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Game of the Year Awards 2011 - The Nominees

Game of the Year Awards 2011 - The Nominees

Written Monday, December 26, 2011 By Dan Webb
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I know it’s something that we’ve been saying for years now, but it’s true for this year, more than ever: this year was the best year for gaming, ever. Not only was 2011 a triumphant year for video games, but it was an incredible time to be a gamer. We’re not just talking from a quality standpoint here either, because there was plenty of innovation, a brief glimpse into what we can expect in the future and tonnes of games that truly captured our imaginations.

Before we sit down and tell you our winners of the year, which we’ll bring your way on New Year’s Eve as we always do, let us first give you a sneak peak at the final nominees for each of the thirteen categories. After taking nominations from the editorial staff, we managed to finally whittle each category down to just five games… five games who all stood a chance of being either on that elusive winner’s spot at the top of the podium, or at least grabbing a runners-up spot.

Here’s our final list of nominees for Game of the Year 2011:

Best Premise of the Year
Dark Souls
Batman: Arkham City
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
LA Noire
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Best Story of the Year
LA Noire
Portal 2
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Dead Space 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Best Multiplayer of the Year
Modern Warfare 3
FIFA 12
Gears of War 3
DiRT 3
Battlefield 3

Best Graphics of the Year
Gears of War 3
Forza 4
Rage
Crysis 2
Rayman: Origins

Best Original Score of the Year
Halo: Anniversary
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
LA Noire

New Franchise of the Year
Dead Island
LA Noire
Bulletstorm
Brink
Rage

Arcade Game of the Year
Torchlight
Stacking
Iron Brigade
Outland
Bastion

Innovative Gameplay Feature of the Year
Driver: San Francisco’s Shift Mechanic
Brink’s Blurring of Traditional Game Modes
Bulletstorm’s Killshot System
LA Noire’s Facial Mocap
Portal 2’s Puzzle Mechanics

Surprise of the Year
Sonic Generations
Driver: San Francisco
The Gunstringer
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
Rayman: Origins

Disappointment of the Year
Call of Juarez: The Cartel
Need For Speed: The Run
Duke Nukem Forever
Red Faction: Armageddon
Bodycount

Developer of the Year
Valve
Eidos Montreal
Epic Games
Volition
Rocksteady

Publisher of the Year
Bethesda
Ubisoft
THQ
Microsoft Game Studios
EA

Game of the Year
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Batman: Arkham City
Gears of War 3
Portal 2

Check back on the 31st of this month to see who this year's winners and runners-up are. You won't want to miss this one!





 
 

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Comment #1 by BKV
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 04:10:50 PM
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I hope Arkham City ends up Game of the Year.
Valve and Rocksteady for Developer.
DNForever for disappointment :(

Will wait to find out what x360a votes on.


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Comment #2 by Papa Gooch
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 04:11:39 PM
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S K Y R I M


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Comment #3 by zaknafeinGR
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 04:13:58 PM
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Give Rayman Origins the Surprise award!!! ;-)

Also SKYRIM & Bats should rock the rest..

Merry Christmas to all of you guys! I wish the best for everyone!


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Comment #4 by ParoXysm QC
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 04:19:28 PM
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Rayman was such a good game, I'm so glad to see it in the "Best Graphics" category as they were simply beautiful.


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Comment #5 by MythosEngineer
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 04:30:13 PM
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best graphics is a let down... none of those would be anywhere near that for me.


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Comment #6 by Zombies
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 04:54:35 PM
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@5, really? personally forza to me is the best looking game on a console, the others you could maybe debate from different views, but forza4 is just beautiful


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Comment #7 by Dlark17
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 05:06:48 PM
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Premise: Any of the top three I'm fine with. Skyrim is not revolutionary in that regard.
Story: Probly Deus Ex, but that's mostly from hearsay (and negating the ones on there I've played).
Multiplayer: Gears (I'm partial. I'd probably concede to Battlefield, though, from what I've been told of it).
Graphics: Why is this even a contest? Rayman is cool and innovative, but Crysis almost had me in tears over its beauty. I mean, have you SEEN the way they make fire look?!
Original Score: AC:R or Deus Ex. Skyrim has a few good tracks, but the rest blend in to boring ambiance.
New Franchise: Bulletstorm (again, partial. But if they reign in the seriousness of the story and let the sequel be as balls-to-the-walls ridiculous as the gameplay, they're set).
Arcade Game: Haven't played any of them seriously, so... Bastion? It's been the best rated, I know. Otherwise I'd give Double Fine the nod on one of those.
Gameplay Feature: Probly Driver. Cuz I don't know what Brink did and the rest are basically alterations on old mechanics (even skillshots have been done before. See WET, etc.).
Surprise: Rayman or Driver. Because I've heard nothing on the other two, and, come on, we knew that Twisted Pixel couldn't disappoint. ;)
Disappointment: Duke, for all the fools who thought it'd actually be good.
Developer: Volition. All the way. Saints Row was WAY WAY WAY too much fun (and a not half-bad story, to boot)! Otherwise Epic, because above and two games out in one year to decent-amazing reviews.
Publisher: Not THQ. Bethesda just falls under mark for only releasing one good (though, surprisingly seriously good. Like I'm going to finish this post and run right back to it good) game. Any of the rest, go get em.
GotY: Deus Ex is just shy of competing with the big boys. And Portal 2 is trash by compare. Let Batman, Fenix and the Dovakiin duke it out for the title!


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Comment #8 by TH3 XB0X G3N1U5
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 05:53:53 PM
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Best Multiplayer of the Year
Modern Warfare 3
FIFA 12
Gears of War 3
DiRT 3
Battlefield 3



Lol, 4 out of 5 games are number 3 in their respective series', funny how it works out like that.


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Comment #9 by mavmaniac43
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 06:27:11 PM
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Elder Scrolls for game of the year.


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Comment #10 by blackout529
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 07:13:48 PM
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Why wait till the 31st? You guys are obviously giving Skyrim GotY.


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Comment #11 by UNDERWALLY
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 07:47:41 PM
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Best Premise of the Year
LA Noire


Best Story of the Year
Portal 2


Best Multiplayer of the Year
FIFA 12

Best Graphics of the Year
Rayman: Origins

Best Original Score of the Year
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


New Franchise of the Year
Dead Island


Arcade Game of the Year
Bastion

Innovative Gameplay Feature of the Year
LA Noire’s Facial Mocap


Surprise of the Year
Rayman: Origins

Disappointment of the Year
Duke Nukem Forever


Developer of the Year
Volition


Publisher of the Year
EA

Game of the Year
Portal 2


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Comment #12 by linkin10362
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 09:02:06 PM
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Bastion should be in Best Original Score. It has some of the best songs this year in games easily. Build That Wall and Setting Sail, Coming Home come to mind as the top two.


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Comment #13 by mjc0961
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 10:52:38 PM
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"New Franchise of the Year
Dead Island
Brink"

wut

"Publisher of the Year
Bethesda
THQ
EA"

WUT

Bethesda published bad games (Brink) or games that had massive technical problems (Rage, Skyrim).
THQ - Saints Row The Third 40 weeks of DLC crap.
EA - It's fucking EA. Do I really have to explain?


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Comment #14 by Amato605x
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 11:04:49 PM
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Best Premise of the Year
Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Best Story of the Year
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Best Multiplayer of the Year
Gears of War 3

Best Graphics of the Year
Crysis 2

Best Original Score of the Year
Halo: Anniversary

New Franchise of the Year
LA Noire


Arcade Game of the Year
Bastion

Innovative Gameplay Feature of the Year
LA Noire’s Facial Mocap


Surprise of the Year
Sonic Generations

Disappointment of the Year
Duke Nukem Forever

Developer of the Year
Epic Games

Publisher of the Year
Bethesda

Game of the Year
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


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Comment #15 by xxx orange
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 11:06:30 PM
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What I want to know is how a almost 2d game (rayman) beat BF3 in graphics?
IMO BF3 had the best graphics this year apart from crysis 2.


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Comment #16 by Tomafork XD FTW
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 11:09:40 PM
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goty is sooooo hard, the only 1 that isnt worthy is gears3:P anyone else sick of boring gears dlcs?


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Comment #17 by fax5jrj
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 12:17:03 AM
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Best Premise of the Year
Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Best Story of the Year
Portal 2/Dead Space 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim didn't have a good story.... I realize it's a really it's a good game, but it has to be the most overrated game ever made....

Best Multiplayer of the Year
Battlefield 3

Best Graphics of the Year
Crysis 2

Best Original Score of the Year
Deus Ex: Human Revolution

New Franchise of the Year
LA Noire

Arcade Game of the Year
Iron Brigade

Innovative Gameplay Feature of the Year
LA Noire’s Facial Mocap

Surprise of the Year
Haven't played any...

Disappointment of the Year
Everyone knows it's Duke Nukem, why bother nominating anything else?

Developer of the Year
Valve
Epic Games, uhhhh no.

Publisher of the Year
EA: They were on the ball this year. Would've been Bathesda, but they published Brink.

Game of the Year
Portal 2, even though I know it's going to be Skyrim.

PS, you know it was a bad year when Brink was nominated for anything except worst game.


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Comment #18 by fax5jrj
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 12:19:38 AM
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OK, sorry for the double post, but I just realized Dead Space 2 wasn't nominated for best graphics...? What the hell? I know they weren't the best but they were certainly better than Gears 3.


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Comment #19 by Tomafork XD FTW
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 01:32:26 AM
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@18 is right, why does anyone think that gears3 has good graphics?


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Comment #20 by TheBrute1997
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 02:53:01 AM
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Because Gears 3 does have great graphics maybe...?


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Comment #21 by Cee Reno
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 03:58:22 AM
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If there was any justice in the world -

1. Batman for GOTY (Just ahead of Skyrim.)
2. Dead Space 2 to win something, anything.
3. MW3 to win fuck all.


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Comment #22 by BauerPower
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 05:24:35 AM
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Great list, maybe Dead Space 2 deserved a little more love, but generally a well thought out set of nominees. Can't see anything other than Skyrim winning GOTY though.


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Comment #23 by Brickheart
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 05:26:45 AM
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I'm just glad to see that Deus Ex has some recognition even if it doesn't win. The VGA's totally blew over that game.


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Comment #24 by Aussie27Legend
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 06:47:25 AM
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Best Premise of the Year - Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Best Story of the Year - LA Noire
Best Multiplayer of the Year - Gears of War 3
Best Graphics of the Year - Rayman: Origins
Best Original Score of the Year - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
New Franchise of the Year - LA Noire
Arcade Game of the Year - Stacking
Innovative Gameplay Feature of the Year - LA Noire's facial mocap
Surprise of the Year - Rayman: Origins
Disappointment of the Year - Call of Juarez: the Cartel
Developer of the Year - Valve
Publisher of the Year - Bethesda
Game of the Year - Portal 2

Those would be my choices :)


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Comment #25 by HugTheBear
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 08:34:21 AM
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Haven't played all of the choices. Here are my choices based off what I have played:

Best Premise of the Year:
Skyrim

Best Story of the Year:
LA Noire

Best Multiplayer of the Year:
MW3

Best Graphics of the Year:
Crysis 2

Best Original Score of the Year:
Skyrim

New Franchise of the Year:
Rage

Arcade Game of the Year:
Bastion

Innovative Gameplay Feature of the Year:
LA Noire's Facial Mocap

Surprise of the Year:
Rayman: Origins

Disappointment of the Year:
(adding one to your list)- Brink

Developer of the Year:
Valve

Publisher of the Year:
Bethesda

Game of the Year:
I'd pick Batman, but the DLC is awful. Skryim or GoW3 would be my pick.

















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Comment #26 by Coruba
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 09:09:43 AM
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Best Premise of the Year

LA Noire

Best Story of the Year

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Best Multiplayer of the Year

Gears of War 3

Best Graphics of the Year

Forza 4

Best Original Score of the Year

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

New Franchise of the Year

Rage

Arcade Game of the Year

Seriously? Sonic CD

Innovative Gameplay Feature of the Year

None really

Surprise of the Year

The Gunstringer ( I honestly thought it would be horrid )

Disappointment of the Year

Duke Nukem Forever

Developer of the Year

Epic Games

Publisher of the Year

Microsoft Game Studios

Game of the Year

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


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Comment #27 by eskEMO
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 09:19:34 AM
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Gonna have to give the love to Portal for innovation and honestly for my GOTY. Love it to death.



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Comment #28 by Hellhog
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 09:34:47 AM
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Best Graphics nominees is messed up. How is Rayman Origins in that? That is not a best graphics type of game, instead thats something that should be in Best Visual Style. Battlefield 3 should be in Best Graphics. You can argue it if you want but no game looks better than Crysis 2 and Battlefield 3 as far as console goes.


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Comment #29 by FriendCode
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 09:55:35 AM
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The fact that Brink even got nominated. Ugh. Did they just have a monkey draw them from a hat or something?


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Comment #30 by snazzyskier
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 10:29:21 AM
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You guys really ought to add Brink to the Disappointment of the Year category.


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Comment #31 by EcT Felix
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 11:17:23 AM
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How the hell is NOT Homefront in "best new franchise of the year" Jeez...

read this.. it's my top 5: http://www.gamereactor.no/blog/flixa/30551/


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Comment #32 by BBowles
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 11:32:15 AM
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Best Story of the Year
LA Noire
Portal 2
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Dead Space 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Is it just me, or was this year a sad year for the rpg market? Don't get me wrong, i loved Deus Ex and Skyrim. But best story of the year? Seems to be a dying feature in games anymore.

@28 I would agree that Crysis 2 and BF3 are the best looking games on Xbox, but not on consoles :P


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Comment #33 by BBowles
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 11:49:57 AM
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@31 while I cannot that website due to not understanding the language, I still find the top 5 on it to be a bad selection of games. Forza 4, really? On top of being a racing game, which is a small market, it is essentially a prettier looking version of Forza 3. Sure it has Kinect features, and I have no doubt the game is the best racing game out there, but that hardly qualifies it as GotY. Red Faction, with all its mediocre reviews, hardly has a place above games like Gears of War 3 or BF3. Portal 2 is an acceptable nominee. Homefront, I'm not very familiar with....which normally says something about a game. But again, don't have any real info on it other than how it was supposed to be "realistic" and yet civilians have rocket launchers >_>. Rayman:Origins deserves a place in Aracde game of the year, but I highly doubt ANY arcade game will have enough substance and playtime to it to be considered a GotY nominee.


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Comment #34 by EcT Felix
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 12:34:57 PM
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@33.. thank you for comment :D i will take time and see over again. But again. It's my opinion! :P


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Comment #35 by rusty_nzl
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 03:26:45 PM
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The last category should be for GOTY runner up because everyone knows who the winner is going to be.


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Comment #36 by Targus
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 04:46:59 PM
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Just my opinion on these:

Best Premise of the Year - Either Dark Souls or deus ex for me (Skyrim and Arkham city are also very good)

Best Story of the Year - Portal 2/Deus Ex (although stories could of been better)

Best Multiplayer of the Year - Probably MW3 (BF3 to me, failed on alot of promises and felt a little rushed, but still highly enjoyable)


Best Graphics of the Year - Probably RAGE - looks great when installed on console and runs smooth.

Best Original Score of the Year - Halo's score has always been fantastic, but deus ex and skyrim are also right up there


New Franchise of the Year - Possibly dead island (future developments could take this idea a LONG way aswell). Rage was also a descent new franchise. Bulletstorm and LA Noire didn't capture my attention for too long. Brink failed, miserably.


Arcade Game of the Year - Bastion, but torchlight was awsome aswell.


Innovative Gameplay Feature of the Year - Portal 2’s Puzzle Mechanics

Surprise of the Year - Rayman: Origins

Disappointment of the Year - Duke Nukem Forever

Developer of the Year - Valve or Eidos Montreal


Publisher of the Year - Bethesda


Game of the Year - I'm still thinking about this...






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Comment #37 by ash356
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 05:30:38 PM
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I'm sorry, but I don't see how Activision have been snubbed for 'Publisher of the year' when they remain one of the few publishers who haven't started this online pass bull****. They may run games into the ground, but at least they're not p***ing on the pre-owned market.
But anyways:
Best Premise: LA Noire
Best story: LA Noire (Even though I haven't finished yet :3)
Best multiplayer: Battlefield 3
Best graphics: No opinion on this.
Best score: Creed Revelations.
New franchise: LA Noire (Again...)
Innovative gameplay: LA Noires face cap
Surprise: Driver San Fran
Dissapointment: DNF
Developer: Rocksteady
Publisher: Bethesda
GOTY: Skyrim :3


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Comment #38 by ash356
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 05:33:03 PM
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^Oh and FYI: I still wouldn't have chose Acti for publisher anyway. Just I don't see how THQ get a nod, when they're essentially trying to sell people cheat codes.


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Comment #39 by its delicious
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 06:06:14 PM
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Deus Ex was really nice at first blush (Yellow Blade Runner, yay!), but it does have issues that'll stop it from taking any top spot. Not enough depth, whether compared to other games in the series or other games in general.

Disappointment, easily Duke Nukem. That's a front runner for Disappointment of the Decade (this one and last one).


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Comment #40 by ConfederateSuga
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 06:18:59 PM
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@39 If you think Duke Nukem was one of the biggest disappointments of the decade, I seriously question your integrity as a gamer lol.

Anyways, since I don't care about half those categories, I'll just post the ones I do think should win.

Game of the Year: Skyrim or Arkham City, hands down.

Arcade Game of the Year: Trenched (Iron Brigade). I do respect people for saying Bastion and Torchlight but I totally think Bastion is one of the most over-rated games of all-time and Torchlight was mediocre because it lacked multiplayer. Trenched brought a fresh perspective to the tower defense genre and was highly addictive. Just a shame they didn't put any DLC out for it.

Best Multiplayer Game of the Year: MW3. As much as it pains me, there's just nothing that even comes close to it. Gears has outworn its welcome, Battlefield 3 was cool at first, but no one gives a shit about it anymore and there's just nothing else that really stands out. Portal 2 was fun, but let's face it, 2-player co-op games just don't cut it in a world with 18+ player competitive multiplayer games.

Publisher of the Year: Anyone but EA.


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Comment #41 by a dying animal
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 07:39:04 PM
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Premise: Skyrim.
Story: Skyrim
Multiplayer: BF3
Graphics: Crysis 2
Score: Creed
Franchise: Dead Island
Arcade: Bastion
Innovation: LA Noire
Surprise: Rayman
Disapointment: Duke Nukem
Developer: EPIC
Publisher: Microsoft
GOTY: Skyrim

Sorry to take up space but i felt like noting my opinion, based on the games i have played. Lack of everything played is why it's not a public vote.


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Comment #42 by mistwhisper117
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 08:10:08 PM
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Best Premise of the Year: Batman: Arkham City?
Best Story of the Year: Portal 2
Best Multiplayer of the Year: Gears of War 3
Best Graphics of the Year: NOT Gears of War 3
Best Original Score of the Year: Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
New Franchise of the Year: ...
Arcade Game of the Year: Stacking
Innovative Gameplay Feature of the Year: ...
Surprise of the Year: The Gunstringer
Disappointment of the Year: Need For Speed: The Run
Developer of the Year: Valve
Publisher of the Year: Ubisoft
Game of the Year: Portal 2


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Comment #43 by NeG AbaTROSITY
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 10:14:08 PM
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Batman AC!!!


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Comment #44 by Runny
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 10:47:14 PM
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Rocksmith should be nominated for innovation. come on! you can use ANY guitar as a controller! such a great game


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Comment #45 by Dropped
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 11:12:45 PM
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As long as Bastion wins XBLA of the year, I will be happy.


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Comment #46 by fax5jrj
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 11:49:20 PM
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@20 I think you guys misunderstood me, Gear 3 had good graphics, great graphics, but not amazing graphics like Dead Space 2 or Battlefield 3.

@25 You're stupid. When determining if you like a game, you don't say, "Well their DLC's sucks, so the other one." It's a game, not what the developer chooses to add to it afterwards...

PS: How am I gonna say this? Skyrim WAS NOT the best game of the year. It's like COD, where everyone loves it and overlooks the problems, especially critics. Skyrim suffered from pretty bad problems post-release. It had a lot of wierd glitches that were actually pretty cool, though.

Also, I agree with other people. What the fuck x360a? No Battlefield 3? That has to be one of the best looking games on Xbox. And no offense, but Rayman: Origins may have looked beautiful, but that's an art style. Battlefield 3 and Dead Space 2 should replace Gears of War 3 and Rayman.

Another question: How can Skyrim have a good premise when it been the fifth game in a series in the same place? I haven't played any of the others, so are they really that different?


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Comment #47 by linkin10362
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 @ 02:43:11 AM
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@46 I'm gonna have to disagree with you for Dead Space 2. While it had above average graphics, they aren't as good as Gears 3. Nevertheless, Battlefield 3 should be in the Best Graphics category (Which it should've won if it was)

And I'm going to say it again, Assassin's Creed and LA Noire over Bastion for Best Original Score? I am disappoint.


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Comment #48 by TomatoJr.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 @ 04:26:44 AM
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Premise- LA Noire/ Deus Ex
Story- LA Noire
Multiplayer- don't care
Graphics- Forza
Original Score- Skyrim?
Franchise- don't know
Arcade- Stacking
Innovation- LA Noire or Portal
Surprise- Gunstringer
Disappointment- Duke Nukem (its not funny now its out)
Developer- Either Eidos (for actually making a good game) or Valve
Publisher- EA, as much as it pains me to say
GOTY- Skyrim


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Comment #49 by I CR0W I
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 @ 04:32:22 AM
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Wow am I the only one that thinks Dark Souls deserves to be in the running for GOTY? Portal 2 was good and all but it was hardly GOTY material.

Deus Ex was amazing but Batman and Gears? Good games but a bit been there done that. I know a lot of people love Skyrim but it's a massive step backward from Morrowind and even Oblivion and it makes me sick.


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Comment #50 by cheevo360
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 @ 04:54:21 AM
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Best Premise of the Year

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Best Story of the Year

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Best Multiplayer of the Year

Gears of War 3

Best Graphics of the Year

Rage

Best Original Score of the Year

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

New Franchise of the Year

Dead Island

Arcade Game of the Year

Outland

Innovative Gameplay Feature of the Year

LA Noire’s Facial Mocap

Surprise of the Year

Rayman: Origins

Disappointment of the Year

Duke Nukem Forever

Developer of the Year

Rocksteady

Publisher of the Year

Bethesda

Game of the Year

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

That my opinion for them wins!!! Well done to Skyrim to wins near everything in list!!!!

Bethesda please bring Fallout 4 and some DLCs from Skyrim!!! :D

Love you, Bethesda.


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Comment #51 by OmarStyles9
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 @ 07:58:14 AM
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Gears of War 3, best graphics and game of the year. Near-perfect game.


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Comment #52 by Captain K
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 @ 09:16:36 AM
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Bastion fits a lot of those other categories better than the full-retail games you included. Best original score, best story, maybe even best premise. Confining it to the arcade category only is demeaning.


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Comment #53 by ViNyLek
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 @ 12:25:32 PM
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Skyrim for best story - really? I know you guys well (at least I think I do) and I am betting that you will give game of the year to Skyrim. Might as well predict next year game of the year being ME3 LOL. It's a good list, but like I said - too predictable.


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Comment #54 by ash356
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 @ 01:17:40 PM
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@53
I'd agree on the story. I didn't feel the main quest was that great, and the final boss fight was far too easy.
Although, I'm also probably the only person who kept getting reminded of Transformers during the whole plot. Alduin = The fallen (World eater), Paarthurnax = Optimus Prime? No? Okay, just me then xD


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Comment #55 by nuclear blast78
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 @ 02:14:18 PM
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No dead island for game of the year? and Fifa in the best multiplayer when its the same thing every year? now i remember why i went over to true achievements THE BETTER SITE


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Comment #56 by OHaraDylan
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 @ 02:19:18 PM
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I can't believe EA is on the publisher of the year list. I like to wait a few weeks before buying some new games so i can get the $10 discount on a pre owned game only to find out I have to pay an extra $10 on online passes. :(


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Comment #57 by HugTheBear
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 @ 03:51:27 PM
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@46 Perhaps you should look in the mirror before calling somebody stupid. I never said I didn't like the game. Plus the Robin and Catwoman DLC was sold with preorders, which would make it part of the game. You sir, are the "stupid" one.


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Comment #58 by InspiREalitY
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 @ 06:32:23 PM
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Battlefield 3 not even an nominee for Best Graphics?


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Comment #59 by Coldgears
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 @ 11:27:55 PM
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Best Story of the Year

Where is modern warfare 3? I bought the game just for the campaign!


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Comment #60 by Colby
Thursday, December 29, 2011 @ 02:36:25 AM
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If BF3 wins anything this year except best graphics i will be very disappointed!


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Comment #61 by alex3manu
Thursday, December 29, 2011 @ 07:24:14 AM
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No battlefield for best graphics? Best game of the year and Mw3 or battlefield arn't even in there? That's a joke, however I would like to see other games win it this year but still...


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Comment #62 by JDAckers
Thursday, December 29, 2011 @ 08:10:15 AM
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So, I still need to play;

Batman, Deus Ex, Skyrim, Dead Space 2, DiRT 3, Rage, Gunstringer, Bulletstorm and Gears 3.

Then I've played most of the best games from this year :)


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Comment #63 by Isanox
Thursday, December 29, 2011 @ 09:43:36 AM
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GOTY:
Skyrim - no fucking way. Maybe if/when they fix their game breaking bugs.
Batman Arkham City - Amazing.
Saints Row 3 should have been on that list

Publisher
Ubisoft - Innovative for the most part and haven't turned any servers off yet.
EA - Fuck you

Arcade
Stacking - Innovative
Torchlight - Overrated

Disappointment of the year:
Duke - No way. That thing baked so long everyone knew it was going to be shit.
Need for Speed - Wow, way to screw up a decent franchise.






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Comment #64 by hibsta1992
Thursday, December 29, 2011 @ 10:59:56 AM
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There's no reason Duke Nukem shouldn't win Disappointment of the Year.


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Comment #65 by vrmGASedUPsss69xxVdV436
Thursday, December 29, 2011 @ 11:31:41 AM
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why is need for speed a disappointment, where's the love for assassins creed, why are gears' graphics so good, batman is the best game this year.
premise: Batman: Arkham City
story: Skyrim
multiplayer: MW3
graphics: Forza 4
original score: Assassin's Creed: Revelations
franchise: Rage, why is Brink even mentioned?
arcade game: Bastion
innovation: LA Noire
suprise: Rayman: Origins
disappointment: Duke Nukem Forever
developer: Epic
publisher: Microsoft
goty: Batman: Arkham City


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Comment #66 by twister844
Thursday, December 29, 2011 @ 01:10:03 PM
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Portal 2 is my personal pick for GOTY, although I am sure Skyrim will win it.

This really was an excellent year for games though. There are plenty of great titles I have yet to play (Deus Ex, Catherine, Dead Space 2)


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Comment #67 by dominationdade3
Thursday, December 29, 2011 @ 04:19:38 PM
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Game Of The Year Has To Be Skyrim,
Dissapointment of the Year for me has to Be Alice Madness Returns.


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Comment #68 by LAzTwisted Child
Thursday, December 29, 2011 @ 06:28:44 PM
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SKYRIM AND ARROWS TO THE KNEES ALL THE WAY


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Comment #69 by bestninjanacho
Thursday, December 29, 2011 @ 09:52:59 PM
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Best Premise of the Year - Batman: Arkham City
Best Story of the Year - Portal 2
Best Multiplayer of the Year - Modern Warfare 3
Best Graphics of the Year - Forza 4
Best Original Score of the Year - Halo: Anniversary
New Franchise of the Year - Dead Island
Arcade Game of the Year - Bastion
Innovative Gameplay Feature of the Year - Driver: San Francisco's Shift Mechanic
Surprise of the Year - The Gunstringer
Disappointment of the Year - Duke Nukem Forever
Developer of the Year - Rocksteady
Publisher of the Year - EA and Bethesda can go suck it, Ubisoft and THQ are OK I guess so Microsoft Game Studios wins!
Game of the Year - Batman: Arkham City (Skyrim is so overrated)


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Comment #70 by Fishcracker
Friday, December 30, 2011 @ 12:00:27 AM
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Wow, all these haters for the Duke. I personally loved the game but I played it for Duke. Nothing innovative, nothing mind blowing, just pure Duke. I got it and enjoyed every minute of it. It may have felt dated to some but it was because the only thing Gearbox did to it was give it a chance to get out. It was what Duke was supposed to be 15 years ago and that was it. I know it wont get GOTY but it sure as hell doesn't deserve disappointment of the year. Give that to The Run or The Cartel


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Comment #71 by PolacoForever
Friday, December 30, 2011 @ 09:59:30 AM
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Best Premise of the Year
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


Best Story of the Year
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


Best Multiplayer of the Year
Fifa 12


Best Graphics of the Year
Rage


Best Original Score of the Year
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


New Franchise of the Year
LA Noire


Arcade Game of the Year
Outland


Innovative Gameplay Feature of the Year
LA Noire’s Facial Mocap


Surprise of the Year
Sonic Generations


Disappointment of the Year
Duke Nukem Forever


Developer of the Year
Rocksteady


Publisher of the Year
Bethesda


Game of the Year
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


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Comment #72 by nichollsy97
Friday, December 30, 2011 @ 02:29:43 PM
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GEARS FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Comment #73 by atomic viking54
Friday, December 30, 2011 @ 03:09:00 PM
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@71 agree with you except that arcade should be bastion and multiplayer should be gears 3


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Comment #74 by SpaceRazzer
Friday, December 30, 2011 @ 03:31:27 PM
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Crysis 2 had the best graphics on console.

I don't know what you guys have been doing if you think otherwise, lol.
Maybe playing on PC? :P


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Comment #75 by scofield10
Friday, December 30, 2011 @ 03:43:28 PM
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The disappointments are so true i was really looking forward for bodycount


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Comment #76 by KashThePriest
Friday, December 30, 2011 @ 03:50:38 PM
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Quite surprised GOW3 didn't get a mention in "Best Original Score of the Year" I find the Gears series to have some of the best soundtracks in this current gen of games


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Comment #77 by LovableCrazee
Friday, December 30, 2011 @ 07:11:26 PM
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Wow, almost every single game on this list is a sequel. I never really noticed until just now. Gaming has become creatively bankrupt.


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Comment #78 by HeadLikeAHole
Friday, December 30, 2011 @ 08:23:09 PM
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I kinda expected Dead space 2 to be in atleast one category.


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Comment #79 by TheIronDrew
Friday, December 30, 2011 @ 09:01:20 PM
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Best Premise of the Year - Dark Souls
Best Story of the Year - Dead Space 2
Best Multiplayer of the Year - Battlefield 3
Best Graphics of the Year - Crysis 2
Best Original Score of the Year - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
New Franchise of the Year - Bulletstorm
Arcade Game of the Year - Bastion
Innovative Gameplay Feature of the Year - Bulletstorm’s Killshot System
Surprise of the Year - Rayman: Origins
Disappointment of the Year - Duke Nukem Forever
Developer of the Year - Rocksteady, Eidos or Epic
Publisher of the Year - Bethesda
Game of the Year - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


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Comment #80 by ChosenOne
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 12:30:42 AM
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Why wasn't Skyrim in the Best Graphics section?


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Comment #81 by Devolon
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 04:40:07 AM
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Hmmm, I think Dark Souls deserves more nominations - for GOTY, most innovative gameplay feature(s) and best original score -, but hey, happy new year to you all.


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Comment #82 by gamerscorhunta
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 04:51:00 AM
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Lol, I'm so sorry, but why the HELL is Brink in any form of positive game of the year award? Never, should it EVER, EVER, get any positive feedback on anything!

Joking, but it is definetely not deserving of the best new franchise of the year.


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Comment #83 by nichollsy97
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 08:02:56 AM
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Best multiplayer has got to NOT be MW3, the COD's are just getting worse and worse. Gears 3 is the best multiplayer!


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Comment #84 by mikhail
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 02:16:32 PM
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L.A. Noire for the win =D


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Comment #85 by XXXWOLFFXXX
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 12:39:50 AM
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No best racing game?? disappointing.


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Comment #86 by assassin7395
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 06:46:56 PM
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This is an easy list to pick

Best Premise:
Skyrim

Best Story:
L.A. Noire by a LONG shot, since its the best story of ALL TIME

Best Multiplayer:
None of them, battlefield 3 was worse then bad company 2, cod is not top 10 best multiplayer, fifa 12 is just like all other soccer game multiplayers, dirt 3 is like all other racing game multiplayers, and gears of war 3 was a huge let down in multiplayer compared to GOW 2.

Best Graphics:
Forza 4, the rest are average graphics, why was LA Noire not on this list? it had bloody AMAZING graphics, not just in the face.

Best Original Score:
LA Noire, its the only one on that list that was original.

Best new Franchise:
LA Noire, brink/bulletstorm/rage were crap, dead island was a huge let down.

Arcade game of the year:
Bastion, only one ive played on the list

Innovative feature:
LA Noire, a great graphics improvement with the facial movements and if generaton 8 of gaming doesent ONLY use this then the game companies are BULLSHIT.

Surpise of the year:
cant say, having even seen gameplay of any of them

Disapointment of the year:
Duke Nukem Forever, realeasing a game with 12 years of hype that wouldn't be worth it if it had no hype.

Publisher of the year:
Bethesda, THQ still makes games! microsoft dident make anything mentionable this year, EA only realeased Call of Battlefield, when they should of made a battlefield game not a COD clone. Ubisoft just relaeased assassins creed revelations, which has the same problem as all assassins creeds and they still havent acnoledged it, the games are too BLOODY EASY.

Game of the Year:
SKYRIM
The rest of the games were just big games, and portal 2 only got that high because the british comedian Stephen Merchant playing Wheastly. Since the puzzles were so easy, u NEVER required trial and error at any point and the campaign was 6 hours long, havent done coop yet tho.


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