A rundown of my favorite games released this year.
Another amazing year of gaming has come to an end. As we get set to ring in 2012, I wanted to take a look back at my Top 5 Games released in 2011. Let’s jump right in!
#5: Trenched (aka Iron Brigade)
Double Fine’s Mech-combat/Tower Defence/3rd Person Shooter hybrid delivers a fantastic mix of explosive action and chaotic co-op fun. Beautiful art design, memorable characters, and imaginative weapons make this one of the best XBLA titles I’ve ever played.
#4: Battlefield 3
Do yourself a favor and pretend that the Battlefield 3 single-player campaign doesn’t exist. Without the uninspired slog through poorly designed missions to taint your experience, you will find a brilliant multiplayer game. The action is diverse and exciting, with plenty of different ways to play, depending on your own preferences and play style. Above all else, Battlefield 3 Multiplayer often creates unique moments or stories than burn themselves into the player’s memory; the kinds of stories that you go rushing to share with your friends or coworkers the next day.
#3 Gears of War 3
The Gears of War trilogy comes to a powerful and dramatic end with Gears of War 3. Epic has refined every element of its genre-defining franchise with this installment. The movement is silky smooth, the gun play is tight, and the level design is varied enough to keep the action feeling fresh all the way through the substantially long campaign. For the first time in the series, Gears of War 3 delivers the emotional weight that previous installments bumbled. Add a polished competitive multiplayer component, the new Beast mode, and Horde mode 2.0 into the mix and you have a game that offers something for any type of shooter fan.
#2: Halo CE Anniversary
The definitive console shooter gets the definitive remake with Halo CE Anniversary. A complete visual and audio overhaul make this old classic feel fresh again. The original gameplay mechanics, left completely untouched, hold up as well today as they did 10 years ago. An exceptional campaign from beginning to end, as well as a healthy multiplayer offering make Halo CE Anniversary a “must have” for Halo veterans and series newcomers alike.
#1: Batman Arkham City
Batman Arkham City takes all the base mechanics of its stellar predecessor Arkham Asylum and melds them into the best open world game I’ve played in years. What sets Arkham City apart from all other open world games is the fact that the raw gameplay mechanics (combat, movement, traversal) are almost flawless. Everything you do as the player feels smooth and intuitive. Hand-to-hand combat in Arkham City is the new benchmark for all action games to beat. Everything in this game, from the setting, to the gadgets, characters, voice acting, plot…. they all build perfectly towards a single goal: to make the player feel like they are THE BATMAN. Now really, what could possibly be better than that? All things considered, Batman Arkham City is far and away my #1 game of the year.
That’s it for my Top 5 games of 2011! Thanks for reading, and have a fun and safe New Year. See you all in 2012!