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#51 Posted by Mikewrestler5 (601 posts) -

Rocksmith.

#52 Posted by hbkdx12 (779 posts) -

Saints Row: The Third and Batman: Arkham City

#53 Posted by LobsterVendetta (116 posts) -

Driver: San Francisco is my personal game of the year. So many things about that game just worked for me, especially its bizarre premise. (Which is refreshing for a game of that genre)

And I also feel it was a pretty damn solid game as a whole, both in single player and multiplayer content.

#54 Posted by JayDee (440 posts) -

dark souls or 2k12

#55 Edited by KaneRobot (1678 posts) -

Mortal F'ing Kombat. It's so rare to see a franchise that fell so far come back with an incredible showing like that. Not only did it resurrect the franchise, it set a new standard for single player mode in console fighting games. Put more time into that game this year than any other, and I'm still not sick of it.

Saint's Row 3 is a close second. Best "do anything" game in a long, long time. Speaking of which, Skyrim isn't even on the radar for me. A game that fucked up with techincal issues doesn't deserve to be on any GOTY lists, as far as I'm concerned. Don't support sloppy game development. It's really disappointing to see this community (and others) so willing to ignore those problems.

Battlefield could have been up there but the singleplayer was just really lackluster. Definitely in my top 5 though.

#56 Posted by halfpastwhenever (41 posts) -

Dark Souls. Skyrim, a not so close second.

#57 Posted by LobsterVendetta (116 posts) -

@KaneRobot:

Mortal Kombat is definitely a VERY close second for me for those exact same reasons and more. The sad thing about it is that while it did set a new standard for single player modes in fighting games, I feel like it may not be acknowledged by other developers as much as I would like it to be. (Especially from guys like Capcom)

#58 Posted by MiniPato (2742 posts) -

Portal 2

It's a great game from top to bottom. Great single player and great co-op. The story is great and the characters are fun. It doesn't rely on old memes produced by the original Portal. It has a satisfying ending and is one of the few big games released this generation that isn't afraid to close off the story and doesn't go out of its way to leave the door open for a sequel. It is a game solely concerned about itself, the actual game and not the future of the franchise. The story starts strong, stays strong throughout, and ends strongly. It has great characters and great dialogue. It very much could stand alone, without Portal 1. It's a game that doesn't mooch off the popularity of its predecessor and doesn't serve as a stepping stone to set up for a successor. It's a solid game.

#59 Posted by Sticky_Pennies (2019 posts) -
  1. Skyrim
  2. The Witcher 2
  3. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  4. Batman: Arkham City
  5. Bastion
  6. Portal 2
  7. Mortal Kombat
  8. Kirby's Return to Dreamland
  9. The Binding of Isaac
  10. Minecraft can count, now, right?
#60 Posted by jonnyboy (2920 posts) -

Portal 2 is the most unnecessary sequel ever, a game that really never needed to be made. And that's why it's my game of the year 2011.

let me clarify, in an industry that relies heavily on sequels, you have to understand they only exist for a few reasons: The developers have no other sellable IPs, the sequelized IP is the publishers cash cow, the fans want it, etc.

Firstly Portal fans never wanted a sequel, they just wanted more Portal. Valve could have just knocked out a years worth of maps and no body would have minded. Secondly, Valve have other sellable IPs, it's not like they had to go back to the well. Lastly, they didn't do it for the money, they have Steam.

Which leaves only one reason, if they didn't make it because they had to, it must mean they made it because they really wanted to, and frankly with the attention to detail poured over every single inch of that game, from the concept to the dialogue to the soundtrack, it shows.

#61 Posted by DarthOrange (3866 posts) -

One of my top five games ever actually, but not to many people seem to share my love for this game.

#62 Posted by Fjordson (2449 posts) -

Skyrim by a mile.

Then Deus Ex: Human Revolution and L.A. Noire.

#63 Posted by Mister_Avatar (67 posts) -

Skryim assuming Saints Row or Batman don't change my mind between now and then. Honorable mention to Bastion though best 15 dollars I spent all year.

#64 Posted by demonbear (1860 posts) -

Skyrim will be my first choice for sure. after that I don't know, i'll have to think about which goes where but my number 1 spot is taken for sure.

#65 Edited by the_red_mage (146 posts) -

@Mikewrestler5 said:

Rocksmith.

Is it out yet?

#66 Edited by Tennmuerti (8136 posts) -
  1. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  2. Witcher 2
  3. Saints Row the Third
#67 Posted by greykingcrow (6 posts) -

Dead Space 2! Has everybody already forgotten this awesome game?

Also had good times with Dragon Age 2 and Portal 2

But really, most of the good times times I've had playing games this year have been with 2010 games. Red Dead Redemption, F:NV and AC: Brotherhood. I'm guessing the same will go for next year, as I haven't even gotten around to Deus Ex, Dead Island, L.A. Noire or Skyrim.

#68 Edited by Doctorchimp (4078 posts) -

Skyrim

WItcher 2

Dark Souls

Portal 2

Bastion

Infamous 2

Battlefield 3 for PC multiplayer for the brief couple of weeks before Skyrim came out.

Deus Ex

King of Fighters XiII

Batman

Everything after Dark Souls can go any way.

EDIT: I totally forgot about Zelda...man.

Toss out Batman maybe?

#69 Posted by Ursus_Veritas (383 posts) -

Actually, I'm going to say Dragon Age II. And by saying that, I'm not saying it's perfect at all - it isn't in some astoundingly obvious ways - but to me GOTY is more about personal enjoyment than any real sense of objectivism... and out of all the games this year (although I do have Batman, Uncharted and AC: R waiting for me at christmas, so there could be a late change!) I've had fun with Dragon Age II the most. I've played through it 3 times with different classes (so about 120-ish or more hours), bought and enjoyed both the DLC quests. I loved Hawke and the other characters. I liked where the story went - although the ending is one of the issues I take with the game - and I liked the aesthetic. I think the combat was decent, and the soundtrack is by far and away my favourite of the year. 
 
I know a lot of people didn't like - even hate - Dragon Age II, but yeah. Warts and all, it's the most fun I've had with a game this year.

#70 Posted by Valle (26 posts) -

Dark Souls.

#71 Posted by NTM (7479 posts) -

Dead Space 2

#72 Posted by Ferros (221 posts) -

I'm torn between Saints Row The Third and Dark Souls. Two incredibly unique experiences, not the most polished or perfect games of the year but they both did things no other game was willing to do.

#73 Posted by NoCookiesForYou (762 posts) -
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Battlefield 3
  • Skyrim
#74 Posted by Asurastrike (2167 posts) -

There were a lot of good games this year, but none of them really stuck with me.

I'll probably go with L.A. Noire because it was something different, and the characters/setting were interesting.

#75 Posted by Taka (202 posts) -

Strap it on!

#76 Posted by Vexxan (4623 posts) -

Skyrim, coming in close on a 2nd place is Portal 2.

#77 Posted by Moody_yeti (369 posts) -

Gears of war 3 for me,Most played game this year and most likely still going to get played way into next year.

Great game.

#78 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

Skyrim, with Radiant Historia in at a close second.

#79 Posted by jetsetwillie (857 posts) -

Skyrim

Zelda SS

Portal 2

Dark Souls

Driver SF (this game got SOOOOOOO much hate this year, but it was just so much fun and i played it to death)

in that order today. but tomorrow who knows.

#80 Posted by Atlas (2454 posts) -

Still missing some games I really wanted to play or play more of, like the Witcher 2, Total War: Shogun 2 and Deus Ex:HR.

But that almost doesn't matter, since I am currently debating whether Skyrim deserves to challenge Oblivion for the title of best game I ever played all time all my life. So yeah, GOTY.

Portal 2 was amazing, and I loved LA Noire, but, man, Skyrim. Dude.

#81 Posted by Starfishhunter9 (369 posts) -

Portal 2 or skyrim. Havent played assassins creed or saints row 3 yet.

#82 Posted by l4wd0g (1983 posts) -

1 Skyrim

2 Witcher 2

3 Mass Effect 2

4 Crysis 2

5 Dead Space 2

#83 Posted by Village_Guy (2631 posts) -

1. Skyrim

2. Portal 2

3. Battlefield 3

Honorable mentions: Dead Island, Minecraft, Gears of War 3, Uncharted 3, Dark Souls, Halo: Combat Evovled Anniversary

#84 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

i will say Stanley Parable because you still all haven't played it yet.

#85 Posted by Peppers (22 posts) -

Saints Row the third

Also Guys you should really play Saints Row.

#86 Posted by mylifeforAiur (3487 posts) -

Portal 2, undoubtedly.

#87 Posted by JohnDudebro (924 posts) -

I thought it would be Portal 2 for a long time. Then I started thinking back to all the parts of that game that kind of pissed me off.

I think my game of the year is Saints Row.

#88 Posted by weegieanawrench (1941 posts) -

First to last:

  1. Dead Space 2
  2. Portal 2
  3. Alice: Madness Returns
  4. Bastion
  5. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
#89 Posted by tourgen (4542 posts) -

Witcher 2

#90 Posted by BeachThunder (12086 posts) -

@weegieanawrench said:

First to last:

  1. Dead Space 2
  2. Portal 2

Sorry for sounding like a jerk for questioning your list, but I'm genuinely interested as to why you thought DS2 was better than Portal 2?

For the record, I liked both games; I'm just curious to know why DS2 is your number one game over P2.

#91 Posted by shamroll (145 posts) -

Skyrim

Steam says I've put 413 hours into the game and I'm already thinking of what my next build will be and if I should buy a new PC so I can play the game on ultra settings.

#92 Posted by Dimsey (960 posts) -

Skyrim or Saints Row The Third. 
Haven't decided yet. They're both been pretty damned good.

#93 Posted by Zor (656 posts) -
#94 Posted by MikkaQ (10317 posts) -

In no particular order I've really dug Skyrim, Bastion, Portal 2 and Forza 4.

Online
#95 Posted by Gerhabio (1977 posts) -

@BeachThunder said:

Ghost Trick, then Bastion, then Portal 2.

Ghost Trick was 2011? I have to reconsider.

#96 Posted by weegieanawrench (1941 posts) -

@BeachThunder: I was just blown away by Dead Space 2. From the word go, its pacing, action, and set pieces kept me from putting down the game. I only ever stopped for classes. I can recall so many moments from my playtime where I totally immersed in the world and the fights. And once I finished the game, I went back and finished two more times. I was floored by Portal's presentation as well, but aside from the story and the characters (which are far and away better than DS2), I found a lot of the puzzles not quite as challenging as I thought they would be. To me, Dead Space 2 is the perfect package.

#97 Posted by CaptainObvious (2999 posts) -

Arkham City.

#98 Posted by Joker369 (881 posts) -

Dark souls for me

#99 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -
Catherine.  The story was awesome, the gameplay was addicting, and it's such an awesome experience that i just can't get enough of it. 
 
Runner-ups:   
#100 Posted by Maffers80 (9 posts) -

Sorry to be a bore but Skyrim by a mile, by 10 miles in fact. I'm even glad it regularly crashes to desktop or I'd never stop playing it.