Now that we’ve crowned the official TrueAchievement’s GOTY
, the staff thought it might be an insightful bit of fun to let you take a peek behind the scenes of the international TA offices to see what our thoughts were as to the 2011 Game of the Year. Every team manager polled their respective teams as to their favorite game of the year AND their favorite achievement of 2011.
Let me tell you, this was no easy task, and things got heated… very heated. I’d like to personally apologize to DavieMarshall
for shivving him in the commissary over a dispute as to the merits of http://www.trueachievements.com/Skyrim-xbox-360.htm
, and to Chad and Jessie
for the “unfortunate incident” involving a llama, a puddle of polyvinyl alcohol, and http://www.trueachievements.com/Michael-Jackson-xbox-360.htm
… I cannot say more due to an ongoing legal battle.
So, without further ado, here are the highlights from our 2011 Staff Picks!
Like many of our teams, the Moderator Team, represented by Clever Jake
, didn’t reach much of a consensus, but Skyrim
was the victor from their group, narrowly edging out http://www.trueachievements.com/Saints-Row-The-Third-xb....htm
by one vote.
The Content Team, represented by W1LLYMAN
also reached the conclusion that Skyrim
was the Game of the Year, beating out Batman: Arkham City (Xbox 360)
by three votes.Chad and Jessie
spoke for the Community and Events Team. Being mainly comprised of staffers who were represented by other teams, this vote was evenly split three ways between http://www.trueachievements.com/Halo-CE-Anniversary-xbo....htm
, Saints Row: The Third
, and http://www.trueachievements.com/The-Gunstringer-xbox-360.htm
Then we come to my own team, the Newshounds, represented by Matrarch
. Unlike the other teams, the Hounds managed to garner the most complete consensus for the Game of the Year. In a (slightly) shocking decision, Gears of War 3
, ran away with the Game of the Year by almost a 2-1 margin.
So, if you’re looking for the shortlist of the best games of the year from the staff perspective, look no further than: Skyrim
, Saints Row: The Third
, Gears of War 3
, Halo CE Anniversary
, and The Gunstringer
While the Game of the Year is always a contentious battle (I now have a nice scar thanks to Beanpotter
and a thrown mug of Earl Grey), highlighting outstanding achievements is equally difficult, but a few special pops shined for the staff this year. Amongst the highlights:Shadow Enz
and Kung Fu Riki
from the Content Team were big fans of:
Shadow Enz went on to say:
Minus the ability to be exploited, I think this achievement is genius. Asking players to return to the game during 12 holidays throughout the year following the game's release is just awesome. Plus it adds to the story. Just like the audio logs in ODST — I absolutely loved their addition to the plot. W1LLYMAN
, and TyrannoJesusRex
TJR highlights the reason for his pick:
Portal is one of the finest games made, and I can't resist co-op gameplay. I've met the requirements for this achievement 3 times over alreadythirtysmooth
wanted to make special mention of an achievement from one of the “Dark Horse” GOTY contenders, Saints Row: The Third
They say "Never bring a knife to a gunfight", so imagine my utter dismay when going toe-to-toe with an 8-man strong gang, fully armed with assault rifles, with just my 3-foot-long, purple sex-toy-on-a-stick as my only accomplice. There's something disturbing, but strangely satisfying about beating a man to death with a battery powered sex aid. And how's this for a kicker? Look at the achievement tile! "What say you, boy? I challenge thee to a dildo-duel!" Chad and Jessie
both had their respective, favorite achievements come from Michael Jackson: The Experience
. These achievements are not for the faint of heart:
By far, the proudest achievement from 2011 and probably my proudest achievement ever. I had a first with this achievement...I raged quit. Yes, raged quit on MJ, screamed at my TV, wanted to pick up my Kinect and bash it into a wall, and did the unthinkable...turned off the xbox while still in a game. I probably played this song about 80 times before I finally got enough points to earn the 5*...didn't help that the game mocks you while playing *Beat it, beat it*
I was trying too
...simply because it was so challenging to get and keep in mind there is no way to practice the master performance routines. It must have taken me at least 50 attempts (most likely more) and that was simply down to a few moves not being tracked correctly. I still don't know to this day what way to do those moves in a way not to miss them - it felt random every time. Anyways, when I finally got the achievement I sunk to the floor with my hands over my mouth in disbelief. I've never had that kind of a reaction to an achievement before!
Several members of the Newshound team also wanted to give special mention to:
You know it… you love it… you’re grinding your Xbox to death to get it.
We also valiantly tried to garner some consensus on the “Most Anticipated” game of 2012. Let me tell you, if you thought Peter Griffin’s Chicken Fights
were intense, have no idea the wrath and carnage that came out in the boardroom of the TA offices. Our very own site progenitor TrueAchievement
, managed to catch a chair-to-the-back (pro wrestling style) from an “unknown assailant” (*cough, cough* litepink
*cough, cough*) as he was making the case for http://www.trueachievements.com/Grand-Theft-Auto-V-xbox....htm
. In the end, however, we have quite the “short list” for our eagerly anticipated games (in no particular order):Grand Theft Auto Vhttp://www.trueachievements.com/BioShock-Infinite-xbox-....htmhttp://www.trueachievements.com/Halo-4-xbox-360.htmhttp://www.trueachievements.com/Mass-Effect-3-xbox-360.htmhttp://www.trueachievements.com/Borderlands-2-xbox-360.htmhttp://www.trueachievements.com/Resident-Evil-6-xbox-360.htmhttp://www.trueachievements.com/Tomb-Raider-xbox-360.htm
Now that you’ve heard a little bit from the staff, feel free to let us know YOUR picks for Achievement of the Year and “Most Anticipated” game of 2012 in the comments section.
On behalf of the staff, I’d like to thank you for doing your part to crown TrueAchievement’s 2011 Game of the Year. Without you, the members, TA wouldn’t be the site that it is. 2012 is off to a great start with a metric crap-ton of amazing games on the horizon and I’m sure you, like the rest of us, can’t wait to get your hands on them.
Here’s to a great 2011 and an exciting 2012!