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Because I Said So Part 3 - 2012

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Because I Said So is the only game of the year awards you should care about...because I said so.

If you missed Part 1, check it out to see my 2012 choice for most disappointing, favourite unplayed and best old game. If you'd prefer to see which game had the best set of costumes or virgin sacrifice, Part 2 is where it's at.

On to Part 3, the platform awards. My GOTY will emerge from this list, so be sure to pay close attention!

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WINNER - Sleeping Dogs

Everything just worked in Sleeping Dogs and worked really well. Coupled with the beautifully detailed backdrop of Hong Kong and you've got yourself an awesome game.

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RUNNER UP - Spec Ops: The Line

It seemed like any other shooter at first, but then the story takes a horrible twist and becomes deep and dark.

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WINNER - The Walking Dead Series

I've purchased episodic games before, but few had me eagerly awaiting the next episode as The Walking Dead did. I've never read the comic or watched the TV show, but now I'm a fan.

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RUNNER UP - Guild Wars 2

Until Guild Wars 2, EverQuest 2 had been the only other MMO I'd given any decent attenton to. It's so good I'd almost agree to pay a monthly subscription if they asked...or not.

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WINNER - Mass Effect 3

Despite the whole "revised" ending scenario, I was quite satisfied with how it ended and never bothered to download the updates. It was a great way to wrap up the series.

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RUNNER UP - Halo 4

It's a space shooter about this dude in armor who kicks alien butt. I thought it was pretty fun.

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WINNER - The Unfinished Swan

I loved the fairy tale story, I loved the unique gameplay and I loved the creative visual presentation. If you're lucky, it may even be one of those games that hits you on an emotional level. Everyone else will probably say it sucks.

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RUNNER UP - Yakuza 4

While the story isn't quite as good as the previous game, the gameplay improvements were a welcome change. I love the series and can't wait for Yakuza 5. Oh, that zombie spin-off wasn't too bad either.

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WINNER - New Super Mario Bros U

New Super Mario Bros U feels like a step back in quality from the latest 3DS Mario game, but you can forgive it thanks to the beautiful HD.

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RUNNER UP - Assassin's Creed III

Once I realised I could play this on the gamepad, I traded my PS3 version in for the Wii U version. After a disappointing experience with the Vita's AC Liberation, it almost feels like I got the handheld AC I deserve.

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WINNER - Gravity Rush

Atmospheric is the best word to describe this game. I was sucked into the world, the story, the characters and the music. It was so refreshing in a year full of so many sequels and remakes.

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RUNNER UP - Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Not quite as stunning as the console versions, but quite an achievement for a handheld game.

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WINNER - Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

I'm a sucker for Layton games and as long as they keep releasing them, they'll continue to be on my end of year list.

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RUNNER UP - New Super Mario Bros. 2

The whole coin collecting thing was a touch of genius. It gave me a reason to explore every bit of a level, rather than doing a power run through as I usually do.

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WINNER - McPixel

One of the few games released this year that lets you sacrifice virgins, piss on anything and kick every person in the groin.

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RUNNER UP - The Act

An interactive game from a team of guys who once drew for Disney. You can see it in this game and it looks fantastic.

That's it for Part 3. Keep an eye out next week for Part 4 where I'll announce my NUMBER 1 (and probably 2 and 3) GAME OF THE YEAR! Be sure to share your favourites below, but just remember mine are what matter...because I said so.