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Ed Boon's Top 10 Games of 2011

The co-creator of Mortal Kombat takes a break from ripping spines to share with us his favorite games of 2011. Friendship!

Ed Boon is a video game industry veteran, and though he's best known for his work on the Mortal Kombat series, which he co-created and has retained active creative control of, Ed has also worked on such arcade classics as Smash TV, F-14 Tomcat, and Black Knight 2000.

He's also, straight up, one of the nicest dudes we've ever met in video games. Kind of makes the whole Mortal Kombat ultra-violence thing seem a little weird, right?

Maybe I should start by acknowledging that I purposefully left out Mortal Kombat from this list because I worked on it. Plus, with so many amazing titles this year, I can only imagine the grief I’d get if I included MK over another amazing title that came out this year.

10. Batman: Arkham City

Do I work for Warner Bros? Did they publish this game? Yes. Will some people think that has influenced this game’s position on my list? Perhaps. But I don’t care. I defy anyone to give me an argument for why this game should not be on every top 10 list of 2011. The game is that good!

9. LittleBigPlanet 2

Obviously, this game doesn’t quite seem to fit with the other games on my list. But that’s probably one of the reasons it’s on here. Such a bold and inventive game that is so much more than simply a platform game. Just look at all the inventive and professional looking levels that have been made by its community!

8. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

OK, full disclosure here. I have not played countless hours of Skyrim. To be honest, when I heard people saying they player 60+ hours and still hadn’t finished, I knew the chances of me finishing this game were pretty much zero. But after watching someone play who was 40+ hours into the game, the scope of it became apparent and completely overwhelming.

7. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

You can’t help but admire this game. So many things done so well, it’s just amazing. I have to admit that when I saw the first Uncharted, at first my head thought “they probably wanted, but couldn’t get an Indiana Jones license.” I also can’t help but wish that Sony would take this game engine and MAKE an Indiana Jones game with it. 10 million copies guaranteed!!

6. Gears of War 3

I still remember the first time I saw Gears of War in action. The cover system, the slightly shifted third-person perspective, the beautiful and gritty look, and the unapologetic Rambo on steroids presentation made this game like nothing else out there. The fact that Epic was able to make 2 more sequels, each better than the previous is just amazing.

5. Bastion

I remember the first time playing this game at E3. Great combination of “old-school” and new innovative features made this game stand out for me. I still can’t over how effective the team made use of audio in this game. The narrator telling the story as you play it was genius. Thankfully at E3 they were also smart enough to supply headsets for the players to wear while trying the game because the audio is such a big part of its magic.

4. Portal 2

Like LittleBigPlanet, this game is so unique, clever. and well-executed that you really have to play it to appreciate its depth, humor, and inventiveness.

3. Saints Row: The Third

This game entertains, dammit!! GTA clone? Hardly. While the game is insanely vulgar and the situations are hilariously random, it’s all part of the craziness that is the identity of this game. The situations are so outrageous that I can see some people overlooking how great this game’s design is.

2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Yea, it’s Call of Duty. How can this not end up on everyone’s top 10 list?

1. Battlefield 3

Maybe I’m just impressed with the audacity of someone boldly going directly head-to-head with the Call of Duty franchise. It would be like setting out to make a “Windows Killer” operating system. Or making a new phone that was going to make the iPhone obsolete! Seriously? You’re going up against Call of Duty? Did they take down the mightly COD? Maybe not. But if they sold 10 million games I’m guessing they stole (at least) some of COD’s thunder.

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Posted by Ryan

Ed Boon is a video game industry veteran, and though he's best known for his work on the Mortal Kombat series, which he co-created and has retained active creative control of, Ed has also worked on such arcade classics as Smash TV, F-14 Tomcat, and Black Knight 2000.

He's also, straight up, one of the nicest dudes we've ever met in video games. Kind of makes the whole Mortal Kombat ultra-violence thing seem a little weird, right?

Maybe I should start by acknowledging that I purposefully left out Mortal Kombat from this list because I worked on it. Plus, with so many amazing titles this year, I can only imagine the grief I’d get if I included MK over another amazing title that came out this year.

10. Batman: Arkham City

Do I work for Warner Bros? Did they publish this game? Yes. Will some people think that has influenced this game’s position on my list? Perhaps. But I don’t care. I defy anyone to give me an argument for why this game should not be on every top 10 list of 2011. The game is that good!

9. LittleBigPlanet 2

Obviously, this game doesn’t quite seem to fit with the other games on my list. But that’s probably one of the reasons it’s on here. Such a bold and inventive game that is so much more than simply a platform game. Just look at all the inventive and professional looking levels that have been made by its community!

8. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

OK, full disclosure here. I have not played countless hours of Skyrim. To be honest, when I heard people saying they player 60+ hours and still hadn’t finished, I knew the chances of me finishing this game were pretty much zero. But after watching someone play who was 40+ hours into the game, the scope of it became apparent and completely overwhelming.

7. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

You can’t help but admire this game. So many things done so well, it’s just amazing. I have to admit that when I saw the first Uncharted, at first my head thought “they probably wanted, but couldn’t get an Indiana Jones license.” I also can’t help but wish that Sony would take this game engine and MAKE an Indiana Jones game with it. 10 million copies guaranteed!!

6. Gears of War 3

I still remember the first time I saw Gears of War in action. The cover system, the slightly shifted third-person perspective, the beautiful and gritty look, and the unapologetic Rambo on steroids presentation made this game like nothing else out there. The fact that Epic was able to make 2 more sequels, each better than the previous is just amazing.

5. Bastion

I remember the first time playing this game at E3. Great combination of “old-school” and new innovative features made this game stand out for me. I still can’t over how effective the team made use of audio in this game. The narrator telling the story as you play it was genius. Thankfully at E3 they were also smart enough to supply headsets for the players to wear while trying the game because the audio is such a big part of its magic.

4. Portal 2

Like LittleBigPlanet, this game is so unique, clever. and well-executed that you really have to play it to appreciate its depth, humor, and inventiveness.

3. Saints Row: The Third

This game entertains, dammit!! GTA clone? Hardly. While the game is insanely vulgar and the situations are hilariously random, it’s all part of the craziness that is the identity of this game. The situations are so outrageous that I can see some people overlooking how great this game’s design is.

2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Yea, it’s Call of Duty. How can this not end up on everyone’s top 10 list?

1. Battlefield 3

Maybe I’m just impressed with the audacity of someone boldly going directly head-to-head with the Call of Duty franchise. It would be like setting out to make a “Windows Killer” operating system. Or making a new phone that was going to make the iPhone obsolete! Seriously? You’re going up against Call of Duty? Did they take down the mightly COD? Maybe not. But if they sold 10 million games I’m guessing they stole (at least) some of COD’s thunder.

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Posted by Young_Scott

Toasty!

Posted by Daiphyer

WHAT THE FUCK BOON!!! WHERE IS MORTAL KOMBAT

Posted by Sammo21

I can answer the question posed in the number 2 slot: easily.

Posted by Bumpton

FPS fan, huh? Wouldn't've guessed!

Posted by csl316

Way to represent Chicago, Mr. Boon.

Posted by InsidiousTuna

Ed, just because you made MK doesn't preclude it from a top 10 list. It's certainly on mine.

Posted by Bobby_The_Great

Little Big Planet 2 love: confirming my love for Ed Boon.

Posted by adamfedoruk

MK is on MY list, Ed!

Posted by Phatmac

ED BOON!

Posted by Otrebor

Im just glad someone recognizes Battlefield 3

Posted by freakin9

What, no SSF4AE!?

heh, jk.

Thanks for making a kick ass Mortal Kombat game! We'll just call that your 1b

Posted by HermanMarte

Ed fucking Boom! Awesome!

Posted by hermes

Kind of surprised for the lack of MK on the list. Don't worry, Ed, no one here will accuse you of egocentrism, we know its good.

Posted by BoringK

BF3 at #1 and MW3 at #2. Brass balls on this guy. (I haven't played either, aside from playing one match in the BF3 beta and quickly losing interest. But I did play MK!)

Posted by mrfluke

sorry johnny V Ed boon is my favorite list just because he is ed boon

Posted by GaspoweR

We all know that Mortal Kombat is Number 0 on that list because we all know that in his heart, Mortal Kombat is the best game out there... = D

Posted by Cogzwell

Aaaaaaand a little bit of respect for Ed Boon was lost that day.

Posted by EgoCheck616

@Cogzwell said:

Aaaaaaand a little bit of respect for Ed Boon was lost that day.

HOW DARE HE LIKE WHAT I DO NOT LIKE.

Posted by claudius

Holy shit Ed Boon.

Posted by LiK

MK FPS with Stryker incoming!

Posted by kidman

@Cogzwell said:

Aaaaaaand a little bit of respect for Ed Boon was lost that day.

Ed Boon could have killed a newborn baby and still wouldn't lose an ounce of respect.

Posted by JacDG

@EgoCheck616 said:

@Cogzwell said:

Aaaaaaand a little bit of respect for Ed Boon was lost that day.

HOW DARE HE LIKE WHAT I DO NOT LIKE.

I KNOW, LIKING MODERN WARFARE, EVERYONE KNOWS THAT IS THE HITLER OF GAMING.

Posted by Curufinwe

"Yea, it’s Call of Duty. How can this not end up on everyone’s top 10 list?"

Poor Ed still being stuck in 2007.

Posted by Jeffsekai

ED Boon hahaha this is the best thing.

Posted by alcor741
Posted by Slaker117

Ed frinkin' Boon!

Posted by Baconator

EBFTW!

Posted by spankingaddict

Man , it's awesome to see LBP 2 on someone's list. Very awesome . Portal 2 and LBP 2 are easily the best in 2011 , imo.

Posted by papercut

Ed Boon's list. MK9 ten times.

Posted by Baal_Sagoth

I didn't expect this list to look like it does but it definitely is fascinating. Interesting choices and I'm extremely happy to see it as a GB game of the year contribution!

Posted by huntad

You guys got Ed Boon to make a list too? What a cool guy. Congrats Giantbomb.

Posted by benson

Ed Boon seems to be a nice duder, and I'm a big fan of MK, but he isn't a good writer.

Posted by Winternet

Battlefield 3 and MW 3 on the top2? Did not seen that coming.

Posted by LiquidSwords

@Cogzwell said:

Aaaaaaand a little bit of respect for Ed Boon was lost that day.

WHAAAAAAAAA!

Posted by Godlyawesomeguy

Uh......Call of Duty? Alright, I guess this is truly a personal top ten.

Posted by Skogen

<3 Ed Boon.

Posted by Swoxx

FUCK YEAH ED BOON BATTLEFIELD 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by buzz_killington

Ed Boon is one of the people I REALLY respect in the industry. Awesome to know he also has a good taste in games.

Posted by Milkman

@Cogzwell said:

Aaaaaaand a little bit of respect for Ed Boon was lost that day.

What an insanely idiotic thing to say.

Posted by kingzetta
@LiK said:
MK FPS with Stryker incoming!
fuck yes
Posted by RVonE

@Cogzwell said:

Aaaaaaand a little bit of respect for Ed Boon was lost that day.

Why?

Edited by Bucketdeth

Hilarious people getting angry over Ed putting COD on his list, I do not like COD but god damn, stop acting like fucking babies.

This is his top 10, not 'what you want his top 10 to be'.

Posted by Humanity

I'm surprised to see all these modern games on this list, even though technically it is a list of 2011 games. I guess I just always imagined Ed Boon playing 8bit hardcore oldschool titles or something.

Posted by FutureNewbApps

Nice to see LBP2 on somebody else's top 10 list, its definitely on mine.

Posted by steelknight2000

Toasty!

Posted by mazik765

Ed Boon is awesome.

Posted by Bane122

@Godlyawesomeguy: @Godlyawesomeguy said:

Uh......Call of Duty? Alright, I guess this is truly a personal top ten.

What the hell else would a list called Ed Boon's Top 10 games of 2011 be?

Posted by Undeadpool

@RVonE said:

@Cogzwell said:

Aaaaaaand a little bit of respect for Ed Boon was lost that day.

Why?

Because I disagree with an entry or two on his 100% subjective list!!!!111

Edited by Godlyawesomeguy

@Bane122 said:

@Godlyawesomeguy: @Godlyawesomeguy said:

Uh......Call of Duty? Alright, I guess this is truly a personal top ten.

What the hell else would a list called Ed Boon's Top 10 games of 2011 be?

All I meant was that his opinion is rather unpopular amoung gaming enthusiasts.

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