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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 03:57pm 21/12/10 | 59 Comments
Like last year's effort, we're compiling your votes to elect 2010's Game of the Year (or Games, as it were) for our annual GOTY feature. We've split the year's releases into a handful of categories, with an option to add any games we might have missed in a selected field, but the power to choose your Game of the Year is in your hands.

We've also added two new categories this year, the first is in celebration of 10 years of gaming (because AusGamers has been around that long), and the second is to vote for your most anticipated game of 2011. Voting will be open for a few weeks over the break, and we'll be running a full feature early next year with the usual Editor's Picks as well (hit this link for last year's).

Click here to cast your vote!



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Latest Comments
trog
Posted 03:59pm 21/12/10
Vote #1 StarCraft 2 yo!
Scooter
Posted 04:06pm 21/12/10
Deus Ex was 2000, it got my vote for game of the decade... but I could probably list about 10 'Game of the Decade' s
TiT
Posted 04:08pm 21/12/10
cant believe heroes of Newerth was not on the list :(
Steve Farrelly
Posted 04:09pm 21/12/10
that's why we have the "other" fields
Nerfington
Posted 04:13pm 21/12/10
I got really excited, then realised the only games I've played on that list are Mass Effect 2 (woo), Civ 5 (meh), and a bit of Cataclysm (same old woo). When I was a lad with a full head of hair this would never have happened. (oddly I have the time, hardware, and money for it now too - everything is backwards)

edit: Oh yeah!
cant believe heroes of Newerth was not on the list :(

I played a ton of league of legends!
Enska
Posted 04:16pm 21/12/10
You have the "other" fields but seriously.... Tony Hawks RIDE over Skate 3? come on.
Dan
Posted 04:16pm 21/12/10
Tough call for GoTD, but I had to go with Quake 3 (even though it was technically December 99). It was just so technically robust, lived strong for years on the back of user-content and mod support and served as a framework for first person shooters for years longer still. Hell there's still some of it's engine left under the Call of Duty: Black Ops' hood.
Dan
Posted 04:17pm 21/12/10
but seriously.... Tony Hawks RIDE over Skate 3? come on.
If you're referring to the listing order, they are listed in no particular order.
Enska
Posted 04:19pm 21/12/10
No I was referring to the fact that Skate 3 isn't even on the list. I had to put it in the "other" box. gay.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 04:35pm 21/12/10
Yeah that was my bad Enska, I just totally forgot to add it - there are bound to be a few on there we missed
Enska
Posted 04:38pm 21/12/10
Yeah I figured as much, because I know you racked some hours up in it Steve ;P
Spook
Posted 04:54pm 21/12/10
ooooh, i hope i do well in this test, it has some hard questions!
Khel
Posted 04:59pm 21/12/10
Game of the decade has to be World of Warcraft for me, I've easily played it more than any other game, and six years on it still finds ways to impress and entertain me, so kudos to blizzard.
Enska
Posted 05:00pm 21/12/10
I put CS haha. pretty sure it was 00-01 when it finally came out of beta?
trog
Posted 05:07pm 21/12/10
Game of the decade has to be World of Warcraft for me, I've easily played it more than any other game, and six years on it still finds ways to impress and entertain me, so kudos to blizzard.
That was how I measured it as well - the game I played the most and got the most enjoyment out of.

I had to go with Left 4 Dead, because I played the s*** out of that and enjoyed the co-op aspect more than anything I have in a really, really long time.

My second choice probably would have been Battlefield 1942 - I think it did more than anything else this decade for FPS, opening them up in a whole new way.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 05:10pm 21/12/10
Metroid Prime for me. Easily one of the most underrated games of the past 10 years. It pushed the GameCube technically, had art-direction second to none, amazing level design, a haunting soundtrack, matured the Metroid series and was bloody challenging!

After that I would have picked Resident Evil 4 because of what it did for the third-person action genre on the whole
Nerfington
Posted 05:12pm 21/12/10
Game of the decade has to be World of Warcraft for me, I've easily played it more than any other game, and six years on it still finds ways to impress and entertain me, so kudos to blizzard.

Yeah that was my reasoning, even if at first I thought "KotOR, pokemon sapphire, Civ 4, Thief 2, Rome/Medieval 2: TW" - WoW has just been something amazing. And addictive.
Rdizz
Posted 05:13pm 21/12/10
voted
deadlyf
Posted 05:35pm 21/12/10
I put down HL2 for game of the decade, if you go by most played alone you'd only get multiplayer titles and I don't think many multiplayer titles are actually as well made as the best single player games despite getting more game time.

Portal or ME2 would have been my second choices.

Worst game of the year was FFXIII for sure.
Midda
Posted 05:41pm 21/12/10
Why the hell is Donkey Kong Country Returns listed as a casual game? Shouldn't it be under adventure?
Strik3r
Posted 05:50pm 21/12/10
I played a ton of league of legends!


me too. Only just started playing a couple of months ago. Really enjoy it. Almost level 30 now. Still have a positive W:L ratio so im happy.

I put FF X as my GOTD. Best FF to date IMO.
Draxy
Posted 05:56pm 21/12/10
Can't find League of Legends on the lists =\
ravn0s
Posted 06:16pm 21/12/10
I put down HL2 for game of the decade


+1
Eorl
Posted 08:45pm 21/12/10
FPS: Singularity. Loved the storyline and the half life esk feel to it. Was very well done, and greatly under-published.

Action/Adventure: Darksiders. Again, loved the feel of it, excellent story, and wicked abilities/mobs.

RPG was WoW: Cata obviously xD Can't be choosing something else after playing for 6 years and finally getting new 1-60. So much lore needed to be updated.

RTS was skipped because I felt there weren't any real big hitters this year, and SC2 was a let down at best. in my opinion though :)

Skipped sports, hate the idea of playing sports in virtual means.

Skipped fighting, don't play nor fancy those titles.

For Puzzle, I chose other and went for Super Meat Boy. By far the most fun I've had for $15 this year. So much fun for a puzzle game made by couple of dudes.

Steam arcade was Super Meat Boy again.

Skipped handheld.

For most anticipated it was too damn hard! I chose Brink. Going to be such an awesome fps game. Mix of Mirror's Edge cross between UT cross between TF2. Can not wait! But also looking forward to Homefront, Batman: Arkham City, Portal 2, Duke Nukem Forever, SWTOR, Dead Space 2 and L.A. Noire. Too much goodness coming from 2011!

World of Warcraft for Game of the Decade and most played, been playing since release :)
Crakaveli
Posted 09:10pm 21/12/10
Was a tough call for game of the decade but i had to go with Deus ex. In my opinion there is no other game out there that drags me in and keeps bringing me back after all these years.
fade
Posted 09:32pm 21/12/10
game of the decade had me pondering, interesting to see the final vote. I went with Crysis for it's engine.
Trauma
Posted 10:16pm 21/12/10
I went with Rainbow Six: Raven Shield for game of the decade. So many memories of awesome LAN's with that game.
trog
Posted 12:12am 22/12/10
game of the decade had me pondering, interesting to see the final vote. I went with Crysis for it's engine.
rly? has it been used in any other games? or just because it was super pretty
Nerfington
Posted 12:53am 22/12/10
I thought the source engine was much more impressive technologically... That ran amazing on some very old hardware, and is still scaling strong today afaik. (edit: Although I didn't much enjoy HL2 tbh, loved the first)
MatchFixah
Posted 01:04am 22/12/10
Fighting game: Street Fighter 4
FPS: CoD - Black Ops Mutiplayer (i make no apologies to the COD haters)
Action/Adventure: God of War 3
Sports/Racing Game: FIFA 11/ Forza 3, though i should've put Burnout Paradise (it was 2008-2009 but i don't care)
Casual game: DK Country Returns
Puzzle/arcade: Trials HD (2009 title but again i don't care)

Most hours played: Probably Street Fighter 4. I played the s*** out of it with a control pad. Then i bought a fight stick and played 2 s**** out of it. Then i bought Super Street Fighter 4 and played 16 s**** out of it. I've stopped playing since but my fingers ache to this day.

Game of the Decade: Not sure, too hard. Probably Counter Strike (as sad as that sounds)
Nerfington
Posted 01:04am 22/12/10
Hrm I feel the need to suggest a full "games of the decade" top 10 or somesuch. Forgot Morrowind and CS: Source, so many to choose from...
HurricaneJim
Posted 02:11am 22/12/10
My second choice probably would have been Battlefield 1942 - I think it did more than anything else this decade for FPS, opening them up in a whole new way.


BF1942 was/is amazing, ground breaking when it was released because there were no other FPS games that had infantry, vehicles, ships (including submarines), and aircraft. The mods the game spawn are not only legendary in their scope but also in their variety. One minute you're flying an X wing then blasting everything with a Bradley, stitching up a Zeppelin with a Sopwith Camel afterwards ripping down the interstate with a Gatling armed hot rod.

It is/was the best FPS game of the Decade but not the best game. I'd have to give that to World of Warcraft.
Mantorok
Posted 03:56am 22/12/10
Deus Ex was 2000, it got my vote for game of the decade
Except 2000 is last decade. This decade is 2001-2010. How hard is it to count from 1 to 10?
Mordecai
Posted 08:00am 22/12/10
Very hard. The entire world thought the millennium ended in 1999 and the new one started in 2000.
fpot
Posted 08:03am 22/12/10
GotY: Fallout:NV.

GotD: Morrowind.
Obes
Posted 08:20am 22/12/10
Except 2000 is last decade. This decade is 2001-2010. How hard is it to count from 1 to 10?

The second half is true. A decade is 10 years, doesn't have to start on any particular date, but if we are using say now (or Dec 31) as our point of reference, then it's 2001 to 2010

If however in the first part you are implying that all decades start on the 1, that is actually really determined by whether or not you think there was a 0 year or not.

ie.
1BC 0 1 AD
vs.
1BC 1AD

And no one has the answer to that, so either is fine.
Scooter
Posted 09:03am 22/12/10
Released on PS2 in 2002 anyway, so that counts :p Even if I did play it on PC.
Dan picked a '99 game anyway :o

I defiantly spent more time in FFXI and I really enjoyed that time, but overall I'd rate Deus Ex better. And was playing it well into this decade.

When I think of 'The Ninties' I think of 90-99, when I think of 'The Twenties' I think of 20-29. Each to their own though!
fade
Posted 09:37am 22/12/10
rly? has it been used in any other games? or just because it was super pretty

not too many outside the Crytek studios but it was definitely a step in the right direction as far as realistic environments went, not to mention prettyness.

My other game for gameplay i think diablo 2 wins hands down.
Mantorok
Posted 09:54am 22/12/10
If however in the first part you are implying that all decades start on the 1, that is actually really determined by whether or not you think there was a 0 year or not.

ie.
1BC 0 1 AD
vs.
1BC 1AD

And no one has the answer to that, so either is fine.
Wrong, the Gregorian calendar doesn't have a year 0. And if you're using ISO 8601 you don't have BC/AD, it goes go -0001, 0000, 0001, 0002. So for ISO 8601, year 0 is 1 BC in the Gregorian calendar.
Nakor
Posted 12:17pm 22/12/10
wtb more fields for game of the decade, could easily make that a top 3/5/10.

biggest decision for me was strategy game, dow2 was awesome and i sunk many hours into that, and sc2 was similarly awesome but ran out of people to play that with co-op style.
ctd
Posted 01:00pm 22/12/10
CS, Natural Selection, CoH, SC2
d^
Posted 01:07pm 22/12/10
MoH:AA
Gaz
Posted 12:22pm 24/12/10
What I'm most sure of, is Uncharted 3 will be "The" game of the Millennium. NaughtyDog is that prepared with it's upcoming release next year.
eski
Posted 12:35pm 24/12/10
Hard to choose the action adventure, but the casual/puzzle/whatever thing was even harder. It came to a choice between sam n max and modnation.... wtf?!

Funnily enough the hardest choice was the XBLA/PSN/WiiWare/Steam category. This was definitely the year of DLC. It was a hard choice between LIMBO, Super Meat Boy and Case Zero. Actually not that hard, but I loved all of those games.

Did counterstrike come out this decade or last? If it's not CS then it must be WoW....
Obes
Posted 12:54pm 24/12/10
Wrong, the Gregorian calendar doesn't have a year 0. And if you're using ISO 8601 you don't have BC/AD, it goes go -0001, 0000, 0001, 0002. So for ISO 8601, year 0 is 1 BC in the Gregorian calendar.

In other words, I am right ? and wrong about me being wrong ?
Either you use gregorian and hence believe there is no 0 year.
Or use ISO and do believe there is a year 0.

Thus "gregorian" milleniums/centuries/decadesstart on the 1, eg. 2001, not 2000.
And Iso ones can start on a 0...

But it is totally irrelevant, you can say in 2012 the best games of the last decade were, and that just means the last 10 years.


All that matters is no way can 99 count, 2000 shouldn't count either unless we are going with 11 year decades.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 02:13pm 24/12/10
stop being so pedantic and just assume, for the sake of this vote, that you can choose from games released between 2000 and 2010... there's no harm in it :)
RUSTA
Posted 02:31pm 24/12/10
Battlefield 2 would be my game of the decade with WoW a close 2nd.
Enska
Posted 02:34pm 24/12/10
What I'm most sure of, is Uncharted 3 will be "The" game of the Millennium. NaughtyDog is that prepared with it's upcoming release next year.


f*****g please.
Obes
Posted 03:09pm 24/12/10
stop being so pedantic and just assume, for the sake of this vote, that you can choose from games released between 2000 and 2010... there's no harm in it :)

Yet happy to be the grammar nazi in other threads ?
Dazhel
Posted 03:28pm 24/12/10
Worst game of the year was FFXIII for sure.


The Press X to Jason mini game was my vote for worst game:
Steve Farrelly
Posted 04:44pm 24/12/10
holy s*** that was awesome
eski
Posted 05:09pm 24/12/10
Christ, I was so sure Fable 3 was my worst game, but now someone mentions FF13.

Twas a great year for big budget fail.
Dazhel
Posted 05:11pm 24/12/10
Heh, Press X to Jason the flash game as well, complete with achievements. The original is still the best, err, worst though.
Insom
Posted 05:16pm 24/12/10
quake
infi
Posted 05:25pm 24/12/10
Game of the Decade: Company of Heroes!
Basket
Posted 05:43pm 25/12/10
ff13 was good no idea what you're talking about, Game of the decade is hard, I would of said possibly bioshock 1 or even chronicles of ridd*** f*** that was a sweet game.

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reload!
Posted 05:44pm 25/12/10
half-life game of the decade+2
Sc00bs
Posted 05:53pm 25/12/10
+3

Nerfington
Posted 11:00pm 25/12/10
Frak yeah I loved Ridd***, very Thief like but with it's own unique twists.

Loved Half Life 1 (which I think was 1998 btw), but the second I found pretty uninteresting, despite amazing technological work behind it.
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