QSF5’s GOTY 2011 Day 2 of 3

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goty-2011-logoDay two of three has arrived and it answers this important question:

Which 2011 games did I find shockingly good and shockingly not-so-good?

Well read on, friend. The answer awaits you!

Most Disappointing Game of 2011

Self explanatory.

Winner: Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (PS3)

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Capcom vs SNK 2 is my favorite of the VS series of Capcom fighting games. I never appreciated any of the other VS games like it. The original Marvel vs Capcom was close though.

I thought Marvel vs Capcom 3 was going to be less frantic than it ended up being and I was hoping there was going to be more effort put forth in the other modes surrounding it — like in Super Street Fighter IV or Mortal Kombat.

All hardcore fighting game fans only really care about the core game, but I’m not a hardcore fighting game player. I need a bit more than just the mechanics.

I also couldn’t believe Capcom would release a revision of the game at $39.99 in the same calendar year. That move alone sours me on Capcom fighting games in the foreseeable future. Sorry, Street Fighter X Tekken.

Runner-up: L.A Noire

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QSF5’s GOTY 2011 Day 1 of 3

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goty-2011-logoIt took a bit longer than expected, but I finally assembled my personal Game of the Year awards for 2011. I’ll be doling these out of the next few days starting today!

For today, I have the game I wished I spent more time with and also the one I wish I actually got.

The 2011 Game I Wish I Bought & Played in 2011

Self explanatory

Winner: Rayman: Origins (PS3, 360)

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I heard a lot of good things about it. It looks beautiful, it’s a classic platformer and it’s from a franchise that I’ve never played before.

The only reason why I didn’t pick it up was because as an Ubisoft title, I knew I can have it for $19.99 in a few months’ time.

Runner-ups: RAGE, The Witcher 2

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GiantBomb’s 2011 Game of the Year

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giantbomb-logoThis year I am more appreciative for GiantBomb’s Game of the Year deliberation podcasts than ever. Since I’m working this holiday with nothing more than stupid problems to solve, these podcasts are sanity saving pieces of audio entertainment.

Or so I thought. There are some odd selections this year with some flimsy arguments being made to justify them. I best not go down this path because then this whole Whiskey Media admiration will just come crashing down. And that would really suck since I did plop down some cash for a Premium Membership late last month.

Making up for the head scratching podcasts are these excellent videos by each of the editors that remind us how awesome full motion video in games were back in the day. Vinny’s is pretty awesome:

Afterwards, you get to watch them re-visit The Witcher 2 which I didn’t watch because I want to play The Witcher 2.

There’s still a couple of days left before they unveil their Game of the Year and even though the actual deliberations haven’t been the most thought provoking discussions, I am still entertained.

QSF5’s GOTY 2010 Day 3 of 3

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goty-2010It’s the final day of my game of the year awards.

I mentioned that I was spreading this year’s awards over three days, but I didn’t mention why. It was part laziness, but it was also to give myself time to form my personal top 10. I was having a tough time trimming the list down to ten and selecting my number one game. I’m still not 100% sure on my pick, but whatever. In the end of the day, these are all great games.

But let’s start with a 2009 hit, I played in 2010.

Top Game from 2009

My favorite 2009 game which I started and completed in 2010.

Winner: Torchlight

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Torchlight was the first dungeon crawler that I ever completed. That’s worth noting because I’ve tried to play many games like this. Lots of smart choices made this game a pleasure to play from the vibrant art style to the streamlined interface. The only glaring omission was the lack of co-op, but they’ll be rectifying that with Torchlight 2 which is slated for late Spring 2011.

Runners up: Borderlands, Demon’s Souls, Torchlight, Trine

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