DualShockers 2011 Games of the Year!

on January 5, 2012 7:00 PM

We know you’ve all been waiting with baited breath for our official DualShockers 2011 Games of the Year awards. Well, the time has finally arrived to share with you some insight into what we thought of particular games this year. Please note that ALL these games (even the ones in the “Biggest Disappointment” category) are amazing in their own right, and they actually all deserve to win. Alas, in this part of our GOTY awards, only one can take top honors in each category. The rest, as always, are honorable mentions. So, let’s not keep you waiting any longer…

Platform Categories

DualShockers 2011 Games of the Year!

Best Nintendo DS Title: Ghost Trick | Honorable Mentions: Okamiden, Radiant Historia, Pokemon Black/White, Professor Layton and the Last Specter

Best Nintendo 3DS Title: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D | Honorable Mentions: Mario Kart 7, Super Street Fighter IV 3D, Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, Super Mario 3D Land

Best PC/Mac Title: Star Wars: The Old Republic | Honorable Mentions: E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy, Bastion, Shogun 2: Total War, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Best PlayStation 3 Title: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception | Honorable Mentions: Disgaea 4, inFamous 2, Little Big Planet 2, Resistance 3

DualShockers 2011 Games of the Year!

Best PlayStation Portable Title: The 3rd Birthday | Honorable Mentions: Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, Dissidia Duodecim: Final Fantasy, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky

Best Nintendo Wii Title: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword | Honorable Mentions: Kirby: Return to Dreamland, Conduit 2, Lost in Shadow

Best Xbox 360 Title: Gears of War 3 | Honorable Mentions: Dance Central 2, Forza 4, Trenched

Best Multi-Platform Title: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim | Honorable Mentions: Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Battlefield 3, Catherine, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

 

Genre Categories:

DualShockers 2011 Games of the Year!

Best Fighting Title: Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 | Honorable Mentions: Mortal Kombat, King of Fighters XIII, Super Street Fighter IV 3D

Best Action/Adventure Title: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception | Honorable Mentions: Saint’s Row: The Third, Yakuza 4, Batman: Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

Best Indie Title: The Binding of Isaac | Honorable Mentions: E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy, Space Pirates and Zombies, Magicka, Bastion

Best MMORPG: Star Wars: The Old Republic | Honorable Mentions: Rift: Planes of Telara, DC Universe Online

Best Multiplayer Title: Battlefield 3 | Honorable Mentions: Gears of War 3, Portal 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

DualShockers 2011 Games of the Year!

 Best Platformer: Rayman Origins | Honorable Mentions: Kirby: Return to Dreamland, Super Mario 3D Land, BloodRayne: Betrayal, Sonic Generations

Best Puzzle Title: Catherine | Honorable Mentions: Portal 2, Professor Layton and the Last Specter, Ghost Trick

DualShockers 2011 Games of the Year!

Best Rhythm Title: Rocksmith | Honorable Mentions: Dance Central 2, Just Dance 3

Best Japanese RPG: Disgaea 4 | Honorable Mentions: Ar Tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel, Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, Pokemon Black/White, Radiant Historia

Best Western RPG: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim | Honorable Mentions: Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Dragon Age II, Dark Souls, Bastion

Best Shooter: Battlefield 3 | Honorable Mentions: Gears of War 3, Gall of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Resistance 3, RAGE

Best Sports Title: Forza 4 | Honorable Mentions: Need for Speed Shift 2, Need for Speed: The Run, NBA 2K12, WWE ’12

 

Game Design Categories:

DualShockers 2011 Games of the Year!

Best Writing (includes narrative, plot design, dialog): Catherine | Honorable Mentions: Portal 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Batman: Arkham City

Best Production Design (includes art direction, level design): Deus Ex: Human Revolution | Honorable Mentions: Portal 2, Hard Reset, Catherine, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Best Audio (includes score, soundtrack, sound direction, voice acting): Portal 2 | Honorable Mentions: Battlefield 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Catherine, Star Wars: The Old Republic

Best Originality: Catherine | Honorable Mentions: L.A. Noire, E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy, The Binding of Isaac, Arcana Hearts 3

 

Other Random Categories:

DualShockers 2011 Games of the Year!

Best Game Not Released in the U.S.: Xenoblade Chronicles | Honorable Mentions: Final Fantasy Type-0, Tales of Xillia, Valkyria Chronicles 3, New Love Plus

Biggest Surprise: Catherine | Honorable Mentions: E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy, The Binding of Isaac, Driver: San Fransisco, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Biggest Letdown: Duke Nukem Forever | Honorable Mentions: Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, L.A. Noire, Brink, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

Best Remake/Re-release: Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection | Honorable Mentions: Ico & Shadow of the Colossus HD, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Resident Evil 4 HD, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

That wraps up this part of our Game of the Year awards! If you’re wondering where our overall GOTY is, well, we don’t just have one, but ten! Check back tomorrow for our top picks of the year.

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