January 12, 2012

~ PART 2 ~

Here we go the second part of the 2011 Futuregamez.net Awards, and here we look at the best game in the most popular categories including Platform game, Sports game, Fighting game and so on. We also take a look at the best new Technology and Best Intro and Cut Scenes in this year’s games. If you didn't check out Part 1 we suggest you start there before reading this list. You can also see the rules associated with the awards there too. Enjoy.

Best Puzzle/Music Game
Winner: Portal 2 (PS3, Valve)
This year has really seen a decline in the music genre with a shift from karaoke/band/DJ game to more dance titles. Fortunately there were a few decent puzzle games to fill out this category with Valve's phenomenal Portal 2 being one of particular note. In fact, not only is it a great puzzle game but one of the best games of 2011 full stop. Certainly a worthy winner of this category.
Runners Up: Stacking (PS3, Harmonix), Just Dance 3 (PS3, Ubisoft).

Best Strategy/Simulation Game
Winner: Plants Vs Zombies (PS3, PopCap Games)
A terribly lean year in 2011 this year - so much so that we really struggled to even shortlist three games in total. After being hooked on the iPhone version of the game, and despite the rather high $23.95 price on the PlayStation Network this game offers enough variety and game modes to make it the most entertaining strategy game released in 2011. Runners Up: Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes (PS3, Capybara Games), From Dust (PS3, Ubisoft Montpellier).

Best Role Playing Game
Winner: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PS3, Bethesda)
While Japanese RPG's struggled to make a splash in 2011, Western developers picked up the slack in a very big way with several phenomenal releases. In fact this was probably the most crowded year we've seen for RPG's in this generation, and possibly since we started Futuregamez in the Dreamcast days. All three games deserve attention and despite some glitches Bethesda's RPG offers a massive open-world with detailed storyline and multiple ways to approach and play through the world. Epic, and superb.
Runners Up: Dark Souls (PS3, From Software), Mass Effect 2 (PS3, Bioware).

Best (First of Third Person) Shooter Game
Winner: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3, Infinity Ward)
No matter who I put here - Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3 or Resistance 3, there was sure to be plenty of "you idiots don't know what you're talking about... screw you". In reality all three of these game deserve to be in any FPS fans collection however it is Activision's title that gets the nod (albeit just) due to a great single player campaign, and fantastic multiplayer modes and options as well. Like we said though, all three games are stunning.
Runners Up: Battlefield 3 (PS3, DICE), Resistance 3 (PS3, Insomniac Games).

Best Action/Adventure/Platform Game
Winner: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3, Naughty Dog)
Again another very tough category due to the massive amount of high quality games released, but here we have three standout titles that would sit well in any collection. We've given the nod to Naughty Dog's title due to the wonderful storyline which continues the story from previous games, ups the visual quality while adding in some of the best 3DTV support we've ever seen, and includes multiplayer game modes which will keep you playing for weeks as well. All-in-all another superb, essential, purchase.
Runners Up: Batman: Arkham City (PS3, Rocksteady Studios), Rayman Origins (PS3, Ubisoft Montpellier).

Best Fighting Game
Winner: Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 (PS3, Capcom)
When it comes to fighting games it seems Capcom is holding up the flag for the genre in the industry. Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 is one of the most over the top, outlandish, and entertaining fighting games ever released. That's not to say that it's perfect, nor for everyone, but for fans of the franchises this is a game well worth checking out.
Runners Up: Fight Night Champion (PS3, EA Canada), Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (PS3, Capcom).

Best Sports Game
Winner: FIFA 12 (PS3, EA Canada)
So we didn't review this game, but we certainly played it and FIFA 12 is one hell of a title with superb animation (which was also used to power the soldiers in DICE's phenomenal FPS Battlefield 3), great visuals, engrossing gameplay and plenty of options to keep you playing for weeks, months or even years.
Runners Up: NBA 2K12 (PS3, Visual Concepts), NHL 12 (PS3, EA Canada).

Best Racing Game
Winner: DiRT 3 (PS3, Codemasters)
It was actually a fairly lean year for racing games, certainly those that stood out were all sequels of established brands. Codemasters take out the top two places this year but it's their rally game, DiRT 3, that continues to impress, and improve, year upon year. One for racing fans to add to your collection be you a casual or hardcore racing fan.
Runners Up: F1 2012 (PS3, Codemasters), Motorstorm Apocalypse (PS3, Evolution Studio).

Best Game People Forgot to Buy
Winner: Rayman: Origins (PS3, Ubisoft Montpillier)
When I first saw the screenshots for this game I was pretty excited. Rayman has always been a favourite platforming franchise of mine but when the full game was released a couple of months ago I was blown away. Rayman: Origins is probably one of the most impressive 2D platform games of all time (yes, of all time). It was completely disheartening then to see first week sales of 47,000 in Europe and America. The game has now moved up close to 300,000 which sounds decent, but for such a quality game it deserves to sell ten times that amount if not more. Do yourselves a favour, go out and buy this classic game right now.
Runners Up: Resistance 3 (PS3, Insomniac Games), Red Faction: Armageddon (PS3, Volition).

Best New Technology or Game Engine
Winner: Crysis 2, CryEngine 3 (PS3, Crytek)
This far into a console's life the engines have been stabalized to a point where changes are incremental, and any new engines and technology are few and far between. This year though Crytek brought Crysis 2 to consoles and it was a stunner with some of the most impressive graphics seen on the system to date, and bringing to console gamers a title which PC owners had said a console could never power.
Runners Up: Rayman Origins, UbiArt Engine (PS3, Ubisoft), Uncharted 3, Naughty Dog Engine 3 (PS3, Naughty Dog).

Best Intro & Cut Scenes In A Game
Winner: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3, Naughty Dog)
The second game in this franchise was phenomenal and this third game's cut-scenes are just as, if not even more, impressive with stunning motion capture used to flesh out the wonderful storyline. Not only are they superb in quality, but numerous too with plenty of time spent with each character, and plenty of humour too.
Runners Up: Resistance 3 (PS3, Insomniac Games), Mass Effect 2 (PS3, Bioware).

Best Artistic Style In A Game
Winner: L.A. Noire (PS3, Team Bondi)
Video games allow you to transport to another location, world, or time and L.A. Noire nailed the 1940's perfectly with accurate recreations of everything from cars to buildings, clothing to billboards, and everything else. The numerous cut-scenes and interrogations look the part and even sound authentic to the era too. All-in-all this is a game that perfectly recreates a bygone era.
Runners Up: Rayman Origins (PS3, Ubisoft Montpillier), Dead Space 2 (PS3, Visceral Games).

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