With December now upon us, it’s time for us to take a look back at 2011 and recognize the outstanding accomplishments made by the games we love to play.
While this is MMOCrunch’s fourth year covering MMO gaming, this is our first ever MMO Awards presentation, so we’re a bit excited. Hopefully you guys will agree with many of our decisions, but even if you don’t we’d love to hear some of your picks.
Continue below to find out our picks for the best MMO games of 2011 and who won the best MMORPG of the year award.
Most Anticipated MMO for 2012
Guild Wars 2 is undoubtedly the most anticipate MMO game coming out in 2012 or at least it is here at MMOCrunch. ArenaNet seems to be one of the few MMO developers out there that aren’t following the trends, so we’re are very excited to see what they come up with in GW2.
- The Secret World
- PlanetSide 2
Best MOBA 2011
2011 has been a huge year for RiotGames and League of Legends as they have seen their player base explode in the second half of this year and for good reason. League of Legends is the best MOBA game out there today and while others came close, none made the cut.
- Heroes of Newerth
Best MMO Shooter 2011
World of Tanks as been rolling along since it launched in April of 2011 and has quickly become the game to play if you want to blow sh*t up. With the addition of Clan Wars, World of Tanks gives players a second layer of MMO strategic combat to consider as players fight for control for power and territory.
- Fallen Earth
- Global Agenda
Best PvP 2011
Eve Online might have had a bumpy road in 2011, but their PvP system remains the place to be for the best PvP combat in any MMO game today. With the recent launch of it’s latest expansion Crucible, Eve Online is back to the basics, improving the core of its game-play mechanics and is our choice for the best MMO PvP for 2011.
- Warhammer Online
Best Free-to-Play MMORPG 2011
This was a close race as there have been so many games that switched from subscription to free-to-play in 2011, but in the end Lord of the Rings Online came out victorious. While the release of the Rise of Isengard expansion wasn’t all it could be, Turbine responded quickly with additional updates and content and it is our Best Free-to-Play MMORPG for 2011.
- DC Universe Online
- Everquest II
- Age of Conan
Best New MMORPG 2011
While 2011 might have been a record year for the amount of MMO games released, only two really stuck out to us with RIFT coming out victorious. RIFT has seen a great first year with the fastest content updates around, constantly improving and adding on to an already great MMORPG.
- DC Universe Online
Best MMORPG 2011
It looks like RIFT not only took Best New MMORPG, but also Best MMORPG for 2011 out of the gate in its first year of release and why not? RIFT has had a great first year, tons of content updates and one of the smoothest game launches I’ve seen. However it was by no means won by a landslide as it just edged out World of Warcraft for the win. We listed SWTOR as a runner up because many of us have already played it during the betas and we feel it’ll be a serious contender in 2012. Since its release will technically be in 2011, we decided to give it some acknowledgement.
- World of Warcraft
- Lord of the Rings Online
- Star Wars: The Old Republic