At the end of every single year it seems I'm always saying to myself "Wow, this is one of the best years in video games ever." Of course, I'm usually surprised every year and end up saying the same thing every December. This year was no different, there were so many great games released, it's difficult to believe gaming could get any better. Here are the top 5 games that stood out to me in 2011.
5. Saints Row: The Third
Technically, the latest Saints Row installment isn’t the most impressive game. What it is however, is one of the most fun games I’ve played this year. Saints Row: The Third knows exactly what it is and never takes itself too seriously. The game is so over the top and entertaining that it deserves a spot on my top 5.
4. Gears of War 3
Gears of War 3 is the best game in the Gears of War trilogy. Everything about it has been near perfected. The game has a ton of value, with campaign, horde, and multiplayer. Each mode is extremely polished as well, and overall this is one of the best games to release this year.
3. Rayman: Origins
Rayman: Origins is the best side scrolling platformer of this generation. It is so well crafted, with stunning visuals, amazing sound, and smooth as silk gameplay. The game is also pretty addicting as well, with incentives to replay previous levels to perfect them. Each area is diverse and new mechanics are introduced regularly, which keeps it feeling fresh throughout the entire game.
2. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Skyrim doesn’t quite make my #1, but it’s an excellent game and definitely deserving of the top spot. There’s so much to do in this game, and every person will have a different experience. It’s one of those games that make you wish there was more time in a day. Despite the handful of bugs and lackluster combat, Skyrim is the most impressive open world RPG of this generation.
1. Portal 2
Oh, how I love this game. Valve took everything cool about the original Portal, and turned it into a full game. Portal 2 has not only some of the best puzzles and mechanics that i’ve ever seen, but also an engrossing atmosphere, witty dialogue, and an exceptional story. The online co-op was also not just tacked on, but instead well thought out and unique, which added even more value to this superb gem of 2011.
Honorable Mentions: Dead Space 2, Uncharted 3, and Batman: Arkham City