Game of the Year 2011 Blog Post

I am not a video game reviewer, nor do I want to be one. So I keep this short and sweet. It's all in a list already. I just want to conserve it. I am just saying that for me personally 2011 was the year back to the PC. I played many of these games on PC, which is now hooked up to my 46" TV. Evidently, we need new consoles. Because that PC is effing loud!

Most impressive games in 2011

1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The 800-pound gorilla. A masterpiece. A friend had to lock my steam account to stop me playing. Most akin to WoW which led to similar things. Getting lost in a beautiful world I want to continue to explore. My GOTY.

2. Bastion

Its very tough to give an order for the next 3 games. They equally engaged me.

I am sucker for handdrawn 2D graphics. Usually games that feature it do not interest me ("action" like Bastion, platformers, fighting games etc.). But the incredible narrator quickly sucked me into this experience. The most beautiful game this year!

3. Portal 2

Funniest game 2011. Makes you feel smart, despite you being an idiot. Nuff said.

4. Dead Space 2

This game is also really beautiful. It had the most amazing set pieces I played through in 2011. A feat for itself this game made me try out survival horror, which I am usually not a big fan of. Maybe this is because many SH games are Japan made, and I prefer the western style games. Maybe because it was not that frightening. I played the first game and this one back to back. A good decision.

5. Battlefield 3

My weapon of choice in online "shoot that guy!" Essentially a prettier version of BC2 with more stuff. I played it on PC an PS3. The PC version is a great game. The PS3 one not so much. The stope, technology and controls of BC2 worked much better on consoles (especially Vietman was great. Some maps (METRO!) are clearly more a tech demo than a gameplay piece. But this game has legs and the core is fun. The single player is not fun at all though.

6. L.A. Noire

I just like this time period (or the hollywood versions of it). Everything was better in the past. Everyone dressed sharp and could articulate themselves. I got quickly absorbed in the story so the fact that this is basically a point and click adventure did not bother me. The open world aspect of this game is barely used at all. Which I did not like. The facial motion capture technique in the game represented the biggest advancement in video game tech for me in 2011. I want to see more of it.

7. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

Great looking and true to fiction power fantasy. I played quite a bit of the relatively dull multiplayer. However they achieved to make the Warhammer 40k type combat feel right and work in a multiplayer setting. Melee combat is and ranged weapons are both viable. It really feels like you would imagine a space marine would fight. First fin out the enemy lines with your bolter, then charge in with your chainsword. FOR THE EMPEROR!

8. Killzone 3

Easily the best looking console game overall in 2011. It's a competent shooter with a unique weight to it, cool set pieces, great environments and a fun class based multiplayer. The story is quite flat though and the obvious sequel setup is annoying. The Helghast (British Space Nazis) are fun enemies. The written background story actually originally sets them up as the good guys, which need to take to extreme measures to defend them selfs. The games portrait the opposite.

9. Assassin's Creed: Revelations

I am only a few sequences in. The core elements are still there and still fun. The combat system is simple but very satisfying. The best animations in any game. The older side stuff is also good, just the den defense is awful. The main story seems competent. I just want to see this through.

10. Total War: Shogun 2

Great game. I tire of it fairly quickly though. But you just keep coming back.

The great Unknowns

These are games which are not taken into consideration. I have the sneaky feeling that they might have ended up in the top list. I will probably borrow a few of these games from friends. So no hurry when you can play them for free and you got a huge backlog anyway.

  • Witcher 2 - I am only 1-2 hours in. Man this game looks awesome. Best looking PC game hands down. I am going to pull a Vinny though and play the first one before it. I just picked it up for 5$ at GOG. Oh man this did not age well. Terrible character animations, but independently wiggling boobs on Triss? Real classy CD Project.
  • Deus Ex Human Revolution - I am not far enough in to tell. I like the stealth part of the game. Assassins Creed to the max. I maneuvered myself into a positions that the game is not fun anymore (I am at the 1st boss). So I need to start over first and finish it.
  • Uncharted - I haven't gotten on the Uncharted bandwagon. And when I do things I go all in. So I will play this games at some point. All of them.
  • Batman Arkham City - I liked the first one. I just do not like super heroes much. The only one which is ok is Batman though. Frankly I do not see myself playing this game. I had my superhero-fill for years to come.
  • Saints Row: The Third - I must admit the high raise on this site tempted me into picking it up. It's in the mail.

2010's GOTY 2011

Civ5 Because I continue to abuse myself.

Biggest disappointment

Dragon Age 2 Yes I want to play this same exact dungeon 50 times. Why wouldn't I? Also the 3 chapters had nothing to do with each other. Weird game.

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Edited by Wuddel

I am not a video game reviewer, nor do I want to be one. So I keep this short and sweet. It's all in a list already. I just want to conserve it. I am just saying that for me personally 2011 was the year back to the PC. I played many of these games on PC, which is now hooked up to my 46" TV. Evidently, we need new consoles. Because that PC is effing loud!

Most impressive games in 2011

1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The 800-pound gorilla. A masterpiece. A friend had to lock my steam account to stop me playing. Most akin to WoW which led to similar things. Getting lost in a beautiful world I want to continue to explore. My GOTY.

2. Bastion

Its very tough to give an order for the next 3 games. They equally engaged me.

I am sucker for handdrawn 2D graphics. Usually games that feature it do not interest me ("action" like Bastion, platformers, fighting games etc.). But the incredible narrator quickly sucked me into this experience. The most beautiful game this year!

3. Portal 2

Funniest game 2011. Makes you feel smart, despite you being an idiot. Nuff said.

4. Dead Space 2

This game is also really beautiful. It had the most amazing set pieces I played through in 2011. A feat for itself this game made me try out survival horror, which I am usually not a big fan of. Maybe this is because many SH games are Japan made, and I prefer the western style games. Maybe because it was not that frightening. I played the first game and this one back to back. A good decision.

5. Battlefield 3

My weapon of choice in online "shoot that guy!" Essentially a prettier version of BC2 with more stuff. I played it on PC an PS3. The PC version is a great game. The PS3 one not so much. The stope, technology and controls of BC2 worked much better on consoles (especially Vietman was great. Some maps (METRO!) are clearly more a tech demo than a gameplay piece. But this game has legs and the core is fun. The single player is not fun at all though.

6. L.A. Noire

I just like this time period (or the hollywood versions of it). Everything was better in the past. Everyone dressed sharp and could articulate themselves. I got quickly absorbed in the story so the fact that this is basically a point and click adventure did not bother me. The open world aspect of this game is barely used at all. Which I did not like. The facial motion capture technique in the game represented the biggest advancement in video game tech for me in 2011. I want to see more of it.

7. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

Great looking and true to fiction power fantasy. I played quite a bit of the relatively dull multiplayer. However they achieved to make the Warhammer 40k type combat feel right and work in a multiplayer setting. Melee combat is and ranged weapons are both viable. It really feels like you would imagine a space marine would fight. First fin out the enemy lines with your bolter, then charge in with your chainsword. FOR THE EMPEROR!

8. Killzone 3

Easily the best looking console game overall in 2011. It's a competent shooter with a unique weight to it, cool set pieces, great environments and a fun class based multiplayer. The story is quite flat though and the obvious sequel setup is annoying. The Helghast (British Space Nazis) are fun enemies. The written background story actually originally sets them up as the good guys, which need to take to extreme measures to defend them selfs. The games portrait the opposite.

9. Assassin's Creed: Revelations

I am only a few sequences in. The core elements are still there and still fun. The combat system is simple but very satisfying. The best animations in any game. The older side stuff is also good, just the den defense is awful. The main story seems competent. I just want to see this through.

10. Total War: Shogun 2

Great game. I tire of it fairly quickly though. But you just keep coming back.

The great Unknowns

These are games which are not taken into consideration. I have the sneaky feeling that they might have ended up in the top list. I will probably borrow a few of these games from friends. So no hurry when you can play them for free and you got a huge backlog anyway.

  • Witcher 2 - I am only 1-2 hours in. Man this game looks awesome. Best looking PC game hands down. I am going to pull a Vinny though and play the first one before it. I just picked it up for 5$ at GOG. Oh man this did not age well. Terrible character animations, but independently wiggling boobs on Triss? Real classy CD Project.
  • Deus Ex Human Revolution - I am not far enough in to tell. I like the stealth part of the game. Assassins Creed to the max. I maneuvered myself into a positions that the game is not fun anymore (I am at the 1st boss). So I need to start over first and finish it.
  • Uncharted - I haven't gotten on the Uncharted bandwagon. And when I do things I go all in. So I will play this games at some point. All of them.
  • Batman Arkham City - I liked the first one. I just do not like super heroes much. The only one which is ok is Batman though. Frankly I do not see myself playing this game. I had my superhero-fill for years to come.
  • Saints Row: The Third - I must admit the high raise on this site tempted me into picking it up. It's in the mail.

2010's GOTY 2011

Civ5 Because I continue to abuse myself.

Biggest disappointment

Dragon Age 2 Yes I want to play this same exact dungeon 50 times. Why wouldn't I? Also the 3 chapters had nothing to do with each other. Weird game.

Posted by Bollard

Good list Wuddel! Your top five is strikingly similar to that which came up during the podcast I am part of's Game Of The Year casts. Shogun 2 is a very solid choice also.

And hell yeah we need new consoles haha!

Posted by Vinny_Says

I'm seeing quite a few AC revelations on lists (it's on mine's too)....Ubisoft did good this year again, especially with the multiplayer. It picks up toward s the end in a really crazy way, see it through.