MediaStinger’s Game of the Year 2011

January 4, 2012 by

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Dead Space 2
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Gears of War 3
  • Resistance 3
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Saints Row: The Third
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

This was easily one of the best years ever for new video game releases and one of the hardest to have to pick which was the best. There was something for everyone: whether a hardcore fan of action/adventures, shooters, puzzle games, fighters, or RPGs, there were multiple games in each category that could have won in previous years. While Star Wars: The Old Republic won’t kill current PC gaming juggernaut World of Warcraft (nothing besides Blizzard pulling the plug or the Internet exploding will), it’s the first game worthy of taking WoW‘s crown and stealing a good amount of its playerbase. The Old Republic‘s mix of solid MMO gameplay and amazing RPG storytelling has revolutionized the way MMORPGs will be played forever; this was enough to edge out the stiff competition.

Most other sites favored Skyrim this year and we loved its go-where-you-want when-you-want theme, but its bugs and glitches kept it from being a masterpiece in our mind while we ran into no major bugs throughout our many hours with The Old Republic and favored its eight different main storylines, PVP, and hundreds of thousands of real players which make it worth investing far more hours in. There were a lot of masterpieces that came out this year, but none that we can see people still playing hardcore and investing thousands of hours in years from now and even getting far better as it grows even bigger down the line, which is why The Old Republic is 2011’s Game of the Year and the current best reason to own a PC. Winner: Star Wars: The Old Republic.