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PhoneArena Awards 2012: Game of the year

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PhoneArena Awards 2012: Game of the year
Have you played any cool games on your smartphone or tablet lately? We know we have. In fact, we got to try out a plethora of great games over the past 12 months - so many that we had a really hard time selecting the best ones among them. 

Still, we had to pick a game of the year for our PhoneArena Awards of 2012 series.

The winner in today's category belongs to the third-person shooter genre. We recently gave it a thorough review and we were surprised by how engaging the game was. It combines many of the elements that make a great title when put together, such as amazing graphics, polished gameplay, and tons of in-game variety to keep a player satisfied for a maximum period of time.

Can you guess which game we've selected? If you can't, then we'll tease you no more. Ladies and gents, to us, the game of 2012 is...


SHADOWGUN: DeadZone

PhoneArena Awards 2012: Game of the year


Here's a game that you shouldn't install in case you have an important deadline coming up. That's because once you start playing SHADOWGUN: DeadZone, you'll have difficulties putting your smartphone or tablet down. It is a multiplayer action game inspired by the likes of HALO and Call of Duty.

You get to play with gamers from all over the world, in either Deathmatch mode, which is a classic, free-for-all fight, or in Zone Control mode, which requires tactics and teamwork to be applied. There are plenty of different weapons to unlock and purchase with the money you make while playing. Actually, there is so much variety when it comes to unlockables that you'll keep on playing just so that you can try them all out. But it wasn't only the gameplay that made us go with SHADOWGUN: DeadZone as our winner today. We also took into account the console-quality graphics that the game is so highly acclaimed for. All the eye-candy that has been thrown in enhances the experience even further, especially if you have a Tegra 3 powered device.


Second place: Draw Something

PhoneArena Awards 2012: Game of the year
Draw Something does not offer cutting-edge graphics or anything like that. Some might even find it too childish to be actually worth playing. However, this game definitely deserves to be on our list because of its original concept. Its gameplay is unique, simple, and elegant: all you need to do is to draw a picture, or guess what the other person is trying to draw, depending on who's turn it is. But don't be fooled as Draw Something is a game very easy to get hooked on. Don't believe us? Then just ask some of the 10,000,000+ people that have tried it.


Third place: Angry Birds Star Wars

PhoneArena Awards 2012: Game of the year
Right when we thought that the Angry Birds franchise was losing its cool, a new game stepped in and added a fresh new dose of awesomeness to the title's gameplay. We even dared to say that it was the best title in the series to date when doing our Angry Birds Star Wars review. It arrived with new birds, new skills, new levels, and a new theme, which made us fall in love with Rovio's masterpiece once again.

And these were the three games that impressed us the most this year. Do you agree with our choice, or would you rather say some other game deserved the top spot? Let us know down in the comments!

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posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:48 21

1. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2650; Member since: 26 May 2011)


10+ million people tried Draw Something, then stopped playing a week later. That game should definitely get our "Flash in the pan" award too.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:59 4

5. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


There was a massive buzz about it for about 1 week then it all died off,was a good week though!!

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 12:29 2

10. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I think I played one game with my nephew... then I never touched or ever re-downloaded it again.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 17:59

22. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


the "to us" part in the very last sentence kinda made the whole point of this FAIL

PA, DO NOT use "to us" anymore

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 01:29

34. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


It should be named "Trying Something"..

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:50 14

2. josephnero (Posts: 279; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Am i the only one around here that loves RPG games?

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:59 4

4. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I'm with you....

Chaos Ring, Final Fantasy 3, Blazing Souls Accelerate...

Just too bad that these games don't have as much downloads as what's listed on this article.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 12:11 4

7. buggerrer (Posts: 283; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


16$ for FFIII .. come on!
I love FF, but at this price i'll never but it!

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 12:28 2

9. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Agreed, I'm still waiting for price drops on these games...

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 16:23

18. JulianGT (Posts: 81; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)


And Pokemon, zelda...

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 19:03

23. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I think the article is talking about tablets and smartphone games only... My boys will be happy if Pokemon get ported to smartphones.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 12:22 1

8. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


right here with ya, i'm always digging around for news on kemco games

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 13:01 1

12. LordDavon (Posts: 107; Member since: 19 Sep 2011)


Almost all I have on the Note II, and on the iPad. Love RPGs! Need to get a 10" Android tablet with keyboard, and pick up Zork again. :)

Order and Chaos just had a spin-off released. Anyone try that one?

Oh, Bulder's Gate came out for iOS today, and Android should be soon. Tablets only, so here's hoping my Note II counts. :) Loved that game, and never finished, so here I go again!

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 13:47 1

15. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


hell naww ur not the only one.....i just finished the classic FF9! lol dont know which is better now......7 9 or 10

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 19:30

25. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I thought "RPG" stood for "Role Playing Games".

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 01:30

35. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Dude, it's Rocket Propelled Grenade.. Don't get it wrong.. Please..

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:54 6

3. buggerrer (Posts: 283; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


Angry Birds .. boring!
what about Ingress? I know its still in beta and needs an activation code, but its very interesting game!

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 12:44 2

11. jimjam (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


I'm with you on Angry birds.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 12:00 1

6. omar98 (Posts: 30; Member since: 28 Aug 2011)


What about Need for Speed Most wanted ?? It is the best racing game ever on a smartphone or tablet

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 13:32 5

13. sorcio46 (Posts: 394; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Android Tablet with HDMI output + 55" Full HD LED TV + PS3 Joystick with Shadowgun ;-)

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 14:20

16. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 725; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Wait a sec, if you have a PS3 i presume you have a PS3, why don't you use the dedicated gaming system? People are getting weirder by the day.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 16:31 3

19. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Get a life dude!

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 16:39 2

21. sorcio46 (Posts: 394; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Because Shadowgun isn't available on PS3?

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 01:32 1

36. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


because having PS3 joystick doesn't mean have the PS3 console..

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 13:41 2

14. Red-Pain (Posts: 33; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Modern Combat 4 Zero Hour ?????

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 00:22

27. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


still not available on the most major platform(android)..

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 16:35

20. mas11 (Posts: 1026; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


No granny Smith? Haha

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 19:30 1

24. MC1123 (Posts: 1229; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


meeeee....

i dont really play these games...coz i am addicted to temple run!! best ever and timeless!

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 22:28 2

26. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


You can't play temple run and these games with a blackberry

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 03:31

29. MC1123 (Posts: 1229; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


lol... we have tomb escape!

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 05:29

30. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Ha! blackberries do have a lot of knocks off
Angry pig
Tomb escape

What's more?

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 08:21

31. MC1123 (Posts: 1229; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


its not knock of!1 its alternative due to the fact that these titles are not available to another platform!!!

you're really a sad guy... a mean guy you know that?!

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 00:30 2

28. andynaija (Posts: 430; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Where's Temple Run?

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 12:32

32. Jay..Apple4Ever (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Dec 2012)


Good games..I always come back to the classic RPG's and games like TableTennis, Pitfall & Amazing Breaker to name a few.

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 13:23

33. legend1 (Posts: 101; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


what about street fighter 4 volt that game is pretty awesome

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 03:08

37. CstrikeR (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


GTA Vice City 10th Anniversary !!!

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