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Game of the Year for "2011 & 1/2"

Minecraft 3 16.67%
Batman: Arkham City 4 22.22%
Dues Ex: Human Revolution 1 5.56%
L.A. Noire 0 0%
Uncharted 3 1 5.56%
Diablo III 2 11.11%
Journey 4 22.22%
Fire Emblem: Awakening 0 0%
Dragon's Dogma 2 11.11%
The Walking Dead: Season 1 1 5.56%

This is a thread to compile all of the Game of the Year/Decade results and also for general discussion.

The Game of All Time is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
The runner up is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
The thread can be found here.

The Best Year in Gaming is 1998.
The runner up is 2007.
The thread can be found here.

Game of the Decade

Decade Winner Runner Up
1970's Space Invaders (Arcade) Pong (Arcade)
1980's Super Mario Bros 3 (NES) The Legend of Zelda (NES)
1990's LoZ: Ocarina of Time (N64) Final Fantasy VII (Playstation)
2000's Resident Evil 4 (Gamecube/PS2) Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
2010's LoZ: Breath of the Wild (Switch/Wii U) The Last of Us (PS3)

Game of the Year

Year Winner Runner Up
1980 Pac-Man (Arcade) Rogue (various computers)
1981 Donkey Kong (Arcade) Galaga (Arcade)
1982 Pitfall! (Atari 2600) Dig Dug (Arcade)
1983 Mario Bros (Arcade) Dragon's Lair (Arcade)
1984 Duck Hunt (NES/Arcade) Punch Out!! (Arcade)
1985 Super Mario Bros (NES) Tetris (Electronika 60)
1986 The Legend of Zelda (NES) Dragon Quest (NES)
1987 Phantasy Star (SMS) Final Fantasy (NES)
1988 Super Mario Bros 3 (NES) Mega Man 2 (NES)
1989 SimCity (Home Computers) TMNT (Arcade/NES)
1990 Super Mario World (SNES) The Secret of Monkey Island (Home Computers)
1991 LoZ: A Link to the Past (SNES) Final Fantasy IV (SNES)
1992 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Genesis) Wolfenstein 3D (PC)
1993 Doom (PC) Mega Man X (SNES)
1994 Super Metroid (SNES) Final Fantasy VI (SNES)
1995 Chrono Trigger (SNES) DKC2: Diddy Kong's Quest (SNES)
1996 Super Mario 64 (N64) Pokemon R/G/B/Y (Gameboy)
1997 Final Fantasy VII (Playstation) Goldeneye 007 (N64)
1998 LoZ: Ocarina of Time (N64) StarCraft (PC)
1999 Age of Empires II (PC) Final Fantasy VIII (Playstation)
2000 Diablo II (PC) LoZ: Majora's Mask (N64)
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved (XBox) Grand Theft Auto III (PS2)
2002 Metroid Prime (GameCube) LoZ: The Wind Waker (GameCube)
2003 Star Wars: KOTOR (XBox/PC) Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (PC/PS2/GCN/XBox/GBA)
2004 Half-Life 2 (PC) World of Warcraft (PC)
2005 Resident Evil 4 (GameCube/PS2) Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
2006 LoZ: Twilight Princess (Wii) Wii Sports (Wii)
2007 Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) Portal (PC)
2008 Super Smash Bros Brawl (Wii) Fallout 3 (PS3/XBox 360/PC)
2009 Uncharted 2 (PS3) Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3/XBox 360/PC)
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)
2011 Dark Souls (PS3/XBox 360) Skyrim/Portal 2 (tie)
2012 Journey (PS3) Dragon's Dogma (PS3/XBox 360)
2013 The Last of Us (PS3) Grand Theft Auto V (PS3/XBox 360)
2014 DKC: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) Alien: Isolation (PS4/XB1/PS3/XBox 360/PC)
2015 The Witcher 3 (PS4/XB1/PC) Bloodborne (PS4)
2016 Doom (PS4/XB1/PC) Dark Souls III (PS4/XB1/PC)
2017 LoZ: Breath of the Wild (Switch) Hollow Knight (PC/Mac/Linux)
2018 Super Smash Bros Ultimate (Switch) God of War (PS4)
2019 Resident Evil 2 (Remake) (PS4/XB1/PC) Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (PS4/XB1/PC)
Last edited by The_Liquid_Laser - on 07 January 2024

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You can currently vote for 1981's Game of the Year here.


Last edited by Bandorr - on 24 October 2023

Something very interesting just happened, looking back at the 2011 and 2012 polls.  The year 2011 looked like this amazing year with tons of great games, while 2012 looked like it may have been the worst year yet in terms of top releases.   I'd like to test just how great this disparity is. 

There were 5 games in 2011 that didn't make it to the cutoff round.  They were 5 apparent "rejects" if you will.  And yet these 5 games still look like 5 pretty amazing games.  Let's put these in a poll against the top 5 games of 2012 (by votes).  Which game should win?

So, let's assume that these 10 games are the only ones available for both 2011 and 2012, which game do you think is most deserving of the Game of the Year title?  I am calling this poll the "2011 & 1/2" Game of the Year.  Are the 2011 games that much beyond the 2012 selection?  Or maybe the 2012 games are really not so bad after all.  What do you think?  Please vote and leave your comments in this thread.  

Here are the list of games:

Minecraft (PC/Mac/Linux/Mobile)
Markus “Notch” Persson officially released the most popular game in the world in 2011.  The popularity spread like wildfire, and in 2014 Microsoft bought Minecraft for $2.5 billion making Notch a billionaire.  Minecraft has sold over 300 million copies across all platforms, and it is still selling to this day.


Batman: Arkham City (PS3/XBox 360/PC)
Often after an amazing first entry, a disappointing sequel follows.  With Arkham City the exact opposite happened, as this sequel is the favorite in the series for many Batman fans.  Arkham City scored a 91-96 on Metacritic and sold over 12.5 million copies.


Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PS3/XBox 360/PC)
This third installment in the Deus Ex series scored a 89-91 on Metacritic and has sold over 12 million copies.

L.A. Noire (PS3/XBox 360/PC)
The developers behind Grand Theft Auto decided to make a game about the police this time around.  L.A. Noire has sold over 7.5 million copies.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (PS3)
This third installment in the Uncharted series scored a 92 on Metacritic and sold over 6.6 million copies.

Diablo III (PC/Mac)
It’s time to face the devil again.  The third installment in this diabolical franchise would sell over 12 million copies across all platforms.


Journey (PS3)
Don’t Stop Believing in this indie PS3 game.  The unique multiplayer system allows you to Journey with the other players you meet or go your Separate Ways.  Any Way You Want It.  This game scored a 92 on Metacritic and has sold over 6 million copies.


Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)
The annual, amazing Nintendo game ended up coming from the Fire Emblem franchise in 2012.  This ensured that Smash Bros would get many Fire Emblem characters in the years to come.  Fire Emblem: Awakening scored a 92 on Metacritic and sold over 2.3 million copies.

Dragon's Dogma (PS3/XBox360)
Since 2011 had both Dark Souls and Skyrim, it was natural for many people to look for another 3D fantasy RPG in 2012.  The best of these was arguably Dragon's Dogma, Capcom's first attempt at an open-world fantasy game.  Since 2012, the game has been released on several other platforms and has sold over 7 million copies.  There is also currently a trailer out for a very impressive looking sequel that is on the way.


The Walking Dead: Season One (PS3/XBox360/PC)
Telltale Games had gotten a reputation for making Adventure games that removed the puzzle requirements.  The most beloved of these was arguably The Walking Dead series, based on a comic book by the same name.  The Walking Dead was released in episodes starting in 2012.  Currently over 28 million episodes have been sold for Season One.

Official voting for this "2011 & 1/2 Game of the Year" contest will end Tuesday, December 5 at 11:59 PM EST.

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From that list, Uncharted 3 is the best, and easily tops anything from 2012.
Heck, I'd put Deus Ex and Batman well ahead of anything in 2012 sans Project Zero 2 Wii Edition and maybe Black Ops II.

I mean Portal 2 and Skyrim were above anything in 2012, but honestly I think 2012 was a great year as well. I have 3 games from 2012 in my top 50 of all time, only 2 from 2011.

UnderwaterFunktown said:

I mean Portal 2 and Skyrim were above anything in 2012, but honestly I think 2012 was a great year as well. I have 3 games from 2012 in my top 50 of all time, only 2 from 2011.

So what did you end up picking from this list?

I'm still going with Journey since it was such a unique experience and the only game I've replayed more than 20 times.

From the cut down selection of 2011 LA Noire stands out now (with Portal 2, Dark Souls and Skyrim absent). However Portal 2 would take it from Journey for me for the added humor. Deus Ex and Uncharted 3 can trade places with LA Noire any time though. All 3 have their highs and lows.

My top 50 order for 2011-2012

Portal 2
Dark Souls

The_Liquid_Laser said:
UnderwaterFunktown said:

I mean Portal 2 and Skyrim were above anything in 2012, but honestly I think 2012 was a great year as well. I have 3 games from 2012 in my top 50 of all time, only 2 from 2011.

So what did you end up picking from this list?

Diablo 3, not really any of my other favorites here so it was an easy choice