Rely on Horror’s Game of the Year 2012

It’s time to crown the winner for our third annual horror Game of the Year award. Overall, it was a great year for our favorite genre, with new entries in big-name franchises as well as smaller games.

We received Silent Hill: Downpour, that delivered a solid survival horror experience, we experienced Resident Evil’s return to the world of survival horor with Revelations on the 3DS, and we received an amazing and memorable episodic game based on Robert Kirkman’s insanely successful The Walking Dead comic book series. And those were just our Game of the Year nominees! But, we had to make a choice and crown one game the very best of 2012. And that game is…

Yup, The Walking Dead: The Game from Telltale Games is our Game of the Year, joining Alan Wake (our 2010 GOTY) and Dead Space 2 (2011 GOTY).

As soon as I finished the first episode of season 1 (comprised of 5 episodes), before restarting it again, I knew this would be something genuinely special. Now, here I am, revealing The Walking Dead: The Game as our 2012 Game of the Year (as many sites and publications are doing as well). This feeling was mutual amongst other writers in our ROH family. And after reading each of her reviews for each episode (click here for her review of the entire first season), you all knew how much Janus was loving this game.

The Walking Dead: The Game succeeds in actually being scary. But not in the way you may think. Yes, there are zombies, but what makes this game a true horror game is the actual scenarios our survivors are placed in, and the decisions we as a player have to make through the main character, Lee Everett. I won’t spoil anything here, but by the end of the game you’ll see that in this bleak world, the living should be just as feared as the dead (just how it is in the comics and TV show). And I have to admit, Telltale truly succeeded in making us care for a video game character just as much as we would for a loved one in real life. Play the game and you’ll truly end up caring for Clementine immensely.

Telltale Games also succeeded in making the game feel authentic to Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic book universe, without holding back. This is truly a game worthy of its M rating, with players being sometimes faced with some truly horrible decisions. Every emotion is messed with here and you will cry in certain parts. I was crying like a baby by the end of the game, and I couldn’t stop thinking about the ending for days. That right there is testimony to the amazing minds behind this game.

The game has its flaws, consisting of technical issues as many have reported. I only experienced a minimal amount of issues playing on the PlayStation 3, but it wasn’t nearly enough to hinder the experience. And not everyone is a fan of the game’s point-and-click nature. Hell, after I got on Facebook after the game won the GOTY award at Spike’s VGAs, I saw many upset gamers posting about how a point-and-click adventure game shouldn’t be considered better than other triple A blockbuster titles. To avoid any arguments, I just kept my thoughts to myself, but after playing many of this year’s big releases, I truly believe The Walking Dead: The Game is the best and most memorable experience of 2012.

Now, bring on season 2!

Do you agree with our choice? Sound off in the comments below with your personal pick for GOTY! Also, stay tuned for our Readers’ Choice article next week!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1420110035 Josh Evans

    Good choice.

    • ariessiren

      agreed

  • Angela

    the walking shit

    • Grif

      …Is this your idea of trolling or something?

  • GreekShadow

    What about Project Zero 2 Wii Edition?
    Come on it is by far the best horror game of this year.
    Best Atmosphere,characters,story(!!!),soundtrack,clever gameplay,it is scary,great and detailed(not overused) enemies!
    So unfair that you guys here don’t give more attention in Fatal Frame series,shame on you,it is probably the ONLY horror series that is actually a horror game and not an Action(Like RE & SH).
    Dont make me wrong i love both SH & RE but you give them so much attention while they are kind of….Action games now while Fatal Frame(/Project Zero in Europe) is pure horror and has stayed pure horror!
    You just dissapoint me “Rely on horror”!

    • ariessiren

      that game wasnt even released here. this if for the U.S. get real

      • GreekShadow

        And?Does it mean that you have to ignore it?Does it mean that the “rely on Horror” site has to ignore it?No ofcourse not,they should give so much more attention to it since it is the Best and most Pure horror game that needs more attention,you guys would probably get it too but i guess this site shouldn’t has the name”Rely on horror” but “Rely on Success” or “Rely on Action”.Walking Dead is a great game but its not Horror game.Really i am just dissapointed and i will say it again,i wouldn’t mind if the author of this thread would explain me why Project Zero 2 Wii Edition isn’t even in the top 3.Does he has any reason?Really?Or will he ignore me?

        • http://relyonhorror.com/ CJ Melendez

          I can’t speak for Jorge, but we all do this as a hobby. As such, we spend money to do content here, we do not make money. Buying every game available is not as easy as you think.

          • GreekShadow

            If that is the problem then i have to repsect it but again,you guys had money for Silent Hill BOM which is far from a horror game and not for Fatal frame 2 Wii Edition which is a remake of one of the best horror games ever made?
            I am just dissapointed…

          • http://relyonhorror.com/ CJ Melendez

            We receive review copies from some publisher, not all. Also it depends what consoles we also have. And the majority of us are in the states, where the game wasn’t released. This also factors into how we present news and what we easily can gain access to.

    • Neutron15

      Fatal Frame 4 is better, the controls is my only problem with Shinku No Chou (FF 2 Remake) plus the VA but it is great

      • GreekShadow

        Let me tell you something,i played FF2 Remake(PZ2WE) before playing FFIV and i found the controls just fine,but after (Finally) playing FFIV i used to it more.It is just that FF4′s Camera is easier bcz you just Lock on and that’s all while in FF2Remake the Lock on it is more tricky,that’s all!At least for me.About which game is better,it is unfair to compare an original voice acting with a re-dubbed game.Sinku no Chou(FF2Remake) in Japan has as good voice acting as FFIV does has,it is obvious that the original is always better!If you want my opinion i think that they are both amazing games but FF2 has a more organised storyline,FFIV’s storyline is full of plot holes and it is very comfusing(although if you get into it,is it great).And this is about the Best 2012 Horror game,FF4 was released in 2008.It is just unfair that these Action games with some horror in them are considered the best horror games of 2012.

        • Neutron15

          Fatal Frame 4 and the Remake are great but well its there choice to pick who is the GOTY game in they’re opinion

          • GreekShadow

            “Do you agree with our choise?Sound of in the comments below with your personal pick of GOTY!”

            That’s what the author asked for and he got it for me.Ofcourse i disagree since you guys ignore one of the most pure horror games ever made and prefer to give more attention in SH:BOM which is actually an RPG/Dangeon game!Or even walking dead which is far from horror too.Great game but not horror!

  • Angela

    SILENT HILL DOWNPOUR IS THE GAME OF THE YEAR !!! NO FUCKING DOUBT !!!!

    • ariessiren

      maybe for low quality…totally.

      • Angela

        eat my shit

        • ariessiren

          you kiss your momma with that mouth?

  • ariessiren

    thank god you guys picked the right game. walking dead deserved it bigtime. revelations was great too, but im happy you didnt let downpour cloud your judgement just because it was “traditional” horror. walking dead surpassed everyones expectations. !!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/zane.rocker Zane James

    Kinda wish Resident Evil 6 was more like Resident Evil: Revelations so it could of been nominated but just happy any Resident Evil was nominated and cause Resident Evil: Revelations was not chosen The Walking Dead is a good choice.

    • Grif

      What? You want RE6 to have lame enemies, walking along a straight path, a complete lack of puzzles, no enemies to actually be concerned about, no tension and have a god mode partner character who still manages to be completely useless?

  • Xuhaib

    i havent yet Played RE6 ( as waiting for PC release) SO, The Walking Dead, A complete Story that involves user to take decisions

  • Andy H.

    Cool, but it’s a shame Lone Survivor is getting forgotten in the game of the year talk everywhere. It hardly even gets mentioned for best indie or download game, which is just plain absurd.

    • Casper “Pixelspeech” Bronmans

      Uhm crew… this is actually a friggin’ good idea. It would give me an Nick something to do around this time of the year and give a shout-out to lesser known games. Thanks Andy H.!

  • Koulamatata

    I’d probably go with Downpour, but meh.
    At least you guys were fairly universal and in agreement with your decision. Lol.
    Congrats to Telltale for The Walking Dead on being the ROH’s 3rd GoTY

  • http://twitter.com/DavidLins0 David Lins

    Aww, Lone Survivor at least deserves an honorable mention!

    But a solid choice, regardless.

  • Grif

    I’d be surprised if you picked Downpour. That game was pretty lame. It was spooky and had some tense moments, but the presentation was sloppy and the assets and game play were weak.

  • http://relyonhorror.com/ CJ Melendez

    Limited funds to buy every horror game and publisher relationships are not choice, exactly. We do this as a hobby, not a job.