The Kotaku Awards 2011: Nominate Your Overall Game Of The Year

The Kotaku Awards 2011: Nominate Your Overall Game Of The Year

Alright we’re kicking off award season at Kotaku, and this week we’re taking nominations! Every day this week we’re taking nominations on each specific category. Next week we’ll put up the poll, and the week afterwards we’ll announce the winners. Today is the big one.

So we’re looking for your nominations for the overall game of the year. This is all formats — consoles, handhelds, mobiles, PC. Everything.

This is a tough one for me, but my favourite games of the year so far have been…

— Ghost Trick — Fight Night Champion — Batman: Arkham City — Portal 2 — Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

This is tricky for me considering that Skyward Sword and Super Mario 3D Land are still unreleased. I think Skyward Sword has a good chance of being one of my favourite games of the year. Feel free to nominate these games, since we won’t start proper votes for a while.

Drop your nominations in the comments below, and nominate in other categories here.


  • Until I finish Skyrim, I’d say it’s a struggle between Bastion, Portal 2 and Uncharted 3, although I find it somewhat ridiculous to have only ONE GOTY. Why not both?

    I think i’ll have tacos for lunch now.

  • Haven’t got to Skyrim yet so for now I have to nominate Xenoblade Chronicles. I was honestly only buying it because I liked what the Operation Rainfall guys were doing. I never expected to get such an amazing game out of the deal


  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

    It’s been a while since I’ve been in a believable world, with easily missable backstories that completely change the way you feel towards a character or faction.

    Hell, yesterday I saw a framed picture of one of the characters on a desk, standing in front of the Twelve Apostles in NSW, and another picture with a family member and instantly changed the way I felt about her, having a greater insight into her motivations and moral code. There’s no level of detail that great in any of the big budget shooters, or any other game I can think of that comes to mind.

    And it’s one of the first games in ages that I’ve actually felt anger towards a character in a game.

  • Eaaasily going to nominate Portal 2 without hesitation.

    Hmmm… what else… the problem is that I’ve been doing so much MMOing with City of Heroes: Freedom that I haven’t played any others… except Dead Island, and while it’s awesome, it’s far from GOTY. Same with City of Heroes: Freedom- it has problems of its own, despite my unending addiction to it. It also needs more media coverage from kotaku and joystiq imho. >>

  • The deep love I hold in my heart for Batman wants me to say Arkham City … but the bed sores I have earned over the past week are screaming SKYRIM !!!!

  • Gotta say Portal 2, but that’s because it’s one of the few releases from this year that I actually played. #cheapskategamer

  • In order for me:
    Batman Arkham City
    Forza Motorsport 4
    Portal 2

    If only Rocksteady could license their freeflow combat to every game I would be in gaming nirvana…

  • What I hate about this is that, recent games will always be strong in the mind, and anything released earlier this year may fall too the way side.

    I loved Portal 2, adding Co-op was a fantastic choice even if you can only really do it once and then have a huge break.

    That said, I haven’t played anything with such intensity as I have been playing Skyrim. Holy shit, Skyrim. Skyrim, guys, Skyrim. Goddamn, Skyrim. Oh man.


  • I’m currently thinking that the game of the year was either Bastion or Portal 2. But Skyward Sword may well alter these thoughts.

  • Despite not having got it yet Ill have to say Skyrim as I cant justify other choices cause I have “fanboi” bias to them. (Also when I get it in the next few weeks Im sure Ill think its amazing)

    +1 Skyrim

  • This is the hardest year I can remember. I’m leaning towards Skyrim and The Witcher 2 though. Just polished, complete, epic experiences. I also loved DXHR, and Portal 2.

  • Very close toss up between Skyrim and Deus Ex:HR.

    With 3rd place going to Portal 2.

    THAT SAID, i havn’t played Arkham City yet, so that may get the vote once i get it on PC.

    I’m loving all the First person shooter votes here btw guys, haha 🙂

    • To be honest, I love MW3 (and MW2 and blackops and MW) and i played a lot of BF3, but that all went out the window as soon as i started Skyrim. It really is just an incredible game.

  • It’s hard to go past Portal 2, Arkham City and Skyrim. But I’d also like to nominate The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, for not only providing a wonderful experience, a trip down memory lane and the Master Quest all in portable form, but for creating a 3D experience that proved the 3DS could work. I haven’t played Mario 3D Land yet, but I get the feeling that will take it to the next level to. Great time to be a 3DS owner.

  • Top five for me are below (from favourite to slightly less favourite)

    1. Skyrim! (Only just!)
    2. Deus Ex:HR
    3. Dark Souls
    4. Portal 2
    5. Bastion

  • Gears of War 3

    As far as blockbusters go, this one is pretty underrated. Every review I’ve seen says things along the lines of “you won’t play this for the story” but for some of us, playing the series for years, the story does actually matter. It’s not just a bunch of macho guys blowing up aliens. Despite what some people may say, there IS character development in these games, maybe those people are too busy holding down the B button to read between the lines.

    Gears of War 3 is the most enjoyable game I’ve played this year, with Arkham City pretty close. The multiplayer IS fun, the campaign IS worthwhile, and it deserves better than to be written off as some cheesy masculine fantasy.

    • Ooohhh LA Noir, I forgot about that one.

      For all it faults, I remember that being the only console game all year that kept me interested from start to finish.

  • Dark Souls hands down. Such an addicting, huge, challenging and immersive game for sure, despite Blighttown. BT is the only thing keeping it from getting a 10 in my books.

    Skyrim is a close second. It too is a huge, immersive and addicting game, but the fact that it still uses the Gamebryo engine which is almost 10 years old and notorious for bugs is disappointing.

    Portal 2 is a close third. The plot was great, the voice-acting was among the best in a while and the characters really set a light-hearted and humourous tone that you don’t often see in other games these days. The Steamworks integration on the PS3 version also worked very well.

    • I thought it was new. Its certainly looks and perfirms dar better than NV on pc. Its definetly not as buggy. Minir bugs sure, byt at least people can play it, which you definetly.cant say about past Betgesda releases.

      • Skyrim runs on the Creation engine, which is based on the Gamebryo engine. Both were developed in-house by bethesda.

  • If I had to nominate an order of GOTYable games, it’d be Portal2, then just narrowly after, Skyrim. Yes I’m a filthy heretic, but I shouldn’t have to panic over whether if I did too much in the universe I’d screw up the engine so much that it’d become eventually unplayable.

  • I’ve enjoyed ‘Xenoblade Chronicles’ more than any other game this year. It combined the freedom of Western RPGs with the fantasy and story-telling of JRPGs to create something truly special. The setting is fantastic, the visuals are top-notch for a Wii title and the soundtrack is one of the best I’ve heard in any game. There’s really not a whole lot I can fault the game on.

  • The Witcher 2 – not only did it have the best rendered pair of boobs (Triss) this year, it was also the best rpg in years.

  • Either I’m becoming old and bitter at the world, or just don’t have the attention span anymore but:
    With so many good games out this year, I can’t say any deserve GOTY to me. Something like that, to me, means I’d have to play it, finish it and want to keep playing it. Even though so many great games came out, none have made me want to go back and just keep playing. They are all a once off, “wow this game is pretty awesome” while playing it, but after that doesn’t even get a second thought.

  • For mainstream games I vote for:
    – Portal 2 (PC)
    – Battlefield 3 (PC)

    Special votes for keeping me playing well after finishing the game, highest playtime out of all games played this year:
    – Terraria
    – Dungeon Defenders

    Year isn’t over, and have Skyward Sword, Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart on the way, one (or more) could be a contender.

  • I know what my top games of the year are

    Portal 2
    Zelda: Skyward Sword

    I think if I have to nominate the one game I think was “best” that nomination would go to Deus Ex.

  • Skyrim.
    Trying to compensate for immediacy bias, but nothing else is leaping out from this year.
    I haven’t played Witcher 2 yet though …

  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky. I mentioned it in the last one without thinking but I’ll now mention it again here. It’s amazing and is easily one of the best jRPGs in years.

    Same as last time, most people have mentioned all the other good games.

  • Batman: Arkham City for me. Beautiful to look at, a real joy to play. Took everything that made Arkham Asylum good and tripled it.

    Dead Space 2 was also a great great game. Really surprising in how brilliant it was. The ending of that game will stick with me for a while.

  • Portal 2 for being a perfect mixture of challenge and story
    The Gunstringer for being laugh out loud funny and something that no-body else was doing this year
    Fruit Ninja Kinect for being the most fun and addictive game I’ve played in ages – simple, responsive and gez I want just one more go…

  • Deadrising 2 off the record;Portal 2; Arkam City; MW3; RAGE; LA:Noire; Mortal Kombat (maybe); Uncharted 3; Super Crate Box (awesome fun); Crysis 2 and SKYRIM…

  • Skyrim. and pre-emptively I’ll say Zelda, but that’s 110% assumption at this point.

    But I can tell you that in 4 years I’ll still be playing Skyrim. We’re two games further into the series and I still play Morrowind. Still play Oblivion too.

    Skyrim is easily my pick for GOTY.

  • I’d say Portal 2, Followed by Batman AC.
    However being away from home means I still haven’t touched Skyrim, Saints Row the 3rd or Uncharted 3.

  • I’m actually going to say battlefield 3, however, deus ex gets my second highest vote, bf3 for its amazing gameplay, deus ex for its incredible world


    No other game has captured my imagination so much. When I’m not playing it, I’m thinking about playing it.

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