Favorite Game of 2011 Survey!

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Favorite Game of 2011 Survey!

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On the first day of Christmas, the Escapist gave to me...

Update: Voting is now closed! Thank you all for participating, and check back on the 13th for the start of the countdown!

2011 has been a great year for gaming. In fact, there have been so many awesome games released this past year, it's really hard to pick a favorite, so we here at the Escapist would like your help! We want to hear from you which game from this past year is your favorite game of 2011, and why you loved it so much.

We've put together a survey of 50 of this years greatest titles and biggest releases and in just one short week, we'll start counting down your top 12 favorite games released so far. So take the "Favorite Game of 2011" survey! Remember, you only get one vote, so choose wisely!

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1. What has been your favorite game of 2011 (so far)?
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
0.2% (6)
0.2% (6)
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
0.5% (19)
0.5% (19)
Assassin's Creed: Revelations
0.9% (34)
0.9% (34)
Bastion
4% (146)
4% (146)
Batman: Arkham City
4.2% (153)
4.2% (153)
Battlefield 3
1.9% (69)
1.9% (69)
Binding of Isaac
0.5% (20)
0.5% (20)
Brink
0.1% (2)
0.1% (2)
Bulletstorm
0.2% (8)
0.2% (8)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
0.5% (17)
0.5% (17)
Catherine
1.2% (44)
1.2% (44)
Crysis 2
0.3% (11)
0.3% (11)
Dark Souls
3.3% (123)
3.3% (123)
Dead Island
0.2% (7)
0.2% (7)
Dead Space 2
0.5% (20)
0.5% (20)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
4.9% (179)
4.9% (179)
Dragon Age II
1.5% (55)
1.5% (55)
Driver: San Francisco
0.2% (6)
0.2% (6)
Duels of the Planeswalker
0.1% (3)
0.1% (3)
Duke Nukem Forever
0.3% (10)
0.3% (10)
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
0.1% (3)
0.1% (3)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
39% (1436)
39% (1436)
From Dust
0.1% (5)
0.1% (5)
Frozen Synapse
0.2% (8)
0.2% (8)
Gears of War 3
0.6% (22)
0.6% (22)
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
0.3% (10)
0.3% (10)
Infamous 2
1% (35)
1% (35)
Killzone 3
0.1% (3)
0.1% (3)
L.A. Noire
1.1% (42)
1.1% (42)
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
3.6% (131)
3.6% (131)
LittleBigPlanet 2
0.3% (11)
0.3% (11)
Lord of the Rings, War in the North
0.1% (2)
0.1% (2)
Minecraft
5.5% (203)
5.5% (203)
Need for Speed: The Run
0% (1)
0% (1)
Portal 2
11.7% (430)
11.7% (430)
RAGE
0.1% (3)
0.1% (3)
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
0.1% (2)
0.1% (2)
Rayman Origins
0.1% (2)
0.1% (2)
Rift
0.2% (7)
0.2% (7)
Saints Row: The Third
2.3% (85)
2.3% (85)
Serious Sam 3
1.2% (46)
1.2% (46)
SpaceChem
0.2% (6)
0.2% (6)
Super Mario 3D Land
0.1% (4)
0.1% (4)
Terraria
1.3% (48)
1.3% (48)
The Witcher 2
2.4% (90)
2.4% (90)
Total War: Shogun 2
0.7% (24)
0.7% (24)
Uncharted 3
0.5% (19)
0.5% (19)
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
0.7% (25)
0.7% (25)
2. Tell us the name of the game you picked, and why it was your favorite of 2011!
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Being able to only pick one is the bane of my existance...

Give me a "top 5" and I'd be much happier.

Umm...

Marvel vs. Capcom?

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom?!

I could understand only putting one on, but neither? For shame.

Well, of that list, I guess my vote goes to Dead Space 2.

EDIT: Also, I have a feeling Skyrim is going to absolutely crush the competition, which I think is partly due to the timing of the poll. Not saying it doesn't deserve to win (I'm not a fan of the game, but I can understand the fandom), but it is the latest big release, and is still so fresh in everyone's mind. I understand this is the case in any poll, but I just thought I'd get that out there.

Double post. Please ignore. My apologies.

Wait, some of those came out last year. Like Assassin's Creed Brotherhood and LittleBigPlanet 2.

Anyway, out of Human Revolution, Skyrim, Portal 2, and Witcher 2, my favorite is Witcher 2.

All games I enjoyed immensely, so I guess I have to judge by their general stability/bugginess. That means Skyrim's immediately out. Portal 2 didn't have much wrong with it, but Steam liked to be a bitch and deny me the ability to play sometimes.

Which leaves Human Revolution and Witcher 2. Both are great, both are pretty technically sound with some minor issues. Both are pretty much equal for me. So I guess I'll flip a coin. Came up tails, so it's Witcher 2.

I have hard time picking. Neither really left a lasting impression on me. Over all it felt like a pretty weak year. Somehow most of the titles ended up disappointing in the end, and rest was disappointing form the start.

Hmm...Portal 2...Skyrim...Portal 2...Skyrim.

I can't decide!!!

Christ, didn't want to be picking this just yet.

I guess Deus Ex. Skyrim's poor optimisation for PS3 has left me rather upset while Deus Ex has been awesome through and through.

Calumon: I can't vote. Jack's being mean. :'(

Jack: I was on this account first!

Skyward Sword, Deus Ex and Saint's Row... tough choice, but in the end, there's no doubt in my mind that Skyward Sword deserves it the most.

God that was hard to pick, and it really shouldn't have taken me that long to decide.

So I went with Catherine.

Choosing between Skyrim and Arkham City may have been the most daunting choice of my life.

Oh. Skyrim has five-times the votes of the runner-up.

Blimey. Either that game is really good, or it has been a lame year. Or both.

I seriously wanted to say Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, simply because that game is bloody awesome. But sadly Skyrim has to be my absolute favourite and probably will continue to be so for a long while.

How has Assassin's Creed not gotten any votes?!

Exterminas:
Oh. Skyrim has five-times the votes of the runner-up.

Blimey. Either that game is really good, or it has been a lame year. Or both.

...or the game is pretty good and has simply been played by the largest amount of people. It also came out very recently, which gives it a huge advantage.

Wait a minute... Why the Hell is Duke Nukem Forever on this list? It's universally regarded as utter trash. Surely there's something else that deserves the spot more?

OT: I voted for Skyrim. You know, to go against the flow...

Exterminas:
Oh. Skyrim has five-times the votes of the runner-up.

Blimey. Either that game is really good, or it has been a lame year. Or both.

Its just fans with the games late-year release. I might join them after i get my hands on it.

Now to whine about missing options...

Oh wait i dont even have to.

The Escapist Staff:
We've put together a survey of 50 of this years greatest titles...

Say that all you like, the current poll only has 23 entries.

Skyrim for me.. though I don't know that I've actually played anything bad this year. It's been a great year for games and next year is going to have to do a heck of a lot to keep up the pace.

Aardvark Soup:

Exterminas:
Oh. Skyrim has five-times the votes of the runner-up.

Blimey. Either that game is really good, or it has been a lame year. Or both.

...or the game is pretty good and has simply been played by the largest amount of people. It also came out very recently, which gives it a huge advantage.

...Or the game is fantastic and is the game the gods play when they are bored of tormenting mortals.

Skyrim is a clear winner for me.

Ha ha. I was looking for Skyrim and didn't see it, so I voted for Dragon Age II. After seeing the poll results--and seeing Skyrim stomping everything--I realize that it's listed as "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim." Oops. Oh well. Dragon Age II was my second choice, and it's not like Skyrim needs my vote.

It's pretty clear that Skyrim will win; kinda makes all the other votes pointless haha. I still voted for Zelda though :)

Okay, so Skyrim was always gonna win, but CoD getting no mention seems an unusual decision even from someone that doesn't play the games!

gigastar:

Exterminas:
Oh. Skyrim has five-times the votes of the runner-up.

Blimey. Either that game is really good, or it has been a lame year. Or both.

Its just fans with the games late-year release. I might join them after i get my hands on it.

Now to whine about missing options...

Oh wait i dont even have to.

The Escapist Staff:
We've put together a survey of 50 of this years greatest titles...

Say that all you like, the current poll only has 23 entries.

Well there was an option of 50 games, but only 23 have been voted so far so I guessing 27 games haven't even got a vote yet.

OT: Maybe Skyrim threatened the other voters with an arrow in the knee...

While I think Skyrim is great and have put a ridiculous amount of time in it, I think Arkham City had better gameplay, just not as much.

Wow, only one choice? But I love them all! Anyway, here's my vote and reason:

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
I've played it for over 70 hours, have barely done the main quest, have explored maybe 5 dungeons, and have never been bored. It's the only game to have ever sustained my interest for so long without me actively looking for something to do. Things find me instead. It's the only RPG I've played where I'm not obsessed with loot and stats, where I can have fun without combat and without all the best stuff.
Arkham City was close, but Skyrim has entertained me more than any game this year.

Damn, only 7 votes for Assassin Of Kings?

Man, back when it came out I thought it was a little overrated, but it seems to be underrated now. It is hands, no contest, the best RPG of 2011 and maybe even the best overall.

As much as I liked Skyrim, it simply isnt the best game this year. Other titles such as Assassin of Kings, Deus Ex, Dark Souls or Minecraft are more deserving of that title.

Can I choose both Skyrim and Deus Ex? Please?

I picked Deus Ex, because if theres a game i remember finishing this year and going "... i want to play it AGAIN!" as soon as i finished, it was that.

Disappointed with the lack of Child of Eden.

Skyrim is obviously the best game for many people. For me aswell. But I would also like to mention my runner up. Which is Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I haven't played any of the other Deus Ex games and I wasn't even interested in this game at first, then one day I figured I might aswell try it. And I loved it. Finished it twice, and it's still stuck in my head. It does have a few flaws though, the bosses for example, but the overall experience I had with the game was amazing. It was my game of the year until I played Skyrim infact.

But still, can't compete with Skyrim. Played it for over 150 hours. Tons of content. I've got 2 seperate characters which are the exact opposites of one another. And I haven't run into many of the same quests with them. So they're their own story, both unique. In a game which seems to be endless.

Ha, nice to see Skyrim doing awesome - it was definitely my pick. But these games were almost all really awesome - 2011 was an amazing year for gaming. Runners up were Portal 2, Pokémon WWhite and MineCraft (although I don't really like the decisions taken recently).

And I haven't even finished - can't wait to pick up Deus Ex: HR (finished the first a couple weeks back) and Rayman Origins!

Edit: The 'view responses' button doesn't work...

sir.rutthed:
Wait a minute... Why the Hell is Duke Nukem Forever on this list? It's universally regarded as utter trash. Surely there's something else that deserves the spot more?

Like Modern Warfare 3 which is conspicuously absent (not that I would vote for it)...I'm surprised there hasn't been an uproar about it yet. They must all be playing right now.

I voted for Batman: Arkham City because I won't get Skyrim till Christmas =(

Jack and Calumon:
Christ, didn't want to be picking this just yet.

I guess Deus Ex. Skyrim's poor optimisation for PS3 has left me rather upset while Deus Ex has been awesome through and through.

Calumon: I can't vote. Jack's being mean. :'(

Jack: I was on this account first!

What would you have voted for Calumon?

I went with Portal 2, because the poll didn't have Dawn of War: Retribution on it.

1. I thought BF3 (my pick) would have a few more votes.

2. Skyrim is wining, surprise!

3. Nice to see at least one other fan of AC: AH out there. That would be my second favorite.

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