MEGamers Editor’s Choice – Game of the Year 2011 Awards
Drum roll, please.
I thought hard for an hour or more (just a terrible time to have a writer’s block) on how I could possibly open this article with some humor, or a philosophical metaphor that would explain the year that went by and still drive the point clearly. But I couldn’t conjure up anything that could say it as simply as this: 2011 was a good year for gaming. Nah, make that great.
There were very few disappointments this year; at least that’s what my mind tells me (maybe Skyrim is sugar coating it). Duke Nukem Forever failed, something I oddly thought won’t happen, not with its humungous fan base. Id’s Rage met with a similar fate as well, bringing the new-game-from-the-Quake-makers hype to a crashing end. Motion-controllers remained stagnant – a potential, literal game-changer if only manufacturers adopt some of the innovations hackers have managed to pull out of the hat. Many good development teams shuttered down due to financial crunch (Team Bondi, Kaos Studios, GSC Game World, etc). Oh and not to forget Half Life 3 – the poster boy of disappointment.
And then there was the good stuff: Portal 2, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Batman Arkham City, Dead Space 2, L.A. Noire, Uncharted 3, Rayman Origins, Bastion, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Gears of War 3, Battlefield 3, and yes, yes, even Modern Warfare 3. Some defined genres, some proved old formulas wrong, some introduced innovative mechanics, some that made a ton loads of money, and some shone in their artistic, and technical brilliance, working not only as an indicator of the next-gen thing of things, but also as the guiding compass to the future of our favorite pass time.
In the next few pages, we have chosen to honor some of them with our Game of the Year awards. Surely, some of our selections might appear crazy to you, while others will get your head bobbing in agreement. Honestly, even I am surprised at one or two myself. And while these are our choices of what we think was best this year, you too can make your opinion count by voting in our People’s Choice awards here.
So, right. Here are the winners…