The OG Awards continue with Day 2 - Genre Awards!
The "Scared The Hell Out Of Us" Game Of The Year
When Dead Space came out, it was great to see another solid entry into the survival horror genre. Even though Visceral Games made some questionable choice with the sequel such as having Issac speak and adding multiplayer, the game was still scary as shit. In particular, going through the housing quarters of the space station was freaky seeing how innocent people died in their own homes. Then there was the sequence where you had to go through the USG Ishimura AGAIN. Yeah, that piece of hell in space, you have to explore it one more time adding to the fear as you remember what scary shit went down in the last game. Thanks for letting us experience the same fear once again Visceral…jerks.
Fighting Game Of The Year
2011 was the year that fighting games came back in full force. Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Blazeblue 2, and KOF XIII were the big hitters this year, but the biggest was Mortal Kombat. The ninth entry in the Mortal Kombat series featured a whole new system that left behind all the tripe of the previous games, and instead created a system on par with modern games. It may not be the deepest fighting game, Mortal Kombat still offered so much for players from the incredible story mode, multiple game modes, and extra characters available through DLC. Mortal Kombat may not have the staying power of other games yet it still made such a huge impact on the year.
Action Game Of The Year
Non-Military Shooter Of The Year
Still considered one of the best console FPS games, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that a remake of the original Halo would be pretty damn good. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary's campaign still has all those great aspects that made the original such a classic, but it’s the multiplayer that went above and beyond. If you played the original Halo on the Xbox, you probably never got to play against other people online (except for PC players or those that used XBconnect). Players can finally enjoy the power of the original, overpowered pistol along with some of the best maps that were never redone, in particular Hang ‘Em High. Most importantly, there’s an extensive amount of options from the Halo 1 maps added to the Halo Reach maps to the mass amount of gametypes.
Military Shooter Of The Year
While it didn’t outsell Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3 was far more impressive than this year’s Call of Duty. You may not consider yourself a graphic whore, but it’s hard to dismiss the amazing graphics from DICE’s Frostbite engine. The visuals are so exceptional, and then you realize, the game is a lot of fun. The Battlefield series has focuses more and more on teamwork with BF3 being no exception to that practice. In a time when OTHER military FPS games do small updates here and there each year, seeing a company go all out with their shooter is a treat to see.