Okay this is insane. I've never seen a Kotaku game of the year run this close. Ever. You will be surprised by exactly who won the reader voted console game of the year, and just how close it actually was between the top three...
There was just over half of a percent between the top three. HALF A PERCENT!
Mass Effect 3 11.99%
This is bound to ruffle some feathers, but it's what you voted for! Despite the issues with the ending, despite some people's problems with the story, Mass Effect 3 has been voted console game of the year. It was incredibly close. Incredibly. Literally we are going down the tenths of percentage points here. We've literally never had a closer vote in Kotaku Award history.
Runners Up Halo 4: 11.61% Borderlands 2: 11.43%
It's almost a cliche to state that 2012 was the year of the downloadable game, but it was. All of my favourite games this year, with the exception of a few titles here and there, were released on Xbox LIVE or PSN.
Journey felt like the most important release of 2012, and in so many ways it felt like the game of the year from the second I played it. I almost wanted Journey to be my game of the year because of its importance, but at the same time — if I'm being completely honest with myself — Trials Evolution was the game I fell most in love with, the game that really defined this year for me. It's the game I continue to go back to, it's game I enjoyed the most, moment to moment. It's the game that stayed with me the longest, the game that engaged me on a whole new level. Trials Evolution, without a doubt, was my favourite console game released in 2012.
Runners Up Journey Dishonored