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General: The Best of PAX East 2012 Awards

BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing EditorBerea, OHMMORPG.COM Staff Posts: 3,152 Epic

PAX East is one of the first game conventions of the year and we had a team of boots on the ground. Once the dust settled on the weekend, we compiled a 'best of' list for MMORPG.com. See which games took our top honors in Best of PAX East 2012 Awards.

PAX (whether East or Prime) is the show for gamers, not press, but that doesn't mean the press isn't abound and scouting the next crop of games for what's going to be huge and what's going to be a dud.  At this year's PAX East in Boston, we saw every MMO available for our viewing pleasure, and we've cut it all down our definitive list of the best games on the show floor in the MMO space.  These kinds of things are always hard, because just about every game had something cool up its sleeve, but the following five games really stood out from the pack.

Editor's Note: Each game can only win one award, with Best of Show being awarded to the game we believe to embody the most out of each category.

Read the rest of MMORPG.com's Best of PAX East 2012 Awards.

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  • IroncladIronclad Member Posts: 67 Uncommon

    Hard to understand how Guild Wars 2 does not even get a mention here?!  Were they not there?

  • BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing Editor Berea, OHMMORPG.COM Staff Posts: 3,152 Epic

    They were not.  ;)


     

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  • MercurialGMercurialG Andover, MAMember Posts: 50 Uncommon

    But they did one hell of a show stealer at the end of the Future of MMOs panel ;)

  • elockeelocke Manassas, VAMember Posts: 4,301 Uncommon

    Who picks these?  Firefall and Tera for most anticipated?....and Raiderz for rising Star?  I've played Tera and Raiderz and....they are just more of the same and will come and go this year and be forgotten.  Firefall vids make it look dull and boring to me.  I guess if that's the only ones you had to choose from...then I have to say, minus the Neverwinter stuff and the developers Panel, PAX east kind of sucked this year.  

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  • SpezzSpezz GlasgowMember Posts: 141

    Nice to see SMITE get some recognition!

  • MikeBMikeB MMORPG.com Community Manager Queens, NYAdministrator Posts: 6,042 Uncommon

    Originally posted by elocke

    Who picks these?  Firefall and Tera for most anticipated?....and Raiderz for rising Star?  I've played Tera and Raiderz and....they are just more of the same and will come and go this year and be forgotten.  Firefall vids make it look dull and boring to me.  I guess if that's the only ones you had to choose from...then I have to say, minus the Neverwinter stuff and the developers Panel, PAX east kind of sucked this year.  



     

    These awards are for PAX East 2012. It was a fairly light show MMO wise! Neverwinter really blew our socks off, though.

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  • GrakulenGrakulen Staff Writer St. Charles, MOMMORPG.COM Staff Posts: 600 Uncommon
    I need me some Neverwinter!
  • BunksBunks New Port Richey, FLMember Posts: 960

    Boy, I have to admit, Neverwinter sure looks good.

  • UtukuMoonUtukuMoon ParisMember Posts: 1,066



    Originally posted by Bunks



    Boy, I have to admit, Neverwinter sure looks good.





     

    Yeah been following it for sometime,glad they changed their minds about the game being a instanced love fest.

    As for RaiderZ ,well IMO the combat beats Tera and the quest system and the skill based class system,the mobs have way better AI as well.



     

  • spookydomspookydom BristolMember Posts: 1,782 Uncommon

    Neverwinter does look pretty awsome.  Can Cryptic really do it this time? Early signs are pretty positive. It may be the most legendary company bounce back in mmo history if they can pull this off.

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  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHMember Posts: 7,831 Rare

    Pardon me while I laugh at the concept that Cryptic could make a decent game.  You have to know that Neverwinter will self destruct as soon as it is available.

    The Secret World could be a sleeper, just have trust issues with the developer at this point.

    As to Perfect World making a decent game, I have great doubts the king of pay-to-win could produce such although I guess anything is possible.

    The rest will have to take a wait and see attitude on them.

  • AsamofAsamof La Canada, CAMember Posts: 782 Uncommon

    Originally posted by Ozmodan

    Pardon me while I laugh at the concept that Cryptic could make a decent game.  You have to know that Neverwinter will self destruct as soon as it is available.
    The Secret World could be a sleeper, just have trust issues with the developer at this point.
    As to Perfect World making a decent game, I have great doubts the king of pay-to-win could produce such although I guess anything is possible.
    The rest will have to take a wait and see attitude on them.

     

     

  • Cleric1234Cleric1234 Magnolia, DEMember Posts: 8

    Smite really was amazing. I'd never heard of it before but by Saturday it's lines were longer than league's. So glad I got to play it.

  • DJJazzyDJJazzy louisville, COMember Posts: 2,053 Uncommon

    I have to admit that I didn't even think about NWN until now. But from those videos it looks pretty darn good.

  • Artair83Artair83 Canton, OHMember Posts: 48 Uncommon

    Originally posted by BillMurphy

    They were not.  ;)





     



     

    Phew you had me a bit worried there I was like Y U NO LIEK THE GUILD WARS haha

  • ClassicstarClassicstar rotjeknorMember Posts: 2,661 Uncommon


    Originally posted by Ironclad
    Hard to understand how Guild Wars 2 does not even get a mention here?!  Were they not there?

    I dont think GW2 need more hype game will sell it self and its good when smaller developers also get some attention.

    They showed up on pax panel and specially last 10 min is awesome GW2 news:)

    Btw i bought GW2 so dont attack me for GW2 hater now:P

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  • ClassicstarClassicstar rotjeknorMember Posts: 2,661 Uncommon

    Lets be honest here neverwinter brings NOTHING new.

    Small parties raids hack and slash quests dragons again after already thousends of other D&D games another one lol.

    But game looks nice and prolly will have some fun but its a game thats not new at all.

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  • Matt_UKMatt_UK NuneatonMember Posts: 420

    How can World of Warplanes get an award? It's not even out yet.

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  • elockeelocke Manassas, VAMember Posts: 4,301 Uncommon

    Originally posted by Classicstar

    Lets be honest here neverwinter brings NOTHING new.
    Small parties raids hack and slash quests dragons again after already thousends of other D&D games another one lol.
    But game looks nice and prolly will have some fun but its a game thats not new at all.

    Not everyone is craving something "new" just for the sake of being "new".  If the game is same old same old but a ton of FUN, I'm sold.  It's all about the fun factor.

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  • ZeroxinZeroxin LondonMember Posts: 2,501 Uncommon

    So Neverwinter is DCUO and TERA wrapped into one with a Cryptic touch....? I might like it.

    This is not a game.

  • jmcdermottukjmcdermottuk LiverpoolMember Posts: 1,339 Uncommon

    Ok so basically there wasn't much worth seeing at PAX, because those all seem really lame choices to me.

  • SaerainSaerain Barrington, RIMember Posts: 957 Uncommon

    Originally posted by Ozmodan



    Pardon me while I laugh at the concept that Cryptic could make a decent game.

    I thought City of Heroes was widely praised, in its time. It wasn't for me, but I thought Cryptic's current reputation arose from the partnership with Atari. Atari's been in a bad way for a long time, so I thought that was unsurprising.

    The move to Perfect World, although suggestive of business models I don't care for, could very well provide them the freedom and funding they haven't had since CoH.


     

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  • rikarus92rikarus92 Gilbert, AZMember Posts: 15

    Originally posted by Matt_UK

    How can World of Warplanes get an award? It's not even out yet.



     

    None of these games are out yet; that's kind of the point ;)

  • fenistilfenistil GliwiceMember Posts: 3,005

    Originally posted by elocke

    Who picks these?  Firefall and Tera for most anticipated?....and Raiderz for rising Star?  I've played Tera and Raiderz and....they are just more of the same and will come and go this year and be forgotten.  Firefall vids make it look dull and boring to me.  I guess if that's the only ones you had to choose from...then I have to say, minus the Neverwinter stuff and the developers Panel, PAX east kind of sucked this year.  



     

    Oh come on ,this kind of rewards ARE just simply marketing.  It would be nice if people stop giving it any attention.

  • DizzyPWDizzyPW Santa Monica, CAMember Posts: 2

    As fellow gaming press covering the convention I have to say these picks are spot on. I'm more anticipating TERA than Firefall but out of what was on presentation at PAX East, these titles easily deserve the spots given to them.

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