We Reveal Your Picks for the 12th Game of Christmas

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We Reveal Your Picks for the 12th Game of Christmas

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The Escapist Community has spoken - hark, the herald gamers sing!

A couple of weeks ago, The Escapist content team was sitting around the conference table trying to narrow down the twelve most fitting games for an end-of-the-year round up. These games wouldn't just be the best or most-played of 2011, but the games we thought would be great to give as gifts to nearly anyone on your list. As is always the case when trying to narrow games down to a concise list, it was hard to come to a consensus. I'm not going to say the discussion came to blows - Steve Butts may or may not have a nasty left hook - but the heated arguments were decidedly un-holiday-like. So we decided to open the list-making up to you, our amazing community, to pick the most deserving games of 2011.

We set up a poll with 50 of the best games of the year. You guys had a week to pick just one game you felt was the best of the year, and add a short comment as to why you thought that title deserved your selection. Our codemonkeys and poll-tabulators - actually just a trained chinchilla named Calliope - took all the data and popped out our list of 12 Games of Christmas.

Be sure to check back every day until December 25th to see whether your pick made the cut. You'll get a badge for checking out every game the day it publishes, plus an extra-special gift badge for reading each page on whole list of The Escapist's 12 Games of Christmas.

Happy Holidays! Hope you have time to play all the games on this list!

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i can't seem to see numbers 1 to 11

Miner:
i can't seem to see numbers 1 to 11

Didn't you actually read the article? They're going to be showing one game per day in the days leading up to Christmas. It's the Twelve Games of Christmas, not the Twelve Games of the Fourteenth of December.

Dragon Age 2?

I guess that could be, but given the Escapist community's aversion to that game even to this day, I'm finding it a slight bit hard to believe that it was anywhere near any sort of "best of" list.

EDIT: I have not played the game, except for the demo, so I'm not knocking it. But when it came out it seemed like every other thread and comment on RPG's had to mention how "shit" Dragon Age 2 was and how much worse it was than DAO and how it was pandering to the console crowd and all that pizzazz...

...which, in retrospect, does seem like things that a very vocal minority would say.

I'd put it higher on my own list. I loved Dragon Age 2.

Meh, I just hope that there isn't any game that is worse on the list. DA2 is a decent game. So don't be putting anything bad above it! D=<

Awesome, and rather hilarious. Given how much (mostly undeserved) hate DA2 gets on The Escapist, it's quite humourous to see it end up on a best of the year list that was voted on by the same population that claims it to be beyond awful.

It definitely had it's flaws, which Bioware themselves even admit to, but it definitely deserves it's spot. Good show DA2, and good show Escapist voters.

Am I the only one who thought the characters in DA 2 were absolutely pitifully written? None of them acted like any real person would act, ah well, to each his own

I liked DA2, nut I wouldn't say it deserves to be anywhere near the top 12 games of this year.
Ohhh I cant wait to see what will win number 1! hmm.. I wonder what it will be...

Didn't anyone read the article? The games were chosen by us. So apparently, DA2 IS deserving of that title according to us.

Honestly, I agree. I can see where they're going with this. A well-rounded list of games people might want to get into. DA2 was not a horrible game by all means. It might have not been as good as Origins according to some, but it was good nonetheless.

Not only that, but I'm glad to see something like DA2 there. I'm pretty sure that if it was up to some people, the top 12 games would consist of GoW3, MW3, BF3, Halo and Dead Island. While they're not all bad, there's more to gaming other than FPS and pseudo FPS.

Also...

And the number one game of Christmas: Duke Nukem Forever.
I kid, although if L.A. Noire isn't on the list I'll be mad. That game was all kinds of awesome.

I would laugh so hard if #11 was Duke Nukem Forever.

ryaoriku12:
Ahahahahahaha Jesus Christ, that was literally the worst game I played all year. Just goes to show you why nobody takes The Escapist seriously.

But of course, simply because you found it horrendous it has to be just the worst piece of clart to ever hit store shelves. You, my friend, have most likely fallen prey to false-consensus bias. By the results of the community poll it would seem that I'm correct. Apparently, most Escapist readers (myself not actually having voted) would seem to agree that Dragon Age II deserves its spot.

Are we not allowed to go back and read the previous days? (or am I just incompetent at finding navigational buttons?)
Also, where are the results numbers? Skyrim was killing it the first day, before the numbers went secret. I want to see how badly all the other games lost.

I got # 11, which is Battlefield 3 : (
I got a game I do not care for

So, so far, it sounds like a lot of people were lying about DA2.

Alright, who's gonna admit they actually liked the game.
I know I didn't put that on my list and I enjoyed the game.
Hell, I didn't even vote for that one.

(It's okay. No one is going to love you less because you didn't think it was the worst game ever.)

Gmans uncle:
I liked DA2, nut I wouldn't say it deserves to be anywhere near the top 12 games of this year.
Ohhh I cant wait to see what will win number 1! hmm.. I wonder what it will be...

I have the strangest feeling that there is a subliminal message somewhere in your message....hmmmm

Anyway, DA2 was alright I suppose. I beat it and had fun doing so, but I found myself skipping a lot more of the dialog then I would generally do with a bioware game. Just couldn't quite seem to care about certain members of my group...I wonder who I might be referring to?

I got BF3, even though this is still technically the first day? At least in PST zones it's still the 13th here. Dang.

I wonder if they'll put minecraft on there... Or maybe it was only games released this year? It is truly a pathetic excuse for a top game though.

hey look, clearly not everyone thinks DA2 is shit. woooo. i loved the game, its one of my top for the year.

this year:
Deus Ex
Skyrim
Portal 2
Dragon age 2
Batman

Cool, I have a badge for seeing the 11th game of Christmas. With only the slight problem that I should be seeing 12th. And the further slight problem that I can't see a fucking thing because the page doesn't actually work.

Same here, I'm seeing BF3, the 11th game. Looks like it just went ahead and skipped right past DA2. As a completionist, I am disappointed. :( (yes, I wanted to get all twelve badges, call me silly)

ryaoriku12:
Ahahahahahaha Jesus Christ, that was literally the worst game I played all year. Just goes to show you why nobody takes The Escapist seriously.

You apparently mean "The Escapist community," because these picks are based on YOUR votes, gang. We didn't make this list, you did.

Also just seeing Battlefield on 11. And i actually voted for Dragon Age II. Well, good to know the game made it to the list. I really enjoyed it and it got too much flak for it's flaws.

Sigh... Better spend all my money to get all these games.

Andronicus:

Miner:
i can't seem to see numbers 1 to 11

Didn't you actually read the article? They're going to be showing one game per day in the days leading up to Christmas. It's the Twelve Games of Christmas, not the Twelve Games of the Fourteenth of December.

Sorry i was busy at the time and just skipped through it i apologise
anyways yah sorry again

Hi, folks, quick update! Due to a variety of issues (all of which were beyond your control), many folks were too late to receive that 12th day badge, so to make up for it, we're handing it out along with the 11th day badge. So you'll be all caught up and eligible for that special 13th badge. (It's a little extra bit of Christmas Spirit for ya.)

Aw, I missed the first day :(
Is there any way to go back to read the comments for the first game?

Susan Arendt:
Hi, folks, quick update! Due to a variety of issues (all of which were beyond your control), many folks were too late to receive that 12th day badge, so to make up for it, we're handing it out along with the 11th day badge. So you'll be all caught up and eligible for that special 13th badge. (It's a little extra bit of Christmas Spirit for ya.)

Yay! You so nice <3

Andronicus:

Didn't you actually read the article? They're going to be showing one game per day in the days leading up to Christmas. It's the Twelve Games of Christmas, not the Twelve Games of the Fourteenth of December.

ok, i lol'ed ^_^

While we're on the 12 days topic, is that something american? I mean, i do partake in the differing 12-days sales/offers at times, and ofc i know the song, but i never really got where that came from.

believer258:
Dragon Age 2?

I guess that could be, but given the Escapist community's aversion to that game even to this day, I'm finding it a slight bit hard to believe that it was anywhere near any sort of "best of" list.

Vocal minorities, they're everywhere.

And for some reason it skipped straight to BF3 (number 11) for me... huh?

HobbesMkii:
Are we not allowed to go back and read the previous days? (or am I just incompetent at finding navigational buttons?)
Also, where are the results numbers? Skyrim was killing it the first day, before the numbers went secret. I want to see how badly all the other games lost.

We're working on fixing it so that you can go back. Never fear!

cgaWolf:

Andronicus:

Didn't you actually read the article? They're going to be showing one game per day in the days leading up to Christmas. It's the Twelve Games of Christmas, not the Twelve Games of the Fourteenth of December.

ok, i lol'ed ^_^

While we're on the 12 days topic, is that something american? I mean, i do partake in the differing 12-days sales/offers at times, and ofc i know the song, but i never really got where that came from.

It comes from a Christmas song that you are forced to endure as a child in North America.

It's called The 12 Days of Christmas

Edit (since it posted and booted me from the site more than once): It also has significance in various religious affiliations that celebrate Christmas.

I'm not surprised Dragon Age made the cut, although personally I find it average at best. I have the same feelings towards Portal 2 (if it makes it)

Maybe there should be a list for the top 12 polarizing games of the year. You know, the games that make people take sides and start flame wars and such.

Well now I feel touched. The Escapist Staff giving us each day to check out a game in our stocking.. it's pretty much so exciting because I have NO IDEA what the games will be. Love you guys!! And you random (or well known) Escapist users! Merry Christmas!!

P.S: I already have a feeling that..

I wonder how much EA had to pay to get DA2 up there. With all the overall negative reception DA2 got (other than by pro reviewers, of course), it will be a shame to see all the excellent games that didn't make this list. Damn I hate that game.

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