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Editor’s Note: We recently asked you, our community to vote for your Games of the Year across a variety of categories. We received a fantastic number of votes, well surpassing last year’s entries, and well, this is just one of many results. Enjoy.
So, we’ve nearly reached the end of the year, the end of 2011. It’s been a cracking year; we’ve had some quite remarkable titles this year, spread out across all platforms, throughout the entire year. We’ve had fantastic RPGs in the form of the futuristic Deus Ex: Human Revolution and the fantasy-based The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, incredible expansions onto a cult-classic with Portal 2, a second unparalleled superhero adventure with Batman in Arkham City, and the continuation of one of the most influential franchises around with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.There’s been a surge of world-beating indie titles like Bastion and the popular-phenomenon Minecraft, whilst cute and scary have had a say with Dead Space 2 and LittleBigPlanet 2 – separately of course. There has been a seriously impressive collection of wondrous releases in just the last few months alone, enough to overload even the most hardcore of gamers.
It all comes down to this though, which of all of the titles released this year is most deserving of the Game of the Year tag. Which game stood above all others, like Mass Effect 2 did last year, to claim a prize to cement its place in history. It is with great pleasure, that I can announced our Community Game of the Year as… Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.
The win cements a stellar year for Naughty Dog, as Drake’s Deception picks up its fourth award from the MediaKick community, having already won the titles of Best Action-Adventure, Best Visual Appearance and Best PlayStation 3 game. Pulling in 28.2% of the votes, Uncharted 3 comfortably saw off The Elder Scrolls V: Skryim by over five percent. The Game of the Year category is always mighty close in the end, but managing to overshadow the win from Mass Effect 2 from last year by more than seven percent is truly a mark of excellence.
“It’s a game that manages to, somehow, outstrip its predecessor in every conceivable aspect, solidifying itself as one of the all-time greats.” My review for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception was glowing as it received our highest grade. In order to win Game of the Year, a title must excel in all aspects, something that Naughty Dog have achieved all too well: “Uncharted 3 is the ultimate cinematic experience; one that will have you riding the highs and lows of a stupendous story, interjecting thrills and enjoyable gameplay, whilst providing a graphical prowess that is remarkable.”
Thankfully, Uncharted 3 is performing extremely well at retail, having shifted 3.8 million copies on day one, the overall sales are “far exceeding expectations”. The game also launched as part of a bundle deal in America, which is exceeding both Sony’s and retailer’s expectations, “showing that Uncharted 3 is bringing new consumers to the PS3 platform.”
As I said in my review, “rarely do games come along with such brilliance in all aspects”. It’s a game you owe it to yourself to play, as “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is not just world-class, it’s in a class of its very own.”
In case you missed any, or just fancy a more concise list of all of our winners, here you go:
Game of the Year – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Most Anticipated Game of 2012 – Starhawk
PlayStation 3 Game of the Year – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Xbox 360 Game of the Year – Gears of War 3
Multi-platform Game of the Year – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Nintendo Wii Game of the Year – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
PC Game of the Year – The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
Portable Game of the Year – Pokemon Black and White
Downloadable Game of the Year – Bastion
Best Action-Adventure – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Best Driving – MotorStorm: Apocalypse
Best Fighting – Mortal Kombat
Best Platformer – Portal 2
Best RPG – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Best Shooter – Battlefield 3
Best Sports – FIFA 12
Best Audio Experience – Battlefield 3
Best Visual Appearance – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Additionally, as part of our nominations and voting process, we had a Xmas Prize Pack up for grabs. Containing PlayStation 3 copies (promos) of Modern Warfare 3, Saints Row: The Third, F1 2011 and Red Faction: Armageddon, plus a variety of other gaming swag, it’s a great prize to win.
So, congratulations Kevling for winning! You should have an email already asking for your address for postage.