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:
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.
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.