Community Game Of The Year 2012: Best Handheld

Dave Irwin

Dave Irwin


on December 22, 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.

Sometimes the best fun can be had in the palm of your hand. Last year the then “Best Portable” category was dominated by Nintendo’s DS and 3DS machines, culminating in Pokemon Black & White taking the gold. This year though, a new contender to the throne has emerged in the form of the PlayStation Vita, and the rise of the mobile market has forced us to rename the category “Best Handheld”. Sadly, Paper Mario: Sticker Star came just a tad too late to be considered for nomination, nor could we could Persona 4: Golden as it isn’t out here yet, but it’s a big list of nominees this year as it is. Our ten strong list contains familiar titles from established franchises across all handheld platforms, to gems that have helped define their subsequent platforms.

The Nominees were:


Not exactly the most obvious of choices considering even its own lineup, but the handheld title this year goes to the PlayStation Vita. The Community Game of the Year 2012: Best Handheld goes to Uncharted: Golden Abyss with a relatively commendable 31.53% of your vote. Second place went to fellow PlayStation Plus freebie Gravity Rush, which got 19.82% of the vote. So what is the reason for this win? Is it just because it was a freebie to PlayStation Plus subscribers? Are we still gushing after the wonderful Uncharted 3? Of course not.

Even if Naughty Dog have taken a back seat and allowed SCE Bend Studio to take on the reigns, that doesn’t mean it isn’t anything less of an Uncharted game. Our ‘A-‘ review for Uncharted: Golden Abyss concludes by saying that it is “…a great game for the Vita. Its chapter structure allows for easier play on the go, and it shows just what the hardware can do.” and that, “despite its visual shortcomings in some areas and some wonky, unnecessary touch screen controls, Uncharted Golden Abyss is a beautiful, well crafted game, and is an essential purchase for new PlayStation Vita owners.”

Nathan Drake’s adventures capture the imaginations of those who seek adventure without the typical gung-ho space marine dumbing down the dialogue. Not only has the series pretty much put Nolan North on the map, it has cemented Naughty Dog’s place among the greats. By continuing his adventures on the PlayStation Vita, SCE Bend Studio have successfully brought everyone’s favourite back-talking explorer of mythical cultures and forgotten tombs to a handheld platform. By choosing it as your Community Game of the Year 2012: Best Handheld, you have cemented its place among the best of the PlayStation Vita lineup currently on offer.