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Digital Trends’ 2012 Gaming Awards Nominees

Game awards 2012This was a tough one. At one point during the discussions amongst the gaming writers, professionalism was very nearly abandoned in favor of passion. And not a “Mr. Smith in front of Congress pleading his case through a multi-hour filibuster” type of passion, but more like a “your opinion is wrong and I hope you feel bad” passion. It never actually got close to disrespect, but there were some strong opinions.

And that makes sense. This year didn’t have quite the blockbuster punch that 2011 did, but what it lacked in big budget franchise releases it made up for in brilliant games chock full of originality. There were still several big names for gamers to revel in, but this time they were joined by titles like Journey and The Walking Dead, which featured nary a ‘splosion, but offered experiences unlike any other.

After much discussion, we narrowed our list of nominees down to three per category (with the exception of the Game of the Year). Feel free to sound off in the comments below and let us know who you’re rooting for, then check back with us on Friday, December 14 when we announce the winners.

Best Action/Adventure Game

Dishonored

Hitman: Absolution

Sleeping Dogs

Best Competitive Multiplayer

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Halo 4

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Best Co-Op Game

Journey

Borderlands 2

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Best Driving Game

Forza Horizons

Need For Speed: Most Wanted

Ridge Racer Unbounded

Best Fighting Game

Persona 4 Arena

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Virtual Figher 5: Final Showdown

Best FPS

Borderlands 2

Dishonored

Far Cry 3

Best Looking Game

Dishonored 

Journey

Max Payne 3

Best Puzzle Game

Fez

Lumines Electronic Symphony

Quantum Conundrum

Best Re-make/Re-release

Persona 4 Golden

Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Zone of the Enders HD Collection

Best RPG

Borderlands 2

Diablo III

Mass Effect 3

Best Shooter

Borderlands 2

Max Payne 3

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Best Sports Game

FIFA 13

NBA 2K13

SSX

Best Writing

Assassin’s Creed III

Spec Ops: The Line

The Walking Dead, Season 1

 

Best Digitally Distributed Game

Journey

Papo & Yo

The Walking Dead, Season 1

Best Handheld Game

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

Super Stardust Delta

Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack

Best PC Exclusive

Diablo III

PlanetSide 2

Torchlight II

Best PS3 Exclusive

Journey

Papo & Yo

Starhawk

Best Xbox 360 Exclusive

Fez

Forza Horizon

Halo 4

Best Wii/Wii U exclusive

Nintendo Land

The Last Story

ZombiU

Game of the Year

Assassin’s Creed III

Borderlands 2

Dishonored

Far Cry 3

Hitman: Absolution

Journey

Max Payne 3

Papo & Yo

The Walking Dead, Season 1

XCOM: Enemy Unknown