By Bam_D_Leprechaun 2 Comments
Alrighty folks, It's time for my top 10 and bonus games of 2011!
This year has been very good in terms of gaming, lots of sequels, new ip's, great indie games, and some rather disappointing ones too, so lets get to it!
NUMBER 10 - Magicka
Probably should also be in the underrated games of the year as well, but this is my top 10 so who the fuck cares!
It came out at the beginning of the year, and most people forgot about it, which is a shame, the game was amazingly fun, and even better with 2 (or 3 or 4) people online, you pretty much move from place to place doing quests and killing shit! The magic system is pretty unique too, messing around with combining spells and end up awesome (or screw up and hurt yourself) It had a pretty good challenge mode too, waves of bad dudes not unlike Horde Mode from Gears. Also the DLC for it is great and hilarious, gotta love the Vietnam one! So if you haven't played it yet, get off your ass and buy the damn thing on Steam, you wont be sorry, and if you are, well then die in a fire (casts double fireball)!
NUMBER 9 - Bulletstorm
Another underrated game on my list!
I pretty much bought into it when a close friend of mine told me she was testing the game at EA in Baton Rouge, so when it came out, I was more then happy to grab it, and boy was I happy! Holy balls was it fun, I haven't been disappointed by EPIC Games and they pretty much served up a win in my book! I feel sad about it though, because it didn't get enough press or advertising to push it into a AAA title, but I guess that's what happens when you want to keep people looking at Gears of War 3. But enough of that! So everything about the game just screamed "gratuitous violence action movie" everything was ridiculous, right down to some of the dialog, Grayson Hunt seemed pretty likeable (even if he sounded way too much like Marcus Fenix) Overall I enjoyed this crazy ass shooter, multiplayer was alright, but then again i hardly touched it.
NUMBER 8 - Dragon Age II
I know I know, I'm going to get beat up for this but hear me out! While it didn't live up to the hype created by Bioware, and couldn't hold a candle to Dragon Age: Origins, It's still a pretty good RPG by them. The storyline was kind of lame sometimes, but some of the side quests were the most memorable ones, and the voice acting was great! I played it twice from beginning to end, with a 3rd ready to boot up and play. Now I wasn't a fan of the combat, and felt the dumbing down of the gear and skill trees to be a real down point. Overall I enjoyed the game, and when I feel the need to play it more then once, that's when i know it's good.
NUMBER 7 - Terraria
Out of all the praise and underground following of Minecraft, this little gem popped out! Personally, I liked it way more the Minecraft, and i'm a huge fan of 8-bit (or in this case 24-bit) sprites. When I first started playing it, I had no fucking idea what I was doing, not until a friend of mine told me. I fucking had a ball with it after that, mining, crafting, killing dudes, summoning bosses to kill them, exploring... I've wasted so much time just walking around, crawling through caves and making my way to hell. By god it was glorious!
My underrated game of 2011 - Rock of Ages - very amusing, and fun game, smashing shit i always fun.
NUMBER 6 - Dead Space 2
Holy shit another EA game on my list, well they did have a pretty good year. DS2 picked up right where I wanted it to, and everything felt the same, and yet it wasn't. It felt smoother, aiming and shooting felt better, and animations looked great! I have nothing but good things to say about it.
My sports game of 2011 - NHL 12 - Improved on the best sports franchise, but needs a new coat of paint.
NUMBER 5 - Battlefield 3
Yeah Buddy, the next installment of my favorite megamultiplayer shooter back and better then ever! I don't really need to say it, but yes i hate CoD, and yes I have my reasons. It's a pretty solid game, and even though I still like Bad Company 2 better, it did improve on a ton of things. Also, adding jets back in has got to be the best re-addition to it, I just hope we're going to get another futuristic Battlefield now that the modern shooter is overdone and saturated.
My Overrated game of 2011 - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - Last good CoD game was CoD 2
NUMBER 4 - Gears of War 3
If it ain't broke... Gears continues to show it's the best 3rd person shooter in the game. Added Beast mode (horde with locust) and the story was really good, great music that fit right in. I'm sure this won't be the last Gears universe game, nor should it be.
My Disapointing games of 2011
L.A. Noir - I had high hopes, but it didn't deliver.
Dead Rising 2 - I loved the game, but it just didn't feel the same
NUMBER 3 - Portal 2
Terrific voice acting, great puzzles, memorable characters, absolutely amazing.
It's the goddamn Batman, what more do you want?!
By far the best installment (IMO) from TES, huge area to explore, billions of quests, pretty good voice acting, tons of things to do, oh and DRAGONS! I liked the game so much that I have 2 copies (360 and PC) even if the PC was free from Bethesda. IT seems to get a lot of flack here and there from people, but honeslty, it's a really good game, and I can't imagine anything being quite as epic as fighting a Dragon or 2, with Giants and Mammoths!
My games I still haven't played and would love to of 2011
- Dead Island - I have it, just haven't opened it yet.
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Money constrictions caused me to skip it
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - Not having a Wii
- Dark Souls - Also money constrictions
- Saints Row: The Third - I still haven't played 1 or 2, so i need to get on that don't I?
GAME OF THE YEAR - Bastion
Great storytelling, amazing artwork, phenomenal musical score. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this game, it's just amazing!