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Game of the Year: Best PSN Game of 2012

Posted by Push Square Staff

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The quality of the content available from the PlayStation Network has been growing faster than a lawn dressed in Miracle-Gro – but no year emphasised that better than 2012. Sony’s digital storefront was practically bursting with blockbuster titles this year, many of them pushing the boundaries of the medium itself. With so much expansion in such a short span of time, we can’t help but feel sorry for the person responsible for mowing the lawn.

Best PlayStation Network Game of 2012: Journey

We’ve never been on a pilgrimage, but we imagine it’s a lot like playing Journey. The spiritual successor to the sublime flower, thatgamecompany’s ambiguous adventure ushered us on a voyage of self discovery and intrigue. Armed with an attractive art style and an unforgettable soundtrack, the PlayStation Network exclusive ran away with our hearts when it released in early March.

An exceptional experience in single-player, it was the co-operative component that really cemented our acclaim. Proving that online anonymity doesn’t necessarily need to nurture insults and expletives, the game delivered on its pie-in-the-sky promise and provided a sandbox for strangers to connect over a common goal.

Journey ushered us on a voyage of self discovery and intrigue

That small, seemingly minor mechanic was enough to push the title high above its nearest peers. Few experiences – irrespective of medium – are able to convey the essence of companionship quite as effectively as Journey. And it’s for that reason – in addition to its bold presentation and perfect pacing – that the title clambered straight to the summit of our poll.

“Experiences like Journey don’t come around very often in any form of media,” we reflected in our review. “It’s a game that demands your involvement on a spiritual level, rather than a purely mechanical one, and while it’s never preachy in its philosophical intentions, it’s hard not to get wrapped up in the divine nature of Journey’s tale.”

Runner Up: The Unfinished Swan

We’re not afraid of the dark, but even we could appreciate the anxiety associated with the unknown when we finally laid our anticipant finger tips on Giant Sparrow’s inaugural interactive adventure The Unfinished Swan in late October.

Armed with little more than black ink in a whitewash world, the whimsical first-person shooter added a creative twist to the typically destructive genre. And while the title may have ultimately had ambitions far beyond its maiden mechanics – it was those memorable first few minutes that painted the release a place in our countdown.

Honourable Mentions: Double Dragon: Neon, Rainbow Moon, Sound Shapes, The Walking Dead, Tokyo Jungle, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown.

What was your favourite PlayStation Vita game of 2012? Do you agree with our winners? Let us know in the comments section below.

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User Comments (12)

ShogunRokAdmin

#1

ShogunRok said:

There can be no other winner! Honestly, Journey surpassed all of my expectations when I played it back in March. One of my favourite games of all time!

hamispink

#2

hamispink said:

What was my favorite vita game of the year? Well it seems off topic, but I'd still say that it's a toss-up between LittleBigPlanet and Persona 4. :P

hydeks

#3

hydeks said:

No question Journey should win this, but I think the runner up should have been the walking dead, that was a great experience :) (Least it's in the honorable mention!)

Splat

#4

Splat said:

I don't have a problem with Journey winning because it was amazing, but The Walking Dead is easily the runner up in my book. That said just an awesome year for digital gaming as a whole.

ZeD

#5

ZeD said:

Digital downloads have boomed this year! Between the PSN & Steam I am spoilt for choice!!

FuzzyYellowBalls

#8

FuzzyYellowBalls said:

Journey is definitely atop for good reason. Nothing quite like that game.
Even if you don't like it it's definitely one you'll remember.

Gamer83

#9

Gamer83 said:

Great games but I'd have to go with The Walking Dead in this category followed closely by Sine Mora.

Paranoimia

#10

Paranoimia said:

I was never interested in Journey until I played the beta. That grabbed my interest, and I couldn't wait for it to be released. But when I played and completed it, I was left feeling disappointed.

I don't know how exactly, but I was expecting the game to evolve a little as you went on, and give you a bit more to explore and do. It didn't, and when it ended I just felt that a great opportunity had been wasted. Quite an over-rated title in my personal opinion. Then again, they do say it's as much art as it is game, and I've never thought much of most art either.

ZeD

#12

ZeD said:

I have owned Journey since March but never got around to playing it! As there are only a few hours left of the year I decided to play it! At the Snow level now and Jesus Christ what a game!

edit: just finished it :') happy tears GOTY 2012 hands down! I will not take any arguments on that fact!

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