The Best of the Rest: 2011

Dec 11, 2011

The final voting is in for Game of the Year. We have a top 5 to announce soon, but for now we’ve cropped out all the nominees and put some words around them. If you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping you should read on!

Dead Space 2: The sequel to the unexpected 2008 hit, Dead Space 2 finds Isaac Clarke doing what he does best: dismembering necromorphs. This time he’s trapped in a massive space station with a hotty and a crazy guy.

LittleBigPlanet 2: The original concept of LittleBigPlanet was a new take on creating and sharing. This sequel significantly improves upon the tools, customization, and sharing ability. A must play for sandbox lovers.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds: If you enjoy deep fighting games with crazy combos, you’ll be remiss not to pick this one up.

Killzone 3: Killzone 3 continues the story of the invasion of the planet Helghan by the oppressive forces of the merciless Interplanetary Strategic Alliance. The game also features an improved multiplayer progression system and refined classes.

Mortal Kombat: The new MK introduces new elements while going back to it’s roots. Including a new story that re-tells the events of the original game with a unique twist.

L.A. Noire: A game Stu called “magical” but also a world stuffed with uneven experiences.

inFamous 2: Join Cole and his lovable BFF, Zeke, in a new city with improved graphics and new powers. This superhero open-world game is a must play for PS3 owners.

Bastion: A young hero and a broken world. Best of all, it’s inexpensive.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Cyberpunk fiction at it’s finest. That’s Deus Ex. A little RPG mixed with a lot of sneaking around makes for this solid prequel to a much-loved series. While the two previous entries were created from a PC-first perspective, developer Eidos Studios – Montreal is attempting what few have succeeded at: bringing an older franchise to the modern world of a console-centric gaming market.

Gears of War 3: It is sad to think this is the final game in such a wonderful trilogy. Marcus Fenix and his C.O.G. team are back to destroy the Locust and Lambent. It’s a beautiful game with an excellent ending. A must play for 360 owners.

Rage: Another post-apocolyptic, open-world game but this time it was made by id Software. A suitable 20-30 hour experience with vehicles, raiders, and ugly mutants.

Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: I’m burned out on writing about these two games. One is fast, one is slower. One is tactical, the other more strategic. One encourages team-based play, the other a place for teenagers to spend their time and leave their parents alone. What the heck, you’ll play them both anyway…

Super Mario 3D Land: The first must-play for the 3DS. Not quite a system-seller but still a great game. Nintendo has finally brought a new Mario to their new handheld.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: Another retelling of the tradition that is Zelda. Skyward Sword is a precursor to Ocarina of Time and the first Zelda to feature true motion controls.