Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Best of 2011 - wrap-up.


Awww yeah - it's the breakdown! Here's a quick look at where the cookies crumbled for gaming in 2011 here at The Games of Chance.

The Best of 2011 homepage can be found here, along with what games were up for consideration and why.


Games I'm sorry I didn't play...
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Child of Eden
  • Okamiden
  • Rayman Origins
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Resistance 3


The most singularly striking moments in gaming were...

Acknowledgments
  • Bastion
  • Dark Souls
  • Portal 2
Honorable Mentions
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Portal 2 (for a different moment)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
  • inFamous 2
Runner up - Alice: Madness Returns

Greatest Moment of 2011 - Dead Space 2



The most visually creative and impressive games were...

Acknowledgments
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • inFamous 2
Honorable Mentions
  • Alice: Madness Returns
  • Dead Space 2
Runner up - The Elder Scrolls V : Skyrim

Best Art Direction of 2011 - Dark Souls



The games that took me unawares were...

Acknowledgments
  • Bulletstorm
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Honorable Mentions
  • Duke Nukem Forever
  • Alice: Madness Returns
  • L.A. Noire
Runner up - inFamous 2

Most Surprising Game of 2011 - Dead Island


'Cause there's no topic like off-topic...

Biggest surprise - Tangled

Best action - Kung-fu Panda 2

Best story - Thirst

Best animated movie - Rango

Best live-action movie - The Muppets

Best Movie of 2011 - Rango



The most stylin' games were...

Acknowledgment
  • L.A. Noire
Honorable Mentions
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • inFamous 2
  • Alice: Madness Returns
Runner up - Dead Space 2

Best Presentation of 2011 - Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception


The funnest games were...

Acknowledgments
  • Catherine
  • Rage
  • Bulletstorm
  • Portal 2
  • Batman: Arkham City
Honorable mentions
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
  • Dark Souls
Runner up - Dead Island

Best Gameplay of 2011 - inFamous 2


The most immersive or affecting games were...

Acknowledgments
  • Alice: Madness Returns
  • Portal 2
Honorable mentions
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Syrim
  • Dead Island
Runner up - Dead Space 2

Best Atmosphere of 2011 - Dark Souls


The best voice work of was...

Acknowledgments
  • Logan Cunningham as Rucks (in Bastion)
  • Nolan North & Richard McGonagle as Drake & Sully (in Uncharted 3)
  • Gunner Wright as Isaac (in Dead Space 2)
Honorable mention
  • Ellen McLain and Stephen Merchant (in Portal 2)
Runner up - Eric Ladin & Caleb Moody as Cole & Zeke (in inFamous 2)

Best Performance of 2011 - Mark Hamill as The Joker (in Batman: Arkham City)



The very best, most awesomest games of 2011 were...

Acknowledgments
  • Alice: Madness Returns
  • Dead Island
Honorable mentions
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Portal 2
  • Dead Space 2
"Best" game of 2011 - Dark Souls

Game of the Year...



I hope everyone got a kick (or at least a few more games to care about) out of this year's proceedings. Personally, I feel I produced some of my better pieces. I feel explaining Dark Souls in the Best Art Direction post and examining the symbolism of one awful door in Madness Returns for the Greatest Moment post were two of the best thing I've ever written.

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