Vote For the 2012 Gamesmen Game of the Year and Join US For Live Episode 100!


We’d love for you to join The Gamesmen in celebrating Episode 100 and toast to whatever the community selects as our Game of the Year, plus say farewell to Steve as he takes his leave from the world of podcasting! It should be a night of great fun and camaraderie!


OK, so here’s what we did. Each of the six Gamesmen submitted a “top 3” from 2012. Any game that showed up at least twice was automatically nominated for the category. From there, the top remaining game on each list was also selected and made the final cutoff. Here are each of the individual lists:


  1. The Walking Dead
  2. Xenoblade Chronicles
  3. Guild Wars 2


  1. Guild Wars 2
  2. The Walking Dead
  3. Borderlands 2

Rabid Scotsman

  1. Guild Wars 2
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  3. Darksiders II

Zeiram Wing

  1. Torchlight II
  2. The Walking Dead
  3. Borderlands 2


  1. Need For Speed: Most Wanted
  2. Hitman: Absolution
  3. FarCry 3


  1. Planetside 2
  2. Dishonored
  3. Borderlands 2

So, that’s it! Get to voting already!

2 comments on “Vote For the 2012 Gamesmen Game of the Year and Join US For Live Episode 100!

  1. Hey JSS! No XCom? At all?! From none of the Gamesmen? How?

    Looking at your shortlist, 5 out of the 8 have “2” at the end of the title – showing that 2012 was the year of the sequel. On top of that Need For Speed was sequel but they just dropped the naming convention – could we say (harshly, probably) that 2012 was just another by-the-numbers rehash of titles from an industry devoid of ideas & playing it safe? I’m not saying Borderlands 2 is bad – it’s just more, bigger Borderlands, which is a good thing as it’s great but at the end of the day, it is another FPS.

    So we have XCom, yes it’s a reboot but of a game so old I bet most gamers either dont remember it or never played it on the Amiga / 486 back in the day. Plus it’s a turn based strategy, not exactly the formula for a surefire hit – especially on the ADHD consoles. Screw it up & the old timers will be raging, so this game was a bit of a gamble – creatively as well as financially. And look at it – it’s bloody marvellous! It’s proper old skool hard but with that 2012 polish – a real breath of fresh air.

    Gamesmen – I disappoint….

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