By all accounts, 2011 has been lauded as a great year for gaming. I am still playing catch-up myself, as I missed out on several of the big holiday season titles (Skyrim, Uncharted 3, Batman, etc.). Since I am not really in a position to provide a proper top 10 list of my favorite 2011 titles, I have opted to select the best games I played for the first time last year. There are a lot of 2011 titles, but there are a handful of older releases that really impressed me one way or another. I plan on doing a proper list in the future, but here are my top 12 video games that I played in 2011:
12) The Saboteur [Xbox 360, 2009]
Criminally overlooked sandbox adventure title that expertly uses a mixture of color and black & white environments.
11) Singularity [Xbox 360, 2010]
Another underrated game, this one takes the best elements from Bioshock, F.E.A.R. and Half-Life to make a memorable FPS experience.
10) Crysis [Xbox 360, 2011]
Yes, it can run on consoles, and yes, it is still a pretty damn good shooter today.
9) L.A. Noire [PS3, 2011]
A handful of flaws do not ruin one of this year’s more unique adventure titles; a must play for fans of Film Noir and detective stories.
8) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves [PS3, 2009]
A sequel that ups the ante with even more insane action sequences; about as close to a movie as a video game can get.
Bugs and glitches be damned; this is another great entry into the Fallout series.
6) Wipeout HD [PS3, 2008]
White-knuckled racer with a pulsing techno soundtrack and one of the most fun racing modes I have played (Zone).
5) Deus Ex: Human Revolution [PS3, 2011]
Cerebral adventure with breathtaking Blade Runner-esque environments.
4) Gears of War 3 [Xbox 360, 2011]
The most refined Gears experience yet; an amalgamation of the best features from the first two games.
3) Bastion [Xbox 360, 2011]
Undeniably stylish and full of charm, this indie gem holds its own against the AAA heavyweights.
2) Dead Space 2 [Xbox 360, 2011]
More action-oriented than its predecessor, yet it delivers an even more tense and creepy atmosphere.
1) Heavy Rain [PS3, 2010]
This “interactive drama” remains one of the most unforgettable gaming experiences I have ever had, and it is a must play for any serious gamer.
That’s my list. What’s yours? What were the best games you played in 2011?