Constantly Calibrating & Geek News Network are proud to announce our first ever Best of Gaming Awards Semi-Spectacular.

Best of Gaming Awards Semi-Spectacular

Below you will find all of the categories chosen by our judges, as well as our choice nominations.
Winners will be announced on Monday, December 17th, 2012 on both Constantly Calibrating and Geek News Network. In addition we will be premiering a two-part discussion podcast on the same day where some of our judges will take you through what led us to our decision. Part one will be featured on Constantly Calibrating, while part two will be featured as part of the GNN Gaming Podcast.
Make sure to take note of our final two categories, as they are reader/listener choice; so your vote matters. (You may also have a chance of winning something.)

Game of the Year

Mass Effect 3
Far Cry 3
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Halo 4
Assassin’s Creed III
Borderlands 2
The Walking Dead
Journey

 

Best RPG

Mass Effect 3
Borderlands 2
Dragon’s Dogma
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Diablo 3
Torchlight 2

 

Best Action/Adventure

Far Cry 3
Assassin’s Creed III
Darksiders II
Sleeping Dogs
Dishonored

 

Best Shooter

Far Cry 3
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Halo 4
Borderlands 2

 

Best Writing

Mass Effect 3
Far Cry 3
Assassin’s Creed III
Borderlands 2
The Walking Dead
Spec Ops: The Line

 

Best Xbox 360

Mass Effect 3
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Halo 4
Assassin’s Creed III
Borderlands 2
The Witcher 2

 

Best Playstation 3

Mass Effect 3
Assassin’s Creed III
Borderlands 2
Journey
MLB 12: The Show

 

Best Wii/Wii U

New Super Mario Bros. U
The Last Story
ZombiU
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed
Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition

 

Best PC

Diablo 3
Torchlight 2
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
Guild Wars 2

 

Best DLC

Mass Effect 3: Leviathan
Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage
Skyrim: Dawnguard
Skyrim: Dragonborn
Battlefield 3: Aftermath

 

Gaming Fail of the Year

Mass Effect 3 Ending Controversy
Closure of 38 Studios
Cancellation of G4
Obsession with “Fake” Gamer Girls
Skyrim DLC Not Releasing on PS3
Unnecessary Season Passes

 

Biggest Disappointment
These are the games that weren’t necessarily bad, but instead did not live up to the potential or hype surrounding them. This may be due to controversy (Mass Effect), over-hyping (Dishonored), or a sudden shift in design (Star Wars The Old Republic).

Mass Effect 3
Dishonored
Star Wars The Old Republic Going Free-to-play
Final Fantasy XIV: Realm Reborn
Resident Evil 6
Final Fantasy XIII-2

 

Best MMO

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
Guild Wars 2
Tera Online
The Secret World
Star Wars The Old Republic
Lord of the Rings Online

 

Best Voice Acting

Handsome Jack (Dameon Clarke)
Vaas (Michael Mando)
The Illusive Man (Martin Sheen)
Tiny Tina (Ashly Burch)
Lee Everett (Dave Fennoy)
Commander Shepard (Jennifer Hale)
Cortana (Jen Taylor)
Max Payne (James McCaffrey)
Jackie Ma (Edison Chen)
Haytham Kenway (Adrian Hough)

 

Favorite Character

Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2)
Connor (Assassin’s Creed III)
Claptrap (Borderlands 2)
Vaas (Far Cry 3)
Cortana (Halo 4)
Garrus Vakarian (Mass Effect 3)

 

Best Soundtrack

Mass Effect 3
Halo 4
Assassin’s Creed III
Journey
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

 

Best Downloadable

The Walking Dead
Journey
Trials Evolution
Dust: An Elysian Tale
Fez
Mark of the Ninja

 

Best Social

Draw Something
Sim City Social
Marvel: Avengers Alliance
You Don’t Know Jack

 

Character in Most Need of Strangulation

Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2)
Helena (Resident Evil 6)
Amy (Amy)
Connor (Assassin’s Creed III)
Kenny (The Walking Dead)

 

Most Anticipated

Sim City
Grand Theft Auto V
The Last of Us
Tomb Raider
Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm
God of War: Ascension
Dead Space 3
Bioshock Infinite
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Injustice: Gods Among Us

 

“Game of the Year” & “Most Anticipated Game” Reader’s Choice

This is pretty simple. Through 8AM (PST) on Sunday, December 16th, 2012 we will have polls up on Constantly Calibrating and Geek News Network where you can vote in either award competition. All you need to do is to is choose whichever game you want to win. If your desired game is not listed, write it in! It’s as simple as that!

As an added bonus, we’ll be giving away* a copy of The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection for PS3 to a winner at random. Both Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are thought to be among the greatest games of the last decade, so why not get the opportunity to own them both remastered in HD.

Best of luck to you all on the contest and best of luck to all of our nominees!

*To be eligible in our Reader’s Choice Contest you must be a resident of the United States. To enter, simply “like” Constantly Calibrating and Geek News Network Facebook fan pages. Then vote in either the “Game of the Year” or “Most Anticipated Game” poll on one of the sites, as well as leave a comment explaining why you chose said game.

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