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Game of the Year 2012 - Console Awards

Our picks for the best on each console in 2012.

It’s pretty tough to own every console out there these days.  Luckily for the average consumer, there are a lot of the same games available on PS3, Xbox 360, and now even Wii U.  Each of these pieces of hardware also has its own unique set of releases; some of them are exclusive and others just feel like they belong to one console more than the others.  Then there are the portable systems that offer distinctive experiences from each other in almost every game available.  So, whether you feel inclined to take sides in the “Console War” or are happy to just play great games on great systems, we’ve picked the best experiences from 2012 on each platform.

Game of the Year 2012

Some of these choices were pretty difficult, with a steady flow of quality titles on PS3, 360, and the 3DS all year long.  Other platforms had a much smaller field of competition since the Vita and Wii U are still essentially in their launch periods and the Wii is on the way out.  Regardless of how many games there were on each system, we certainly feel like our selections are the best bets for each and you should make sure you give them each a shot. 

Make sure you check back tomorrow for our final day of awards where we reveal our overall winners.

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02/23/2013 at 10:13 PM

Loved a lot of these games.  I really want to try Journey.  Looks awesome.  I think Xenoblade is the best game I have played in years.  However, I thought FFXIII-2 was a POS.  I have said it many times, and I say it again.  That ending killed any goodwill SE had remaining with me.  And the game was a drag.  Was like they put together with a focus group.  And I couldn't give a crap about the main characters.  I was one of the few that liked FFXIII.  But the sequel rates up there with FFX-2 to me.  Just my two cents.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

02/23/2013 at 10:20 PM

I liked FF XIII-2, but I'm right there with you on the ending. I knocked off from my score because of it. But I enjoyed the journey there. Of course, I love FF X-2, so I'm a little bit of an anomaly when it comes to my Final Fantasy fandom.


02/24/2013 at 09:18 PM

I did like FFXIII-2 enough to finish it, but was one of my least favorites.  I think X-2 & XIII-2 are the only 2 FF's I didn't like.  I even loved FFXI.  Hopefully, FFXV puts SE back on the right path.


02/24/2013 at 09:22 PM

I thought FFX-2 was a nice callback to the old FF job system myself, and I liked FFXIII-2. What I would like, though, is for Square to build a monster epic experience as they did with FFXII.


02/25/2013 at 07:47 PM

You haven't played Journey yet?! It was one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had playing a game. Enjoy it when you do get around to playing it.


02/25/2013 at 11:12 PM

 I want Xenoblade Chronicles so bad! :( But i'm not paying $160 for a copy on Amazon thats for sure!

Travis Hawks Senior Editor

02/25/2013 at 11:17 PM

Aw, man.  I was worried that would happen.  Silly me not buying more games for the backlog when I had the chance...

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