It’s never too early to start talking Game of the Year, after all it’s not every year we have so many legitimate contenders as we do here in 2011.
Portal 2, Arkham City and Uncharted 3 so far Arkham City has to be the front runner now though, even Skyrim wont beat it due to being less focused than AC
Dark Souls. Don't call me crazy until you play it.
GOTY contenders: Uncharted 3, LittleBigPlanet 2, Dark Souls, Batman AC, Zelda best graphics contenders: Uncharted 3, Killzone 3
I'd have to say that the front-runner is Uncharted 3 even though it has a lower metacritic just because the game made such a strong impression on reviewers. Batman: AC is a good game, but whether or not it was so good that reviewers gushed over it like Portal 2 or U3, remains to be seen.
Have to agree with Uncharted 3 It only got a lower Metacritic because Eurogamer set off a chain of events that made other reviewers give it a low score just for hits.....half of the good 9/10 scores havent even made it onto the site.
So far...Dark Souls
Dark souls is and average RPG with good action. Overated to the core. If this game was nominated GOTY, I would loose even more respect for what the press opion on gaming is. The game is loaded with serious flaws and may have been a GOTY contender 10 years ago. The game brings nothing new to the tabkle what so ever. What I like about it is that it has that old school style to it (No hand holding whatsoever). I am sure when Skyrim is release, even if it doesn't win GOTY, it would bring most back to their senses and they will see the huge quality and production value. The real feedom and deep story telling, interesting side quest, cutomization options, detailed environments, economy managements, Massive towns, hundreds of dungeons, choice of races, many more weapons and spells... I am out of breath. Please stop with the Dark Souls already. I bought it because you guy talked it up so much. I do not regret buying it, because as I said: it is a good game. But can this game compare to skyrim? As long as skyrim is not executed in some kind of tragic way, there is no chance DS is the better game. Mexican wrote: "If we want to judge games by score use n4g's channel/game." Are you nutts? N4G kids here submit and approve dupicate reviews if they are favorable to their favorite games. They also suppress bad reviews of said game by making up some lame reasons to get them to fail. Too many personal websites from users on the site, submit their own reviews. In short, fanboys will end up choosing GOTY. I personally think that GOTY should be the best selling games in each catagory. The journalist can vote or best Graphics and what not. It is not perfect, but it is better that being purely subjective.
yep, i have yet to play Batman (waiting on PC version), but from what i've heard from everyone, it's one amazing game that i can't miss out on. i agree with the other high scores though. it's either UC3, Batman, or Skyrim this year for me personally.
So far, for the ones I have played (just got UC3 from gamefly today, so I am not counting it yet) I would have to pick Dark Souls. Obvioulsy by Dec. 31st I might have changed my mind because of the other games about to be released I have not played yet.
Seems to me people have forgot about LittleBigPlanet 2 and Dead Space 2...
It's not a damn race!
Skyrim will be GOTY.
The best games of 2011 so far: Gears of War 3 Dead Space 2 Uncharted 3 (Probably Batman too, but I haven't played it so I can't comment)
the first deadspace was a better experience and a wayyyyy longer story that got in greater depth and gears never wins and uncharted got butchered its gonna be a doozy
I also loved dead space 2 but I still need to play gears 3 and Uncharted 3, Im sure those will be awesome. Deus Ex was great but noone will give it GOTY. I think Dark souls could get some GOTY awards from some places too. I loved it and think it offered alot of gameplay in one playthrough.
Batman Arkham City most likely, but Gears 3 is right up there as well.
obviously gonna be between battman and the elder scrolls. uncharted got butchered n the story is bad.. warning GOTY is not gonna be the best multiplayer experience...
Uncharted 3 has the best story in the franchise, It was never butchered.Everyone who actually played through the game agrees We don't even know the story of skyrim that well except for the fact you have to kill a dragon that wants to eat the world And Batman in my opinion had a weaker story than Arkham Asylum but the gameplay was so good in Batman that I overlooked it. Seriously was I the only one who questioned why am I fighting Solomun Grundy and Penguins convenient "oh I just found him in the basement story"
Lol....story is bad. It's better then Gears or Batmans which was the same old story...leading up to the final face off. Least Uncharted is got a great fleshed out story which is up to Hollywoods standards.
Dude Far Cry was hollywoods standards. PS. Don't watch that movie.
Im still saying that Uncharted 3 has the best story and most people agree with me. I feel like the fleshed out drake as a character more in this game and really made a villian who was actually very interesting. Compared to Lazarevic, Katherine is a much better villain. I will continue to say Uncharted 3 has the best story in the franchise and may be one of the best next to Bioshock, MGS and Legend of Zelda
uncharted 3, skyrim and zelda.
This article has some mis steps Batman is a great game I loved every second, but the metascore is 95, not 97. The ps3 version is not superior to the 360 version, so we can't go claiming it is the highest rated game this year as only 31 reviews for the ps3 as opposed to the 72 for 360 Not to mention the fact that the ps3 composes of all the near perfect score reviews Uncharted 3, I finished it and I loved it... currently my vote for GOTY Very excited for skyrim, but you can not account games for GOTY until they actually come out and you are purely judging by hype alone but honestly my huge problem is metascore Metascore means nothing now, its just the average scores of reviews by certain reviewers "who meet the standards" Yeah, that 50 uncharted 3 got was a poorly written review that had no standards. Even the user reviews are crap you don't even need to play the game to review it. The user reviews are tarnished by trolls. Look at the gears/uncharted 3 user reviews 77 and 75 respectively. Read the uncharted 3 user reviews buy names such as "unchartedfan" or "uncharted101" both giving the game a zero If we want to judge games by score use n4g's channel/game Score wise the best games of the year are Uncharted 3, Batman arkham city and Portal 2 Metacritic and gamerankings are pure crap they don't do proper aggregate scores
metacritic scores dont matter. Sites dont look at metacritic to decide what GOTY is. If anything you would have to look at that sites specific review for that game to get an indication of what they might vote for GOTY. And they dont necessarily have to choose the game they rated highest either. See, IGN gave uncharted 3 a 10, they dont say "it has a 91 on metacritic" they say "we gave it a 10" when looking for their GOTY choice. The fact that so many people are talking about metacritic scores shows they dont understand the concept of GOTY. Everyone is looking for some factual evidence to point to a single GOTY. There is no facts, just a bunch of opinions and even a bunch of different GOTY games. As long as someone choses just a decent game, we cant really say they are wrong. Would it really be wrong for someone to choose any great game such as batman: AC, Uncharted 3, Portal 2, Gears 3, Skyrm, BF3, LBP2, Witcher 2 etc. it wouldnt be wrong to pick any, none of these such great games are "more GOTY" then the other based on anything because its all based on opinions. When it comes to GOTY people/websites/magazines use their own opinions to choose the GOTY, not the averages of all the other peoples opinion(metacritic).
Battle field 3 is GOTY for me! LMAO! I kid, I'm looking at uncharted 3 right now. I'm hoping skyrim will be good though.
As far as nominee's for game of the year especially on Spike's VGA event: 1) Portal 2 2) Arkham City 3) Uncharted 3 4) Skyrim 5) Gears of War 3 Usually they have 5 nominees. 1 xbox exclusive, 1 PS3 exclusive, and 3 multi-plats. You could replace Batman or Portal with Dark Souls, but I think the Souls series is still one of those sleeper hit series and hasn't really hit the main stream yet. IMO its a duke out between Skyrim and Uncharted 3, but Batman could ninja attack this one this year. Skyrim gets my solid 1 vote though. :)
Is this list supposed to be a joke? Poratl 2, LBP2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Gears of War 3 and Zelda are all better than MW3. You can tell And Zelda will probably win GOTY because Miyamoto worked on it. Last 3 big game he worked on all won GOTY
The highest metascore doesnt always win goty example mario galaxy, but skyrim probably will win there so much hype.
Simple, GOTY: Skyrim FPS-OTY: Battlefield 3 Adventure-OTY: Uncharted 3/Batman: Arkham City I'm calling it now.
I think Portal 2 will surprise people and take some honors. The story was top notch and the addition of co-op puts it ahead of the other games.
For me personally (and that's all I care about), Dark Souls is in the DISTANT lead. Skyrim will get its due (really excited for something relaxing like Skyrim) along with Batman, UC3, AC: Revelations...and a few others, but I just can't see any of them beating Dark Souls.
People are forgetting about LBP2.
obviously "game of the year" is all about personal opinion, so here are my personal front-runners out of the games released thus far: portal 2, witcher 2, deus ex 3, arkham city, and uncharted 3. i'm guessing i'll be adding skyrim to that list, and hopefully AC revelations as well. i have yet to play dark souls since i want to get my money's worth out of demon's souls first, but i'm glad to see a lot of people mentioning it here. i honestly can't pick between the 5 i listed, which i consider to be a VERY good thing for gaming in general.