G4’s “X-PLAY” ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR THE NINTH ANNUAL “X-PLAY BEST OF 2011 AWARDS”

Valve’s Portal 2 leads the pack with 10 nominations while Rocksteady’s caped-crusader adventure, Batman: Arkham City, nabbed seven nominations. Bethesda’s fantasy epic, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, has five nods, including Best Role-Playing Game

Los Angeles, CA, December 6, 2011 - G4’s “X-Play,” the most watched video game series on television, announces the nominees for the ninth annual “X-Play Best of 2011 Awards” as selected by G4’s team of gaming experts.  In what will be remembered as one of the biggest years to date for the video game industry, the onslaught of shooters, sequels and sci-fi epics has lead to the culmination of 25 award categories including Best Shooter, Best Writing, and Best Animation.  In a special one-hour show, “X-Play” will take fans through each category to reveal the champions, ultimately revealing the winner of the highly coveted Game of the Year award. In addition, “X-Play” will announce the winner of G4tv.com’s Videogame Deathmatch where the fans choose their favorite game of 2011. The battle began with 32 contenders and now is down to only two fan favorites: Assassin’s Creed: Revelations vs. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.  Don’t miss the hour-long year-in-gaming celebration when hosts Adam Sessler, Morgan Webb and Blair Herter present "X-Play Best of 2011 Awards" premiering Wednesday, December 14, at 6:00PM ET/PT, only on G4.

“We're still seeing great shooters with endless ways to play and epic RPGs with hundreds of hours of content, but what we are really excited to see is the number of genres being re-embraced by gamers,” said Morgan Webb, host of “X-Play.”  “This year we have some notable platformers that truly provide fun for all ages, as well as some puzzle games that really challenge the mind. No matter what kind of gamer you are, 2011 was your year.” 

“While these lists have always highlighted quality, what is notable for 2011 is the variety,” said Adam Sessler, host of “X-Play.”  “Even in an era of sequels, there is still something very fresh in videogames.”

“2011 really did bring an embarrassment of gaming riches.  Familiar roads were traveled once again while exciting new ones were paved into our gaming brains,” said Blair Herter, host of X-Play. “Just when we thought we'd seen it all, we were shown that we hadn't...and being wrong has never been so satisfying.”

X-Play’s “Best of 2011 Awards" categories and nominees include:

Most Original Game

Catherine

L.A. Noire

Minecraft

Stacking

Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery

Best Gameplay Innovation

L.A. Noire – Facial animation/capture

League of Legends – Dominions mode

Minecraft – Creative freedom

Rocksmith – Teaching real guitar

Skylanders – Figurine integration

Best Multiplayer Game

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

Battlefield 3

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Dark Souls

Gears of War 3

Best Multiplayer Co-Op Game

Dance Central 2

Gears of War 3

Ilomilo

Portal 2

Saints Row: The Third

Best Sports Game

FIFA 12

MLB 11: The Show

NBA 2K12

NHL 12

WWE ‘12

Best Downloadable Game

Bastion

inFamous: Festival of Blood

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

Iron Brigade

Stacking

Best Downloadable Content

Call of Duty: Black Ops – Rezurrection

Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Missing Link

Fallout: New Vegas – Old World Blues

Gears of War 3 – Raam’s Shadow

Portal 2 – Co-Op Challenges

Best Shooter

Battlefield 3

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Gears of War 3

Rage

Resistance 3

Best Role-Playing Game

Dark Souls

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky

The Witcher 2

Best Fighting Game

King of Fighters XIII

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

Mortal Kombat

Street Fighter III 3 rd Strike Online Edition

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition

Best Art Direction

Alice: Madness Returns

Batman: Arkham City

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

Portal 2

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Best Animation

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

Batman: Arkham City

NBA 2K12

Rage

Rayman Origins

Best Writing

Batman: Arkham City

L.A. Noire

Portal 2

Saints Row: The Third

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Best Soundtrack

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Portal 2

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery

Best Sound Design

Batman: Arkham City

Battlefield 3

Dead Space 2

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Portal 2

Best Action/Adventure Game

Batman: Arkham City

L.A. Noire

Rayman Origins

Super Mario 3D Land

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Best Racing Game

Dirt 3

F1

Forza Motorsport 4

Motorstorm: Apocalypse

Shift 2: Unleashed

Best Motion Control Game

Dance Central 2

Just Dance 3

Killzone 3 w/Sharpshooter

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Seasame Street: Once Upon A Monster

Best Handheld Game

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

Pokemon Black & White

Professor Layton and the Last Specter

Super Mario 3D Land

Best Puzzle/Strategy Game

Achron

Catherine

Portal 2

Professor Layton and the Last Specter

Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together

Best Performance By Nolan North

Adventure/Space/Fact Cores – Portal 2

Deadpool – Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Desmond Miles – Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

Nathan Drake – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

The Penguin – Batman: Arkham City

Best Performance Not By Nolan North

Aaron Staton – Cole Phelps, L.A. Noire

JK Simmons – Cave Johnson, Portal 2

John DiMaggio – Marcus Fenix, Gears of War 3

Mark Hamill – The Joker, Batman: Arkham City

Stephen Merchant – Wheatley, Portal 2

Best Remake/Retro Release

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

Street Fighter III 3 rd Strike Online Edition

Best Trailer

Dead Island

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Live Action

OverStrike

Game of the Year

Batman: Arkham City

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Gears of War 3

L.A. Noire

Portal 2

Saints Row: The Third

Super Mario 3D Land

Check out up-to-date information on “X-Play” at: http://www.g4tv.com/games/xplay/  and http://www.facebook.com/xplay and follow on Twitter @XPLAY

For more information on G4tv.com’s Videogame Deathmatch, please visit http://www.g4tv.com/vgdm/best-game-2011/ and for more information on G4’s Best of 2011 nominees, please visit http://www.g4tv.com/videos/56504/x-plays-game-of-the-year-2011-nominees/

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