Game of the Year 2011 – Readers' Choice

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It wasn’t even close…

We asked you in our forums, we asked you on Twitter, and you didn’t disappoint us. After rummaging through both mediums, we finally managed to narrow it down the title you lovely folks though was Game of the Year 2011. It was a unanimous decision, but before we unveil the winner, here are some other titles you guys enjoyed playing in 2011.

Rayman Origins

(Ubisoft | Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 & Nintendo Wii)

ShadyKnight says: I love everything about it. The wonderful art style, the whimsical, left-field soundtrack and the good old-fashioned 2D platforming, which I’ve really missed for the past few generations.

We said: It might not reinvent the genre, but a combination of solid gameplay mechanics, great level design and stunning 2D visuals, make Rayman Origins one of the best platforming games to be released on any of the current generation consoles. If you’re looking for a fun platformer filled with content, both single player and co-op, then consider Rayman’s latest outing an essential purchase.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

(Bethesda Softworks | Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 & PC)

ithakaspielbox says: Skyrim is my game of the year because…

  • I waited over 5 years for it to be released.
  • The almost never ending world, the first game in years which I can get lost in for hours.
  • It’s lovingly created and well written.
  • The look is just overwhelming. It might not be the prettiest game out there, but the world itself is just amazingly crafted.
  • Sneaking, smithing, alchemy, enchanting, magic, the Dark Brotherhood, the Thieves Guild, side quests, dragons and so on. The list is endless.
  • Finally, and maybe the most important thing for me, as soon as I enter the world of Skyrim I feel warm inside, I kind of feel at home.

We said: There’s no doubt Skyrim has its fair share of bugs and glitches, however even with them in mind, Bethesda’s latest RPG delivers one of the best gaming experiences you’ll ever have. The world is filled to the brim with content that somehow manages to remain fresh every single time the game is loaded up. To answer the question posed at the start of the review, has it been worth the wait? Most definitely, yes.

Dark Souls

(From Software | Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3)

Hudson900 says: Dark Souls is my game of the year, and every other person’s. Gamer or not. The modern day Jet Set Willy, you’re left to explore with little guidance.

Snypa27: Yes, Dark Souls is hard, but never unfair. If you die, it’s always your fault. The world is so wonderfully crafted, no other RPG can match its intense atmosphere, it’s just superb.

We said: Dark Souls is an incredible feat; a bold and undiluted take on a genre so often watered down, that does everything it sets out to without stumbling at any point. All at once it manages to be dark, demanding, vast and open, and nigh-on peerlessly too. Whilst the two bear any number of similarities, it’s a more than worthy successor to Demon’s Souls, and in the creation a new world with new challenges to be bested, there is no reason for fans not to come back. New players are advised to check their intentions at the door; it’s certainly not a game for everyone, but for anyone who’s interest is even vaguely piqued, it’s hard not to offer the strongest possible recommendation to put yourself at Dark Souls’ mercy, and be sucked in by its immersive and wondrous charm.

Those were a few of the titles some of you put forward as your game of the year, but there can only be one winner, and it wasn’t even close…

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

(Naughty Dog | PlayStation 3)

riquelme10 says: For me, definitely Uncharted 3. Finishing that game was an amazing experience from start to finish. The gameplay, characters, acting and soundtrack, perfect. Not only the game of the year,but one of the best action games ever made.

PES Sonicraig says: Uncharted 3 is simply awesome, polished to the hilt and extremely enjoyable/engrossing.

Chaos_PES says: Uncharted 3, 100%. Story, characters, action, graphics, tension…everything.

We said: Uncharted 3 is a masterclass in video games design and storytelling from a developer that is now at one with the action-adventure genre. Every single aspect of the game has been so expertly crafted and put together, it’s hard to find one single glaring fault.

The single player campaign is an incredible achievement on its own, an amazing experience from start to finish. However, when you factor in the deep online multiplayer and fun co-op missions, Uncharted 3 is not only one of the best games that you’ll play this year, it’s one of the best games of this generation full stop.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the first part of our team “Game of the Year 2011” feature. We’ll be looking at honourable mentions, as well as positions ten to six.

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