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Game of the Year - The Nominees
Game of the Year - The Nominees
Written Sunday, December 26, 2010 By Dan Webb
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As a bit of a change this year, rather than just bombard you with our Game of the Year winners and runners up, we thought we'd give you an insight into how we actually come up with our winners and such. It's a relatively straightforward process, that involves multiple stages.

Firstly, we draw up a draft list of more than 5 nominees for all categories of any game we think worthy of a mention. It's a stage that's open to all staff members and it's a case of, the more, the better. Then  it's just a case of whittling them down to our final 5. From there, with input from various senior X360A staff members, we choose our winner and two runners up. Interesting, right? Well, not really, but this year for our first time ever, we thought we'd give you a look at the shortlist for each category and then when the results drop on December 31st, you'll not only have an idea of how we whittled it down, but you'll also essentially see our honourable mentions... which is pretty neat.

Without further ado, the nominees for our 13 categories are as follows:

Best Premise
Splinter Cell: Conviction
Red Dead Redemption
Dead Rising 2
Fable III
Enslaved

Best Story
Alan Wake
Red Dead Redemption
Fable III
Mass Effect 2
Mafia II

Best MP
Bad Company 2
Halo: Reach
Black Ops
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit

Best Graphics
Red Dead Redemption
F1 2010
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Halo: Reach
Mass Effect 2

Original Score
Final Fantasy XIII
Red Dead Redemption
Halo: Reach
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Mass Effect 2

New Franchise
Bayonetta
Alan Wake
Darksiders
Enslaved
Dance Central

Arcade Game
Limbo
Dead Rising: Case Zero
Costume Quest
Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX
Raskulls

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Just Cause 2’s Grappling Hook
Mass Effect 2’s Save System
Rock Band 3’s Pro Modes
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s Multiplayer
Kinect

Surprise
Enslaved
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
Just Cause 2
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
Singularity

Disappointment
The Force Unleashed II
Kane & Lynch 2
Medal of Honor
HAWX 2
Crackdown 2

Developer
Harmonix
Bungie
Platinum Games
Ubisoft Montreal
BioWare

Publisher
Microsoft Game Studios
EA
Ubisoft
Rockstar
SEGA

GOTY
Mass Effect 2
Bayonetta
Red Dead Redemption
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Halo: Reach

Check back on the 31st to see our eventual winners.





 
 

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Comment #1 by EcT Felix
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 06:40:31 AM
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This is my list and my opinions!


Best Premise:
Dead Rising 2


Best Story:
Alan Wake


Best MP:
Bad Company 2


Best Graphics:
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood


Original Score:
Final Fantasy XIII


New Franchise:
Alan Wake
(For me it is Metro 2033, but out of this it is Alan Wake).


Arcade Game:
Dead Rising: Case Zero


Innovative Gameplay Feature:
Kinect

Surprise:
Just Cause 2


Disappointment:
Medal of Honor


Developer:
Platinum Games


Publisher:
Microsoft Game Studios


GOTY:
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood






:D


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Comment #2 by samoan62
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 06:51:21 AM
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I like halo reach but mass effect and red dead will win everthing


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Comment #3 by callmeclean
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 07:28:45 AM
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I think Halo Reach should be a story nominee but what evers.. and why was Mass Effect 2's save system innovative I remember it being just like any other :/


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Comment #4 by ITD Soldierboy
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 07:44:19 AM
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Although I disagree with a few of these, I do have to say an overall nice list. One thing I really disagree with though is the Kinect as a gameplay feature. It's not a feature in a game, instead I would have chosen something from one of the Kinect games. Anyway, it's a nice list and since I like to voice my opinion, here's my take:

Best Premise:
Red Dead Redemption

Best Story:
(First off, why the hell is Halo: Reach not on here?!?) Mass Effect 2(Even if it is way over-cliched...)

Best MP:
Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Best Graphics:
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood(A large improvement over ACII including the cut-scenes.)

Original Score:
Halo: Reach

New Franchise:
(I too, would like to nominate Metro 2033 into the list, actually, I'm surprised it's not on the list...) Enslaved

Arcade Game:
(Why no DeathSpank?) Raskulls

Innovative Gameplay Feature:
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood's Multiplayer(As much as I like the Kinect, I don't feel you should generalize an entirely new system of playing a game into this category, but oh well, I'm sure it'll win anyway.)

Surprise:
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Disappointment:
Medal of Honor

Developer:
Bungie Studios

Publisher:
EA Games

Game of the Year:
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood


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Comment #5 by B0seiju
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 08:06:52 AM
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My guess:

Best Premise: Enslaved

Best Story: Alan Wake

Best MP: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Best Graphics: Halo: Reach

Original Score: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood


New Franchise
Bayonetta/Darksiders (though i hated bayonetta, i'll think i will win this one.)

Arcade Game
Limbo

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s Multiplayer

Surprise
Singularity

Disappointment
The Force Unleashed II
sure on this one :P

Developer
Bungie
BioWare

Publisher
Microsoft Game Studios

GOTY
Red Dead Redemption or
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood


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Comment #6 by blackbriar83
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 08:33:58 AM
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@ 3 think the mass effect save system is because you could take your save system from mass effect 1 and bring everything over till mass effect 2 anyway game of the year has to be mass effect 2 and best multiplayer game is battlefield bad company 2.


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Comment #7 by callmeclean
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 09:02:25 AM
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@6 Well that has been done before, even in one of biowares earlier games baldurs gate. And it's not really that revolutionary nor amazing, just read the saves from the first game and then use those outcomes in the second game. I though they didn't implement it that well anyway because in the first game I chose Udina to be councillor and in ME2 when Miranda runs the test on you I selected Anderson for fun and I expected her to say "No you chose Udina you forgetful bitch" and instead it just changed it so Anderson was councillor. Messing with time is dangerous...


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Comment #8 by Mrfishyp
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 09:20:15 AM
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I love the range of categories in these awards. Unfortunately, I think you have forgotten about a little game called Bioshock 2 that you gave a score of 92 % a while back...


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Comment #9 by Jan
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 09:57:01 AM
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Best Premise
Splinter Cell: Conviction

Best Story
Alan Wake

Best MP
Halo: Reach

Best Graphics
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Original Score
Final Fantasy XIII

New Franchise
Alan Wake

Arcade Game
Limbo

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s Multiplayer

Surprise
Enslaved

Disappointment
Crackdown 2

Developer
Bungie

Publisher
SEGA

GOTY
Halo: Reach


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Comment #10 by Harries95
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 10:26:43 AM
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Best Premise: Fable III

Best Story: Red Dead Redemption

Best MP: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Best Graphics: Red Dead Redemption

Original Score: Red Dead Redemption

New Franchise: Alan Wake

Arcade Game: Limbo

Innovative Gameplay Feature: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s Multiplayer

Surprise: Enslaved

Disappointment: The Force Unleashed II

Developer: Bungie

Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios

GOTY: Red Dead Redemption


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Comment #11 by Luis Ownz
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 10:43:17 AM
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Why isnt Super Meat Boy or BioShock 2 any of the nominees!?


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Comment #12 by litepink
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 10:54:49 AM
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The fact that Call of Duty: Black Ops can be simply known as "Black Ops" proves its rightful place in pop culture and therefore best MP game.


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Comment #13 by Silent Chaos
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 11:28:50 AM
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Best Premise: Fable 3

Best Story: Mass Effect 2

Best MP: Halo: Reach

Best Graphics: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Original Score: Mass Effect 2

New Franchise: Enslaved

Arcade Game: Limbo

Innovative Game Feature: If Kinect wasn't on the list of nominees, I would say Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood MP

Surprise: Enslaved

Disappointment: Force Unleashed 2

Developer: BioWare

Publisher: EA

GOTY: Mass Effect 2!!!!!!!!!


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Comment #14 by doomsayer123
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 12:03:13 PM
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Best Premise:
Red Dead Redemption

Best Story:
Alan Wake

Best MP:
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Best Graphics:
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Original Score:
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

New Franchise:
Enslaved

Arcade Game:
Dead Rising: Case Zero

Innovative Gameplay Feature:
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s Multiplayer

Surprise:
Enslaved

Disappointment:
Kane & Lynch 2

Developer:
Bungie

Publisher:
Rockstar

GOTY:
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood


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Comment #15 by Saosin3679
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 12:51:19 PM
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Best Premise
Splinter Cell: Conviction

Best Story
Alan Wake

Best MP
Black Ops


Best Graphics
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Original Score
Final Fantasy XIII

New Franchise
Alan Wake

Arcade Game
Limbo

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Kinect

Surprise
Enslaved

Disappointment
Medal of Honor

Developer
BioWare

Publisher
Ubisoft

GOTY
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood



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Comment #16 by blackout529
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 01:18:03 PM
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I'd say the Force Unleashed 2 was the biggest disappointment. That game had potential to do for the franchise what Assassins Creed 2 did for its franchise. As for multiplayer I'd say its a tie between Brotherhood and Halo: Reach. And GOTY is obviously Red Dead Redemption.


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Comment #17 by Rocketman162
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 01:27:36 PM
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Unfortunately Mass Effect will win everything :( sigh except when against Red Dead Redemption (which I like so yay) Reach should get the MP award and the music. As long as Black Ops (I despise that) doesnt get MP award and Mass Effect doesnt get GOTY then thats splendid


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Comment #18 by Dlark17
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 02:45:43 PM
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Maybe I'm just saying this cuz I just finished Minerva's Den, but... Why isn't Bioshock 2 anywhere on here? I mean, when put against its predecessor, it's not amazing, but it's got a real heart to it, and did some fine work with the latter DLC.
For that matter, why no DLC section?
Ah well, at least it made it safely out of the "Disappointment" field. :/

A rather predictable list, though, aside from a few of the categories. Somehow I get the feeling I won't be too surprised by the outcome.


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Comment #19 by Epilogue of Euphoria
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 02:59:34 PM
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Best Premise
Enslaved

Best Story
Alan Wake
or
Mass Effect 2


Best MP
Halo: Reach


Best Graphics
Mass Effect 2

Original Score
Final Fantasy XIII

New Franchise
Alan Wake
or
Enslaved

Arcade Game
Limbo

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Just Cause 2’s Grappling Hook

Surprise
Enslaved


Disappointment (All of these fall under this cat.)
The Force Unleashed II
Kane & Lynch 2
HAWX 2
Crackdown 2

Developer
BioWare

Publisher
Microsoft Game Studios

GOTY
Mass Effect 2



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Comment #20 by Magicman10893
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 03:16:48 PM
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Considering I like to keep BioWare's dick in my mouth at all times, be warned when Mass Effect 2 appears the most on here.

Best Premise: Enslaved
Best Story: Mass Effect 2
Best MP: Bad Company 2 (with Black Ops a close second. It's fun and definitely better than MW2 by a long shot, but it still has a few kinks to work out)
Best Graphics: Assassins Creed: Brotherhood (Although I have never played F1 2010 before and I imagine a racing game would have the best graphics)
Best Original Score: Mass Effect 2
Best New Franchise: Alan Wake
Best Arcade Game: Dead Rising: Case Zero
Most Innovative gameplay feature: Mass Effect 2's save system
Best Surprise: Enslaved
Worst Disappointment: Tie between Crackdown 2 and Medal Of Honor
Best Developer: BioWare
Best Publisher: Rockstar

GOTY: Mass Effect 2!


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Comment #21 by quartzlcc
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 03:29:10 PM
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Best MP: Halo Reach
Best Graphics: AC:B
Original Score: Halo Reach
New Franchise: Dance Central
Disappointment: Medal of Honor
Developer: Bungie
GOTY: Halo Reach

Not trying to look like a Bungie fanboy; I'm more of a Valve fanboy but they didn't release a new game this year. =P


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Comment #22 by Sonic Grunge
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 04:01:11 PM
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Here is my own personal opinion. And as for Bioware having character imports previously, Baldurs Gate only imported your characters stats and nothing else, Mass Efffect imports the whole universe snapshot, ie who is dead/alive, who likes you, who doesn't, what quests you finished/ignored. Its a whole different system with alot more coding than you think, as I've counted at least 200 variables. Of which it shows the 7 biggest impacts (Or so you think) at the start of the game. But anyway, I love Bioware, and have done for years, so here's my ten penneth's worth:

New premise - Enslaved
Best Story - Mass Effect 2
Best MP - Halo
Best graphics - F1 2010
Best Original Score - Mass Effect 2
Best new Franchise - Alan Wake
Best Arcade - Limbo
Innovative feature - Mass Effect 2 Save System
Suprise - Enslaved
Disappointment - The Force Unleashed 2 (And as a guy who loves anything Star Wars, you KNOW this has to be bad).
Developer - Bioware
Published - Rockstar
GOTY - Mass Effect 2


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Comment #23 by theMAYFLOWA
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 05:04:43 PM
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All I kept thinking was, "What?!?!?! No Borderlands anywhere!?!?!"

Oh yeah, it came out in '09. Hey, Me, you suck.


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Comment #24 by Luiza014
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 05:32:46 PM
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to me, Castlevania: Lords of Shadows is a serious contender for the GOTY. thats just my opinion though, but it's an awesome game at all levels. gamplay, graphics, story, duration... definitely one of the most underrated games out there. i really enjoyed it and i haven't played many of the games on the list, but from those i've played, i liked it better than RDR, black ops, AC:B...

ps.no forza motorsport either...


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Comment #25 by soulofaqua
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 06:28:46 PM
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It's not innovative if it's done before so Just Cause 2's grappling hook system does not belong in that list as Just Cause already had it.


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Comment #26 by chillpill66
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 06:36:37 PM
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Black ops defenitly needs to be nominated for best story. it had the most interesting story in a long time without being too rediculos.


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Comment #27 by samboro1234
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 06:38:30 PM
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Best premise- Red Dead Redemption
Best Story- Mass Effect 2
Best MP - Bad Company 2
Best graphics - Mass Effect 2
Best Original Score - Red Dead Redemption
Best new Franchise - Enslaved
Best Arcade - Dead Rising: Case Zero
Innovative feature - Mass Effect 2’s Save System
Suprise - Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
Disappointment - Crackdown 2 :(
Developer - Bioware
Publisher - Rockstar
GOTY -Mass Effect 2


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Comment #28 by elsnoggler
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 07:07:35 PM
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Fable III, best story? Does someone care to explain this nomination to me?


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Comment #29 by Joker0fLife
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 07:28:56 PM
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Best Premise - Splinter Cell: Conviction
Best Story - Mass Effect 2
Best MP - Halo: Reach (my guess) or Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Best Graphics - Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Original Score - Final Fantasy XIII or Halo: Reach (my guess)
New Franchise - Bayonetta (my guess) or Alan Wake
Arcade Game - Limbo or Costume Quest (my guess)
Innovative Gameplay Feature - Rock Band 3’s Pro Modes or Kinect (My guess)
Surprise - Enslaved
Disappointment - Crackdown 2 (by a mile)
Developer - Bungie or Ubisoft Montreal (my guess)
Publisher - Ubisoft or Rockstar (my guess)
GOTY - Mass Effect 2 or Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (could go either way...)


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Comment #30 by BS LIKE A BOSS
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 07:30:28 PM
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Here is my list

Best Premise:
Splinter Cell: Conviction

Best Story:
Mass Effect 2

Best MP:
Bad Company 2 (I bet that Black Ops will win just because people don't have enought skill to be good at BC2, so all the sad little bitches will choose Black Ops because Cod is so easy)

Best Graphics:
Mass Effect 2

Original Score:
Halo Reach

New Franchise:
Alan Wake

Arcade Game:
Dead Rising: Case Zero

Innovative Gameplay Feature:
Kinect (Like the rest of the people I don't think Kinect is a "Gameplay Feature" but I do love Kinect and believe it will win)

Surprise:
Enslaved

Disappointment:
The Force Unleashed II (I do not think Medal of Honor was that bad it was just different than cod so nobody wanted to give it a chance)

Developer:
BioWare

Publisher:
EA

Game of the Year:
Mass Effect 2


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Comment #31 by DipCheese83
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 07:41:49 PM
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Best Premise:
Mass Effect 2

Best Story:
Mass Effect 2

Best MP:
Mass Effect 2

Best Graphics:
Mass Effect 2

Original Score:
Mass Effect 2

New Franchise:
Mass Effect 2

Arcade Game:
Mass Effect 2

Innovative Gameplay Feature:
Mass Effect 2

Surprise:
Mass Effect 2

Disappointment:
Mass Effect 2

Developer:
Mass Effect 2

Publisher:
Mass Effect 2

GOTY:
Mass Effect 2


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Comment #32 by sddixon
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 08:11:35 PM
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ARCADE: Definately Costume Quest


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Comment #33 by Capn Doug
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 08:42:51 PM
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@7, if you actually played Baldur's Gate, the only thing that carried over to the next game were your character stats. Every character in 2 that was also met in 1 had a dialogue option for "Aren't you dead?" And the problem with Udina/Anderson came from the fact that your game saved after defeating Saren, not after the final cutscene.

Nice to see Bayonetta in contention for Game of the Year. I don't think it will win (or should win, go ME2), but it definitely isn't out of place on the list. It would get my vote for best new franchise for sure. It was definitely a good year for games, this list proves it.


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Comment #34 by callmeclean
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 09:13:49 PM
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@33 Ok well I didn't know it saved after defeating Saren so my bad, and even though baldurs gate only imported stats it still doesn't change the fact that the mass effect 2 idea has been done before. Maybe its never been such a big feature before and is much more awesome in ME2 but I hardly see how it is innovative. Anyway that is just my opinion I still love ME and Bioware.

@20 I only took it out when they announced ME2 for PS3, but then I stopped caring and put it back in.


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Comment #35 by snazzyskier
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 09:33:53 PM
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The only game I positive that will win its category is Limbo.
Oh, and fingers crossed for Enslaved.


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Comment #36 by dylanmannen
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 10:01:38 PM
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wher is Super meat boy on XBLA? it's the best arcade game of the year.. it's actualy one of the best games of the year! and.. i don't think crackdown 2 was a disapointment? i loved that game :O hours of fun with my friends. but the dlc's sux :(


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Comment #37 by Assasin13
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 10:50:27 PM
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Umm Where is Super Meat Boy for arcade? Its one of the best arcade games ever.


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Comment #38 by fax5jrj
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 11:09:16 PM
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Best Premise
Red Dead Redemption
Dead Rising 2

Best Story
Alan Wake

Best MP
Bad Company 2

Best Graphics
Halo: Reach

Original Score
Halo: Reach

New Franchise
Alan Wake

Arcade Game
Limbo

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Halo: Reach- Forge!!!!!!!!! What the hell? Where is it?

Surprise
Enslaved

Disappointment
The Force Unleashed II WHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAT? More like surprise!
Crackdown 2 This one

Developer
Bungie No doubt

Publisher
Microsoft Game Studios

GOTY
Halo: Reach


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Comment #39 by fax5jrj
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 11:10:53 PM
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@31 Obsessed much? Ain't that damn good.


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Comment #40 by macd
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 11:55:07 PM
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Best Premise
Red Dead Redemption

Best Story
Mass Effect 2

Best Graphics
I'm really torn but I think F1 2010 is still astounding.

Original Score
I always feel this is a total diddy prize.

New Franchise
Dance Central - Gay as I looked dancing with my shirt Britney Spears up while dancing to Kylie Minogue, I thought this was great. I expect it'll go Guitar Hero-wise soon, but for now...

Arcade Game
Dead Rising: Case Zero - great price, great fun, easy 200.

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Kinect - Gotta be


Disappointment
Kane & Lynch 2 - OH GOOD GOD IT MUST BE THIS. THIS WAS SUCH A TOTAL PILE OF PISH. I enjoyed K&L, this was just a disappointment. Thankfully it was my co-op buddy that bought it and it was a short experience.


Developer
BioWare - Simply on my ME2 man love.

Publisher
Ubisoft


GOTY
Mass Effect 2 - By a mile. It is one of the all time best games I've ever played. I loved this so much. AC:B was great but nothing compares to ME2 in terms of sheer awesomeness and obsession with the game.


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Comment #41 by Anthrizacks
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 12:47:31 AM
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Why is Castlevania's score ignored on every site? I thought this one would be the only one to at least mention it. Guess not


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Comment #42 by Rusty0010
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 12:59:26 AM
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Best Premise
Red Dead Redemption

Best Story
Alan Wake

Best MP
Bad Company 2

Best Graphics
Red Dead Redemption

Original Score
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

New Franchise
Alan Wake

Arcade Game
Costume Quest

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s Multiplayer


Surprise
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit


Disappointment
Medal Of Honor

Developer
Ubisoft Montreal


Publisher
EA


GOTY
Red Dead Redemption


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Comment #43 by blackout529
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 01:47:42 AM
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I don't think Kane and Lynch was a disappointment cause there wasn't any hype surrounding it. Everyone knew the crap they were getting into after playing part one.


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Comment #44 by ubertrance
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 01:58:41 AM
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Well here is my list
Best Premise
Enslaved

Best Story
Red Dead Redemption

Best MP
Bad Company 2

Best Graphics
Red Dead Redemption

Original Score
Red Dead Redemption

New Franchise
Alan Wake

Arcade Game
Limbo

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Rock Band 3’s Pro Modes

Surprise
Enslaved


Disappointment
Medal of Honor

Developer
Harmonix

Publisher
EA

GOTY
Red Dead Redemption


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Comment #45 by Ihazcandy4you
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 02:04:02 AM
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@ 30 - I was pretty good at bc2, and I prefer Black Ops to it.


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Comment #46 by kanechelsea
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 05:56:10 AM
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Best premise- Red Dead Redemption
Best Story- Mass Effect 2
Best MP - Bad Company 2
Best graphics - Mass Effect 2
Best Original Score - Red Dead Redemption
Best new Franchise - Enslaved
Best Arcade - Dead Rising: Case Zero
Innovative feature - Mass Effect 2’s Save System
Suprise - Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
Disappointment - Crackdown 2
Developer - Bioware
Publisher - Rockstar
GOTY - Red Dead Redemption


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Comment #47 by TSG Dwaggie
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 06:20:26 AM
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My thoughts are...

Best Premise: Dead Rising 2. They will both cover wars.
Best Story: Alan Wake. I believe this is near unique, and it brought a great breathe of dark air into the horror genre.
Best Multiplayer: Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Halo & COD just brought more of the same. Yawn.
Best Graphics: Mass Effect 2
Best Original Score: Halo Reach. Environmentals...perfect.
Best New Franchise: Alan Wake. Same reason as Best Story.
Best Arcade Game: I'm gonna say...Raskulls, with Limbo being VERY close. The reason I go for Raskulls is that once you've 100%d Limbo...there's no replayability.
Best Innovative Feature: Kinect. Lets pet a cub today.
Best Surprise: N/A. I've not been able to paly any of these so it wouldn't be fair for me to say best surprise.
Biggest Disappointment: Kane & Lynch 2. Online is dead. *sad*
Best Developer: Bioware.
Best Publisher: Microsoft game studios...Halo and kinectimals. *heart*
GAME OF THE YEAR: I would personally say Alan Wake, simply because it's just so...unique, but as that's not an option, Red Dead Redemption.


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Comment #48 by NawtyCawty
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 06:39:53 AM
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For me its been a bit of a lame year with far too many samey unoriginal sequels, but this is mine:

Best Premise - Red Dead Redemption
Best Story - Alan Wake
Best MP - Halo Reach
Best Graphics - F1 2010
Original Score - Red Dead Redemption
New Franchise - Darksiders
Arcade Game - Pacman Championship Edition DX
Innovative Gameplay Feature - Kinect (Obviously)
Surprise - Singularity
Dissapointment - Every sequel that ever came out (and there were a lot)
Developer/Publisher - Who takes notice of these things?
GOTY - Red Dead Redemption


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Comment #49 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 08:31:10 AM
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@#25 - There's a bit of a difference between JC1 and JC2's grappling hook. I suggest you go back and play them and see.


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Comment #50 by jamie1000013
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 08:45:13 AM
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Kane and Lynch 2 was the most disappointing game for me. They made the it worse in everyway. Dead Rising 2 also hugely disappointed me compared to the first one.

I think Alan Wake should be up there for best graphics as well, the graphics stunned me when I first started playing it, and it was only in SD.



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Comment #51 by jj1990
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 09:23:07 AM
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Best Premise
Red Dead Redemption

Best Story
Mass Effect 2

Best MP
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Best Graphics
Red Dead Redemption

Original Score
Halo: Reach

New Franchise
Bayonetta

Arcade Game (Should be Super Meat Boy but it's not an option)
Dead Rising: Case Zero

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s Multiplayer

Surprise
Singularity

Disappointment
The Force Unleashed II

Developer
BioWare

Publisher
Rockstar

GOTY
Mass Effect 2


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Comment #53 by M a DSCHuSZ
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 10:56:07 AM
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I m missing Pinball FX2 in the arcade section :(


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Comment #54 by Capn Doug
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 11:56:20 AM
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@34, I think the big thing about the ME2 save system is the detail, and the fact that it was the first time a console game had tried it. Every other game that I saw with that idea was a PC game, Like Quest for Glory, which Activision needs to get off its ass and release for XBLA.

Raskulls definitely deserves arcade game of the year. Unless Limbo blows me away when I get it cheap on the 31st. Toughest category has got to be Developer. BioWare had one of the best games of the decade and gace us a ton of good DLC for Dragon Age, Harmonix shook up the rythym genre and created the best launch title for Kinect, and well, Ubi Montreal is Ubi Montreal...


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Comment #55 by queeg
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 02:11:18 PM
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why isn't super meat an option for best arcade


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Comment #56 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 02:27:55 PM
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@#55 - Because there are at least 5 better games in our opinion =P


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Comment #57 by Assasin13
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 03:21:41 PM
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@55 I know right? @56 Couldn't you have at least put in a sixth arcade nom then? I mean come on!

ps: I accidently voted thumbs up on 56s comment.
oops.

Sorry Webb but I think im gonna have to disagree. No offense.


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Comment #58 by Minty
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 04:05:45 PM
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Who says that it would have made the Top 6? There will be people that disagree with the nominees in all catagories, but at the end of the day we have to make decisions.

As Webb said...there's AT LEAST 5 better games than that.


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Comment #59 by maxevan777
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 04:17:55 PM
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Best Premise
Red Dead Redemption

Best Story
Alan Wake

Best MP
Black Ops

Best Graphics
Red Dead Redemption
-OR- ( This really could go either way. )
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Original Score
Red Dead Redemption

New Franchise
Alan Wake

Arcade Game
Limbo

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s Multiplayer

Surprise
Enslaved

Disappointment
Medal of Honor

Developer
BioWare

Publisher
EA

GOTY
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
(If Alan Wake was an option I would for sure say Alan Wake.)


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Comment #60 by Joseph0714
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 06:07:59 PM
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-Best Premise:
Splinter Cell: Conviction

-Best Story:
Alan Wake

-Best MP:
Black Ops

-Best Graphics:
Mass Effect 2

-Original Score:
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

-New Franchise:
Alan Wake

-Arcade Game:
Limbo

-Innovative Gameplay Feature:
Kinect

-Surprise:
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit

-Disappointment:
Medal of Honor


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Comment #61 by Sean1234
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 06:19:48 PM
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I love how you guys put in a dissapointment section. Anyway here are my choices:

Best Premise:
Fable 3

Best Story:
Alan Wake

Best MP:
Battlefield Bad Company 2

Best Graphics:
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Original Score:
Halo: Reach

New Franchise:
Alan Wake

Arcade Game:
Limbo

Innovative Feature:
ACB Multiplayer

Surprise:
Singularity

Dissapointment:
(S)TFU 2

Developer:
Ubisoft Montreal

Publisher:
Ubisoft

GOTY:
Red Dead Redemption


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Comment #62 by BackerMan
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 10:25:50 PM
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Best premire - Red Dead Redemption

Best story - Mass Effect 2

Best mp - Halo Reach

Best Graphics - Mass Effect 2

Original Score - Final Fantasy XIII

New Franchise - Bayonetta

Arcade Game - Dead Rising Case Zero

Surpise - Enslaved to the West

Developer - Bioware

Publisher - Rockstar

Game of the Year - Red Dead Redemption


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Comment #63 by L1E
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 11:33:49 PM
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GOTY should probably be Red Dead Redemption, not Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Brotherhood was a good game and all, but I found the story a bit shallow, and I still believe having one city is just strange. Rome wasn't big enough for my taste. It was basically a rehash of Assassin's Creed 2, but not as good. All in my opinion, of course!


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Comment #64 by HeadLikeAHole
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 12:45:00 AM
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UBISOFT MONTREAL FTW!
seriously

Just look at the games they published this year:

- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World


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Comment #65 by Haganster
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 01:20:46 AM
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personally, i think fallout new vegas needs to be on here somewhere. sure, it was mad buggy, but if you saw past the bugs and glitches, a truly great and amazing game lies on that xbox compatible disc.


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Comment #66 by Giptuc
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 03:38:23 AM
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How is New Vegas not on there anywhere...? And how is FFXIII not on there for Best Graphics?!


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Comment #67 by Steviewonder023
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 03:55:29 AM
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This is my choice/possible outcome:

Best Premise: Fable 3

Best Story: Mass Effect 2

Best MP: Halo Reach

Best Graphics: Mass Effect 2

Original Score: Mass Effect 2

New Franchise: Darksiders

Best Arcade: Limbo

Innovative Gameplay: Mass Effect 2 Save System

Biggest Surprise: Enslaved

Biggest Disappointment: Crackdown 2

Developer: Bioware

Publisher: Rockstar

Game of the Year: Mass Effect 2


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Comment #68 by FiNaL MaKo
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 04:08:58 AM
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I really need to ask why all the games nominated for Disappointment (with the exception of TFU2) we're expected to suck anyway.

Why weren't games that we're supposed to be good that actually did suck, be on that list instead?

Final Fantasy XIII, Halo Reach, Fable III, Black Ops to name a few.

None the less I expect Mass Effect, Red Dead and Assassin's Creed to sweep the awards.


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Comment #69 by Assasin13
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 04:43:22 AM
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Hey I was wondering if you guys have ever considered doing reviews on some arcade games as I think it would be cool if you did them as well as retail could you please let me know if you have considered this at all.


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Comment #70 by Devolon
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 04:53:37 AM
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Is this some sort of "best game everyone played" feature? Very predictable list. My votes go to Deadly Premonition, Vanquish and Resonance Of Fate.


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Comment #71 by Lord_Statn
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 05:46:55 AM
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Best Premise:
Can't Decide

Best Story
Mass Effect 2

Best MP
Halo: Reach

Best Graphics
Halo: Reach

Original Score
Mass Effect 2

New Franchise
Enslaved

Arcade Game
Dead Rising: Case Zero ( for 400MSPoints it ruled )

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Just Cause 2’s Grappling Hook

Surprise
Enslaved

Disappointment
Medal of Honor

Developer
BioWare

Publisher:
Can't Decide

GOTY
Mass Effect 2

Loved Mass Effect 2. I still play it on a regular basis. If I could love a game as I love a person, I would ask Mass Effect 2 to merry me.


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Comment #72 by S q u e e t l e
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 06:15:27 AM
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Super Meat Boy is missing and I cannot see why if you look at XBLA nominees (except for Limbo)...*sad face


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Comment #73 by Mr Matty
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 07:01:30 AM
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Whats the point in asking our views youve picked and missed some games of the list that need to be added
for me the sims 3 was a huge surprise how brilliant it is for the console
How is Kinect a game play feature.
This is silly ! maybe next year you should have polls in what games make the list.


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Comment #74 by Disciple x360a
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 07:01:49 AM
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Hmmm, interesting list, my picks:

Best Premise:
RDR

Best Story:
Though I have never played it, I heard Alan Wake was amazing for many people, and I didn't care for the others.

Best MP:
Bad Company 2

Best Graphics:
I have no idea why Halo is in here :P, but Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Original Score:
Mass Effect 2

New Franchise:
Alan Wake

Arcade:
Limbo! Hands down!

IGF:
Rb3 Pro Mode

Surprise:
NFS: Hot Pursuit

Disappointment:
Medal of Honor, sadly...

Developer:
Ubisoft Montreal

Publisher:
Ubisoft

GOTY:
Brotherhood


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Comment #75 by DHc FiReHawK
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 07:18:56 AM
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Best Premise
Red Dead Redemption

Best Story
Red Dead Redemption

Best MP
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Best Graphics
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Original Score
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

New Franchise
Enslaved

Arcade Game
Limbo

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s Multiplayer

Surprise
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit

Disappointment
Medal of Honor

Developer
Bungie

Publisher
Ubisoft

GOTY
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood


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Comment #76 by Assasin13
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 08:09:20 AM
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Where is sports game of the year? It would be cool if you had this since it is near to impossible for a sports game to win any of the other categories

Just thoughts for next year though:)


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Comment #77 by Jamie 5Star
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 09:29:36 AM
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biggest suprise is the fact that sims 3 isnt up for the suprise award!


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Comment #78 by Minty
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 09:38:03 AM
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@73 We didn't ask for your views, this is the staffs decision for the nominees.

If you want to vote on stuff, try the achievement awards here : http://www.xbox360achievements.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=2035


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Comment #79 by blackhandgang
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 09:50:37 AM
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All I know is that Alan Wake better not win best story. Maybe if you never watched or read anything horror it was surprising and new. But if you are a fan or writer of horror, that was the most cliche game in a while.


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Comment #80 by Bajan Elite
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 11:24:57 AM
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Here's a thought let the gamers vote on these nominees.


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Comment #81 by Bajan Elite
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 11:30:15 AM
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where's best racing game?(Need for Speed, Blur, Split Second etc.) best fighting game? Best Boss fight? Best RPG? Best Sci fi game? Best atmosphere? Best Voice Acting? Best new character?


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Comment #82 by MitchOss
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 12:49:16 PM
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Best Premise
Red Dead Redemption

Best Story
Mass Effect 2

Best MP
Halo: Reach

Best Graphics
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Original Score
Red Dead Redemption

New Franchise
Alan Wake

Arcade Game
Dead Rising: Case Zero

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Mass Effect 2’s Save System

Surprise
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit

Disappointment
Kane & Lynch 2

Developer
Ubisoft Montreal

Publisher
Rockstar

GOTY
Red Dead Redemption



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Comment #83 by MitchOss
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 12:50:30 PM
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where the hell is Fifa11 btw lol..


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Comment #84 by Jsn.barber
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 03:06:43 PM
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Best Premise
Fable III

Best Story
Fable III

Best MP
Halo: Reach

Best Graphics
Halo: Reach

Original Score
Final Fantasy XIII

New Franchise
Enslaved

Arcade Game
Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX

Surprise
Enslaved

Disappointment
Medal of Honor – only because I didn’t like the ending.

Publisher
Ubisoft

GOTY
Halo: Reach


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Comment #85 by the_dan
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 03:35:07 PM
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Best Premise
Red Dead Redemption


Best Story
Alan Wake
Red Dead Redemption

Best MP
Black Ops


Best Graphics
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood


Original Score
Red Dead Redemption


New Franchise
Alan Wake

Arcade Game
Dead Rising: Case Zero


Innovative Gameplay Feature
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s Multiplayer


Surprise
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit


Disappointment
Medal of Honor


Developer
Ubisoft Montreal


Publisher
EA

GOTY
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood


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Comment #86 by II BOMBSCARE II
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 05:40:17 PM
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best multiplayer has to be bad company 2 for the simple fact that there is no lag what so ever but without a doubt mass effect 2 has got to take the goty award, its by far the best gaming experience of the year


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Comment #87 by Aussie27Legend
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 09:04:40 PM
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Best Premise: Dead Rising 2 (I just like the game)

Best Story: Red Dead Redemption

Best MP: Bad Company 2 (by a mile)

Best Graphics: Red Dead Redemption

Original Score: Red Dead Redemption

New Franchise: Darksiders

Arcade Game: Limbo (although, I wouldn't even nominate any of those games)

Innovative Gameplay Feature: Rock Band 3’s Pro Modes

Surprise: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (my goty behind Red Dead)

Disappointment: Crackdown 2 (its the only game on the list I intend to play, so the others can't really disappoint me lol)

Developer: Bungie

Publisher: Rockstar

GOTY: Red Dead Redemption

That's a lot of Red Dead lol.


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Comment #88 by Webb [STAFF]
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 11:58:26 PM
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@#80 - We might throw a People's Choice category in next year, but this way we can give you our opinion on what we thought were the best games of the year. Sometimes the loudest people on the internet don't make up the majority, so public votes can be skewed. For instance, more people have played Black Ops than Bayonetta & Alan Wake combined, so it's likely to get more votes because of how many bought it and liked it, not because it's a better game. It's done on numbers, not percentages.

@#81 - There are two types of gaming awards from my perspective. Those that break them down into every category under the sun, and the more artsy-fartsy type that bundles them all into various headers... We're the latter, partly because would it really be that interesting to read who won best fighter of 2010 when there was only really one released? =P Same with racing... and then, what happens to games that aren't really easy to categorise. It all becomes a little convoluted.


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Comment #89 by CraayzeeEyez
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 05:59:29 AM
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RED DEAD REDEMPTION has been the best game by far this year and should clean up!!!! IMO :)


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Comment #90 by xXChiddyXx
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 06:46:50 AM
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GOTY should be Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Would not be disappointed if red dead redemption won it though.


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Comment #91 by MisterMeerkat
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 06:56:39 AM
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This is what i want to happen!!

Best Premise
Dead Rising 2 (Halo Reach should be in this catorgary)

Best Story
Red Dead Redemption (again halo reach should be here)

Best MP
Halo: Reach

Best Graphics
Halo: Reach

Original Score
Halo: Reach

New Franchise
Enslaved

Arcade Game
Dead Rising: Case Zero

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Kinect (although for kinect to be classed as simply a gameplay feature is slightly insulting it is in no other catorgary and so needs to win something)

Surprise
Enslaved

Disappointment
The Force Unleashed II

Developer
Bungie


Publisher
Ubisoft (i think i may be one of the only people that love fighters uncaged for kinect lets also not forget AC:B, POP the forgotten sands,

GOTY
Red Dead Redemption


Although this is what i think will happen.

Best Premise
Fable III

Best Story
Mass Effect 2

Best MP
Black Ops

Best Graphics
F1 2010

Original Score
Final Fantasy XIII

New Franchise
Enslaved

Arcade Game
Limbo

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s Multiplayer

Surprise
Enslaved

Disappointment
Crackdown 2

Developer
Bungie

Publisher
Microsoft Game Studios

GOTY
Mass Effect 2


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Comment #92 by martin lee 1
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 07:04:43 AM
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I hope Assassins Creed Brotherhood Wins as much as possible!!! Red dead is a good game but In my opinion just mine I think Assassins Creed had a way better story line and a better story I was blown away at the end of Brotherhood. The online mode is awesome the graphics and scenery is amazing.


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Comment #93 by martin lee 1
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 07:08:27 AM
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BTW Where is bioshock 2 this website is so over looking it Its one of my favorite games. All I know is gears 3 and Mortal kombat better be in next years GOTY


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Comment #94 by DragonFox27
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 07:27:12 AM
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I don't know how Red Dead Redemption is in there for anything except a good ending, the character was unlikeable and we had nothing of the story explained on the boring, long train scene at the beginning...you know, the part where the story is usually explained? It was a crap game.

Best Premise:
Not sure what that means so I'll just say Fable III because it's my favourite for that category.

Best Story:
Come on, the BioWare game. Mass Effect 2. /voting

Best Multiplayer:
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, much better than just shoot and kill, shoot and kill.

Best Graphics:
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.

Original Score:
Halo Reach, completely epic and moving.

New Franchise:
Darksiders, sure it ripped off a lot of games but it was extremely fun.

Arcade Game:
LIMBO.

Innovative Gameplay Feature:
Kinect, it's actually really good.

Surprise:
Singularity.

Disappointment:
I haven't played any of those but I traded in a brand new copy of Kane & Lynch 2 not long after it came out (it came with a Xbox Slim) and got around $30 because people had been trading it in so much...I'll just say Kane & Lynch 2.

Developer:
BioWare FTW!

Publisher:
Ubisoft.

GOTY:
Mass Effect 2, it deserves to win because they actually put EFFORT into it people. It's not GTA with horses, it's IMPROVEMENT!


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Comment #95 by Titantius
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 07:28:34 AM
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Best Premise - Fable 3
Best Story - Red Dead
Best MP - Halo Reach
Best Graphics - Assassin's Creed
Oiginal Score - Mass Effect 2
New Franchise - Darksiders
Arcade Game - Limbo
Innovative Game Feature - Grappling Hook
Surprise - Castlevania
Dissapointment - Medal of Honor
Developer - Bungie
Publisher - Ubisoft
GOTY - Assassin's Creed


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Comment #96 by crisisangel64
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 08:07:24 AM
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Best Premise - Red Dead Redemption (Classic Western Game GB&U)
Best Story - Red Dead Redemption
Best MP - Bad Company 2 (teamwork in a MP game is really rare unlike this game which stresses it)
Best Graphics - Red Dead Redemption (detail is amazing)
Original Score - Red Dead Redemption (great tunes)
New Franchise - Bayonetta (Great Game Overall)
Arcade Game - Limbo (Unique Game Experience)
Innovative Gameplay Feature - Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s Multiplayer (played the Beta and had hours of fun, didn't buy because I was low on cash and was good with BFBC2)
Surprise - Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (Wow Just Amazing)
Disappointment - Medal of Honor (Danger Close dun goof'd)
Developer - Platinum Games (Bayonetta and Vanquish... not to mention these guys made Okami, Viewtiful Joe, and God Hand years ago and it's great seeing that they are still going it strong now with Sega)
Publisher - Microsoft Game Studios (Raskulls, Alan Wake, Fable 3, Halo: Reach, ilomilo, Hydro Thunder Hurricane, Forza 3, South Park and the 2 Doritos games)
GOTY - Red Dead Redemption (why would it be anything else this game is near perfect and a good homage to classic western, but more importantly it was done right and is very fun to just roam around)


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Comment #97 by Sean1234
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 08:55:47 AM
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@94 If you didn't care for the game, then why sit through a long cutscene? If I remember correctly (which is unlikely), I believe there was some foreshadowing in that cutscene. Also, the game had a great overall story, great gameplay, and not to mention amazing graphics.


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Comment #98 by McNerget
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 09:01:46 AM
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Can someone please tell me what is so great about Halo: Reach? Personally, I'll take Call of duty any day over Halo. Comments?


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Comment #99 by Allan Caesar
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 09:31:08 AM
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Best Premise
Red Dead Redemption


Best Story
Mass Effect 2

Best MP
Black Ops

Best Graphics
Mass Effect 2

Original Score
Mass Effect 2

New Franchise
Bayonetta

Arcade Game
Limbo (WHERE IS SUPER MEAT BOY!?)

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Just Cause 2’s Grappling Hook

Surprise
Just Cause 2

Disappointment
The Force Unleashed II

Developer
BioWare

Publisher
EA

GOTY
Mass Effect 2


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Comment #100 by Mega Mayo Man
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 09:43:00 AM
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Best Premise
Fable III

Best Story
Mass Effect 2

Best MP
Halo: Reach

Best Graphics
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Original Score
Final Fantasy XIII

New Franchise
Darksiders

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Kinect


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Comment #101 by LichPopi4
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 09:45:38 AM
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I think you forgot Metro 2033....


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Comment #102 by NawtyCawty
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 10:10:25 AM
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I personally dont think any game that is a sequel deserves GOTY simply because it is just a rehash of a previous game. GOTY should be for original games only, of which there arent many unfortunately.


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Comment #103 by mikachu93
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 11:05:38 AM
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If Rock Band 3's Pro modes don't win most innovative gameplay feature, they better have lost to Kinect, because nothing else on that list deserves the award.


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Comment #104 by Castlevania1995
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 11:22:02 AM
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I know that many will disagree with this, but I hope that RDR doesn't win the GOTY award. While you never hear anything about it, I experienced a lot of glitches.

Their added challenges didn't work, multiplayer didn't work at all excluding private free-roam (instead of solving this they actually reduced the exp you got in free-roam, hurray...), the first DLC (although it was free) introduced 16 player lobbies for 4 player co-op matches, checkpoints spawned people in the river (killing them) and I've probably forgotten a few.

While I enjoyed the game while I still played it, these bugs have ruined my view of the game.


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Comment #105 by Japanese Table
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 01:39:39 PM
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Best Premise
Red Dead Redemption


Best Story
Red Dead Redemption

Best MP
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood


Best Graphics
Red Dead Redemption

Original Score
Red Dead Redemption

New Franchise
Alan Wake


Arcade Game
Raskulls

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Just Cause 2’s Grappling Hook


Surprise
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow


Disappointment
I thought Mass Effect 2 was a bigger dissappointment than those that were listed.

Developer
Bungie


Publisher
Rockstar

GOTY
Red Dead Redemption


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Comment #106 by givemesomelager
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 01:45:48 PM
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why isn't isnt castlevania, ffxiii, and alan wake not up there more. goes to show these aren't true lists just fan boy lists


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Comment #107 by Dr Popodopolus
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 02:51:10 PM
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Best Premise: Red Dead Redemption

Best Story: Red Dead Redemption

Best MP: Red Dead Company 2

Best Graphics: Red Dead Redemption

Original Score: Red Dead Redemption (If Red Dead doesn't win this then I no longer wish to be a member of this planet, even with Halo in this category)

New Franchise: Enslaved Redemption

Arcade Game: Red Dead Limbo

Surprise: Red Dead Pursuit

Disappointment: Medal of Redemption

Developer: Rockstar Montreal

GOTY: Red Dead Redemption (tough choice)


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Comment #108 by mikachu93
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 02:59:28 PM
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@106 - Every list is a "fanboy" list. Every list is made up of opinions. Why should Alan Wake be on the list? Then it would be your fanboy list.


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Comment #109 by XPac23
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 04:01:37 PM
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Almost everyone on here is a fanboy for one game. I think mass effect 2 is one of the best games of all time so I'm giving it game of the year but it doesn't deserve to win all of the other categories.

Best Premise
Dead Rising 2 (Love the combo weapon feature and the story.)

Best Story
Mass Effect 2 (Amazing story, can't wait for mass effect 3.)

Best MP
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (Single player is almost like playing AC2 but the online was a great addition)

Best Graphics
Red Dead Redemption (I'm a big mass effect fanboy but I think Red Dead has better graphics)

Original Score
Final Fantasy XIII (No explanation needed)

New Franchise
Alan Wake

Arcade Game
Dead Rising: Case Zero (Great tie in to DR2 and at a cheap price)

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Kinect (With everyone else on that this shouldn't be in this category but it is pretty awesome)

Surprise
(Haven't played any of these games so I can't give my vote)

Disappointment
Crackdown 2 (The only disappointment with star wars was the short story but everything else in the game was amazing. I think they made up for it with the $1 dlcs. Don't know why I even bothered with crackdown 2, the first one wasn't even that great)

Developer
Harmonix (With the new rock band and dance central plus all of the songs they add every week how could you not pick them. Bioware is a close second. Mass effect 2 was awesome but they even made it better with the dlcs they released.)

Publisher
EA (Dont know how they keep improving nhl, madden but they do. Plus they had a hand in mass effect, the sims 3, rock band until recently. So I think they deserve this category hands down)

GOTY
Mass Effect 2 (No brainer)


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Comment #110 by ThePaleDeath
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 04:53:04 PM
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Best Premise - Enslaved (original view of post apocolipic world)

Best Story - Mass Effect 2 (excellent with enough interestin twists)

Best MP - Bad Company 2 (by far better than any of that COD crap)

Best Graphics - Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Original Score - Mass Effect 2 (such dramatic and tense music throughout)

New Franchise - Enslaved (original)

Arcade Game - Dead Rising: Case Zero

Innovative Gameplay Feature - Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s Multiplayer

Surprise - Enslaved (as above...)

Disappointment - HAWX 2 (soo many many faults)

Developer - BioWare (Mass Effect 2)

Publisher - Ubisoft (AC: Brotherhood)

GOTY - Mass Effect 2 (No contest, bring on the Reapers!)


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Comment #111 by Jellybean468
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 05:54:37 PM
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Best Premise:
Fable III

Best Story: Red Dead Redemption

Best MP: Halo: Reach

Best Graphics: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Original Score: Final Fantasy XIII

New Franchise: Bayonetta

Arcade Game: Limbo

Innovative Gameplay Feature: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s Multiplayer

Surprise: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Disappointment: Crackdown 2

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Publisher: Ubisoft

GOTY: Bayonetta/Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

There's my list. Couldn't decide on final GOTY, mine would be FFXIII.


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Comment #112 by Caesar XI
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 06:36:48 PM
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Why is Force Unleashed 2 a disappointment, i got the game for xmas not played it yet, been playing ac brotherhood. Is it really that bad.


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Comment #113 by Caesar XI
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 07:35:58 PM
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Guess you all voted it cus you aint played it


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Comment #114 by DaChiefOfOwnage
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 09:45:52 PM
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I more or less am not too fussed over this list, however it seems you have accidentally nominated Bungie as best developer of 2010. LOL.


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Comment #115 by DaChiefOfOwnage
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 09:51:09 PM
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Also, @113, you completely contradict yourself there. Well done.


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Comment #116 by atomic viking54
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 10:33:30 PM
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Red Dead wins Everything


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Comment #117 by MacPhobia
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 11:01:58 PM
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@26 Your spelling is rediculos.


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Comment #118 by ataricat896
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 11:45:14 PM
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go red dead redemption FTW


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Comment #119 by ataricat896
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 11:46:24 PM
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fable 3 is way up on the story


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Comment #120 by ataricat896
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 11:48:34 PM
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black ops is fun but doesnt deserve it


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Comment #121 by BigRipper
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 12:05:57 AM
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ok some people have to understand that alan wake had, BY FAR the best story of this year. BY FAR. red dead and ME2


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Comment #122 by BigRipper
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 12:07:56 AM
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^ cannot even compete with alan wake story-wise, and alan wake was so underrated and deserves way more credit than it got


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Comment #123 by ViNyLek
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 10:23:48 AM
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Best Premise
Enslaved - something fresh, new and unique!

Best Story
Mass Effect 2 - kinda obvious me thinks^^

Best MP
Bad Company 2 - now with added Vietnam you can beat amount of gameplay and hours ytou will clock in:-P

Best Graphics
Red Dead Redemption - well It does not looke better than ME, but nothing here is scripted and there is a lot more to see!

Original Score
Mass Effect 2 - I mean soundtrack is like the best of the year (movie and game wise:-P)

New Franchise
Darksiders - probably only me, but I loved this game and would like to see it get at least one award

Arcade Game
Limbo - for originality

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s Multiplayer - they really pulled this one of!

Surprise
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - did not expect this to be this good!

Disappointment
The Force Unleashed II - How can it actually look and play worse then previous game??

Developer
Platinum Games - Bayonetta and Vanquish, need I say more!

Publisher
Rockstar - For RDR

GOTY
Mass Effect 2 - all in all best story, soundtrack and replayability



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Comment #124 by EpiCz x FaiLz
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 10:35:18 AM
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I can't be bothered to go through all of the awards, but I think that Red Dead, Mass Effect 2 and Bayonetta should get credit, and Platinum deserves best dev.


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Comment #125 by LolMunnchy
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 10:57:14 AM
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I'm sorry, but Final Fantasy XIII's original scored deserves some recognition.... Even if the game was poor and too linear to enjoy.

Red dead redemption should definately win best story :D


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Comment #126 by NerfTurbo
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 11:38:43 AM
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I agree with #80.. This site likes adding buttons to everything, so why not let us vote on something other than the comments of our peers. I've now accepted the comment rating system, and agree that you should only post when you have something legitimate to say. I think something that would be cool to add to the site is to be able to go to a gamer's profile and click something if that gamer has helped you earn achievements and how many achievements they helped you with and award a badge if a gamer helps with "X" amount of achievements or "X" amount of unique gamertags. Let's try to lift up and not tear down. There is so much negativity in the world today, maybe we can give our fellow gamers at least a superficial reward for their help.


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Comment #127 by IBleedEasily
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 11:58:48 AM
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You know what really sucks? The only game listed here that Ive played is Mass Effect 2!! I did purchase Bayonetta but my ex stole it! :(


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Comment #128 by Tkbacon99
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 03:25:09 PM
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Best Premise
Red Dead Redemption

Best Story
I personally think that Black Ops should be in here, but out of the choices I would say RDR.

Best MP
Gotta go with Black Ops since it is fun and was such a huge improvement from MW2. A lot of good MP games though this year.

Best Graphics
Halo: Reach

Original Score
Halo: Reach

New Franchise
Darksiders

Arcade Game
I think Monday Night Combat should of been a nominee and should of won.

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Kinect

Surprise
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit

Disappointment
Medal of Honor looked pretty good before it was released and I was pretty excited about it, got it and it was crap. I am keeping it now just for the BF3 beta.

Developer
Ubisoft Montreal

Publisher
Microsoft Game Studios

GOTY
A lot of good games this year, but I think again Black Ops should of been a nominee and I think it should win. From the list though, and it is an amazing list, I would have to go with RDR since it was a big game, with great graphics, great story, a good MP, and a great premise.

One thing I dont agree with the site is the lack of Black Ops in certain categories, I think of Call of Duty wasn't in front of it, it would of been in the list. I think people should stop viewing CoD as the Anti Christ of gaming as it isn't that bad of a game, in fact it was a great game this year. Plus with Treyarch supporting the game unlike IW did with MW2, I think it deserved a little better recognition.


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Comment #129 by Darkdefiler84
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 06:35:00 PM
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It's an interesting list but i'm not going to bore people by writing my list of thoughts, no one will read it anyway.

I would like to see best XBLA game added to the categories and my vote would go to Super Meat Boy


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Comment #130 by JamMastrHibbert
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 07:05:07 PM
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My votes:
Best Premise
Splinter Cell

Best Story
Red Dead Redemption

Best MP
Black Ops

Best Graphics
Splinter Cell Conviction

Best Original Score
Splinter Cell Conviction

Arcade Game
Dead Rising: Case Zero

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Splinter Cell Conviction's stealth and hand to hand system

Best Surprise
Red Dead Redemption

Devoloper
R*
BioWare
Ubisoft
Harmonix

GOTY
Splinter Cell Conviction
Red Dead Redemption
Mass Effect 2
Fable 3


As you all can see. I loved Splinter Cell Conviction and still play it almost daily


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Comment #131 by Metaljunkie93
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 09:23:39 PM
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Best Premise - Splinter Cell: Conviction
Best Story - Alan Wake
Best MP - Halo: Reach
Best Graphics - Red Dead Redemption
Original Score - Halo: Reach
New Franchise - Alan Wake
Arcade Game - Dead Rising 2: Case Zero
Innovative Gameplay Feature - Kinect
Surprise - None
Disappointment - Crackdown 2
Developer - Bungie
Publisher - Rockstar
GOTY - Halo: Reach

I wish Call of Duty: Black ops was on the Disappointment list. I vote for it.


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Comment #132 by yeanlingrob
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 10:28:35 PM
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IMO

Best Premise: Enslaved

Best Story: Mass Effect 2

Best MP: Black Ops

Best Graphics: Red Dead Redemption

Original Score: Mass Effect 2

New Franchise: Bayonetta (AMAZING game)

Arcade Game: Limbo

Innovative Gameplay Feature: Kinect

Surprise: Just Cause 2

Disappointment: The Force Unleashed II

Developer: Platinum Games (Bayonetta and Vanquish)

Publisher: Rockstar (RD zombie DLC great)

GOTY: Bayonetta


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Comment #133 by PanzerMatt
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 04:10:46 AM
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Best Premise: Enslaved
Best Story: Alan Wake
Best MP: BFBC2
Best Graphics: AC: Brotherhood
Original Score: FFXIII
New Franchise: Darksiders
Arcade Game: DR: Case Zero
Innovative Feature: JC2's Grappling Hook (No Longer Restricted To Vehicles People, Rushing Through The Cliffs With The Hook And Parachute Is Awesome)
Surprise: Castlevania: LoS
Disappointment: Force Unleashed 2 (Because There Are 5 Location-Based Levels(5!!!)
Developer: Bioware
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studio
GOTY: AC: Brotherhood


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Comment #134 by CKWPORT
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 07:16:57 AM
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How is Fable III in any category for Best anything?

It should only be in the Worst or Disappointing categories.


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Comment #135 by Mister Spraggsy
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 08:12:13 AM
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Best Premise: Red Dead Redemption
Best Story: Mass Effect 2
Best MP: None in my opinion but I guess i will go with Assassins Creed for the simple fact that it is good fun and it something new.
Best Graphics: Mass Effect 2 or Red Dead Redemption.
Original Score: Assassins Creed
New Franchise: Enslaved
Arcade Game: Dead Rising: Case Zero
Innovative Gameplay Feature: Assassins Creed MP
Surprise: Just Cause 2
Disappointment: FORCE UNLEASHED II my god that game was so poor compared to the first one.
Publisher: EA simply because FIFA 11 is awsome.
GOTY: Mass Effect 2 or Red Dead Redemption, both really good games


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Comment #136 by NerfTurbo
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 09:01:28 AM
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I've noticed a lot of people hating on Fable 3, not just on the forums but on Xbox Live as well.. You are wrong. Fable 3 is not a horrible game. It does some things better than 2. The sanctuary is better than the old menus. The graphics are much better. I'm still getting use to the new game so I don't know about all of the features but so far I'm liking the new Albion.


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Comment #137 by DrBlack8
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 09:40:50 AM
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Mass Effect wins all!! Nothing else compares...


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Comment #138 by Fishcracker
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 11:53:29 AM
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Im surprised NIER isnt up there for original score..beautiful soundtrack


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Comment #139 by gamerscorhunta
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 04:04:59 PM
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As far as Xbox 360 titles this year, my nominees were;
- Mass Effect 2
- Battlefield: Bad Company 2
- Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition
- Red Dead Redemption
- Halo Reach
- Dead Rising 2

My favorite 360 title would be a tie between Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead Redemption. However, I feel that God of War 3 should be the game of the year. Here are some theories and opinions/improvements on this list;
- The Best Premise should, without a doubt, be Red Dead Redemption or Dead Rising 2. God of War 3 had an excellent one as well, my pick would probably be Dead Rising 2.
- The Best Story is Heavy Rain. I cannot stress enough, I have never came across a game with as big a plot than Heavy Rain's.
- The Best MultiPlayer is definitely Halo Reach's.
- The Best Graphics go to God of War 3, the scale of all of the madness is epic as it is, but just being able to manage the detail and frame rate is unheard of. Santa Monica is composed of geniuses the gaming business needs to take note from.
- The Best Original Score is either Final Fantasy 13 or Halo Reach.
- New Franchise winner should go to Heavy Rain.
- The Best Arcade Game is Joe Danger.
- The Most Innovative Gameplay Feature is a tie between many features; Black Ops' Combat Training, Heavy Rain's button-timing feature, Mass Effect's Save-Transfer system, and Bad Company 2's class unlock feature
- The Surprise of the year was Amnesia. Just play it on the PC.
- The Dissapointment of the Year was definitely Metroid: Other M.
- The Developer of the Year is a tie between Santa Monica Studious and Blizzard.
- Publisher of the Year is Nintendo
- Game of the Year is a tie between God of War 3 and StarCraft 2.


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Comment #140 by GotThatFayce
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 10:29:10 AM
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Best Premise
Red Dead Redemption

Best Story
Red Dead Redemption
Mass Effect 2

Best MP
Bad Company 2

Best Graphics
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Original Score
Red Dead Redemption

New Franchise
Alan Wake

Arcade Game
Limbo

Innovative Gameplay Feature
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s Multiplayer

Surprise
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Disappointment
Kane & Lynch 2

Developer
Ubisoft Montreal

Publisher
Rockstar

GOTY
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood


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Comment #141 by Count Tripula
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 @ 05:26:34 PM
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All I know is I hope call of duty don't get shit it seems like activation is beginning the next EA Raleigh people for there money and could care less about the consumers


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Comment #142 by warzassasin
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 08:01:26 PM
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Best premise. Red Dead Redemption

Best story. Alan Wake

Best MP call of duty black ops

Best Graphics. Halo Reach

Orignal score. Red dead Redemption

Best arcade game. Dead Rising Case Zero

Innovate Gameplay feture. Assasins Creed Brotherhood

Suprise {i got nothing}

Dissapontment Force Unleashed 2

Developer. Bungie

Publisher Microsoft Game Studios

GOTY. Assasins Creed Brotherhood


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Comment #143 by Kyai
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 11:24:29 PM
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@139: These are just for 360 titles. Wii/PS3 are not included.


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Comment #144 by MylesMatee
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 11:35:07 PM
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Fable 3 FTW !!!!


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Comment #145 by The Slicksniper
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 04:31:50 AM
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Bioshock 2 was fap-tastic! Serious overlook here...


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Comment #146 by mallor
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 02:37:46 PM
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I definitely think Battlefield: Bad Company 2 for best MP game. Sad to hear about Medal of Honor. I wanted to play that but now i at least know not to buy it


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Comment #147 by Wintallica
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 03:27:27 PM
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black ops nuff said


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Comment #148 by sepasitiano machiavelli
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 12:19:45 AM
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biggest disappointment for me would have too be Kane & Lynch 2 (suck my a$$)...


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Comment #149 by x02120x
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 01:58:44 PM
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no sports games?


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