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IGN's 2012 Game of the Year

Find out which game in 2012 earned IGN's top honors, and look at every other IGN GotY so far. (Culture)

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OllieBoy  +   1141d ago
Mine too!
guitarded77  +   1141d ago
Me three! It is so deserved... Journey takes so many chances, and does everything right.
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piroh  +   1141d ago
i agree with them, Journey is the best this year

in my eyes Journey won best soundtrack, best PS3 game, best graphics and overall GOTY, although they gave best graphics to Halo 4 - congratulations, lets wait till 2013, my bet is on Last of Us and Last Guardian. i like this friendly battles, its good to be a gamer here and now
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MerkinMax  +   1141d ago
When you emerge from the snow and begin souring at that end, so many feels. The music, the scenery, everything about the build up to that point made it so emotional. Such a simple game that really shined this year. Loved it!
sonic989  +   1141d ago
me four Lol
its been a long time since i engaged emotionally with a game
rightfully deserved
nintendoland  +   1141d ago
Seriously I think black ops 2 is the best game of this year. I'm not trolling. Multiplayer is so epic
Enate  +   1141d ago
@nintendoland na you must mean that lag compensation is epic because that's the only thing I have experienced playing that games multiplayer.
JoGam  +   1141d ago
Omg the soundtrack alone makes me wanna go play it again. So powerful. Awesome!
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HammadTheBeast  +   1141d ago
What makes Journey stand out is that it's a complete game experience. I can play over and over, to try and play with others, and experience a different "Journey" every time. Not to mention the impressive art style, and amazing soundtrack.

And it does all this with so little. That's what makes it my Game of The Year, and i approve of IGN.
shotgun_ps3  +   1141d ago
Yep that about sums it up for me as well. Well done ThatGameCompany!, think I woke my flatmates up cause I actually yelped when I saw it had won.
360ICE  +   1141d ago
I think mine too. My favorite was maybe Gravity Rush, but Journey is just an incredible game.
miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   1141d ago
Too bad this doesn't mean a thing, since PS3 fanboys hate IGN, and IGN is nothing but a bias, horrible site now.

Oh wait. Did they give PS3 game an award? Oh, nevermind,.. IGN is great again!
xursz  +   1140d ago
i don't like ign all that much because i think they tend to be less professional than other game coverage sites. but i do think the award is well deserved. And yes i played halo4, gravity rush, persona4G, far cry 3, and TWD.

BTW i think there are plenty of ps3 fans who frequent ign.
neoMAXMLC  +   1137d ago
What you're doing is generalizing. Unless you can give specific examples of who does this then you're simply making a tantrum. I might as well say, "Typical argument from a typical 360 fanboy."

But seeing as you are one who runs his own 360 fanboy site (or least one infested with them) then I guess my argument is more valid.
aquamala  +   1141d ago
I don't get it. it's a 2 hour long game, most of the time walking to the objective and solve VERY simple puzzles, and none of the puzzles require 2 people to solve so a companion doesn't even need to be there? this is GoTY?
NastyLeftHook0  +   1141d ago
so many ps3 exclusives get goty's!

edit: uh oh! the disagree fairy is here!
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Enemy  +   1141d ago
There won't be any clean water to drink after the apocalypse in a couple hours. I brought my buckets into this story for the tears for which I will shower with.
NastyLeftHook0  +   1141d ago
ahh, nibiru...
Norrison  +   1141d ago
uc2 deserved it, but journey's lenght killed it for me. Didn't disagree tho
PirateThom  +   1141d ago
It was either Journey or Sound Shapes for me.
xursz  +   1141d ago
+1 for sound shapes.

that game racked up so many awards this year it's ridiculous.
TryMe  +   1141d ago
Should have gone to Tell Tale's Walking Dead but whatever.
TryMe  +   1141d ago
All the disagrees are going to be coming from people who never even played tell tale's walking dead. It's cool, I never played Journey and I like to press the dislike button as well ;)
Blastoise  +   1141d ago
I played it, I thought it was a rather inconsistent game (episode 2 was awesome, episode 1 was okay, episode 3 was meh) and it had a quite a few bugs (weird lip sync at times. Going under the turning invisible?!)

A good game, glad I bought it, but I can see why people wouldn't give it game of the year.
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guitarded77  +   1141d ago
I played it thought it was amazing. It's not a slap in the face to other games that didn't get picked, it's a celebration of a great game, and Journey is a great game. It does not lessen how great Walking Dead is.

If your pick for GOTY was Walking Dead, so be it... no one can tell you what to think GOTY was except you, but don't go pissing on Journey, because it too was a great game, and IMO GOTY.
dgonza40  +   1141d ago
I've played it and disagree.. it's not like spike didn't give it to the walking dead anyways.. So everyone wins.
LtFaku  +   1139d ago
I've played TWD game, and only for the last chapter,itwas dissapointing, the game says that the story is tailored by the decisions you take and you only got ONE ending, with the same "villian" at the end, no matterwhat have happened before. To me, was a good game, but dissapointing at the very end, just doesnt have any replay value.
Jockamo  +   1141d ago
Journey and Walking Dead were great games. But this is all a matter of opinion. For me, my favorite game of the year was Faster than Light, but that's just my opinion. But when these more independent games beat out the mainstream titles, that's always a good sign for the future of gaming.
silkrevolver  +   1141d ago
Good on you IGN!
BanBrother  +   1140d ago
Nah, IGN are Xbox fanboys.......... /s
iNMyFiN4LH0uR  +   1141d ago
That was beautifully made, captured the game's feel. My personal GOTY is Dishonored.
johnsonbat  +   1141d ago
Great vid.
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KangarooSam  +   1141d ago
Very nice video and an obvious choice, such a great game. Or should I say piece of art?
turgore  +   1141d ago
A 3 hour game that costs 15 dollars should not be game of the year, no matter how pretentious it is.
KangarooSam  +   1141d ago
I thought the same thing, then I played it. It's THAT good.

Might even have some replay value, I kinda feel like playing it again soon.
TryMe  +   1141d ago
Exactly why Tell Tale's Walking Dead should have won.

Each episode is roughly 2-4 hours, equating to 10-20 hours of gameplay, all for 25 bucks (5 bucks an episode)

An to add on to that sweetness, the first episode is currently free, so you would only have to spend 20!
grailly  +   1141d ago
I found that every WD episode was 2 hours flat and the last one a bit shorter. I finished the game under 10 hours.

It' s great experience, but once you realize that your choices really have no impact on the story, it's hard to see it as one of the greatest games of the year.
Daver  +   1141d ago
Its all about the experience, not money and time.... Its far from being pretentious.
HammadTheBeast  +   1141d ago
Ok, let's make it cost $60. Happy?
ginsunuva  +   1141d ago
What a very wise and thoughtful individual.
He has a point.

Oh wait, he doesn't.
RXL  +   1141d ago
hope developers don't see this as "Hey! 15 dollar games that are a few hours long are the way to go!"

i enjoyed this game VERY much...great experience..

but what about
Borderlands 2
Mass Effect 3
Darksiders 2
Uncharted 3
Halo 4
Assassins Creed 3
The Witcher 2


kinda a big F-U don't you think?
poopsack  +   1141d ago
2011's Uncharted 3?
Enemy  +   1141d ago
Borderlands 2 was good but still suffered from cringeworthy forgettable storytelling

Mass Effect 3's ending was so bad that even the two main guys at BioWare had to step down

Darksiders 2 wasn't as good as Darksiders

Uncharted 3 came out last year but is easily outclassed by Journey

Halo 4, same old

Assassin's Creed 3, same old

The Witcher 2 on 360 is just a port of a PC game that came out last year

Journey did give everything else a big FU but I knew it would as soon as I finished it. It is simply unforgettable.
coolbeans  +   1141d ago
In all honesty, I don't see it as a big F-U.
Take that same realm of thinking over to film and it would be like crediting a solid mainstream movie over a masterful art film. Both serve as having two different identities. Almost all of those titles you've mentioned serve to improve upon past conventional setups whereas Journey has been stated (haven't played it yet) to adventure towards something new in the 'art game' genre with an adequate price.

Judging from what I've seen/heard, Journey doesn't seem convinced that resting on its laurels of being an 'art game' is enough. Rather than being something like Dear Esther, which I found to be boring and end with writing that could only be summed up as "tawdry grandiloquence," it wanted to do something different.

In an artistically-starved industry as this one, I don't see why anyone would act hostile towards this choice.
HammadTheBeast  +   1141d ago
What makes Journey stand out is that it's a complete game experience. I can play over and over, to try and play with others, and experience a different "Journey" every time. Not to mention the impressive art style, and amazing soundtrack.

And it does all this with so little. That's what makes it my Game of The Year.
Nes_Daze  +   1141d ago
Assassins Creed 3 is nowhere near GOTY quality....
Hellsvacancy  +   1141d ago
Ezz2013  +   1141d ago
uncharted 3 was in 2011 and won 70+GOTY award
ABizzel1  +   1141d ago
Borderlands 2 was great, but just lacked that something special. I played through it in 2 days, and enjoyed it, but it wasn't OMG WOW, or OMG this is so ORIGINAL, or OMG this is what gaming was about.

Mass Effect 3 again great game, but there were still technical problems that you'd think be gone by now, and the ending wasn't up to par.

Darksiders 2 was another great game, but again it had technical issues, and a couple of iffy design choices (Suffered a bit cause of what was happening Take Two and their budget).

Uncharted 3 was 2011.

Halo 4. Again another great game, but it suffered from being more Halo. We've had Halo 3, Halo Wars, Halo ODST, Halo Reach, Halo Anniversary, and now Halo 4 all on one console. So while it was a great game, it needed to be a OMG experience to rightfully win GOTY (same thing with God of War Ascension next year, it has to flat out WOW us)

Assassins Creed 3. I though it was a good game, but it was a bit disappointing, and I think it's because Ubisoft was working with their new engine for this game. Instead of evolving the series it took some steps back and was a glorified tutorial for the first couple of hours. After that it got a lot better, but I'd even put Assassin's Creed Liberation above it as far as pure entertainment.

Didn't play the Witcher 2, because those kind of games aren't my thing, but from all the reviews and response on how good it was should have put it as a GOTY contender. But what probably held it back was that it was port of a PC game from 2011 to the 360 this year, and I don't think gaming journalist treat ports fairly (although Persona Golden has been getting some love).

The only other games were The Walking Dead (again great game, but technical issues), Dishonored (not done playing it yet), and Max Payne (which I had my fair share of complaints with, but can't deny it's a good game).

Overall I can't be mad at anyone who picks any of those games for GOTY. There wasn't 1 game that just smashed the pack this year. However, downloadable games really stepped up and outshine retail this year, and that's why you see Journey and The Walking Dead winning so many awards. We expect great retail games from big budget developers, but when something lesser comes around and impresses just as much as the best retail has to offer it's worthy of the praise in the eyes of gamers and the journalist.
KingKevo  +   1141d ago
Awesome game, awesome video. Definately the right choice.
-Falaut-  +   1141d ago
O_o IGN, seriously?

In my 25 years of gaming, Journey was the most impact full and emotionally stirring "video game" experience I had.

...but IGN...
eliteslaya13  +   1141d ago
Why did this game win you ask?

It's the perfect blend of gameplay, visuals, and audio.

Your game does not have to be thirty hours long and pretty to win GOTY. This game is the shining example of that.
Ducky  +   1141d ago
I've played Journey twice and don't really get all the 'emotional impact' that everyone else seems to be having.
Maybe I don't have a soul, I dunno.

Personally, I'd have gone with FarCry3 or Dishonored.

Still, looking through IGN's other awards for this year, they've done a good job with the picks.
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MasterCornholio  +   1141d ago
Journey is a beautiful game its a shame that i haven´t played it yet.

Even though people are complaining that the game is too short to be a game of the year it is an excellent title filled to the brim with innovation which is something that most titles of this year lacked.


"Your game does not have to be thirty hours long and pretty to win GOTY. This game is the shining example of that."

True just because a game is extremely long doesn´t mean that its good. Developers should concentrate on providing an incredible game instead of a mediocre 30 hour experience.


I guess you people hate new innovative titles then.
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Locksus  +   1141d ago
The game is amazing, and it fully deserves the GOTY.
But nothing about it is innovative; it didn't introduce anything new or groundbreaking.

But the game is amazing, especially the soundtrack.
pandehz  +   1141d ago
Im glad Journey won it. Beautiful game
from the beach  +   1141d ago
Atrocious choice, one I reckon they and everyone who praised this game will feel very silly about in a couple of years.
ayabrea93  +   1141d ago
fantastic choice and a genuinely worthy winner. great graphics not only in terms of raw power but also sylistically. superb soundtrack, great multiplayer and utterly memorable sequences.
SageHonor  +   1141d ago
Persona 4 Golden is my GOTY
Sizzon  +   1141d ago
Great choice! congrats to Jehova Chen and all the other guys over at thatgamecompany.

Journey is like no other.
DasTier  +   1141d ago
What a surprise, the pointless, overrated hipster "game" was created by an Asian. Who saw that coming!
Sizzon  +   1141d ago
Overrated hipster game? eh lolwut?

A hipster game would be Black Ops 2 or Assassin's Creed 3, well Assassin's Creed is actually great and Call of Duty used to be great.
DasTier  +   1141d ago

Those games you listed are to popular and "conformist" to be enjoyed by a hipster lol, but I agree that Call of Duty and Call of Duty 2 were incredible games.
MariaHelFutura  +   1141d ago
Racist, stupid, and pointless.

I don't whether to hug you or slap you.
MehmetAlperTR  +   1141d ago
Excellent choice! Congratulations on IGN and ThatVideoGame Company.. I m so happy to have both consoles ( Xbox 360, PS3 and PC )..
QuantumWake  +   1141d ago
:O Well deserved! Journey's soundtrack is by far one of the best I've heard.
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Dlacy13g  +   1141d ago
Does anyone really care about IGN? My trusted source for games is Giantbomb...I will hold my tongue until I hear from them next week during their GOTY deliberations.
Kran  +   1141d ago
So... when IGN praises a PS3 game its all YAY HAPPY FLOWERS.

When they say something bad about a PS3 game or perhaps choose something "better", its all BOO HISS THIS SITE IS CRAP.

I really dont get N4G these days :/

I'm not dissing Journey. I'm dissing it's users :l
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Ezz2013  +   1141d ago
i really don't get that
you are trying to say ps3 owners are double faced trolls ..right ?!

i would like you to see this before you talk
243 comment
80% of it praise to the review and IGN
both side do that all the time

for me i never trashed IGN or any big site for that matter
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Kran  +   1141d ago
That's 1 game. You should see what I've seen over the past year.
trouble_bubble  +   1141d ago
You mean like painting everyone with the same brush? That happens a lot here too. One person once upon a time loves IGN the same week he hates it, and suddenly it means everyone is "that guy".

Maybe Journey really -is- a good game, and IGN knows it. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Kran  +   1141d ago
but then couldnt you say that "maybe its just one reviewer" who is bad on IGN rather than all the haters classing them all as bad like they do?
imt558  +   1141d ago
Very nice vid, IGN. I don't like IGN, but this vid is superb.
RAFFwaff  +   1141d ago
If Xenoblade Chronicles had been released on ps3 and had the marketing behind it that it deserved, it would have pushed Journey very very close indeed. Another beautiful game that wears its heart on its sleeve and leaves a sense of wonder with you long after you've put the controller down. I agree with IGNs assessment of Journey, but just wish that great Wii games were not automatically railroads out of overall goty polls because of the hardware.
dboyman  +   1141d ago
I enjoyed Journey, but I also wanted to play Xenoblade too. But Nintendo made a terrible mistake of not releasing it properly in NA. Such a hard title to find, and those who sell on ebay well they charge an arm and a leg...and maybe a liver. They should do a rerelease of the game. Plus it wont come on PS3, since Monolith is owned by Nintendo....
mikemadden  +   1141d ago
So a xbox exclusive has never won IGN GOTY?
Ezz2013  +   1141d ago
i think it happend once in 2006 with gears of war
but it seem even with no big ps3 exclusive to face in 2012
xbox exclusives still have a hard time win GOTY awards since 2006
and even then a psn game win alot of GOTY awards
not trolling or any thing
just stating facts
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Norrison  +   1141d ago
nope, don't say halo because it's on pc. Xbox is the only platform without an ign GOTY
dazreah  +   1141d ago
And who gives a crap?? Oh no it don't have an IGN GOTY.
OmniSlashPT  +   1141d ago
ME2 won it in 2010 and it was once an Xbox exclusive. It's kinda MS fault, not IGN's.
Pandamobile  +   1140d ago
Halo was an Xbox exclusive when it won GOTY.

Half-Life 2 was a PC exclusive when it won GOTY.

Mass Effect 2 was never an Xbox 360 exclusive.
BanBrother  +   1140d ago
"So a xbox exclusive has never won IGN GOTY?"

Yet the little N4G girls say it is an Xbox fanboy site. Xbox games aren't allowed to be good, and Playstaion games aren't allowed to be remotely not perfect.

Kudos to Journey though. I will get disagrees for stating a fact, but only fanboys will disagree with my comment, so it holds no merit.
acktionjackson  +   1141d ago
When I see comments like these I know I'm in the PS3 dick sucker zone. Any real gamer knows Mass Effect 3 was game of the year and if you say you havent played Mass Effect well then your not a real gamer and you opinion doesn't count. Walking Dead really? Now this? What a fucking joke!!!
GamersRulz  +   1141d ago
Good choice, Journey deserve this honor.

but I still didn't get over IGN's Fallout 3 GOTY over MGS4 in 2008.

look back again and you see which one of those games was legendary.
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