2010 Community Award Winners

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Posted December 29th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

After tallying over 18,000 votes it is time to take a look at the results and crown the winners of the 2010 Pastapadre Community Awards!

Best Game of the Year: NBA 2K11
It is no surprise that NBA 2K11 runs away with the Best Sports Game of the Year award. The game delivered in every area, from gameplay, to presentation, to features, to even slightly improved online. The amount of advancement and compelling additions made many question why other sports titles can’t do the same on their respective yearly cycles. They also deserve credit for avoiding the trend of milking consumers through downloadable content. NCAA Football got a decent response all things considered but 2K11 dominates not just here but in many of the individual categories as well.

Best New or Non-Yearly Game: EA Sports MMA
Last year it was UFC Undisputed that stormed onto the scene, and this year EA Sports MMA got the best reception of the new franchises and held its own even with some established ones. EA MMA didn’t make much impact in terms of sales, but it was a polished, accessible, and enjoyable game that had some innovative features. Kinect Sports certainly was the unique entry and had high fun factor, while NBA Jam ended up largely disappointing.

Most Disappointing Game: Madden 11
While Madden 11 was a good, but not great, game this year the franchise is held to the highest of standards and it just didn’t meet them. Shifting the focus to casuals and accessibility and ignoring core areas of the game seemed to turn off many of the loyal fans who have stuck with Madden and may have even done some long-term damage. Backbreaker and UFC were disappointing in their own rights, however they didn’t carry with them the same anticipation and heavy scrutiny that comes with being the only NFL game on the market. This isn’t just an anti-Madden push either…remember the community overwhelmingly voted Madden 10 as the favorite game of 2009.

Best Gameplay: NBA 2K11
Impressively NBA 2K11 packed in the new features but still managed to deliver a top notch realistic gameplay experience with improved controls. They have done so without resorting to gimmicks. The Show and FIFA both do an excellent job representing their sports as well but the wave of support for NBA 2K11 continues.

Best Online Play: NCAA Football 11
Much of the credit here probably goes to having Online Dynasty, however online performance was very good all around. The other two games provided excellent online feature sets and online performance but NCAA has the stronger presence here and gets the bonus of having the online element tied into Dynasty.

Best New Feature: The Jordan Challenge (NBA 2K11)
With the biggest margin of victory The Jordan Challenge proved itself as a compelling and worthwhile addition. Michael Jordan wasn’t used as just a figurehead in NBA 2K11 and the most significant implementation was here where the mode was fun and challenging. Real-Time Physics impacted NHL 11 but maybe not to the extent many expected, and the Fight Cards and Live Broadcast of EA Sports MMA was well received but not heavily utilized due to low sales.

Best Franchise or Dynasty Mode: NCAA Football 11
Squeaking by NBA 2K11’s Association mode, the Dynasty mode in NCAA Football 11 probably got the edge here due to Online Dynasty. The web component which made it possible to check up on the dynasty and even complete recruiting was an excellent addition. No sports game has delivered an experience that can even compete with Online Dynasty and its mix of offline-to-online features and social element. If NBA 2K were to provide an Online Association in the future it would seem to have the potential to take over the top spot.

Best Career Mode: My Player/Creating a Legend (NBA 2K11)
This was an interesting one to watch as NBA 2K11 seemed to have the edge going in even though My Player seems to bring about the most discussion centered on gripes related to modes in the game. What set it apart for me was Creating a Legend, which as the Michael Jordan version of the mode eliminated some of the inherent issues. The other two games offer strong career modes but didn’t really change enough from the year before.

Best Presentation: NBA 2K11
This was another category that seemed up for grabs. The improved broadcast presentation, NBA.com, NBA Today implementation, and wide array of animations pushed NBA 2K11 out in front. The Show continued to have authentic presentation and NCAA Football added in the ESPN packages but the commentary probably held them back as they are in desperate need of a refresh there.

Best Browser Game: QUICKHIT NFL Football
QUICKHIT expanded from using five current NFL players, a handful of active coaches, and legendary player pool to bringing in NFL licensed integration. Team logos, colors, uniforms, stadiums and other NFL branding took the game over the top and added more credibility to an already complete but evolving game. Madden Superstars probably got the most exposure being on Facebook, while Tiger Woods has been well received but struggled to gain traction.

Best Mobile Game: Madden 11
Madden on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad has been really well received the past few years. With quality and packing in a lot of content it has made a great transition to the devices. Backbreaker 2 has also been found to be quite fun but isn’t on quite the same level in terms of content. NBA Elite has also gotten good response but the stigma from the console versions probably hurt its viability even here.

Thanks to everyone who voted. Continue to follow along in my countdown of top 10 games of the year and retrospectives, along with individual awards and a year-in-review Padrecast all over weeks to come.

  • JZE

    Interesting to see these numbers. I can agree with most of them. Madden may have been disappointing but I can think of a bunch of other games I bought that I got less out of. NBA 2K11 deserves all the accolades but I might have put NCAA over it for presentation but its a close call.

    • Anonymous

      This is how you know the community on this site is the shit. I can’t argue with a single one of these decisions…ESPECIALLY MADDEN

  • Guy #1

    NCAA and NBA 2K11 clearly showed up this year; however, Madden was a different story. When playing madden this year it felt like there was no attachment to the game. It was just a boring experience overall. If it were up to me, I would add more individuality to the players. The reason NBA is such a great game is because of the accurate player likenesses in the game. Madden should add specific abilities to players like in All Pro Football 2k8 (break away burst, play fake, acrobatic catches, Stop on a Dime, Ball Hawk, etc…) to make the game great.

    • TheTruth

      2K always focused on signature things in players but EA is catching up… by adding SWAGGER.

    • TheTruth

      2K always focused on signature things in players but EA is catching up… by adding SWAGGER.

      • Anonymous

        You forgot to add “Old Spice”

      • Samkaveli

        LOL that’s a joke right swagger? LMFAO

    • More uniqueness to players, as well as teams, and more emotion is definitely needed.

  • I’m in agreement with it all. The one problem i have is everybody baggin on madden. Reguardless of how people feel it’s a great game all around. People need to realize that there will never be a video game that is made perfectly. It there was what would be the fun in it? There would be nothing to play for or give people anything to talk about. Just appreciate the fact that there are people out there that take the time and put in the hours to give us something to do in our spare time. Simply put…if you dont like it dont buy it. There are games out there for everybody and as long they make games i like to play i’m gonna play them. What we all need to realize is that no one game is better than another because of the market there’s really nothing to compare most games to…

  • I’m in agreement with it all. The one problem i have is everybody baggin on madden. Reguardless of how people feel it’s a great game all around. People need to realize that there will never be a video game that is made perfectly. It there was what would be the fun in it? There would be nothing to play for or give people anything to talk about. Just appreciate the fact that there are people out there that take the time and put in the hours to give us something to do in our spare time. Simply put…if you dont like it dont buy it. There are games out there for everybody and as long they make games i like to play i’m gonna play them. What we all need to realize is that no one game is better than another because of the market there’s really nothing to compare most games to…

  • Very reasonable. Just thought Road to the Show was still the best and most enjoyable career mode. Makes you wonder what is left for NBA 2k12. My guess? A bit of a disappointment but still a blockbuster.

  • Longjohnson

    You need to pull your head out of EA’s butt particularly where EA Sports MMA is concerned. That game is terrible; it didn’t sell well for a reason!

    • Jamez

      I thought it was great especially for a first try. Blew UFC out of the water.

    • Anonymous

      The reason being no one gives a fuck about MMA?

  • Dougy43

    all very accurate! my personal favourite game is fifa 11 but their is no way its improved as much as nba 2k11! although i will always be loyal 2 madden, its starting to give me the shits with its lack of progress. was argueably better in the playstation 2 days. that cant be said for fifa or nba 2k11

  • Agree with everything that won (or I guess in some cases, lost lol).

  • NELL86

    They should of never changed madden engine from the ps2 days now we will have garbage untill the next round of systems its just amazing how far this game fell off

    • Ace

      I disagree. The game was getting stale by Madden 06. Could you imagine the bitching and moaning about EA if they were still using the last gen engine now? lol

    • A “HD port” of the PS2 version would have gotten stale by around Madden 08. They had to move on at some point. I find it funny that the things that Madden gets heat for now were in some cases bigger problems in the last gen maddens but yet many wish that Madden now was exactly like how it is was on the PS2 in terms of gameplay.

      Guess it’s nostalgia.

  • Keith

    I can’t believe over 18,000 voted — how come there are never more comments in threads? Hard to figure.

  • Keith

    I can’t believe over 18,000 voted — how come there are never more comments in threads? Hard to figure.

  • Samkaveli

    2K11= best sports game this year… I just brought it and man, that game makes Madden look like a NES game. 2K11 proves that EA are lazy, I mean, the commentary alone blows Gus Johnson and Chris out of the water. I’m not even into Bball, but 2k11 blew me away just imagine a NFL 2K11…. no wonder EA brought the licence’s and canceled ELITE they know they can’t compete(haha).

  • Bearzfa

    One huge reason EA disappointed me in madden 11 (besides trying to make superstar worse every year) was the audio. it seemed like they used their first draft and made it their final. so many names are pronounced wrong in ways you wouldn’t even think of saying them. almost ever TE with the first name john is referred to as John Carlson. and worst of all they just tried to have Gus Johnson say things that could correspond with what they already had with Cris Colinsworth and didnt bother to get new recordings from him. example: if you run the ball on third and long he says somthing like “Tom i like that call on third and long because it gives better room for your punter” problem with that is Tom Hammond is not gus johnson because that was a recording made for madden 09. another example is when they say you should have kicked the field goal when going for it on 4th down even if your on your own 2 yard line. i was really disappointed by the lack of effort used to make the announcers say the right things

  • LAST

    OK IK Im trippin but anybody tell me how make good deep passes or it impossible (2K11) I get picked off even when they short so IDK but its still an amazing game

  • QuickhitSux

    Quick Hit is horrible. It constantly freezes and has loading issues. Same bug for months on end. They claim they don’t know what the problem is. And continue to pump out more updates without addressing it. How many games did you play before announcing that as your pick for browser based games? They are what’s wrong with sports games. Charging money for a broken game.