Game of the Year 2012

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UshLee
UshLee

This is GOTY? seriously, not even Max Payne 3, Assassins Creed 3 or Sleeping Dogs were nominees. You people make me vomit.

Epicurus-Reborn
Epicurus-Reborn

You fools, this is why there is a user choice award. So the game *critics* can honor innovation and the rest of us with nothing more than an opinion can award something appeasing to the masses. Contain your rage. And I commend you gamespot for choosing with integrity instead of picking what would be most popular. Kudos. 

JayTheGent
JayTheGent

Wow. I literally just signed up to say this is the worst thing to happen to gaming since Diablo 3! Journey? Are you kidding me? And Far Cry 3 doesn’t even get a nomination? Journey has average (at best) graphics and virtually no user interaction. 

I wish I didn’t have to sign up to comment.  I do not want to support your subscriptions, but this list is poorly thought up and there is no way Journey is GOTW!!!

Shinobi-Neo
Shinobi-Neo

Journey, I really need to get this game !!

Naruto_88
Naruto_88

This is the worst GOTY. Ever! Most games are better than this. I appreciate that it is a good game, for some, but not for me.

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

I haven't finish Journey so i can't comment too much but so far Journey offers me a very unique gaming experience. Congratulations to ThatGameCompany and Santa Monica Studio. But to me, Far Cry 3 and The Walking Dead are the best game of 2012.

jdog8888888
jdog8888888

What is with the laugh track at 7:33 in the video? 

NovahJCMP
NovahJCMP

Seriously?! Oh my word, what is wrong with everyone this year or rather last. I didn't play Journey or Walking Dead but I did play Dishonored, Far Cry 3, Assassins Creed 3, Max Payne 3 and a few more just to name a few and they were all brilliant!!!! Especially dishonored. And they mostly got brilliant reviews so I am very confused and annoyed and I'm not the only judging from some of the other comments. Were the votes rigged, only the online community voted or did they just think it was better than a lot of other brilliant games? Hopefully it's better this year

friskiescat
friskiescat

journey aye how much did the game company pay you guys at gamespot? the game looks very uninteresting and boring. bad graphics.

marty2004
marty2004

Disapointed, i played journey and its definetly not GOTY.good but not GOTY

therealsig
therealsig

I'm super surprised at these reactions. Journey being game of the year makes almost too much sense. Best gaming experience of my life; I'm sorry but even doubting this choice is a bit disturbing.

Renato19684
Renato19684

So according to most of the "gamers" in here, GOTY is a game where you do the same stuff in almost the same way? ... boring

Xehovah
Xehovah

Yes, Journey is the best game of the year. That's why I love you guys so much. You always pick the best, not the easiest.

datadogg7888
datadogg7888

I don't get why everyone is so disappointed. Journey was a good game and if I remember correctly, GOTY was decided by OUR votes and thus was decided by the majority of users. Rather, I am pleased with this outcome, but to each their own.

Sauoersico911
Sauoersico911

Wtf this is shit these are the same guys who chose super Mario galaxy over cod 4 bio shock and mass effect gamespot should be ashamed really they picked journey over games like assassins creed 3 come on mass effect is 100009000 times better then journey even walking dead is better then journey and spelunky and guild wars two I am more disappointed about the retared choices these imbeciles chose they don't make good choices and well I going to disconnect from gamespot alog with my 200 friends from school gamespot you suck and shall never revive a liking from me I have lost all respect for gamespot so I bid you a big failure for your decisions

Sauoersico911
Sauoersico911

Extreme disappointment in gamespot

My thought on gamespot is that I don't care what you say

You have lost all respect from me and I bid you many failures in your future

Sincerely a disappointed member

Resheph
Resheph

Are these the same guys that gave black and white a 10 so many years ago? 


OGflarko
OGflarko

@wizardboyus Usually they have outlets for Laptops and ur devices. Plus I dont know of any laptops that would last 8 hours on a game like dishonored or Deadspace

Derugs
Derugs

Spelunky!!  Are you guys kidding me!!  OMG!!!

However, Journey is inspiring. :)

Wish01
Wish01

Time to go back and continue playing journey.

Pinman_DS9
Pinman_DS9

Well, I tried the journey demo and it was like watching paint dry.  I then forgot about it.  I sprang for the full game as it was on sale and assumed I must be missing something.  While it wasn't Paint Drying: The Full Version, and had it's moments,  .   .   .   GOTY?   .   .   .   Honestly?  Well, par for the course for Gamespot.  Since I've been on this site, their GOTY choices have produced some real head scratchers. The year that Crysis, COD4, Mass Effect, Portal, Bioshock and Rock Band came out they chose Super Mario Galaxy--which didn't even look as good as RE 4 which came out on an older system a year ealier.  They chose MGS 4 over GTA IV.  Demons Souls won over Uncharted 2 despite their scoring the former a 9.0 and the latter a 9.5.  As much as I like what I've played of Skyrim, it's inexcusable DLC issues and bugginess across all platforms prevent me from calling it GOTY.  My preference would have been Batman: Arkham City.  If a game this short can be GOTY then all bets are off.  Who knows, maybe the upcoming BL2 and ME3 DLC will be early 2013 contenders :P

Derugs
Derugs

my first words were...Wtf!!  Then Daamn!!

Vitex2003
Vitex2003

The one that really deserves it is ME3. Journey is only one platform game, how it can be game of the year!!!

solidniko
solidniko

TWD should of won its not a 30 min game and it has way more depth then journey its the clear winner to me especially cuz usually websites try and pick something unique well i guess journey is considered more unique so it automatically wins just like what happened on ign

goriv
goriv

hey guys,which is longer arkham asylum or city? 

Gamerfolife94
Gamerfolife94

Gamespot you surprise me this is exacly the reason why I don't go on this site anymore because it's full of shit Encore!

 

mappyislove
mappyislove

OFCOURSE JOURNEY IS GOING TO WIN! Jane Douglas reviewed it! she's cute :D

alinbizaru
alinbizaru

Journey ???!!!! Is not fair , last year was so much better , i'm disappointed .

PCanton
PCanton

All of the games mentioned are great it really depends on the person who is playing if your into 1st person shooter it should be Far Cry 3.3rd person should be Mass Effect 3.If your into strategic RPG game Xcom is the geme for you.Thanks to all the Game makers you all did a Good job More games to come for 2013!!!.

angeloti83
angeloti83

JOURNEY GOTY GAMESPOT,IGN... THNX SONY!

Payasoplas
Payasoplas

I don't care about this voting, the only one I cared was Dubious Honors, What's wrong? Did the companies got angry?

Bexorcist
Bexorcist

Thx for the spoilers, Gamespot!

VikeWolf
VikeWolf

Just like how they are doing the "what type of gamer you are" series, they gave the game to all the "introverts" out there.  Including Gamespot themselves.  It is a joke that Borderlands 2 and FarCry didn't even make the finals list.  That in itself can not be taken seriously, let alone their choice for GOTY.  To give it to a game that literally takes 1/100th of the time to make should be an insult to all the game developers out there.  

jollyjoel23
jollyjoel23

Game deserved this award...I mean let's be honest...a game that no one has heard of? AUTOMATIC WINNER.

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

It's funny how the people's choice for GOTY isn't even a nominee :O I don't think I've seen that happen before

 

Also I watched quite a bit of Journey gameplay and I have to say, even if it's the experience, the gameplay was literally walk, jump, and push flags/ribbons around. Also everyone's raving about the music but it seemed like music you could find all over youtube if you typed in "relaxing music." I'm sure it's very awesome to play, but I think in terms of content and overall gameplay, there are a lot better contenders. Voting for this as GOTY seems to be more of a statement and not much of an award to the best game.

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

Absolutely agree with everything these guys said one billion percent.

 

Journey is an absolute masterpiece across all of entertainment, not just games, and it deserves to be recognized as such.

 

Very few games have ever made me feel and emote as much as Journey did.

 

It's one of those rare game experiences that reminds me why I love games, what's so amazing and magical about them and why I want them to be a part of my life forever.

 

It's my Game of the Year, of the decade even, by a long long way.

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

I thought Journey was crap tbh. Game of the Year: Dishonored on PC Platform. And easily too.

porkchopgamer
porkchopgamer

Game of the year my A**!!  This game sucks, its ridiculous, its boring.  There is no point to wondering around in the desert.  Whomever voted this game game of the year is probably a tree-hugging nut job!!!!

VikeWolf
VikeWolf

Game of the year?!  Oh the artsy fartsy people of gamespot strike again.  

Gamergirl67
Gamergirl67

I love Journey so much it's amazing, so happy it won. The emotion in it is incredible, I played with one person for like 3/4 of the game then they just left and you just feel like so alone and that you had gone through so much with them. The most emotional part is walking with another person through the snow part and your both nearing death. Well done Journey.

does286moss403
does286moss403

Journey!  I'm so happy Gamespot is again highlighting games that MOVE people and are significant for the future, not just the biggest and baddest (ho hum).  IGN also picked Journey and their elegant two minute sequence of Games of the Year since 2001 is very elegant HERE:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEERLu_brSs

jollyjoel23
jollyjoel23

it still kind of confuses me how this one GOTY, but PS3 GOTY is Dishonered like WTF?

Jerian
Jerian

Oh, I thought for sure Lollipop Chainsaw would come out on top. Apparently artistic beauty wins over mindless violence. Out of curiosity which game was the best seller of 2012?

dethtouch
dethtouch

I'm in absolute agreement with the verdict.  Your first playthrough of Journey is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I pine for more games that so deeply engross the player.

Rickystickyman
Rickystickyman

I'm not arguing here and don't get me wrong, Journey is an amazing game but it lasted only around 2 hours. While it was truly amazing and cool I feel like a game that offers tons of time and replay value (Farcry 3, Halo 4, Borderlands 2, Fez, Mass Effect 3, The Walking Dead) should've won. Journey is a really great game but I find it hard to say that as far as worth, value, replayability, graphics, story, multiplayer, and originality it won against some the other games.

 

My personal favorites of the year: Farcry 3, Halo 4, and Fez!

jonnybutler11
jonnybutler11

YES!! I called it! Fantastic, it's too bad there are so many "gamers" who can't appreciate the small marvel that was was this game, as seen in the outraged comments... Either way, I'm glad Journey got the recognition it deserved.

mrmime777
mrmime777

Super big spoilers in this video if you haven't played Journey already, though I guess most who want to have already bought it. But this was a great choice - a nonviolent design philosophy really helped it stand out, and it was probably the most original game this year.

 

Though the millions of gamers without the sensibilities to appreciate the delicacy and beauty of its design would cry foul. And I can already see that in these comments.