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Last year will go down as one of the better years in video games, with titles like Halo 4, Far Cry 3, and The Walking Dead coming out among many others. But before we turn the page on 2012, here's a look at the games that readers voted as their favorites of the year.
Our Reader Games of the Year poll garnered 56,415 respondents, with the two stipulations being people could vote multiple times, and that they didn't have to vote on every category.
Here are the list of winners in each category, but you can also check out the full survey below.
Reader Games of the Year 2012 (GI picks in parentheses if different)
Game of the Year Halo 4 (Mass Effect 3)
Shooter Borderlands 2 (Halo 4)
RPG Mass Effect 3
Strategy XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Fighter Soulcalibur V (Tekken Tag Tournament 2)
Sports FIFA 13
Puzzle Quantum Conundrum (Fez)
Action Assassin's Creed III (Dishonored)
Platformer Rayman Origins (handheld) (New Super Mario Bros. U)
Racing Need for Speed: Most Wanted
MMO Guild Wars 2
Co-op Multiplayer Borderlands 2
Competitive Multiplayer Halo 4
PS3 Exclusive Journey
Xbox 360 Exclusive Halo 4
PC Exclusive Guild Wars 2 (Torchlight II)
Wii Exclusive Mario Party 9 (Xenoblade Chronicles)
Wii U Exclusive New Super Mario Bros. U
Handheld Exclusive Assassin's Creed III: Liberation (Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward)
Downloadable Exclusive The Walking Dead (Mark of the Ninja)
Mobile Exclusive Angry Birds Star Wars (10000000)
DLC of the Year The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Dragonborn (Mass Effect 3: Leviathan)
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Excellent choices! Though I'm a little surprised Mario Part 9 won Wii Exclusive.
at least Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim got some form of recognition for last year.. half the games and categories I never played but had to vote for anyway which in my opinion botches the voting in the first place. but, what can you do...
Borderlands 2!! for the win!
Again, my vote meant less than a head but to a pile of sand.
Wow! Black Ops II dosen't have a single nomination here! My respect for Gameinformer increases another notch!
Mario Party 9?
seriously people? SERIOUSLY?
I give up.
Halo 4 as GOTY? Lol. I guess it had to win somewhere and that one xbox guy had to vote for his game multiple times.
Halo 4 ftw!!!
I think journey was the best last year!
Wait, people still play Mario Party? Seriously? Those went stale like 5 years ago...
black ops 2 not one of the best games of the year but improved a little some what
MARIO PARTY BEAT XENOBLADE?! No, recount that vote.
I think the Walking Dead should have won more than just best downloadable exclusive. It was the best 18 hours of gaming I've had in a while.