gamrReview 2011 Game of the Year Awards - PS3

by Gordon Bryant, posted on 22 December 2011 / 10,109 Views

There's no denying that the PlayStation 3 has enjoyed its share of ups and downs since its release in 2006, but the tides are changing and with each passing year the console gets stronger and stronger. 2011 is arguably its best year yet, in spite of an unpleasant slump in the middle when PSN got hacked. While many of the best games to come out were multiplatform, the PS3 also had its best line-up of exclusive content to date. The following is the best the console has to offer in 2011.  

Best Sports Game: Fifa 12 

2011 was a great year for sports titles on the PlayStation 3, and the competition was quite fierce. Fifa 12 came out on top thanks to its many improvements and refinements, making it the best in football (soccer, to those in the US and Canada) action once again. 

Runner-Up: MLB 11: The Show
Readers Choice: Fifa 12

 Best Racing Game:  DiRT 3  

What sets DiRT 3 apart from the competition is its collection of quirky game modes and sheer fun factor, aided by some great driving mechanics and enjoyable multiplayer. DiRT 3 proved to be a fantastic example or the racing genre at its finest, and won the vote in a landslide.

 Runner-Up: F1 2011
Readers Choice: Motorstorm: Apocalypse

 Best RPG:  The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 

The fifth iteration of the Elder Scrolls series was awarded the highest score gamrReview has ever given a game when it released in November - an astonishing 9.7. Skyrim takes everything great about the Elder Scrolls series and perfects it to a mirror shine, giving us a massive living, breathing world to explore, thousands of NPCs to interact with, and more variety and content than most games would ever dream of having. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim gives us all of this while also encouraging us to explore at our leisure; an all-encompassing escape that no other game series can hope to match. While it did have its share of glitches, the only real concern for gamers in Skyrim is taking arrows to the knee.

 Runner-Up: Mass Effect 2
Readers Choice: Mass Effect 2

 Best Platformer: Rayman Origins 

One of the closest results of the year, Rayman: Origins eventually managed to clinch the prize thanks to its refined gameplay and accomplished single player mode. Rayman: Origins returns the series to its roots, ditching the Rabbids and giving us a lengthy, beautiful, and well-crafted side-scrolling platformer that proves Rayman was and forever will be better as a platformer than a collection of minigames.

Runner-Up: LittleBigPlanet 2
Readers Choice: LittleBigPlanet 2

 Best First Person Shooter: Killzone 3 

With the war going on between Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in the final months of 2011, it was easy to forget that other FPS games came out all throughout 2011, including our PS3 first person Shooter of the year: Killzone 3; and its runner up: Bulletstorm, which came out in February and January, respectively. Killzone 3 proved itself to have some of the best graphics on any system, as well as some refined gameplay elements and set pieces. Also to its credit, Killzone 3 has a campaign that lasts longer than a couple of hours, making it something of a rarity in today's shooter market.

Runner-Up: Bulletstorm
Readers Choice: Killzone 3

 Best Third Person Shooter: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception 

It's always hard to place Uncharted in any one category because the series encompasses so many different gameplay styles. There may be a lot of puzzle solving and platforming, but in between each and every cliff you scale, and at the heart of every action sequence, you're going to be whipping it out and engaging in some of the most spectacular gunfights you'll see in any shooter. We still can't figure out why henchmen have no regard for their life - why shoot at Drake when they're with him in a burning building? Regardless, the game is as fun as can be and is a great contender for Game of the Year; a shining example of a game that's able to give us an engaging story and relatable characters without sacrificing great gameplay.

 Runner-Up: Dead Space 2
Readers Choice: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

 Best Action/Adventure: Batman: Arkham City 

No game or character encompasses the combo of action and adventure better than Batman; he is one part ass-kicking crime fighter, one part brilliant detective, and one part awesome all rolled up into one, and Rocksteady have given us the ultimate Batman experience with Batman: Arkham City. Arkham City, like any good sequel, takes everything that made the original so engaging and blew it up into something grand. A clear winner for the Action-Adventure category and yet another strong contender for Game of the Year.

 Runner-Up: The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection
Readers Choice: Batman: Arkham City

 Best Puzzle Game: Portal 2 

When most people think about puzzle games, they imagine falling bricks, moving gems, or the curved edges of a jigsaw puzzle. The Portal series is kind of like that, but the game pieces you're playing with in Portal are the very laws of physics that you bend to your whim! This time around, in addition to using portals and pressing buttons with the help of weighted cubes, you also toy with platforms made of hard light and various space-age gels, as well as tackle test chambers with a friend in specially designed co-op levels. Portal 2 is not only the best puzzle game of 2011, hands down, but another strong contender for Game of the Year. 

Runner-Up: Catherine
Readers Choice: Portal 2

 Best Fighter:  Mortal Kombat 

Mortal Kombat made its mark back in the early 90s with its “M” Rating, thanks to its bloody animations and excruciatingly gory deaths. While the series has sometimes fallen into camp territory and suffered its fair share of lackluster titles, the 2011 reboot is a return to the series' roots, with the bonus of more content, unlockables, and characters than ever before! As an example of a reboot done right, Mortal Kombat hits all the right spots. 

Runner-Up: Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
Readers Choice: Mortal Kombat

 Best PSN Download: LIMBO 

Last year, Swedish Developer Playdead arrived on XBLA with a little puzzle-platformer by the name of LIMBO. Now, both PS3 and PC users can enjoy the creepy atmosphere and puzzles that LIMBO has to offer. Granting the PS3 version of LIMBO our PSN Download of the Year award means it's won the same award two years running (once on each console), but there's no denying it's earned it. LIMBO narrowly managed to edge out a similarly atmospheric and beautiful platformer - Outland - for the top spot. 

Runner-Up: Outland
Readers Choice: LIMBO

Best New IP: L.A. Noire 

Team Bondi spent many years working on this title, promising a wholly new experience in the form of a crime drama set in the 1940s. All that hard work paid off, L.A. Noire gives gamers a whole new outlook on what it was like to be a detective after the second great war, with a great story, bolstered by relatable characters, and some of the most innovative motion capture advances we've seen in years. That's why it wins our Best New IP of 2011 on the PS3, and our readers agree.

 Runner-Up: Catherine
Readers Choice: L.A. Noire

 Best Graphics: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception 

The PS3 has always been a graphical powerhouse, and the Uncharted series has been the shining example of that ever since Drake's Fortune released back in 2007. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception took the already impressive visuals of its predecessor and ramped it up a notch, giving us even better facial animations and the best looking sand dunes a videogame has ever seen. Naughty Dog continue to reign supreme on the PS3. 

Runner-Up: Killzone 3
Readers Choice: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception 

Best Original Score: Rayman Origins 

Many games this year had fantastic scores, from Uncharted 3 to Assassin's Creed: Revelations, but nothing came close to our winner and runner-up. Rayman: Origins' diverse, campy, quirky tunes stick in the head (in a good way!), and for that reason, Rayman: Origins takes the win for best original score on the PS3. 

Runner-Up: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Readers Choice: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

 Biggest Disappointment: Dragon Age II

A Sequel is supposed to take the things that worked in the previous game and expand upon them, dropping what didn't work and refining everything else. Dragon Age II did the opposite of that in nearly every way. Where the first game had a lengthy and involving plot, its sequel was short and disappointing. While Origins had great character customization and RPG elements, the sequel did away with the substance and replaced it with style. As a sequel, it was a colossal failure in the eyes of many.

 Runner-Up: Assassins Creed: Revelations
Readers Choice: Killzone 3

 Best Game No One Played: Rayman Origins 

While it's only been out a few weeks, Rayman: Origins has proven to be a favorite amongst the gamrReview team, even though it didn't catch on with the wider gaming audience. Do yourself a favor and go pick up Rayman: Origins, with luck, it'll become a hit down the line and more gamers will be able to delight in its simple but fun platforming nirvana.

Runner-Up: Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland
Readers Choice: Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland

Most Anticipated Game: BioShock Infinite 

After three years of having The Last Guardian as our most anticipated game, two new games have burst through this year. Bioshock Infinite came out on top though; you'd have to be crazy to not be curious about what's going to happen next in the BioShock universe. 

Runner-Up: Mass Effect 3
Readers Choice: Mass Effect 3

PS3 Game of the Year: Portal 2 

Many games have come out on the PS3 this year that qualify as Game of the Year material, so choosing just one has proven to be a truly monumental task. Our winner and runner up were separated by a single vote, but in the end Portal 2 came out as the victor. From the beginning, Valve claimed that the PS3 version of Portal 2 would be the best, and it duly was. The fact that you got a free copy of Portal 2 on Steam with every new purchase of the game, paired with a rather significant addition of cross-system co-op play between PSN and Steam users meant that Portal 2 was elevated beyond just a simple game and has rightfully earned victory. 

Runner-Up: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Readers Choice: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

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Justp94 (on 23 December 2011)

Killzone 3 wasn't a Disappointment at all.

Higg1134 (on 29 December 2011)

I agree dude. KZ3 is an awesome game. My fav shooter this year.

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pezus (on 22 December 2011)

I can understand Portal 2 winning PS3 GOTY but Skyrim winning best RPG and being GOTY runner-up? The PS3 version is broken, stop giving a buggy game awards...that will only encourage them to make more buggy games.

pezus (on 22 December 2011)

I must say the users made better picks most of the time

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Marco (on 24 December 2011)

the ps3 have the best games 2011.

ethomaz (on 23 December 2011)

The reader choices are better than editor one... the platform for LBP2 and GOTY for Uncharted 3 are a better choice after all.

SUPREMEJUDGE (on 04 January 2012)

really off-topic but you're the only person I've ever met that has exactly the same name as me,Thomaz.

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hatmoza (on 23 December 2011)

Catherine deserved Best Puzzle Game Award. I hate you all! :(

Boutros (on 22 December 2011)

Odd GOTY but Portal 2 was amazing still. And finally some love for L.A. Noire!

Carl2291 (on 23 December 2011)

Portal 2 was a great game, so I say well deserved. One thing that made me laugh was the readers choice awards. Best FPS - Killzone 3... Biggest Disappointment - Killzone 3.

fvgc3 (on 25 December 2011)

Best game attract Shitty minders like always,showin shitty mind not commentting.

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Infinity (on 23 December 2011)

Clearly the readers choices make alot more sense.

Areym (on 22 December 2011)

Overall not bad. However, I cannot agree with GOTY and Best platformer. Uncharted 3 for game of the year and LBP2 should have had Best platformer. Just the sheer amount of content and value of that game is enough to win you over. I have been playing that game every month since it's release, but to each his/her own. Again, Still pretty good awards for the PS3.

VXIII (on 22 December 2011)

Bah , the lack of Dark Souls on this list is unforgivable.

VXIII (on 22 December 2011)

It was a close call between the 3 though, for best RPG , just checked the voting

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Simulacrum (on 29 December 2011)

Killzone 3 was good. Best game no1 played was Shadows of the damned..Actually it was best game released this year. Dark Souls was awesome also.

ryuzaki57 (on 22 December 2011)

Atelier Totori Runner-up AND reader's choice (^o^)/ (damn why did Rayman's sales had to be so low?) But why is there no JRPG category? I think JRPGs and WRPGs should no longer be put in the same category, because they have two separate audiences. With the rise of games like Mass Effect or Skyrim, JRPGs are going to be exctinct in the West. JRPGs should get a bit more recongnition if, as opinion leaders, you want to show this industry in its variety. One last thing : Battlefield 3 is the shooting GoTY come on!

Torillian (on 23 December 2011)

There is a jrpg and wrpg category for the overall awards, but we didn't think it warranted a separate award on every platform since most platforms are dominated by one or the other (jrpgs on DS or wrpgs on 360)

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ryuzaki57 (on 24 December 2011)

PS3 precisely has that homogeneous balance between JRPGs and WRPGs, so do reckon it makes sense to have two separate awards. That said, I understand it would feel weird to make an exception just for this system. But at the end the result is that an entire category of games and an entire category of players are left aside and see no recognition, just like they don't exist or that the JRPG year on PS3 was blank. ALTHOUGH Gamereview is the only site that gave some consideration for Atelier Totori and for that, you have my eternal thanks.

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Torillian (on 24 December 2011)

Sadly I'd agree with you that jrpg fans are too often ignored in this day and age. I actually had to fight with the guy who used to run these things to try and keep JRPG as a category in the overall awards since he didn't like how people always whine about how we define jrpg and wrpg.

Next year we plan to change things around a lot so hopefully whether or not to include JRPG in every platform won't be a problem

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Mordred11 (on 22 December 2011)

Wasn't expecting Portal 2,but it's just fine.

miqdadi (on 08 January 2012)

Where is Dark souls?, this is one of the best games of this generation, why ignore it?

Runa216 (on 08 January 2012)

it wasn't just fell outside the winners in many categories. we loved it!

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Sicilian. (on 31 December 2011)

Loved portal, but UC3 is the goty in my opinion. But I guess thats what makes me a reader then.

Aidman (on 27 December 2011)

Batman Arkham City deserves more fantastic 3D Vision what else !

Ajescent (on 25 December 2011)

The Readers need a smack in the face for voting Killzone 3 best shooter and biggest disappointment.

Vetteman94 (on 23 December 2011)

Do you guys actually play the games or just base your picks off every other website? Not to mention the rewarding of buggy and busted games. And picking a game you can get anywhere for a specific consoles GOTY is just ridiculous....... Its far from the best game available on the PS3. Laughable list is laughable

Runa216 (on 24 December 2011)

It's a collective effort, while I personally have not played EVERY game on this list, someone from the team has and was able to put their own input in when it came to voting. I personally own every game on this list but Fifa, DiRT (which most of the team adored) and Rayman (Which everyone loved). I've played most of them to completion (with the exception of skyrim which is long) and batman (which is also pretty lengthy but worth taking your time).

the only 'buggy or busted' game in this list is skyrim, which frankly has more than enough great parts to overcome its setbacks. In my time in skyrim, I only ever had the game glitch on me once, and I was fortunate enough to have recently saved so I didn't lose much progress. the game is glitchy, but not nearly as bad as people make it out to sound.

No need to be a troll because you don't agree with the winners. You're giving internet commenters a bad name.

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Vetteman94 (on 24 December 2011)

The only thing giving anything a bad name are the ridiculous choices that are being made for these categories by people who claim to be objective writers.

An no Skyrim doesnt have enough "other great" parts to overcome the ridiculous number of glitches and bugs that it has. And people like you continuing to give it awards is not helping, as more and more developers are just going to release busted games and expect the same treatment.

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yo_john117 (on 23 December 2011)

I agreed with most of those. A lot of good picks, although Portal 2 being GOTY was surprising...can't say it doesn't deserve it though.

Ajescent (on 25 December 2011)

Lack of Infamous 2 in these lists disappoint me...

Simulacrum (on 29 December 2011)

Infamous 2 sucked (tho played as good and bad). Lack of LBP2 is weird.

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ryuzaki57 (on 23 December 2011)

Who's thumbing everyone down? Evil spirit, show yourself!

DemoniOtaku (on 23 December 2011)

Portal 2 is the Game of the Year of PS3 instead of Uncharted 3 and over Skyrim... Why Portal 2 Didn´t won over Skyrim on PC?... THIS NOT MAKE SENSE AT ALL!

Dgc1808 (on 23 December 2011)

Disagree with Best New IP and Most anticipated but overall, pretty good list.

mantlepiecek (on 22 December 2011)

Not bad. I have to say I am a bit disappointed that elder scrolls 5 was a runner up for goty. It shouldn't have been that close to getting a goty at all. Also something funny about reader's choices: Killzone 3 is the biggest disappointment according to the readers and its also the best first person shooter according to the readers. What the hell were they expecting with killzone 3 to be disappointed with the best fps on PS3?

Rath (on 22 December 2011)

Probably different voters in each of them =P

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non-gravity (on 23 December 2011)

While Killzone 3 is the best FPS on PS3 this year, it fell short of Killzone 2's greatness

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enrageorange (on 22 December 2011)

Rayman Origins has won a ridiculous amount of awards on both the ps3 and wii. Makes me really tempted to get it as I love a good platformer. I also love how reader's choice for best shooter and most disappointing is killzone 3. So despite being much worse than everyone expected it is still thought of as the best shooter on the ps3. People must have had ridiculous expectations.

Runa216 (on 22 December 2011)

Actually, the funny thing about Killzone 3 is that I loved the entire game...until the last couple missions. that's what was disappointing.

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fvgc3 (on 25 December 2011)

@Carl2291 Killzone 3 is the best FPS on PS3 without doubt,if you have one.Prove it you are not just a shitty mind who is just showing shit in its mind toward best games.

duckypwns (on 23 December 2011)

Wow... Lots of non exclusives... At least Skyrim didn't win PS3 GOTY >_> retarded game, didn't deserve any awards it got.

MANUELF (on 22 December 2011)

Where are the links to the old awards?

AceOfCakez (on 22 December 2011)

Readers choice... Is that the one that the readers actually voted for?

Ssenkahdavic (on 24 December 2011)

Skyrim is a fantastic game, and if it didnt suffer from as many issues as it does (especially on the PS3) it would deserve this recognition.

sub-zero-TM (on 22 December 2011)

lol ps3 game of the year portal 2??? FAIL!

duckypwns (on 23 December 2011)

Why did this get a thumbs down? He has a point - Portal 2 isn't even a PS3 exclusive. All of the games on this list should at least be exclusives, it doesn't even make sense for them not to be - thumbs up.

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Torillian (on 24 December 2011)

Being exclusive or not does not change a game's quality. A multiplatform game can be the best game on a system just as easily as an exclusive game can.

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Baalzamon (on 27 December 2011)

That doesn't even make since ducky. Any PS3 game should qualify for the PS3 awards, and that is exactly how it was done.

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fvgc3 (on 25 December 2011)

Of all those great games,PORTAL 2?something must be wrong.

duckypwns (on 27 December 2011)

Again, I have to wonder why a comment like this gets so many thumbs down. He has a point - It's not even an exclusive game.

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ClassicGamingWizzz (on 25 December 2011)

Biggest Disappointment: Dragon Age II what????