Top 10 Computer Video Games Of 2011
It’s been a fruitful year for the video games industry and I’m sure that I’m not the only one to notice how well they have spoilt the gamer in the last quarter of this year. It’s also no surprise to see that sequels have tugged successfully at our purse strings once again.
These are the best of the titles that has had me transfixed to my consoles over the past 12 months.
No 10: Portal 2
Portal 2 marked Valve’s victorious return to Aperture Science in this head cracking puzzler. Portal 2 has to be one of the most chilled out games of 2011. In this mechanical wonderland you are armed with your portal gun which you use to carve out your own path through this joy of a game while you are trying to work out the exit, So much fun to be had in single player and co-op mode
No 9: Dead Space 2
Dead Space 2 knows your darkest fears and this has been embedded in this game. It is filled with all the gory charm and bump in the night surprises that made the first games a success. True it is more of the same but none the less you will find yourself cowering for cover while you are trying to get your breath back due to the relentless pace of this terrifying and heart stopping virtual experience.
No 8: Mass Effect 2
After the success of Commander Shepard and co on the Xbox36o January 2011 gave Mass Effect 2 its debut on the PS3 and it is for this reason I’m including it in the top 10. This 3rd persons RPG sees you planet hoping across the galaxy with your handpicked crew in tow. The action that Mass Effect 2 throws up is blindingly intense and overwhelmingly satisfying. The PS3s version contains all the DLCs plus a mini comic strip (instead of Cerberus which was included on Xbox 360 only) reliving the key moments from the first Mass Effect and all this is packed onto one disc instead of the 3 discs which the Xbox360 owners have had to endure.
No 7: Fifa 12
There was a lot of negative rumblings when EA Sports’ FIFA 12 was released mainly because of the new defensive system and the glitches with the over the top action when you went in for a tackle. All this has subsided a now everyone has had time to get to grips with it all and once again well with the world. The Fifa series sits comfortably as the number one football game out there that constantly delivers the highs and lows of the beautiful game.
No 6: Gears of War 3
This third instalment in the series sees Marcus Fenix and his men once again battling the Locust Hoards. What you get here is more bangs for your bucks. Gears of War 3 keeps up the standard of the last two games, in fact this series really goes from strength to strength in this is gun totting, chain sawing, brutal and at times very intense extravaganza.
No 5: Deus Ex Human Revolution
There was a lot expected from this title the moment the news broke of its pending release in 2011. Deus Ex Human Revolution is set in 2027, which is 25 years before the first (Deus Ex in 2000) title of the series. This beauty did not disappoint (great job Eidos). Deus Ex Human Revolution looked and played gorgeously while giving the gamer freedom of choice in this futuristic cyberpunk masterpiece.
No 4: Call Of Duty Modern warfare 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was the most anticipated of all the games to be released this year and with good cause too. This time around Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 has a much more gripping story mode filled with more action and diversity in the way it plays. This cash cow for developers Activision and Infinity Ward had real competition this time around from EA’s Battlefield 3 but COD has slightly edged it.
No 3: Uncharted 3 Drakes Deception
Nathan Drake should be given the accolade of gaming’s adventurer of the year. Naughty Dog has botoxed Uncharted 3 Drakes Deception with bigger set pieces and more spectacular locations which puts this on par with any blockbuster action film. In this offering Naughty Dog takes Drake to the Atlantis of the Sands and along the way expect to bump into old friend and new in this must own interactive cinematic experience which includes online multiplayer action and stereoscopic 3-D visuals.
No 2: Batman Arkham City
Batman Arkham city is the stuff dreams are made of. In this follow up to Akham Asylum we see a shift in the action as Rocksteady opens up the Batman universe by packing this monster of a game with more hero’s, side quest and challenges. Batman Arkham City is undoubtedly the best superhero game to date and this all adds up to making this Dark Knights latest adventure a hugely faultless and enjoyable experience.
No 1: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the fifth instalment in the universe of the Elder Scrolls and this deep and involving RPG is by far the best. The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim feels like a personal game and much kudos has to go Bethesda for making this instalment more accessible for casual gamers to get the chance to be enthralled just as the hard-core Elder Scrolls fans has been for years.
Well, there it is my top 10 video games of 2011 and I’m already looking forward to the great gaming landscape of 2012 with much anticipation as it is already shaping up a treat.