PS3 Attitude Awards 2013: And the winners are…
Last month we asked you, our dear readers, to vote for your favorite games of 2012. Categories ranged from Best Developer to Best PS Vita Game and the votes were as diverse as the games themselves. We’ve gone and tallied up all your votes and we are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s PS3 Attitude Awards!
So without further adieu…
Winner: Ubisoft Montreal
Most videogame developers are happy if they release a hit title every two years. However, with over 2,000 employees, Ubisoft Montreal doesn’t need to conform to traditional development cycles.
Indeed, last year the giant studio released not one, but two blockbuster games – Assassin’s Creed III and Far Cry 3 – within one month of each other, while working on upcoming titles Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Patriots, Watch Dogs, and presumably many others that are yet to be announced.
If that doesn’t make Ubisoft Montreal a popular recipient of our Best Developer award, we don’t know what will!
Best Multiplayer Game
Winner: Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Runner-up: Borderlands 2
Say what you want about the Call of Duty franchise but no other game sells quite like it. Millions of players flood its multiplayer servers every day, ensuring that you’ll have no difficulty in finding a match that’s right for you.
With the redefined Create A Class allowing you to equip a variety of weapons and attachments along with multiple perks and Prestiges, Black Ops II allows the most customization of any Call of Duty to date. Its multiplayer is so robust, gamers play it almost nonstop, that is, until the next Call of Duty comes out.
Best New IP
In an industry filled with sequels, prequels, and spin-offs, it takes a lot for an original game to stand out among the crowd. Crafting an entirely new gaming experience from scratch is a difficult task and doesn’t always pay out in the end.
Bethesda Softworks’ Dishonored breathed new life into the industry with its first-person action adventure gameplay that fit both stealthy players and those who like to go into a situation guns blazing. Further exploring Dishonored’s story is the recently released ‘The Knife of Dunwall’ as well as the upcoming ‘The Brigmore Witches’ DLC.
Clearly, the future shines bright for Dunwall.
Best PSN Store Title
Runner-up: The Walking Dead
If there’s one thing the seventh generation of game consoles will be remembered for, it’s the rise of the indie developer. Increasingly, you’re much more likely to find creativity and innovation in smaller downloadable games than big retail titles.
At the very forefront of that creativity is the California-based thatgamecompany. The studio’s three-game deal with Sony came to a terrific end last year, with the release of the sublime Journey.
In our review, we described Journey as ‘an exceptional title’, so it’s good to see your votes agree with us. Our Best PSN Title award goes to thatgamecompany’s Journey.
Winner: Batman Arkham City – Harley’s Revenge
Runner-up: WipEout 2048 – WipEout HD/Fury
Two more hours of Batman: Arkham City is always a good thing. Harley Quinn’s Revenge is an absolute textbook example of how to make a great game even better, and thoroughly deserves our Best DLC prize.
On hearing the news, Sefton Hill, Game Director of Arkham City, shared this with PS3 Attitude:
“Thank you to PS3 Attitude for this award. It feels like a long time ago that we designed and created the final chapter of Batman: Arkham City but it is great to see that gamers and fans are still enjoying our work. The entire team at Rocksteady has worked incredibly hard to create innovative and enjoyable gameplay, as well as engaging stories and compelling characters. Harley Quinn’s Revenge gave us the opportunity to explore interesting narrative twists for Harley Quinn and Robin as well as Batman as the gates finally closed on Arkham City. So to the team at Rocksteady, our colleagues at Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment and most importantly to the millions of gamers who continue to give us so much support – thank you.”
Winner: Final Fantasy XIII-2
Joint Runner-up: Mass Effect 3
Joint Runner-up: Hitman: Absolution
Final Fantasy XIII-2 surpassed the original in every aspect, including visuals. It’s one of the most stunning games to look at on the PS3 to date and captures the beauty and diverse nature of Gran Pulse. Envoirnments are filled with lush vegetation or industrialized machinery, and changing time periods change the visuals ever so slightly but manage to convey an entirely new environment.
Cutscenes are seamlessly embedded within the gameplay to further enhance the visual experience. Regardless of whether or not your a fan of the game itself, it’s difficult to not appreciate the visuals of Final Fantasy XIII-2.
Best Music or Sound
Runner-up: Final Fantasy XIII-2
Like pretty much everything else in Journey, the audio design is masterfully and deliberately executed. Even without the visuals, the haunting sound effects are instantly recognisable and even have the power to conjure up memories from the game.
And then of course we have Austin Wintory’s sublime score. You know, there aren’t many videogames that can claim to have a Grammy nominated soundtrack. Actually, come to think of it there’s only one: Journey.
Wintory may have lost out to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross with that particular prize, but that doesn’t matter now he’s won PS3 Attitude’s Best Music or Sound award!
Best PlayStation Mobile Game
Runner-up: Bullion Blitz
Developer d3t Ltd did a superb job in porting the evergreen Lemmings to PS Mobile and reworking the game with touch controls, which makes them a worthy winner of Best PlayStation Mobile Game.
Jamie Campbell, Commercial Director of d3t, had this to say of the win:
“We are delighted that Lemmings has been voted Best PlayStation Mobile Game of the year by the readers of PS3 Attitude. Being asked to port a title such as Lemmings to a new platform is always a thrilling but nerve-wracking experience, due to the history and provenance of a classic title with fans of all ages around the globe. Awards such as this one validate the intense scrutiny and attention to detail everyone at d3t puts into every project we do, and every single line of code that we write. We are really pleased with the quality of Lemmings on PlayStation Mobile, and we are glad that we managed to introduce innovative features such as touchscreen controls whilst retaining the core Lemmings experience. Working with Sony Computer Entertainment’s XDev group has been great, and their passion for the Lemmings franchise has been a key factor in achieving such a successful conversion. So, thanks again to all the PS3 Attitude readers – your opinions mean a lot to us. Keep an eye on d3t by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter (@d3tLtd) as we have some really exciting new about titles we have in the pipeline for 2013 and beyond!”
Congratulations, Jamie! We look forward to seeing what d3t delivers in the future!
Best PS Vita Game
Winner: Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Runner-up: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
The PS Vita is barely a year old and yet one of its best games was a launch title for the system. Uncharted: Golden Abyss packs everything that’s great about the Uncharted series into the handheld and delivers an experience that rivals consoles.
Golden Abyss took full advantage of the Vita with gorgeous visuals, exceptional gameplay, and sensible touch mechanics that enhanced play rather than inhibit it. It’s the total package that still stands strong, even to this day.
You may notice that we’ve omitted the winners for the PS3 Game of the Year, Editor’s Choice, and Developer’s Choice awards. Well, they’re so big that we had to put them in a separate post! Be sure to check back with PS3 Attitude later this week when we announce the final winners.
Again, thanks to all of our readers for voting, and congrats to all of the winners and runner-ups of the 2013 PS3 Attitude Awards!