Video gamers around the world look to IGN for their opinions about what games they should or shouldn’t buy and in this year’s “Best of 2011,” sparks were flying in a heated battle between everyone’s favorite games of 2011. “The Best of 2011 Awards” tend to spark controversy between video gamers, especially with this year’s great line up of games.
There were two types of awards per category: one being IGN’s staff picks and the other being IGN People’s Choice.
So what did our Skyward Sword win this year? Naturally, I don’t think anybody expects it to win Best Sports Game of 2011. Some of the results are surprising, though…
Starting off with the Best Adventure Game, IGN chose Mincraft this year as the best adventure game. However, in the IGN People’s Choice Award, Skyward Sword won. It’s not all that surprising considering the Zelda fanbase on IGN, and the fact that it was just a great adventure game all around.
For Best Story, IGN chose Catherine, which received a 9 when it was released. Considering the gameplay only exists because of the story, the story would have to be good for it to drive the players to keep playing. However, Skyward Sword took the People’s Choice. The story was probably the best one the Legend of Zelda has had in a while, and the relationship between Zelda and Link really took the game to another level than past Zelda titles.
Best Sound went to Dead Space 2 in the IGN awards. Yet once again the members of IGN disagreed, and chose Skyward Sword as their 2011 game with best sound. Skyward Sword did something completely different this time around with their music. Instead of music coming first, sound is what really drove this year’s title. From Skipper’s Retreat in the Sand Sea, to the foreboding oboe of Skyview Temple, and Eldin’s Stealth Section each piece of music makes each section of the game come to life. Every piece of music highlights the situation of what is going on around you, and for that it deserves this win in best sound.
As for Game of the Year, well IGN had to have given this to Skyward Sword… right? Sorry, but no. The Game of Year went to Portal 2. A couple of websites actually chose this game over the likes of Skyrim, Arkham City, or Skyward Sword and for a good reason. They wanted to avoid any type of massive conflict between gaming factions, and Portal 2 was probably the safest choice that still received a “perfect 10.”
Of course, fans did not agree and gave it up to Skyward Sword for the Game of the Year. Skyward Sword did exactly what it needed to do: change up the formula a little, throw in some nostalgia factors for older gamers, provide a thrilling, fun and, engrossing experience for gamers, and use the Wii MotionPlus without much of a fault. Skyward Sword is no Ocarina of Time, it did not reinvent the series, but what it did do was it took everything Zelda has learned and put it into use, and the result was fantastic and probably one of the most memorable, most engrossing, and best of all, most fun Zelda titles in the history of Hyrule .
What are your thoughts or opinions about IGN’s choices? Are you mad that they didn’t give Zelda any awards? Let us know!