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 a little on the light side for exclusives on Microsoft’s now ancient console and this year was eerily similar. This is a sign that we could be seeing a brand new console this year as the momentum has slowed somewhat. It was the turn of the cogs from Gears of War 3 to take the Community’s 2011 Best Xbox 360 crown. In 2012 though, we thankfully saw more diverse bunch of exclusive titles that warranted the attention of the community. We’re also consolidated the big three to include all platforms by the manufacturer – hence Best Xbox, not Best Xbox 360 this year The nominee list this year consists of a port of a PC Indie phenomenon, the return of the Chief, Playground Games’ less serious take on their Turn 10’s key franchise, a cryptic indie gem, everyone’s favourite dirt bike simulator, and a good excuse to boogie on down with the Kinect. It’s all to play for and it’ll be interesting to see who comes up trumps.
The Nominees were:
And the winner is Halo 4. 343 Industries have amazed us all by bringing the sequel that defies all conventions. To have successfully taken the mantle away from Bungie and make it their own was a remarkable feat, but to have been sworn in as the Community Xbox Game of the Year is an astonishing achievement. With 59.63% of the total vote, it comfortably ascends the throne with little challenge from even the well handled Xbox 360 port of cult PC indie classic Minecraft (18.35%).
If I were to sum up why it won, this line from the review of the game would probably do it the most justice: “Halo 4 not only gives players the best single player campaign in terms of balance and enjoyment since Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, but also a multiplayer mode that keeps you hooked in whatever endeavours you undertake.”
But was there any doubt that the multiplayer was going to be something special? You only need to look at Halo: Reach’s multiplayer post-2011 to see that 343 were capable of making a solid competitive experience, but I doubt anyone was expecting just how engrossing Spartan Ops is. By successfully creating an episodic mini-campaign into an online cooperative event, they have laid the foundations of a strong community where there is always something to shoot at.
The future certainly looks bright for 343 Industries and with Halo 5 and Halo 6 to look forward to at some point, we do have to wonder whether they’ll rush the development of the new trilogy or concentrate on making it the best it can be. Will they do something completely unexpected in 2013? Nobody really knows but them really, but because Halo 4 was voted Community Game of the Year 2012: Best Xbox 360, its apparent that there is now justified trust for the new heir of the Halo franchise.