Game of the Year 2010: The Readers' Choice AwardS

Capturing more than 12,000 of the nearly 30,000 votes cast in our Game of the Year poll, this cross-platform game captured Kotaku's 2010 Readers' Choice Award.

No, it's not Red Dead Redemption.

Congratulations to Mass Effect 2, which earned more than 40 percent of the total votes for game of the year. Call of Duty: Black Ops came in second with about 24 percent and Red Dead Redemption took third with more than 17 percent of the votes. NBA 2K11 took nearly 8 percent of the vote.

The remaining 9 percent or so went to a wide variety of games as write-ins, including Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Fallout: New Vegas, God of War III, Halo: Reach and StarCraft II.

Game of the Year 2010: The Readers' Choice Award

Stay tuned later today for the official Kotaku Game of the Year announcement. We've posted our early thoughts on the four finalists and decided over the weekend which game should get the final nod. Keep in mind, those early discussions were designed to let you see some of the process, not to show you our decisions.