Your 2012 Golden Minecart Awards Winners Are…
The polls are closed and the results have been tabulated on another great year of gaming. You decided the winners and despite the potential for some obvious choices, you managed to surprise us in many of the categories.
Each of the winners is listed here along with some information about the votes. For the audio of the whole gala event along with acceptance speeches from many of the winners, please check out Episode 302 of the Podcast here.
Without further ado, here are your nominees with winners and voting percentages listed at the top.
This appeared as though it would be a hotly contested category but the results clearly showed otherwise as Journey crushed all others.
Now here’s where things got crazy. The difference between first and second place ended up being a mere six votes. Remember that for next year everyone. Every vote counts.
As expected, this was much closer, with The Walking Dead nearly eking out a victory. It wasn’t to be however as this year’s juggernaut, Journey, took top honors with its second win of the night.
A bit of a surprise if only in how handily Hot Shots Golf took the title here.
Another runaway taking nearly half the votes. This really shouldn’t be a surprise considering how popular the Zen Pinball Tournaments were around here.
Talk about domination. With a whopping 70% of the votes, you spoke loud and clear, making Gravity Rush the big winner. Now here’s hoping for a sequel.
Wow! There was never any doubt, but still, 81%?!? You people love your Persona, the clear cut choice here.
Best PS Vita Game Overall Nominees/Winners:
Uncharted: Golden Abyss – 28%
Persona 4 Golden – 21%
LittleBigPlanet PS Vita – 18%
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
Tales From Space: When Mutant Blobs Attack
Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward
An incredibly tough category with many fantastic games released in the Vita’s first year of existence, it showed with the votes being split closely among the top three.
Not a huge surprise that MLB 12: The Show took top honors based on our community. This is now the third year in a row that the game has taken top honors in the Sports category. Will 2009 winner FIFA ever regain its crown? We’ll see next year…
This one made me happy. X-COM is near and dear to me based on the original PC Game and the remake is just fantastic. It’s nice to see the community embrace a tough, turn based strategy game.
Best PS3 HD Remake Nominees/Winners:
Ratchet & Clank HD Collection – 40%
Jak & Daxter HD Collection – 24%
Zone of the Enders HD Collection – 12%
Devil May Cry HD Collection
Silent Hill HD Collection
A couple of hits and misses this year but the Ratchet & Clank HD Collection was the definite favorite in the HD remake category.
Another tough category this year with so many great new IP’s being released. Dishonored clearly captured your imagination though as it pulled out the victory.
Best PS3 Fighting Game Game Nominees/Winners:
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale – 58%
Persona 4 Arena – 12%
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 – 10%
Dead or Alive 5
Street Fighter 25th Anniv. CE
Street Fighter X Tekken
A bit of a surprise in how handily this category was taken. Although hope and skepticism were in abundance leading up to its release, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale surprised everyone by being much more than a simple Smash Brothers clone, and the community obviously loved it.
Best PS3 RPG Nominees/Winners:
Mass Effect 3 – 54%
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning – 28%
Tales of Graces f – 11% *Write-In Vote
Atelier Meruru Apprentice of Arland
Hyperdimension Neptunia MK 2
Record of Agarest War 2
The biggest surprise here was that one of the write-ins got enough votes to crack the top three. It’s exciting to see the community push for a game that wasn’t on the original list of nominees.
All right, so we know our community loves Need For Speed: Most Wanted, but to the point of utter domination over the rest of the nominees? Well done.
A well deserved win for an excellent multiplayer experience. This was another vote that could have gone either way, but Borderlands 2 surged ahead in the voting and took the top spot with ease.
Best PS3 Game Overall Nominees/Winners:
Journey – 26%
Borderlands 2 – 14%
Far Cry 3 – 13%
Assassin’s Creed 3
Mass Effect 3
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
X-COM: Enemy Unknown
And the hat trick is complete. With the release of the Journey Collection on Blu-ray late in the year, the stage was set for the biggest surprise of the night. Even with all the games listed and votes being split, Journey was the clear cut favorite for PS3 Game of the Year.
Congratulations to all our winners and a heartfelt thank you to the entire community for your participation. Without you, these awards wouldn’t even exist. Here’s to another great year of gaming!