1. Dark Souls
Suffocating atmosphere, tight and precise combat, fantastic online component, and one of the most memorable gaming environments ever. Oh and those god damn boss fights?
Dark Souls doesn't bring the x-factor of a Demon's Souls, but it improves upon it with a structural change and cuts down on some of the tedium of the original game. Creating an even more satisfying experience than its predecessor.
One of the most excellent puzzle games this side of tetris. Makes you feel smart as fuck when you get through some of those levels.
3. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
Still the most misogynistic game on the market, and still some of the finest choices/consequences in a game dealing with player choice. Improved combat, stunning visuals, and some what better pacing make this a wonderful follow up to the original Witcher.
The puzzle gameplay may have its weak spots, but the story tackles aspects very few games(if any) ever come close to commenting on. It's wacky, charming, humorous, intriguing, and highly entertaining.
5. Batman: Arkham City
In a lot of ways it's more Batman, and maybe not as tightly paced. In other ways it's more fucking Batman and more fucking Kevin Conroy. The combat system has some nice new additions, the stealth aspect of the game is still tons of fun, and the way the game throws basically everything and the kitchen sink into the game gives it some of the most satisfying optional content in any game from this gen.
6. Rayman Origins
Beautiful art, tight mechanics, clever design, and some fiendish secret levels along the way. Outside of the indie scene and Nintendo you don't get games like this, so god bless Ubisoft for letting Micheal Ancel make this game. Now can we actually support the damn thing?
7. Portal 2
The coop as absolutely brilliant, and the single player is only disappointing because it has to live up to the almost perfect original. Gladdos is still her devilish self, but the real star of the show has to be Cave Johnson. He makes some of the more tedious aspects of the game enjoyable by simply speaking.
Some top notch mind bending puzzles in the campaign, but even more insane ones in the coop.
8. Saints Row: The Third
You should totally play some Saints Row The Third
9. Gears of War 3
The single player shows its age and franchise fatigue, but FINALLY the Gears franchise gets a working and more complete multiplayer game. Horde is still coop brilliance, but the competitive is tons of fun with a good group of friends.
Just watch out for that annoying sawed-off.
10. Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat returns with one of the most beautifully cheesy and highly entertaining story modes you will ever get in a fighting game. That and fatalities son
11. Resistance 3
If you had told me Resistance 3 would have the best shooter campaign of 2011? I would have laughed at you, and yet here we are and it has the best shooter campaign of 2011.
Yes it's way to by the book in its level design and pacing, but those weapons, the weapon wheel, the better thought out enemy designs, and health system make this a more engaging shooter than the previous Resistance and most modern day triple A shooers ever are.
It may be a bit of a one trick pony, but it's a damn good one trick.
I'll admit I don't get the crazy love some people have for the game, and that has me scratching my head. otherwise? the combat is fun, the art is nice, the game is plenty replayable and narrator has a bit of a charm to it. Totally worth the price of admission.
13. The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile
A little too monotone, but incredibly stylish and brutal.
14. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
It's not nearly as good as its predecessor, but that's fine. A let down was a little expected, but I still enjoyed another solid nathan drake adventure. The multiplayer? not so much
15. Shadows of the Damned
Dick jokes for days and style for miles make this mash-up of Japanese gaming all stars(Mikami, Yamoaka, and to a lesser extent suda)a solid, but only a solid experience
16. Battlefield 3
The multiplayer doesn't capture all the highs of 2142 or Battlefield 2, but it's a spectacle none the less. It's just a mp that needs a serious kick in the ass.
17. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
This game may have some of the finest dungeon designs Nintendo has ever had with Zelda. It's just a shame you need to fight some iffy motion controls, a shit ton of padding, and the usual lack of progression found in the Zelda series.
Somewhere in there is the sign of brilliant designers working on a storied franchise. It just happens to be buried under nonsense.
18. inFamous 2
A decent follow up to Infamous 1. It's more or less more fucking infamous, and thus it has all the same draw backs. Dumb story, routine missions, black and white choices, and a game that is only fun for about 2/3rds of the experience.
19. Alice: Madness Returns
Awesome art. Decent everything else
20. To the Moon
4 hours of my life wasted on manipulative nonsense
21. Crysis 2
Why is the once great maximum speed now a god damn regular old sprint? what is this hoetry?
22. Dead Space 2
Isaac's bitch ruins the entire game.
23. Killzone 3
Same mind numbing campaign, but a more CoDfied mp=yawnfest
Had an awesome concept, but a misguided campaign.
25. L.A. Noire
The most expensive sleeping pill ever