2012: A Year in Reviews

Considering the world is ending on Friday, I figured I should go ahead and post this data that I've been compiling all year. Well, at least the reviews data. I'll have a slew of user-related data in a couple weeks...if we're still alive.

As you're all aware, it's been a crazy year on Giant Bomb. Despite this, the guys churned out nearly 100 reviews. For a crew that is primarily just three dudes doing reviews, almost two per week seems like a lot. There's not a whole lot of analysis with the data I'm presenting here, admittedly, but I hope you enjoy it anyway. It's basically just a bunch of colorful wedges, pies, and bars. Feel free to embiggen them as well.

I've livened things up a bit by including some of the best user-created art from this year. If you love the Persona style renditions of each staff member, send all of your thanks to . And if you love the pixelated stuff at the end, you can send your praise to .

2012 is the first year that someone wrote more reviews than Jeff. With everything that went on this year, it's pretty amazing that there were only 5 fewer reviews on the site in 2012 than there were in 2011.
2012 is the first year that someone wrote more reviews than Jeff. With everything that went on this year, it's pretty amazing that there were only 5 fewer reviews on the site in 2012 than there were in 2011.
The 2012 Reviews MVP. You may think Alex hates everything, but he dished out more 5-Star reviews than anyone.
The 2012 Reviews MVP. You may think Alex hates everything, but he dished out more 5-Star reviews than anyone.
Brad knocked out 26 reviews this year (22 last year). He seems to have been more conflicted this year compared to 2011 considering 77% of his 2011 reviews were 4's & 5's, while this year his 4's & 5's consisted of less than half of his total.
Brad knocked out 26 reviews this year (22 last year). He seems to have been more conflicted this year compared to 2011 considering 77% of his 2011 reviews were 4's & 5's, while this year his 4's & 5's consisted of less than half of his total.
Looks like Jeff liked most of the games he reviewed this year. That one 1-Star review? Black Ops Declassified on Vita.
Looks like Jeff liked most of the games he reviewed this year. That one 1-Star review? Black Ops Declassified on Vita.
If you want to know about flashlights, dragons, pomeranians, blinking, and zombie survival, then Patrick is your guy.
If you want to know about flashlights, dragons, pomeranians, blinking, and zombie survival, then Patrick is your guy.
And if you're into tennis, pills, lane changing, alien autopsies, and stabbin' fools, then Ryan is your go to guy.
And if you're into tennis, pills, lane changing, alien autopsies, and stabbin' fools, then Ryan is your go to guy.
Has anyone seen these guys lately? They must be busy doing something. Something important I would guess.
Has anyone seen these guys lately? They must be busy doing something. Something important I would guess.
The breakdown of stars is actually quite similar to 2011. Cool Baby approves.
The breakdown of stars is actually quite similar to 2011. Cool Baby approves.
Strangely enough, 36% of the games reviewed in 2011 were Xbox 360 games as well. Keep in mind that there's some overlap on this one. For example, Gotham City Imposters counts towards XBLA, PSN, and PC based on which releases Brad played for his review.
Strangely enough, 36% of the games reviewed in 2011 were Xbox 360 games as well. Keep in mind that there's some overlap on this one. For example, Gotham City Imposters counts towards XBLA, PSN, and PC based on which releases Brad played for his review.
Oh, you don't like pie charts. Well, here's the same data in bar graph form.
Oh, you don't like pie charts. Well, here's the same data in bar graph form.
I'd bet money you would not have guessed that February would've had the most reviews in 2012. A bunch of stuff came out in February, but the release of the Vita is what really pushed that number up above every other month.
I'd bet money you would not have guessed that February would've had the most reviews in 2012. A bunch of stuff came out in February, but the release of the Vita is what really pushed that number up above every other month.
Lastly, here's a look at reviews per year since the site launched.
Lastly, here's a look at reviews per year since the site launched.

The Raw Data

GameForScoreByDate
All Zombies Must DiePS3N XBLA3Brad1/12
Saints Row: The Third - GenkiBowl VIIX3602Jeff1/24
NeverDeadX3602Alex2/2
Kingdoms of Amalur: ReckoningPS3 X3604Jeff2/7
Darkness II, TheX3604Alex2/7
Resident Evil: Revelations3DS3Brad2/8
Gotham City ImpostersPS3N XBLA PC4Brad2/11
Super Stardust DeltaPSVN4Jeff2/13
Uncharted: Golden AbyssPSV3Jeff2/13
Lumines: Electronic SymphonyPSV4Jeff2/16
Wipeout 2048PSV3Jeff2/16
Rayman: OriginsPSV5Alex2/16
WarpPS3N XBLA3Brad2/17
Escape PlanPSVN3Alex2/17
SyndicatePS3 X3605Jeff2/21
Touch My KatamariPSV3Alex2/21
Grand Slam Tennis 2PS3 X3603Ryan2/22
Alan Wake's American NightmareXBLA3Patrick2/22
Rhythm Heaven FeverWii5Alex2/22
Asura's WrathX3604Brad2/25
SSXPS3 X3604Alex2/28
Mass Effect 3PS3 X3604Jeff3/6
JourneyPS3N5Alex3/13
I Am AliveXBLA2Brad3/14
Street Fighter X TekkenPS3 X3603Jeff3/19
Ninja Gaiden 3X3602Alex3/23
Ridge RacerPSV2Jeff3/27
Sine MoraXBLA3Brad3/28
South Park: Tenorman's RevengeXBLA1Alex4/4
Kinect Star WarsX3602Brad4/5
Splatters, TheXBLA3Alex4/13
FezXBLA4Jeff4/16
Trials EvolutionXBLA5Brad4/19
Pinball Arcade, TheXBLA iOS4Jeff4/20
BloodforgeXBLA2Alex4/25
Mortal KombatPSV5Jeff5/1
Minecraft: Xbox 360 EditionXBLA4Brad5/9
Max Payne 3X3604Ryan5/14
Prototype 2PS3 X3603Jeff5/18
Diablo IIIPC5Brad5/22
Game of ThronesX3602Alex5/23
Dragon's DogmaPS3 X3603Patrick5/24
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future SoldierX3603Jeff5/30
Gravity RushPSV3Alex6/11
Civilization V: Gods & GeneralsPC4Alex6/18
Steel Battalion: Heavy ArmorX3601Brad6/20
Spec Ops: The LineX3603Jeff6/29
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super HeroesX3603Brad6/29
SpelunkyXBLA4Alex7/3
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy3DS4Brad7/5
Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard, TheX3604Brad7/10
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HDXBLA3Jeff7/18
DeadlightXBLA3Brad7/31
Expendables 2, ThePS3N2Alex8/3
Persona 4 ArenaPS3 X3604Jeff8/7
Sound ShapesPS3N PSVN5Alex8/9
Darksiders IIPS3 X360 PC4Jeff8/14
Sleeping DogsX360 PC4Alex8/14
Papo & YoPS3N3Alex8/17
Dust: An Elysian TailXBLA5Brad8/20
Transformers: Fall of CybertronPS3 X3603Jeff8/21
HybridXBLA4Brad8/23
Rock Band BlitzXBLA4Ryan8/27
Madden NFL 13X3603Alex8/27
Tekken Tag Tournament 2PS3 X3604Jeff9/11
NHL 13X3604Alex9/12
Borderlands 2PS3 X360 PC4Jeff9/18
Mark of the NinjaXBLA5Brad9/21
Fire Pro WrestlingXBLA2Alex9/26
Tokyo JunglePS3N4Patrick10/1
Resident Evil 6X3602Brad10/3
DishonoredPS3 X3604Patrick10/8
NBA 2K13X3604Alex10/8
Fable: The JourneyX3603Brad10/9
Forza HorizonX3605Jeff10/12
XCOM: Enemy UnknownPS3 X360 PC5Ryan10/16
007 LegendsX3602Alex10/18
Doom 3: BFG EditionPS3 X3603Brad10/22
Medal of Honor: WarfighterX3603Brad10/27
Need for Speed: Most WantedX3604Jeff10/30
WWE '13PS3 X3604Alex10/30
Halo 4X3604Jeff11/1
Assassin's Creed III: LiberationPSV3Alex11/2
Hotline MiamiPC5Alex11/5
Assassin's Creed IIIPS3 X3604Ryan11/6
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIX3604Jeff11/13
Call of Duty: Black Ops DeclassifiedPSV1Jeff11/14
New Super Mario Bros. UWiiU3Brad11/18
Nintendo LandWiiU4Brad11/18
Hitman: AbsolutionX3604Alex11/19
ZombiUWiiU4Patrick11/20
Walking Dead, ThePS3 X360 PC5Alex11/26
PlayStation All-Stars: Battle RoyalePS3 PSV3Jeff11/27
Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!3DS3Alex11/29
Far Cry 3PS3 X360 PC5Brad12/4
Family Guy: Back to the MultiverseX3601Alex12/4
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