2011 Platinum Chalice Game of the Year nominees: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Today, we finally publish our sixth annual Platinum Chalice awards – but not just yet. Before we begin our celebration of all things great and amazing that gaming gave us in 2011, including our Game of the Year, we’ve got one final GOTY nominee to unveil. It’ll face some stiff competition, seeing as our other nominees this week have been Portal 2The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Batman: Arkham City and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

For those who’ve already invested countless hours in its sprawling fantasy world, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim needs no introduction. For those gamers, in fact, it may even be the obvious choice to win. It is, put simply, one of the most fully realized game worlds ever created, packed with infinite quests, sprawling dungeons, gigantic towns, likable characters and endless fascinating things to do. It’s the biggest, prettiest, deepest and freest Elder Scrolls chapter to date, and that means it is absolutely amazing – not to mention incredibly addictive.

Is The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim your favorite game of 2011? Whether you agree or disagree, let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to return this afternoon (Pacific time) for our full Platinum Chalice Awards, where the Game of the Year winner will finally be revealed!


  • Dmancapri - December 16, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    How come Gamesradar's vidoe player sucks so hard that i cant even watch the video because its so laggy
  • D0CCON - December 16, 2011 5:15 p.m.

    I'm not sure if anybody actually reads stuff I comment, but if they did, they already know this is my GOTY.
  • ShowMeYourKitties - December 16, 2011 3:10 p.m.

    WHAAAAAT!?!?! No Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked nominee??? I am ASHAMED! F*#@ you GR.
  • MercurialForce - December 16, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    It's a great game - When it works. The problem is that it's virtually broken on the PS3, and that, in my opinion, is simply unacceptable. Eventually we as a community of gamers need to let Bethesda know that releasing a game like this is wrong, as a company. They're releasing a broken product. On the Gamesradar UK podcast, a good point was brought up - Bethesda gets a pass for a game that's quality is atrocious, but the creators of Dead Island were crucified for it (and at least Dead Island always let you play). So no, I don't think this should get game of the year. Not from this, or any other site.
  • MercurialForce - December 16, 2011 12:41 p.m.

    *Quality in a technical sense, not a gameplay sense. This site needs an edit feature.
  • Squander - December 16, 2011 3:49 p.m.

  • Boomer1992 - December 16, 2011 12:31 p.m.

    I love Skyrim but I wouldn't mind Arkham City because I have not had the chance to play it but I loved Arkham Asylum so I am assuming it is amazing. Skyrim will always be my GOTY in my heart.
  • TheZigMan - December 16, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    GOTY or GTFO. Lol jk, Im pretty sure Gamesradar is in love with Batman, so thats gonna get the win.
  • DualWieldingIsNotFeasible - December 16, 2011 11:39 a.m.

    I've logged 100+ hours so far and nothing I've played this year even comes close to comparing. I guess I'm lucky that I'm playing on the 360 and have barely encountered any bugs or crashes. GOTY, no contest.
  • wedgie - December 16, 2011 10:14 a.m.

    No Uncharted 3 hurts me a little bit, but I guess I understand..*sigh* Seriously, all of these choices are great though, and definitely worthy. Out of my personal taste, I am going with Batman from the nominees that you guys have.
  • Squander - December 16, 2011 9:59 a.m.

    I'm pretty sure that either "Skyrim" or "Batman" gonna win this award - however Arkham Asylum made it already so it's gonna be Skyrim =) call me oracle
  • soggysage - December 16, 2011 9:48 a.m.

    Loved it, but would have loved it more if it weren't a glitch ridden mess. Seriously Bethesda shouldn't be releasing their games until essentially everything works. Sure it would be a longer wait but it would be ultimately worth it.
  • draven - December 16, 2011 9:59 a.m.

    It is impossible to find every single thing until the public gets there hands on it that's why you have updates so they can fix the problems we the players report to them
  • mykelfredricks - December 16, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    hard to find everything wrong in a game this massive
  • soggysage - December 16, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    True but surely it's not hard to find stuff like flying elephants and backwards dragons while your in the testing phrase? Still Skrim is a great game, its just the little things that can potentially ruin the experience that bug me.
  • yonderTheGreat - December 16, 2011 11:08 a.m.

    You just listed issues that arose after patching, thus, your issues were irrelevant. It *IS* impossible for Bethesda to release a completely bug-free game, not just because of the size, but because of how incredibly intertwined everything is. If it were as linear as most games out there but still as big, it would, no doubt, be less buggy. I think I encountered 2 or 3 bugs in my first 100 hours of gameplay. Please keep "glitch-ridden mess" for games like Fallout New Vegas or the PS3 version of Skyrim, thank you.
  • soggysage - December 16, 2011 11:14 a.m.

    Ehh I guess your right, i suppose I'm bashing a game I really quite like for no apperent reason now. *bows down and leaves*
  • Redeater - December 16, 2011 11:21 a.m.

    Actually you have a legitimate bitch. In case none of you remember GR published an article (David H?) saying how he could have predicted that the PS3 framerate was going to be shit because the same thing happened for Fallout3/New Vegas. Point is that backwards flying dragons aside, Bethesda released a "broken" version onto the market. Seriously if you haven't read the article go back and check it out.
  • Ultimadrago - December 16, 2011 9:44 a.m.

    This is my choice for GOTY, but I have a feeling GamesRadar isn't going to choose it. And that would be absolutely fine honestly, it's not like Skyrim is starving for publicity or awards.
  • winner2 - December 16, 2011 9:44 a.m.

    Either this or Dark Souls for me

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