The 2012 Games That Game Developers Want To Award

The 2012 Games That Game Developers Want To Award

Of all the video game events that happen ever year, the Game Developers Choice Awards might be the ones that resonate most with game-makers. That’s because they’re determined by the masses of folks who make video games vote to nominate the best examples of the form from the preceding months.

For this year’s GDC Awards, the games getting the most nominations are Journey (named in six categories), Dishonored (four categories) and The Walking Dead (three). The new Narrative category highlights Spec Ops: The Line and Virtue’s Last Reward among others while the Innovation nominees include FTL, ZombiU and Mark of the Ninja. The full list is below, and shows off what a great and diverse year 2012 was for gaming . The 2013 awards ceremony happens on March 27 during this year’s Game Developers Conference.

Best Audio Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment) Hotline Miami (Dennaton Games/Devolver Digital) Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/Sony Computer Entertainment) Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft) Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)

Best Debut Humble Hearts (Dust: An Elysian Tail) Polytron Corporation (Fez) Giant Sparrow (The Unfinished Swan) Subset Games (FTL: Faster Than Light) Fireproof Games (The Room)

Best Game Design Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks) Mark Of The Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft Studios) Spelunky (Derek Yu/Andy Hull) Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment) XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games/2K Games)

Best Downloadable Game The Walking Dead (Telltale Games) Spelunky (Derek Yu/Andy Hull) Trials: Evolution (RedLynx/Microsoft Studios) Mark Of The Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft Studios) Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best Technology Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft) PlanetSide 2 (Sony Online Entertainment) Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios) Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Treyarch/Activision) Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game Gravity Rush (SCE Japan Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment) Hero Academy (Robot Entertainment) Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/Sony Computer Entertainment) The Room (Fireproof Games) Kid Icarus: Uprising (Sora/Nintendo)

Best Narrative Spec Ops: The Line (Yager Entertainment/2K Games) Mass Effect 3 (BioWare/Electronic Arts) Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks) The Walking Dead (Telltale Games) Virtue’s Last Reward (Chunsoft/Aksys Games)

Best Visual Arts Borderlands 2 (Gearbox Software/2K Games) Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment) Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft) Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks) Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)

Innovation Mark of the Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft Studios) Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment) FTL: Faster Than Light (Subset Games) The Unfinished Swan (Giant Sparrow/Sony Computer Entertainment) ZombiU (Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft)

Game of the Year Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks) The Walking Dead (Telltale Games) Mass Effect 3 (BioWare/Electronic Arts) XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games/2K Games) Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)


    • I don’t believe Darksiders 2 was that good (but probably should’ve made that list anyway) and I feel like it was better than Far Cry 3.

      Far Cry 3 had pretty realistic graphics but it didn’t really have any sort of style to it, whereas Darksiders 2 had that comic book style.

      • I thought The Unfinished Swan was more interesting than either of those games from a visual arts point of view and it didn’t make the list either.

        • I never played The Unfinished Swan but you’re right, it probably deserves a spot up there above Darksiders 2 and definitely Far Cry 3. Aside from that it’s a pretty solid list which I generally agree with.

  • Heh, played 4 of the 5 GOTY contenders. An unusual year where I really don’t feel like I missed out on much in the way of great gaming, partly because of the lack of top quality games which were exclusive to XBOX360 or Wii and partly because most of the great games were in genres I like.

  • So the candidates for game of the year are about Ninjas, Zombies, Space Marines, Space Invaders, …and then something interesting.

  • Journey should do well…it is one of the few games that truly innovates. Also have a soft spot for Mark of teh Ninja and FTL for putting gameplay first and proudly showing their retro roots. Spelunky is also extremely good, but it’s really a lot older than 2012 so I’m guessing it’s here because of the XBOX release. Haven’t played Fez but I’d like to…

  • Honestly I have to say Journey is the first ever game where my opinion differs from what seems like the rest of humanity. I think it’s an emotional experience that looks great and has great music, but ultimately besides those categories, I think some of the nominations/awards it’s been getting is making me feel like it’s being a little overrated.

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