[All week long we're going to be asking for your thoughts on certain topics related to the year in gaming. Here's the first!]
2013 was absolutely ripe with juicy new characters in the realm of gaming. Badass '80s action heroe...
Destructoid has begun internal voting on all of our end of the year awards for 2013. On top of Game of the Year, we have a total of 21 categories this year.
Nominations will be revealed the week of December 16, and winners will be announced on December 23. This time around there will be ten nominees in each category as opposed to just five as in years past.
More importantly, each of our categories will have a community voting section so every one of you can have a chance to have your voice heard. Community choice winners will be revealed right alongside the main award reveals throughout the day on December 23.
Lastly, next week you can expect a giant list of all the major 2013 releases that you can vote against too, plus a series of articles where we ask you to tell us your favorite various moments from the releases of the year.
We heard what you had to say about our awards process last year, and we want you as involved as possible with what you're doing this time around. And hey, let's start the fun early by telling us what your favorite games were that came out in 2013.
The ESRB has published a rating for The Walking Dead: Game of the Year Edition, indicating that such a product will be making its way to the marketplace soon. The (unsurprising) "M" rating applies to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, ...
Bethesda has today announced The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition. Can you guess what that means? Did you guess a rerelease of Skyrim with all of the downloadable content? Wow, you're psychic!
Released on June 7 for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, the Legendary Edition includes Hearthfire, Dawnguard, and Dragonborn, along with updates that include mounted combat, combat cameras, Legendary Difficulty and Legendary Skills.
And so soon after the PS3 finally got all the DLC, too! Damn.
The new release will retail at $59.99 if you're interested.
When a stack of releases lands on our desks every week, they can't all be winners, but that doesn't mean the rest have to be losers, either.
Prowl your local bargain bin, make some eBay searches, and keep your eyes out for a Steam sale, because the games below are worth it -- even if they didn't place in our game of the year awards. Consider them our honorable mentions or personal favorites that just didn't stand a chance, either due to being misunderstood or not played at all. Whatever the case may be, we feel a need to celebrate them in some fashion because they are worth giving a chance.
Next time you come across one of these on sale, refer back to this list and feel free to thanks us for a wise purchase.
What makes a great videogame character is not what makes a great character in film and literature. It's been a long learning process for developers, but videogames have become increasingly nuanced and impactful in storytelling and characters are a part of that.
That same sort of progression also applies to the types of characters we've seen this year: Characters of color, intelligent children, a gay character that avoids stereotypes, and female leads that don't make us grimace. Black, white, it's all just virtual. But a great character can transcend and make us swear we had some real moments with them. These are those characters.
A good game cover is one that brings characters to life before we know them, captures our imagination, or is just aesthetically pleasing. Good game covers are a dying breed with most covers designed by computer graphics artists who are following an agenda passed down from marketing.
The 20 chosen covers below are ones that we'll remember for some time, even if the game attached is one best quickly forgotten.
Most game covers are forgettable and generic, but a select few transcend into levels of such awfulness that they stick with us all year long, like a never-ending scab. From cheap shovelware to incredibly awkward sports photos, a bad game cover can come from any publisher. It takes a particularly lazy and clueless one to land on this list though.
Count the number of THQ titles below and come to your own conclusions. THQ, thanks for raising the bar on terrible box art.
Well, today was the last live Destructoid Show of 2012. And we took this opportunity to announce Destructoid's Game Of The Year. The big ol' GOTY.
As for news, Dead Space 2 has Kinect voice integration, and a new trail...
Congratulations once again to Telltale Games, as The Walking Dead is our Game of the Year. It also won our best multiplatform title of 2012, and more importantly, you the community voted for it as your favorite game of 2012 in our Community Choice Awards.
Here are all the rest of our Best of 2012 categories so you can find out exactly what game won this year!
This was the first year Destructoid expanded our award process, and you can be sure you'll see our awards bigger and better in 2013. We've seen all your feedback and are listening. We're going to be reaching out to you all later this month to actually help shape what we do for next year. Until then, what were some of your favorite games of 2012?
For the past week we've tasked you, the Destructoid community, with choosing your favorite videogame of 2012. After nearly 5,000 votes cast, we're ready to declare the winner!
The five games you see in the header were the top...
And now, the last of our editorial picks for the best games of 2012, we bring you the winner of the best strategy game. While settling on which games we would select as our nominees for the category was not at all easy, picki...
Out of all of our nominee categories this year, discussion over our RPG category was the most heated by far. And it makes sense. Things looked rough for role-playing games for a few years, but now it's one of the most varied ...
You saw our nominees list for Game of the Year, right? And our runner-ups? Then you should understand how difficult it was for us to decide on one game to call our Game of the Year. I'm still nervous about it. I'm even more nervous about revealing our winner.
Here's how good 2012 was to gamers: even our combined list of nominees and runner-ups feels incomplete. Games like Xenoblade Chronicles and Spec Ops: The Line definitely deserve mentions. We're spoiled. How fantastic.
Love them or hate them, shooters are one of the biggest sellers in the videogame industry. Despite the saturation of shooting games, 2012 saw a number of them that sought out to offer actual interesting stories. Plus, a numbe...
This year, we saw a good mix of old and new among fighting games, from the humble beginnings of Skullgirls to the respectable continuation of genre giant Tekken.
With any award, it's always interesting to see readers gravitat...