Out of all the great games that were released in 2012, including Kid Icarus: Uprising, Pokemon Black 2 and White 2, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Pokemon Conquest, Crashmo, New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, Scribblenauts Unlimited and Little Inferno, one special title is my personal favorite.
My game of the year 2012 is Wii-exclusive Rhythm Heaven Fever, also known as Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise.
For me, picking game of the year is primarily based based on one factor – fun. To date, with over 87 hours of playtime and counting, Rhythm Heaven Fever is the second most-played game on my Wii.
The music video game, developed by Nintendo and TNX, features over 50 quirky and addicting minigames that are easy-to-learn but challenging to master. From beautiful visuals to catchy music to extremely fun gameplay, Rhythm Heaven Fever has it all.
For more on why Rhythm Heaven Fever is my favorite game of 2012, read our Rhythm Heaven Fever review.
Everyone has his or her own opinions… What is your favorite game of 2012?
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim managed to win the coveted game of the year award at this years Game Developers Choice Awards which took place at the Games Developer Conference in San Francisco. Sadly, the incredible The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword didn’t even get a look-in, and failed to scoop up any awards. Here’s the list of winners:
- Best Audio - Portal 2 (Valve)
- Best Debut - Bastion (Supergiant Games)
- Best Narrative - Portal 2 (Valve)
- Best Visual Arts - Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)
- Best Downloadable Game - Bastion (Supergiant Games)
- Best Game Design - Portal 2 (Valve)
- Best Technology - Battlefield 3 (DICE)
- Best Handheld/Mobile Game - Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (Capy Games)
- Innovation Award - Johann Sebastian Joust (Die Gute Fabrik)
- Game Of The Year - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
- Lifetime Achievement – Warren Spector
- Pioneer Award – Dave Theurer
- Ambassador Award – Ken Doroshow and Paul M Smith
Respected UK gaming publication Edge Magazine has published its game of the year lists. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword which received a perfect ten out ten review score has won the mainstream game of the year award beating both Skyrim and Dark Souls. Nintendo also scooped up the award for best publisher of the year and portable game of the year with Mario Kart 7. Here’s the full list:
Edge Awards 2011
The winner is in bold and below it are the two runners-up.
Mainstream Game of the Year
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Indie Game of the Year
Portable Game of the Year
Mario Kart 7
Super Mario 3D Land
Best Online Experience
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Best Visual Design
Child of Eden
Best Audio Design
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Publisher of the Year
Studio of the Year
The VGA Game of the Year nominees have been announced and they include The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Batman: Arkham City, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Portal 2 and Uncharted 3. The event takes place live on December 10th. Please make sure to vote!
Revered gaming publication Edge has named Super Mario Galaxy 2 as its game of the year fending off fierce competition from the likes of Red Dead Redemption, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Mass Effect 2.
“Super Mario Galaxy 2 nips and tucks its predecessor’s triumphs into tuned and taut snippets of interactive euphoria.
“Galaxy 2 is product of a surfeit of imagination and a will to test and delight that sits at the very peak of videogame artistry.”
- Edge magazine