December 24, 2012, 15:00

Community Game Of The Year 2012: Best Action-Adventure

By David Howard, Editor-in-Chief

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 the game that took the award for Best Action-Adventure went on to claim the crown of Game of the Year as well. It was Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception that managed the feat a year ago, and there are multiple opportunities for history to repeat itself. For now though we’ll focus on the task at hand – recognising the best action-adventure game of the year. With Agent 47′s return, Connor’s assassin adventure, Death’s tale of justice, Corvor’s mission of vengeance, the saving of Clementine and a soothing journey, there’s a terrific selection on offer; but which adventure won you all over?

The Nominees were:

Community Game Of The Year 2012: Best Action Adventure

It has received near universal acclaim and it’s The Walking Dead that wins our Best Action-Adventure award. In one of our tightest categories, the Telltale gem saved 29.41% of votes to secure its first award, whilst Assassin’s Creed III gathered 25.88% of the vote to claim the runner-up spot.

Many view The Walking Dead as the revival as point-and-click adventure games but I don’t see it that way. There were many technical flaws with the licensed title, but it was the superb storytelling and character development that has seen The Walking Dead rise to the heights it has achieved. The emotional tone was dark yet one with hope and the compassion and bond between Lee and Clementine is one rarely explored. It’s proof that gamers want more mature, more gripping stories in videogames.

It’s not just a critical success though. More than a million unique players have purchased at least one episode from the series as Telltale manage to successfully create true episodic content. The monthly release of each episode was ideal for the game, with each section lasting a couple of hours and allowed for others to play and discuss each section at the same time before moving onto the next one; I feel it really assisted in the word of mouth praise for the title.

Having taken the ‘Game of the Year’, ‘Best Adapted Video Game’ and ‘Best Downloadable Game’ at the 2012 Video Game Awards, plus receiving glowing reviews everywhere you look, it’s a game well worth your time. So if you’ve yet to take the plunge, I heartily recommend it for over the Christmas break.