The Preemptive 2011 Game Awards

WINNER: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Guesstimated Award Probability: 85%

The second Uncharted burst forth onto the PS3 back in 2009 and set a new bar for this little medium o’ ours. Its breathtaking evolution in storytelling, voice-acting, pacing, narrative structure, eye-popping graphics, level design, multiplayer community and probably several dozen other interactive advancements continue to make it a top contender for, get ready… The Greatest Game of this Console Generation (final judging will occur when and if it ever ends). The funny thing is, next to no game has stepped up to Uncharted 2’s benchmark, and it looks as if it's biggest disputer for that aforementioned honor will probably wind up being… Uncharted 3?

Above: Is this something only Naughty Dog can do? You know they used to make Crash Bandicoot games right?

Seriously, why haven’t more developers stepped up to the plate, or even just tried to emulate or outright rip off the improvements, polish, and cinematic splendor evidenced in Uncharted 2? This time Nate D’s whipping his casual brand of bullet-spraying exploration on a desert setting as he and Sully search for a lost city known as the “Atlantis of the Sand.” While jet setting across the globe, it looks as if we’ll be battling gorgeous, deadly natural elements like sand, water and fire. Meanwhile, Drake is getting lighter on his feet with some enhanced mobility and hand-to-hand combat.

Runner-up | Tomb Raider

Those concept shots of Lara caked in filth aren’t simply meant to titillate. 2011's Lara Croft reboot is taking its protagonist back to her humble origins, starting with a college-aged Croft fresh out of the Indiana Jones Academy for Stolen Relics and Advanced Temple Burglary.

Above: The original Tomb Raider? IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM

Players will find themselves stranded on a south pacific island with no food, water or guns. Instead of coming standard with all of Lara’s acrobatics we all take for granted, her struggle for survival is where she’ll hone new physical abilities and combine pick-up items on her quest to someday resemble Angelina Jolie.

WINNER: Forza Motorsport 4

Guesstimated Award Probability: 68%

Other than Kinect support, there’s not a whole hellva lot of justification for the existence of a fourth Forza so far. But if we’re judging by the rigid criteria set in place by this award category… what, did you really think we’d give the honor to Test Drive Unlimited 2? After all, the metric fuckton of real world vehicles from Forza 3 will undoubtedly be upgraded with up to TWO YEARS of modern automotive advancements!

Above: Will Forza 4 best Gran Turismo 5?! Because Forza 3 already sorta did, at least according to our incredibly biased flamebait video

Just imagine the slightly altered spoilers, an occasional added racing stripe, SUNROOVES, and the bevy of other changes imperceptible to the vast majority of the populace… dare we even bring up the licensed brake pad opportunities?! Let’s just hope Kinect’s price can remain competitive with an actually steering wheel controller with pedals, better precision, and force feedback.

Runner-up | Twisted Metal

Set to release almost a decade after the last true console Twisted Metal, vehicular combat is finally getting the multiplayer treatment it so sorely deserved. Come to think of it, if anybody’s to blame for the disappearance of the subgenre it’s probably Twisted Metal: Black Online, the failed PS2 modem showcase that forced broadbanders to play against dial-up users for an experience that played like trying to push a Power Wheels through oatmeal at six frames a second.

We’re sick to death of Mario Kart clones, so thank The Almighty Calypso that the Granddaddy of Demented Destruction Derbies is back to make things right with the PlayStation Network using customizable factions and ambitious new multiplayer modes that require a more sadistic level of strategy.

WINNER: Alice: Madness Returns

Guesstimated Award Probability: 63%

Stop writing that comment and let us explain! We know you know all about how great American McGee's Alice is, but as it was released on PC eleven years ago, there's likely a large set of gamers who only know American McGee by Bad Day L.A. They've got somethin' else comin' to them. Madness, mostly.

Alice: Madness Returns isn't just a better-looking continuation of what McGee started back in 2000 - based on what we've seen it looks even bloodier, darker, and creepier. Watch out for this one - it might sneak up on you and slit your throat! Only it can't do that, because it's inanimate.

Runner-up | Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages was revealed at last year's E3... don't remember it and its addictive-looking castle defense/giant boulder rolling? Yeah, we were probably too busy talking about that 3D thing from Nintendo. But pay attention! We have a feeling that we'll be talking a lot more about rocks this spring when the whimsical and inventive Rock of Ages rolls onto XBL, PSN, and PC (see what we did?).


  • TheGuy0526 - May 29, 2011 7:08 p.m.

    Frankly I cant believe you put Zelda a step higher than Mass Effect. I understand that Zelda is an old franchise, but lately it hasen't had anywhere near as much sucess compared to the Mass Effect series. And Wilde, you mentioned it might not bring something new.. Have you not seen the differences between the first and second? I'm no fan boy, but I think you're insane for not putting Mass Effect 3 on this list. Game of the Year is gonna end up being either Mass Effect 3, Gears of war 3, or Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. They're heavy hitters for a reason, and I don't think Arkham fits the bill.
  • ChildrenOfMen - April 28, 2011 10:38 p.m.

    holy **** i just realized how many good games this year will have
  • Dmt4030 - March 6, 2011 8:36 a.m.

    WINNER: Gears of Resistance 3: Modern Battlefield man that's a funny tittle when i see one
  • Deinsleaf - February 26, 2011 5:54 a.m.

    No love for Dragon Age 2?
  • idontcare444 - January 25, 2011 7:17 p.m.

    It's 2011, maybe we could drop the generic cheech & chong stoner stereotype. That said, I'm gonna play journey blazed out of my mind :P
  • lovinmyps3 - January 25, 2011 4:24 a.m.

    I agree, whatever should win GOTY. Oh Tyler Wilde, you crack me up!
  • Eliath - January 25, 2011 2:50 a.m.

    @g4m3rk1dd First, I don't really have any respect for you because of your name. While we might actually have very similar personalities and tastes and could be great friends, I have to go based on your handle since I have no other information about you. Second, what month is it? Third, what season is it? Fourth, add one year to the current date and see what you get. Fifth, if you were being sarcastic, then I apologize, but sarcasm doesn't translate well via text.
  • purple_omlet - January 24, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    We'll all see how dead space 2 will blow every other game out of the water tomorrow. CAN'T WAIT!
  • g4m3rk1dd - January 24, 2011 9:54 p.m.

    "@GhostLightning That hasn't even been confirmed for 2011. Just "Winter." Also, FF XIII SUX LOL." you work for these guys and you dont know the release was for "Next Winter"? this being winter now it is only logical to assume that it is going to be released THIS year... just because the game broke its sacred rule of being a PS only game doesnt mean you have to hate it...
  • Crimmy - January 24, 2011 5:48 a.m.

    @JohnnyMaverik Praise whatever higher beings there are someone agrees! Now we can play on Steam together and I can wish my mic wasn't broken.
  • grayguwapo - January 24, 2011 5:04 a.m.

    Can there be 2 GOTY's one each for UDD3 and Batman AC? Those two games really nailed almost everything a game can (and should) have... Great polished graphics and scenery... Awesome game play and controls... Great story and plot... Over-all, kick-ass!!! Hope GOTY versions of both come out this year (or next year) just as it did last time... GOTY editions of GOTY games are really something to have with all the +++'s Can't wait for these games to come out!!!
  • Fr00b - January 23, 2011 10:58 p.m.

  • Yeager1122 - January 23, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    I might have to rob a bank to pay for everything amazing thats coming out soon.
  • g4m3rk1dd - January 23, 2011 10:02 p.m.

    i gotta say i watched the trailer for Catherine and it actually looked like something id like to play for something other than any pervy reason you can think of... that said there are a few games that are missing on here that i never thought would be missing >.> (FF13-2, Bulletstorm)
  • EdDeRs1 - January 23, 2011 5:46 p.m.

    arkham city needs Judge Dredd to cross over from his universe like in the comics :)
  • Shinn - January 23, 2011 10:05 a.m.

    Isn't Dragon Age 2 a fantasy rpg?
  • TheKennedyCurse - January 23, 2011 6:59 a.m.

    Why is every single game journalist sucking Last Guardians cock when for all they know it could be a giant turd? Go on, someone justify they hype for me, using concrete details you actually know about it at this point. Ah, listen to those chirping crickets.
  • Zepaw - January 23, 2011 6:06 a.m.

    Articles like this are why I read GR daily. Everything until 11/11/11 is just something to pass the time. I was honed in on New Vegas all year and was not disappointed; the game was buggy but met and exceeded my hopes otherwise. 2011 is going to be a repeat all over until Skyrim comes out. Even though I will probably love ME3 about 10 times more than my improbably large love of Skyrim I don't have the same anticipation buzz.
  • Engage183 - January 23, 2011 3:03 a.m.

    ME3 isn't on this list guys on account if you see another article they did about games that are SUPPOSED to come out in 2011 but probably won't, ME3 was on that list. so thats why ME3 didn't get any awards guys, they would be contradicting themselves(PARADOX O_0) but anywho, i think ME3 will be pushed back too, with The Old Republic and Dragon Age all this year... then again, i thought ME3 wasn't gonna even get a teaser trailer until late this year; so, what do i know :/
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - January 23, 2011 12:51 a.m.

    I would hope Twisted Metal is better than Forza. I hate driving sims, in comparison to more fun driving games. Its not fun if you can't kill someone (intentionally, with rockets) CTR has always been a beast of a game.

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