGO game or Dance Central 3 winning GOTY.

 

Maybe they are just making sure they get enough comments to support a few months of Feedbakula.

bhmg
bhmg

prepare to see a show of trolls...kids...fanboys...psychopaths...butthurts...That never tested the vast majority of games of this list voting/competing/killing like bloodthirsty zombies in an apocalypse!

laser00
laser00

Hitman Absolution anybody :)

sethfrost
sethfrost

Here's what I always understand about the GOTY process: Publishers love it. Fans want it. -- Here is what I never understood about the GOTY process: unless you have played ALL THE GAMES OF 2012 - not just 60-100 for a couple hours, you cannot vote for a Game of the Year?! To make a decision what is best, you have to KNOW THEM ALL first?! I played way too many in 2012 (around 50?) - but would never vote for anything, because I don't know them all.

se007
se007

Fez is definetely one of the most incredible, original, deep and immersive games I ever played! This is art in its purest form, work of a genius!

Klagmar1
Klagmar1

Where's Xenoblade Chronicles? I was actually impressed with a lot of the games that made it in this list, but you missed the best of the year!

Disturbed_88
Disturbed_88

Bracket vs Regular voting = Cup KnockOut stage Vs League games... And the League is ALWAYS won by the best team (not the luckiest).

Rayrota
Rayrota

This seems very familiar...I have a bad feeling about this.

Prats1993
Prats1993

Best FPS: Farcry 3. Best indie game: mark of the ninja/torchlight 2 (tough one). Best RPG: Guild wars 2. Best action/adventure: Dishonored. Best 3rd person action (not sure if category): Max Payne 3. Best strategy: XCOM. GOTY: Dishonored

super600
super600

Anyway I can already see what we be knocked out for the lulz.

FIamed
FIamed

The Walking Dead is the most memorable game on this list, please give this game what it deserves.......which is GOTY

Strategygamer22
Strategygamer22

Lots of great games in this list, but my favorite is by far Crusader Kings 2.  It was the game that every other Paradox grand strategy game was supposed to be but missed in some way.

NIkoscho
NIkoscho

No ME3, no Black Ops II,no AC III please.Stop talk shit about hyped shitty games.I played the 3 of them ,they are good , but game of the years buddy please.Dishonored ,The walking Dead or Journey.

muppen
muppen

My GOTY this year is Mass Effect 3, no doubt.

emandanijeldax
emandanijeldax

 @AtheistPreacher In Japan it was released in 2010, here in Europe and in Australia it was released in 2011, so it should be nominated every year ?

yogibbear
yogibbear

 @Prats1993 Best indie game: Hotline Miami. GOTY: Hotline Miami. Otherwise agree basically. 

Things left out: The Walking Dead, Mass Effect 3.... don't know if I'd give ME3 any awards..  but it wasn't terrible.

abctr
abctr

 @muppen absolutely, mine too, i'm a big fan of bioware games, when one of theirs is in competition there is no question for anyone else. The story characters, emotions are all so perfectly blend up............

RealFabioSooner
RealFabioSooner

 @saruman354  Also, in which planet Dishonored and Journey were not hyped games?Love them both, as well as ME 3 and AC III, and Walking Dead even more so than all of these... But Dishonored and Journey were also very hyped. If we were talking about, say, Home or Anne or They Bleed Pixels, then we'd have a point.