Game of the Year Awards 2010 - The Winners

Game of the Year Awards 2010 - The Winners

Written Friday, December 31, 2010 By Dan Webb
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To call 2010 “the best year in gaming history” is a bold statement, but it’s a statement that I and many others stand by. Pretty much every month throughout the year saw a huge triple-A title roll out onto the shelves and as a result, hordes of gamers rushed out to get their mits on it. Whether you were a shooter fan, a sports fan, an RPG fan or an action-adventure fan, there was literally something world class for everyone and it’s about that time in the year where we gather together and celebrate the year’s best. With 13 categories to run through, join us as we delve into this year’s best... 


2010 will always be known for a year that bought many great concepts to the table. Some of those delivered, some of them didn’t, but it’s the thought that counts, right? Well, it is here.

Propping up the leader’s podium this year are two games whose premise is spot on. The first, Dead Rising 2, had a simple concept as far as concepts go: survive the zombie epidemic in a Las Vegas style environment, and for the most part, Capcom's title delivered in spades. Not only did they deliver a compelling Las Vegas style environment with apt Vegas-style psychos, but they kept the environments fresh and everything had that Vegas feel to it... which is especially fun when you’re driving around on a motorbike with chainsaws attached to it.

The second of our runners up this year was Microsoft’s Fable III, which wins points not only because of Lionhead’s take on the whole revolution aspect, but gets kudos mainly for the game’s epilogue phase where you’re stuck making difficult choices and ruling your way out of a hole. Fable II’s ending might have finished with a bit of a puff rather than a pop, but Fable III’s ending sequence was more of a bang. Not only did Lionhead’s premise of building an army to take back Albion sound tantalising, but having the chance to wield the power of the crown was an offer we couldn’t refuse.

Rockstar’s premise for Red Dead Redemption was a bold one and easily one of the most ambitious in recent times, which is why it took home the award this year. The San Diego based Rockstar studio opted to create an open-world Wild West adventure with one of the most realistic worlds you’ll ever see, and that they did. Considering that Red Dead’s game world was not only massively diverse, but the developer also sought to create the illusion of a living and breathing ecology, and in doing so, became one of the few developers to achieve it. Thankfully, not only have Rockstar San Diego dreamt big, but they also pretty much delivered on their word as well. It’s just a shame that other areas of the game weren’t as up to scratch as the premise and their delivery on it... you know, like all those glitches and those painstakingly boring horsey trips before every mission. Yawn.

As the gaming industry grows and matures, so does its ability to tell a good story and this year was no different. Three strong finalists, but only one proud winner.

Just missing out on the top spot this year was Red Dead Redemption’s tale of revenge. With John Marston leading the way of a cast of strong and likeable characters,  Red Dead’s story was not only full of Rockstar’s trademark twists and turns, and moments of morality, but its ending is unlike anything we’ve seen in video games... like ever. In other words, as far as endings go, it’s pretty fantabulous. It’s just the shame that Red Dead’s story suffered a bit of a lull in the middle... you know, around Mexico when Marston became a pawn of anyone who could spin a lie. The gullible fool.

Joining Red Dead as runner up for “Best Story” this year is BioWare’s Mass Effect 2. There are many out there – read, me – who generally believe that Mass Effect 1’s story far eclipsed that of its sequel, what with its emotional choices and less than predictable nature, but that’s not to say the sequel had a bad story though and the fact I’m even talking about it now should indicate it didn’t. Mass Effect 2 makes the grade this year not just for its twists and turns, and plethora of mind boggling choices, but for the stories within the main story itself. Each loyalty mission was an excellent episode in the Mass Effect saga and by creating the emotional attachment with each member, it made the finale that much more meaningful. An excellent story in the grand scheme of things, but we’re hoping for more Mass Effect 1 than Mass Effect 2 when Mass Effect 3 rolls around next year, although if BioWare can make a collaborative effort of what worked from each game, then there’s no reason they can’t take home the gold next year.

Remedy knows how to tell a good story. They did it in Max Payne and they damn sure did it in this year’s long-time-coming survival-horror title, Alan Wake; the winner of this year’s “Best Story” award. Telling the story of Alan Wake, a struggling writer who sets off on a quest to rescue his wife from the clutches of her abductors, Remedy doesn’t just bring the Pacific Northwestern town of Bright Falls to life with its excellent writing, but through its characters and storytelling it does something that a good percentage of video games don’t ever do... and that’s tell a story with heart, character and with the panache that you'd expect in a Hollywood movie. Alan Wake’s writer, Sam Lake, really has all the bases covered in Remedy’s latest outing; including comic relief; clever twists and turns; plenty of tension; jaw-dropping cliff-hangers; and more mood and drama than your average teenage boy. Alan Wake is a title wholeheartedly deserving of this year’s “Best Story” award.



To say the “Best Multiplayer” category of 2010 was the most difficult choice in the awards this year is definitely an understatement and it truly could have gone down to a coin flip in the end. However, tough choices have to be made in award shows like this... and they were made... and as usual, only one was left standing.

The first of this year’s “Best Multiplayer” runners up is Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, sticking two big fingers up at anyone who said that multiplayer in Assassin’s Creed wouldn’t work. Why it did work was simple though, because Ubisoft Montreal took the core idea of what makes Assassin’s Creed’s single-player works and adapted it slightly for multiplayer. Whether you’re stealthing around looking for your next target or duping those that have you in their crosshairs, Brotherhood’s multiplayer excels on so many levels. If they can eradicate the server issues, tighten up the matchmaking and not stack things too firmly in favour of veteran players so much for the sequel, then there’s no reason that the next instalment can’t win this award in the coming years. It truly is a breath of fresh air.

Just missing out on the gold though was DICE’s Bad Company 2 which missed out by a whisker length. With its wide-open vehicular combat and fantastic Rush mode, Bad Company 2 doesn’t do much wrong. It’s not only incredibly balanced for the most part, but the destruction 2.0 really adds a tactical level to the proceedings as well – seriously, there really isn’t anything more satisfying in any multiplayer arena than bringing down a building on a couple of your foes. Sure it had its trials and tribulations with server issues at launch and the very frequent temporary loss of stats, but DICE’s multiplayer is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

As I said, choosing this year’s winner this year was effectively a coin flip and luckily for Bungie, they came out on top. But why you ask? Well, it was for a few reasons in the end actually. Firstly, the Seattle based developer not only managed to create their best Halo title ever with Reach, but they managed to keep the multiplayer feeling fresh, even after 10 years working on the same franchise. The feature rich multiplayer offering not only has a wide range of match-types to tend with and also keeps players interested in the online by tempting them with daily and weekly challenges, but unlike its opposition in this category, every game takes place on a level playing field thanks to Bungie's choice not to hold the more powerful weapons back for higher ranked individuals – which had a major part in us deciding to give the award to Reach. With a wide range of maps and Forge to contend with as well, there really was no more deserving winner in 2010.



Believe it or not, the “Best Graphics” category over the years has become progressively trickier to judge, as more and more games reach the photo realistic levels that are suddenly becoming the norm. The cream still rises to the top though... and these three games are the crème de la crème of 2010.

Up there with the best looking games of 2010 is Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption which offered gamers one of the most believable and aesthetically pleasing game worlds ever conceived. Rockstar San Diego succeeded at creating a living, breathing 19th Century open-world, fresh with some of the most beautiful sunsets, the most daunting and terrifying thunderstorms, and the most hauntingly realistic rain and puddle effects ever seen in video games. Throw in some detailed character models, some incredibly animated horses and likewise, some superbly animated fauna that roam the plains, and it’s hard to knock Red Dead Redemption... Well, until you start looking at the glitches. A minor blip on an otherwise solid slate though.

Sitting just below the winner with Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption is Codemaster’s F1 2010 title; a title that gave a new meaning to the word physics and demonstrated that even the complicated things like tire marbling could be reproduced flawlessly in a video game. Everything about F1 2010’s visuals are truly stunning, whether it’s the tracks, the cars, or the subsequent debris that flicks up off the track when you inadvertently swipe off a fellow racer’s rear wing. When you take into account the night racing in Singapore, navigating the beautifully slippery track at Monza after a torrential downpour or beasting round the bay in Monaco while the sun twinkles off the car’s reflective surfaces; it’s clear that F1 2010 is a technical masterpiece worthy of a mention this year.

Space... the final frontier... and in 2010, it became the staging ground of our “Best Graphics” award winner’s epic tale. In Mass Effect 2, not only did BioWare manage to create one of the most visually impressive galaxies ever conceived in the digital format, but they also gave it plenty of character, produced some of the most awe-inspiring horizons known to man and they also did some fine work on the game’s cinematography – case and point is the demise of the Normandy-SR1 on its last voyage. Even after all that, BioWare still didn’t stop giving and when you turn your attention to the actual characters, you get chills from the wow factor and can marvel for days at the intricate details and visual splendour that they each ooze. You only need to take one look at a Krogran – Grunt for instance – and you can see why it’s taking home the gold this year. Stunning. Simply stunning.



It’s true what some say, that music makes the world go round... well, it’s true figuratively anyway... and in recent years, original scores in video games have come on leaps and bounds. 2010 may not have reached the dizzy heights of 2009, but it was still a strong year.

Kicking off this year’s “Best Original Score” category as runners up is Square Enix’s latest Final Fantasy title, which blended the best of the East with the best of the West. Final Fantasy XIII, Square’s debut fully-fledged single-player Final Fantasy this generation, went through a few changes this year and in a bid to bring it into the 21st Century, Square were ruthless. Vastly improved visuals and streamlined gameplay were on the cards for the upgrade, but it’s the score that really stood out for us, blending the playful beats of Japan’s biggest franchise, with the more drum ‘n’ bass style anthems of the Western civilization. The end result? Musical bliss.

Aside from Final Fantasy XIII, a lot of the scores in 2010 seemed to be direct extensions from their previous iterations, with Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood for instance being a sideways step from Assassin’s Creed 2 rather than a huge bound forwards. Mass Effect 2 though took all the things that made Mass Effect 1’s score so epic and memorable, and added new compositions and original pieces to make it feel somewhat fresh and exhilarating. That my friends is no easy feat and by successfully keeping an essence of the original whilst offering new compositions in lots of new encounters and environments, it makes it easy for us to award Mass Effect 2 another runners up spot this year.

What’s that? Another Halo title came out this year with an epic soundtrack? Why does that not surprise us? It doesn’t surprise us because Marty O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori really know how to put together a diverse mix of tunes. From the Arabian sounding ‘Overture’ and the war drum-esque ‘Winter Contingency’ compositions, to the soothing harmonies of ‘The Pillar of Autumn’ and classical Halo sounding ‘New Alexandria,’ the duo proved once again that they can portray the emotion in a Halo game almost perfectly. There really isn’t a weak spot to find in O’Donnell and Salvatori’s latest offering of melancholy and hugely appropriate anthems, so much so, that it was a shoe in for this year’s “Best Original Score” winner.



A quick glance at 2010’s line-up would indicate two things about how the year went. On the one hand, there were great sequels galore scattered throughout the year, but if you look between the gaps, 2010 also had its fair share of impressive new franchises. Maybe not in terms of sales, but in terms of quality, hell yes it did.

Zooming into its rightful place as runner up this year is Remedy’s excellent Alan Wake, which proved that games could match the production qualities and stories of those told in Tinseltown. A survival-horror game that excelled with its light vs. dark mechanics, Alan Wake tells the story of a failing writer and his battle against what lies beneath the surface in the quaint mountain town of Bright Falls. Unfortunately, Alan Wake failed to wow on the sales front, but when you consider it went up against the 8 million selling Red Dead Redemption, it’s hardly surprising. Let’s hope Alan Wake is a slow burner... it deserves to be.

Joining Mr Wake as runner up in the “Best New Franchise” category this year is a Kinect title that turns out to be the only Kinect mention in this year’s “Game of the Year” awards. Yes, that’s right, the king of music games, Harmonix, were back in full flow this year, not only releasing the massively impressive Rock Band 3, but also creating the closest Kinect has to a killer-app, a la Dance Central. A perfect party game, a more than appropriate keep-fit companion and a barrel of laughs all under one roof, if you’ve got Kinect, you need Dance Central. It’s as simple as that. You might even learn how to merengue in the process as well, which can’t be bad.

Taking home the gold as the “Best New Franchise” of 2010 is Platinum Games and SEGA’s Bayonetta. 2010 started with a bang as Devil May Cry creator, Hideki Kayima, proved that not only could he evolve a genre that he effectively kick-started in 2001, but that he could do it in style with what he called “climax action.” With the leggy temptress Bayonetta leading the way, whose hair actually forms her outfit too, she and the game’s “Witch Time” and its huge bosses took centre-stage as Platinum Games put their name on the map as Japan’s rising star. With action sequences galore, its fluid combat and its over-the-top nature, Bayonetta is the rightly winner of this year’s “Best New Franchise” award.



To say there’s been a bit of a revolution this year on the Xbox Live Arcade is selling the service’s rise in quality rather short. In other words, there were so many great titles this year that narrowing it down to 15, then to 10, then to 5 and then to 3 and then to 1, was like trying to decide what the best film of all time is. We did it though and although many of the staff now have black eyes, we’ll remain friends... well, at least until next year’s awards anyway.

It wouldn’t be a top 3 this year without Double Fine’s latest foray and debut outing on the Xbox Live Arcade: the smaller bite-sized adventure known as Costume Quest. With a bizarre premise, this cutesy Halloween related action-RPG brings imagination to the forefront as you battle local trick or treaters around the mean streets of your atypical American suburb while you search for your lost sibling. With plenty of costumes to find and create, some fantastic transformational turn-based-esque RPG sequences and dollops of humour, Costume Quest very much fits in with Double Fine’s remit to create great, quirky and unique games.

Speaking of cutesy, our second runner up this year is actually the last Xbox Live Arcade game of the year, and after ripping into it at PAX and getting our mits on it through the wonderful World of Keflings, one thing is for certain... that’s that Raskulls is easily worthy of its place as runner up. While there may be some single-player aspects to Raskulls, its lure and easily its selling point is the game’s local and online competitive multiplayer; that has you bashing through blocks Dig Dug style, using weapons to trip up your foes and boosting to the finish line. It’s cute, it’s amusing, it’s addictive and it’s a blast to play. The Xbox Live Arcade was invented for games like Raskulls and as a result, we as gamers are blessed with its simple, but effective gameplay.

From the fun and the cutesy, to the morbid and creepy. If there’s one title this year that’s had people talking for whatever reason it may be, it has to be Limbo. The dark, physics-based puzzle platformer has literally something for everyone and its lack of real tangible narrative – other than a young boy searching for what seems like his sister – means it's open to many interpretations. It’s likely it'll be its morbid and artsy presentation will first take your eye, but buried beneath all that though is a surprisingly thoughtful platformer that will have you scratching your head at various interludes with its physics based puzzles. Emotional, meaningful, eerily creepy and a hell of a lot of fun, Limbo is a worthy winner this year.



Quite simply put, innovative gameplay mechanics are what keeps our video games and experiences evolving, year in, year out. This year is no different, and while last year it was all about the publisher’s innovations though, this year it’s all about the games!

Making the runners up podium this year is one of the more gamey gameplay features from 2010 and thanks to Just Cause 2’s impressive grappling hook, it took the franchise from being decent, to being great. What’s so great about this grappling hook in particular you ask? Well sir, this is no ordinary grappling hook, and thanks to Avalanche’s great work on it, this easy to control gadget is not only able to be used to navigate the whole island, but can also be doubled up and used as a weapon too. The grappling hook’s slingshot technique coupled together with the parachute meant that you could effectively launch yourself up a mountain or wherever you wanted to go in Panau, but being able to use it to tether enemies together, pull them off ledges, stick them to walls and even stick them to vehicles or explosive canisters, means that it’s just as effective in combat now. It quite simply was a game changer for the sequel and was one of the most impressive implementations of a gadget in any game that we’ve seen in recent times.

Joining Just Cause 2’s grappling hook as runner up this year is Mass Effect 2’s game save system. No, we don’t mean pressing start to save is massively innovative, but carrying a ton of save information over from your Mass Effect 1 save is, because it essentially makes Mass Effect 2 a much more personal experience. Playing Mass Effect 2 cold may be a great experience, but playing Mass Effect 2 after importing a Mass Effect 1 save over makes for a much more meaningful experience. We’re not just talking about carrying over major decisions either, we’re talking about processing tons of information in relation to side-quests and the like, and not only integrating them into the main story, but into the world as well. So what you did with Spectre super-fan Conrad Verner, what you decided should be the fate of Helena Blake and most decisions – no matter how small – you made in Mass Effect 1 are followed up in Mass Effect 2, either through the main missions, a character’s reappearance or through the various space station’s news channels, making the experience that much more deep and personal. Plus, being allowed to punch the reporter once again and hearing her shout, “You think you can keep treating the press like this and get away with it?” never gets old. It’s as if she remember the last thump you gave her... marvellous!

Taking home the gold this year by a country mile though is Harmonix’s new “Pro Modes” for Rock Band 3, allowing you to not only rock out to a whole new level, but to learn music at the same time. It’s pretty ingenious stuff and really is the type of genre evolving act that can break barriers in not only the games industry, but in the music industry as well. We can’t emphasise enough how this could change the face of music games forever, and at the same time, teach you a new hobby too. Plus, chicks dig musicians and thus, by extension, they should love gamers now... right? Come on, surely that must be right!! Oh well, regardless of whether that actually pans out or not, Harmonix is deserving of this year’s “Innovative Gameplay Feature” award and should truly be praised for creating such an iconic and genre defining feature.



It’s now time for the “Surprise! You thought we’d suck! But we don’t! Screw you for doubting us!” category... or as we like to call it, the “Biggest Surprise of the Year” award. That’s right, 3 games, one winner; games that we were rightly cautious over and 3 games that said, “You know what? Suck on this!”... or something to that effect.

Kicking things off this year is the return of Need “Oh dear, I thought I was beyond saving” For Speed. Sure, we got a little excited by the announcement that Criterion, famed Burnout creators, were working on the latest Need For Speed sequel, Hot Pursuit, and even more so, when we heard that they were returning the franchise to its roots. Let’s be honest here though, we’ve heard it all before with Need For Speed and we’re only just recovering from being burnt last time, so despite our initial excitement, we were still massively apprehensive. When we finally went hands-on with Criterion’s attempt though, and more importantly, when it came out, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit proved that even the most unsalvageable franchises can be brought back from the brink, no matter how lost they really are. We’ll try to remember that next time, you know, when EA ruin SSX. Ouch. Low blow!

Perched up on the runners up podium with Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit is Raven Software and Activision’s Singularity, which to put bluntly, was sent out to die by Activision. Usually, when Activision sends something out to die, the title rarely merits any sort of backing, but this time, Singularity only proves that Activision have more money than sense, as they sent out what was a surprisingly great product into the wilderness with no chance at all. Maybe Raven faffed around with it too much. Maybe Activision thought, “Hey we have Call of Duty, we don’t need another shooter anymore!” Who knows? All we know is that they literally did send the title out to die. No fanfare. No advertising campaigns of any sort of impact. A big fat nothing, which is a shame, for such a great game.

Rebooting franchises and changing what made them so good rarely works. Just ask Sonic. So when Konami announced Castlevania: Lords of Shadow would be a 3D, next-gen, hack ‘n’ slash title, we did the usual roll of the eyes, scoffed and went large with our obligatory sarcasm... “Oh, great, just what we need.” That’ll teach us for being so cynical though, because when Castlevania: Lords of Shadow finally shipped this year, we were shocked to get our hands-on not only an impressive hack ‘n’ slash action-adventure game, but one of the year’s best. With puzzles galore, some solid platforming, a decent story and with what can only be described as an epic ending, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a title to get excited about. Now, where’s the sequel?



Next up is the “Surprise! You thought we were going to rock, but we ended up sucking more than Pamela Anderson” category... or as we like to call it, our “Biggest Disappointment of the Year” award. Games that were meant to be great, but really didn’t deliver. As such though, to be nominated, our expectations must have been at a fairly elevated level, so expect sequels of originals that showed massive potential.

How ironic... or should I say unfortunate, that last year’s runner up for our “Biggest Surprise of the Year” award, now has a sequel in the “Biggest Disappointment” category. Well, I suppose that’s what happens when you rush out a sequel in a year and add gameplay features that are totally against the grain of what made the original so engaging. In fact, everything that Ubisoft Romania did for HAWX 2 inevitably made the sequel far less superior than the original... which totally upsets the whole status quo of developing sequels. R.I.P HAWX, we could have had something special, but in the end you pissed your impressive start up the wall.

Up there with HAWX 2 is a sequel that should have been great. A sequel that should have been special, but at the end of it all, the finished product was in fact Microsoft’s only real black mark of the year... well, as long as you don’t count Kinect Joy Ride *shudder* Yes, we’re talking Ruffian’s sequel to the massively innovative and fresh feeling Crackdown, which was set in the same city, had the same repetitive gameplay and didn’t really do anything fresh or original... Oh! They did add zombies though... sorry, mutants... Excuse me while I turn down my sarcasm meter. In short, for a franchise that showed so much originality and ingenuity in its original outing, it was massively disappointing to see the sequel do anything but that.

Okay, so The Force Unleashed was a decent enough game, right? It gave you a sense to feel what it would be like to wield The Force, and although it lacked a serious amount of polish, you could appreciate its potential. What quite happened between the original and the sequel though and how it went quite so wrong is a mystery that not even Sherlock Holmes could untangle. The franchise went from telling an epic story in a wonderfully diverse universe, to telling a poor story, crowbarring in various cameos and only allowing you to visit a handful of uninspiring locations. In other words, generally taking more backwards steps than Michael Jackson did when he moonwalked his way across the stage. Yeah, disappointed is an understatement. Dear LucasArts, Boo hoo! That is all.



It’s time to make the sprint towards the finish line and before we get onto the climax of the show, we must first throw praise at those who make or even fund the games that we get our jollies off on. First up... a trio of this year’s best developers.

When you say best developer these days, it actually physiologically impossible to do so without saying BioWare. 2010 was a huge year for the Canadian developer, not just in products released, like the brilliant Mass Effect 2, but in their post release support of their two RPG franchises as well; with Mass Effect 2 getting a handful of progressively improving pieces of DLC and Dragon Age: Origins with more solid - yet, not amazing - episodes. They even found time to announce Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect 3... I get the feeling that 2011 may be even bigger for one of the industry’s truly great developers.

Sat alongside BioWare as runners up are Seattle based developers, Bungie, who said a big goodbye to their Halo franchise in style this year by delivering their greatest Halo yet.  They continued to prove why they are amongst the best developers in the business as well, and besides announcing their 10 year partnership on their new IP with Activision, they showed that they were still big on community, supporting Reach with not only post-release DLC, but updating playlists constantly and throwing out daily and weekly challenges to keep the masses happy. Bungie may be saying a big farewell to Halo this year, but we’re excited to see what they can do all over again with their new IP.

In a time when most Japanese developers are either struggling to keep up with the fast moving West or criticising their Japanese counterparts, Platinum Games quietly knocked out a couple of gems this year to prove that Japanese developers were still as good as the best of them. Led by Tatsuya Minami and housing some huge Japanese names like Shinji Mikami and Hideki Kamiya, Platinum Games started 2010 in style with its fast-paced, “Best New Franchise,” Bayonetta, before finishing their year with the even more fast paced and ludicrously outrageous, Vanquish. Considering that both IPs were the studio’s first HD console outings – following their Wii title, Mad World, and the DS title, Infinite Space – I think it’s safe to say that Platinum Games hit the road running. Unfortunately, while Bayonetta seems to have sold reasonably well, Vanquish got lost in the flurry of Christmas rush titles in October, but such is the gamble in releasing a new IP at the busiest time of the year. Hey, at least we should get a Bayonetta 2 though, right? Kudos Platinum Games, you’ve really outdone yourself this year and shown it’s definitely possible to jump in right at the top.



What makes a good publisher for the purposes of this award? In truth, it’s quite simple, but it never really pans out that way when we’re breaking it down. At its core, the publisher must have a really solid stable of games for that year, or in our case this year, support one impressive title to the nth degree, but not only that, it’s about consistency. It’s no good shipping 2 90% games if you’re going to ship 5 30% games... or something to that effect.

Speaking of publishers who created an impressive title and supported the heck out of it; let me present the first of our runners up: Rockstar. It appears that Rockstar can’t do much wrong these days and after spending far too long out of the limelight, they struck back onto the dance floor in 2010 with Red Dead Redemption. Just sending it out and reaping the rewards wasn’t enough for them, and throughout the year they’ve released DLC pack after DLC pack and looked to nurture those fans who look up to them. The DLC came thick and fast, and ranged from free co-op DLC and pretty expansive multiplayer DLC, all the way through to a whole new single-player zombie expansion. They even found time to bundle all the DLC up and ship it out on a separate disc. Can anyone say “Gee willikers, that sure is impressive you dirty rotten varmint!”? I could, but I’d look like a buffoon.

The second runners up spot was a closely fought battle this year, and because EA had delivered another batch of excellent titles while keeping the dross to a minimum, they got the nod over Ubisoft – Dear Ubi, you can’t release shovelware like Pure Football and Fighters Uncaged if you want our eternal praise... kudos for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Splinter Cell: Conviction though. Anyway, back to EA, and it must be said that they had an excellent year in 2010 and shipped some fantastic games, including big hitters like Mass Effect 2 and Bad Company 2; released some impressive iterations of their yearly sports franchises with FIFA and NHL leading the way; and even brought back The Sims 3 and dragged the Need For Speed name from the brink of mediocrity. There was also a ton of impressive DLC as well, with Mass Effect 2’s ‘Lair of the Shadow Broker’ and Bad Company 2’s ‘Vietnam’ expansion leading the way. A big congrats to the global mega publisher then. Yet, while we thought EA had an excellent year this year, it must be said that next year, the publisher’s offering is mouth-wateringly special.

There really could have been no other winner this year, as Microsoft not only surprised the hell out of us with Kinect – and even a few of their Kinect games were pretty damn decent, a la Kinectimals and Kinect Sports – but its first party core offering this year was as good as it’s ever been.. If you like a bit of a good story and suspense, there was Remedy’s Alan Wake; if you ever longed to be ruler of Albion and to fart in people’s faces, there was Lionhead’s Fable III; and if you ever wanted to see what it would be like to step into the shoes of a Spartan that wasn’t Master Chief, then Halo: Reach had you covered. Three triple-A titles that all offered fantastic and unique experiences. Even though Crackdown 2 didn’t build upon its predecessor either, it would still be a decent title for those who missed the original first time around. Then there’s all their Xbox Live Arcade offerings as well, including the likes of Limbo and Raskulls, and that’s not even including their Xbox Live platform that hit Windows Phone 7s this year, either. Oh my, the list goes on. To cut a long story short, Microsoft Games Studios had an excellent 2010 and were clear winners this year. Unfortunately our prognosis for next year isn’t nearly as impressive, because aside from Gears of War 3 and Forza 4, we really have no idea what to expect... which can always be a rather worrying sign.



And that’s it... you’ve hopefully read through all 5,500 words to get to this point. You’ve hopefully soaked up all 103 witticisms and all 67 of my sarcastic comments... all for this. The pinnacle of our yearly awards show and the chance for this year’s standout game to join an elite club... It’s Game of the Year time folks! Let’s get it on!

Just missing out this year is Platinum Games’ superb hack ‘n’ slash title, Bayonetta, and being a new IP and making this cut is a testament to how impressive Platinum Games’ debut offering really was. A title that really did propel the almost stagnant hack ‘n’ slash genre back into the stratosphere and one that has raised the standard in what we expect from it now. Bayonetta not only delivered on the fast paced combat front, but with its unique ‘Witch Time’ mode, the reliance shifted from button mashing and carefully timed combos to battlefield tactics and sheer elegance. It took outrageousness one step further with its kill sequences and its climax action meant that the trip would never be short of epic highs. I mean, how often can you say you’ve fought angelic beasts on the surface of a series of falling structures? Never is the answer you are looking for.

Joining the leggy witch on the runners up podium for “Game of the Year” this year is Bungie’s last Halo hurrah, which raised the bar for the Halo franchise and let them duck out of it on a high. Halo: Reach was the truly great title  from Bungie that we had all expected and it set the new benchmark for value for money. Shipping with a fairly solid campaign, an excellent revamping of its Firefight mode, expanding and evolving its stunning multiplayer arena, and of course, setting a new standard with its vastly impressive Forge World, Halo: Reach is a title that you really could get lost in. With excellent production values, a fantastic score and finally, the visual finesse that puts Halo up there with the best, Halo: Reach is a worthy runner up this year and a perfect note for Bungie’s Halo to go out on.

BioWare’s epic space opera this year was a resounding winner for “Game of the Year” and they proved to the masses that it was easily possible to have both an epic RPG and a more-than-functional third person shooter under one roof. Not only did its transformation open the door for Mass Effect fans to lose large chunks of their lives to the well thought out and amazingly realised universe that sits within the confines of its two-discs, but it also paved the way for those that couldn’t get to grips with the original’s RPG-esque roots. Leading the way in both visuals and with its epic score, thanks to BioWare’s save system across the franchise, Mass Effect 2 was not only an in-depth experience for new players, but had a certain personal touch for those who had put the hours in with the original. Bubbling beneath the holy-crap-Shepard-must-save-the-universe exterior, were many threads, both in terms of loyalty missions and side missions, that truly expanded the experience to the nth degree and created one of the best overall experiences this generation. Mass Effect 2 was soaked in BioWare’s usual traits of choice and morality, which when combined with its depth, its insanely high production values and its ability to make you care about the universe you are sent to protect, make Mass Effect 2 a truly deserving winner.

In the words of Porky Pig, that’s all folks! Be sure to stick with us over the next few days as we look back over 2010 as a whole, look forward to 2011 and of course, dazzle you with our top 20 most anticipated games of next year. Congrats to all the winners, happy new year to all our readers and here’s to an even more successful 2011... if that’s even possible!


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Comment #1 by Kranitoko
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:33:26 PM
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See. Now you guys know how to choose great winners!

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Comment #2 by Smithman117
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:34:57 PM
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Why on earth is Bayonetta 3rd for game of the year?

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Comment #3 by Webb [STAFF]
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:38:12 PM
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@#2 - That's why --> =P

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Comment #4 by PopsiclesYay
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:38:22 PM
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@Smithman117 Agreed. What?

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Comment #5 by reg12365
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:41:10 PM
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Is it just me who hates Reach?

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Comment #6 by The Dutch Pinyo
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:45:51 PM
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Finnaly a good list! Glad to see CODBLOPS isnt in here.

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Comment #7 by Rocketman162
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:54:59 PM
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WHAT ON EARTH?!?!? Mass Effect for GOTY???? sorry just what? Not Halo? Not Battle Field? Not Alan Wake? Mass Effect 3rd Halo 1 Bayonetta 2 simple Other than that I could hug you guys for making the list Black Ops free everything else is spot on :) nice list other than GOTY...

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Comment #8 by R0Y4LEwitCHEESE
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:55:14 PM
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@3 Because it was awesome, but not awesome enough to be 1.

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Comment #9 by Mega Mayo Man
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 12:57:05 PM
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Great to see Reach winning awards! Was scared it was going to be shot down like every CoD:Fanboy comment I read!

Also glad to see Mass Effect 2 sweeping up a couple and Microsoft Games.

Great list, great winners, great year! Here's to the next one! :)

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Comment #10 by jackanape
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 01:05:07 PM
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@2 Bayonetta is the shizzle, you know it deep down in your heart of hearts. So we recognised that lurking feeling and put it out there for all to see. Yay you.

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Comment #11 by macd
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 01:06:18 PM
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ME2 got GotY from this site. Good, I didn't want to have to stop visiting. ME2 is a hell of a game.

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Comment #12 by Laorik
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 01:09:11 PM
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Alright Bayonetta and Platinum Games. I'm in love with this company. Seems like they came out of no where.

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Comment #13 by TheBDanAbstract
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 01:13:04 PM
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@#5, yes, it's just you.

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Comment #14 by the_dan
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 01:14:12 PM
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alan wake best story :D

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Comment #15 by Fyr3x
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 01:21:34 PM
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Good Choice! ME2 is my GOTY too.

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Comment #16 by Zappa Power
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 01:22:51 PM
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Best graphics of the year... didn't go to Castlevania? Did everything pertaining to aesthetics in that game not blow anyone else away?

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Comment #17 by darkdeath174
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 01:24:41 PM
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well with Conrad Verner there was a glitch which made it not matter what you said to him in the first game. it go with you put a gun in his face even if you didnt

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Comment #18 by StillTIPPIN187
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 01:25:58 PM
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Glad to see Reach and Alan Wake taking some much deserved awards. Both are seriously underrated games.

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Comment #19 by Zappa Power
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 01:26:12 PM
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And plus, Mass Effect may be pretty, but the ridiculous stiffness of the character models' face is cringe-worthy at times. How many games is Bioware gonna make before they make character's expressions look at least a little bit more natural?

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Comment #20 by zoopilandia
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 01:26:38 PM
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Oh my god, the trolls on this website. People of "Whatever the hell"-landia: this list is in great part a personal opinion (altough they're spot on, kudos X360A). They don't matter that much; make your own lists people!

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Comment #21 by blurbia
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 01:39:27 PM
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I liked Dance Central. Dance Central wins New Franchise in my book. Otherwise, pretty good picks. :)

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Comment #22 by DarthTrakd
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 01:41:11 PM
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I was a little shocked to see mass effect getting so few awards, i've never played it but from the way you guys have been going on about it i expected a clean sweep. but spot on for dissapointment of the year, SW:FU2 was a massive FU and i'm not talking about the force...

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Comment #23 by Capn Doug
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 01:48:41 PM
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Impressive list, Webb. Can't really argue with any of the choices, plus it's nice to see that even a Mass Effect Fanboy like yourself (and me, for that matter) can realize the one or two slight drawbacks that the game had keeping it from sweeping the awards all together.

Kudos for giving Bayonetta the respect it deserves, too. I picked it up when my local video store closed down and was blown away by just how smooth and polished the whole game is. Everything flows so well and is almost intuitive.

You also have me looking forward to a few games that I bought on Boxing Day but haven't played yet, like Alan Wake. It really was a great year to be a gamer.

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Comment #24 by ATCS
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 01:49:24 PM
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Very nice list. I enjoyed Bayonetta as well.

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Comment #25 by ThePumpkinKing
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 02:02:50 PM
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There's that Mass Effect fanboy boner of yours sticking out again. I love Mass Effect, but this list is all wrong.

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Comment #26 by LickableLemons7
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 02:11:49 PM
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Hmmm...I haven't played Bayonetta. Maybe I'll give it a try. And I still haven't gotten Mass Effect 2, and I also haven't played Mass Effect 1. I know, shame on me. I really want to give all these games a try! They look pretty vicious! Here's to 2011.

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Comment #27 by dertswa687o
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 02:15:26 PM
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Looks like I'm getting Bayonetta at some point based on how much praise it seems to have gotten... and it does look fun.

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Comment #28 by High Lord Sigma
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 02:20:20 PM
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@7: While all three of the titles you mentioned are excellent games, none of them have the sheer scope that Mass Effect 2 does, which I suspect is one of the reasons it took the top honor.

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Comment #29 by gallit
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 02:20:46 PM
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now this is a list more to what I was thinking. Love Bayonetta and ME2. still need to get brotherhood and RDR. Looking forward to 2011 and all the new games it is going to bring.

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Comment #30 by B Rock3232
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 02:43:48 PM
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Halo Reach original score of the year? Its the same music it has had for every Halo game! How in the world is that original?

And I don't agree at all with what you said about the Force Unleashed 2. I would think that them selling DLC for only 80 MSP and with that being able to kill all the ewoks you ever wanted, is more then enough to not win the disappointment of the year. :)

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Comment #31 by dirge
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 02:46:16 PM
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Great to see some Bayonetta loving in the list, a top class game in my opinion!

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Comment #32 by josh785
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 03:32:20 PM
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Yeaaah Mass Effect! Woooo

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Comment #33 by Tkbacon99
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 03:43:57 PM
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Shocked to see CoD BO not up for atleast runner up for best MP, and AC:B is a runner up. I find ACBs MP fun but I find BO funner, has more variety, and will last longer.

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Comment #34 by ArcticOblivion
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 03:49:19 PM
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Glad to see "Force Unleashed 2" won "Biggest Disappointment", but it's hardly a mystery why it was so bad; the first end credit to be shown was "Julio Torres". Torres is one of those people who needs to stay far away from anything Star Wars because he will only destroy it; almost like George Lucas.

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Comment #35 by Skeletor
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 04:05:54 PM
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Thought I'd see Darskiders in either 'surprise of the year' or 'New franchise of the year' categories. Either way, great and objective list.

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Comment #36 by Quake007
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 04:11:53 PM
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#30 Wrong.
I'm ashamed to say that, while I have been bitching about getting ME and ME2 for the past year, I'm always broke when I go out and try to get it. Someday...

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Comment #37 by Sean1234
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 04:16:21 PM
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ME2 and RDR were tied for GOTY in my opinion, but the more I think about it, I agree with you

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Comment #38 by blackout529
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 04:22:22 PM
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I was agreeing with everything until the game of the year...Bayonetta? Really? Should've been 3. Mass Effect 2, 2. Halo: Reach, 1. Red Dead Redemption.

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Comment #39 by bawrash
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 04:57:34 PM
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halo reach disappointment of the year, not because it was bad it never lived up to the hype. Transformers: war for cybertron should have been surprise of the year I was unsure when I bought it but its my GOTY.

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Comment #40 by jtr1gg3r
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 04:58:04 PM
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Great list, cant wait to see the shiny 20 anticipated video, last ears as awesome :)

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Comment #41 by Eggy x360a
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 05:01:49 PM
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It feels like Im the only one that doesnt like Grand Theft Horse...I mean Red Dead Redemption, my mistake.

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Comment #42 by EcT Felix
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 05:20:34 PM
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i have to cry.

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Comment #43 by Beanovsky Durst
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 05:33:46 PM
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Nice to see a decent (as in RDR didn't win everything) list, glad that Alan Wake won best story, and Dead Rising 2 got recognized.

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Comment #44 by Launch
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 05:36:46 PM
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@30 Reach's music is vastly different to all other Halos.

I'm happy enough with those rewards, Reach and Mass Effect 2 were my favourite games this year.

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Comment #45 by HeyKnee
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 05:40:37 PM
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@42 I feel your pain.

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Comment #46 by SnowSHOWERS
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 05:45:03 PM
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couldn't agree more with ME2, just picked it up again and played it all the way through and couldn't remember why i traded it in.

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Comment #47 by dylanmannen
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 05:54:05 PM
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Oh good!!!Webb!, have you even playd crackdown 1 and 2? they are in the same city,.. but the don't look anything alike. it was a totaly new awesome place. crackdown 2 was an awesome game. and realy,? nothing new to the game?. yeah, hellecopters, flying skill that was awesome. 4 player co-op, multiplayer ther was aloot new cool stuff for that game,.. not youst zombies.. if you liked the first, you shulld like the second. play the games befor doing fals statments about em ^^ besides that, ^ awesome list. thinks it's REALY weard that super meat boy didn't winn best arcade? but yeah. great list. cool that bayonetta is in the topp three games ^^ and btw, sry for my bad englis xD :P
i hop you can reed it x)

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Comment #48 by SuperWoody64
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 05:58:43 PM
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I didn't think Mass effect 2 was as good as 1. I'll finish it one of these days.

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Comment #49 by Easter Bunny 00
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 06:17:25 PM
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:( I just played Mass Effect 2 again because of the discounted DLC. But I have to say, I dont like it. I think fans of Mass Effect love,it, but people who just pick it up to play or people who cant get in to it dont like it so much. Basically, I dont think ME2 shouldve won. It has diehard fans, but it doesnt apply to the masses. 8/10 people I ask dont like it at all, while 2/10 think its the greatest game ever. I believe game of the year should go to a game that most everyone will enjoy. Reach maybe, but even thats a stretch. Id say Red Dead, because anybody can pick it up, play, and honestly say its a good, great, or awesome game. :/ Other than that, Go Platinum Games!!! Very underrated if I do say so myself.

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Comment #50 by Infomouse
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 06:48:13 PM
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Mass Effect 2 was well deserved for GOTY. Well that's it folks! We'll see you all next year when Mass Effect 3 takes GOTY!
Go Mass Effect!

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Comment #51 by blackout529
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 07:24:32 PM
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I loved the first game, but crackdown 2 sucked. Same graphics, same bugs. A helicopter isn't enough to call it a sequel.

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Comment #52 by l.maciver
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 07:34:15 PM
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you must be very excited webb that mass effect is considered the best game here. I have no problem with any of the winners and runners up they where all great games. Its good to see Halo winning and mass effect too, RDR was a no brainer it deserved to win in some award and it did.


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Comment #53 by Tkbacon99
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 07:44:08 PM
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@49 I have to agree with you man... After I played it once, I am just not intrested to play it anymore. I think GOTYs should go to a game that has a long lasting effect and that you get never sick of the game. ME2 in my opinion is not as replayable as RDR or even Fallout as both those are huge games thus more replayable and fun. Plus with RDR having a MP, it makes the game even more replayable.

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Comment #54 by tpb
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 08:00:37 PM
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Good list... Dont agree with Mass Effect 2 being game of the year though... It was a good game but far far too simplified. Was an WRPG with the RPG elements striped out :(...

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Comment #55 by Easter Bunny 00
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 08:04:28 PM
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@53 YES! Im glad somebody understood me! Thanks for agreeing, and yes! Either Fallout or RDR, something with replay! :D

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Comment #56 by Minty
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 09:00:34 PM
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@50 I wouldn't give GOTY to ME3 next year just yet. I mean, Bioware themselves are putting out Dragon Age 2 which has a strong chance, as does Elder Scrolls. And that's just the action/RPG genre. Chuck in things like Bulletstorm, GOW3 and Deus year could be an even better year for gamers than this year.

Oh, and dont forget Michael Phelps for Kinect.

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Comment #57 by mjc0961
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 09:10:53 PM
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Haha, nice joke about FF13 blending the best of the east with the best of the west. FF13 has the best of nothing and the worst of everything. It shouldn't be anywhere near a "best of" list. Did Square Enix send you guys some nice gift baskets or something?

"Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit proved that even the most unsalvageable franchises can be brought back from the brink, no matter how lost they really are"
Sonic the Hedgehog would like to come on stage and object to this statement, but he's too busy falling into numerous bottomless pits, getting dash-pad launched into enemies, playing with gimmicky powerups, and being violently rapped in the bum via way of a physics engine downgrade to actually make it.

Also I know this is about 360 games, but I still gagged a little when I saw EA get 2nd place for best publisher. Again, not a 360 game, but C&C4. 'Nuff said.

Anyway personal disagreements aside, that was still a great read. Also, thank you for not pulling a GameSpot and just picking Red Dead Redemption for every possible category. Happy new year to you as well. :)

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Comment #58 by Giptuc
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 09:14:01 PM
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Yes, but the multiplayer is the same as its been since CoD4, just with different guns and maps.

OT: Gotta Agree with pretty much all of the results here, cept dissapointment of the year needed to go to all three of the results with a tie >.>

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Comment #59 by Prime8
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 10:15:42 PM
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I was expecting Medal of Honor to get Biggest Disappointment (or at least runner up), but other than that, the list is pretty solid.

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Comment #60 by Tkbacon99
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 10:55:08 PM
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@58 I know it is the same kind of, but I don't think that we should evaluate it on that.I just overall think BO should be a runner up instead of ACB. Basically if we were to evaluate every game on wheter its the same as the last game, then why did Reach win? Please don't interpret this as saying I hate Reach, but really all that's different from Reach (without weapons,guns etc.) Is 2 new modes online and just a little more customization.

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Comment #61 by sKiNnBoNeS 101
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 12:17:04 AM
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Wat. RDR is totally goty but other than good list

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Comment #62 by HeadLikeAHole
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 01:29:14 AM
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good choices exept from best mp (assassin creed), goty (alan wake) and developper (ubi montreal)

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Comment #63 by Paravan85
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 01:34:38 AM
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Yay for Platinum games and Bayonetta! :D
Im honestly suprised Platinum actually won best dev. and the fact Bayonetta was a runner up for GOTY, as the only praise i really see it get is from the staff and a barely anyone else. Well im happy with the awards, especially Bayonetta winning 1 and running up for GOTY :D

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Comment #64 by LeXXuz
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 01:46:42 AM
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I couldn't agree more. ME2 won GOTY and Alan Wake best story. Good choice!

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Comment #65 by callmeclean
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 04:15:48 AM
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The only problem I have is with best devleoper, sure platnium may have made two great games quickly showing they are good at making games but being a great devleoper is supporting your game with things out of the box, because people play great games and they don't really care about the developer unless the developer give them reasons to. I think Bungie should have won because not only have they the best news service around telling people what is happening about the Halo community right back to mods for the original Halo, a weekly news service telling you so many things about the development of the games, stats system online and now in game, forums and a truly awesome community as well as file search online. I think to be a good developer you have to inform people about you and give them more then just great games to please them even further which bungie truly does. Thats why I think they deserve it. Anyway good list always love to read the opions of the staff on the site.

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Comment #66 by Toathy
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 04:16:32 AM
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Bayonetta does not belong in the GOTY categorie!

It should have gone.

1.Halo Reach
2.Mass Effect 2
3.Alan Wake

but thats my opinion and that doesnt realy matter now does it?

Anyway list was fun to read through. I do dissagree on a few of your choices.


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Comment #67 by callmeclean
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 04:20:59 AM
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The only problem I have is with best devleoper, sure platnium may have made two great games quickly showing they are good at making games but being a great devleoper is supporting your game with things out of the box, because people play great games and they don't really care about the developer unless the developer give them reasons to. I think Bungie should have won because not only have they the best news service around telling people what is happening about the Halo community right back to mods for the original Halo, a weekly news service telling you so many things about the development of the games, stats system online and now in game, forums and a truly awesome community as well as file search online. I think to be a good developer you have to inform people about you and give them more then just great games to please them even further which bungie truly does. Thats why I think they deserve it. Anyway good list always love to read the opions of the staff on the site.

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Comment #68 by Heroic Blanket
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 05:49:58 AM
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It feels so good to not see COD anywhere in this list.

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Comment #69 by Steviewonder023
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 06:21:14 AM
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Well out of my predictions I got 4 correct in which most comes from my GOTY: Mass Effect 2

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Comment #70 by SK L4xX
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 06:21:41 AM
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wait...bayonetta came out in 2009...why is it on the 2010 list?

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Comment #71 by Giptuc
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 06:35:22 AM
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That is true about Reach, but it still brought a lot of new features to the whole halo mutliplayer that black ops just didnt seem to improve on.

Honestly, if the Black Ops multiplayer was more like World at War, it would have been great, but it seemed like with Black Ops, Treyarch just took TOO much from MW and MW2 that they shouldnt have to make the multiplayer really innovative

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Comment #72 by Man On The Run
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 07:53:40 AM
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Those that dispute Bayonetta when did you start playing games? Its a great throwback to the old days of awesome gameplay and fun with unlockables galore, varied level design and great boss fights.

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Comment #73 by B0seiju
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 07:57:49 AM
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@ 41

I totally agree with you, I don't have any connection with RDR. It's just a game that I can't get into. I've played it over at a friends house for 3 hours straight and I just didn't get that whole I'm in this story feeling.

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Comment #74 by Webb [STAFF]
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 08:01:27 AM
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@#70 - In Japan, yes, but not in North America and Europe. January 5th and January 8th release date respectively.

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Comment #75 by Aussie27Legend
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 08:32:04 AM
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Sad that Red Dead didn't make the short list of GOTY candidates, but I do agree with most of the picks.

Castlevania was fucking amazing, sad nearly every review (for some reason) bagged it.

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Comment #76 by Aussie27Legend
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 08:37:19 AM
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Also, where the hell was Super Meat Boy :(

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Comment #77 by BigJoeBallz
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 09:21:29 AM
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@70 Bayonettea released Jan 2010

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Comment #78 by Fata1Stryke
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 10:01:20 AM
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@16 As much as I love Mass Effect, and as beautiful as it was, I have to agree that Castlevania was definitely up there. Aesthetically it was one of the most well-realized fantasy worlds I've seen. It did seem like it had a few more rough edges though.

Good list X360A, I haven't been able to play enough of these games but I at least agree with what I do know.

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Comment #79 by BenIsJammin138
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 11:03:29 AM
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I totally agree with Mass Effect 2 being game of the year. I actually fell in love with that game. Glad to see Black Ops wasn't even mentioned. It was average at best. Good list guys.

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Comment #80 by Statiic
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 12:10:47 PM
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Greg Hastings' Paintball 2 was pretty disappointing, it felt like they downgraded from the first one.

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Comment #81 by DragonFox27
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 12:39:11 PM
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I'm so happy to see that RDR isn't even mentioned in GOTY! It's a piece of crap while Mass Effect 2 is a masterpiece!

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Comment #82 by Nick Is I
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 12:42:52 PM
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Everyone needs to hop off of Halo and Call of Duty's cock. The games aren't even that good. They have been making the same game year after year with slight adjustments. When they finally do something different, then they should be considered for winning awards again.

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Comment #83 by Biohazard214
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 12:48:30 PM
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@5 sold mine after a couple days of playing. hated the new br and multiplayer. stick to my old SWAT in Halo 3

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Comment #84 by Webb [STAFF]
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 01:23:21 PM
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@#82 - Forge called, it wonders why you ignore it so much.

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Comment #85 by ash356
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 02:09:11 PM
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Reach = Best multiplayer?
No way, creed was probably more deserving to be honest. Reach has only 9 maps, excluding DLC, which is pretty poor to be honest. Especially considering only sword base and variants of forge world are the only ones played, with powerhouse occasionally popping up.
Spot on with dissapointment, best score, and nice to see Activision didn't get a look-in on best publisher :P
Ones got to wonder whether the communities attitudes towards COD is affecting your decisions though - My love for Cod games wavered somewhat on MW2, but I have to admit Black ops is a good game. It's not like Reach (albeit a great game) is a huge leap from Halo 3 anyway :/

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Comment #86 by TANGO at your 6
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 02:34:29 PM
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pretty good list. im glad to see that COD did not get best online, or GOTY because lets face it, the campaigns in the CODs are the only thing that is worth playing. Now im off to get Mass Effect 2 which i was so mean to not pick up on previous trips to gamestop.

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Comment #87 by Webb [STAFF]
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 02:40:49 PM
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@#85 - We love COD as much as the next gamer (check our reviews for instance) =)

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Comment #88 by Dr Popodopolus
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 02:43:24 PM
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"All those glitches" in Red Dead, funny how I never encountered a single one. But I'm not complaining as the game is amazing.

Personally the Halo Reach MP bored me a lot more so than Halo 2 and 3. I found myself addicted to Halo 3 for a good year or two, Halo Reach lasted about a week or two. Not so great.

Personally I would have had Red Dead Redemptions soundtrack right up there, but hey I'm being a Red Dead fanboy purely because I CAN!

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Comment #89 by Tkbacon99
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 02:58:33 PM
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@71 Again Reach MP was good, but what new features besides the 2 I listed are there? I just can't think of any others.

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Comment #90 by Mr Chr15topher
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 03:30:45 PM
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Halo Reach for original score? Have you guys never listened to ME2's "Suicide Mission"!?

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Comment #91 by Gravehammer
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 04:32:20 PM
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Mass Effect 2 for GOTY? Really? It was good. but it wasn't nearly THAT good.

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Comment #92 by TSG Dwaggie
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 05:45:57 PM
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I think I called about 80% of these. Yay :D

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Comment #93 by FaTaL EFX
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 06:16:27 PM
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Meh, obviously it's subjective, but I don't see it myself. Mass Effect 2, GOTY...

A game with a horrendously thought out main plot, that lacks logic, steps side-ways rather than forward, and isn't as well written as people claim. [It's very odd that you pretty much criticize the plot when giving it runner up for "best story", as though what are ultimately side-missions should be looked at in the same light as say Nier, or AC : Brotherhoods plot.
A game with a combat system that rips out all the RPG elements and skill, making it a poor Gears of War imitation like 90% of third person shooters on the market.
A game with a poor musical score [how it won runner up in that category I'll never know, especially with the likes of Nier, Bayonetta and Resonance of Fate all having stellar scores...].
A game that removes a large degree of the moral choices from the franchise, the one big choice you do get to make is so ridiculous and laughably written it'd be foolish to really call it a choice...[I'm not seeing the articles claim of "depth"].
A game with a save system similar to previous Bioware games, and one that didn't even work properly [see the whole "who did you choice to be human ambassador decision" from the first game that they didn't transfer].
A game that removed any sense of scope the previous games held, making the game-world consist of nothing but small, often entirely linear areas.

In all I highly disagree, and think ME2 is far to over-praised by those that refuse to look beyond the shine and pretty graphics...there's nothing particularly revolutionary about slapping a conversation wheel on a TPS [which is all Mass Effect 2 is at the end of the day] and we shouldn't be praising developers that, half-way through a trilogy, create highly polished filler content. Mass Effect 2 has no reason to exist in its current form, the DLC is something else [outstanding], but the main game ultimately moves the franchise side-ways, not forwards, to the final game, and that shouldn't be praised.

Other than that I felt these choices were fairly well thought out. Platinum deserved to be developer of the year, simply because they made two amazing games that deserve even more praise than they receive from most sites. RDR won a few things, and I'm pleased to see Alan Wakes interesting story rewarded.

@67 "but being a great devleoper is supporting your game with things out of the box, because people play great games and they don't really care about the developer unless the developer give them reasons to"

So you're saying that "Best developer" shouldn't go to a small developer that creates two unique IP's that succeed in the west simply because they are so much fun to play, despite their massively contradicting styles, but to a large company that gives players more information? I'm at a loss to comprehend such a comment...

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Comment #94 by FYS
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 07:02:46 PM
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F1 grahics were better than mass effects graphics
and rdr should have been game of the year

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Comment #95 by Jellybean468
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 07:15:18 PM
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I would have chose half of the list differently, but eh, guess we all have our own opinions.

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Comment #96 by Webb [STAFF]
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 07:28:05 PM
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@#93 - If stating a plot is not as good as the original means the plot is bad, then colour us guilty. It doesn't though =P I could sit here all day and pick holes in your logic, from the "poor" score down to the decision making save system (you pick out one decision and ignore the hundreds of others? That seems picky.), but it wouldn't do either of us any good, because opinions are like assholes... everyone has one. And usually, it's an opinion that they stand by and won't be swayed. You obviously don't like Mass Effect 2, that much is abundantly clear, but there are, I'd say, millions of others that totally disagree with your criticisms on almost every front. Me being one =P

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Comment #97 by Freakinaction
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 08:12:56 PM
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For me, the Best Multiplayers of the Year is Battlefield: Bad Compagny 2 and the Biggest Disappointment of the Year is Medal of Honor.

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Comment #98 by FaTaL EFX
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 08:25:42 PM
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"If stating a plot is not as good as the original means the plot is bad, then colour us guilty. It doesn't though =P"

I didn't state you said it was bad. It is, but you didn't say it. You did however criticize it, if you felt the need to do so whilst awarding the game a "best story" award, does that not take away from its

"I could sit here all day and pick holes in your logic, from the "poor" score down to the decision making save system (you pick out one decision and ignore the hundreds of others? "

First and foremost you couldn't pick holes in my logic regarding the "poor score' because music is entirely subjective [as in I didn't fully state my reasoning behind my point], what isn't subjective is the way the game utilizes its score and how it impacts on the game. Mass Effect 2's score didn't really ever do that, compared to say, Bayonetta. The game didn't use the music for dramatic effect, or to put more emphasis on the scale of a fight [hence Bayonetta], hence, it's a "poor score". It's just there filler, generic music. Sure the theme song is nice, but for the most part the score is empty bells and whistles [figuratively] that does nothing to bring the world to life.

The point regarding the save system wasn't so much that it was bad, there was nothing wrong with it [bar the big decision you make at the end of the first game not being recognized, that's still a pretty big flaw however you try to defend it] but rather that it wasn't innovative, despite your claims [and awards] that it was done, by Bioware no less, before, and not really expanded on massively beyond the way you'd expect a giant company with the man power to do so would have done. It's not the sort of thing that shouldn't be rewarded.

"millions of others that totally disagree with your criticisms on almost every front."

I'm sure there're also millions who also think Call of Duty games are the best ever made...people like shiny things. Mass Effect 2 is an easy game to play, and is very shiny...

Pretentious? Sure. But when you're pretty much arguing over opinions you have to be...

"You obviously don't like Mass Effect 2"

I don't like what Mass Effect 2 did to the Mass Effect franchise, as a core game on its own it's not an abysmal game, but it does massive damage to the potential of the franchise...

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Comment #99 by BenIsJammin138
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 08:49:11 PM
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@96 Webb, well said.

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Comment #100 by FaTaL EFX
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 09:39:45 PM
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Ugh @98 forgot to finish my first paragraph:

"I didn't state you said it was bad. It is, but you didn't say it. You did however criticize it, if you felt the need to do so whilst awarding the game a "best story" award, does that not take away from its..."

...overall prestige as a storyline. If it's not as good as Bioware 101 [which Mass Effect was; Bioware have pretty much used the same basic plot elements for all their RPG games - as much as I like Mass Effect and Dragon Age] then why is it deserving of such praise?

On a side-note, I'm finished with this debate - you clearly enjoy Mass Effect, and you're happy with the changes, I disagree with your point of view and although I can see why you might think the way you do I still feel you're ignoring certain faults in the game, regardless it's your call if you beleive they're acceptable within the game, not mine.

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Comment #101 by Webb [STAFF]
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 09:41:18 PM
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@#98 - The save thing... "It was done by BioWare before"? Not to this extent. Nowhere near it actually and to insinuate otherwise is just plain misleading.

Yadda yadda... Yeah, like I said, opinions. Assholes. Can't change someone's mind.

I honestly just think you're being overly analytical for the sake of it though, because you didn't like BioWare's approach to the sequel. I bet you made your mind up before you played it.

Anyway, their streamlining of its RPG and improvement of its TPS side obviously wasn't to your taste, but as an RPG aficionado who's played both the original and the sequel more times than I care to remember, the franchise is doing pretty damn well I reckon.

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Comment #102 by FaTaL EFX
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 10:06:00 PM
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I said I wasn't going to reply, but then I saw this, really? "I bet you made your mind up before you played it."

That's not only entirely inaccurate [I was incredibly hyped for ME2 and got it on launch day], but it's also you attempting to make excuses as to why I feel as I do about the game, for the game. It's not my fault I didn't like the game, it's the games fault it didn't meet expectations, and "streamlined" [that's what they called it anyway] the game so it barely resembles the first game.

As for being "overly analytical", in what manner? The breakdown of the story? Being such an "RPG aficionado" yourself you must know how important story is to the genre, and how in an RPG a badly designed story, with a number of small holes, can bring the whole thing down with it. But there isn't even a small hole in Mass Effect 2, it's gigantic, right from the beginning anyone who hasn't played the first game, completed heaps of the [poorly done and boring] side-missions in the first game, read the first games Codex [and who really read that thing?] and read the books is going to be alienated simply by the focus on The Collectors and the Illusive Man. That is if they like clear explanations and expect big things from the likes of Bioware, as I do.

"The save thing... "It was done by BioWare before"? Not to this extent. Nowhere near it actually and to insinuate otherwise is just plain misleading."

So what if it's not to this extent? Is MAG on the PS3 incredibly innovative because it has over 100 players per side on a console? Sure it's bigger, but it's not anymore innovative than the next death-match shooter, from a gameplay perspective.

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Comment #103 by cstbrophy
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 10:13:54 PM
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my top 3 games:

1. mass effect 2
2. red dead redemption
3. just cause 2

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Comment #104 by W1cked Seraph
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 10:50:50 PM
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Another list another laugh

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Comment #105 by JackJumpsCandle
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 12:07:44 AM
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Mass Effect 2 is a great winner with TONS of replay value to find everything. Haven't checked out Bayonetta yet though...

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Comment #106 by MielikkisChosen
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 02:13:52 AM
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It's about time a site gave Halo: Reach some praise. It deserves it.

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Comment #107 by EcT Felix
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 04:09:38 AM
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i used the Mass Effect 2 manual to take the shit away from my ass..

BUt we have our own opinions. and i actually enjoyed Force Unleashed 2! :)

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Comment #108 by ash356
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 07:14:13 AM
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True, I suppose. Reach is a damn good game, so I'll give you it to be fair. Truth be told, I couldn't have called that one.
You should consider having a 'buggiest' release category. *Cough* New Vegas *Cough*

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Comment #109 by fax5jrj
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 09:22:40 AM
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I agree with most of these, but I think that Bungie is the best developer, and I still don't get how The Force Unleashed II is a disappointment. It was a hell of a lot better than the first game.

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Comment #110 by dasheq
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 09:38:35 AM
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Reach has got a good enough multiplayer but definately not the best. The whole matchmaking system is one word 'crap'. Can't join after the game has started, no balancing of teams, too many forge maps you should have really considered that.
However, I'm happy not to see black ops in this list. :]

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Comment #111 by ParoXysm QC
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 09:52:40 AM
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I love Castlevania!
If Bayonneta is one of the Game of the year winner, I might give it a try!

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Comment #112 by Webb [STAFF]
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 12:01:41 PM
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@#102 - To me, it sounds like you're bitter because BioWare made some changes that you didn't like. If you liked Dragon Age, don't play the sequel then... you might just cry. It's called evolving a franchise. And evolve it they have.

You're clutching at straws as well to be honest... MAG... really? Next you'll say that creating a vehicle that travels the speed of light won't be innovative because it's just faster than a car. Like I said, no-one is going to change their opinion based on anything that anyone says, so I'm not sure why I'm bothering, but just know, that your opinion is that of the minority, which might say something about what you're missing. FYI - the Collectors and the TIM are given more than adequate background in the ME2 game itself... Just because they don't spell it out for you, doesn't mean it's a plot hole. Ask Darth Vadar.

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Comment #113 by ashe647
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 12:01:44 PM
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Much love for giving Mass Effect 2 Goty, i thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish! Same goes for Limbo, something a little different that was really enjoyable! Good choices all round!

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Comment #114 by Dcon6393
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 12:02:48 PM
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Damn, right after I get a bunch of great games I read this and want to pick up Bayonetta and Mass Effect 2.

This list is great, loved all of the different awards as opposed to best action game, or best family game.

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Comment #115 by blackbriar83
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 03:30:45 PM
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@93 all ya had to say was, Mass Effect 2 GOTY??? I disagree. But then ya go of on one and after 3 lines, all I hear is Blah Blah Blah... GOTY Mass Effect 2 its there choice!!!

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Comment #116 by JT Gregory
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 06:18:36 PM
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Too many essays in the comments!!! me2 was immense but acb is my goty and i aint even finished it yet!

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Comment #117 by andrewwsmith
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 08:40:14 PM
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no black ops at all?

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Comment #118 by Ironhand
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 09:39:51 PM
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Webb, I like the list but where is awards for best achievement and best achievement tile? I enjoyed seeing those I mean this is and achievement website....

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Comment #119 by Webb [STAFF]
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 10:09:40 PM
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@#118 - They come on our birthday in Feb. We like to keep the two separate =)

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Comment #120 by Tkbacon99
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 10:15:10 PM
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@117 Thought the same thing man

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Comment #121 by strawberry
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 11:23:45 PM
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why was super meat boy not at least nominated?

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Comment #122 by BS LIKE A BOSS
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 11:46:59 PM
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I am very happy to see no Call of Duty. Sure I think Black Ops was way better than Modern Warfare 2 but the whole serious is overatted. Halo Reach for best multiplayer give me a break. By far the Multiplayer of the year was Battlefield Bad Company 2.
@117 Black Ops really really, lol screw Call of Duty

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Comment #123 by SuddenJonatan
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 12:32:27 AM
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Glad to see Alan Wake here. My GOTY

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Comment #124 by Magicman10893
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 12:57:47 AM
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In response to the people complaining about the human council member choice, that was a mistake made with Mass Effect 1. The save that is made at the end of the game to be used for New Game Pluses was made at the beginning of the cutscene where Shepard crawls out of the wreckage. The part where you talk with the Council and nominate either Anderson or Udina is after that save and another save isn't made to over wright it. That is why you have to choose at the beginning segment of Mass Effect 2 who you nominated to be the human council member. So complaining about that "glitch" isn't going to back your point up, although the glitch with Conrad Vernor is a legitimate glitch, however it doesn't really change things with his story.

I still contend that the save file transfer system in Mass Effect 2 should win. Even though it was done in the past, it is still an excellent feature that definitely added a lot of depth to the game. I actually went back and played through Mass Effect 1 twice and began a third play through just for the purpose of transferring it into Mass Effect 2 to see how those choices played out in the long run. I imagine with the release of Mass Effect 3 I will be going back AGAIN and running through BOTH Mass Effect 1 and 3 multiple times to specifically tailor my personally desired plot. Not many RPGs can get me that involving, that is why I whole heartedly agree with Mass Effect 2 being game of the year and am already making my prediction for Mass Effect 3 being 2011's GOTY. If ME3 isn't the GOTY then it will be because it got delayed into 2012.

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Comment #125 by Tkbacon99
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 01:11:19 AM
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@122 I dont know how you can say Black Ops didn't deserve anything... its MP was better than ACB. My main reasoning behind it is the fact that Black Ops has a more replay rating as ACB did, plus BO's story was pretty good, so don't say it didn't deserve anything cause it did. I think everybodys reasoning behind hating the game so much is because Call of Duty is in front of it, and is a behemoth franchise. Plus with everyone having MW2 sickness it is really sad seing such a good game getting no recognition.

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Comment #126 by II BOMBSCARE II
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 02:46:47 AM
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all i can say is the goty award is truely deserved ME2 for the win, by far the best gaming experience i had last year and i've played most the big releases last year, think i'm gonna have to get bayonetta and castlevania

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Comment #127 by maur1c1o
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 05:05:04 AM
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Im sorry but what a crappy review first there was no good RPG out this year second fable sucks its so overated third Halo sucks its also so overated mass effect is far better than halo i personaly dont play either as i cant stand anything to with space althou i have finished halo 3 on multiplier format i thought it was a good shooting game but overall it was dispointing apart from the constant killing of every alien as for mass affect i really enjoy it but i cant play it for too long as im cant stand space shit again but i thought it was a beautiful game just not my thing Fable II is one of the worst RPG ive played people really need to stop following others i mean Assasin creed is not even that good for goodness sake its one of the most repetive games ive played i had more fun playing kung panda and listening to jack black for goodness sake i find a lot of these titles are blown out of proportion almost like the media are telling people waht to play and everyine seems to go with it personaly games like bad company kane and lynch are underrated although kane and lynch 2 was disappointing i just think the media over hype games i personally cant believe brag so much about some titles and i decided to try them only to find they arent very good and wished i had never bothered another is fallout cant stand it way overated rather play borderlands Red dead was the outstanding game of the year as well as enslaved personaly rockstar know how to make a game even though i hated the gameplay of GTA IV it was a nicely told story with great characters just couldent stand the controls.

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Comment #128 by whisperinthewind
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 07:39:24 AM
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Dont you know how to use a full stop, man? Jeeze

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Comment #129 by martdude16
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 09:20:41 AM
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I thought Bayonetta was a good game but not amazing. I can understand people rating it highly though.

Mass Effect 2 was my GOTY also!

Good list.

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Comment #130 by NerfTurbo
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 09:42:47 AM
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It was nice to see Bayonetta and Castlevania win something

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Comment #131 by FaTaL EFX
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 09:56:04 AM
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"To me, it sounds like you're bitter because BioWare made some changes that you didn't like. If you liked Dragon Age, don't play the sequel then... you might just cry. It's called evolving a franchise. And evolve it they have."

If by "evolve" you mean dumb-down in pretty much every conceivable sense bar graphics, then yes, they most certainly did. To me it sounds like you're willing to defend Mass Effect 2 [despite the massive amount of flaws already presented to you], whilst ignoring said flaws, because you're not thinking analytically.

"You're clutching at straws as well to be honest... MAG... really? Next you'll say that creating a vehicle that travels the speed of light won't be innovative because it's just faster than a car."

Um..what? That's one of the worst analogies I've ever seen, mainly because it has nothing to do with the point. We're talking about gameplay innovation, in video-games. Comparing the slight advancement of an already existing system, in a video-game, to a vehicle that travels at the speed of light? And you claim I'm clutching at straws... [so says the person who argued I was being "over analytical..." -_- ]

"Like I said, no-one is going to change their opinion based on anything that anyone says, so I'm not sure why I'm bothering"

Well if you made a decent argument I might, you've just pretty much ignored any points you can't argue against, and have done a terrible job defending other elements [such as the story being within the books, hell you've even changed your ideas as to where this information is stored below your argue ME2 contains more than enough references for former players, which is a really poor argument in of itself.]

"but just know, that your opinion is that of the minority, which might say something about what you're missing."

Like I said, the majority of gamers are uninformed, don't know what they want and just generally praise anything shiny. It's the lowest common denominator, and that's the type of person Mass Effect 2 appeals to. Just because it's popular doesn't mean it's a good game - see Modern Warfare 2 and Final Fantasy XIII.

"FYI - the Collectors and the TIM are given more than adequate background in the ME2 game itself...Just because they don't spell it out for you, doesn't mean it's a plot hole. Ask Darth Vadar."

Ok, I get the point, you're delusional. I apologize for expecting some kind of logical debate, I should have known better with the number of logical fallacies and general excuses made by yourself throughout this debate. If it's not explained, it's a plot hole, if they expect you, as a chaarcter you're meant to be role-playing, to supposedly understand who this person is, yet the player themselves does not, that's just horrendous writing.

You keep claiming, over and over "no-one is going to change their opinion based on anything that anyone says, so I'm not sure why I'm bothering" yet still you respond. I can only assume that's because you see, despite your self-professed fanboy-like love for the series, some form of logic. If it's anything else you're just wasting your time.

Regardless, unless you make another statement so blatantly false I feel the need to respond just to set you straight, I'm finished with this debate. As stated previously, I beleive you to be delusional, some of your arguments have been very poor, and you've often ignored any counter-points, or indeed, any points it appears you can't argue against. This includes your small attempts to discredit my opinion as being "bitter" or "clutching at straws" because I'd prefer to see the games industry evolves beyond said lowest common denominator.

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Comment #132 by FaTaL EFX
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 10:01:02 AM
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"So complaining about that "glitch" isn't going to back your point up,"

You remember when Bioware announced Mass Effect to be a trilogy? You'd think they'd have implemented this system as strongly as possible, seeing as how it's a key selling point for them. Arguing that poor implementation of a feature doesn't back up that point is moronic at best, I don't think it was ever named a "glitch" [as you supposedly quoted], but whatever the case it's still a big issue with the system, and more proof, if any was needed, that Bioware really didn't think about Mass Effect 2 properly.

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Comment #133 by roza
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 11:09:08 AM
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ah shit! i coulda got Mass Effect 2 for a fiver! If i knew it was THAT good idve got it!

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Comment #134 by Dr Popodopolus
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 08:06:19 PM
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@133 £5, I don't get it, if Mass Effect 2 is so brilliant then why has its street value plummeted to as low as £5 in less than a year. Even CoD 4 stayed at £30 for a good 2 years or so until MW2.

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Comment #135 by FaTaL EFX
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 08:58:34 PM
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Because CoD4 is a massive exception, not the rule...don't say "Even" as though it's a regular occurrence.

The video-game market usually goes as such, a game is released and it'll sell about 90-95% [made up figures but you know what I mean] of the total amount of sales for that game in its first two weeks of release.

From there retailers will gradually lower the price, as the original flow of income [those hyped about the game, impulse buyers coming off reviews and so on] stems, they attempt to sell a few more copies by lowering the price.

Though I don't think @133 was referring to the street price, I've never seen a game retailer sell a new game for £5 so they might have bought it off a friend or something - who knows, they don't specify.

Regardless, CoD4 was insanely popular, and therefore it was efficient for retailers to keep its price as high as possible. People would buy it to play with their friends on the online multi-player, something Mass Effect doesn't have [and I pray they don't add], thus the game continued to sell strongly months and months after launch. As for why it's still so pricey? I'm not sure, I guess retailers are quite happy keeping the price as it is - the game is still reasonably popular, simply due to the franchise name. Again, not something Mass Effect has with your average consumer [you don't see non-gamers talk about Mass Effect for example, whilst Call of Duty is the new "Google it" in terms of a brand name referring to an action.

In short, quality doesn't equal market value in this industry [not that I beleive ME2 is quality anyway] game prices drop very quickly, it's something games companies are trying to solve, as games only have one shot to sell well - see Alan Wakes market flop due to it releasing the same time as other AAA games - but CoD4 is the only game so popular it has stayed at a high price for years.

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Comment #136 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 10:13:11 PM
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@#Fatal - Okay, you're going a little overboard now. I started to read your response, but then realised I'd read enough crap from you and had given up caring. I read up to the Collectors bit where you called me delusional and was overcome with a sense of irony.

It's like talking to a brick wall with you. Go get some sunshine. New rule, if you want to chat with people in the comments, send them a postcard... or PM/email/Tweet/appropriate social networking message. It's time to get the comments back on track.

Oh, and stop thumbing up your own comments. You forget I can see who does what remember ;)

*ushers the comments back on track*

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Comment #138 by LeviXLush
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 12:20:36 AM
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Must be Black Ops didn't come out in 2010? I don't even play Call of Duty, really let alone Xbox anymore...but why is everyone on the teat of Bungie? Halo was revolutionary when the first came out. Halo 2 pumped it all up. Halo 3 was netgen woohoo, then people starting shifting to Call of Duty 4 because hello, it was great. ODST...that wasn't even a game, was it? Now Reach...Halo 3 with different guns and a few other things. I mean come's not good. It gets popularity from pre-teen kids and virgins, and honestly go into games and listen to the people talk, it's true. Get over Halo all ready, it's nothing special anymore, Call of Duty pulls in WAY more people and that's a fact. Sorry, Bungie.

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Comment #139 by roza
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 05:12:48 AM
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@135 no Mass Effect 2 brand new and wrapped for £5 at Game in the Sale.

@138 The reason CoD attracts people because its more 'Modern' and has real weapons and people think 'ooh this is what war is like'. Halo is more fantasy with all these aliens and plasma weaopns, most people can't take it seriously. Halo is much better a series because it is original and actually has a solid story line. CoD is just 'kill the enemy' and every level your doing some new crap.

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Comment #141 by Tkbacon99
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 09:27:19 AM
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@139 I have to disagree with your view of what CoD is like... I think the reason why CoD people can't play Halo now (this is my view since I can barely play it anymore) is because it is such a kiddish game. You're shooting aliens with plasma and guns and all there is that makes it mature rating is a splash of blood. If I was hit by a plasma bullet, wouldn't you expect my body to either be burnt to shit or there to be a hole? They need to put some realism into Halo if they want CoD player to come back.

And come on... CoD stories actually have a story behind... give it a little more recognition than that.

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Comment #142 by ViNyLek
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 10:18:09 AM
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I like the list, though not agree wholly. Let's just leave it at that. At two above me: COD has way better gameplay, grahpics and story, but when it comes to content and soundtrack, you can't beat halo series:-P In other words something for everyone^^

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Comment #143 by Thiago123
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 10:18:16 AM
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I was with you guys until the arcade game category. Limbo is the winner for me too, but how is Raskulls or Costume Quest even in the conversation and not Super Meat Boy??

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Comment #144 by xCHICKEN DIXx
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 11:14:46 AM
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wow what a shit list some can be agreed with others are clearly wrong but 2 each his own

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Comment #145 by Medaking
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 11:45:12 AM
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Bayonetta and Vanquish are complete and utter overrated, hunks of shit.

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Comment #146 by Caxton
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 02:14:36 PM
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yey castlevania got an award :D Freaking loved that game. Alot better than gamespot picking red dead to receive everything

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Comment #147 by ch9209live
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 05:46:45 PM
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i'm fine with everything else, but GOTY (based on demo), but would i vote Halo: Reach as GOTY? no, my GOTY is AC: Brotherhood, next years GOTY: Batman: Arkham City

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Comment #148 by jamie1000013
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 10:51:22 PM
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Most disappointing should have been Kane and Lynch 2 instead of Crackdown 2.

I don't think Mass Effect 2's graphics were that good, Alan Wake's graphics were pretty amazing. Mafia 2's graphics were also pretty top notch.

Singularity did shock me, it was 10X better than I thought it would be. I also loved sniper:Ghost Warrior, I would like to see a follow up to that.

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Comment #149 by Gone Rampant
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 @ 05:18:35 AM
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Crackdown 2 and Force Unleashed were great in my opinion- Never liked HAWX in the first place, would have put Kane and Lynch 2 and Army of 2 40th Day instead. ME2 for GOTY? Yeah, bu thank merciful Christ Cock Of Doody didn't even get nominated! Halo deserved best multiplayer, but Bayonetta for 3rd game? WTF? Other than that, was nodding in aggrement. Good show, X360!

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Comment #150 by GeoKazDav
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 @ 12:25:28 PM
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Im really glad that Dead Rising Two at least got a mention, possibly one of the bast games I've played on the 360.

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Comment #151 by SoundableObject
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 @ 04:35:09 PM
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I loved Crackdown 2. Not as much playability as in the original and it was just a re-hash but frankly sometimes more of the same is exactly what you want, sometimes...

Would have put Halo Reach as the GOTY with Mass Effect 2 in second.

Mass Effect 2 certainly deserves the best graphics though, the design of the Normandy 2 interior is beautiful, it makes it a joy to walk through and chase up all those side missions. The opening with the destruction of the original Normandy was also very well done as was the mission were you need to recover the dog tags at the Normandy crash site.

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Comment #152 by KickedSpoon
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 @ 06:22:10 PM
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Ii own bayonetta and enjoyed it but I'm not totally on board with it in the runner up for game of the year. Still it was ok. Congrats to Alan wake on it's win.

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Comment #153 by BrandAid1138
Thursday, January 06, 2011 @ 01:41:03 PM
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@ love reading this soap opera between you 2. Oh and remember with opinions and A-holes....we all have'em AND THEY STINK!!! Anyhoo....good list. Keep up the good work.

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Comment #154 by The EliteStick
Thursday, January 06, 2011 @ 04:10:45 PM
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Webb, I completely love Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 2 but I can see where that guy is coming from with his negatives and think they are valid. Whilst I personally don't think they spoil the experience enough for me to not enjoy it, I do agree with what he is saying. You seem to be ripping into him for voicing his own opinion in a completely non abusive way. Sure as hell shows that you run your website in a way akin to Stalin - people can voice their opinion as long as it is yours.

If you really want to argue with people for what their post then do it with me for what I am about to say:

Webb, you are a cunt

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Comment #156 by Bash Callihoo
Friday, January 07, 2011 @ 02:22:40 AM
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@154 You were making a decent point, then you went overboard and became an asshole. Plus, who seriously goes out of their way to do that?

Anyhoo, I'm really glad Bayonetta was recognized by you guys, I finished it just a little while ago and it is a truly amazing game.

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Comment #157 by Webb [STAFF]
Friday, January 07, 2011 @ 10:50:28 AM
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@#154 - Valid points? He ignored everything I said. That's when you realise that everything you say or do is futile, and it's best off to say... we'll agree to disagree, but he was obviously looking for a fight. As are you.

Oh and thanks... it means a lot.

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Comment #158 by DonnyRoversFal
Friday, January 07, 2011 @ 12:20:08 PM
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Webb, i am not looking for a fight but i think if someone is going overboard it is you. You seem to go on the defensive every time someone disagrees with you and even insult some people, which i do find inappropriate considering you should be 'leading by example' so to say.

You are very trigger happy when it come to 'banning people' who either disagree with you or insult you and i really think you need to get off of your high horse and come back down to earth and see that you are no better than anyone who visits this website.

I'm sure you won't agree with this and you'll ban me because of course that how you hide away from people who disagree with you. However, should you wish to discuss this personal matter in a PM then just let me know.

On topic however, Alan Wake should have won the new franchise of the year award but hey thats my opinion and i am entitled to it.

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Comment #159 by TESTUBE BABY 82
Friday, January 07, 2011 @ 01:51:07 PM
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i think everybody should and will voice there opinion on this site,freedom of speech without consequences

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Comment #160 by Epilogue of Euphoria
Friday, January 07, 2011 @ 04:57:36 PM
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I don't agree with half of your choices, but to each his/her own.

And I don't care what anyone says, beyond the story of Lords of Shadow the game is awful. Finally people see Unleashed 2 for the crappy game it really is, thought I was the only one there for awhile. Why no love for Enslaved? It's one of the best games out there.

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Comment #161 by Webb [STAFF]
Friday, January 07, 2011 @ 05:01:06 PM
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@#158 - I'm sorry you feel that way, but that couldn't be any further from the truth. I'm not sure how long you've been round here Donny, but I'd like to think that anyone who knows me around here knows that's not the case.

I'm up for a good debate everyday of the week and do so more often than not in the comments, but when it goes on for a while and goes nowhere, I have to do my duty and drop out and steer it back on track. Agree to disagree, as I said. If I ask the comments to get back on track after it goes way off topic like it did here, then I expect the person to respect my wishes, not totally ignore what I say, after all, I still have to maintain order round here and that is my primary duty. I could drop off and not comment at all, but I like to think that the fact the writers are on the same level as the readers round here is one of our charms. However, if people can't debate and listen to us when we ask them something, then we may as well just slope away into the shadows. However, I will not let the minority spoil it for the majority.

@#159 - Freedom of speech on a privately owned website? You've been watching too many movies =P

I've said my peace and I think I've been pretty thorough in my explanation. Now, can we please finally get back on topic =) If people want to debate this, then you know my email addy ;)

Only GOTY speak from here on out please people.

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Comment #162 by Metaljunkie93
Friday, January 07, 2011 @ 07:38:16 PM
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Am happy that Alan Wake, Red Dead, & Halo: Reach won something. Am also happy that Cock of Duty: Gay Ops didn't win anything!

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Comment #163 by THe Silent Assassin
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 08:16:53 AM
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Alan Wake SOTY - I dont agree with that RDR or ME2 should have won
But the whole list was redeemed when Mass Effect 2 won GOTY

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Comment #164 by x 19 Luke 87 x
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 01:39:32 PM
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Not suprised this site gave alot to Mass Effect.

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Comment #165 by Battosai343
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 05:39:49 PM
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x360a's GOTY awards>IGN's.

Well thought out; I agreed with most of the awards. :)

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Comment #166 by Webb [STAFF]
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 05:42:22 PM
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@#164 - 2? =P

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Comment #167 by ThePumpkinKing
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 06:40:42 PM
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@Webb - With nominations in 5 categories, not counting the nod to Bioware (primarily influenced I'm sure by ME2) in the developer category. Best DLC winner. Mentions on the top 5 of best worlds, characters, and trailers.

Don't get me wrong, ME2 was great. A solid game. But game of the year it is not. Nor did it have any place whatsoever winning DLC of the year with the sub-par Shadow Broker DLC. Not to mention, the ME3 teaser is about as anti-climactic (for several reasons) as it gets. Why that craptastic trailer made the list over the superior ME2 launch trailer is beyond me.

Again, ME is a great series. But the ridiculous, nearly comical level of praise "your site and staff" has given it is a bad joke to anyone sensible enough to have outgrown the "fanboy" stage of their life.

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Comment #168 by Darwon99
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 07:39:53 PM
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i didnt play mass effect 2 might have to check it out

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Comment #169 by Webb [STAFF]
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 08:37:12 PM
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@#167 - Like I said, each to their own. Just reading through the comments though, it shows we're not alone in our high praise =) Also, if you look at its Metacritic value of 96%, that puts it as the 4th highest rated Xbox 360 game ever, something we wholeheartedly agree with. It's a case of different strokes for different folks, that's all.

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Comment #170 by (:TLB:)Shok
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 08:53:50 PM
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I don't think I'll ever understand the love Halo Reach gets. I've only played it for a bit but the gameplay feels just so... bland. My game of the year would be Bayonetta or Mass Effect 2. The first Mass Effect just disgusted me, I think it had something to do with an endless conversation loop between two aliens that helped me in no manner. After a couple of hours I gave up. Mass Effect 2 however felt like it changed so much, and for the better. Now the reason I loved Bayonetta is because I love boo- I mean the gameplay was fun and it constantly barraged you with awards.

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Comment #171 by Dredgon
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 09:02:31 PM
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ME 2 FTW!!!!!

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Comment #172 by my_bitter_end
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 09:34:11 PM
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People seem to have a strong disapproval of Mass Effect 2 winning GOTY. This isn't the only site that gave it that award. At the same time it is just an opinion. Arguing about choices and what certain games got awarded is pointless really. People will argue that the likes of Black Ops or Fallout New Vegas should have been in there and maybe Kinect should have gotten a mention. At the end of the day it's different horses for different courses. I personally agree with some of these choices, I disagree with some. Saying a game is "Fucking shit" or that "you are disgusted with it" just because some game you prefered didn't get the praise you wanted it to doesn't mean you have to go off on one.

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Comment #173 by FOURTHxSURVIVOR
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 10:15:19 PM
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Thanks for throwing a bone to Singularity - it was a great piece of scifi that went totally overlooked, it was one of my favorite games of 2010.

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Comment #174 by hydrosugar
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 10:54:04 PM
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well i'm happy that black ops didnt get undue recognition, and that bayonetta/platinum games did.

also kudos on noticing f1 2010 for graphics instead of just pilling on the shooters, havent picked it up yet but am meaning to.

wouldve been nice to see naruto uns2 get a graphics mention though, consiedering they did everything they aimed to do and more.

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Comment #175 by hydrosugar
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 10:56:10 PM
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^^^ also i poorly worded my comment. bayonetta/platinum didnt get undue recognition, but instead got the recognition they deserved

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Comment #176 by Jimmy Hapa
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 03:46:04 AM
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So glad Platinum Games got the best dev award. They really are one of the best new large development teams around (IMO, THE best), which is largely unrecognized by your average gaming Joe, unfortunately.

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Comment #177 by Tkbacon99
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 05:19:17 AM
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@174 Why didnt Black Ops deserve any recognition? It was a great game... lemme guess, the Call of Duty in front of it makes it non deserving?

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Comment #178 by hartlesdalegend
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 07:16:28 AM
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GOTY: where is Red Dead Redemption, Fable 3. Didn't play Bayonetta so have no opinion but RDR was my GOTR by a slight margin over Fable 3 and Halo: Reach.

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Comment #179 by Arawos
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 07:24:58 AM
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I think RDR was better than ME2 so that is the GOTY to me. The great question I now have? - GOTY 2011: ME3 or TES V: Skyrim??

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Comment #180 by Richters Shadow
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 10:17:13 AM
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@ 179, I bet Skyrim! If it is half as life destroying as Oblivion then it'll be GOTY! ME3 though will still likely kick ass - unless it's all on Earth...

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Comment #181 by Spanish Assault
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 10:26:02 AM
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I haven't played any Mass Effect but I heard the second was was bad. I guess I'm wrong cause it one GOTY. I always believed it was, cause it's selling for $19.95.

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Comment #182 by Scottish Sin
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 10:58:28 AM
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Am I the only one that thought Fable III was one of the biggest disappointments of the year? I loved the first and second, but Fable III never clicked. I thought the story was a lot weaker and the part where you actually play the role as the king/queen felt very rushed and disjointed. It also didn't help that there were a lot of the same enemies & locations with not much varation at all.

It just felt like more of the same but not as good as Fable II. I dunno, for me at least it lacked the same kind of magic that past Fable games had.

Other than that, I agree with most of the list. Mass Effect 2 was also my personal GOTY and one of the best universies ever created. Really looking forward to the third.

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Comment #183 by Bramwell420
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 11:28:35 AM
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Overall I would agree with most of these, but Halo: Reach for best multiplayer just erks me the wrong way. The game does have a very large and defensive fan base, but in my opinion Battlefield Bad Companny 2 has the best multiplayer experience. I am talking about gameplay and fun factor. I realise that the customization in Halo was prob. the deciding factor, as modes such as Forge are absent in BBC2, but I am a grown man so I have no need to collect different shoulder pads and helmets that serve no purpose at all in the field of battle.

Agree with me or disagree, just know that I am not trying to diss on Halo so there is no need for fanboy hate. I own both games and Halo Reach is a great game, I just feel like the level sizes and destructable environments set Battlefield above the rest. I also prefer realistic games, so I admit I am a bit biased. My friend and I have this argument all the time, he says Halo is better because it is a true measure of a players skill because, "Someone can be shooting you in the back and if you're a better player you can turn around and kill them in Halo." He never gets it that reasons like that are why I prefer Battlefield, you shoot someone in the back, they die. As it should be.

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Comment #184 by Webb [STAFF]
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 11:36:40 AM
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@#183 - It wasn't so much the customisation for us - we actually talk about it a bit on last week's podcast - it was more to do the fact that with Halo, every game is a level playing field, but in BC2, a level 20, with all the class unlocks, will have an advantage over a level 1. That was the deciding factor for us. Like I said though, it was a coin flip effectively and it came down to that.

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Comment #185 by CheesyToast111
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 05:11:15 PM
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I have agreed with the majority of these, mainly the Mass Effect 2 awards which are well deserved for such an amazing game. But I really don't think that RDR should have been in the best story; I loved the game, amazing graphics, fun gameplay etc. but I found the story painful. I think that something like ACB or Fable 3 could have been a runner-up definately agree with Alan Wake though, fantastic game. Was suprised to see Just Cause 2 in here, alright game; the grapple hook is really fun.

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Comment #186 by RunDMC
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 05:12:23 PM
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Halo? No.

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Comment #187 by PsycoSaurus
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 05:56:02 PM
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Arcade Game = South Park Let's Go Tower Defence Play... FTW!

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Comment #188 by Bajan Elite
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 08:41:16 PM
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I disagree with ME2 being GOTY, the story wasn't as good as the first, there was no improvement to the A.I. mainly your allies. The planet probing was very boring. They didn't "evolve" the RPG elements of the game. They replaced the option to assign different types of armor to your squad members, as well as the different weapons and ammo types like in the first. Also they could have done a better job of earning your teammates' loyalties instead of having to do the errands aka loyalty missions. The gameplay was great but the cover system was also problematic at times. ME2 is an outstanding game no doubt but not GOTY IMO.

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Comment #189 by Blue Thunder28
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 11:33:18 PM
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Perfect list. Love it.

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Comment #190 by TheToiletBrush
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 11:08:42 AM
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I honestly don't understand all the Reach love. I like me some Halo, but that was the biggest disappointment of the year for me. I had high hopes for something epic, and all I got was a "B" level shooter with a pointless story. It did have a good soundtrack....I'll give it that.

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Comment #191 by Wardon
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 04:15:07 PM
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Great choices and Im REALLY happy that someone finally mention Castlevania: LoS, its an amazing game, cant believe some website gave it disappointment of the year. The only thing I would add to the list is Super Meat Boy for Arcade Game of the Year.

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Comment #192 by andrewwsmith
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 05:06:18 PM
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if u all hate black ops so much y wasnt it in the biggest disappoint list + its graphics used real people (u cant get any better graphics than that)

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Comment #193 by MonkeyPunchBaby
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 06:28:14 PM
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I am agreed with this list much more than any other list i have seen. I love Bayonetta, Limbo, Red Dead Redemption and Alan Wake. Granted I haven't played Mass Effect 1 or 2, but I don't see how its soooo much better than all the games i played this year and loved.

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Comment #194 by BigDaddyDirtHog
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 08:40:06 PM
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Limbo doesn't deserve arcade game of the year. It has no story, soundtrack, character development, etc, etc. Oh my god it's black and white! So was TV in the 50s...Over-rated

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Comment #195 by NeoSant
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 09:17:06 PM
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Where the f*** its black ops... best selling game means something... disagree on this list in almost everything

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Comment #196 by Japanese Table
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 11:44:13 PM
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Mass Effect 2 really shouldn't be GOTY. I could see it win a Audio Book with some decent Gameplay book of the year, but RDR was actually fun, unlike Mass Effect 1 and 2, and soon to be 3.

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Comment #197 by N7 x ORIGIN
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 01:39:26 AM
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Reaches multiplayer was lackluster (in my opinion). Theres a few thumbs down, but if you think about it, it shipped with only 9 maps and a visual upgrade from H3. Still a great game just not the best multiplayer (in my opinion). After these awards I might just have to go play Bayonetta but I think I would have to agree with everything on this list.

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Comment #198 by Webb [STAFF]
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 04:02:29 AM
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@#195 - Does it? Sales mean absolutely nothing. The next COD could be the worst title ever, but would still sell more than all the new IPs of 2011 put together.

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Comment #199 by FatalFlaw810
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 06:38:11 AM
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People need to understand this is all opinion, if they don't agree with the list they can make their own :/ It was a very good list I'm surprised Vanquish wasn't in the running along with Bayonetta. Platinum games is great =)

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Comment #200 by Zombiechild
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 07:08:45 AM
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Vanquish should of been on there as GOTY! truely fun game

apart from that agree with most of the above, ME2 did feel abit to lite in the RPG and ropie in stroy sense and was more FPS than TPS but was enjoyable
not going to restart the roflment as found above, as webb says each there own!

Im a Hardcore RPG player if it dont have a story that could fill 3 books, character building that requires a spread sheet and a maths degree its a dumb down floaty lite RPG :P

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Comment #201 by Epic5ofSpades
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 08:04:10 AM
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Really glad to see that Fable did make an imprint, I really enjoyed it. And also glad to see that you haven't dropped to your knees to worship black ops.

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Comment #202 by AlexisInFlames
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 09:22:13 AM
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Mass Effect 2 shouldnt have got goty, it should have gotten 2nd. Mass Effect is my favorite game series however i believe red dead did something new whereas me2 didnt

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Comment #203 by Opiate42
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 09:42:17 AM
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No I just skimmed the witicisms and sarcastic comments, but still worthwhile.

All Hail Mass Effect 2!!!!

ME3 can't get released soon enough for my liking. The wait will be worth it.

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Comment #204 by McNerget
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 11:51:47 AM
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@5 Not at all! Reach is so over hyped.

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Comment #205 by timm the zombie
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 01:34:42 PM
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Mass Effect 2 was one of the best games I've ever played. The absolutely beautiful openning sequence stands as one of the best ever. RDR also deserves everything they got. It's such a deep experience that never dulls. I loved GTA4 but I bored of it. RDR has such a great story, and you can waste hours just hunting, playing poker, and doing the little side missions.

Castlevania sounds great I'm gonna have to give it a try. I saw it at E3 but didn't get a chance to play and I keep forgetting about it.

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Comment #206 by NawtyCawty
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 03:24:27 PM
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Wow Mass Effect 2 must be good. I have never played it personally as the first one was so fucking dull and annoying I didnt bother. But cant argue with too many of the choices, apart from Rock Band of course. I cant see how it can even be classed as a game to be honest, let alone have innovative feature of the year. Oh well. Far too many sequels in 2010 for my liking, lets hope 2011 has some original games, though I very much doubt it.

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Comment #207 by sonicdevron
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 09:10:54 PM
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I actually agree with most of the list besides the Rock Band part, but, I'm biased for not liking music games much.

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Comment #208 by Liek50Ninjas
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 11:53:15 PM
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@18 Did you seriously just call Reach "underrated"? Really? That really happened and I'm not hallucinating?

the fuck man?

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Comment #209 by Allan Caesar
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 04:08:47 AM
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My only complaint is that Super Meat Boy was not a choice to be nominated. :(

Other then that, i am very happy Mass Effect 2 won Game of the Year. it deserved it. Unlike Gamespot giving everything to Red Dead. Jesus..

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Comment #210 by ademlakey
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 05:24:33 AM
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better than gamespots choices.

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Comment #211 by Rigger X
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 05:37:57 AM
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I was pretty surprised with Mass Effect 2 getting GOTY, not going to complain about it, just surprised.
Only game I do not agree with on the list is Halo Reach for best multiplayer... meh.

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Comment #212 by niko da bos
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 10:41:00 AM
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reach best multiplayer... what a joke

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Comment #213 by Tkbacon99
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 01:21:57 PM
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@201 Really? Drop your knees? It is a good game, and the only reason why you probably hate it because it has Call of Duty in the front of it. Please everyone, go to the doctor and get cured of the MW2 disease, and you will see that Black Ops isn't that bad of a game.

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Comment #214 by buck wyyld
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 02:22:28 PM
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Reach totally rules--everything else trails. Mass Effect 2 is a nice choice for GOTY, though--definitely one of the only interesting RPG's out there. Nice choices, based on what I've played. Good job, guys.

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Comment #215 by MASS DOMINATION
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 03:46:43 PM
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this is one of the best lists I've seen from all the gaming sites i visit. there are some awards i disagree with (best new IP, biggest surprise), but u can never get what u want with every award.

my favourite games were mass effect 2, alan wake, NFS, assassins creed and splinter cell. I'm glad ME2 got the biggest award but i would have given NFS, splinter cell or transformers a nomination for best multiplayer. I had the most fun all year when playing splinter cell deniable ops with a buddy and the inclusion of a second coop ONLY campaign is something deserving of an award imo. NFS was also great fun online and transformers completely blew me away with their online. i expected nothing from that game but i tried the demo, loved it, bought it, and played through the campaign and ranked up each unique robo-class to the max level without ever feeling like i was just grinding it for the achieveo's

I would have swapped NFS for transformers in the "Biggest Surprise" category since i was very confident that NFS would be awesome since they went back to their roots and got criterion to make it. Transformers like i said, i thought was gonna be bad and turned out to be a great game.

Overall though, a great list!

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Comment #216 by Mr Deftino
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 05:51:06 PM
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Scott Pilgrim should have at least been a runner up in original score. The music in that game is incredible!

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Comment #217 by EMP
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 06:23:38 PM
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@5 don't hate it but it has become boring..

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Comment #218 by Kaifory
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 10:03:25 PM
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How did Halo beat FFXIII in Best Original Score?

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Comment #219 by matt08buzz
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 10:14:34 PM
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post 3

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Comment #220 by Furl
Thursday, January 13, 2011 @ 05:30:05 AM
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Hold on, let me get this straight.


Sorry I just had to type that so I could actually see it.
And now I've said it out loud a few times I think I realised something else.


Jesus I honestly have never seen anything so wrong in my entire life.

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Comment #221 by queeg
Thursday, January 13, 2011 @ 06:30:35 AM
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I disagree with most of this list, most strongly with limbo winning arcade game of the year. Super meat boy wins it hands down for me.
Assassins creed brotherhood should of definately got best multiplayer as its actually new, whereas reach really isn't any different to halo 3. I've not played mass effect 2 but assassins creed definately has a better story than alan wake. If you disagree simple ask yourself who are they talking about during the end credits (hint, it's not desmond)

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Comment #222 by reebokbl
Thursday, January 13, 2011 @ 06:36:00 AM
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I would slightly change this list
GOTY - Brotherhood, although it is published very late
PUBLISHER - Ubisoft or Rockstar, not Microsoft people :)))
many things I would like to change, even though there is a lot subjective SF-based opinion (too much Halo, Mass Effect bla bla bla...)
I live in a country (Bosnia and Herzegovina) where there aren't so many Xbox consoles and people are nto so addicted to these kind of games, but poeple like Assassin's Creed, RDR, Just Cause etc.

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Comment #223 by InFlames
Thursday, January 13, 2011 @ 12:52:36 PM
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I thought (or better hoped) that it actually could be Alan Wake! Anyway, a good choice!

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Comment #224 by kenny d
Thursday, January 13, 2011 @ 02:31:07 PM
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K As much as I enjoy playing Black Ops, Brotherhood, Reach, and RDR MORE than Mass Effect 2, you have to give the damn credit where credit is RIGHTFULLY DUE...

MASS EFFECT 2 is not only a 360 game (hence why it should be a strong candidate for a site like this), but it's one of the only games ever that CARRY ON YOUR CHARACTERS' PROGRESS FROM THE FIRST! Amazing graphics, almost-as-good-as-Gears of War gameplay, great script, huge, epic scope, and it's lengthy enough for just 1 playthrough even!

Black Ops, as much as it is the best COD game yet, it is not worthy enough, for its high reputation.

Brotherhood, though the MP is unique and the SP is still great, it's not groundbreaking enough of a sequel, like AC2 was, which rightfully got it last year.

Reach is the deepest, most polished shooter I've ever played, and the best overall 360 Halo's a close runner-up

RDR is such a marvellously-crafted game, and as immersive as a game gets this year, but it's still a bit too similar to GTA IV, so it's not that groundbreaking either.

Fallout: New Vegas is everything I liked about Fallout 3 with more features, some that I was pissed off that wasn't in #3 (like not being able to ADS? FUCKING LAME!), but the glitches just doesn't make it deserving enough (as much as I love the game).

Fable III I agree is NOT game of the year AT ALL, but IMO the MOST UNDERRATED GAME, and even the most underrated series...It has one of the best scripts, aesthetics, worlds, humour, and even some features that it brought to the table (with both games).

Bayonetta, SC: Conviction and Alan Wake I'm sure are good games (but I'd personally want to play AW more :P), but they're too short, most likely.

But yeah ME2 rightfully takes it :P

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Comment #225 by Rodeo Legend
Thursday, January 13, 2011 @ 04:17:29 PM
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The only difference I would have made to this list would have been Mass Effect 2 winning all categories and the runners up too!

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Comment #226 by Flekshin
Thursday, January 13, 2011 @ 04:27:09 PM
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halo reach doesn't deserve that much recognition. bungie focuses on putting out map packs before fixing things, and the maps are complete shit that came with the game anyways.

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Comment #227 by Yunder
Thursday, January 13, 2011 @ 08:40:49 PM
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I liked Mass Effect 2...

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Comment #228 by Shrimper77
Friday, January 14, 2011 @ 06:04:33 AM
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just pleased to see Black Ops, most over hyped rubbish, won exactly what it deserves ...nothing.

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Comment #229 by mrkilur
Friday, January 14, 2011 @ 06:47:07 AM
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@226 putting out map packs... that came with the game?
need i say more?

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Comment #230 by Dead Centurion
Friday, January 14, 2011 @ 09:33:55 AM
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Im glad singularity got some recognition, its great when games like that deserve a mention and just because theyre not splattered all over your TV in advertising people miss them, Alan wake and ME2 are great games, black ops should have been in the category for multiplayer but i believe BF2 should have won, bayonetta is artistic and stylish but GOTY 3rd...really? i think people have just felt sorry for this game that didnt do to well and stuck it in there, and fallout new vegas, not even a mention, some good choices, but some bad ones guys

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Comment #231 by Brother Cloud
Friday, January 14, 2011 @ 10:26:45 AM
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I didn't think deadly premonition would make the cut, i loved alan wake, but deadly premonition had a better story. Glad black ops didn't win anything, so disapointed i went and bought cod4 again, what a game. Mass Effect 2 deserves goty, i'm glad you didn't make rdr win, was good but nothing special.

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Comment #232 by lizard9979
Friday, January 14, 2011 @ 11:15:15 AM
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Perfect awards ceremony if you ask me. Totally agree and love that you don't make your decisions based on the $$$$ a game made.

You rock fellas.

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Comment #233 by Tkbacon99
Friday, January 14, 2011 @ 03:18:56 PM
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@228 How is Black Ops "rubbish"? People are calling it the best Call of Duty, even better than 4. Please explain how Black Ops sucks. Because I think you hate it because it has Call of Duty in front of it and you are still suffering from MW2 sickness.

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Comment #234 by macou
Friday, January 14, 2011 @ 03:41:10 PM
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nass efect2 no 1
good game and good winner, but halo??
damn this game sucks even harder as halo 3 and odst.
cant even think about buying this game, bungie still sucks, glad this was the last 1.
early preview game of the year 2011
1.Gears of war3
2.bulletstorm noir
2011 will have the sickest relaeses ever

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Comment #235 by XGamer
Friday, January 14, 2011 @ 11:11:44 PM
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These game of year awards are wrong! Try again in 2011!

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Comment #236 by A J
Saturday, January 15, 2011 @ 05:18:49 AM
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Wow ME is boring as hell, why game of the year?
And why is Crackdown 2 classed as a dissappointment, it was awesome.
AC: Brotherhood sould have got GOTY not boring Mass Effect.
Let your fanboy thumbs down go crazy. . .

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Comment #237 by uglytruth
Saturday, January 15, 2011 @ 09:09:09 AM
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Why is fallout New Vegas never mentioned. I never saw it once on the xbox dashboard when it was released? Best rpg shooter in my opinion and to end the game droping the general off the hoover dam... priceless

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Comment #238 by Devdawg17
Saturday, January 15, 2011 @ 09:27:48 AM
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In my humble opinion this is one of the best GOTY lists on any website i regularly visit. Nearly all ive seen have CodBlops as best shooter and RDR as Goty.both well made games, just not deserving of those awards. nice to see an original list with well written reasons behind those picks. Only disagreements are best shooter(id went with BC2)and the statement that ACB took a "sideways step" in the musical score department. Awesome list though, glad to see Castlevania grab up an award, a truly underrated game by most imo.

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Comment #239 by FoxViper1
Saturday, January 15, 2011 @ 11:17:43 AM
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there should be more RDR awards(RDR had best multiplayer this year)IMO.

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Comment #240 by Bl4nkShot
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 02:20:29 AM
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see this is why i like this site. i completely agree with everything. they even mentioned alan wake and singularity, which i though were two under-appreciated games of the year!

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Comment #241 by givemesomelager
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 10:02:00 AM
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haha fanboy votes now im losing just as much respect for this site as i did gamefaqs

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Comment #242 by KennyP702
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 11:50:01 AM
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Glad to see Bayonetta on there

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Comment #243 by Quake007
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 11:57:16 AM
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@233, Who saya Cod BO is the best Cod out there? I want what they're smoking.

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Comment #244 by pinkfluff1
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 06:11:32 PM
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Battlefield deserves more kudos as it was just a total blast and never got old for me. Really made team work essential when other shooters lack that element to gaming that makes it so social. Mass Effect 2 was awesome as well and deserves its recognition
Such a great year really :)

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Comment #245 by Tkbacon99
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 12:25:12 AM
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@243 Alot of people that I have played with have said this... I personally think CoD4 was the best but Black Ops has to be number 2 on my list.

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Comment #246 by Blueprotoss
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 05:30:48 PM
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The awards this year seems to be biased to the Exclusives even though Multiplatform titles deserved them.

Best Story doesn't belong to Alan Wake because its jut another Stephen King novel.

Best Multiplayer doesn't belong to Reach because there were more games that had better like Monday Night Combat, RDR, and Black Ops.

Best Original Score belongs to Red Dead Redemption because it clearly had the better Score.

The Best Publisher either belongs to EA for ME2/Hot Pursuit or Rockstar for the whole RDR package.

Like I said this year belongs to the Multiplatform games because MS couldn't dish out a good Exclusive compared to great Multiform titles for 2010.

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Comment #247 by Murphy Nox
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 @ 09:01:15 AM
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The people who say that Mass Effect 2 is a dumbed down version of Mass Effect 1 always make me laugh. They made the game much more streamlined and took out all the technical issues that were in Mass Effect 1, they got rid of that terrible inventory system and the broken Weapon Mod mechanic that made the game ridiculously easy, plus the bloody texture loading while in a conversation, eughh....

You guys that think it isn't an RPG because it removed these things don't even know what a RPG is in the first place. Mass Effect 2 was a much more refined game
If you don't think that the Mod system was broken then you should attempt ME1 on Insanity. 2 was a lot more challenging cause the game was way more balanced.

The only one I disagree with is Arcade Game of the Year, should've gone to Super Meat Boy.

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Comment #248 by Blueprotoss
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 @ 11:58:57 PM
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@ 247. Mass Effect 2 is a very dumbed down RPG just like Fable 2 because the target audience was the casual crowd for simple streamlined gameplay. You could say that ME2 was Gears with a very basic RPG system.

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Comment #249 by TalesOfPants
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 01:09:37 PM
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I personally have to go with Bayonetta as my GOTY, but that'll obviously vary from person to person. It's easily the most fun I've had with a game in years.

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Comment #250 by andrewwsmith
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 02:47:24 PM
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i like cheese

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Comment #251 by simon_super_sheep
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 08:02:40 AM
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i dont play call of duty black op's but im suprised to not see it up there well done to halo reach it deserved multi player of the year i always thought halo reach multi player is better than halo 3 multi player.
i would have liked to see assassins creed brotherhood in a few more list's but obviously looking at the list's it is hard competiton.
good list hope next goty award's are as good as this goty award

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Comment #252 by RTRD_Mayhem
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 01:23:43 PM
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holy fucking comments.

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Comment #253 by XGearskillerX
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 11:21:02 PM
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Bayonetta was terrible!

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Comment #254 by Ethereal235
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 12:43:01 AM
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I was surprised that RDR didn't get a nod for the soundtrack that game had. I thought the music really helped make the atmosphere for that game. I listen to it fairly often on my iPod.

I'll have to check out of a few of these, when I have time.

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Comment #255 by jgates0923
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 07:03:18 PM
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I have never understood why people argue that the runners up in the list like this deserve to be number one. Every list is subject to opinion and anyone with half a brain knows that ALL (yes, I said all), the games listed here are worthy of your time and money. The fact that they made the list at all out of hundreds of games this year proves your point and the opposing one. Where these games are placed doesn't matter, it's getting here that counts.

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Comment #256 by KashThePriest
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 07:03:50 PM
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I found Bayonetta to not really be that original, it felt more like a Devil May Cry game imo so I was surprised to see it get so many noms but thought hey it won't win anything but it got best new franchise and top 3 for a lot of stuff which was pretty surprising to me

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Comment #257 by darkwolf660
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 07:31:07 PM
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my god there are so many comments

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Comment #258 by Aidz999
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 07:18:16 AM
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2010 was a great year for games, looking forward to the year ahead. Cant wait for GOW3!

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Comment #259 by Zombii Panda
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 04:48:13 PM
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Bayonetta seems to be highly rated by you guys, I bought it ages ago but haven't even put it into my Xbox yet, like a lot of my games...I think I should give it a go in a bit. :)

Other than that, I own most of the games on the top list so that's good. Hehe. (I also own most of the disappointing games too. e_e)

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Comment #260 by The_Omnigamer
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 04:00:10 AM
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So so so sooooo glad that Alan Wake won best story. Hands down, there shouldn't have been much of a contest in that department. Understand why it didn't win GotY, but at least out of all that I played, there wasn't a tale that twisted my mind more than that one.

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Comment #261 by IIXX
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 04:23:09 PM
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good list but best multiplayer shouldn't have went to halo reach.. as much as i hate to say this, it honestly should've to Black Ops.. and that's not because im a cod fanboy (i already sold my black ops), its because of how many players are online. if you go look at halo reach, theres only like 1-200k people online, whereas black ops has min 600k a day.

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Comment #262 by Jericho666
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 06:43:13 PM
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Don't agree with awarding a developer award to any company who implements the unfair to families 'online pass' system or any pre-order bonus that is one profile only and not registered to the console. So in short, EA,THQ or Ubisoft.

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Comment #263 by St Jolly777
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 01:00:58 PM
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Surprised Fallout NV didn't make disappointment of the certainly was mine.

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Comment #264 by chicaqo
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 04:55:32 PM
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Very good list

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Comment #265 by Quake007
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 08:32:42 PM
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@261 That's not what the award is based on. Popularity means nothing.

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Comment #266 by Wintallica
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 03:25:30 PM
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Black Ops has best multiplayer hands down.

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Comment #267 by High Lord Sigma
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:16:18 PM
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By the ad populum logic some people are using here, Sniper: Ghost Warrior should have been one of the best games of the year. Think about that.

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Comment #268 by fodom101
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 02:13:10 AM
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The only one I do not agree with is the "Biggest Disappointment of The Year". The Force Unleashed 2 was a good game, not a great game, but a good one. There were more disappointing games out there in 2010. Also, Crackdown 2 was a great addition to the Crackdown franchise. It was fun, enjoyable, and very addictive. Medal of Honor to me, was the biggest disappointment of 2010. But, I can agree with Hawkx 2 being on the biggest disappointment list.

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Comment #269 by Rolled
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 03:49:08 PM
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Wow didnt no mass effect 2 won GOTY, so random, where was Call of Duty on any of these awards???

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Comment #270 by James0741
Tuesday, February 01, 2011 @ 12:56:12 PM
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I got Mass Effect 2 and thought it was a great Sci-Fi game with excellent graphics, I played the 1st game twice because it was great but I played the 2nd one about 6 times over, I can't wait for Mass Effect 3!

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Comment #271 by horrormoose
Tuesday, February 01, 2011 @ 01:19:58 PM
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Nice guys!
I like the setup a lot, great awards and great winners.

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Comment #272 by clusterbomber
Tuesday, February 01, 2011 @ 04:19:41 PM
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game of the year for me was probably bad company 2

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Comment #273 by Play N Skillz
Tuesday, February 01, 2011 @ 10:03:42 PM
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Call of duty may have a big community but that doesnt make it any better than the past few that i liked (WaW & 4) big respect for the x360a staff on giving the facts and not opinions about the games. Anyways I agree that the top 3 of last year should be Bayonetta, Halo, and Mass Effect all great games

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Comment #274 by Play N Skillz
Tuesday, February 01, 2011 @ 10:06:48 PM
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also i think Final Fantasy should take the score :)

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Comment #275 by Blueprotoss
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 12:15:59 PM
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@ 260. Alan Wake was just another Steven King novel, which made the game have an Unoriginal story.

@ 273. They still gave out their own Opinions especially with the whole Exclusivity choices being the main thing on their list. If they gave out the Facts as going with the majority then the only competition would be RDR, Black Ops, Dead Rising 2, and Mass Effect. Also if they gave out the Facts then there would only be Multiplatform games on the list because the Exclusive titles in 2010 weren't up to pare with the Multiplatform titles. Bayonetta hd no reason for being on this list especially when Vanquish was the better Devil May Cry game of 2010.

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Comment #276 by Epic V2
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 02:52:22 PM
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Mass effect 2 is game of the year for me!

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Comment #277 by shockfire3DG
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 03:51:32 PM
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Reach is awesome. I'm glad it won something.

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Comment #278 by StyledBear
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 06:26:47 PM
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Mass Effect 2, fantastic game which whilst not up to its predecessor still eclipsed anything else this year. IMO of course...

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Comment #279 by Tomafork XD FTW
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 01:22:30 AM
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@55 fallout & rdr ftw!

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