Skyrim wins G.O.T.Y, Studio awards at VGAs – Correct decision?

By Alan Ng - Dec 12, 2011

Earlier on we informed you about a huge surprise at the 2011 Video Game Awards with the announcement of Sony and Naughty Dog’s new PS3 exclusive called The Last of Us, but now we have something which probably isn’t so much of a surprise to share with you – the winner of the prestigious Game Of the Award.

If you are a gaming fan, you’ll probably know already that Bethesda’s new RPG epic The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim won G.O.T.Y, with Bethesda themselves also picking up the Best Studio and Best RPG awards as well. Not a bad night for the company really was it?

If you own a copy of Skyrim, many of you will probably feel that the award was well deserved, with the game easily one of the best RPGs of the year, and also maybe of all time.

However, with all the praise out of the way, Skyrim has also been the subject of one or two well-documented problems, especially on the PS3 version of the game. If you are not aware of the problems, gamers have been suffering serious framerate problems on the PS3, while an initially game-breaking texture issue plagued the Xbox 360 version. The PC version is undoubtedly the best version of the three thanks to mod support, many PC gamers are not happy at the fact that they feel shortchanged in the form of the PC version especially being a ‘port’ of the Xbox 360 version. This is evident in the fact that the user interface featured on PC is tailor made for console players, and you’ll find it very difficult to find a PC player who doesn’t have a bad thing to say about the PC UI in Skyrim.

On a positive note, Bethesda are still working hard on improving the game in frequent patch releases, so let’s hope that all players of the game will not run into any more problems and everyone can play the game which has just been awarded ‘Game of the Year’ by industry critics. The question is though: how do you feel about the game?

Do you think Skyrim is a worthy winner of G.O.T.Y and Studio of the year, or should the awards have gone to a different game and developer?

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  • Anonymous

    Definitely worthy of GOTY on PC, I mean, we don’t have to wait for Bethesda to get any of our updates/fixes…the community will certainly take care of that for us.  Unfortunately, however, the same cannot be said for the console version.  Granted, you can still play the 360 version, but for the broken quests (which will happen), and the shoddy quest item clean-up (also happens quite often), console owners have little recourse.  Whereas, I can simply use a console command to rectify whatever issue there is (and have several times already).

    The PS3 version, obviously, is another beast entirely, and given it’s performance a different GOTY should’ve been selected for that platform.  It’s pretty hard to rave about a game, that you can’t play due to the game’s design.

  • Dynasty2021


    Skyrim is incredible.  The world is what an open-world should be; filled to the brim with things to do around every corner, which is something alot of games get wrong.

    Read Dead’s world was great, but had nothing in it for example.

    This just takes everything that was great about Morrowind, and everything great about Oblivion, makes it bigger and better, removes most of the bugs and throws some new ones in for a laugh, slaps on a very, very pretty new engine, and again slaps you on the back as you enter the world and says ”Good luck.”, and wanders off into the wilderness for you to find at your own pace.

    In terms of bang-for-your-buck, no game comes close in years.  Sunk 83 hours into Skyrim (PC) and still feel overwhelmed at the thought of the quests in my quest log and the lack of icons of places I have found on my map.

  • Callum

    Personally, I love the game. It’s rare these days when you can’t put a game down for long periods of time; missing days of constructive work. TES games, for me, are such games. The problems and bugs are quite iritating, but they are being worked on and i am content to wait for the impending patches. Skyrim is a masterpiece with a few errors. Major errors for some, granted, but nonetheless, if the game wasn’t worth playing, would people be complaining that it was buggy? Would anyone care if it wasn’t such a good game? Hopefully these nasty bugs will be sorted out soon allowing me to enjoy my ps3 version (in which i’ve only had 1 crash and 2 bugs)