And the best [invent your award] of 2012

duckilama wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

Meanest M*therf*cking Random Number Generator Award - It's a tie! Between Faster Than Light and XCOM: Enemy Unknown

There's a metric butt-ton of GW2 players that would like a word with you.

I haven't noticed anything horrible about the RNG for GW2. So far as I know it just affects loot drops, whereas in the other games it can kill you.

Best iPad Adaptation of a Music Arcade Game - Jukebeat

Least Educational Game - Frog Fractions

Most Like Portal Without Actually Being All That Enjoyable - Quantum Conundrum

Best Advertisement For a Handful of Tracks On Bandcamp - Hotline Miami

Best Free-To-Play Game That Still Costs $15 After a 50% Discount - DOTA2

Game Most Likely To Kill You That Isn't Actually A Huge Cheater-face - Dark Souls

Farscry wrote:

Best obvious use of an NPC to emotionally invest the player - Clementine, The Walking Dead

In the same vein,

WORST obvious use of an NPC to emotionally invest the player - Mass Effect 3, little boy who dies at the beginning.

Worst Target Prioritizing A.I. In The Galaxy: The Reapers in Mass Effect 3 for targeting shuttles, tanks, and small groups of soldiers instead of a big freaking frigate like the Normandy SR2.

kexx wrote:
Farscry wrote:

Best obvious use of an NPC to emotionally invest the player - Clementine, The Walking Dead

In the same vein,

WORST obvious use of an NPC to emotionally invest the player - Mass Effect 3, little boy who dies at the beginning.

Ugh, you are so very, very spot on with that award!

Best Use of Loading Screens: Spec Ops: The Line

Best Use of a Third-party Mod to Fix an "Unfixable" Problem: Dsfix for Dark Souls

Best Use of Whales: Dishonored

Most "Bwuh?"-inducing: Frog Fractions

Best way to beat a MMO to death: EA and the Old Republic

Sonicator wrote:

Best Use of Loading Screens: Spec Ops: The Line

Do you feel like a hero yet?

Best Final Level: Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Best "Autistic Tendencies Detector": Diablo III

Best War-themed Hat Simulator: Team Fortress 2

The Best Looking/Sounding Game I Didn't Play Last Year: Journey with Dishonored (which unlike Journey I will probably play eventually since it isn't PS3 exclusive and I already own it) as the runner-up.

Best "don't fix what wasn't broken": Diablo 3

Most credibility lost within just one year: BioWare for Mass Effect 3 and SW:TOR

Worst release timing imaginable: Torchlight 2

Best "the 3rd iteration doesn't necessarily need to suck, despite Blizzard and BioWare making strong cases": FarCry 3

Luggage wrote:

Best "the 3rd iteration doesn't necessarily need to suck, despite Blizzard and BioWare making strong cases": FarCry 3

heh. I've played it for an hour and was eaten by a crocodile and gored by a boar. GOTY 2013.

Best Q-stone - mooosicle
Worst Q-stone - Q-stone

2012's 2011 Game of the Year - Corpse Party (PSP)
Best and Worst bath with a sibling - Corpse Party (PSP)

Most powerful handheld - Wii U Gamepad
Biggest Controller - Wii U Gamepad
Worst Battery Life - Wii U Gamepad

Best Pokemon - Cubone, 16 years running
Best non-Pokemon Animal - Fondue, from Rhythm Thief

Best use of a touchscreen - Anything but the Vita's reartouch
Worst use of a touchscreen - f*ck you Vita reartouch

The Limbo Memorial Award for Indie Darling I'm tired of hearing about - Hotline Miami
Best Indie Game: Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack
Lifetime Achievement Award - My 21-year old half-yellow SNES

Best Saints Row - Saints Row 2

Worst "of 2012" List - This one. I'm playing the 2012 part fast and loose.

The Vanquish Memorial "Japan does everything best when they try" Award - Dragon's Dogma, for action RPG combat

The Bayonetta Memorial "I shouldn't be genuinely attracted to video game characters" Award - Emmy Altava, from Professor Layton and the Last Specter

The Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts Memorial "More people should play this" Award - The Last Story

Most Delicious Irony Award - Mass Effect 3 and Diablo 3 being in our community's top 10.

Best "Holy crap is that the time?!?!" award: FTL: Faster Than Light.

oilypenguin wrote:
Luggage wrote:

Best "the 3rd iteration doesn't necessarily need to suck, despite Blizzard and BioWare making strong cases": FarCry 3

heh. I've played it for an hour and was eaten by a crocodile and gored by a boar. GOTY 2013.

I would have rated it higher in my top ten if they had given me the wing suit sooner. That is almost as much fun as the parachute/grappling hook combination in Just Cause 2. Really loved the progression in that game though. Early on I was freaking out like a little girl watching a scary movie every time I ran across an aggressive animal (especially the big cats) towards the end of the game I somehow ended up in a massive battle with 3 tigers, 5 buffalos, a pack of dogs, and 3 or 4 cassowaries PLUS a car load of mercs and took them all out like it wasn't a thing with my SMG (the Shredder). Also I don't know if it was the game or just me but I had some moments early on where I would face plant like in a fail video while trying to jump and stuff but at the end I was a damn movie ninja jumping around like I was on wires.

In Game Villain Of The Year:

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Dude stole the scene in every scene he was in unlike the runner-up, Handsome Jack, who half the time I just wished would shut up.

Villains Of The Year:

Westboro Baptist Church of course

Sonicator wrote:

Best Use of Loading Screens: Spec Ops: The Line

And the sister award...

Worst Use of Loading Screens: Far Cry 3

Sonicator wrote:

Best Use of Whales: Dishonored

Yes! This is excellent. Wish I had thought of it.

Best Mario Kart Game of 2012: Sonic Racing Transformed

Worst Hospital Visitor: Jacob, Mass Effect 3

Best Console No One Bought: Vita

Best use of bug porn: Frog Fractions

Best scene of interracial dating: Mass Effect 3

Best use of a shovel: The Walking Dead

Best journey: Journey

Best Stonewall Bug Jackson Joke : Frog Fractions
Best single word scream : "Paola" in Shadow of the Damned
Best PC Game that decided to start crashing my computer when I thought it wasn't going to crash any more : Kingdom of Amulur Reckoning
Best advergame of 2012 : Oldspice Saves the World!
Most surprisingly subtly Japanese but really quite Japanese game and one that I thought would be crap but is charming in a way only Japanese games can be : Binary Domain
Best game story with memory loss as a prominent driver for a main character (please stop doing this) : Yesterday
Best attempt at a digital distributor to not take my money : Gamestop / Impulse for making me first reset two passwords to join accounts named things I never know I was signed up for, then accepting an order only to decline the credit card payment the next morning at which point I made a purchase another way.
Best unintentional broken forth wall of 2012 : Dark Souls for disconnecting me from PSN right after my ultimate triumph over the first real boss using a very weird error message.
Craziest implied narrative that didn't really exist through setting and vague dialog : Zeno Clash
Game that I almost wanted to spend the most on : Zero Escape: Virtue's Last reward and accompanying 3DS.

The game most likely to make you appreciate just how fraking hard space travel is: Kerbal Space Program

Best skuffs and scratches on equipment Mass Effect 3
Mission most likely to get you killed Far Cry 3

Spoiler:

Hunting a black panther with a bow and arrow

Best innuendo filled conversation between a dwarf and a mage Dragon Age: Origins

Spoiler:

Wynne: Why do you occasionally refer to Alistair as a "little pike-twirler?"
Oghren: Why? Has the little pike-twirler taken offence?
Wynne: It's just a curious description.
Oghren: Curious? (Snorts) Bah. it's entirely true. What, you haven't seen him twirling his pike? Goes at it when he thinks no one's watching. Knocks about in the trees like there's no tomorrow. Caught him just the other day. Blushed all the way down to his navel, then couldn't find his shirt. I swear he's going to hurt himself one of these days, the way he twirls that thing.
Wynne: I don't want to hear this anymore, do I?
Oghren: I keep telling him, pikes are for sticking things at long range, aye? Horses and such. Not for twirling like a sissy-girl.
Wynne: Wait, you're talking about an actual pike? Like a spear?
Oghren: Obviously. What else would I be talking about?
Wynne: I can't imagine.

Higgledy wrote:

Mission most likely to get you killed Far Cry 3

Spoiler:

Hunting a black panther with a bow and arrow

Keep playing.

Spoiler:

Two bears, one machette.

Rykin wrote:
Higgledy wrote:

Mission most likely to get you killed Far Cry 3

Spoiler:

Hunting a black panther with a bow and arrow

Keep playing.

Spoiler:

Two bears, one machette.

Holy crap.

Rykin wrote:
Higgledy wrote:

Mission most likely to get you killed Far Cry 3

Spoiler:

Hunting a black panther with a bow and arrow

Keep playing.

Spoiler:

Two bears, one machette.

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Best singing pimp: Saints Row: The Third.

Gravey wrote:
Rykin wrote:
Higgledy wrote:

Mission most likely to get you killed Far Cry 3

Spoiler:

Hunting a black panther with a bow and arrow

Keep playing.

Spoiler:

Two bears, one machette.

IMAGE(http://t.fod4.com/t/6040ab0b80/c480x270_39.jpg)

^^^same reaction as I had.

Best use of a puzzle-game in a non puzzle game : Far Cry 3 - activating those Towers.

plavonica wrote:

Best singing pimp: Saints Row: The Third.

Damn straight. Just to piggyback that:

Best Use Of Pony Carts: Saints Row: The Third

Malor wrote:

WTF Is Going On Here: Hotline Miami

Started playing this this weekend and I would like to second this award.

Most unexpected duel: Dishonored

Best costume party ever: Dishonored

There are fates worse than death moment of the year: Dishonored

Best comeback of a fan favorite SciFi weapon of mass destruction: the Tesla coil in Dishonored

Most diligent housekeeping in a videogame: Dishonored (not a single spec of dust on any of the chandeliers or bookshelves)

Honestly though, anyone could come up with dozens of these for that game.