Kotaku Awards 2010: Console Games

Hey guys, we're about to kick off our Kotaku Game of the Year awards, and this year we want your vote! This week we're going to be asking you guys for nominations for each award, before putting it to a vote next week.

Next up is the big one - console games.

This year was huge for games in general. We had one of the best starts to the year in recent memory, with Mass Effect 2, God of War 3, and Heavy Rain, and the mid-year didn't disappoint either with Red Dead Redemption and Super Mario Galaxy 2. We've even had some surprisingly awesome games towards the end of the year with Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Gran Turismo 5 comes out this week, and Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is another barnstormer. Then there are your givens; like Halo Reach, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Fallout: New Vegas.

Wow. Looking back it's been quite the year.

But what do you think? What are your nominations for best console game of the year? Let us know and we'll put your nominations to a vote next week!


    RDR, easily. Hands down my game of the year.


    Definently Reach

      Easily Halo Reach, Halo is really the only game this year that did anything new.

    Red Dead Redemption would be my pick.

      I'd say RDR so far but GT5 comes out on thurs, so there may be some reassessment over the next week.

    Mass Effect 2, definitely. It's too hot to think of reasons, but you get the idea.

    Kinect Adventures

      I'm pretty sure you're joking, but it's still one of the best party games I've played... and not just this year.

        You know what.. i was. I then had another think about it and wanted to reconsider my Joking position. Kinect has completely changed the whole gaming interface which has not really been done winth the wii in 2006 (whenever it was?). It was a huge step forward and it has been done quite well. There are issues sure, but it has been good fun for me playing around and showing off the tech.

        The test has been for me playing it alone. I don't ever think i have turned on the wii while home alone gaming even when i first got it. Kinect has had me playing with myself (again a joke!!! i'm on fire NBA jam style).

        Only issue, are we talking about game of the year, or hardware. Now i have not played it but perhaps we talk about dance central based on the reviews it has got around here. good hardware/software combination.

        I know that these games will not get much support from the 'hardcore' (if we still call outselves that?) but these games have changed gaming one way or another...

    Heavy Rain and Red Dead - New IP that helped advance the industry with mature well written and extremely well acted dialogue, something sorely lacking as a whole. Both great immersive experiences that built on games of the past while offering something totally new. For me HR and RDR point to how in the near future games will carve a place next to movies, tv and novels as a respected medium.

      I agree with this, but I'd have to stick Mass Effect 2 in there for the same reasons. Yeah its a sequel, but only the 2nd, and they are being incredibly ambitious with all the interconnectivity that's possible, the different outcomes to the last missions etc.

    Red Dead Redemption for sure, no other game had the same WOW factor.

    Assasin's Creed: Brotherhood for action/adventure
    Halo Reach for first-person shooter
    Splinter Cell: Conviction (no idea which category)

    Mass Effect 2 lock it in.

    RDR and ME2 are the stand out candidates (haven't played AC:Brotherhood yet) and although I enjoyed ME2 more, I could change my opinion once I play the RDR DLC.

    Was Dragon Age last year? If not then...Deadly premonition...sorta.

      Yeah, Dragon Age: Origins was late 2009. Plenty of its DLC was released in 2010 though but whether or not it is considered great stuff or not is a different matter.

      Whoa whoa whao, HOLD ON!

      Dragon Quest IX, without a doubt...or is there a hand held category?

        There's a handheld category - I might chuck that up today.

    Funilly enough, being the budget (see tight ass) game i am, i haven't played any of these titles..

    So i'll just throw a vote towards ME2, as i am LOVING ME at the moment.

    Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead. Daylight to everything else.

    Mass Effect 2 is my GOTY no question.

    Special mention to Deadly Premonition for being one of the greatest WTF games released for some time.

      Crap! I played ME2 on PC. My pick for best console game will probably end up being Deadly Premonition then! :p

    Make sure GT5 is on that list...

    of the games that I have played, Red Dead Redemption is probably in front at the moment.

    A list of noteworthy console games (is there a separate nomination lot for handhelds? And what about PC??) in no particular order:

    Mass Effect 2
    Red Dead Redemption
    Heavy Rain
    Super Mario Galaxy 2
    Monster Hunter Tri
    Kirby's Epic Yarn
    Disney's Epic Mickey
    Donkey Kong Country Returns
    Fallout: New Vegas
    Super Street Fighter IV
    Assassin's Creed II
    Battlefield: Bad Company 2

    And though it isn't out just yet, Gran Turismo 5 since it's doubtful the thing will bomb.

    I just finished Uncharted 2 and enjoyed every second. Very excited with the possibility of a third installment soon so... Uncharted 2 :P (I know its old!)

      As great as Uncharted 2 is these are the 2010 awards and it's from 2009...

    I agree with several of the nominations above, but you also really need to add Alan Wake. One of the more atmospheric games of the year, the entire package just clicked with me.

    ME2, it just keeps getting better with new dlc.

    RDR, Mafia2 and Alan Wake.

    Medal of Honour, the weapon weight, destructable environments and sweeping vistas were awesome.

    Enslaved too maybe. (I know the camera was bad, and the colours hurt the eyes, and the combat got old quickly, and the ending was a bit naf... but geez the animation / charecter modelling and the platforming was just so much better than, say, assasins creed).

    I'm going to include Limbo too... because it's on a console.

      Reach, Transformers, Darksiders and Alpha Protocol as well.

      Also, is it cheating if I say Perfect Dark?

    Easy, ME2.

    RDR for sure. We have a weiner!

    I would say bad company 2 or black ops, both are pretty awesome as far as FPS on a console goes, and I have gotten a boatload of playtime from both this year.

    1) Mass Effect 2
    2) Mario Galaxy 2
    3) Halo Reach
    4) Red Dead Redemption
    5) Rock Band 3

    special xbla mentions to
    Perfect Dark
    Super Meat Boy

      and on the topic of DLC... Trials HD DLC Big Thrills coming out on December 1 along with Big Pack that came out earlier this year.

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