My Top Five Video Games of 2011

2011 has been one of the best years in video games. The year was stacked with high quality AAA games from start and end of the year. Every genre had it's highs and lows, but for the most part every genre had a great set of games for it's respected fan base. So with the year coming to an end, it's time to look back on the top five games of the year and give out my game of the year.

5. Catherine

Catherine strong points is presenting mature theme that aren't often in found games. Themes of marriage and being single are rarely touched in video games and make this one of the mature games on the market. But when you get into how the game plays and into the story, you'll realize that there's a lot more to this game than just plot. Every time Vincent completes a stage during his nightmare, he is subjected to questioning about that decided Vincent stays with. This is one of the few games that makes gamers ask about their love life. Those who are honest, will find Catherine to be a more immersive experience than some weren't expecting. From the difficult puzzle, to the conversation to partake in and choices to make which is why Catherine packs a lot.

4. L.A Noire

In an industry dominated with sequels, L.A noire is a fresh inventive IP that once again starts the discussion for whether or not games are art. Gameplay takes the back seat as the story and the performances take center stage. It Transcends narrative in video games as it raises the bar for the next generation of story telling. Hats off to Rockstar to take a big risk and make a game that could of easily flopped if done wrong. If there isn’t another L.A noire, I could see their not being another game like this for a long time to come.

3. Portal 2

Are you Still Alive? Valve, the creator of Half Life, Team Fortress, Counter Strike and now the infamous Portal series, which made it’s debut in the Orange Box. Even though Portal was short, it was fresh and featured one of the best songs in gaming.Now fast forwarding to 2011, Portal 2 was released and now everything you loved about the original portal was fully expanded and delivered an in-creditably memorable story. The writing and voice acting combination, helped created some of the most memorable characters in gaming. Stephen Merchant, the voice of Wheatley, really did steal the show in Portal. His performance made Portal worth playing. One of the main reasons Portal isn’t higher on this list is because it still makes many of the same mistakes.

Portal 2 doesn’t take long to beat and revolved around you doing the same thing. It was still great fun, but it got boring overtime. Even though it had co-op, there wasn’t a lot to do after you beat the story, making the game a rather quick experience. Overall It was great short game, but I was too short for my taste.

2. Uncharted 3

Nate, Elena and Sully return in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Naughty Dog returns to helm the project, but this time returned with higher expectations as Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was the 2009 game of the year. So did it return to meet expectations? You bet it did. Drake’s Deception improved on what made Among Thieves so good by adding much needed online features while featuring one of the best storylines in gaming.

I love everything about Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. The action is great and provides one of the richest movie like experience in video games. It’s a really good game, but has some major flaws in it that hold it back from being a great game. The story doesn’t grab your attention like Uncharted 2: Among thieves. With the story taking little or no chances with key characters. Many of the key story elements feel repetitive and watered down than previous Uncharted games. However, It's still one of the best games of the year and was just shy of toping our game of the year.

1. Infamous 2

I had very high expectations going into infamous 2, but right away they were all blown away from the first opening minutes. The jump from Infamous to Infamous 2 is astounding and in my book one of the biggest jump, from game to game. The graphics are top notch, the story is excellent and the gameplay trully makes you feel like a badass. Infamous 2 is still one of the most memorable games of the year for one reason alone, the ending

I was hooked until the very end of Infamous 2. I was captivated in the story and how I would stop the Beast but I was completly caught off guard. Both good and evil endings leave much room for a potential sequal. I didn't expect I would have to kill Zeke and become the beast or choose to sacrifice myself for the greater good.

Could their be potential Infamous 3?, yes indeed. As long as Sony keeps putting Cole in various other IP's, Then you never rule out the chance, but do we need one?. I really wish their isn't a sequal and Sucker Punch would move onto something else. If their is one, I would gladly jump back into Cole's life and continue to live out his insane life.

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Posted by LightForceJedi

2011 has been one of the best years in video games. The year was stacked with high quality AAA games from start and end of the year. Every genre had it's highs and lows, but for the most part every genre had a great set of games for it's respected fan base. So with the year coming to an end, it's time to look back on the top five games of the year and give out my game of the year.

5. Catherine

Catherine strong points is presenting mature theme that aren't often in found games. Themes of marriage and being single are rarely touched in video games and make this one of the mature games on the market. But when you get into how the game plays and into the story, you'll realize that there's a lot more to this game than just plot. Every time Vincent completes a stage during his nightmare, he is subjected to questioning about that decided Vincent stays with. This is one of the few games that makes gamers ask about their love life. Those who are honest, will find Catherine to be a more immersive experience than some weren't expecting. From the difficult puzzle, to the conversation to partake in and choices to make which is why Catherine packs a lot.

4. L.A Noire

In an industry dominated with sequels, L.A noire is a fresh inventive IP that once again starts the discussion for whether or not games are art. Gameplay takes the back seat as the story and the performances take center stage. It Transcends narrative in video games as it raises the bar for the next generation of story telling. Hats off to Rockstar to take a big risk and make a game that could of easily flopped if done wrong. If there isn’t another L.A noire, I could see their not being another game like this for a long time to come.

3. Portal 2

Are you Still Alive? Valve, the creator of Half Life, Team Fortress, Counter Strike and now the infamous Portal series, which made it’s debut in the Orange Box. Even though Portal was short, it was fresh and featured one of the best songs in gaming.Now fast forwarding to 2011, Portal 2 was released and now everything you loved about the original portal was fully expanded and delivered an in-creditably memorable story. The writing and voice acting combination, helped created some of the most memorable characters in gaming. Stephen Merchant, the voice of Wheatley, really did steal the show in Portal. His performance made Portal worth playing. One of the main reasons Portal isn’t higher on this list is because it still makes many of the same mistakes.

Portal 2 doesn’t take long to beat and revolved around you doing the same thing. It was still great fun, but it got boring overtime. Even though it had co-op, there wasn’t a lot to do after you beat the story, making the game a rather quick experience. Overall It was great short game, but I was too short for my taste.

2. Uncharted 3

Nate, Elena and Sully return in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Naughty Dog returns to helm the project, but this time returned with higher expectations as Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was the 2009 game of the year. So did it return to meet expectations? You bet it did. Drake’s Deception improved on what made Among Thieves so good by adding much needed online features while featuring one of the best storylines in gaming.

I love everything about Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. The action is great and provides one of the richest movie like experience in video games. It’s a really good game, but has some major flaws in it that hold it back from being a great game. The story doesn’t grab your attention like Uncharted 2: Among thieves. With the story taking little or no chances with key characters. Many of the key story elements feel repetitive and watered down than previous Uncharted games. However, It's still one of the best games of the year and was just shy of toping our game of the year.

1. Infamous 2

I had very high expectations going into infamous 2, but right away they were all blown away from the first opening minutes. The jump from Infamous to Infamous 2 is astounding and in my book one of the biggest jump, from game to game. The graphics are top notch, the story is excellent and the gameplay trully makes you feel like a badass. Infamous 2 is still one of the most memorable games of the year for one reason alone, the ending

I was hooked until the very end of Infamous 2. I was captivated in the story and how I would stop the Beast but I was completly caught off guard. Both good and evil endings leave much room for a potential sequal. I didn't expect I would have to kill Zeke and become the beast or choose to sacrifice myself for the greater good.

Could their be potential Infamous 3?, yes indeed. As long as Sony keeps putting Cole in various other IP's, Then you never rule out the chance, but do we need one?. I really wish their isn't a sequal and Sucker Punch would move onto something else. If their is one, I would gladly jump back into Cole's life and continue to live out his insane life.

Posted by amir90

Different list then most people, with the exception of maybe portal 2.
I haven't even tries any of these games yet, such a shame.

Edited by johnsmith1989

This is such a different list of games; Out of these games I have only tried L.A Noire. This is a wonderful game to play. Other games which in my top list are: Portal 2, Batman: Arkham City and Star Wars.

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Posted by Video_Game_King

@LightForceJedi said:

It Transcends narrative in video games as it raises the bar for the next generation of story telling.

What? How? What specifically did it do that made it like absolutely no other game in terms of story telling?

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@LightForceJedi said:

It Transcends narrative in video games as it raises the bar for the next generation of story telling.

What? How? What specifically did it do that made it like absolutely no other game in terms of story telling?

Many don't like L.A Noire because of the pacing but Its one of the best things about the game. One of tge many reasons i say it Trenscends story telling is because of facial animation. It might be early for this tech, but i loved every bit
Posted by Video_Game_King

@LightForceJedi:

That doesn't sound especially transcendental, at least from a story-telling perspective. (I'd chime in about how I really liked LA Noire, but good luck figuring that out from my writings on it.)