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Sid Shuman's Avatar + Posted by Sid Shuman on Dec 14, 2012 // Senior Manager, Social Media

UPDATE: The votes are in! See the winners of the 2012 PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year Awards here.

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The critics have named their favorite games of the year — now it’s your turn. We’re pleased to announce the first-ever PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year Awards, a chance for PlayStation fans to select the best of the best in PlayStation gaming for 2012.

Voting is easy: Click on your pick from each of the nominee lists below. Don’t see the game you want to vote for? No problem! Just write in your selection by clicking the bottom option on any of the polls. We’ll reveal your winners next Wednesday, December 19th.

While we’ve put a lot of thought into our very first PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year Awards, this is a first step in a much bigger journey. Next year, we hope to expand them to include more international regions, introduce more specific categories and bestow new awards. Be sure to let us know if you have any bright ideas for next year. We’re all ears!

But enough talk. It’s time to vote! See you on Wednesday.

PS3 Game of the Year

It wasn’t easy to condense the best of this year’s Blu-ray lineup into a manageable list, but we did it — barely. Vote once from the list of 15 finalists below. If you think we missed a game, vote for it using the write-in option at the bottom!


PS3 Game of the Year (PSN only)

This category is dedicated to PS3 titles that have only (or initially) been released on PlayStation Network, excluding full-priced digital Blu-ray games. We counted standalone games, free games, and episodic series such as The Walking Dead.


PS Vita Game of the Year

Vote for your favorite physically released PS Vita game of 2012. Don’t see your favorite on the list? Write in your vote at the bottom of the poll below!


PS Vita Game of the Year (PSN only)

We dedicated this category to digitally released PS Vita titles that weren’t available on store shelves, including free games such as Treasure Park and Frobisher Says.


PS Mobile Game of the Year

The newest member of the PlayStation family is only a few months old, but it’s already attracted a solid launch lineup of bite-sized gems.


Best Use of PlayStation Move

This year saw some intriguing applications of PlayStation’s motion controller, from music creation to new gameplay experiences. We counted any application of PlayStation Move, from full-priced Blu-ray games to PSN downloads to Add-on packs.


Most Anticipated PS3 Game

What upcoming PS3 game are you most eager to play? Vote from the list of 20 nominees or write in your selection at the bottom of the poll.


Most Anticipated PS Vita Game

Choose your most-anticipated PS Vita game, physical or digital, or write in a pick at the bottom of the poll app.


Now that you’ve voted, tell us what you voted for in the comments and why.

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+ aznxchunky on December 14th, 2012 at 11:28 am said:

Persona 4 golden needs more love. Even if it is a remake, there is so much more added to it that increases the enjoyment. This is one game that I believe deserves all the accolaids that it can get. Everyone has to try it just look at the metacritic if scores matter .


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+ Donjaylpz on December 14th, 2012 at 11:32 am said:

Bioshock for Vita please


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+ Anddo on December 14th, 2012 at 11:32 am said:

PS3 GOTY: Mass Effect 3 (despite the OG ending) Far Cry 3 is great but not without it’s issues.
PS3 GOTY PSN: Journey (my overall GOTY)
PS Vita GOTY: Persona 4 (This game just keeps giving. So much to do)
PS Vita GOTY PSN: Sound Shapes (delivered on all fronts)
PS Mobile GOTY: Aqua Kitty
Best Use of PS Move: Sports Champions
Most Anticipated PS3 Game: The Last of Us
Most Anticipated PSVita Game: Soul Sacrifice


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+ TomatoDragon on December 14th, 2012 at 11:33 am said:

The only category I had to put “other” for was PS3 game and I chose Starhawk. It was tough, there are lots of great games in there. Totally addicted to Allstars atm, but Starhawk is just so much fun…and I’m not particularly s fan of shooters.


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+ Squiggle55 on December 14th, 2012 at 11:37 am said:

Most anticipated PS3 game is definitely the easiest to answer: Ni No Kuni by far.

The category I struggled with the most is actually PSVita PSN only games. Despite public perception there are a lot of good games on the Vita and it was very hard to choose. I also think Virtue’s Last Reward was miscategorized because it was in this category but I own it on cartridge. Fantastic game. But I actually voted for Motorstorm RC, because I spent days and days and days playing that game and increasing my times and beating my friends and earning the platinum. I love that little game. Motorstorm RC, Sound Shapes, Mutant Blobs, Retro City Rampage, Zen Pinball 2, New Little King’s Story, Virtue’s Last Reward… how can you choose just one?


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+ Squiggle55 on December 14th, 2012 at 11:40 am said:

Also, I’m really looking forward to Guacamelee, but I have REALLY high hopes for Killzone, so that’s what I voted for.


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+ efrenlive on December 14th, 2012 at 11:44 am said:

For me Far Cry 3 deserves GOTY! :) i recommended to anyone that loves single player games and long story modes. Also the MP is beast my most anticipated was a hard choice..:p had to coose between GTA V and The Last of Us. I’ll go for TLOU because its ps3 exclusive ps3 FTW!


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+ Airwalkinman17 on December 14th, 2012 at 11:45 am said:

Most Anticipated for next year:

TIE: NiNoKuni: Wrath of the White Witch & The Last of Us!!!!!!!….
…that is unless Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes/The Phantom Pain gets a release date of next year!!!! :D

On the VITA Side of things:
Stoked for Soul Sacrifice!


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+ BlueBl1zzard on December 14th, 2012 at 11:47 am said:

@ TRIX_BOL #48 You’re not the only one aware, it hasn’t been updated in at least a month.


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+ Welfare_Child on December 14th, 2012 at 11:48 am said:

my most anticipated game is the last of us this game has been touched by god and blessed to greatness. 2013 looks great to be a playstation gamer. to make this perfect for me is real ps4 news, tech demo, and how far radiosity will affect the ps4 performance, and my one major wish is 8gs of ram or more muhuhuhaha. sony fanboy for life.


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+ Smert_ on December 14th, 2012 at 11:52 am said:

TOUGH decision between Killzone: Mercenary and Soul Sacrifice! Man… I love my Vita!


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+ TwinDad on December 14th, 2012 at 12:01 pm said:

What I wish that I could be able to write Ni No Kuni in for every category.

Sid with all the comments I think you need to at least add Best RPG in for next years vote.


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+ KloacyTheSeeker on December 14th, 2012 at 12:02 pm said:

It’s already been mentioned, tut DJ Max Tecknica Tune is a retail game; though it’s only available directly from Pentavision. Similarly, Zero Escape is retail. Hell, Amazon throws it in to your order for free when you purchase a Vita bundle.


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+ personausermike on December 14th, 2012 at 12:04 pm said:

I voted Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward for the Vita choice, and Dragon’s Dogma for PS3. A lot of people loved it and played it for months, if it released last month and Dishonored released in Spring, things might have been different. Ni No Kuni for most anticipated. Many people don’t know you can fly a dragon, sail a boat, have familiars, lots of spells, in an open fantasy world. It even has a post game, and a casino with minigames.


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+ Gadirok on December 14th, 2012 at 12:10 pm said:

Why isin’t starhawk a part of the PS3 GOTY list? Its a full AAA games. And it deserves GOTY for MP experience alone where no other game could top it.


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+ Erza_Scarlet on December 14th, 2012 at 12:12 pm said:

So this confirmed that Muramasa on Vita will be released on America? Best news of the week =D


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+ Pikmologist on December 14th, 2012 at 12:13 pm said:

I voted for the Jak & Daxter Collection as GOTY, PS Vita Uncharted Golden Abyss, Vita PSN New Little King’s Story, PS3 PSN Journey, Most Anticipated The Last of Us <—- Everyone vote for that last one!


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+ Gadirok on December 14th, 2012 at 12:21 pm said:

I’m tired of seeing starhawk get shafted for everything. I blame SCEA for everything and not only was it shafted when it came to marketing but the blog didn’t even mention it here.

Seriously? Niche stuff like SSX and Xcom is on the list and you can’t even promote your OWN exclusive game?

Yeah, nobody I talk to. NOBODY has even heard about the game, and I don’t blame the devs on that. They created an amazing game that SCEA ignored. Then probably cut their deal with LBI short. Its obvious with the layoffs dylan mentioned on twitter.

Starhawk would have benefited as a multiplatform with the way sony treated the game.


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+ lisatsunami on December 14th, 2012 at 12:24 pm said:

Fun poll, thanks for posting this, Sid. This is new, right? I don’t remember this last year……

Very hard to choose most anticipateds. So many fit that description. But lol to the guy who is still hoping for The Last Guardian. I’m with you, but I’ve lost all hope.


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+ Some_Jerk2 on December 14th, 2012 at 12:25 pm said:

Max Payne 3 is my Blu-Ray GOTY. Double Dragon Neon is my PSN GOTY. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is my most anticipated PS3 game.


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+ Gadirok on December 14th, 2012 at 12:27 pm said:

STARHAWK FOR MP GOTY.


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+ RidleysBox on December 14th, 2012 at 12:29 pm said:

Hard to vote on game of the year when I usually do not buy games when they come out. So all i can say is:

PS3 GOTY – Ni no Kuni (even though it came out in Q4 2011, still my favorite this year)
PS Vita GOTY – Project Diva F
PSN GOTY – Walking Dead

Most anticipated PS3 – Bioshock Infinite
Most anticipated PS Vita – Tales of Hearts R

Also hard to make a list when you import.


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+ whatisdelicious on December 14th, 2012 at 12:43 pm said:

Lumines: Electronic Symphony wasn’t on there by default? Seriously?


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+ Feisar on December 14th, 2012 at 12:46 pm said:

Hey where’s COD:BOD for Vita !? JUST kidding that game is garbage and a huge rip-off. Classic that it isn’t on that list just to keep appearances up eh? To at least pretend 50 bucks is at all worth it?

STOP advertising it and bundling it … you’re not doing the Vita any favors.


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+ saab01 on December 14th, 2012 at 12:47 pm said:

If only plus members would get Journey free now that would be a deal.


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+ DarkXtremist on December 14th, 2012 at 12:48 pm said:

PS3 GOTY ~ Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale
PS3 GOTY PSN ~ Journey
PS Vita GOTY ~ LBP Vita
PS Vita GOTY PSN ~ Dokuro
PS Mobile GOTY ~ Surge
Best Use of PS Move ~ Sorcery
Most Anticipated PS3 Game ~ God of War: Ascension
Most Anticipated PSVita Game ~ Soul Sacrifice

Thanks @TRIX_BOL for the format. Can’t wait for the myriad of PSVita releases next year.


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+ darkrchaos on December 14th, 2012 at 12:50 pm said:

For PS3 Game of the Year I picked Mugen Souls. Best game that came out this year. It even made my top 5 games of all time.


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    + Sid Shuman on December 14th, 2012 at 2:01 pm said:

    Excellent!


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+ USRevenge2 on December 14th, 2012 at 12:56 pm said:

dust 514 most anticipated game by far, nothing else compares, I guess it isn’t fair since i been in the beta for almost a year.


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+ ZoidianPrince on December 14th, 2012 at 12:56 pm said:

Most anticipated Vita Game is: Tales Of Hearts R, that has no release.


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+ retro25 on December 14th, 2012 at 1:06 pm said:

I voted Sly Cooper thieves in time for anticipated PS3 and PS Vita game cause I love Sly Cooper games.


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+ MidnightPhenix on December 14th, 2012 at 1:13 pm said:

Most Anticipated PS3 Game – The Last Guardian.
I’m bought PS3 for this game. Come on Sony make me happy = (


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+ Berae on December 14th, 2012 at 1:20 pm said:

The Last of us!!!


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+ Darth-Krayt on December 14th, 2012 at 1:28 pm said:

I wrote in The Walking Dead as GOTY and voted Unfinished Swan as [PSN ONLY] GOTY.

There really should have been a multi-player category. Seems odd there isn’t.

As for my personal most anticipated PS3 games, as much as I’m looking forward to DUST 514, GTA5, Injustice and The Last of Us. And I’m also hotly anticipating FF14, FFXHD, the game on that list I’m most looking forward to is Aliens: Colonial Marines. And my most wanted future game not on that list is PROJECT CARS, since I’m sure GT6 isn’t going to be out by Fall 2013.

For most anticipated Vita game, I voted Killzone, but the 2 games I’m wanting for Vita even more than Killzone are “The Game Formerly Known as Dragon’s Crown”, which I know had a name change, but I don’t recall what the new name is, and I’m praying Capcom bring Monster Hunter HD to North America (and Europe).


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+ Monterossa on December 14th, 2012 at 1:36 pm said:

Not enough Japanese games in the polls so I refused to vote.


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+ Kchow23 on December 14th, 2012 at 1:37 pm said:

There are a few titles on the PSN only games for PS Vita that are offered through retail… just FYI like VLR for instance.


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+ DJHaole on December 14th, 2012 at 1:38 pm said:

@Sid

I agree with the multiplayer category, that should always be included… as for the number you are right you have to cut it down but decide which ones is tough or maybe a PS3 Exclusive category


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+ Kchow23 on December 14th, 2012 at 1:40 pm said:

I think it would be amazing if this could turn much like Playstation Japan’s “PlayStation Awards” except it wouldn’t be ranked in terms of sales for each games.


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+ Nick930930 on December 14th, 2012 at 1:50 pm said:

This was hard to choose.

SSX was my top choice. It was just a perfectly made game.

Max Payne 3 was the best PC game

followed by Far Cry 3 as best shooter

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 was a surprising treat

and Borderlands 2 SUCKS. It is SO BORING.

I’m disappointed that neither Medal of Honor or LBP Karting didn’t make it on the list. Both are underrated and absolutely amazing games. IGN’s being paid to say crap…

As for Vita:

LBP Vita for sure


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+ Nick930930 on December 14th, 2012 at 1:51 pm said:

Also.. GTAV for most anticipated for sure.

It’s Rockstar…they are the gods of video game creation. Last of Us looks cool.. but GTAV looks 10000000x times better. It’s a massive accomplishment already.


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+ Omii132 on December 14th, 2012 at 2:10 pm said:

PS3 GOTY: Tales of Grace (second mugen souls)
PS3 GOTY PSN: Rainbow Moon
PS Vita GOTY: Persona 4 (second Racnarok Oddysey)
PS Vita GOTY PSN: Sound Shapes
Best Use of PS Move: Sorcery
Most Anticipated PS3 Game: Veeery hard but Ni no Kuni (draw with Dark Souls 2)
Most Anticipated PSVita Game: Soul Sacrifice


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+ GRIM__REAFER on December 14th, 2012 at 2:12 pm said:

Can’t really vote on PS3 game of year since I only played one.

Assassin’s Creed 3 was nice but the bugs would interrupt the gameplay sometimes, even had to reset a sequenece cause for some reason (BUG) it just wouldn’t accept what I was doing even though I was doing it right (giggity)


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+ Naijaplaya3 on December 14th, 2012 at 2:17 pm said:

vita: Gravity Rush
ps3: Playstation Allstars battle royale
most antici. Vita: Tearaway and Killzone
most antici. ps3: The Last of Us, God of war ascension


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+ SHINSPIKES on December 14th, 2012 at 2:44 pm said:

Awesomenauts for the win!!! Still hate consoles for charging an arm and leg for updates. PC and Steam all day, everyday.


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+ Froggnen on December 14th, 2012 at 2:56 pm said:

VOTE FOR PLAYSTATION ALL-STARS BATTLE ROYALE AS BEST GAME OF THE YEAR. THAT BETTER BE THE GOTY BEFORE CHRISTMAS.


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+ Aces73High on December 14th, 2012 at 2:56 pm said:

As for Vita Game of the Year, with gorgeous cel-shaded comic-book visuals and utterly sublime mechanics, I had no choice but to plump for Gravity Rush. However, Persona 4 Golden and Virtue’s Last Reward (VLR only makes the PSN nominees?!?!) weren’t far behind.

Most anticipated Vita game? For me that particular accolade most definitely goes to Muramasa (or should that be Dragons Crown?). Can’t wait for Tearaway and Killzone too.

On the PS3 side of things, Borderlands 2 and Ni No Kuni take the GotY and Most Anticipated awards respectively. Without question, Journey is hands down top PSN title – I so wish it would come to Vita too!

** OFF TOPIC: speaking of Vita wishlists, as well as Journey, I so want for Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery, Machinarium and Limbo to make their way to handheld too. Oh and I’m gutted that Dungeon Defenders got canned. **


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+ bluekamikaze0807 on December 14th, 2012 at 2:56 pm said:

why did you take Murumasa: The Demon Blade off Anticipated PS Vita Game take that is not really coming here huh?


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    + Sid Shuman on December 14th, 2012 at 4:07 pm said:

    Yeah, bit of a mistake there. It’s not officially confirmed for the US, though it will likely be arriving here, so to be nice and kosher we took it off.


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+ Nergil on December 14th, 2012 at 4:16 pm said:

GOTY: Farcry 3 (tough call though)
PSN GOTY: Journey (hands down)
Best Use of Move: None of the Above (sorry try harder Sony)
Most Anticipated PS3 game: Ni No Kuni (no contest)

Overall with all the delays, still a great year…first half of next year is looking sweet though!!!


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+ DemoniOtaku on December 14th, 2012 at 4:29 pm said:

You guys made a Error there.. on PSVita Digital Only Category… there’s Zero Scape: Virtue’s last Reward.. but that game is on Physical Reatil too.. or include everygame available on store even if is in Physical too?


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+ PGabriel22 on December 14th, 2012 at 4:36 pm said:

( hey “TRIX_BOL” I borrow this. Hope you don’t mind ^^ )

PS3 GOTY = NFS Most Wanted (so awesome to play)
PS3 GOTY PSN = Journey (who doesn’t spend hours on this?)
PS Vita GOTY = Little Big Planet (this game it’s just perfect!)
PS Vita GOTY PSN = Frobisher Says (all my friends and family loved and are always asking me to play)
PS Mobile GOTY = Bullion Blitz (I really liked)
Best Use of PS Move = Wonderbook: Book of Spells (one of the things I always wanted: be a wizard)
Most Anticipated PS3 Game = BioShock Infinite (I can’t wait to play)
Most Anticipated PSVita Game = Tearaway (the game that blow my mind like no one this year!!)


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+ PGabriel22 on December 14th, 2012 at 4:38 pm said:

Actually, I need to ask:

Anyone here on PS BLog know something about the Tearaway launch date?
I really loved this game!


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