Published on December 5th, 2012 | by Ryan Hillis1
EDM’s Game Of The Year Awards: Best Mobile Game
Welcome to the third day of Eject Disk Magazine’s Game of the Year Awards! We’re going to do this a little differently than normal by letting you, the reader, help decide who takes home what prize. Over the next couple of weeks, EDM will be bringing you a specific category each day, allowing each of you the opportunity to vote for the pre-selected “finalist” for the following day’s winner. All you have to do is simply look over the finalists and comment on who you would like to see win. Now that the formalities have been handled, let’s check out who are big winners are today!
CATEGORY: Best Mobile Game
While the mobile platform used to only apply to a niche group of gamers, the call for more quality titles has risen due mainly in part to the higher demand of gamers on the go. Handhelds have grown in popularity thanks to Nintendo, and smartphones have open the door for casual gamers to easily enter the market. Popular social games, coupled with the ability to reach a broader customer base have pushed mobile gaming titles into a legitimate contender in the gaming market. Gamers, no matter how hardcore or casual, have adopted the lifestyle of playing games when they are away from home. You would be hard-pressed to find someone with a smartphone that didn’t have at least one game app downloaded, and the amount of handheld gaming systems currently in circulation has reached staggering numbers with several iterations of Nintendo’s DS and 3DS. Even with Sony’s seemingly-failed attempt to grab a stronghold in the market, the mobile gaming scene is poised for another big year.
2nd Runner Up: Pokemon Black & White 2
When you talk about gaming on a handheld device, a Pokemon game will always surface. The fan base is huge, and the quality and attention to detail to each game is remarkable. There has hardly been a Pokemon game released that has yet to receive critical acclaim from the games industry, and fans always come out in droves to purchase the most recent installment in the series. While the anticipation of this title has been rather lackluster in comparison, the game is equally as good, and should not be overshadowed by Nintendo’s handheld gamers.
1st Runner Up: New Super Mario Bros. 2
What can you really say here? It’s a Mario game. It’s not terribly innovative, nor does it strive to push the boundaries of the popular platforming genre that it helped create. Nonetheless, it is a Mario game, and like most other Mario games, it is good. Nintendo has had a crippling grip on the handheld market for nearly two decades now, and Mario helped it get there. So year in and year out, new Mario games are released and fans of the ultra popular plumber still come out and buy. Think of Mario as Nintendo’s Call of Duty franchise, nothing really gets better, but nothing really gets worse. You will receive pretty much exactly what you would expect from a Mario game, and believe us, that is not a bad thing.
Winner: Uncharted: Golden Abyss
When Sony announced that it would be issuing out a new handheld system, the internet was abuzz with excitement. But to the everlasting dismay of Sony, the Vita has not produced the numbers or the following to grab a piece of the mobile gaming pie. Luckily for those who purchased the disappointing system, you have Uncharted: Golden Abyss. For anyone that has played the PlayStation 3 versions of the award-winning action series, the announcement of an Uncharted game to Vita was reason for anticipation. Naughty Dog really hit a home run with Uncharted, and it continued the same success with a nearly flawless title on the Vita. The game looks so stunning, you can hardly believe that it isn’t being played on a current generation household console. While the Vita hasn’t really panned out yet for Sony, Uncharted: Golden Abyss has given people an honest reason to buy the device. So congratulations to Sony and especially Naughty Dog, for creating Eject Disk Magazine’s Best Mobile Game of 2012!
There you are, readers. For gaming on the go, Uncharted: Golden Abyss wins EDM’s Mobile Game of the Year Award! Now it’s time for you to vote on our next Game of the Year Award nominees. The next category is:
- Battlefield Premium
- World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
- Mass Effect 3 DLC
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Season Pass
- Skyrim DLC Dawnguard/Hearthfire