At the end of November, we asked Ten Ton Hammer readers to tell us which PC games they couldn't wait to get their hands on in 2012. We gave them a few weeks to vote, and the ability to vote more than once (verified with Captcha) and then sat back and counted nearly 78,000 votes. The developers of many of the games we'd nominated for the voting process informed their fans, and we're pretty sure we heard a series of war whoops as the rallying cry went out amongst opposing factions. Our results prove what the power of community can do.
Guild Wars 2 held a strong lead early in the voting process, with The Secret World following on its heels. But soon our fans demanded that Planetside 2 and Firefall--two games we hadn't included due to uncertainty as to whether they would fully launch in 2012-- be added to the list of nominees. We answered the call, and both games quickly jumped into the top 3.
The fan communities for Firefall and Planetside 2 rallied to give their games the upper hand through organized voting efforts. Although Guild Wars 2 clung to the top spot throughout the poll, in the last 48 hours Firefall fans gained the upper hand. Here's what happens when a community works together:
Most Anticipated MMOG Winners
Honorable mentions include (in order from most votes to least): The Secret World, Neverwinter, TERA, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (expansion), World of Darkness, and End of Nations.
There were fewer surprises in the PC RPG category, but several games did jockey for position. The Blizzard juggernaut kept its pimp hand strong, and Diablo III held the top spot throughout the voting process. Mass Effect 3, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Borderlands 2, and Torchlight II flip-flopped around the second and third place positions for a while until some clear victors emerged.
Most Anticipated PC RPG Winners
Honorable mentions include (in order from most votes to least): Borderlands 2, Torchlight II, Bioshock: Infinite, Class 3, and Prey 2.
Now that our victors have been announced, we're pitting the top three finalists in each category against each other for Most Anticipated Game of 2012! How will a hotly anticipated MMOG like Guild Wars 2 hold up against an incredibly popular franchise like Diablo? Will the voice of community again prevail to give games like Firefall and Planetside 2 the edge? We won't know if you don't vote, so cast your vote for Most Anticipated Game of 2012 now!