Yes, Skyrim IS the ultimate game of the year

We’ve known for a long time that Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the ultimate game of the year – as the title shipped over 7 million copies to retailers within the first week of its release.

I mean, think about it: what other game currently on the market even comes close to beauty and majesty of Skyrim’s sculpted and immersive worlds? And let’s not talk about Halo 4 or the new Crysis, because both of them have yet to go live for the masses.

Of course, it is nice to have some official validation from the folks over at the Golden Joystick Awards, who dubbed the latest iteration of the Elder Scrolls the “ultimate game of the year.”

But that isn’t all for Skyrim at the GJA, as the game managed to clinch two other awards, including “best RPG” and “top gaming moment.” The latter prize was awarded to Bethesda for the scene where the protagonist makes it to the Throat of the World – the peak mountain of Skyrim – where an adversary lies in wait at the summit.

Reports from the GJA tell us the “ultimate” category was immensely competitive this year, with EA’s flagship shooter Battlefield 3 winning a respectable second place and Blizzard’s Diablo 3 claiming third.

For the uninitiated, the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action role-playing open world video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth installment in The Elder Scrolls franchise, following The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

Skyrim was launched on November 11, 2011 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Two DLCs have thus far been released for the game: Dawnguard and Hearthfire.