.... It's that time of year again!! We are in the midst of the great game deluge of 2011. The year started off slow but there are some really great games coming out now. Most of the nominees are recent releases within the last month. They are: Batman Arkham City The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Portal 2 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception There seems to be nothing new under the sun as these are all sequels of some sorts. Is it because all the best developers get first crack at established IP's or something? Who knows. I have played 3 of the 5 on this list ( Uncharted 3, Batman Arkham City and Portal 2) and there is a strong possibility that I'll play the TESV: Skyrim near Christmas. I have no plans to play Zelda at all as I do not own a Wii. My prediction, for what it's worth, is that This will finally be Batman's year. Uncharted 2 won GOTY in 2009 beating out Batman Arkham Asylum and honestly, I think AA deserved it that year. This year, Uncharted 3 was the most immersive and fun experience in gaming this year for me, but the truth is that it was more of the same from Uncharted 2... just a beter context in terms of story and programming. Arkham City on the other hand was a vast departure from Arkham Asylum. It gave you a sense of freedom and choice that AA did not. The fact that the game gave you the tools to feel and perform like Batman and when you failed, it made it feel like you were the one that let Batman down and not some random computer glitch was just awesome. By the end of a game, I'd be sitting in an air conditioning vent over a room full of 13 bad guys... 2 of them with armor, 4 with knives and 2 more with assault rifles... I'd go to my self "I can do that" and jump down in the middle of them. It's awesome that a game can make you feel that way and still give you a challenge the entire time. Reluctantly so, but this is my GOTY. Of course, I haven't played Skyrim. This game has been getting superlative press. It might just win it all this year. I guess what I'm really trying to say is that Portal 2 and Skyward Sword will not win GOTY this year.