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Markham Asylum’s 2011 Game of the Year

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 by

2011 saw some great titles hit the market. I don’t generally play games as soon as they’re released, opting instead to wait for a price drop, since I generally have a backlog on my wishlist anyway, but this year I did end up experiencing a handful of my favorite games that were actually released in 2011.

RUNNERS-UP

Gears of War 3

gears of war 3

The great conclusion to Epic’s outstanding trilogy, Gears of War 3′s campaign again provided one of the best co-op experiences I’ve ever had. Though it had a few scenes that didn’t seem up-to-par with Epic’s usual level of quality regarding design choices, I nevertheless found it to be overall very enjoyable and satisfying.

I haven’t had the chance to check out the other game modes, but having exhaustively played Gears 1 and 2, knowing that Gears 3 finally has dedicated servers, and based on the word of trusted associates, I can safely say that it provides the best Gears experience yet.

Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection

ico and shadow of the colossus collection

Shadow of the Colossus was one of my favorite PS2 games, and is in my Top 10 games of all time. I missed out on Ico the first time around, but I’m playing it now, and I enjoy it nearly as much as Shadow of the Colossus. Both games look great in 1080p, despite their last-gen graphics. Besides, it’s not the style that matters nearly as much as the substance, and these games have it in droves. Rarely have video games touched me as much as these titles, and I’m eagerly awaiting the next game by these genius developers: The Last Guardian.

This is definitely a must-play game for most PS3 owners.

AND THE WINNER IS…

Portal 2

portal 2

I’ve already reviewed Portal 2 in detail, so I won’t go into extensive detail, but this is some of the most fun I’ve ever had in a video game. Improving upon a predecessor that I had thought couldn’t get any better, Portal 2 ups the bar even higher. With completely separate single-player and co-op campaigns that are equally enjoyable, this game is the total package for puzzle fans: It’s clever, immensely satisfying, never feels cheap, and even has a great story.

2011 Games I’m Eager to Play

If I were to play games immediately upon release, these are some that I have a strong suspicion would have been in the mix for my 2011 Game of the Year:

  • Bastion (has been likened to Braid and Limbo in terms of quality and polish)
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Dead Space 2
  • ‎The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • LA Noire

About the Author

Markham Asylum is a founding member of Delta Attack. His tier-1 favorite genres are role-playing, puzzle, and strategy. His tier-2 are adventure, shooter, and platformer. He strives to provide spoiler-free postings whenever possible.

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  • Fade to Slack

    Even though I do have an Xbox 360, I told myself that I’d pick Bastion up in Google Chrome when I buy a new laptop this year. My current paperweight is far too outdated to run it, though.

    • Markham Asylum

      Awesome. If you play it before I do, please let me know what you think.