My Top 10 Games of 2011January 5th, 2012
I feel that everyone should do a top 10 list of the previous year and so here is mine. The top 10 games you should have played, and if you haven’t should pick up now as they’re probably cheaper.
Number 10 – Dungeon Siege III
In at number 10 is Dungeon Siege III. As the name would suggest, this is the third instalment in the Dungeon Siege franchise. Although I have played each Dungeon Siege I wasn’t actually aware this was coming out until the day was upon us. If I’m honest I simply purchased this game to tide me over until the grand release of Diablo III (sadly still not out) but I was presently surprised. The co-op is a little lacking but if you want some solo gaming and like me, you too stay up at night awaiting the announced release date of Diablo III it’s worth a look.
Number 9 – The Witcher 2
I have to hold my hands up here and say that I haven’t actually played the 1st Witcher game although I have heard a lot about it. After seeing Simon from the Yogscast do a let’s play of the game I decided I would give it a go. I found myself drawn into a very well thought out world that really was very immersive. A word of warning though, this game is not for the young as contains as many nude scenes as a softcore porn film and as much bad language as a Quentin Tarantino movie. If you’ve already got through Skyrim for the 4th time it may be worth a look.
Number 8 – Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
The third instalment in the Assassin’s Creed games (although unlike every other 3rd you couldn’t guess from the name). In my opinion it’s not as good as the second simply because I find the tower defence sections of the game are out of place and rather “naff” but still a good game in it’s own right.
Number 7 - Saints Row: The Third
Another 3rd instalment! They sure did make a lot of thirds this year… Anyway. Saints Row started off much like GTA, an open world sandbox-type game where you do missions, get money, get better stuff and slowly take over the city. GTA has since decided to take a more serious path and with each game released becomes more “real”, Saints Row has decided to do the opposite. In this game you can shoot people with a squid bazooka to mind control them. Need I say more? Get it simply for the comedy value.
Number 6 – Minecraft
“But Minecraft has been out for ages!” I hear you cry! Well yes, it has, but 2011 saw the rekease of Minecraft 1.0, the official full release and so it’s in here. I have spent more time than I care to count digging dirt blocks to fassion a 300ft penis with working lava ejaculation, but that’s a story for another time. Although the game can provide so many hours of entertainment (especially on a multiplayer server) the fact it has such a large mod community means it has almost endless replay potential. If you haven’t at least played Minecraft by now, where the hell have you been for the pas couple years?!
Number 5 – Deus Ex: Human Revolution
I was quite a big fan of the original Deus Ex games and as this game changed the franchise completely into a first person shooter/RPG I assumed I was going to hate it. I played 5 minutes and decided I hated it. I then went back, played another 5 minutes and realised it was actually 4 hours and I loved the game. The depth of character progression, weapon progressions and amazing story got me hooked. You can play through the whole game as a stealth, not lethal way or simply go in guns blazing (my personal choice). Great game if you give it time to get going and actually get involved in the story.
Number 4 – Portal 2
How could you imagine this top 10 not including Portal 2? If this was a list of top puzzle games of all time it would be my number 1 by an internet mile. Different single and co-op levels, not just re-hashed content with a great story and real challenge make this game an easy number 4 choice. I actually was shocked it only made number 4 when I wrote the games down, picked 10 and put them in order. If I hadn’t planned ahead I think I would have said number 2, 3 if I was in a rush. Get this game, now!
Number 3 – Batman: Arkham City
I knew I was going to love this game the 1st time I heard it was in development and I was completely correct. Batman: Arkham Asylum shocked me at just how good it was and this just takes it to the next level. Bigger world to explore, more puzzles, more fights and in my opinion a better story line. The only thing I could possibly find to complain about with this game is a controller makes things much easier and as a PC gamer I have to hunt around to find my 360 controller when I need it.
Number 2 – Dungeon Defenders
It’s a strange one this, especially to make it to number 2 but there’s something incredibly fun about playing this little gem with your friends. It’s a lot like Orcs Must Die which seemed to do pretty well this year too but multiplayer and the item/character progression makes Dungeon Defenders way better. It’s pretty cheap now and available on a load of platforms so if you haven’t played it yet then I suggest you give it a go.
Number 1 – Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
This is simply the best game I have every played. End of.