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Game of the Year 2011 - People's Choice
Yep, we've started early this year. The time has come when we try to gather our thoughts about the year and the game's that have gone by. There are a lot of games on the list, so it's time to cast your votes, people. We feel obligated to stress though, that a lot of games did not make it into the voting poll. Now, some games are still not out, such as Serious Sam 3. Also, after some debate we decided not to include games like Star Wars: The Old Republic. There's a number of games that were left out because they just didn't live up to expectations. So, Dragon Age 2, Duke Nukem Forever, Warhammer 40k: Space Marine and similar titles that were objectively great disappointments were left out of the voting poll on purpose. We did not include any low-budget games or rather indie games.

In other words, feel free to cover me gently in olive oil and set fire to my blonde legs if you think I've left something out that you're particularly keen on. Without further ado, here's ActionTrip's Game of the Year 2011 - People's Choice! - voting poll (the poll is to the right as usual):

Game of the Year 2011 - People's Choice!

  • Might & Magic Heroes VI
  • Total War: Shogun 2
  • DiRT 3
  • Need for Speed: The Run
  • Shift 2 Unleashed
  • Forza Motorsport 4
  • Driver: San Francisco
  • Dungeon Siege 3
  • Dark Souls
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Rift
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Infamous 2
  • Resistance 3
  • Crysis 2
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Serious Sam 3: BFE
  • F.E.A.R. 3
  • Portal 2
  • Bulletstorm
  • Rage
  • Gears of War 3
  • Dead Space 2
  • Uncharted 3
  • Saints Row: The Third
  • L.A. Noire
  • GoldenEye 007: Reloaded
  • Killzone 3
  • Battlefield 3
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward
  • Sword Sonic Generations
  • LittleBigPlanet 2

Our annual Game of the Year awards will be published in December, as I'm sure you already know.


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Zulu Nov 18 2011, 03:21 am EST
The "What have you done for me lately?"-poll.
  Vader: The wha...
Zulu: I thought it was pretty obvious :( the more recent ga…
RTribesman: Not at all
Ftmch Nov 18 2011, 03:34 am EST
I votet Deus Ex, Skyrim is probably the BEST game I've played this year overall, but Deus Ex far exceeded my expectations (I was expecting a crappy, shallow action-game) and it actually managed to feel like the original, even though it wasn't perfect in all ways, I think it deserves my vote, we need to bring back more of these action-games with a little more depth and choice, it was not always about completely scripted corridors you shot your way through, we used to have games like Deus Ex or No One Lives Forever. Bring it back.
BloodAngel Nov 18 2011, 03:48 am EST
Tough choice for me given my like of Deus Ex and love of Skyrim, but in the end I'd have to give it to Skyrim. The game is huge and it wouldn't surprise me if I'm still playing it in a year from now given the eventual dlcs and modded content.
touretul Nov 18 2011, 04:01 am EST
the game of the year is Limbo. Where is it goddamn it?
kiadimundi Nov 18 2011, 04:34 am EST
For me its Deus Ex, although Witcher2 was awesome also I didn`t play some of the games on the list like Dark souls, ACR and Batman:AC and I hear that these are all great games.
Bulletstorm has my vote for the fps of the year, its the only title that brought some innovation to the stale fps genre!
im_stardust Nov 18 2011, 04:36 am EST
From that list I'd go with Skyrim as a winner with The Witcher 2 and Batman:Arkham CIity as contenders.

As a big fan of Deus Ex series and the former Ion Storm, I did not find Human Revolution enjoyable enough to be nowhere near GOTY. It felt small, easy, unsatisfying and most importantly, it wasn't "dark" enough for me.
  Cheddar: Fair enough, stardust. I genuinely respect this very…
Terminator Nov 18 2011, 04:49 am EST
My vote goes to Deus Ex: Human Revolution. It has a perfect combination of action, storyline and stealth.
Doomsday. Nov 18 2011, 05:26 am EST
the game i loved the most this year was Shogun 2! One of the Best RTS everr! But i'll wait to vote till i play Arkham City!
tei187 Nov 18 2011, 05:31 am EST
DE:HR wasn't as enjoyable as i've expected. i got fed up with it after a few 2-hours long sessions. Overall: better than IW but not as good as the original. Though the urban settings feels nice.
I'll probably vote for Skyrim - haven't finished it yet and I wonder if I will without some decent mods (just like Oblivion). Funny thing that Bethesda does - they create the world, characters, quests, few models for armors and weapons... and then they wait for modders to make it all look right. They did the same thing with Oblivion, Fallout 3 & NV, now Skyrim. It's great on one hand that they let people use modules they like, and pretty convenient on the other hand (at least in terms of research for what needs to be done differently, like book shelves... or it's just like "too damn lazy to do it myself so i'll let some guy do it for free").

But yeah, so far - Skyrim. Haven't seen LA Noire on PC yet and had only a glimpse of that on a console... Saints Row: the Third is probably going to be fun but not that fun to vote for it. AC:R - possibly "same shit, different city" (though the story of the previous instalments was quite enjoyable from time to time... conspiracy, mystery - they always sell).

As to the rest of the list - tyeaaah, right :P


Anyway... until they develop Omikron 2 (or Nomad Soul 2 if you like) there's no sure winner of anything. 12 years after release Nomad Soul still can be called better than the majority of the games right now (even though the graphics are outdated)... and I'm not really a huge fan of David Bowie.
  Vader: So, by your words, if you are also a fan of David Bow…
tei187: yup, there were something like in-game concerts of Bo…
Kurio: Well it is true that they leave a lot of the designin…
tei187: yeah sure but don't you get that feeling like it's pr…
Vader: What bookshelves?
Juxtapose Nov 18 2011, 07:12 am EST
From the options on this list I voted for Dead Space 2 as it's a great game that was released in a slow period. Good survival horror games are also hard to come by, and it made excellent improvements over the original while still retaining the core feel.

Haven't spent enough time with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to consider it for voting yet. Gears of War 3 is my most disappointing title of the year, and that's all I've played from this list thus far.
gray fox Nov 18 2011, 08:54 am EST
So judging by the votes, Gothic 3 had the right idea back in the day... crashing to desktop, bugs galore, more bugs, bugs, and don't forget bugs, cram a lot of stuff in and make sure there's lots of bugs to experience.
Too bad other games don't get free passes like Elder Scrolls games.
Don't get me wrong they're fun games but not even remotely this deserving of praise with issues other games would and have been creamed over.
  RenegadeCZ: I would have thought that you named yourself Gray Fox…
DRAVNT: I'm guessing that you're equating the buggy experienc…
Kurio: Indeed, most Skyrim bugs so far, and i have 84 hours …
Kurio: Also, if your skyrim is crashing all the time for no …
kiadimundi: Finally someone who talks sense!
Cheddar: My Skyrim is very stable. I don't think I've crashed…
Dean_Demon Nov 18 2011, 09:06 am EST
Did you leave out FIFA on purpose? Or just an oversight?
  Vader: Well, to tell you the truth, I left out the sports ge…
Kurio: How can FIFA even compete? its the same game over and…
im_stardust: Fifa? that's just funny...or dumb...or both.
Vader: Actually, when you think about it, there isn't much d…
Doomsday. Nov 18 2011, 09:33 am EST
Total War: Shogun 2, my choice!
Kurio Nov 18 2011, 12:07 pm EST
There is no doubt at all that it is skyrim.
I loved shogun 2, witcher, batman and deus ex, but... nope, skyrim for sure
DRAVNT Nov 18 2011, 12:28 pm EST
Geez, I can't believe the massive percentage that Skyrim is winning by!

It has nearly 50% of the vote and the second closest game, BF3, has a mere 7.73%.

Do we really need to continue with this poll? I think it's blatantly obvious what game was won this poll.
  Vader: The poll will be up for a month... roughly. That is, …
Cheddar: Well, stop and consider for a moment that Skyrim is b…
Alchi Nov 18 2011, 01:33 pm EST
I think it's kinda too early to put a vote on the best game of the year, because, you know, one really big game, with the, you know what, name is to be released at the end of the year...

My vote goes to Portal 2, because fuck'yall.
  Vader: TOR... you mean TOR right?
Alchi: Shush it. I have promised, I shan't speak the evi…
Vader: Oh sorry, shhh, right, right. But it is TOR isn't it?…
raptor Nov 18 2011, 03:58 pm EST
Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings gets my vote
sheckey Nov 18 2011, 06:26 pm EST
My opinion is that it has been a pretty damn good year for games on the PC! There has been no perfect game that had great story, length, action, graphics, and role play. However it has been a fairly continuous stream of new games that were great to play. There is going to be some serious replay too when I upgrade soon.

p.s. More Portal single player games please, except make them dark and not funny like the first one.
  Dean_Demon: Yes has been a good year for quality games graphics w…
tei187: yeah, there has been a lot of day-one patches and fix…
Alchi: More portal games, that are dark and not funny? Th…
RTribesman Nov 18 2011, 10:20 pm EST
I wanted to vote goldeneye reloaded because it was such an amazing game back in its day, but i havent played reloaded, alot of games on the list i havent played but battlefield is top notch out of all the ones that i have played, so there.
Ranalome Nov 19 2011, 05:24 am EST
Man, I'm torn between Skyrim and The Witcher 2. Both games are simply amazing experiences. I haven't gotten around to play Deus Ex, unfortunately. It's definately planned though.
  Vader: In my opinion, both Deus Ex and Skyrim are way better…
Ranalome: "...has boobs!!" :D
Cheddar Nov 19 2011, 03:15 pm EST
My vote goes for Arkham City.

Skyrim is runner-up. Much improved over Oblivion in several ways, but it also looks like a game from two years ago, and while the story and writing are competent, it's still nothing particularly exceptional. NPCs are still completely forgettable (even major characters), and the combat is somewhat better than previous TES games, but not by much.

After Skyrim comes Total War: Shogun 2, I suppose. But of course it gets just about ignored by two-thirds of the industry since its PC-exclusive. Not to mention an RTS game.

DX:HR is a somewhat distant fourth. Then Witcher 2, despite its flaws, neck and neck with Portal 2.

Best MP game of the year is Battlefield 3 by a bazillion miles. It's the best looking -- and especially sounding, good god DICE's sound engine and effects people are fucking brilliant -- first-person-shooter experience I've ever seen. If it wasn't for the odd out-of-game browser interface that bothers so many people... and the millions of mindless drones loyal to Modern Warfare, i.e. Madden for first-person-shooters... I think it'd have a 90+ rating on Metacritic.

I'm getting my hands on AC: Revelation tomorrow, so I can't speak for it yet. But even if like the game as much as I did Brotherhood, I still don't think I'd rate it higher than DX:HR or Witcher 2, simply because those games are inherently fresher and more ambitious than a game that's the fourth entry into an IP in four years, regardless of the quality. What I enjoy, and what I artistically admire are not necessarily joined at the hip.

And finally, a bitter lol @ Rage and the now official 'has-been' status of id Software.
  optimus slime: Pretty much agreed on all points. I still have yet…
antonphd: why is it lol that Rage bombed and possibly sunk id? …
Alchi: Why do I have to remind everyone about relic? Bliz…
DaddyNo Nov 20 2011, 02:37 am EST
Lol, people are voting a map pack as the 2nd game of the year.
Vader [STAFF] Nov 20 2011, 02:50 pm EST
Never underestimate the power of Bobby Kotick.
antonphd Nov 20 2011, 03:13 pm EST
3 way tie for me: Portal 2, Deus Ex 3, Skyrim
finaleve Nov 20 2011, 09:05 pm EST
Dark Souls. Never have I persisted on finishing a game like it. Took me a month since release to finish and as much as it pissed me off (with being invaded at most horrible times, some terrible hit boxes, and just completely annoying travel times), it has some of the most rewarding experience ever, even if the final boss was easy for me (2 shots from a spell).

Deus Ex would be up there but those boss fights... they were just NOT needed.

I'd vote for Skyrim but honestly, why? The game just came out. I'm still playing it so there is still room to fuck that game up.

Portal 2? Well, I will give it mad props for making an awesome game better. That should win considering the level it had to live up to.
GrgoljBlaster Nov 21 2011, 04:27 am EST
Tough choice this year - Portal 2, Witcher 2, Batman (guessing it will be awesome, have yet to try it on PC), Deus Ex, Limbo...
My inner fanboy wants to vote for Portal 2, but I'll just wait 'till Batty gets on PC so I won't vote until then.
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