The 2011 Grimmys: Infinite Lives Award

The Grimmys

You just didn’t fit into our game schedule last year, or you came back this year with a vengeance, bringing us new content and updates. Either way, you may have come out last year, but we couldn’t put you down this year.

The Nominees

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood – You’d think by now we would have started to figure out that this was going to be a yearly get together, but in our defense, there’s no reason you should have been as good as you were, Brotherhood. Plus, you added a surprisingly interesting multiplayer mode that we just didn’t have time for last year. Then, the DLC started to really hit in 2011 and we were forced to apologize once again for putting you off.

Mass Effect 2 – Just when you thought we’d have a Mass Effect free year after it took home the Grimmy last year, Mass Effect 2 made its case for ruling another year by finally releasing on the PS3. This also gave PS3 owners a chance to utilize the Genesis add-on to create Mass Effect 1 choices and import them into their games. Then, of course, all platforms were subject to the Arrival DLC which teased everyone for the conclusion of the trilogy in 2012.

Fallout: New Vegas – I’m not sure who successfully picked up and completed New Vegas in 2010. I’d go as far to say that that isn’t really possible or that you are playing the game wrong. With 4 major DLC add-ons since its release, it’s safe to say some Fallout fans found themselves asking for more time this year and will still be out in the desert wasteland in 2012.

Grimmy WinnerMinecraft – Regardless of an official release date for an official release, Minecraft came into its own in 2011. Culminating with the 1.0 release at MineCon and the maturation of Mojang as a developer and publisher, those that questioned Minecraft’s legitimacy as a true video game last year have since been quieted or devoured by creepers.

Call of Duty: Black Ops - Say what you will (and we say plenty here on Horrible Night) about Call of Duty, but the number of players that remain dedicated to the franchise is nothing short of impressive. Black Ops seemed to only increase its player base and plenty of our friends lists were full of Black Ops gamers, no matter the time of the day or year. Black Ops diversified its DLC even more than its predecessors to maintain its audience. That is, of course, right up until the next Call of Duty title starts the cycle all of again.

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