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Personal Picks for GOTY 2013

Winners in our hearts.

Voting is a funny thing. It’s hard to argue with addition, but there are plenty of instances where some of the staff thought a title or two got overlooked. Even though our GOTY 2013 article used some inarguable mathematics to come to the PixlBit staff’s consensus opinion, some of us thought there were games that should have gotten a few more votes. To highlight some of the games that each of us took a particular shine to in 2013, we present our staff’s personal picks that didn’t make the cut. 

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PixlBit's 2013 Games of the Year

Our staff's best games of 2013!

Video games had an exceptional year in 2013, with tiny indie teams getting attention for their creativity, and the usual budget behemoths stealing national headlines for their record-breaking sales. Two new consoles also hit the scene right at the end with a few titles that did their best to break into our top five.

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Overall Game of the Year 2012

The moment you've been waiting for!

Looking back over an entire year, it’s hard to tell which games are going to stand out through the years that follow.  Which titles are people going to continue to talk about, get nostalgic over, and load up to replay next a decade from now?  Maybe we had a few of those this year, but only time will tell.  Perhaps we will look back on what we voted to be the very best of 2012 and our monocles will spin in amazement at our ageless judgment.  Or maybe we’ll all laugh and wonder what we were thinking. 

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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.

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Game of the Year 2012 - Genre Awards

What were our favorites in each genre in 2012?

It was sure tough to follow the fantastic year of gaming we had in 2011, but 2012 did a bang up job of holding its own with plenty of amazing releases and some big industry changes to boot.  As the current console generation appears to finally be wrapping up, we welcomed the Wii U on the scene as well as Sony’s newest flashy handheld.  Game makers continued to stretch what’s possible from the Xbox 360 and PS3 while the PC seems to be roaring back into prominence thanks to Steam and other download services.  Yet, despite some developers’ mastery of the current hardware, not every game released was worth spending your money or time on.  The fact that there are plenty of sloppy and poorly made games being pumped out makes the ones that really wow us that much more noteworthy.   And there were definitely tons of games to get excited about!

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Resistance Collection Leaked, Uncharted 3 GOTY Edition Announced

PlayStation 3 owners can look forward to the comprehensive collection of Insomniac's mainline Resistance games, as well as a complete edition of Uncharted 3.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and Resistance 3 were both released last holiday season to critical acclaim and positive reviews. If you happened to have missed them, Sony will be sweetening the deal if you're in the market for a purchase. An Amazon listing has revealed a collection of the three PS3 Resistance games, which comes alongside an official Sony announcement of a Game of the Year edition of Uncharted 3.

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Associated Press Names Portal 2 Game of the Year

Runner Ups include Skyrim, Bastion and Deus Ex

The Associated Press has named its top 10 video games of 2011 and Glados would be pleased. Portal 2 has taken the gold medal being named the best game of 2011. Released in April, it surpassed other great titles such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

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Overall Game of the Year 2011

Come see PixlBit's pick for the top game of the year, as well as the runner up.

Now for the fun part. We've had an opportunity to tell you about the best in each genre and on each console, but today we're pulling out all of the stops and weighing in on the absolute best game of the year. The nominees for this award encompassed only the winners of each of the categories in the past two awards, severely limiting the overall pool of possible choices. The results were surprising, but they speak for themselves. Welcome to the final day of the official...

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Game of the Year 2011 - Console Awards

Find out what games of 2011 best represented the current consoles on the market.

After yesterday's Genre Awards, today we bring you the biggest and best of the year for each of the respective consoles, as well as the best downloadable title of the year, irrespective of the platform it was released. Unlike last year's awards, we didn't segregate multiplatform titles - these were considered alongside the exclusives on each system. Welcome to day two of the...

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Game of the Year 2011 - Genre Awards

Find out what games of 2011 best represented the nine most notable genres in gaming.

With 2011 coming to a close, it's that time of the year once again. A time to reflect on the year past, the experiences had, and the games that defined another year in the history books. Today begins the first of three days of awarding the absolute best games of the year across both genres and systems, as well as one game of the year that transcends all boundaries. These are the...

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