Game of the Year 2011

2. Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Reviving the beloved first-person RPG series with a prequel to the 2000 original is Deus Ex: Human Revolution, bringing modern sensibilities to a franchise known for giving players lots of options for how they want to deal with any given situation. Fraught with conspiracies, anger, gunplay and plenty of vents to climb through and computers to hack, Human Revolution includes so many nods to the greatness of the original Deus Ex that it’s hard not to go straight from the ending of Eidos Montreal’s 2011 title to the beginning of the 2000 original. Human Revolution lets players upgrade the mechanically augmented body of protagonist Adam Jensen to unlock lots of cool abilities, like seeing through walls and punching through walls, but if you want to play through without harming a soul, you can do that, too. The beauty of choice puts Deus Ex: Human Revolution on the short list of great RPGs in 2011.

1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim proves why Bethesda is a leading name in open-world, singleplayer RPGs. Exploration alone can be a thrilling goal in Skyrim’s vast environments, which all feel natural and realistic, forged with impressive attention to detail. But more than just a landscape, Skyrim feels alive, with dynamic events and advances in NPC AI.

Skyrim drops traditional RPG classes in favor of a more organic system that is elegant in its simplicity, allowing your “class” to evolve naturally through your choice of play style. The multitude of side quests are crafted with care and purpose, and best of all, the game doesn’t railroad you into following the main plot. This is where Skyrim shows its depth. Rather than forcing you to engage in activities that don’t interest you, Skyrim presents a panoply of options that you can choose to enjoy or ignore, such as its robust crafting system.

Throw in a fantastic musical score atop that wealth of content, and you’re left with an engrossing experience that will have you traveling the lands of Skyrim for hundreds of hours.

So, those are our picks. Now it’s time to see what the readers chose!

Readers were invited to vote in a Facebook poll for their favorites. They also had the option of adding a favorite game to the list if their choice wasn’t there. Here’s how that vote turned out:

2011 Reader’s Choice Game of the Year

5. Battlefield 3
4. Batman: Arkham City
3. Dark Souls
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

See the full poll results on our Facebook page!

So, what would you choose for Game of the Year 2011? Drop your lists in the comments below to let us know what you think!

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6 Comments on Game of the Year 2011


On December 22, 2011 at 3:14 pm

GO SKyrim


On December 22, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Deus Ex? Really? I thought it was terrible…

Brandon J. Clark

On December 23, 2011 at 7:39 am

Fus Ro DAH!!!!!!!!!


On December 24, 2011 at 11:40 pm

MW3 rocks


On December 27, 2011 at 9:03 am

Uncharted 3 was by far the best game of the year, dead space 2 and mortal kombat were great too.


On December 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm

GOTY – 2006, 2008…2011. There’s a reason elder of scrolls always wins. Bethesda should tutor other producers..particularly madden, on how to continuously improve a game without losing what made them great in the first place.