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  • arctic3ag1e - December 16, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    dont beat me for saying this but...i never got around to playing portal 2 :(
  • comaqi - December 16, 2011 11:58 p.m.

    Great as always Gamesradar. I love you guys so much <3
  • Cwf2008 - December 17, 2011 1:21 a.m.

    Dammit. you really want me to play Portal 2 don't you? *sigh* Ok time to go rob a bank to get the money to buy it
  • luckyseven - December 17, 2011 1:24 a.m.

    Come on guys Uncharted 3 didn't even make it to the nominees? Portal did deserve the win but Batman and Uncharted were equally close for me.
  • Austin_SJ - December 17, 2011 1:34 a.m.

    I agree 100% with your choice, and the reason why you didn't pick Skyrim. Portal 2 is a brilliant game.
  • Yaro - December 17, 2011 2:39 a.m.

    Even if I would disagree, your reasoning is always infallible. Great list. My personal GOTY is Dark Souls.=)
  • HeavyTank - December 17, 2011 6:02 a.m.

    Whaaaat?Oh come on. Portal 2 gets way more credit than it deserves. It's just a friggin puzzle game with a backstory. It does everything it's supposed to do right, no doubt about it, BUT would you ever consider a cooking sim with huge levels, shiny graphics, ambitious design and superb voice acting for Game of the Year, even if it was the most perfect cooking sim of all time? And yes, lenght IS an issue, especially when you consider the cost. In my eyes this is simply not a full game, multiplayer or not. Portal 2 was very enjoyable, but the other games on the list were epic, in the real sense of the word, not the "omg epeeeec" sense. Plus, you can't just blame Skyrim for having bugs, that's just weak. Of course it has bugs, it's twenty times the size of Portal 2 and it is, you know, open-ended (Portal 2, on the other hand, is quite linear, so getting anything wrong there is really hard), any game has bugs when it has that much content (and, worth noting, I didn't come across ANY problems with it in 150+ hours). Glorified puzzle game < Huge epic RPG Honestly, I'm not being a fanboy here, any other game on the list would've been fine by me, but this choice seemed to be a little biased to me.
  • Canvas_Of_Flesh - December 17, 2011 6:19 a.m.

    Absolutely wonderful puzzle game > broken mess RPG Works both ways. I'm not sure how you can call a choice biased when they clearly and rationally explained how they came to that choice. And, yes, you can blame a game for having bugs. It's a product that the devs and publishers expect you to pay money for. It it's rendered unplayable or significantly frustrating to a large group of people then it's all too acceptable to withhold recognition. It's simply not acceptable to release games in that state, no matter how large they are.
  • Moondoggie1157 - December 17, 2011 8:57 a.m.

    Yea, what they ^ said.
  • HeavyTank - January 21, 2012 4:33 a.m.

    A choice can be biased even if you "clearly and rationally" explain how you came to that choice..especially if half of what you say simply isn't true, and frankly, I think my arguments are far more and make far more sense than "Our version of Skyrim had bugs and we're Portal 2 fans so we chose that one". And, you bloody idiots, if you're a journalist of any sort, YOUR personal enjoyment of the game counts for nothing. You have to look at them in an objective way, I thought that much was obvious.You don't see sports commentators going "ooh nooo!" when their team loses a match, do you?That's what fans are for. Plus, there's the 'personal' games of the year category if you want to drool over YOUR favorite game. If you look at it objectively, you have endless hours of gameplay that SOMETIMES don't work (I still maintain that it's not that buggy, I never had a game-breaking bug) versus a few hours of polished gameplay that is EQUALLY fun. Just by taking into account the hours of fun you get per dollar there's no comparison.And yes, that is something important. If all games were like Portal 2 (aka a few hours of great fun for quite a few dollars) the game industry would be deader than an exploded zombie.
  • veryweirdguy - December 17, 2011 6:34 a.m.

    Yes, Gamesradar are biased towards games they like, let it be known.
  • playswithsquirrels - December 17, 2011 8:49 a.m.

    Tell the masses!
  • ScaryEric - December 17, 2011 9:20 a.m.

    What dicks for having a slight bend towered good games they enjoyed
  • ScaryEric - December 17, 2011 9:21 a.m.

  • shawksta - December 17, 2011 8:21 a.m.

    Yes, they would consider the perfect cooking sim if they did it right. What type of game it is CAN NOT be judged, THAT would be biased, Once upon a monster got allot of praise cause it was GREAT, even if its just a kinect game for learning. Same goes with games likes Ace Attorney and Professor Layton.
  • Canvas_Of_Flesh - December 17, 2011 6:14 a.m.

    Excellent choice. I agree with you on every point. Portal 2 is easily the best game of the year by miles.
  • NightCrawler_358 - December 17, 2011 6:37 a.m.

    Great choice GR! For me, Batman had the best nerd-service, Skyward Sword the best soundtrack and nostalgia, Skyrim the most hours, Uncharted 3 the most cinematic feel, but Portal 2 was amazing. I think everyone forgot just how amazing it was, what with the barrage of top-notch games that came out just recently. Portal may not have had the most replayability, but it's practically flawless, and it's the first game I'd whip out to brag to my friends.
  • HankVenture - December 17, 2011 6:49 a.m.

    I voted for Skyrim, but I completely agree with your choice of Portal 2
  • ericthesmith - December 17, 2011 7:22 a.m.

    I've already played through twice since April. I'm going to play it again in celebration. Portal 2 is a perfect game, and I fully support this decision. That being said, I'm really enjoying Arkham City. I think the story and gameplay and acting and graphics and... just about everything, really. But as far as an overall, "I'd recommend it to ANYONE" game, yeah, that's Portal. Also, for the sake of fairness, I played (and surprisingly really liked) a good 6-8 hours of Skyrim, even though I generally dislike the fantasy/RPG genres. After renting it, I'm seriously considering buying it, which I had no intention of doing. Can't say much for the other two. Love Zelda, wish I still had a Wii. And my computer is in no way capable of playing modern games, so maybe I'll check out Witcher if it comes to xbox. Captca: "reetsE her"? I hardly know her!
  • Imgema - December 17, 2011 7:42 a.m.

    Portal 2 deserves every award only because its a game that doesn't try to be a movie. Its a pure gaming experience. It sucks you into its world without stupid cinematics and endless cutscenes that break the immersion of any game generally. And the fact that the main character doesn't talk or show any emotions means that you can easily relate your self with him/her and it doesn't feel like you controlling someone else but yourself instead. Its YOU who explores the depths of Aperature, not some emotional cliched videogame character. For all these reasons i love Halflife series as well. Even though i usually don't like linear games. Props to Valve for making games less mainstream and stupid.


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