Game of the Year 2012: By The Numbers

Giant Bomb's Game of the Year feature is done and it is time to combine the individual lists of the editors and see how they compare to the official list of Giant Bomb. The counting system is the same as last year, with one point going to the the last game on the list and ten points going to the first game on the list. Since Alex was one of the judges this year, he has moved form the additional list team to the main list. But I still left Drew, just to see, how he would inapact the end result. First, let's review the individual top 10 lists.


  1. Mass Effect 3
  2. The Walking Dead
  3. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  4. Mark of the Ninja
  5. Journey
  6. Asura's Wrath
  7. Far Cry 3
  8. Dust: An Elysian Tail
  9. Frog Fractions
  10. Trials Evolution


  1. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  2. The Walking Dead
  3. Hotline Miami
  4. Mark of the Ninja
  5. FTL: Faster than Light
  6. Forza Horizon
  7. Rock Band Blitz
  8. Journey
  9. Asura's Wrath
  10. Alan Wake's American Nightmare


  1. Far Cry 3
  2. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  3. Syndicate
  4. Fez
  5. Forza Horizon
  6. FTL: Faster than Light
  7. Rhythm Heaven Fever
  8. Persona 4 Arena
  9. Pinball Arcade
  10. Call Of Duty: Black Ops II


  1. The Walking Dead
  2. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  3. ZombiU
  4. Mark of the Ninja
  5. Dishonored
  6. Fez
  7. Journey
  8. Papo & Yo
  9. Asura's Wrath
  10. Slender: The Eight Pages


  1. The Walking Dead
  2. Journey
  3. Hotline Miami
  4. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  5. Forza Horizon
  6. Rhythm Heaven Fever
  7. Sound Shapes
  8. FTL: Faster than Light
  9. Sleeping Dogs
  10. Rock Band Blitz


  1. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  2. The Walking Dead
  3. Sleeping Dogs
  4. Mass Effect 3
  5. Binary Domain
  6. Fez
  7. Spec Ops: The Line
  8. The Book of Unwritten Tales
  9. Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers
  10. Journey


  1. Halo 4
  2. The Walking Dead
  3. Diablo III
  4. Spec Ops: The Line
  5. Journey
  6. Digital Combat Simulator
  7. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  8. Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
  9. FTL: Faster than Light
  10. Hotline Miami

These are the lists an below you will find a table of three lists with the official top 10, math top 10 and math with Drew top 10. Don't think that this is about the right top 10 list of Giant Bomb. The math list is made from individual lists, not from a discussion of a team. So keep that in mind, as you compare the lists (the numbers in brackets are the points).

Pos.Official ListMath ListMath List with Drew
1XCOM: Enemy UnkownXCOM: Enemy Unknown (53)XCOM: Enemy Unknown (57)
2The Walking DeadThe Walking Dead (47)The Walking Dead (56)
3Far Cry 3Journey (23)Journey (29)
4FezMark of the Ninja (21)Mark of the Ninja (21)
5JourneyMass Effect 3/Forza Horizon/Fez (17)Mass Effect 3/Forza Horizon/ Fez/
Hotline Miami (17)
6Mark of the NinjaHotline Miami (16)FTL: Faster than Light (16)
7SyndicateFar Cry 3/FTL: Faster than Light (14)Far Cry 3 (14)
8Mass Effect 3Sleeping Dogs (10)Spec Ops: The Line (11)
9ZombiUAsura's Wrath/Rhythm Heaven Fever (9)Sleeping Dogs/Halo 4 (10)
10Sleeping DogsSyndicate/ZombiU (8)Asura's Wrath/Rhythm Heaven Fever (9)

The top 2 are the same in all three lists, which kind of was expected. The only game to be featured in all of the individual lists was XCOM, while The Walking Dead and Journey were on six out of seven lists (Jeff did not put these games in his top 10). These lists show me how personal opinion can influence the end result. This can be seen in the official list (Far Cray 3, Syndicate) and in the math lists (Halo 4, Forza Horizon, Hotline Miami). Hope you found all of these numbers interesting.