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Associated Press Names Portal 2 Game of the Year

Runner Ups include Skyrim, Bastion and Deus Ex

The Associated Press has named its top 10 video games of 2011 and Glados would be pleased. Portal 2 has taken the gold medal being named the best game of 2011. Released in April, it surpassed other great titles such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Lou Kesten had this to say about the GOTY winner. "It's based on a simple game mechanic: blasting holes and jumping through them. Its three main characters are mostly disembodied voices. It's essentially a series of abstract puzzles, and yet, "Portal 2" delivers one of the year's most satisfying — and malevolently funny — stories."

The article announcing the top 10 games also shared concern about the industry not taking as many risks and the material consisting of sequels to established franchises. "The business has become less about innovation, more about iteration, that is, improving upon previous successes." Kesten says.

PixlBit recently named Portal 2 the game of the year as well. AP's top 10 list is as follows:

1. Portal 2

2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

3. Deus Ex: Human Revolution

4. Bastion

5. Batman: Arkham City

6. inFamous 2

7. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

8. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

9. Rayman Origins

10. Dead Space 2



Joaquim Mira Media Manager

12/21/2011 at 12:45 PM

Well deserved. Well deserved.

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

12/21/2011 at 02:07 PM

Rayman Origins got a mention. This pleases me.

Mike Wall Staff Alumnus

12/21/2011 at 02:10 PM

@ Angelo yea that is surprising but it is nice to see that game get some love especially since it was somewhat overlooked in it's release

Esteban Cuevas Staff Alumnus

12/21/2011 at 02:21 PM

You know, I completely forgot about Deus Ex. So that was surprising to me.


12/21/2011 at 07:31 PM

Portal 2 for the WIN.

don't forget that the DLC is FREE!!!! This makes Darth a happy Sith Lord.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

12/21/2011 at 10:28 PM

Three of my top five are on here. Nice. Nice.


12/21/2011 at 10:35 PM

Seems like every publication, site and blog have more or less the same titles nominated for GOTY. Can't say that I'm upset when I see different winners; all these titles are of premium quality. I've never seen a consensus on nominees like this in a long time....


12/22/2011 at 12:05 AM

Seems like a solid list. Portal 2 is definitely one of a handful of games I played that would be in the running as my choice for GotY. Still need to get to half of the games on this list though!

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