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DigThatBox.com Picks The Best of E3 2012

Submitted By: DigThatBox.com Staff

Text By: E. Thomas

June 12th, 2012

As the E3 Expo draws to a close we take the time to review the best products of the show. The 2012 Expo was an amazing show. The show floor was packed with amazing new software, exciting new hardware, and tons of cool gadgets. With so many strong contenders it was extremely difficult for us to choose a favorite from each category. Here is our review of E3 2012 by the numbers. These products are the best of the best. And at the end of this article you'll find out who really won the 2012 E3 Expo.

Best Game By Platform: Consoles

Editor's Note: A game must be exclusive to a single platform in order to be considered the best game for a specific platform.

Nintendo WiiU:

  1. ZombiU (Video)
  2. New Super Mario Bros U
  3. Pikmin 3
  4. Rayman Legends
  5. Project P-100

PlayStation 3:

  1. The Last of Us (Video)
  2. Beyond: Two Souls
  3. God of War: Ascension
  4. The Unfinished Swan
  5. Wonderbook

Xbox 360:

  1. Halo 4 (Video)
  2. Fable: The Journey
  3. Forza Horizon
  4. Gears of War: Judgement
  5. Ascend: New Gods

Best Game By Platform: PC

  1. Metro: Last Light (Video)
  2. Planetside 2
  3. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  4. ARMA 3
  5. SimCity

Best Game By Platform: Portables & Mobile Gaming

Mobile: Android & iOS

  1. Infinity Blade Dungeons (Video)
  2. Final Fantasy Dimensions
  3. Resident Evil VS
  4. Project Dragon
  5. Dude, Where's My Water?

Nintendo 3DS:

  1. Paper Mario: Sticker Star (Video)
  2. New Super Mario Bros 2
  3. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate
  4. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
  5. Heroes of Ruin

Nintendo DS:

  1. Pokemon Black 2 / White 2 (Video)
  2. ThunderCats
  3. Pokemon Conquest

PlayStation Vita:

  1. Gravity Rush (Video)
  2. Sound Shapes
  3. Little Big Planet (Vita)
  4. Retro City Rampage
  5. Oddworld: Munch's Odyssey

Best 3D Game:

  1. Star Trek (Video)
  2. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
  3. Kingdom Hearts 3D

Best Action Game:

  1. Assassin's Creed 3 (Video)
  2. Resident Evil 6
  3. Watch Dogs
  4. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
  5. Borderlands 2

Best Kids & Family Game:

  1. Wonderbook: Book of Spells (Video)
  2. Sports Champions 2
  3. Wreckateer

Best Fighting Game:

  1. Injustice: Gods Among Us (Video)
  2. Dead or Alive 5
  3. Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
  4. Persona 4: Arena
  5. Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Best (FPS) First Person Shooter Game:

  1. Halo 4 (Video)
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  3. Borderlands 2
  4. Metro: Last Light
  5. Star Wars 1313

Best Horror Game:

  1. ZombiU (Video)
  2. Resident Evil 6
  3. Dead Space 3
  4. The Walking Dead: The Game Episode 2
  5. Lolipop Chainsaw

Best Motion Control Game:

  1. Fable: The Journey (Video)
  2. Pikmin 3
  3. Just Dance 4
  4. Kinect Sports Ultimate Edition
  5. Wreckateer

Best Music Game:

  1. SiNG (Video)
  2. Dance Central 4
  3. Sound Shapes
  4. Just Dance 4
  5. Rock Band Blitz

Best Platform Game:

  1. New Super Mario Bros 2 (Video)
  2. Rayman Legends
  3. New Super Mario Bros U
  4. Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  5. Oddworld: Munch's Odyssey HD

Best Puzzle Game:

  1. Quantum Conundrum (Video)
  2. The Testament of Sherlock Holmes
  3. Papa & Yo
  4. SmartAs
  5. The Cave

Best Racing Game:

  1. Forza Horizon (Video)
  2. Need for Speed: Most Wanted
  3. F1 2012
  4. LittleBigPlanet Karting
  5. Avatar MotoCross Madness

Best Retro Revival Game:

  1. Retro City Rampage (Video)
  2. Jet Grind Radio
  3. Double Dragon Neon

Best RPG (Role Playing Game):

  1. South Park: The Stick of Truth (Video)
  2. Paper Mario: Sticker Star
  3. The Last Story
  4. Persona 4 Golden
  5. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

Best Sports Game:

  1. FIFA Soccer 13 (Video)
  2. NBA 2K12
  3. NBA Baller Beats
  4. Madden NFL 13
  5. Sports Champions 2

Game of the Show:

  1. Watch Dogs
  2. Assassin's Creed 3
  3. ZombiU
  4. Halo 4
  5. The Last of Us
  6. Tomb Raider
  7. Star Trek
  8. Pikmin 3
  9. New Super Mario Bros 2
  10. Borderlands 2

Best Gadget:


The Game Gadget has been called the "iPod of video games." Gamers can download titles from the online store, which is much like an app store for classic video games. The Game Gadget can run titles from a number of different classic gaming consoles. It can even run arcade games. The d-pad and the buttons are very precise and responsive. They are perfectly suited for classing gaming. This highly versatile device also plays videos and music. We hope to bring you more about the Game Gadget in the coming months. It is tentatively scheduled for NA release this fall.

Best Retro Gaming Product:


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Best Gaming Hardware:


The newly redesigned WiiU Game Pad easily won the top award for best hardware. The greatest improvement is the addition of two proper, analog sticks. They are positioned well on the face of the device, which is also true for the buttons and the traditional "plus" d-pad. The game pad itself is very ergonomic and comfortable to hold in your hands. The screen is also surprisingly resistant to finger prints. This unique device will create a number of new and innovating gameplay options. It will also be great for browsing the internet, using Netflix, or watching videos online. The game pad can even be used as a fully functional TV remote. The WiiU is guaranteed to be the hot item this holiday season.

Best of Show:


And the winner of E3 2012 is.... Ubisoft? Yes, Ubisoft! For the first time ever a 3rd party publisher has upstaged the big three and won the best of show. This company had an impressive roster of titles that rivaled even the best exclusives on other platforms. And speaking of other platforms, Ubisoft games were among the best titles shown at the Nintendo and Sony E3 press events. Talk about getting upstaged. But the real surprise hit of the show was the new game called "Watch Dogs." This ambitious next gen title was a real show stopper with its dazzling visuals, unique gameplay, and intriguing story. This game is sure to be the reason many people will buy a next generation console. Unfortunately we don't have a release date for this game. But not to worry, we still have plenty of other Ubisoft games to enjoy until then, including the surprise hit ZombiU, the blockbuster action title Assassin's Creed 3, and the platforming game Rayman Legends. Congratulations to everyone at Ubisoft. You not only won E3, but you have also won the hearts and minds of gamers everywhere.

BONUS: Best Freebie


For the third year in a row we stormed the floors of the E3 Expo giving away our beautiful custom made arcade tokens. This promotion gets bigger and more crazy with each passing year! These tokens are a celebration of video gaming. And they are made exclusively for the E3 Expo. We had a tremendously fun time handing out these coins to our fellow attendees. Our very own Dr Gonzo was on the scene giving out coins to everyone he met on the show floor. People always tell us this is a great way to promote our site, however we do it just because we like making people happy. We graciously thank you all for making this give away such a tremendous success!