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AusGamers Game of the Year Awards 2010 "Reader's Choice"
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 03:05pm 26/01/11 | Comments
We asked you to vote for your Game of the Year 2010 in a number of different categories, below is how you voted!

Happy Australia Day!

We being an Australian Gaming site, and the largest independent one at that, we thought we’d use this day of celebration to give you the results from our Game of the Year 2010 “Reader’s Choice” Voting we’ve had available since late last year. There are some interesting results here, especially in our “Other” category field, but it’s how you voted and so it’s your voice.

This year we’re splitting the awards up over two days, beginning today with the Reader’s Choice portion, while tomorrow we’ll have the Editor’s Picks, which this year is much expanded thanks to our larger crew of contributors. It’ll give you a good idea of the broad spectrum of gamers we’ve surrounded ourselves with here at AusGamers and will hopefully reiterate our importance to an across-the-board style of editorial for the site, and for you.

So without further adieu, turn up the Triple J Hottest 100 and get into the AusGamers 2010 “Reader’s Choice” Game of the Year Awards!

First-Person Shooter of the Year

We gave you 11 solid games in this category from which to choose and our “Other” field and you voted as such:
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - 40.2%
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops - 28.6%
  • Halo: Reach - 9.8%
  • BioShock 2 - 6.1
  • Metro 2033 - 5.7%
  • Arma II: Operation Arrowhead - 3%
  • Medal of Honor - 2%
  • Aliens Vs predator - 1.8%
  • Singularity - 1.4%
  • GoldenEye 007 - 0%
  • Red Steel 2 - 0%
Honourable mentions in the “Other” field include Quake Live, K.O.S. Secret Operations and hilariously Minecraft with the attached “you do have a bow and arrow.

Action/Adventure Game of the Year

Like last year, this category was chock full of great games for 2010, and we filled it with some 26 that fit the broad range of action and adventure games. Here’s how you dispersed your votes:
  • Red Dead Redemption - 30.8%
  • Mafia II - 13.7%
  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood - 11.3%
  • Just Cause 2 - 8.7%
  • God of War III - 5.8%
  • Alan Wake - 5.3%
  • Darksiders - 5.1%
  • Heavy Rain - 4.1%
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 - 2.9%
  • Splinter Cell: Conviction - 2.9%
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II - 2.4%
  • Dead Rising 2 - 1.7%
  • Bayonetta - 1.7%
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands - 0.5%
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West - 0.5%
  • Vanquish - 0.5%
  • Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 - 0.5%
  • Dante’s Inferno - 0.2%
  • Transformers: War for Cybertron - 0.2%
  • Nier - 0.2%
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - 0.2%
  • Disney: Epic Mickey - 0.2%
  • Din’s Curse - 0%
  • No More Heroes 2 - 0%
  • Crackdown 2 - 0%
  • Splatterhouse 0%
Honourable “Other” mentions include Mass Effect 2 and Flyff.

Role-Play Game of the Year

This was a tough category, with two of the year’s biggest and highest rated games bumping shoulders with a number of other great games. Here’s how you voted:
  • Mass Effect 2 - 43.1%
  • Fallout: New Vegas - 25.8%
  • World of WarCraft: Cataclysm - 15.1%
  • Final Fantasy XIII - 3.8%
  • Demon’s Souls - 3.3%
  • Fable 3 - 2.4%
  • DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue - 2.2%
  • Monster Hunter Tri - 1.2%
There were a few “Other” mentions here: Alpha Protocol, ROHAN: Blood Fued, Champions Online, Heroes of Three Kingdoms and a super extra mention for whoever added “they are all crap”.

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

Another decent year in this category with an extra title everyone saw running away with the crown. Here’s how it went down:
  • StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty - 56%
  • Civilization V - 14.6%
  • Dawn of War: Chaos Rising - 7.9%
  • Napoleon: Total War - 7.2%
  • R.U.S.E. - 4.6%
  • Command & Conquer: Tiberium Twilight - 4.1%
  • Sin of a Solar Empire: Trinity - 2.3%
  • Settlers 7: Path to a Kingdom - 1.3%
  • Silent Hunter 5 - 0.8%
A couple of other respected names made it into “Other” including Heroes of Newerth, Cities XL 2011 and League of Legends.

Sports/Racing Game of the Year

Quite a few games in this catetgory this year, with a few stand-outs and a few surprises. Here’s what you had to say:
  • Gran Turismo 5 - 29%
  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - 21.4%
  • FIFA 11 - 10.6%
  • F1 2010 - 9.4%
  • NBA 2K11 - 6.7%
  • NBA Jam - 4.4%
  • Split Second: Velocity - 3.2%
  • Blur - 3.2%
  • FIFA 2010 World Cup - 2.1%
  • Football Manager 2011 - 1.5%
  • MX vs ATV: Reflex - 1.2%
  • Rugby League 3 - 1.2%
  • MotoGP 09/10 - 0.9%
  • PES 2011 - 0.9%
  • WRC FIA World Rally Championship - 0.6%
A few “Other” mentions in this category, including Skate 3, Madden 11, Tiger Woods Online, NHL 11, iRacing and DiRT 2 among others.

Fighting Game of the Year

Capcom continue to dominate the fighting game field year on year, but 2011 might see that change. Before then, however, let’s look at how you voted here:
  • Super Street Fighter IV - 57%
  • UFC Undisputed 2010 - 19%
  • WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2011 - 8.9%
  • BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger - 6.8%
  • Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars - 5.9%
  • EA Sports MMA - 1.7%
Only two mentions in “Other” here: Dynasty Warriors Online and Kinect Uncaged (really?)

Casual/Puzzle/Party Game of the Year

This was a hard category to create, because it’s more about the ‘casual’ side of all of them, but hey, even casual games need a vote, right? Here’s what you thought:
  • Tales of Monkey Island - 18.4%
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns - 17.7%
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent - 13.4%
  • Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock - 10.4%
  • Rock Band 3 - 9.7%
  • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 - 8%
  • Sam and Max: The Devil's Playhouse (Eps 1-5) - 5.7%
  • ModNation Racers - 4.3%
  • Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games - 2.7%
  • DJ Hero 2 - 2.3%
  • Jolly River - 1%
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold - 0.7%
  • RUSH - 0.7%
  • Runaway: A Twist Of Fate - 0.7%
  • Puzzle Chronicles - 0.3%
  • Kung-Fu LIVE - 0.3%
Quite a few “Other” entries here. Dance Central, Angry Birds, and Plain Sight among some that just don’t belong.

XBLA/PSN/WiiWare/Steam 'Arcade' Game of the Year

Every year this category gets more and more full, and more and more quality. Here’s how the 2010 votes went down:
  • Super Meat Boy - 31.2%
  • LIMBO - 18.8%
  • Dead Rising 2: Case Zero - 10.9%
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game - 8.3%
  • Shank - 7.9%
  • X-Men Arcade - 7.5%
  • Fat Princess - 6.4%
  • The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom - 2.6%
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light dominated our “Other” field here along with Trials HD, Alien Swarm and Doritos Crash Course (among others).

Handheld Game of the Year

2010 was the last year the handheld market would be as it was for many years previous. This year, with 3DS and iPad/iPod/iPhone and other handheld devices really exploring the market, it will be changed forever. Here’s what you liked in the portable world in 2010:
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker - 19.9%
  • God of War: Ghost of Sparta - 19.4%
  • Super Scribblenauts - 10.5%
  • Professor Layton and the Lost Future - 9.4%
  • Valkyria Chronicles 2 - 6.8%
  • Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep - 6.8%
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - 5.8%
  • Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes - 4.7%
  • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn - 3.7%
  • MotorStorm: Arctic Edge - 3.1%
  • Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing - 1.6%
  • Football Manager Handheld - 1.6%
  • Infinite Space - 1%
  • Phantasy Star Portable 2 - 0.5%
  • Piyotama - 0.5%
The “Other” field saw Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, Infinity Blade, Angry Birds and Pokemon Heart Gold & Soul Silver entered.

2010's Most Played Game

Every year we also offer a field for the game you played the most in the year, even if it wasn’t released in the year in question, because we realise many, many games have a long shelf-life. here’s what you played most throughout 2010:
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - 19.3%
  • World of WarCraft - 16.9%
  • Team Fortess 2 - 11.2%
  • StarCraft 2 - 10.6%
  • Left 4 Dead (1 or 2) - 7.6%
  • Minecraft 5.2%
  • EVE Online - 1.3%
  • Star Trek Online - 0.2%
Not surprisingly, we had more entries in our “Other” field here then the list leader, Modern Warfare 2. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 got a number of mentions, as did Call of Duty: Black Ops. Fallout: New Vegas and Mass Effect 2 were also entered a number of times while Dragon Age: Origins, Fallout 3, Borderlands, Heroes of Newerth, Halo: Reach, and Red Dead Redemption helped flesh out the list. Obscurity wasn’t missing though with the likes of Demigod, Flyff, Guild Wars and even Final Fantasy XI making appearances.

Worst Game of the Year

This was an open category for punters, and it looks like it became a way to vent frustrations at some of the year’s releases, here are a few of the honourable mentions thrown in:
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
  • Borderlands + Expansions
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • StarCraft 2
  • World of WarCraft: Cataclysm
  • Final Fantasy XIII
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Dead Rising 2
  • Resident Evil 5
  • Medal of Honor
  • Aliens Vs Predator
  • Kayne and Lynch 2...
The list really does go on, but for comedy purposes, here are a few quotes that accompanied entries:
“Mafia II - Very linear, and short, such a waste of a solid game engine”
“Mafia 2 - Great expectations, great disappointment. So much potential shafted at every turn”
“Black Ops - The game designed/downgraded for bitchy 12 year olds”
“Napoleon: Total War (An expansion not a game)”

2011's Most Anticipated Release

Finally, we asked you to tell us what your most anticipated game for 2011 was, given the year is most likely the biggest in videogaming history. Here’s what you can’t wait to play:
  • Mass Effect 3 - 13.9%
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - 12%
  • Portal 2 - 9.8%
  • Duke Nukem Forever - 9.3%
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution - 7.2%
  • Batman: Arkham City - 5.4%
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic - 4.8%
  • Brink - 4.6%
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception - 3.9%
  • Homefront - 3.7%
  • Dragon Age II - 3.5%
  • Nintendo 3DS - 2.4%
  • Dead Space 2 - 2.2%
  • L.A. Noire - 2.2%
  • Mortal Kombat - 2%
  • Forza Motorsport 4 - 2%
  • Killzone 3 - 1.1%
  • Marvel Vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds - 1.1%
  • RAGE - 0.7%
  • InFamous 2 - 0.4%
  • Prototype 2 - 0.2%
  • Resistance 3 - 0.2%
This entry also had a lot thrown in the “Other” field, inlcuding The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, Warhammer 40k Space Marine, Diablo 3, Crysis 2, Bulletstorm, Dungeon Siege III and Shogun 2: Total War, among a few others.

So there you have it, the year that was 2010 as you voted for it. We also had another field we asked you to enter, which was for Game of the Decade, but we’re saving that one for Friday as it’s a feature in and of itself. Tomorrow we’ll be giving you the AusGamers Editor’s Top Picks for 2010 which is an equally interesting and telling feature for our intrepid crew of gaming journalists.

As usual we encourage dialogue and discussion among our readers regarding the results of the above, as well as tomorrow and Friday’s features. Please have a safe and happy Australia Day and well be back tomorrow with a lot more. And thanks for participating in the AusGamers Game of the Year 2010 Awards!

Latest Comments
Posted 04:06pm 26/1/11
Sorry to nitpick, but Tales of Monkey Island was more a 2009 game. So the final episode was released in 2010 but still....
Steve Farrelly
Posted 04:15pm 26/1/11
we're looking at it as a whole package
Posted 04:23pm 26/1/11
An agreeable list.
Surprising to Civ 5 make it 2nd in stratagy, it was so poor.

I would have thought Dues Ex would have scored higher then Elder Scrolls, kind of sad to see Mass Effect 3 at the top, understandable given the series popularity though.

Duke Nukem Forever may have scored higher but people wont believe it is out until it is.

I thought Fallout: New Vagas would have scored a bit more then it did, big gap between that and Mass Effect 2.

Posted 06:10pm 26/1/11
FPS surprised me personally, but the rest were of no surprised and well deserved.

Can't wait to see what the Decade GOTY is.
Posted 06:26pm 26/1/11
As if duke nukem isn't the most anticipated release, it's been anticipated for over a frikken decade!
Posted 06:42pm 26/1/11
As if duke nukem isn't the most anticipated release, it's been anticipated for over a frikken decade!

as Tollaz0r! said if it comes out this year lol
Posted 07:03pm 26/1/11
Is this an Australian Gaming Site?
Posted 07:32pm 26/1/11
lol. Red Dead Redemption was most popular action/adventure but also came 3rd in the worst game of the year award.
WTF !? What a polarizer that one is.
Posted 07:47pm 26/1/11
I still don't understand why Donkey Kong Country Returns was in the casual category. I asked that in the original thread, but nobody replied.
Posted 07:49pm 26/1/11
I have a feeling that some people will simply vote for something popular in worst title to be contrary. I can't imagine a WoW player voting a WoW expansion as worst game of the year for example but I'm sure there are a lot of people who haven't played it that felt it necessary to voice in some way their superior taste in video games by voting for it.

Anyone who has actually played Red Dead would know that it is a well crafted title even if it didn't match their own personal tastes.
Posted 08:07pm 26/1/11
what other category would it go in?

last edited by ravn0s at 20:07:23 26/Jan/11
Posted 08:02pm 26/1/11
hmm, i remembered putting Braid in the "other" section for best puzzle game.
Posted 08:59pm 26/1/11
@sLaps_Forehead, yeah, kinda is. Should give it away in the name :S
Posted 11:27pm 26/1/11
I still don't understand why Donkey Kong Country Returns was in the casual category. I asked that in the original thread, but nobody replied.
The actual category is: Casual/Puzzle/Party

It's more of a Puzzle than Casual but has been gIouped under the entire category anyway. It's a platformer if you ask me.
Posted 11:58pm 26/1/11
The actual category is: Casual/Puzzle/Party

It's more of a Puzzle than Casual but has been gIouped under the entire category anyway. It's a platformer if you ask me.
Yeah, we originally had categories for point and click adventure and platformers, but they were just too populated with games that didn't really deserve a mention on a GOTY shortlist when you take a step back and look at it.

So we combined several categories that were under-represented but then the titles got too long. We didn't want to just shovel too much into Action/Adventure either, so it's kind of tough. IMO DKC and Monkey Island are both pretty out of place.

So yeah, it's far from perfect but I have to say, the results do appear to be much more in touch with reality than some other people choice ones I've seen around and they easily put those Spike awards to utter shame so good voting everybody!
Posted 06:12am 27/1/11
i thought mafia 2 was awesome
Posted 04:43pm 27/1/11
lol. Red Dead Redemption was most popular action/adventure but also came 3rd in the worst game of the year award.
WTF !? What a polarizer that one is.

Same result for Black Ops.
Posted 04:56pm 27/1/11
Haters always gonna hate and will hate to admit a game is good because of a complex they developed towards the game.
Posted 05:40pm 27/1/11
YAY! My Minecraft joke got a mention! :)
Posted 05:50pm 27/1/11
Same result for Black Ops.

and Mafia II - which was awesome.
Posted 06:20pm 27/1/11
“Mafia II - Very linear, and short, such a waste of a solid game engine”

In a Jim Carrey manner (think liar liar) IT WAS ME

Sorry spook, after that much drumming up and when compared to the release itself... it left me wanting an actual game (it felt like a long, locked down demo) I guess I was after something to replace GTA IV...
Posted 06:24pm 27/1/11
I liked mafia 2. Probably cause it was short and to the point. Single player games are 99.9% of the time very boring and/or repetitive. The length of mafia 2 worked in its favour :)
Posted 06:54pm 27/1/11
Mafia 2 played quite a lot like Mafia 1 did (except the controls weren't as frustrating, and the chases kinda worked because Mafia 2 didn't feature 'accurate early 20th century car handling' (srsly Mafia 1's chases were nuts... like you're driving around on ice)

For mine, Mafia II was 'ok' but yea, I'd have appreciated some more filler (even if just a little...) I mean once the story is finished... what do you do with it?
If you bought it on Steam... first you paid twice what the rest of the world did, AND you can't even sell it on.
Posted 06:55pm 27/1/11
yeah alot of ppl didnt like mafia 2, i enjoyed a few hrs of it then it just got boring as hell.
Posted 09:33pm 27/1/11
Yeah, since the vote, I purchased Mafia II and played through it on my PC. I'm very impressed with it.
Posted 11:57am 29/1/11
I think you guys should change it from GOTY to most popular. Going by votes means that only the most played titles should stand a chance? There have been some awesome games out which have quite a small player base. Doesn't mean they're not the best game ever made :)

last edited by Twisted at 11:57:56 29/Jan/11
Posted 11:59am 29/1/11
Also when editing my post, should I see all these options about Digg, moving the post to Wireplay - CS, news importance, etc?
Posted 12:11pm 29/1/11
super extra mention for whoever added “they are all crap”.


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