Gaming Trend’s Game of the Year Countdown — Best of Genre

It’s that time of year again, when we put down the controller for a bit and bicker and argue over exactly which game was the best of the best. While none of us got into any fight fights or flame wars, we’ve put aside our differences long enough to come up with a list of games that we think deserve special recognition. Continuing our countdown are the nominations for the best games of their respective genres.  Keep checking back every three hours for more nominations, all leading up to our announcement of our favorite games of the year. Did we forget one of your favorites ? Email me at [email protected], and we’ll make a special shout out for you.

Best RPG

Massive worlds filled with countless quests, dozens of hours of gameplay, and crafting a character how we want to play: these RPGs let us do all of that and more.

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

Best Shooter

These games brought us a taste of war like no other before them, and some of them feature worlds that rival some of the biggest RPGs out there. 

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

Best Racing Game

While most of us will never get behind the wheel of an expensive automobile, these games let us have the chance to careen down a track at hundreds of miles an hour.

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

Best Sports Game

It’s one thing to be an armchair quarterback, but these games let us put our money where our mouth is, and prove once and for all that our favorite teams would absolutely do better if we were in charge.

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

Best Action/Adventure

Exploration. Puzzle solving. Decision making. These games have it all, and then some.

The Walking Dead
Sleeping Dogs
Darksiders II 

Best Fighting Game

While we don’t condone actually beating up on friends, we absolutely stand by using these games as a way to settle your differences.

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

Best Puzzle Game

Need a real challenge? Why not try out one of these brain benders? Just watch that your mind doesn’t become mush afterwards.

Quantum Conundrum
Lumines Electric Symphony
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

Best Strategy Game

Step into the shoes of the commander and prove you have what it takes to lead with this fantastic strategy games.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown
FTL: Faster than Light
Pokemon Conquest

Best MMORPG/Free-to-play Game

Like making friends? How about a few million? These games allow us to interact with countless people without leaving the house. And by interact, we mean shoot, stab, or blow up. These games make staying indoors for a few days (or weeks) that much more enticing.

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

Best Multiplayer Game

Lots of games use multiplayer simply as a marketing bullet point on the back of the box. These games proved it could be so much more.

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

Best Indie Game

Indie gaming has surged in popularity over the last few years, bringing us into a golden age of self-created and designed games. For every AAA title, there are a dozen or more scrappy independent studios coming up with newer, more inventive ways to play. These games deserve every bit of the limelight they’ve received.

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

Best DLC

Some games are content with throwing out a few player skins or downloadable weapons for a quick buck. These games decided to go a bit deeper than that and give substantial add-on content for a reasonable price, adding more longevity to these already massive games.

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

Best HD Re-release

2012 has seen numerous high-definition re-releases of old games. These nominees prove that some old games never go out of style, and add a brand new coat of paint — and sometimes, a little extra.

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

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I've been gaming since my dad made the bad decision of buying me a Nintendo when I was four years old. Every day I'd find myself with my face glued to a TV screen, punching away at buttons, getting furious with Bowser, Dr. Wily, and those freakin' birds in Ninja Gaiden. Since then I have failed to get my parents to play any board game with me, I sold my full copy of Earthbound with box and guide for $300 to some dude in Austria for rent money, and I still believe in Nintendo even after all these years.

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