The 2011 Grimmys: Competitive Multiplayer Game of the Year

The Grimmys

Multiplayer gaming is both for playing with friends who just can’t be there with you (or for those who don’t like to share their valuable screen space) and for those who like to completely own no0bs and dominate their competition. This is for the second group.

The Nominees

Mortal Kombat – Pit yourself Mano-a-mano, toe to toe, with your opponent in this rebirth of the Mortal Kombat franchise. Sometimes kicking the ever-loving crap out of your opponent is all you need to prove that you are just the bee’s knees. This game gives you that satisfaction complete with fatalities, and who doesn’t love a good fatality show?

Gears of War 3 – What’s more fun than battling the Locust Horde? Playing as the Locust Horde and destroying the human race, that’s what! The competitive multiplayer of Gears of War 3 was greatly improved over the previous Gears installments and the cover-and-shoot pace of single player was replaced with the frenetic human element in multiplayer.

Grimmy Winner
Battlefield 3Take up to 3 friends onto the battlefield and play a variety of game modes to test not only your reflexes or hand-eye coordination but also your strategic prowess. Combine your efforts using many different tactics on foot, by land vehicle, by air or by sea. There is rarely a moment in Battlefield 3 that won’t make your jaw drop.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3Tried and true game modes and the biggest online community (the numbers don’t lie). You rarely ever run into trouble finding yourself a game to play, and the modes and maps encourage constant action complete with head shots, explosions and intense lobby debates.

Dawn of War II: Retribution – Dawn of War II has been around for awhile now, but its latest expansion and the inclusion of the Imperial Guard Race made the package feel more complete.  While the multiplayer community is not necessarily comparable to that of Starcraft 2 or some of the free-to-play titles, it is tightly knit and ferociously competitive. This isn’t your run of the mill RTS, and its players are more than happy to remind newcomers of this.

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