1. Dark Souls
Without question my favorite game of 2011, and probably my favorite game of all time.
2. Portal 2
This was neat, a game that is genuinely clever and has great acting. Also, it makes you feel like a genious for figuring things out.
3. Mass Effect 2
Great! This was actually a 2011-ass game that I played in 2011, on account of playing it on PS3! Loved the whole thing, with a few Hammerhead-driving segments as the exeptions. Shadow Broker DLC strikes me as one of the greatest distilled gaming experiences I've ever had.
4. Professor Layton and the Last Specter
Guys, this is a game about a man who likes puzzles solving puzzling mysteries by solving puzzles.
5. Super Mario 3D Land
Delightful is the new buzzword in gaming, and I'll get on the bandwagon and submit that this platformer definitely is that.
6. Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes
I played the DS version of this, and I'm pretty sure it wasn't published in 2011, but even so, I spent an unholy amount of hours with it.
7. Costume Quest
A lovely, fuzzy, cozy game. Best played around halloween and christmas. Again, a game not released in 2011, but that doesn't really matter to me.
8. Groove Coaster
A lone iPad entry on my list; I've recently lost interest in gaming on the iPad almost completely. This, though, is pretty damned rad. HEADPHONES ON!!!