GOTY 2011

Quite simple, really. It's my top 10 games of 2011! Really, anything after five can be switched around. Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to play a few great games this year, I bought the entire Uncharted franchise about a month ago and am just now getting through Uncharted 2 (a GREAT game!) so unfortunately, this list isn't perfect (to me) but here it is.

List items

  • If someone were to ask me to make a list of five games to show off just why I enjoy gaming so much, Saints Row: The Third would be on that list. While many games make us feel like we're part of the world through story, characters or environments (or a combination of these things), Saints Row is flat out fun, which I feel many games today forget about. There's so much craziness going on that I can't help but laugh every time I play it. And it's a great co-op game to play with a friend.

  • Nearly 60 hours were put into this downloadable game from me, and there's still so much left to do in the game. The gameplay is simple, but the game can be fairly difficult, though sometimes it's mainly because luck just wasn't on your side when it comes to the 100+ items you can find in the game to boost your stats (or just the opposite) Did I mention it's only $5? Buy it and, if you can, also pick up the soundtrack, it's really quite good.

  • I'm not a fighting game fan, the only fighting games I've ever really put any serious time into were the Smash Bros. series and a bit of Guilty Gear a few years back. So it came as a major shock that I enjoyed Mortal Kombat as much as I did. I originally picked it up as something to play around with for the month I had off between college and my summer job, but after that I still came back to MK, alone or with friends. The story in the Single Player is really good, the fighting felt great, it was just an all-around great game. Also, DEM COLLECTIBLES!

  • As a spiritual successor to my 2009 GOTY Demon's Souls, I had high expectations coming into Dark Souls, and came away more than satisfied. The game is still very difficult, and I enjoy the more open world this game has compared to the linearity of Demon's Souls.

  • There is so much stuff to do in this game! And I've gotten to the point where I want to experiment with different play styles, something I rarely do in Elder Scrolls games (normally a sword and shield guy, with a little bit of magic to help out in certain situations) This is a game that should be experienced by many people at some point, probably after a few more bugs are fixed.

  • In my opinion, this is the second best download only game that came out this year (third if you include the HD update to Beyond Good & Evil) What can I say that hasn't been said before? The narrator is a cool feature, the music is astounding and the gameplay is solid.

  • This includes Festival of Blood as well. Sucker Punch's inFamous came back with a thunderous roar during the summertime drought (though this summer was much better than the past few years in that regard) And in October, more inFamous action came about in a "what if" story with vampires through the downloadable game Festival of Blood, with the awesome new ability to actually fly by splitting into a bunch of bats.

  • My first Deus Ex game, and boy was it fun! Another game that makes me want to experiment in a few different ways.

  • After an 8 year absence from the Pokemon games, I decided to jump back into the franchise. After getting through the nostalgic feelings of my youth, I still had plenty of fun with this game.

  • Another big surprise for me this year. I never really cared all that much for the Gears series, I can't really remember all that much from Gears 2 and forgot about some of the characters entirely. But my best friend and I would always play through them anyway, they were at least competent co-op games, so it came time for us to go through Gears 3, and I actually found myself interested in the story and what happened to everyone. It wrapped up nicely.