PSX Extreme Game Of The Year Awards 2011
You know, one of these years, we're going to have to start paying this woman royalties. We just love her little sign there. And the expression on her face is perfect. Oh...Game of the Year? Sorry, you want to know, don't you? Oh, all right.
Game of the Year
- Portal 2
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- LittleBigPlanet 2
- Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
- L.A. Noire
- Batman: Arkham City
Winner: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Skyrim is an amazing experience. Arkham City is one of the best follow-ups we've seen in a long time. L.A. Noire is everything we had hoped for. Portal 2 is downright ingenious in all respects. LittleBigPlanet 2 is a bastion of creativity, imagination, and continued innovation. But only one game dropped our jaws every hour on the hour.
People can complain about what they perceive to be a lack of solid pacing, but for the life of us, we can't fathom that criticism. You never do the same thing twice and in truth, there are more varieties of gameplay style and mechanics than there were in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. We're not about to compare the two; we're just going to say that from top to bottom and front to back, including artistic and technical elements, there was no production in 2011 that was superior to Naughty Dog's latest.
The acting was superb, the writing was great, the adventure was memorable, and although we do question the "shooting straight" thing, we came away fully satisfied. In regards to the competition, in all honesty, we really had to think twice about both Portal 2 and Skyrim. But the problems the PS3 version suffered disqualified the latter in our eyes (despite our belief that it remains a ridiculously ambitious and supremely accomplished title), and in comparison to Uncharted 3, Valve's fantastic puzzler just felt somewhat one-dimensional.
That's hardly a knock, however. This really was a tougher decision than some of you might think, but we just couldn't get past how amazing Uncharted 3 was; specifically, the fact that it seemed to excel in so many different categories of game making is what clinched the title. The game simply seems to outstrip the competition in multiple categories and that's that.
Okay, there you have it. The PSXE Awards for 2011 have been decided and we look forward to another great year in 2012. Of course, we'd be nowhere without our readers, so we always reserve the last segment of this annual feature to pay homage to our most dedicated members. Much thanks to:
- fluffer nutter
We can't mention everyone, of course, but trust me, we know you're all there, supporting us! :)
1/3/2012 Ben Dutka, Arnold Katayev