It’s the end of the year and that moment we’ve all been waiting for: the Game of the Year category winners. At Press2Reset, as you’ve surely noticed by now, we’ve tried to keep things a little quirky and outside the box by giving everyone something to vote on that isn’t really the standard console and genre awards. While we do have those as well, we wanted to try something new and fresh and we hope you’ve enjoyed voting for the categories thus far.
As with last week’s nominations, each day for the next six days we will be providing a theme along with awards for the winners that have been voted on by you, the readers. Along with each theme we will also announce our genre and console awards that were voted on in-house.
It’s Hump Day and to get us through we reflected on some of the sexiest video game characters and the most memorable romance of the year. Also included are the Skimpiest Outfit award, Wii Game of the Year (a step up from the joystick in that you can waggle your Wiimote at anything), and Shooter at the Year (because good aim is essential in all walks of life).
Skimpiest Outfit of the Year
Every year, there are a number of games that feature characters in some revealing outfits. 2011 certainly gave us plenty to look at along these lines and while there were certainly some scantily clad examples, Saints Row: The Third went ahead and just removed clothing altogether.
While completely optional, players are given the choice to remove their avatar’s clothing fairly early in the game. Combine this with your ability to customize your avatar’s body type at any time, and you’re left with basically unlimited options of what you can gawk at. Wanna see a thin woman topless? Done. What about that super buff dude? Go for it! Just make sure that you also don’t forget to slide that “Sex Appeal” meter all the way to the right. Of course, the key areas are pixelated out, but that probably didn’t stop many players from putting on their “birthday suit.” There’s also a streaking minigame you can partake in, so being nude in-game adds to the gameplay!
Congratulations, Saints Row: The Third. You’ve undressed the competition (and yourself) this year.
Runner up: Catherine of Catherine
Most Memorable Romance
Love is usually difficult to portray in video games. This is often due to the lack of emotion we feel from animated characters that just don’t have the human touch needed to show love in its true form. However, this was not the case with the heart touching relationship of Nathan Drake and Elena Fisher in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Their back and forth bickering gave us the feeling as if they have been married for a long time only to have a touching moment that made it seem they are on a first date. The emotion that is displayed between these two adventurers really showed us that they cared for each other and would do anything to ensure each other’s safety, showing a connection of true love rarely seen even on the big screen.
Runners up: Vincent Brooks and Katherine/Catherine of Catherine
Sexiest Male Character of the Year
Randy Lamberson had something to admit the other day. He has a man crush on Nathan Drake. Now Randy is happily married, but Mr. Drake’s appeal just doesn’t seem to stop with the ladies. From his rugged good looks to his cocksure attitude, he is one sexy beast. Dig deeper and you will see that although he has a tough exterior, he is kind and sweet on the inside, giving him that sensitive touch. Top it all off with the fact he is a ultimate bad ass when it comes to fighting, plundering, all while having impeccable timing with his punch lines and you have one guy who even the men blush at as he walks by.
Nathan Drake wins our Sexiest Male Character of the Year award, but we’re going to have someone else let him know. Randy just might lose himself in Drake’s eyes.
Runner up: Batman of Batman: Arkham City
Sexiest Female Character of the Year
Rocksteady Studios really stepped up the hotness factor with Batman: Arkham City. Not only did they give us Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Talia al Ghul, Vicki Vale, and Oracle, but there was one that stood above the rest; Catwoman. Perhaps it was the cat ears, the tight spandex, or the leather whip… we’ll stop right there as you probably get the point.
Catwoman was the clear winner among the group and is one kitty we wouldn’t mind taking off the streets.
Runner up: Catherine of Catherine
Shooter of the Year
The shooter is one of the more pervasive genres in the industry today. Plenty are released throughout the year and a lot of games borrow from the genre quite heavily. The quality of a shooter can range from totally great to downright awful, but only one can be considered the best. This year, Gears of War 3 takes the prize.
The Gears of War franchise has always had solid gameplay, but the third installment refined it to the best it has ever been. All of the guns feel powerful to use and are fun to experiment with while the gore factor of the game gives your killings a visceral feel that never lets you down. Gears’ perfection of the cover system really adds to the fun, allowing you and 3 co-op buddies a chance to draw fire and flank your enemies strategically, making it all the more satisfying when a battle is won. Of course, the multiplayer that Epic Games has created is superb. With so many high-quality competitive gametypes, the updated Horde 2.0, and the newly added Beast Mode, there are a lot of legs to the game and there is always something to do when you turn the game on. Other shooters may be more technically sound and precise, but Gears of War 3 delivered the best all-around experience, making it our Best Shooter of 2011.
Runner up: Bulletstorm
Wii Game of the Year
The Wii has seen few AAA titles over the past year and with the Wii U on the horizon, many feel that the Wii has run its course. If this is true then Nintendo is sending it off with a bang. The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword takes everything we know and love about Zelda and adds a fresh new perspective. Skyward Sword lands our favorite emerald-garbed hero in a beautiful world accompanied by a compelling story. Using the Wii’s MotionPlus, the game mechanics make you feel like you truly are the Hero of Time. Sword fighting is fluid and fun giving you a sense of accomplishment when you beat your opponent down using skill rather than just smashing a button. Mix in a fully orchestrated soundtrack and the best visuals seen on the Wii and you have one hell of a swan song.
Runner up: Xenoblade Chronicles