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2010 Game of the Year Awards

With 2011 in full swing, the staff has reflected on the past year and highlighted the absolute best on each system.

PC Awards

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Winner - StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is PixlBit's PC Game of the Year. While many suspected it would be difficult for Blizzard to create another RTS like the original StarCraft in respect to balance, they managed to do it again. With the launch of Wings of Liberty, Blizzard brought a title that out of the box had a fully-fledged campaign mode, a complete online ranking system, and a stage editor providing players the chance to turn StarCraft II into a near-infinite number of smaller, self-contained games.

Wings of Liberty has been quickly-accepted since its wide launch in a multitude of countries. Already, tournaments based around the game grow heated, and a following has arrived. On YouTube, Ustream, and Justin.tv, channels are devoted to broadcast and analyzing high-profile matches. In custom maps, tower defense games, RPGs, and homages to many popular video games have been released, while many, many more are in development. The volume of content available for StarCraft II is astounding; even better, most of the extras created by fans of the game are fun and easily accessible, be it analysis of the pros or top-quality maps. It's no surprise to see that we at PixlBit voted to make StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty our PC Game of the Year.



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Runner-Up - Civilization V

Although it is in essence the same game that has existed for twenty years, Civilization V has had enough revisions worked in to keep both loyal followers and newcomers up into the late hours of the night forging alliances and researching nuclear missiles (to later break those alliances in style!). Civilization V has retained the same attention to detail and quality that places it as the gold standard of turn-based strategy genre.



Honorable Mentions

Puzzle Dimension, Minecraft

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Comments

Matt R Staff Alumnus

01/21/2011 at 08:27 PM

*its own right

*tower defense

*a children's book

Matt R Staff Alumnus

01/21/2011 at 09:05 PM

Good effort and nice clean format. Needs one more page at the end. Maybe a short chat log about award debates, favorite game moments or the year in general.

Chuck Jose Staff Alumnus

01/21/2011 at 10:57 PM

Black Ops over Red Dead? John Marston would not take a liking to this.

Jason Ross Senior Editor

01/21/2011 at 11:28 PM

Somewhere out there, there's a "_____ of the Year" article brewing. Something with zany categories and meaningless victories. It's just not in here. But it's in development.

Matt McLennan Staff Alumnus

01/24/2011 at 02:31 PM

Mind if I gave you a hand with that article, thatguy? ;)

(if school work permits it anyway)

Jason Ross Senior Editor

01/24/2011 at 06:18 PM

Potentially yes, but probably not. It depends on something behind-the-scenes that I might push to move forward within the next week. If it goes through, you wouldn't want to help out with the article. If it doesn't get off the ground, though, then I'll see what I can do.

Nick DiMola Director

01/25/2011 at 06:01 PM

I haven't had the chance to say it, but a big thanks to the whole PixlBit staff in producing these awards. I sprung it on everyone that we were going to be doing them, and everyone voted and produced their write-ups ridiculously fast.

It took me a while to get everything together due to some stuff going on currently in my personal life, so sorry about that. I'll be making an announcement pretty soon letting everyone know exactly what was holding things up on my end.

Also, if anyone has any input for changes for next year's awards, feel free to let us know here or shoot us an email.

Maxi

03/03/2011 at 07:28 AM

I know it is kinda late but I wanted to chime in on the awards.

First of all. Nice format with the color coding the systems at the top of the page. Maybe have a number one for each genre as well as the systems top 2 games like you have here. Like have the last page have Best RPG for all the systems. As well as all the other genres.

On to the awards. There were alot of good games that came out on the Wii this past year. Money was tight for me so I didn't get all the ones I wanted but I did get a few that were listed namely, Monster Hunter Tri, Endless Ocean: Blue World, Tatsunoko vs Capcom and No More Heroes:Desperate Struggle. Got the first two relatively close to the launch of the respective launches while I got the last two about a week ago. Overall very fun games in their own way.

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