As voting for the Golden Joystick Awards 2012 enters its final weeks, we take a look at each of the individual categories. Today is the turn of Best Action/Adventure category.
Best Action/Adventure shortlist:
Who are we voting for?
Matt Cundy (UK Editor): Asura’s Wrath. Epic scale and scope of storytelling, all played out with an insane cast of glorious megalomaniacs, and made interactive with some of the most outrageously mental moments of gaming I’ve ever had to frantically finger-stab my way through. It caught me completely off guard and I loved every second of it.
David Houghton (UK Associate Editor): There's only one feasible option here. In a year when Uncharted turned out to be uncharacteristically bloated and sloppy, Batman turned up with one of the best third-person action, stealth, and open-world games ever made. It's dense of atmosphere, smart and genuinely affecting of story, and a significant and kinetically pristine gameplay upgrade over the first one. It also creates a rare open-world in which every architectural detail matters and every side-quest feels like a legitimate, significant contribution to the whole narrative and sense of place. It's perfect.
Justin Towell (UK Content Editor): Well, it's got to be Sonic Generations for me. I'm playing through Arkham City at the moment and it's incredible, but I got a lot of enjoyment out of Generations and it's such a relief to finally have a great 3D Sonic game. It's not perfect, but it deserves more praise than it got, if only for that incredible Modern Sonic Green Hill level. Pure bliss on a Blu-Ray disc and it never, ever gets old when you're speedrunning it.
Those are the action/adventure games getting our votes, but what about you – who are you voting for? Tell us in the comments.
Head to Golden Joystick Awards to vote. Voting closes 22 October. The Golden Joystick Awards 2012 take place 26 October.