2012 Game of The Year Awards

2012 GOTY Awards: Best Game No One Played

It might be heartbreaking when a game is bad or disappointing, but it can break your heart even more if no one plays it. If there’s a game you truly believe in, you want everyone to play it.

Runners Up:


Lollipop Chainsaw (by Gustavo Ramirez) – A zombie-killing cheerleader with an affinity for chainsaws might seem like an odd idea until you realize it comes from the mind of Suda 51. Take this premise and fuse it with a top-notch soundtrack and the excellent writing of James Gunn (Slither, Dawn of The Dead), and you have a game that is Suda 51’s most approachable – and maybe his best as well.


Asura’s Wrath (by Addam Kearney) – Ask anyone if they think that making an anime inspired game with a heavy emphasis on QTE’s and Panzer Dragoon style gameplay is a good idea and they’ll likely say no. That might be why no one played Asura’s Wrath, even though they should have. The ridiculousness of the story aside, it’s actually a lot of fun to play. Combine that fun with an insane world and you have a game that almost everyone should enjoy but almost no one was willing to.


Sleeping Dogs (by Patrick Cassin) – I’d say that when the True Crime name dropped off the title, several fans lost interest, but the reality of the matter is that no one was really interested in the first place. What a slap in the face then, to see this melee focused open world come through with a ton of polish and character, nicely filling the serious-crime gap between GTA IV and V. But apparently no one plays those kinds of games.


Torchlight 2 (by Kyle Orr) – One year ago many people would have listed Torchlight 2 as a highly anticipated title. Even though it is arguably every bit as proficient as the big dog in the yard, in the wake of Diablo 3 it was an uphill battle for Torchlight 2 to find the audience it deserves.



Xenoblade Chronicles (by Kyle Orr) – Xenoblade Chronicles has basically everything going against it. It’s a gigantic RPG release on a system known for terrible ports and crappy motion control games. Not only that, but it hit a Wii system that is essential on life support, if not flatlining. However if you can find yourself the time to play it, Xenoblade will deliver a great world filled with lore and intrigue. The characters are fun, the voice acting is solid and the story doesn’t have a dull moment. Most importantly, the combat is an absolute blast, creating a nice mixture of turn-based, MMO and real-time systems, all with it’s own twist thanks to the titular Xenoblade. Ignore the situation surrounding it, if you are a fan of RPGs hook your Wii back up and try out Xenoblade Chronicles.

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