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.
What can be said about WTF Day that isn’t already there in its name? It’s a day all about the double take. Some of them make us laugh, and others just have us muttering expletives under our breath in a moment of stunned confusion. Tied in with this are the RPG of the Year (every good story has these moments) and 360 Game of the Year (I know of a few muttered expletives when a certain console RROD’ed).
WARNING: There are a few minor spoilers for Portal 2 and Dead Space 2 below.
Funniest Quote of the Year
A great person once said, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” A better man decided to weaponize the lemons and use them against the very citrus benefactor that provided them in the first place. Have you ever wondered what a combustible lemon could do to your body? You know what getting lemon juice in a paper cut feels like? Multiply that by 9,001 and you’ll have a good idea.
Cave Johnson had some fantastic lines in Portal 2, but none stand higher than this: “When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back. GET MAD! I DON’T WANT YOUR DAMN LEMONS! WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH THESE?! DEMAND TO SEE LIFE’S MANAGER! Make life RUE the day it thought it could give CAVE JOHNSON LEMONS! DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?! I’M THE MAN WHO’S GONNA BURN YOUR HOUSE DOWN! WITH THE LEMONS! I’m gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that’s gonna BURN YOUR HOUSE DOWN!”
Runner up: “I used to be an adventurer like you. Then I took an arrow to the knee.” Every single person in Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Character that “Never asked for this”
We know what your thinking, Isaac Clarke kind of did ask to be put into the situation he found himself in. Come on it’s space! Everyone knows space is full of aliens and other unexplainable monstrosities.
But who in their right mind would possibly expect to wake up and find out that some bizarre religious cult was behind the loss of your girlfriend and the deaths of hundreds? Now not only do you have no friends left, but you’re being chased by crawlers which are infected exploding babies. Yes. Exploding babies. There is no pay grade high enough for any engineer ever that makes up for that.
Runner up (three-way tie): Cole McGrath, Infamous 2; Chell, Portal 2; Adam Jensen, Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Most Split Personality of the Year
Have you ever had a friend who one minute is happy-go-lucky and only looking out for your best interests and then the next is going on a rampage trying everything they can to turn you into a bloody corpse? Well if you have played Portal 2 then you have had such a friend. Wheatley was introduced early on in the game and even though he is a crazy AI, he was the only friend you had. Sadly as the saying goes power corrupts and even a charming little robotic ball can succumb to the temptations of being all powerful. However, even while he is trying to smash your face in with spikes you still knew that your sweet little friend was inside. The only thing that could make him see the error of his ways is that special pie in the sky.
Runner up: Anders/Justice, Dragon Age II
Quirkiest Character of the Year
“What’s wrong with being adopted? Um. Well… lack of parents for one, and… also… furthermore… nothing. Some of my best friends are orphans… But…”
This is just one of many hilarious quotes that make up the quirkiest characters to hit the video game scene in a long time. Voiced by British comedian Stephen Merchant, Aperture Science’s Wheatley was created to be the dumbest moron who ever lived as a means to hamper GLaDOS’s decision-making processes, injecting poor judgment into her routines. Wheatley served as Portal 2’s comic relief that is alternately hapless and sinister. His injection of humor is not only crazy, but will have you laughing all the way to the moon (literally).
Runner up: Vincent Brooks, Catherine
Biggest WTF Moment of the Year (spoiler alert)
So here’s the thing. For all of his bumbling ineptitude, Wheatley figured out how to best protect his only weak spot. There was no physical way for you to get to it and it all looked like he had won. You were on your back, Wheatley gloating in your moon-bathed face. The night sky was serene, as if to mark this moment as a peaceful end. Wait a minute… The moon! Just like that, the vacuum of space is… well… vacuuming the lab-room of any and all malevolent AIs and you have won. Wait… WTF?!
Good job, Valve. Yet again, you’ve found a way to bend the mind and leave us with the feeling like we really screwed over the laws of physics. Portal 2 attains our Biggest WTF Moment of the Year award.
Runner up: The ending of Batman: Arkham City
RPG of the Year
Let’s take a look at RPG for a second. Role-playing Game. Few games really let you actually “play” a role, so much as let you follow it, but Skyrim was something different altogether. Want to slaughter a village to store all of your ill-gotten gains? Go for it! Want to wander the woods and tundra and pick flowers? You can do that too! Monster hunting, spell casting, crafting; all of these things are available to you and you can do them whenever you want!
Bethesda has crafted the ultimate RPG this year, and it takes home our RPG of the Year award.
Runner up: Dragon Age II
360 Game of the Year
Compared to the other consoles on the market, the Xbox 360 didn’t receive very many exclusives in 2011. But that’s not a knock on the games that the platform did receive, and of the small amount that were only available to the 360 consumers, Gears of War 3 rose to the top.
Already named our 2011 Shooter of the Year, Epic’s beautifully crafted game is stuffed full of blood-pumping action that keeps the level of intensity – and brutality – very high. Very rarely does it ever feel boring, and the multiplayer and co-op are sure to add hours to the game for anyone that wants to enjoy all it has to offer. Even if multiplayer is not your thing, the campaign is markedly improved over the previous two titles in the franchise and is interesting enough to make you pay attention all the way through. Kudos to Epic for creating a game that not only improved on its predecessors in a big way, but also ended up being our best Xbox 360 game of 2011.
Runner up: Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet