The Speakys Have Spoken; This is Your Game of the Year

Though Speak Up on Kotaku became one with the Force back around September, the reader-voted GOTYs it spawned lived on in the second annual Speakys, which longtime reader GiantBoyDetective organized this year again. » 1/12/13 1:00pm 1/12/13 1:00pm

Why XCOM: Enemy Unknown Should Be Game of the Year

April 16, 2015
Location: Sapporo, Japan
Operation: Extraterrestrial Terrorism Response
Codename: Lost Spark
Mission Parameters: Failure will result in the immediate loss of resources and support from Japan. This would deal a devastating blow to the XCOM project.
Project Goal: Save the Earth, and all who call it home. » 1/04/13 8:00pm 1/04/13 8:00pm

Why Papo & Yo Should Be Game of the Year

Papo & Yo did something that too few games manage to do: it let me step into the life of another, actual-living-breathing person. And once I did that, I played through an experience that showed me how that person got through a painful relationship and was left with a lesson that I too could pick and use if I needed it. … » 1/03/13 11:00am 1/03/13 11:00am

Why Far Cry 3 Should Be Game of the Year

Far Cry 3 should not be my nomination for 2012 game of the year. I'm not a huge fan of first-person shooters. While I appreciate the technical accomplishment of the first two games in the series I've not felt compelled to complete either. I felt absolutely no excitement leading up to the third installment's late… » 1/02/13 10:30am 1/02/13 10:30am

Your Pick For 2012's Game Of The Year

We're gearing up for our Kotaku-official game of the year nominations set to be ready for your eyes next week, but in the meantime we'd like to hear your thoughts. Maybe even give you all the opportunity to have an influence on our decisions. So let's hear your best cases for the absolute best game (or games, feel free … » 12/28/12 12:30pm 12/28/12 12:30pm

These Are the Best Indie Games of 2011

Just as its sister site ModDB picks the top PC gaming mods of the year, IndieDB rounds out the year with a countdown of the top independently developed games of the year. Think of it as a shopping list to help establish your indie gaming cred. How many of the top ten have you played? » 12/30/11 2:00pm 12/30/11 2:00pm

Is Portal 2 Kotaku's Game of the Year?

What Valve did this year seemed impossible: they improved on the perfection that was the first Portal. That feat was accomplished, surprisingly, by making everything about players' return to Aperture Science less perfect. We got a scuffed-up, messier experience that resonated more deeply than any other game this year. … » 12/29/11 10:00am 12/29/11 10:00am