January 12, 2013

~ PART 2 ~

If you didn't check out Part 1 we suggest you start there before reading this list. You can also see the rules associated with the awards there too. Enjoy.

Moving onto our second part of the 2012 Futuregamez.net awards and our focus shift to the various game genres including best RPG, Strategy, Sports, Action and Fighting game before looking at the best Technology, Best Story (a new category) and Best Intro & Cut-Scenes.

Best Puzzle/Music Game
Winner: Journey (PS3, Thatgamecompany)
To be honest, we're not even sure if this is the right category, but it seemed the best fit for such a unique title. Once in this category though there was little surprise that this would win with Journey offering one of the greatest experiences we've ever had with a video game. There's nothing to tax the brain too hard, but the combination of the puzzles, exploring the game world, the musical pinging noise as your only form of communication with another random player, and the gorgeous music pulls this together.
Runners Up: Retro/Grade (PS3, 24 Caret Games), Catherine (PS3, Atlus Persona Team).

Best Strategy/Simulation Game
Winner: XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PS3, Firaxis)
Many years ago, well before Futuregamez.net existed, one of my favourite PC games was UFO - a turn based strategy game that had me engrossed. Decades later and 2K Games announced an updated version for PS3 (and PC/360), and the resultant games is one of the most enjoyable strategy games we've played in years - and quite possibly the best strategy game we've played on console since starting the site. Plenty of post-release support ensure this should be at the top of everyone's must have list. Superb.
Runners Up: Anomaly: Warzone Earth (PS3, 11 Bit Studios), Armored Core 5 (PS3, From Software).

Best Role Playing Game
Winner: Mass Effect 3 (PS3, Bioware)
While PlayStation owners never got a chance to play the original Mass Effect (although it is now available on the Playstation Store or on the Mass Effect Trilogy release), they fell in love with Commander Shepherd with Mass Effect 2 and this third game in the franchise hits all the right notes. Branching storylines, massive universe to explore, improved dialogue, fantastic cut-scenes, and improved combat. Even without the DLC there's well over 30 hours gameplay here - if you rush. A stunning release.
Runners Up: Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3, Square-Enix), Dragon's Dogma (PS3, Capcom).

Best (First of Third Person) Shooter Game
Winner: Far Cry 3 (PS3, Ubisoft Montreal)
The Far Cry franchise has always impressed but this third game set all kinds of new benchmarks. The cut-scenes, and in particular the motion captured acting for characters like Vaas, are second to none, the open-world island is massive and looks stunning, there main storyline was fantastic, but the amount of side missions, hunting and exploration is massive. Throw in some intensely fun online co-op modes, multiplayer and map editor and this game is the complete package.
Runners Up: Borderlands 2 (PS3, Gearbox Software), Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3, Treyarch).

Best Action/Adventure/Platform Game
Winner: Sleeping Dogs (PS3, United Front Games)
While we never reviewed this game on the site both Michael and I (Dave) have purchased and played through the game - and what an experience it is with a wonderful open-world game not unlike a certain Rockstar title. Heavy discounting on the PlayStation Store recently means it's an absolute bargain and while it has (apparently) shifted around 700,000 units on PS3 it deserves to do many times that. If you like open-world action/adventure games then do yourselves a favour and pick this game up now. Superb.
Runners Up: Darksiders II (PS3, Vigil Games), Dishonored (PS3, Arkane Studios).

Best Fighting Game
Winner: Dead or Alive 5 (PS3, Tecmo)
Games are about fun and for us this was one of the most entertaining games of the year. Sure it has its faults, some complain of the button-mashy gameplay while others will pick on the graphical glitches including quite a few collision detection issues between fighters when you pause and zoom in, but in terms of just sit down, pick up and play this game is superb.
Runners Up: Street Fighter X Tekken (PS3, Capcom), Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale (PS3/PSVita, Superbot).

Best Sports Game
Winner: FIFA 13 (PS3, EA Canada)
Electronic Arts know how to develop a fantastic soccer game and this years edition leaves nothing behind. Between the wide range of game modes, the fantastic audio visual presentation, and the fantastic on-pitch gameplay this game hits all the right notes and for the second year in a row EA's soccer (or football) game wins the top gong for Best Sports Game.
Runners Up: NBA 2K13 (PS3, Visual Concepts), PES 2013 (PS3, Konami).

Best Racing Game
Winner: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (PS3, Sumo Digital)
For the second year in a row it was actually quite a lean year for racing games with some very good, but no real outstanding titles on offer. What did surprise though was this racing game from Sumo Digital which not only looks fantastic, but is a heap of fun in single or multiplayer. Give this racer a shot, you may well be surprised as we were with the amount of fun to be had here. Well done Sega!
Runners Up: Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PS3, Criterion), F1 2013 (PS3, Codemasters).

Best Game People Forgot to Buy
Winner: XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PS3, Firaxis)
With worldwide sales on PS3 of just over 250,000 (According to VGChartz) this release should have sold a bucket load more than it has. Sure, turn-based strategy games are always a hard sell on consoles as they are scarce and rarely impress, but this game is superb and with continued support from developers (as per the free DLC this week) it deserves to sell into the millions on all platforms (with PC/360 total sales are well under a million units).
Runners Up: Sleeping Dogs (PS3, United Front Games), Darksiders II (PS3, Vigil Games).

Best New Technology or Game Engine
Winner: Far Cry 3, Dunia 2 Engine (PS3, Ubisoft Montreal)
It's amazing that six years into a console's life we are still getting such marked improvements in game engines but Ubisoft Montreal unleashed the Dunia 2 engine with this brilliant open-world shooter. Far Cry 2 used the original engine but this sequel has seen improvements in water, AI, animation, Facial Expressions, Weather Systems, and Global Illumination as well as a swag of improvements across the board. An extremely impressive engine on some, now, pretty old hardware.
Runners Up: Wonderbook Technology (PS3, SCE London), Journey PhyreEngine (PS3, Thatgamecompany).

Best Storyline In A Game
Winner: Mass Effect 3 (PS3, Bioware)
The conclusive game in this trilogy is epic in every regard and with the storyline altering according to your actions and performance in the game it's definitely a title that will have you engrossed from start to finish. This is storytelling at it's very best and while there are some corny lines (what do you expect with hours of dialogue), this is an emotional roller-coaster from start to finish.
Runners Up: Sleeping Dogs (PS3, United Front Games), Spec Ops: The Line (PS3, Yager Developments).

Best Cut-Scenes In A Game
Winner: Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3, Square-Enix)
This was a really tough call this year - do you go with the technically stunning pre-rendered sequences in Square-Enix's RPG, or the real-time, slightly rough, but epic and superbly scripted scenes from Bioware's RPG or the stunning motion capture from Ubisoft's shooter? In the end you can't go beyond the brilliance of Square-Enix's supremely crafted CG videos - they deserve to be on the big screen, let alone in games.
Runners Up: Resident Evil 6 (PS3, Capcom), Mass Effect 3 (PS3, Bioware).

Best Artistic Style In A Game
Winner: Asura's Wrath (PS3, CyberConnect2)
While it's debatable if this is a great game or not, there's no denying that Asura's Wrath is one of the most unique looking and visually impressive games of 2012. Actually, no, we're saying it is the most unique looking and artistically impressive games of the year. It's pretty short, so it's probably worth a look as a rental.
Runners Up: Journey (PS3, Thatgamecompany), Mass Effect 3 (PS3, Bioware).

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