It was a dark and stormy night; the sun had just crested the mountains; as you looked over the wind swept plains; without a proper atmosphere a game with great story and fantastic game play will not entice a player to keep going. As such we took the following nominees and rewarded one for the best atmosphere of 2011:
Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
Batman: Arkham City
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
This award goes to Batman: Arkham City. The team at Rock Steady did a great job of making Arkham City feel like a jail, but like part of Gotham at the same time. You could waste so much time roaming the streets and roof tops looking for riddler trophies and other missions. All the time completely enveloped in where you were.