Reader Comments

  1. How can Skyrim NOT win? I am still playing it 2 and a half years after the release, and didnt get bored at all! And we are talking about a single player campaign!!!

    SKYRIM is the game of our generation!

  2. when it comes to PC gaming, Bethesda gives the greatest amount of freedom with the open world gaming and giving us the ability to mod. it’s no surprise Skyrim won

  3. Fallout 3 is way better dude. I couldn’t even play a fourth of the way through skyrim before I decided to call it quits. Fallout series is so much better.

  4. Hey, I love Skyrim and all, ecspecially the modding community, but its hard to see how its is a better game than the Last of Us. That game was close to perfection.

  5. Hate to be that guy, especially considering I loved Skyrim, but it only won because The Last of Us being an exclusive. Given that game was multiplatform, It would have been a landslide.

  6. Skyrim is a truly great game .It deserves a place of honor in a class by itself.thank Bethesada Gaming Studios for making great games .

  7. Skyrim, along the the rest of the Elder Scrolls series, is a far better game than anything on this list. Fallout and Bioshock absolutely included. Neither of those two series wowed me.

    Sorry, Skyrim just wins. Accept it.

  8. Dammit! This is a terrible precedent. Now Bethesda will get it in their heads that pushing The Elder Scrolls franchise in this direction is okay. Guess I better jump ship before it gets worse. Skyrim is not an epic RPG like previous games in the series. It’s a glorified action game with an open world and minor RPG mechanics laid on the top. It is sad to see the direction the industry is moving in, cashing in on cheap thrills and good looks rather than sticking with deep mechanics, interesting worlds, and great writing.

    • As someone who’s been playing “The Elder Scrolls” titles since 1994, and tabletop RPG gaming for nearly 30 years, I have to say that I find your conclusions regarding a lack of “deep [RPG] mechanics” and “great writing” to be…um…fascinating, to put it charitably.

      “Erroneous,” would be a better term, but I also realize that such things are subjective, and in the eye of the beholder. To this experienced RPG gamer, however, I take issue with much of your post.

  9. The only reason Skyrim won is because TLoU and U2 were PS3 exclusives. If they were multi-platform, Skyrim would have lost.

  10. Congrats! A well deserved win.

    Personally, I can’t choose between Skyrim and Mass Effect 1. Mass Effect blended RPG and action so damn well, implemented a fully voiced protagonist that still featured immense customization, and the dialogue wheel was a fantastic invention for that franchise (not so much suited to Dragon Age, but it worked for ME). I felt Mass Effect 2 built on the action but lost the RPG, and Mass Effect 3 couldn’t deliver on the story. But I genuinely rank Mass Effect 1 right up there with Skyrim.

    I’m also really glad to see Bethesda’s game design principles are finally being recognized! I mean, they never stopped making open world games. Back in the 90s other devs decided to leave behind the open world, claiming it wasn’t feasible any longer, or that consumers preferred linear stories. After Morrowind, Oblivion, Fallout 3, and now Skyrim, each one generating immense critical and financial success, other developers FINALLY seem to be saying “You know, I think Bethesda might be on to something with that Open World thing. Maybe we should give it a try…”

    Good luck with the next gen! I’m sure your games will continue to be industry leaders.

  11. Um ok so I guess I’m going to have to be that guy, but…is everyone serious? I can understand showing Skyrim winning on this because its a Bethesda blog, but can they be any more full of themselves? Fallout 3 was…scratch that STILL IS a superior game. Better gameplay, mechanics, story and oh yeah replay value.

    Skyrim is the exact same game no matter what you do in it and at best as a replay value of 3 out of 10. Sorry to say it, but in the real world Skyrim wouldn’t make it past the 2nd round in terms of fanbase or actual gameplay value the overall winner would either be Fallout 3, Arkham City or CoD4.

    Now don’t get me wrong I still like and occasionally enjoy Skyrim, but its an extremely overrated game, it lacks pretty much everything a game needs to be great. The only reason it did so well is because the world itself is so shiny and beautiful that alone a good game does not make.

    • +1
      It might seem like an amazing game to most people in their first playthrough, but after that you’ll start to notice how your actions don’t really have any effect on the game.

      Just saved the world? Only the guards notice, other than a few named characters. Finished the Civil War questline? Most NPCs still act like it’s in full swing and their dialogue doesn’t change.