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Game of the Year Awards 2012

New Game Network staff make their annual selections for the best video games of the year!

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Game of the Year
game of the year 2012 Walking Dead: Season 1
 
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There is no doubt that when it comes to movie, TV show or comic book video game adaptations there have been more misses than hits, so naturally when a game based on the Walking Dead franchise was announced many kept their hopes low, especially since it was going to be an episodic point-and-click adventure. On the other hand, the studio responsible for the title’s development was Telltale Games, and if there is one thing that these guys have shown us is that they know how to create great games while fully respecting their source material. Fortunately, from the very first episode, the game proved more than worthy of Telltale’s reputation.

It is not easy to explain what makes the Walking Dead game so good without spoiling some parts of the story. It is enough to say that the title, without using breathtaking graphics or a complex gameplay system, succeeds in offering an unforgettable gaming experience. The game might not feature the fast paced battles and gunplay of similarly themed titles, but it has heart, something that we haven’t seen for a while. The term ‘zombie’ might not even exist in R. Kirkman’s universe, but the Walking Dead may as well be the best zombie game to have come out in quite some time. With top-notch storytelling, realistic and believable characters and great voice acting, the Walking Dead game offers an amazing experience that everyone should try - and that's why it is New Game Network's Game of the Year 2012.

Honorable Mentions:

Dishonored, Journey, Mass Effect 3, Far Cry 3, Mark of the Ninja

 
 
 

Thanks for joining us for these Best of 2012 awards, and we hope to see you next year! Do you agree/disagree with the winners? Let us know in the comments below!

 
 
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