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Game of the Year Awards 2011 Banner
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BEST RPG

The RPG genre in recent years has been a bit homogenized with the Action genre as nearly all games now include some sort of leveling and progression system. That said, to be considered for this award the nominees needed to allow for equipment upgrades, character choices, and decisions that resulted in consequences. There were in fact a significant number of incredible RPG's to release in 2011, and we think our nominees capture the best of the best.
And the Winner is...
Best RPG Winner
DARK SOULS
WHAT!?!? NOT SKYRIM??? There’s no doubting that Bethesda’s newest title in the legendary Elder Scrolls saga provides hundreds of hours of incredible entertainment. Featuring a grand world and broad mass appeal, the game has found a following beyond the typical RPG afficionado. We here at The Game Effect have not been reserved in our praise of the game, giving it a 10 under review, and Skyrim won’t be leaving our GOTY selection process empty handed. However, for the RPG category, we wanted to showcase an exceptional and truly worthy RPG with a more niche, genre-specific appeal.

Dark Souls captured our attention as a unique and difficult RPG unlike anything else on the market. With light story elements, the game drops players into its dark and twisted open world and forces them to figure out how to survive, or die... repeatedly. Dark Souls provides such a captivating world, that one of our game editors reached that rare state of game nirvana where he forgot he was playing a game! With only cryptic messages to use as guides, and enemies more than willing to cut players down, each victory in Dark Souls feels like a genuine achievement. Tales of victory (or bitter defeat) against the game’s legendary bosses form bonds of solidarity between those who have fought valiantly and live to see another day. For boldly blazing a new trail in world design and combat difficulty, while providing some of the most terrifying boss fights in gaming history, Dark Souls wins our award for Best RPG of 2011.
RUNNERS UP
Runner Up Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Runner Up The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
Runner Up The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Runner Up Bastion
READERS CHOICE
Winner: THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM
Award Nominee
THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM
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dbrowderjr on May 19, 2012
How in the world did this game win and what happened to the old style when it comes to RPG development.Throwbacks are few and far between these days and this open world bull is really dragging me down on what to expect in the future.
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ArchAngel777 on January 28, 2012
well at least Skrim got readers choice!
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Jazios on January 18, 2012
Wow only 9 votes for Witcher 2????

That is shocking to say the least, considering the launch was perfect, the game was finally the mature and engaging narrative we older gamers deserve (something Skyrim seriously lacked and anyone who says otherwise clearly has no idea what makes a good story) , stunning visuals, not just another hack n slash fest and a coice system that actually impacted the way the way the game played out and had dire effects later in the game.

I dunno, I freakin love Skyrim, played over 200 hours and loved every second, however I also realise the game was plagued with release bugs (some of which still havnt been fixed) and the narrative was less engaging than a conversation with a cardboard box. The conflict between the stormcloaks and imperials was pointless because both factions were exactly the same as each other making any choice of who you allied with arbitrary, and once that quest was done it had zero impact on the game afterwards.

Makes me sad that its more than likely over half the people who voted skyrim havnt played other games on this list, and about an 8th havnt even played skyrim yet.
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Entropic on January 18, 2012
Extremely good points here Jazios! The Witcher 2 was definitely under appreciated last year and probably didn't get the respect it deserved (unless you head to GameTrailers to watch their awards... but they also sadly overlooked Deus Ex in many categories).

Either way, hopefully more people will give The Witcher 2 a try when it releases on xbox 360 (and hopefully PS3) later this year.
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Forbidden404 on January 17, 2012
Ok... so 199 readers are wrong, and 14 are right... ok...
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cjf582 on January 18, 2012
I know right?
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Atopos on January 11, 2012
Hahaaaa!
Dark Souls ownage!
(dances naked in circles)
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OSMenace on January 10, 2012
Haha, notice how many votes Skyrim has in the Reader's selection here? Win.
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OSMenace on January 05, 2012
No question.
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Forbidden404 on January 09, 2012
Skyrim win or Skyrim win
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