Gaming Trends Game of the Year Winners!

Now that 2012 is almost over, we can finally sit back and reflect on a year of awesome gaming. After teasing you with our nominations, we’ve finally come to the moment you’ve been waiting for: the winners of Gaming Trend’s Game of the Year. We’ve deliberated, put in our votes, and made our decisions. While each and every single one of these games is fantastic in their own right, one game did something special, something that elevated it above all of the others. Want to find out who won? You’ll have to keep reading to find out! A big thank you goes out to all of the game developers responsible for these amazing games. All winners are highlighted in bold.

Game of the Year

Mass Effect 3
The Walking Dead
Far Cry 3
Dishonored
Borderlands 2
Journey
Planetside 2
Guild Wars 2
Spec Ops: The Line
Halo 4

Best RPG

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Mass Effect 3
Torchlight II
Diablo III
Xenoblade Chronicles

Best Shooter

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Spec Ops: The Line
Far Cry 3
Halo 4
Borderlands 2

Best Racing Game

Forza Horizon
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Formula 1 2012
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

Best Sports Game

SSX
Madden NFL 2013
Sports Champions 2
FIFA 2013
MLB 12: The Show

Best Action/Adventure

The Walking Dead
Sleeping Dogs
Journey
Darksiders II
Dishonored

Best Fighting Game

Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Persona 4 Arena
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale
Street Fighter X Tekken
Soul Calibur V

Best Puzzle Game

Quantum Conundrum
Lumines Electric Symphony
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
Crashmo

Best Strategy Game

XCOM: Enemy Unknown
FTL: Faster than Light
Pokemon Conquest

Best MMORPG/Free-to-play Game

Star Wars: The Old Republic
Guild Wars 2
Planetside 2
The Secret World
Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan

Best Multiplayer Game

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Mass Effect 3
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Borderlands 2

Best Multiplatform Game

Borderlands 2
Far Cry 3
Mass Effect 3
Dishonored
The Walking Dead

Best PC Game

FTL: Faster Than Light
Planetside 2
Legend of Grimrock
Torchlight II
Guild Wars 2

Best PS3 Game

Journey
Dyad
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale
Sports Champions 2
Sound Shapes

Best Xbox 360 Game

Halo 4
Forza Horizon
Dust: An Elysian Tail
Fable: The Journey
Dance Central 3

Best Wii / Wii U Game

Rhythm Heaven Fever
Xenoblade Chronicles
The Last Story
Zombi U
New Super Mario Bros. U

Best 3DS Game

New Super Mario Bros. 2
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
Paper Mario: Sticker Star Saga
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Resident Evil: Revelations

Best Vita Game

Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Persona 4: Golden
Gravity Rush
Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation
LittleBigPlanet Vita

Best HD Re-release

Jak and Daxter Collection
God of War Saga
Ratchet and Clank Collection
Okami HD
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition

Best Indie Game

Hotline Miami
FTL: Faster than Light
Legend of Grimrock
Fez
Mark of the Ninja

Best Graphics

Halo 4
Assassin’s Creed 3
Journey
Mass Effect 3
Planetside 2 

Best Sound

Mass Effect 3
Assassin’s Creed 3
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Halo 4
Dance Central 3

Best Music

Journey
Mass Effect 3
Dance Central 3
Hotline Miami
Halo 4

Best Voice Acting

The Walking Dead
Mass Effect 3
Dishonored
Halo 4
Borderlands 2

Best Hero

Corvo from Dishonored
Connor from Assassin’s Creed 3
Lee Everett from The Walking Dead
The Vault Hunters from Borderlands 2
Commander Shepard from Mass Effect 3

Best Villain

Charles Lee from Assassin’s Creed 3
Raul Menendez from Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Vaas from Far Cry 3
Handsome Jack from Borderlands 2
Capt. Martin Walker from Spec Ops: The Line

Best DLC

Mass Effect 3: Leviathan
Skyrim: Dawnguard
Borderlands 2: Mr. Torges Campaign of Carnage

Biggest WTF Moment in a Game

The first six chapters of Assassin’s Creed 3
The opening moments of Far Cry 3
The dark choices made in The Walking Dead
The white phosphorous scene in Spec Ops: The Line

Biggest Disappointment

007 Legends
Assassin’s Creed III
Diablo III
Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor
The Wii U’s Tepid Launch

Did we leave out one of your favorites? Email me at [email protected] and we’ll give you a special shout-out.