Kotaku Awards: Overall Game Of The Year

This is the big one. We're looking for your nominations for the overall game of the year. This can be absolutely any game from any category. Mobile, Console, PC, Indie, absolutely anything.

It could be Limbo, Mass Effect 2, Starcraft II, Game Dev Story, anything. No boundaries.

So add your nominations below, and feel free to reminisce on what has been one of my favourite gaming years in recent memory.


    Mass Effect 2 on PC for me. Fantastic stuff. I'd give it the award twice if I could after playing through the Shadow Broker DLC.

      Yep, definitely agree. ME2 was amazing, and Shadow Broker is the best DLC I have played of any game.

    Red Dead Redemption. Hands down.

      Oh, reminisce... this old video I saw here a while back probably does that better than I ever could - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwizeeBTnk8

      Gah! I wanna go play it again now...


    Not the best game, but I've had the most fun with Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.

    Bayonetta. I know a certain games writer who agrees with me too.

    Minecraft. It may still be in development (alpha whatever) but it feels infinitely more fresh than any other big release to date. This vote isn't me riding the Minecraft band wagon (or minecart!) either.

    Halo: Reach, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker or Red Dear Redemption. Haven't been able to decide.

    Another vote for Red Dead Redemption.

    Oh man, Game Dev Story ate my wife and my own lives for about a week. I do wish though it had one more level of expansion, so you had a bigger office space you could scroll around, or multilevel, or something. You know, make it feel like your company really made it massive, on top of the ridiculous sales you're making of the 17th iteration of a Dungeon Adventure game on your own Console.

    It's been a stellar year for games though. However, I'd have to say RDR is my game of the year. Nothing has been as memorable, as surprising, as involving for me as RDR. It hit me in just the right spots - story, gameplay, world, music, visuals, exploration. What a blast. :D

    Mass Effect 2. Such a awesome universe with great characters and voicework. Gameplay is also tops and almost all the DLC is amazing.

    Red Dead Redemption.

    The most complete game I have ever played. Every aspect of game design that I like was there (plus some parts I don't care about too).

    Loved every moment of the game.

    Hate to sound like an old curmudgeon but I've found this year quite uninspiring on the gaming front. I'm one of the few people I know that wasn't all that impressed with RDR.

    Out of this year's releases I've probably gotten the most play time out Super Street Fighter 4 and Blood Bowl: LE with mates.

    Other than those it'd be between Peace Walker or New Vegas, neither of which I've had time to finish. Mario Galaxy 2 was fun but not as enjoyable as the first.

    Kind of sad that it's pretty much all sequels or expansion-style update that have captured my attention this year. If I had to pick a new IP that I had the most fun with, it'd be Bayonetta but I don't feel that it's all that GOTY-worthy.

    Cut the Rope. New update is out!

    I joke. I think Brotherhood has my vote. The ending has made an even more giant WTF moment than 2.

    Close seconds: GoWIII, Heavy Rain, Peace Walker and RDR.

      I'm all over that Cut the Rope update. Cut the Rope rules.

    Red Dead Redemption for me. Great story, graphics, atmosphere. Traded it in after finishing it but am looking forward to getting the Undead Nightmares disc and getting back into that world.

    Others that I especially enjoyed were Heavy Rain, Battlefield Bad Company 2 (for the online component), and Black Ops.

    Red Dead Redemption FTW

    Fifa 11, best sports sim out there and one of the most addictive games around bar Champ Manager for football fans.

    Obligatory Minecraft vote. No matter what you think of it, it's been the biggest success of the year, and one that no one could have predicted.
    (Although the fact it's still in 'beta' may preclude it from such awards).

    God of War 3. An awesome end to an amazing series.

    Mass Effect 2. Really kicked it up a notch.

    Alan Wake,
    and or Mass Effect 2 for me.

    I'm umming and awwing over ME2 or RDR... but probably ME2.

    Award for the most unrealised potential goes to Alpha Protocol.

    Honourable mention goes to Bad Company 2, but it just wasn't as funny as the last game. Hopefully with Battlefield, Medal of Honour, Operation Flashpoint and Homefront all coming out on consoles it can go back to being the irreverant fun we all fell in love with.

    Mass Effect 2.

    Red Dead Redemption would get my vote if not for one thing: "Work ya damned nag!"

      Ohhhh that's what he's saying, haha! Blah. That really is irritating though. I didn't even know what he was saying exactly and it still grinded on me. Just... ok, no spoilers, but seriously, I don't want to play him.

    I've sunk the most hours into Bad Company 2 on PC, the sound effects keep me coming back. This year's GOTY is such a hard choice but I'm going with Mass Effect 2, more space games please.

      Yeah, if I based it purely on hours played, BFBC2 would win hands down for me.

      Got GOW3 and Heavy Rain are right up there, with GT5 and NFS:Hot Pursuit late contenders.

        GOW3 was a blast, there was just too much awesome this year to choose but no "hands down" winner. Which says a lot about the variety we had in 2010.

    Another vote here for Red Dead


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