OddRocker`s Top 10 Favorite Games of 2011
Its a personal list i am not a reviewer or a critic so this is not necessary the best games of the year just the games i have the most fun with
10. Mortal Kombat (PS3)
9. Rayman Origins (PS3)
8. Zelda Skyward Sword (WII)
7. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)
6. Batman: Arkham City (PS3)
5. LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3)
4. Portal 2 (PC)
3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC)
2. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PC)
phenomenal just phenomenal. Amazing Story, amazing setting, amazing gameplay it's just an amazing game go play it right now
The world Eidos Montreal has created is part Matrix, part Blade Runner and part Neuromancer. It's a dystopian future where the way the world ends is not with a meteor or nuclear war, but with the endless pursuit of mankind to improve itself.
The focus of the game is augmentations, mechanical enhancements to the body which provide basic services like restoring lost limbs to the injured, but also serve to weaponize the human frame into something terrifying.
The game combines elements of first person shooter gameplay, stealth mechanics a-la Metal gear Solid or Splinter Cell, and a touch of free roaming exploration, even if its world is relatively small compared to say, Skyrim.
Playing through using both ****, I found myself experiencing two entirely different games, both equally fun. Stealth made Deus Ex something of a puzzle, and allowed to utilize the expertly designed levels that allowed you to make your way through a guarded room in many different ways. There was combat sure, but little of it, and the main focus was remaining as unseen as you possibly could manage. It's even possible to make it through the entire game without killing a single soul, and there's an achievement for doing so. How many modern shooters can you say that about?
1. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (PC)
As the year now draws to a close, I'm forced (through the use of whips and canes) to choose my Game of the Year. After much thought and the sacrifice of two hens to the gods of decision-making, I can think of no better game to receive my nomination than The Witcher 2. Of all the factors that went into making The Witcher 2 my favourite game this year, no other factor contributed as much as the storytelling. In telling the continuing story of Geralt the Witcher, CDPR succeeded in a way that I have yet to see matched. The game has all the themes you could ask for, from a mysterious back-story to political, racial and magical intrigue. Even if The Witcher 2 is your first foray into The Continent, you're sure to find something to grab your attention.
The story is a mature tale that boils down to the trials and tribulations of one man and his struggle to hold true to his code in a world that forces him to break it. There's no simplistic relationship quests here and Geralt isn't going to save the world anytime soon. It's a credit to CDPR that they have managed to create such a believable universe without detracting from it through the use of tired tropes. While they've managed this with seeming ease, other RPG developers still find themselves struggling to leave the Good vs Evil and Saviour of the World cliches behind. On that merit alone, I feel The Witcher 2 deserves consideration for Game of the Year.
Not stopping there however, CDPR have ensured that after your first playthrough of the game, you'll want to jump right back in and play the alternative path you're faced with at the end of the first act, and trust me, you will want to; because the story is just so damn gripping right until the end…well, right until right before the end, technically, but let's not get bogged down in the details. This bifurcation also has the benefit of allowing greater insight into the different characters, revealing motives and misdeeds you wouldn't have heard about had you chosen the opposite path. This doesn't take away from the experience of a single playthrough, however, as either divergence is of equal quality.
In The Witcher 2, you will still be playing as Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher from the original game. The Witcher 2, however, shows gorgeous graphics, thanks to the new engine built by the team. If your rig can handle it, you'll see one of the most beautiful RPG games ever made so far on the PC! I manage to get a High setting (recommended by the game) on my NVIDIA GTX460 but after a bit of tweaking, I can get the Ultra setting (minus a feature called Ubersampling that I had to turn off) on the 1680×1050 resolution.
You will be going through multiple locations with different settings and they all look terrific! The Witcher 2 probably has the best looking forest that I've ever seen and battlefield settings are really believe-able (such as the one in the Prologue and later on during the game). From the art book that I've downloaded and read, the team has definitely done a tremendous research and design on almost everything in The Witcher 2 – the siege engines, the textures of certain buildings, and all the little details that I would probably not notice in the game!
CDPR have released a mega patch that did a great amount to improve the game for newcomers and veterans alike, making it simpler to get to grips with the oft-difficult combat while also providing a punishing permadeath nightmare mode for those that have the combat down pat. So, whether you found yourself flummoxed by the combat or can pirouette and pierce with your eyes closed, there's still a reason to go back and check the game out again.
Finally, one other factor which I couldn't ignore when choosing The Witcher 2 for GOTY was its value for money. It has to be one of the best standard packages ever released, plus with all the DLC absolutely free, and SecuROM now removed, you'd be a fool not to grab yourself a copy.
Only time will tell whether the Xbox 360 version of the game lives up to its bigger brother but for now, I can confidently say that The Witcher 2 is my Game of The Year.
So leave a comment below what are your favorite games of the year. Did i miss a phenomenal game or am i one of the cool kids? Have you played any of those game what is your opinion on them? Or you can leave a comment about how beautiful my eyes are you know whatever you like
i played it on the lowest setting and to me it seemed fine, granted as soon as the game started i saw that my fps was low so i quickly switch and kept them like for the whole game, so i got used to it
Interesting placement choices, but I would like to see your reasons for #3-8.
I'm doing this for Jensen! AAAAAAAARRRGH!
I would say go for it or play it on a lower setting the game is worth the headaches. My first time through the Witcher on my old PC i played it on the lowest resolution and i still have major frame rate issues and lag but look is on top of the list. I believe in you no stupid graphical limitation is going to stop you from expirecing one of the greatest games of this generation
It just so happened that I have the PC versions not that i think there are better just that those are the copies that i have. Yeah there are alot good indie title this year Bastion, Rochard, The Binding of Isaac, Orcs Must Die, Cthulhu Saves the World and a lot A LOT more. Personally i think 2011 best year for gaming this console generation no indie title can make the cut on the list.
sonic generations is pretty fun and maybe you should rent since it's on the short side or it should be cheap on steam.
I haven't played sonic generations. After Sonic and the Black Knight i made promise to my self never to buy another Sonic game ever again. But then Sonic Colors came out and now Generations i am really starting to regret my decision
Kind of interesting to see a bunch of PC versions of titles up there but no PC indy games.
no sonic generations that game was so freaking sweet. but I still want to get dues ex and portal 2 for ps3 but this list just makes me want to get the games I missed out.
I own Deus Ex, but I can't play it unfortunately. I can run the game just fine, but I don't have a very good GPU. It looks crisp, a little pixelated, but the problem is the frame rate is a little slow.
If you can find me a cheap but powerful GPU, it would be much appreciated.