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General: The 2011 MMORPG.com Awards

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,659MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

It's that time of year when the staff of MMORPG.com gets together and looks back over the long list of 2011's MMOs in order to hand out our coveted "Best Of..." awards. See what we think were the movers and shakers of 2011. Have different thoughts? Let us know in the comments!

It’s that time of year: the time of gift giving, receiving, eating, sleeping, drinking… and oh yeah, there will be games too. Amid all the craziness that was 2011, there really were a lot of things going down in the MMO world. For our own staff’s take on 2011, we’ll likely remember it as the year that MMOs began to really bust out of their shell, and as the precursor to a stellar 2012. Now, as we all prepare to light our Yule logs and drink copious amounts of eggnog, let’s sit back and recount MMORPG.com’s Games of 2011.

Read more The 2011 MMORPG.com Awards.


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  • onthestickonthestick MarrakechPosts: 600Member

    Good for you Rift. Totally deserves it.


    How many servers SWTOR will launch with on release?

    ShredderSE - Umm how many do they need? Maybe 6.
    US, EU, Asian, France, German and Russian.
    Subs will be so low there is no need for more
    Snoocky-How many servers?
    The first 3 months a lot...after that 2 i guess, one for PVE and 1 for PVP...

    Thorbrand - SWTOR doesn't have longevity at all. Might be one of the shortest lived MMOs.

  • SlampigSlampig Chantilly, VAPosts: 2,376Member Uncommon

    I agree, Rift is a fine game. And I am also onboard with The Secret World.

    That Guild Wars 2 login screen knocked up my wife. Must be the second coming!

  • SkillCosbySkillCosby Trenton, MIPosts: 684Member

    Rift is the obvious choice.

     

    As for SWTOR, the Star Wars title is the MAIN reason for its beginning success. If you take away "Star Wars", the game would be just another flop.

  • slickbizzleslickbizzle Matthews, NCPosts: 464Member

    Solid list of winners.

     

     

  • ZezelZezel Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 132Member

    Grats Trion and all the winners.  Solid list.

    If you don't like a game don't play it, and quit running to MMORPG.com to trash it.

  • causscauss sonnegaPosts: 668Member

    List is solid. Only two things, well.. questions. Final Fantasy nominee for most innovative, why? TERA nominee for most anticipated, again, why?

  • WhySoShortWhySoShort KunmingPosts: 315Member

    Excellent list, and I'm especially glad to see DC Universe in Most Innovative.

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  • AriesianAriesian Norman, OKPosts: 20Member Uncommon

    Go. RIFT!!! Awesome list.

  • HexipoxHexipox CopenhagenPosts: 197Member

    Rift, game of the year? lol you gotta be kidding me :)

  • AbdarAbdar Thunder Bay, ONPosts: 400Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by causs

    List is solid. Only two things, well.. questions. Final Fantasy nominee for most innovative, why? TERA nominee for most anticipated, again, why?

    TERA is trying some new things with the MMO genre, thus has at least myself anticipating it. I would have put it above SWTOR personally...

  • Shoko_LiedShoko_Lied -, WAPosts: 2,081Member Uncommon

    Wait 10 days

    Replace entire list with SWTOR.

  • HexipoxHexipox CopenhagenPosts: 197Member

    Originally posted by precious328

    Rift is the obvious choice.

     

    As for SWTOR, the Star Wars title is the MAIN reason for its beginning success. If you take away "Star Wars", the game would be just another flop.


     

     You mean like Rift is a flop? =)

    Would be quite strange to make it game of the year, when its launched 12.20.2011 ..

  • Shoko_LiedShoko_Lied -, WAPosts: 2,081Member Uncommon



    Originally posted by precious328





    Rift is the obvious choice.



    As for SWTOR, the Star Wars title is the MAIN reason for its beginning success. If you take away "Star Wars", the game would be just another flop.

     



    You could turn my Assassin into a tree elf and all of the holo-terminals into stone slabs, and sw:tor would still be less redundant than RIFT in the grind, and game-play department.



    At the end of the day, they both operate like what you expect from theme-park mmo's. Which one has features "YOU" prefer is really the only thing in question.






    Looking down on Sw;TOR simply due to the IP is obviously naive.




     

  • KanethKaneth Posts: 1,930Member Uncommon

    Well...Rift technically didn't flop, and it's nice to see something other than EVE win the honors. Although, since it lists game of the year, and not technically mmo of the year, I would have much preferred to see the honors go to LoL, it's had much better success than anything else on the list (so far).

    SWTOR and GW2 being tied as most anticipated was the right choice. As the article mentioned, 11 days of release doesn't qualify SWTOR for a game of the year nomination, but it should at least be a consideration for next year. I would almost place Wildstar above TERA as the runner-up though.

    DCUO getting most innovative is a bit touchy. It did bring to the table a new way of delivering combat into a mmo, but honestly not much else. Although, nothing else really attempted to innovate mmos, so kudos to DCUO. FFXIV being a runner-up is laughable though. The game systems were a huge step in the wrong direction, coupled with the utter lack of real content.

    Rising Star to TSW, sure why not. Wildstar might have been a more appropriate choice, or even Firefall. Again though, TSW looks like it's doing many things right (especially in terms of setting), so kudos.

    Agree with the best Hybrid MMO. LoL has proven to be extremely successful, and is the biggest thing to happen to MOBA since DOTA was created.

     

  • ZzadZzad Palma de MallorcaPosts: 1,316Member Uncommon

    GREAT list of awards!!

    RIFT trully deserves the "Game of the year" award. Kudos to Trion!

  • Master10KMaster10K LondonPosts: 3,065Member

    Funny seeing Guild Wars 2 win the "Most Anticipated" title 2 years in a row. XD

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  • CookieTimeCookieTime SomewherePosts: 353Member

    Originally posted by denshing

    Wait 10 days

    Replace entire list with SWTOR.

    I lol'd:)

     

    Good list. I agree with almost all rewards.

    Eat me!

  • GravargGravarg Harker Heights, TXPosts: 3,332Member Uncommon

    Agree with everything on the list, except most innovative should be Rift...I mean they come out with new content every month...that's innovation :)

     

    DCUO has cross-platform...been done (and you can even play with others on different platform, FFXI)  Cinematics...been done (FFXI again)...more i think about it, DCUO copied alot from different games...not very innovative...

  • toddzetoddze no where, OKPosts: 2,155Member

    Well have to say I agree with the list, but what a sad sad sad state this genre is in when rift gets the game of the year.  I hope for the day when an MMO can win multiple game of the years. But they are not made for that anymore.

    Waiting for:EQ-Next, ArcheAge (not so much anymore)
    Now Playing: N/A
    Worst MMO: FFXIV
    Favorite MMO: FFXI

  • Mors.MagneMors.Magne LondonPosts: 1,420Member

    I've never played Rift, but in every demo I've seen it looks 95% identical to WoW.

  • BlakkrskyrrBlakkrskyrr Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 230Member

    congrats to Rift.  Also, I guess technically SWTOR wasn't really made by the same guys that made KOTOR because EA owns them now and ruined the game.  When did EA ever create a good MMO?  They should just stick to sports and battlefield.  Give BioWare their freedom back.

  • Cthulhu23Cthulhu23 Tempe, AZPosts: 994Member

    Shows you what a crappy year for MMOs it was for Rift to win Game of the Year.  Yikes.  

  • dreamscaperdreamscaper Somewhere, NCPosts: 1,582Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by causs

    List is solid. Only two things, well.. questions. Final Fantasy nominee for most innovative, why? TERA nominee for most anticipated, again, why?




     

     

    FFXIV has many problems, but it is more innovative than most. You have the armory system for changing and creating classes on the fly, crafting and gathering that are their own full classes with their own content styles, Grand Companies that provide a sort of NPC guild system, what used to be an active combat system, fast travel via the anima teleportation, and several other features that aren't found in the standard MMORPG playbook.

    <3

  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,193Member Uncommon

    Great list, I agree with all except for the last.  League of Legends just is NOT a MMO in any shape or form.  Fits the FPS/Strategy hybrid period.  Besides League of legends playerbase is the worst I have encounted in an online game, hence I would never rate it highly.  Just my opinion of course.

  • wesleyartswesleyarts Roswell, GAPosts: 43Member

    Go Rift, the game deserves the title.

    SWTOR is just an average game with a consacrated name that belongs to George Lucas. Take the name out, the game is just as good as Atlantica onine.

     

    Guild Wars2 Will eat SWTOR alive with all the Luca's fanboys crying over it.



     

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