Kotaku Awards 2012: Nominate Your Favourite Console Games

Kotaku Awards 2012: Nominate Your Favourite Console Games

Okay, last week we had the Indie/Downloadable category, today it’s the turn of the console category. Pretty much anything goes for this category — anything playable on the Xbox 360, Wii or PS3 (or Wii U if you have one!) is eligible. This week we’ll take all your nominations, next week we’ll put it to a vote, and the week after that we’ll announce the winner.

Just to clarify — since this year has been big for games on Xbox LIVE and PSN — downloadable games are also eligible for this award. So nominate away!

I’ll drop a couple of my nominations first…

— Dishonored (360/PS3)
— Halo 4 (360)
— Journey (PS3)
— Trials Evolution (360)
— Fez (360)
— FIFA 13 (360/PS3)

Yep, a lot of downloadable games there. That’s mostly what I played this year!

Drop your nominations in the comments below!


  • Yes! It’s time!


    Seriously. Most confronting and innovative take I’ve ever seen on a modern shooter. Haven’t stopped raving about it for days. Ask anyone. Honest.

  • Dishonored
    And one very large vote for something people will think I’m nuts for voting for: Final Fantasy XIII-2. I loved that game, got my first Platinum Trophy with it, and had the most fun in a game all year with it. (Feels like I should add a “so there!” onto that. πŸ˜› )

    • I quite enjoyed that game too. Although I do admit I keep forgetting it exists πŸ˜›

      Not GOTY material for me though but was still a lot of fun!

  • Skyward Sword didn’t release until after voting had started last year (and I suspect many people won’t have played it until after the results were announced) so I’m going to presume it’s eligible this year and nominate it.

  • Dragon’s Dogma was game of the year for me, despite its problems.

    Also XCOM if games with PC releases are allowed too (the requirements are a bit vague…).

  • Sadly, none of the games I’ve played this year deserve the title. Mass Effect 3 was good, but didn’t live up to its potential, and I’ll say the same for Assassin’s Creed 3 (even though I haven’t yet completed it).

    All the true contenders as I understand it: Spec Ops, Max Payne 3, Journey, Skyrim, Dishonoured… I haven’t played any of them.

    I’ll just be sitting back and watching this year, I think.

    • Agree. Console-exclusive titles I’ve purchased this year are probably just Journey and The Last Story. I found Journey to be particularly disappointing. The Last Story started well, offered a fresh approach to JRPG game play, but lacked momentum. The only multi-platform title that I’ve played on console is Mass Effect 3 (purchased second hand off a particularly generous and handsome gentleman), which I’m only part-way through, but I’m already feeling “missed its potential”. I guess that leaves me nominating multi-platform titles based on playing them on PC.

      The Walking Dead (no surprises there)
      Borderlands 2

  • Tough one this year. My nominations are: (no order)
    Batman Arkham City
    Halo 4
    Mass Effect 3
    Forza Horizon

    • Yep. Definitely +1 for Borderlands 2.

      And +1 for Dishonored.

      And -10 for FIFA 13. Seriously it’s good and all but GOTY-worthy? Hell no.

    • + another for Borderlands 2! Never have I had so much fun on local coop. I’ve seen the opening twenty minutes four times now and it is funny every single time.

  • Max Payne 3 – because Max Payne 3
    Mass Effect 3 – disregard all that ending controversy, it was a wonderful journey
    Sleeping Dogs – this one really surprised me, a lot of fun and the melee combat was pretty good

  • I haven’t played it, but I would expect Mass Effect 3 to get a mention. Hopefully Far Cry 3 for late contender, pending public response tomorrow. Max Payne was great though! Also If sporting titles are going in don’t forget NBA 2K13

  • (360)
    Halo 4
    Forza Horizon
    Trials Evolution
    Skyward Sword
    Resident Evil Revelations

  • Xbox 360
    -Halo 4
    -Borderlands 2
    -Sleeping Dogs


    -Skyward Sword

    I’m also tentatively putting forward Far Cry 3 since I think it will make a great nomination as we will all see in a week or so.

    Hype train! WOOT WOOOO!

  • mmm i mostly play pc games so i will say dishonored as it is multi platform. the game i haven’t stopped talking about but is walking dead. pitty it didn’t come to console in Australia πŸ™

  • No love for Ghost Recon: Future Soldier? I’m playing it now, I like it quite a bit. One of the best FPS campaigns i’ve played.

    I just finished Max Payne 3 and wasn’t really into it. Quite buggy on PS3 – kept not being able to get out of cover, and I found the dialogue a bit too self pitying. Gameplay-wise it was pretty ho-hum too in my mind. Good but not great.

    I’ll try picking up Dishonored, Sleeping Dogs and Resident Evil 6 when they drop in price. Dragons Dogma seems a lot of fun too – just played a few hours and it’s not the type of genre that i’ve ever played before.

  • The only game I ended up playing on console this year was ME3, and I have no interest in nominating it. I did buy Borderlands 2 for xbox, but the gf and I are bashing through BL1 first, so I haven’t go to it yet.

  • First I’d like to say that it’s really too early to have this poll given that Far Cry 3 doesn’t come out until tomorrow and from all reports is a worthy contender. Now that’s out of the way:

    Pro Evolution Soccer 2013

    And that’s about all I played this year that I would consider GOTY-worthy, but I may want to add Far Cry 3 to that list next week after I’ve played it a bit.

  • Yeah I’m gonna go with Max Payne 3, as this was the game that got me back into full-on gaming. I was kinda playing a game then putting it down, moving onto the next one. This is the first game in a long time that I actually played right through to the end, and its given me the damn completionist bug again.

    Skyrim came out November 2011 so I don’t think I can count that one in.

    By the looks of things – I’d say Far Cry 3 is going to blow 2012 out of the water but I haven’t got my hands on it yet so can’t say just yet.

  • Ok, I know there were a lot of people upset with the endings (and I’ll surely get a lot of flak for this)… but surely Mass Effect 3 has to be part of the discussion?
    In my opinion it was a great game – and it gets my vote

  • Max Payne 3!!!!! They should really put Max Payne 3 in the list. The list is already quite good, but if they put Max Payne 3 in, the list would be much better.

  • . XCOM: Enemy Unknown
    . Dragon’s Dogma
    . Binary Domain
    . Borderlands 2
    . Xenoblade Chronicles (US release)

    There were others but this should do.

  • Mass Effect 3 & The Walking Dead for the incredible experiences that they are.
    Also, Call of Duty Black Ops II for being totally groundbreaking… Not really.

  • – Sleeping Dogs, Can’t believe this almost didn’t see the release. It’s amazingly fun, and very balanced when it comes to free-running. AC3 could take a few pointers.

    – Mass Effect 3, the destination shouldn’t spoil the journey, and it was one epic journey.

    – Borderlands 2, because co-op goodness.

    – Dragon’s Dogma, gonna say it, better gameplay than Skyrim. Buggy at times, but innovative Pawn system (hehe), as well as exciting battles (mind blown when fighting the Dragon, not to mention the general boss enemies). Could be better, keen for number 2.

    – The Walking Dead, this deserves two votes. So well done, and absolutely can’t wait for the next season.

  • Sleeping Dogs, Skyrim and Batman: Arkham City, just because they didn’t come out the last few weeks doesn’t mean you should forget how great they are.

  • Sleeping Dogs, Dragon’s Dogma, Dishonored, Journey, Assassin’s Creed 3, Mass Effect 3. Also tentatively putting Far Cry 3… Wow… good to see so many new IPs up there among the threequels…
    Despite its promise, I just can’t bring myself to nominate Halo 4… I must be missing/forgetting/overlooking some crucial part of the story, but I just can’t reconcile the Didact’s character(s) in the books with that portrayed in the game.
    In the books he seemed so brooding and composed, never more than perturbed at having to work with humans – he seems far too… expressive… in the game. I wonder what happened to Bornstellar to change his attitude so much.

  • Does Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition count? It was released this year. My vote is that. Because the other big name titles i played were pretty much disappointing save for one stealth based game.

  • Sleeping Dogs, Dishonoured… And that’s it. Honestly, if you’d have told me I wouldn’t nominate Assassins Creed 3 and Mass Effect 3 a year ago I would’ve called you a filthy liar.

  • I’m going with:
    – Journey
    – Spec ops
    – Max Payne 3
    – Okami HD
    Not so different from my download / mobile list, but there you go.

  • Trials Evolution for reasons I’ve already talked about too much.

    Fez for being the most fun exploration in a game in ages, not to mention having 8 bit throwback looks and yet adding a completely new gameplay mechanic to the 2D platformer

    Borderlands 2 for improving on the first one in every conceivable way, whereas the first game suffered from a boring and vague plot along with characters that would stand there motionless when they “talked” to you, so far the second one has been brisk and engaging and funny!

    Ditto for Fall of Cybertron which is my current go-to game for Multiplayer fun. Also the campaign is something else, almost every level plays differently, sneaking around as Cliffjumper, Ziplining around the levels as Jazz, the big Grimlock and Bruticus levels and flying around as Vortex, so much more variety than the first game which already one of my faves in 2010.

    I’ll be getting Halo 4 at the end of the week so I might be back to add a late recommendation

  • Yep, Fall of Cybertron was a heap of fun. Every level had different mechanics, a decent story and some epic/massive moments! I haven’t finished Halo4 yet but that is a great effort from 343 it is so very very polished.

  • while i’ve played quite a few great games this year, the one that wins it for me is journey. i was expecting ac3 to be the one but after the number of glitches and what seemed like a rushed ending, it left me slightly disappointed

  • Mass Effect 3 (the DLC ending removed most of my gripes, plus the music and characters were superb)
    Journey (one of the most beautiful and moving games I’ve ever played)

  • Aaaaand a repost from the overall noms:

    “I’ve only played a few hours of both but I already want to nominate Nintendo Land and Zombi U.”

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