Community Game Of The Year 2012: Best Driving

David Howard

David Howard

Editor-in-Chief

on December 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Editor’s Note: We recently asked you, our community to vote for your Games of the Year across a variety of categories, and following all of your votes it’s time for the results. Enjoy.

Last year was one of the closest calls we had with Motorstorm Apocalypse piping Forza 4 to the title of community voted Best Driving game of 2011 by just point-four percent. This year both franchises have nominations but both are far removed from what we’d usually expect from them. Motorstorm RC is a Micro Machines-esque racer at a budget price for multiple consoles, whilst Forza Horizon is Playground Games’ attempt at a more arcade racer. There’s also the latest title in the requirement for high velocity franchise, a Vita exclusive futuristic racer, the sequel to the previously PlayStation 3 exclusive platformer/racer and this seasons iteration for the world’s most recognised motorsport. Who will top the podium though and become 2012’s best driving game?

The Nominees were:

Community Game Of The Year 2012: Best Driving

It’s Forza Horizon who crosses the line in first place. Having narrowly missed out on the top prize last the twist in the franchise has won over fans and with 37.50% of the vote, it garnered more support than Forza 4. It was a potentially risky move but, with help from Turn 10 Studios, Playground Games has delivered the goods. There was a challenge from runner-up Need for Speed: Most Wanted (35.94%) but these two stood out from the rest.

Having launched in third in the UK charts, the festival racer racked up an impressive metascore of 85, ensuring its place amongst the elite this year.

Where the popular franchise will go next is anyone’s guess. Will we see a return to the simulation racing next year in the form of Forza 5? Or will Microsoft want to give the series a bit of a rest? With new hardware on the horizon, could Turn 10 and Playground Studio’s be lining up a new series or continue with the Forza brand? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure; whatever the British studio ends up doing they’ll be hype for it.

After all, you don’t create the a game of this quality without by accident. There’s real talent and now pedigree at Playground games and with Forza Horizon being voted our Community Game of the Year 2012: Best Driving, we have a new racing development team on the map.