tekmojo's GOTY and Top 10 Games of 2011

   
Looking back, 2011 wasn't such a bad year for gaming after all. There were plenty of titles that forced me to completely miss out on other extremely well done games. Portal 2 has unfortunately missed my attention and is now installed on my Steam. I think I'm missing out on Batman: Arkham City and Uncharted 3 as well, which both seem like amazing games. Even Left 4 Dead 2 managed to sap up a majority of my time because there is simply no game quite like it. 
 
And then, there were the disappointments...Duke Nukem Forever takes the cake, no question about that, but Dragon Age 2 had me re-installing Origins all over again to realize what went wrong. The most disappointing aspect of 2011 was never having enough time to play every game I wanted to. Let's hope 2012 is as good as 2011. 
 
Happy Gamer Year bros.
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Posted by tekmojo
   
Looking back, 2011 wasn't such a bad year for gaming after all. There were plenty of titles that forced me to completely miss out on other extremely well done games. Portal 2 has unfortunately missed my attention and is now installed on my Steam. I think I'm missing out on Batman: Arkham City and Uncharted 3 as well, which both seem like amazing games. Even Left 4 Dead 2 managed to sap up a majority of my time because there is simply no game quite like it. 
 
And then, there were the disappointments...Duke Nukem Forever takes the cake, no question about that, but Dragon Age 2 had me re-installing Origins all over again to realize what went wrong. The most disappointing aspect of 2011 was never having enough time to play every game I wanted to. Let's hope 2012 is as good as 2011. 
 
Happy Gamer Year bros.
Posted by tekmojo

I've just created my GOTY 2011 list thanks to @ThatFrood and his awesome thread. My list is a carbon copy of what I say in my video so hope you all enjoy reading or watching! 
 

GOTY 2011

1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

If there was one game that shattered my already ridiculously high expectations for it, that game would be Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Skyrim is really what you make of it. There are so many adventures to be had if you're willing to look. Curiosity is your driving force, and creativity is your staying power. There are endless ways to play this game, and on the PC, the mods are stacking up by the minute. Whether I'm spawning warriors to battle one another, or I'm hunting animals with bow & arrow to craft that new armor I need. Skyrim had it all for me. A game that I could play at my own pace. With that said, at any pace, fast or slow, I'm likely to miss a few things along the way. And I'm fine with that, because in Skyrim, it's not the destination, but the journey.

2. Dark Souls

Dark Souls is a game that reminds us there are still hardcore gamers out there. Gamers that don't need their hand held throughout the entire game, or any of it for that matter. If there is one thing you can take away from Dark Souls, it's that patience is a virtue. The more you play of it, the wiser and stronger you become. That is until, you think you've become wiser and stronger and the game finds new ways to make you frustrated. Don't let that keep you from enjoying one of the most rewarding games to come out this year. What kills you, only makes you stronger.

3. Battlefield 3

Born to fight, trained to kill, the United States Marines. There isn't a fighting force quite like us. Portraying Marines in games isn't anything new. But Battlefield 3's attention to detail is scary close to the real thing. How this game sounds is a great place to start. Explosions, jets, tanks, guns, voices, they're all amazing. Add into that an unbelievably deep progression and competitive multiplayer scene that captures all of Battlefield 2's glory, and now we're talking. You can't go wrong with Battlefield 3, and it's sure to create, "Did you see that!?" moments long into 2012.

4. Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars meets MMO once more. Having spent only a short amount of time in The Old Republic would be an understatement. But working your way through any MMO requires patience and determination. I can honestly say that I have no immediate desire to rush through content just to map out every nook and cranny of the galaxy. Yet. Story is key here, and a fantastic one at that. Here's me hoping that whatever charm I've seen thus far, will continue to propel me for a long, long time.

5. L.A. Noire

I'm a sucker for realism, and L.A. Noire is by far the most realistic crime/mystery solving game I have played. The game reminds me of Heavy Rain quite a bit, and like that game, this has very strict rules on how you should play. That may sound like it's removing some of the fun, but all it's asking you to do is approach it from a different perspective. Once you get into the mind of protagonist, Cole Phelps, you will be shocked at some of the things you learn throughout the story.

6. Dead Island

Dead Island shows you that there is much to improve upon for the Zombie Survival genre. Sure this game had numerous bugs and glitches, but it took chances. The end result is a refreshing and unique experience that won't soon be forgotten. Hacking zombie limbs off in Dead Island is hugely satisfying thanks to the body destruction physics. Apart from the end boss being a complete joke, given how powerful you become by the final chapter, the story actually unfolds quite well. I can't wait to take another stab at this new zombie franchise.

7. Rift

I was there at the start, and for an MMO, it had one of the smoothest launches I can think of. But even that by itself isn't enough to give you an edge in today's market. The biggest advantage Rift had going for it was its extreme level of polish. And while I I didn't always care for what was going on in Rift's story, the developers put so much effort into the game that it was hard to look away. Like the spontaneous nature of the Rifts, the chaotic charm of this game only lasted so long. What a ride it was though, and I hope to see more MMOs follow suit.

8. Might & Magic Heroes Kingdom

One of my guilty pleasure games happens to be on the web-browser platform. If you want persistence, but don't have a lot of time to sacrifice, Might & Magic Heroes Kingdoms is a MMORTS that serves you quite well. These games don't do a terrific job presenting oneself, but what it lacks in flash, it more than makes up for it in substance. Having the Might & Magic lore scores some points for it too.

9. World Cruise Story

Mobile games have come a long way. Being away from my PC and consoles leaves me filling that gap with some fantastic time killers. World Cruise Story is every Tycoon's dream game. Simple, but plentiful options lets you build the biggest and most popular cruise ship ever. No time limits or pesky goals in this one, just pure mobile, sandbox fun. My battery begged me to stop, but that wasn't enough to keep me away.

10. Minecraft

Easily one of the most overwhelming games of 2011 for me was Minecraft. Backed by an amazing community, and the ability to invest into the game before its actual release made this a completely unique title. This is a true sandbox adventure game that always me to play more of it. Unfortunately, I couldn't dig up enough time to discover all of its secrets.

Posted by Superkenon

Nice video! Put together with class, and sporting some well-articulated opinions. Two things I'm far too lazy to accomplish in my own list, haha.

I never even heard of World Cruise Story... I'm going to need to try it out.

Posted by MURDERSMASH

2011 was an absolutely INSANE year for gaming. So many big name franchises either reiterated or reborn. Even our old pal Sonic put up a world-class contender!

Posted by tekmojo
@Superkenon: Thanks for checking it out. :] Everyone usually has one or two titles that you wish you had a chance to play. That's the only sad part for me every year. ;( 
 
@three02: If someone woke me up from a year long coma and told me a sonic game came out in 2011, and was actually pretty good...I wouldn't believe them!!!
Posted by Superkenon

@tekmojo said:

@Superkenon: Thanks for checking it out. :] Everyone usually has one or two titles that you wish you had a chance to play. That's the only sad part for me every year. ;(

Oh yeah. I've definitely been feeling that extra hard this year in particular. I haven't even played Dark Souls, to name one... even though I loved Demon's Souls. There's just too many great games that require more time investment than is possible anymore. Although, the holiday release season kinda amplifies that feeling. There'll be some time next year to catch up on the backlog some. ...Perhaps.

In any case, better to celebrate the awesome games we did play than covet the glory that could have been. Here's to 2011! Hip, hip!

Posted by tekmojo
@Superkenon: Hooray!!! Lol couldn't leave ya hanging. Yea don't worry next year will have some time for sure, all I need is one good east coast blizzard and it will give me that extra time I need.  
 
Steam sales are still going strong, picked up my last few items I wanted. Renegade Ops 4 pack was like $10 bucks so I got that, also got GRID for a few measly dollars because Codemasters is awesome! Magicka was super cheap got that too! 
 
But you're right I'll have to leave 2011 behind sooner or later. Like pretty soon *checks clock* so time to raise the glasses one last time! Cheers!
Posted by Little_Socrates

It's really amazing how huge the ___ ____ Story franchise has really become. KairoSoft has put out something like 8 games in a year and a quarter! It's pretty crazy.

Great list, even if we almost completely disagree on the best games of the year! I loved Skyrim and L.A. Noire, though, and I look forward to trying out some of KairoSoft's other releases.

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@Little_Socrates said:

It's really amazing how huge the ___ ____ Story franchise has really become. KairoSoft has put out something like 8 games in a year and a quarter! It's pretty crazy.

Great list, even if we almost completely disagree on the best games of the year! I loved Skyrim and L.A. Noire, though, and I look forward to trying out some of KairoSoft's other releases.

I think I've played every Story game to come out this year. They are simply fantastic! Can't wait for the next Story game, the only thing that bugs me is that KairoSoft usually puts out their games without any release date. Although, I have them 'liked' on Facebook, so sometimes they give you hints on what they are working on.