Community Game Of The Year 2012: Best Platformer

Dave Irwin

Dave Irwin

Sub-Editor

on December 21, 2012 at 10:30 AM

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.

Traditionally we’re used to seeing everyone’s favourite plumber take awards for anything close to the platformer genre, but last year’s Community Platformer of the Year was a creation that didn’t come from the house of Mario. By a considerable margin, it was Portal 2 that took the gong, Nintendo’s mascot didn’t even make the nominations list this year, which contains two indie games on Xbox Live, Sackboy’s portable debut, an invasion from mutants, a musical number, and the dirt bike king of customised tracks. So which game will be leaps and bounds above the rest?

The Nominees were:

Community Game Of The Year 2012: Best Platformer

Your winner by the tightest of margins is LittleBigPlanet PS Vita narrowly scrapping through with 28.57% of the total vote, with very little between it and second placed Fez (24.49%). Honestly, it was a three horse race as Sound Shapes brought in a respectable 20.41% of your vote. Evidently though, there are more fans of Sackboy than the others, but then again being able to create and share on the go is a wonderful concept.

Looking at the numbers makes sense though, since the game has garnered a Metacritic score of 88. It debuted at number six on the UK sales charts, at that time being the biggest sales week for a non-hardware launch. What players found when they booted up the game on the PlayStation Vita was that the majority of the functions that were present in LittleBigPlanet 2 are available, plus some functionality exclusive to the PlayStation Vita like touch-based tools. Being able to share content over WiFi and 3G is a huge boon to the series as connectivity and user content is paramount to its success thus far.

Fate wasn’t so kind to Media Molecule’s mascot when the production duties were handed over to United Front Games for LittleBigPlanet Karting, but by taking a more traditional approach, it is clear that this is Sackboy’s year to capture hearts and minds for Sony on the PlayStation Vita. LittleBigPlanet PS Vita is almost certainly a sign of things to come from the platform which has not had the easiest of starts. A deserved winner among stiff competition then for the Community Game of the Year 2012: Best Platformer trophy, something that can’t be recreated through the level editor we hope.