This is it, the big one. The grand winner. TheSixthAxis’ Overall Game of the Year 2011. For this award, we took a separate poll of our staff, asking which was their overall game of the year for 2011. Every staff member got to pick a top three and the results were charted and used to generate the graph below.
It’s always great to see the less mainstream games getting some attention in these votes. So, the inclusion of the excellent iOS game, Jetpack Joyride, alongside some of the year’s best downloadable games on PSN and XBLA, is lovely.
Of course, the big multi platform games are always going to be hard to beat and this proved to be the case again with the top three all being games which are available on both HD home consoles as well as the PC. It’s not until fourth place and Uncharted 3 (in itself an indication of how strong this year’s field is) that we get a console exclusive.
Microsoft’s limited exclusive range is represented in sixth by the fantastic Gears of War 3 too, although it only received just over half the votes of Sony’s best performing platform exclusive.
So the top three, then, took us to Gotham for third place, the northernmost reaches of Tamriel for second and for first place we made a return to he inimitable testing chambers of Aperture Science.
TheSixthAxis’ Overall Game of the Year 2011 is Portal 2.