Community Game Of The Year 2012: Best Visual Appearance

David Howard

David Howard


on December 21, 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, Sony had a particularly good year in the eyes of our community with Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception taken a trio of awards, including Best Visual Appearance. This year, there’s a great variety of styles up for the award. We have a cel-shaded shooter from Gearbox Software, a similarly rendered action-RPG for the PlayStation Vita, a stylised stealth-action title from Bethesda, the return of Master Chief that pushes the Xbox 360 to its limits, an indie pixel art gem, the sandy deserts of solitude, the HD outing of Nintendo’s mascot, a striking painted world, an atmospheric cartoon world, and the zombie filled end of days. Which game wowed our community the most though and was the game with the best visual appearance this year?

The Nominees were:


Having already picked up one award this year, Journey makes it two by being named the game with the Best Visual Appearance of 2012. Having garnered 28.89% of the votes it held a slender lead over Dishonored – with the runner-up amassing 25.56% of the votes.

Following in the footsteps of Uncharted 3 last year, a PlayStation exclusive has now picked up this category win two years running – whilst also being named the best PlayStation game of the year. The wonderful title is well deserving of its crown; one of few titles that have ever taken my breath away with its beauty. Thatgamecompany have a pedigree of creating game that, whilst not necessarily boasting the best graphics, offer a view unlike any other. It’s the subtleties of Journey, the way the lighting shimmers off the particle sand that is most impressive.

Our ‘A+’ review states: “Around us the sand turns to golden dust; this is far more than just a desert, this is an arid sea producing waves of sand with the wind’s currents helping and hindering movement. At times, the scenes my eyes witnessed were unmatched; raw, powerful, intoxicating beauty shimmering in the stupendous light. Before long, the heat dissipates and we’re cast into a mountainous range of snow and biting frost, yet the beauty never subsides.”