The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Game of the Year 2011

by Gaetano Prestia Featured 25 Comments 26 Votes 8046 Views 25/11/2011 Back to Articles

MMGN.com's Game of the Year Celebrations came to a close today, and you can check out the winners of the community votes here.

MMGN.com editorial staff Ben Salter and Gaetano Prestia also chose a 'Game of the Year' for 2011, choosing from nine titles. The list included Uncharted 3, Batman: Arkham City, and Skyward Sword, but ultimately only one game could be chosen.

That game was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, a deserving receipiant of the award following its wide critical acclaim.

Ben Salter on Skyrim

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword staked a strong claim as the best of 2011, but it is impossible to overlook The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for Game of the Year. It was unique, even compared to its predecessor and unlike anything we’ve played over the past five years.

It’s a fantastic action-RPG with an amazing world to explore, unique quests and combat tailored to each player. That’s why I regard Skyrim so highly. It offers something none of the other sequels quite managed and no two players’ games will be the same. Gaetano and Heller’s experiences would have been completely different to mine. We had dissimilar ambitions, placed varying levels of importance on objectives and had diverse tactics in the heat of battle. It was a totally different experience for each of us, and yet one we all loved.

It simultaneously piqued the interest of players who got bored of Oblivion and those pining for the days of Morrowind and before. For such a basic evolution, dual wielding felt revolutionary and opened up a new world of possibilities. Speaking of which, the land of Skyrim was vast and stimulating to explore. Combined with the Radiant quest system, it could potentially go on forever or at least until the next Elder Scrolls game.

It faced tough competition from Skyward Sword, Batman: Arkham City, Uncharted 3 and Portal 2, but at the end of the day, it is The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that deserves to be heralded as the best game of 2011.

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Gaetano Prestia on Skyrim

Once I finally got a chance to play Skyrim, I felt as though I needed to say goodbye to my family. After having put a week into this stunning game world I feel as though I've neglected every other aspect of my life, and I still feel as though I haven't even scraped the surface of what's on offer.

It was tough a tough decision for Game of the Year because 2011 ended on such a big note. I was conflicted by the likes of Uncharted 3, Batman: Akrham City and even Skyward Sword, because I feel that, to a degree, these games appeal to broader audiences and are more accessible overall.

However, what Skyrim achieves is like nothing any other game this year has been able to: the diversity of the tasks in such a large world is something Arkham City could only tease, while the epic Dragon battles make Skyward Sword look like a Saturday morning cartoon.

Then there's the passionate storytelling and a variation of narratives spread across several interesting characters and directions. Skyrim feels like it has a living, breathing world that is unequivocally representative of actual life, fueled by compelling gameplay that is engulfing and memorable.

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Do you agree with MMGN.com's choice for Game of the Year 2011? Share your thoughts below!

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Take that skyward sword you got served =)
(Warning is joke pleas do not go fanboy/girl on me)

Xoldelpaso said: Take that skyward sword you got served


it was runner up and won the community vote? i don't see how that's a 'served' result :P. Yay for Skyrim =D.
You finally turned huh Beta? All that talk about not playing Skyrim till next year because of MW3, AC:R, Halo HD coming out at the same time? [MOG] [MOG] [MOG]


:P
Skyward sword voted by over 40 people.

Skyrim chosen by just two people.

yes I see how skyward sword must of been served. [MOG]

ninjaBlade said: Skyward sword voted by over 40 people.
Skyrim chosen by just two people.
yes I see how skyward sword must of been served.


The problem is people seeing things as black and white and creates the scenario where:

"NO X IS BEST AND EVERYTHING ELSE IS CRAP"

Instead of seeing things as

"X is great, but Y also has good points"
I agree but most people also can't get past the fact that it is on the wii.
"and the wii must be for little kids because of the different gameplay and graphics"
It was a joke sure zelda has its good bits I enjoy a Zelda sesh now and then I just don't think its GOTY material and no I don't think the wii is for little kids its a great console and it shows in the sales so settle down :P

ninjaBlade said: Skyward sword voted by over 40 people.
Skyrim chosen by just two people.
yes I see how skyward sword must of been served.


Do you mean "Skyward sword voted by over 40 people who hadn't actually played the game yet." Because that statement would be more accurate.
most people have had a chance to play it.

if this is going to be everyones argument then lets redo the poll now that zelda is out
Who exactly is the troll in this situation because I'm not trying to make people angry I just made a joke that's it

Xoldelpaso said: Who exactly is the troll in this situation because I'm not trying to make people angry I just made a joke that's it


[Facepalm] [Facepalm] [Facepalm] [Facepalm] [Facepalm] [Facepalm] [Facepalm] [Facepalm] [Facepalm] [Facepalm] [Facepalm] [Facepalm] [Facepalm]
...wait voting is finished?
Your kinda a dick NinjaBlade and if I were Trolling you I would say something like how your profile pic and name look like they were chosen by a 10 year old and you seem to act like a ten year old online but I'm not a dick so I apologize if I have wronged you in any way sincerely Xoldelpaso ;) also don't spam the facepalm little kids do that :S

renagadez said: ...wait voting is finished?


idk, but the already announced skyward sword as GOTY out of community votes.

This is editor's choice GOTY

Xoldelpaso said: Your kinda a dick NinjaBlade and if I were Trolling you I would say something like how your profile pic and name look like they were chosen by a 10 year old and you seem to act like a ten year old online but I'm not a dick so I apologize if I have wronged you in any way sincerely Xoldelpaso also don't spam the facepalm little kids do that


KojiDD said:

renagadez said: ...wait voting is finished?


idk, but the already announced skyward sword as GOTY out of community votes.
This is editor's choice GOTY


ooooooh riiight gotcha
glad it was skyrim, even though it's a buggy mess.
Game of the year for sure, Well deserved.
Glad Skyrim got GoTY by MMGM. Personally, I like every minute of it. Starts of well. and continues.

(love)
"receipiant"

thats not even english... [Facepalm]
i voted for both Skyrim and SS. they are both great
hahahahaha

"you can check out the winners of the community votes here."

*clicks 'here'* 'PAGE NOT FOUND'
A great game and well done, i havent found any bugs in the game thus far but i have only played about 12 hours

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