Published on December 10th, 2012 | by Ryan Hillis1
EDM’s Game Of The Year Awards: Best Shooter
Welcome to another day of Eject Disk Magazine’s Game of the Year Awards! As per usual, we’re doing this a little differently than normal by letting you, the reader, help decide who takes home the 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 our big winners are today!
CATEGORY: Best Shooter
When you look at the annual numbers, gamers worldwide have increasingly made shooters the most popular genre of video games. With the rise of the Call of Duty franchise, the return of the Halo series and the emergence of the Borderlands titles, one can easily see why gamers flock to their nearest retailer in order to pour hundreds of hours into these games. This year, there were no shortages of great shooters: The aforementioned titles all had popular sequels released, while others such as Far Cry 3 did not receive the attention they could have due to poor marketing. So which of these titles was worthy of our illustrious award? At the end of this award ceremony deathmatch, which shooter will stand over the others as victor?
2nd Runner Up: Halo 4
It has been a few years since the world has seen a proper Halo sequel, and with the exit of popular studio Bungie (the creator of the franchise itself), there was some questions to be asked upon its release: Would 343 be able to deliver the same great Halo experience that has been expected over the years? Would the story line suffer? Would the multiplayer modes fall short? If you were one of the lucky people to purchase it, then you already know the answers. The amazement of Halo 4 can be seen from the moment you first begin the game – the graphics are hands-down some of the best that have been witnessed on the Xbox 360, no question. The gameplay is still as tight as ever, and multiplayer hasn’t skipped a beat. While the story line may seem a little lacklustre due to how short it is, we are certain that 343 is just getting us warmed up for Halo 5.
1st Runner Up: Borderlands 2
When the first Borderlands game released, many people didn’t know what to expect. It didn’t have the immediate impact of a major release, but through critical acclaim and word of mouth, the game quickly became a hot-ticket item. This helped make the announcement of Borderlands 2 some of the biggest news to come out of 2011. Borderlands 2 was highly anticipated and many wondered if they could keep the pace up with such an interesting mixture of art and violence. They did. The hit rpg-shooter hybrid easily eclipsed what everyone had expected from the second iteration. The game is near flawless, the multiplayer is amazing and it has already been the recipient of numerous awards this year.
Winner: Far Cry 3
When it comes to disappointments, Far Cry 3 has only one. The marketing push behind this game is unacceptable. The game has received next to no attention compared to Ubisoft’s previous big release, Assassin’s Creed 3. It seemed as if there were more television spots for the PS Vita/Liberation bundle than there were for Far Cry 3, and that is a true shame. How can we not call this game remarkable? The lush jungle island environment is breathtaking to behold and the graphics are some of the best you have yet to see from the industry. The island feels alive as you make your way through bands of pirates, hunting local creatures for means to upgrading equipment. This title utilizes the open-world mechanic so well, that you never really feel like you are doing the same task. While most games that utilize swimming do it in such a manner that it feels overwhelming or unnecessary, in Far Cry 3 it is something rewarding and refreshing (pun intended). Hopefully gamers will pick this game up around the holidays and give it the numbers it truly deserves, but with such a poor push by Ubisoft, many gamers may not get to experience the wonder of Far Cry 3. Regardless, great visuals and an amazing world to experience helped make Far Cry 3 Eject Disk Magazine’s Best Shooter of 2012!
Let’s continue our quest for glory as we announce our next category:
- Mass Effect 3
- Xenoblade Chronicles
- Guild Wars 2
- Torchlight 2
- Diablo 3