GOTY 2011

Honorable Mentions:

Battlefield 3: This game looks and plays amazing on my PC, but I put over 100 hours into Bad Company 2, which was so similar it just didn't feel right to take up a spot on my list with BF3. However, I still think this series has perfected large scale shooter combat, and I am sure to pour many more hours into it over the next couple years.

Dragon Age 2: Dragon Age 2 had the best story of the year for me, with characters that I ended up caring about a lot by the end of the game. Sadly, they rushed it out and sent the player to the same 5 or 6 dungeons for most of the 50 hour game, so I don't think it deserves a spot on the list. However, I enjoyed the combat much more than Dragon Age Origins, and I have thoroughly enjoyed both sets of DLC for the game.

Congrats to all the developers of the games on my list, I know you all worked really hard to impress me this year.

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Posted by RVonE

I like this write-up. Well done.

Posted by Czarpyotr

@RVonE: Thanks for checking it out man! I'm still not sure about the order (I probably should have Skyward Sword higher up there) and I feel bad leaving out Batman when it is so fantastic. If you don't mind me asking, how did you get so many people to check out your list?

Posted by RVonE

@Czarpyotr: Yeah, Batman just fell short of my list as well (I placed it 11th on the list so it didn't count toward the community GOTY list). It's a great game but I just didn't connect to it the way I did to Arkham Asylum. Also, this year just had a ton of fantastic games.

As for my list, yesterday I spent a couple of hours reading the lists of everyone who posted in the community GOTY thread. I thought it was a worthwhile endeavor to just go through all those lists, recommending and commenting on them to give them all a little attention and their day in the sun, you know? I think it's just sad that a lot of people put a lot of time in those lists while most of them would never be read by anyone and just sit there gathering dust. As an unintended consequence, as it turns out, a lot of people look at my list in return which is much appreciated, of course.

Anyway, I really like your list; it's kinda unusual. I like seeing games like Trenched and Shadows of the Damned get some love.