Thursday, December 29, 2011

Game of the Year 2011: Console Exclusive Awards

The genres have been given their champions, now it's time to find out what exclusive titles of the various consoles made it into the lead this year. Once again I will present each writers pick for every award. Enjoy the second part of Game of the Year 2011.




GAME OF THE YEAR - CONSOLE EXCLUSIVE AWARDS
WII GAME OF THE YEAR

Like with the platformer award yesterday, we once again have two Kirby titles from me and Jimmy. Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Adventure Wii are two incredibly well made Wii exclusive titles, it's weird how Kirby titles tend to almost always come out in high quality, even more often than Super Mario titles these days. Jonis hit us with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword as his personal Wii game of the year. It's without a doubt the most commonly praised Wii game this year, there's no denying how popular Skyward Sword became almost immediately upon release, quite impressive. I doubt anyone was surprised about Marty picking Xenoblade Chronicles as his game. As was stated back in RPG of the Year, Xenoblade is a proper throwback to a genre that has been starting to grow stale and weak over the last few years and to think that Wii would be the console to bring JRPG back I could not have guessed in a thousand years. To put it short, Nintendo had a damn good library for the Wii this year, even if the last quarter was a bit lacking in titles.






GAME OF THE YEAR - CONSOLE EXCLUSIVE AWARDS
XBOX 360 GAME OF THE YEAR

Don't look at me like that, Fruit Ninja Kinect was not only a really fun game, it's also truly addicting. We don't have a motion control category, but if we had I would have put it there as well. The Gunstringer was a close contender, but we can't all win. Jimmy and Jonis went with Gears of War 3 that I've not had the enjoyment of playing yet. I've heard great things though, it seems like Epic is trying some new things and is really working on brining Gears out of the grey dusty streets of the first game and into some more interesting environments. The new enemies seemed cool as well. I really do wish I could tell you more about it, but since I've not played it and did not get a proper statement on what made it so special from our writers, I can't do much else than speculate on what it could offer.






GAME OF THE YEAR - CONSOLE EXCLUSIVE AWARDS
PLAYSTATION 3 GAME OF THE YEAR

Me and Jimmy absolutely loves Little Big Planet 2. Mostly because we can't seem to grow up and like playing around with what's basically a virtual toyset, but what's wrong with that? LBP2 upped the original by basically removing the few boundaries that it gave you, don't want to do a platformer? That's fine, go make a shooter. Don't want sidescroller? Then make an FPS game! It's all possible in LBP2, and that's why we love it so much. Jonis preferred Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception to be played on his PS3 this year. Nathan Drake's latest adventure have been said by many to be his best so far, and with Naughty Dog closing out their run on the series to work on The Last of Us, what better way to celebrate than taking another PS3 Game of the Year award.






GAME OF THE YEAR - CONSOLE EXCLUSIVE AWARDS
NINTENDO DS GAME OF THE YEAR

I do wonder if we're watching the end of the DS lifespan, the 3DS is starting to pick up and the games for the DS this year was few and far in-between. Marty's pick was Pokémon: Black/White version which added another 153 little monsters to the index. I'm giving my award to Aliens: Infestation even if I'm not done with the game yet, if I regret that choice at a later date I'm going to eat up my words and make a formal apology, but for how it's shaping up I'm happy with tossing my award to the Xenomorph pit and let them have a ball with it. Jimmy picked Capcom's Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective that he luckily picked up a few weeks ago, the makers of Phoenix Wright makes a sidescrolling paranormal detective story? Sure, I'm game!






GAME OF THE YEAR - CONSOLE EXCLUSIVE AWARDS
NINTENDO 3DS GAME OF THE YEAR

The only award in this section where we all are gathered to give out our awards, also the one where four out of five of us unified and picked The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D because it is simply such a great game. Ocarina is a great game on its own, up the visuals a whole lot and add improved controls and you can't deny it a spot as a contender in the GotY awards, that'd just be wrong. Marty on the other hand, went with Tales of the Abyss. Marty's review of Tales is set to go up later tonight, but you can probably guess that it's going to be positive, the first proper JRPG on 3DS was highly awaited. Hopefully that part of the library will expand further in 2012.






GAME OF THE YEAR - CONSOLE EXCLUSIVE AWARDS
PLAYSTATION PORTABLE GAME OF THE YEAR

The PSP is also heading its way out the door, so let's give it a solid farewell. Marty and me both picked Final Fantasy IV: Complete Collection as our PSP game of choice, it's FF4 with improved visuals, new middle piece and the added epilogue game FF4: The After Years that released on the Wii a few years back. FF4 is one of my favourite JRPG titles of all time, so no other game could possibly have beaten this in the battle. Well, maybe Persona 3: Portable, but it didn't. Interestingly enough, noone else played any PSP game worth mentioning in 2011, so it seems we have out first unified winner in this section of the awards. Congratulations Square-Enix, you can still handle ports and remakes right.






GAME OF THE YEAR - CONSOLE EXCLUSIVE AWARDS
PC/MAC GAME OF THE YEAR

PC Gaming gets a slap in the face each year. Piracy is knocking down to possibilities for more multiplatform games to land on our computers and we start getting less and less exclusives, unless they're strategy games. Jonis and Jimmy both went with Heroes VI: Might and Magic as their games. Ubisoft is trying hard to rebuild the Might and Magic brand, and they might be on their right path with Heroes VI. It's a great game. But my eyes were on a different title as my choice could not go to any other game than Serious Sam 3: BFE. The sheer mayhem and chaotic concept of that game is hilarious and should be played by any self-respecting FPS gamer. It's cheap, it's fun, it's my PC GotY.






GAME OF THE YEAR - CONSOLE EXCLUSIVE AWARDS
DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT OF THE YEAR

Yes, I know, it's not a console. But it wasn't really a genre either, so we had to put it somewhere. Jimmy's favourite DLC this year was the character Kenshi for Mortal Kombat. I almost went with a Mortal Kombat character as well, until I remembered that my favourite DLC of 2011 is Fork Parker in Serious Sam 3. Fork Parker is the Chief Financial Officer at Devolver Digital, he is also utterly insane. That's right, he's a real life person. I follow him on twitter and he tweets on a daily basis things that you would not believe anyone with a fancy title like that would tweet in their entire life. He's also in Serious Sam 3 where he can kick ass with a chaingun. Yeah, he's just awesome. Jonis did not pick a character at all, his choice of DLC was the Bloodbath Arena for Dead Island which of course is that much awaited Horde Mode.
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Another day, another section finished. Tomorrow is the big day where we will give out the final NINE nominees for Game of the Year, but unlike these awards, only one can actually win. See you tomorrow.

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