Max Payne 3 is definitely the best one. Awesome games in the article GameSpot. I will wait for the best PC games 2013 awards :)
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The Best of 2012 Awards
There was a noticeable change of direction for the gaming industry in 2012. As many developers shifted their gaze toward the next generation, the big-budget games that would normally fill our time were in much shorter supply. Thankfully, those that did surface often delighted, intrigued, or otherwise compelled us in some way, so there was again no shortage of diverse, memorable games. Don't think for a second that fewer retail releases dampened our enthusiasm during our heated Game of the Year discussions. Downloadable games have grown immeasurably in recent years, and the wealth of quality experience gave us ample opportunity to argue endlessly in favor of those that moved us. If 2012 is the last full year of the current generation, it certainly ended in a rising crescendo worthy of the technology that's finally being put to rest.
Our approach to this year's award ceremony is slightly different than previous ones. We still have an overall Game of the Year, along with platform- and genre-specific awards. But our Special Achievements, where we focus on individual aspects of games, have taken a new life. No longer do we focus on broad categories such as Funniest Game or Best Soundtrack. Instead, we cut to the heart of what our chosen games did that was worthy of commendation, and phrase the award accordingly. That means there are no longer nominees fighting over the crown given that most of these awards are worded in such a way that only one game actually fits the criteria.
Don't think we forget about you, our passionate readers. Last year, our People's Choice award opened the door to every game released in the year, but we've taken a different approach this time. Using our own secret formula, we selected 64 of the best games of the year, and randomly threw them into a bracket where they move through the ranks based on the popular vote from readers just like you. The cutoff for eligibility is December 4th, 2012, and the voting begins on December 7th.
Enjoy the spectacle!
@iowastate Its called people have no real lives lol. Something to make you feel special for doing something no one really cares about.
@iowastate just...just? how dare you sir, our emblems are a reminder of what we fought for, what we lost and everything we have achieved!! remember that!
So yes we voted to get an emblem and when we get them (for we will not rest until our badges of honor are hanging from our chests) we shall wear them with pride.
@madman683 I agree. This will be the, first time, that i didn't get one, doing this every year, since i became a member.
ARE YOU ENTERTAINED!!!!!!!!!!!
who the hell said that AC3 deserves much better???
f**k that! feed him/her to the LIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Max Payne 3 is best game of 2012 in this game best story and best mission so i am choose Max Payne..........
MAXPAYNE 3 was better dan FAR CRY 3....some missions in far cry 3 is booring.......maxpayne3 is best
Max payne 3 was really good no question, WAY to many cut scenes you cant skip though. It also didnt really feel like a true follow up to max payne 2.
assassin's creed iii !!!!!!! it should be the winner not this crappy journey even if it's not ac3 what happened to the other ones like max payne 3 , far cry 3 , hitman absolution, mass effect 3 any of these should win!!!!!!!! Damn U Gamespot !!! with ur crappy decisions and reviews!!!
@macharlenstarr I don't agree with the choice they made but anyone who says Journey is ugly is either blind or mentally ill...
I think mass effect 3 deserves to be goty but i am a little disappointed that we dont have special achievements like best story,graphics,...
fully second to this - previous years' system was good, if it aint broken why fixing it ? No dubious honours not to make enemies ?
Ok, so next time I think GameSpot go back to the old format, Best Genre awards, Best Console Awards (maybe make a special exclusive section for each console and best multi-plat), special achievement awards (and by that we mean Best Writing, Best Voice Acting, Best Art, ect), dubious awards (most product placement, worst soundtrack, ect) each with 5 nominees and both a peoples choice vote once the nominees are revealed and an editors choice award. and then have GOTY between 10-20 games with both a peoples choice vote and the editors choice (maybe even show us what each editor thought was the GOTY), agree?
Come on gamespot, you should bring back dubious honors... and what happened to other awards like best story, best graphics, best multipayer, etc.?
Gamespot this is the worst awards season you have ever done. You've removed the peoples choice awards almost completely (except for ONE category)
@AQWBlaZer91 I doubt it...the sponsors would steer clear. But for my personal picks...Zombi-U? Hitman: Absolution? Max Payne 3? It just wouldn't be fair to pick one of the later two as they had some merits...I'd say Zombi-U should take home that prestigious award. Anybody else?
@Stevo_the_gamer they use 3pm EST/ 12 noon PST as their release time, quite stupid i think, but then again look at how the people choice is being handeled...
@Jay_Foams nope , it aint
@Jay_Foams You have the right to an opinion, but NBA 2K13 has changed almost nothing. While we have revolutionary games such as The Walking Dead and Dishonored going way out of the park creating new genres.
@SNYPER513 But thats the best sport game out this year. Honesty the best game is MAX PAYNE 3 but for sports 2K13