THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM NAMED AS GAMESPOT’S 2011 GAME OF THE YEAR
Skyrim Annihilates GameSpot Traffic Records Previously Set By Call of Duty
SAN FRANCISCO – December 19, 2011 – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC, PS3, Xbox 360), a magical role-playing game set in a dragon-infested land, has been chosen as Game of the Year by GameSpot (http://www.gamespot.com). GameSpot’s editors played hundreds of hours in dozens of games before deciding that this provided the best all round value and entertainment.
In addition, action shooter Portal 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Mac) took home nine awards, the highest number this year and the independently produced role-playing game To The Moon (PC) won Best Story.
More than any other game this year, Skyrim inspired gamers and games journalists to get creative by sharing, commenting and creating their own tributes on YouTube. GameSpot’s “Gameplay Introduction” video for Skyrim, featuring game director Todd Howard has achieved more views on YouTube than any other GameSpot video since the game’s launch, including a multi player demo for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The full list of GameSpot videos dedicated to the game, including ‘Sexy Times in Skyrim’, is available here.
“The competition for Game of the Year was fierce,” said John Davison, VP of Programming, GameSpot. “There were so many fantastic games released throughout the year that were deserving of accolades, but ultimately we felt that Skyrim represented the best experience for gamers overall.”
Finalists in this year’s Game of the Year category included Batman: Arkham City (PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U), Dark Souls (PS3, Xbox 360), DiRT 3 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360), Gears of War 3 (Xbox 360), Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (Nintendo 3DS), Portal 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Mac), The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (PC, Xbox 360) , Total War Shogun 2 (PC) and Xenoblade Chronicles (Nintendo Wii).
A complete list of finalists and winners, starting with Skyrim is available here:
The awards won by Skyrim include:
Game of the Year
Best PC Game
Best Xbox 360 Game
Best Action Adventure Batman: Arkham City (PC, PS3, WiiU, Xbox 360)
Best Driving DiRT 3 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Best Fighting Kings of Fighters XIII (PS3, Xbox 360, ARC)
Best Platformer Rayman Origins (3DS, PS3, Wii, VITA, Xbox 360)
Best Puzzle Portal 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Mac)
Best Shooter Gears of War 3 (Xbox 360)
Best Sports NBA 2K12 (PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360)
Best Strategy Total War: Shogun 2 (PC)
Best PS3 Portal 2
Best Wii Xenoblade Chronicles
Best Hand Held Game Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
Best Mobile Game Swords and Sorcery
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