Top 5: Video Games of 2011
I decided I’d throw together a few best of lists to let fans Impassionedcinema understand what else I enjoy. I think I’ll do a post of Video Games, Anime, and then Films. These are the best games of 2011.
5. Batman: Arkham City
Developer Rocksteady has an unlikely hit on their hands after the first Batman. Unlikely because a superhero game was actually amazing. They weren’t content resting on their laurals and decided to expand their sequel into an open world game. When I first heard about this idea, I wanted to drop my pre-order. Once I saw the game in motion though, my thoughts were changed. Yes, the game is open world, but when you go into the buildings it follows the same formula from the first game. With more villains and a much more satisfying conclusion, Batman: Arkham City improves on the original and continues to be the best Superhero game around.
4. Portal 2
The expectation for this game were through the roof. The first Portal, released as part of the Orange Box, was a highly enjoyable 3 hour puzzle game with incredible wit and charm. Not to mention the delicious cake. Valve had to take what was originally just an one off inclusion and make Portal into a full retail game. The portals are back and so are all the wonderful characters that make this world what it is. On top of that is a Co-op game that rivals the length of the main campaign. Portal 2 manages to have it’s own wonderful moments without being dwarfed by the accomplishment of the original. The only cavet is that game may feel a little longer than needs to be. Otherwise, it is a must play for fans of excellent video game story, voice acting, and puzzles.
Catherine’s inclusion on this list might surprise a lot of people, but when I remember what game I played the most in 2011 before the number 1 game, it was Catherine. After I finished I wanted to go back into it’s world and go the other paths. Funny that this is another puzzle game. Catherine was created by the team responsible for the Persona series of video games. It features a man, Vincent, in his early thirties unable to commit to his long time girlfriend, Katherine. When things seem to be going steady as always, a new girl comes into his life named Catherine. Now every night Vincent has strange dreams about climbing towers of blocks otherwise he might not wakeup. It is a mixture of puzzle and dating sim that makes Catherine so interesting to me. The most original game on this list and the only one not a sequel, Catherine demands to be played.
2. Uncharted 3
How could they top the train sequence in Uncharted 2? How could they even top the adventure of the prequel? I’m not sure how they did it, but developer Naughty Dog succeeded. Taking Nathan Drake on another adventure, this game shows the beginning of Nathan Drake’s adventures as a young man and follows him on his current day quest. This time the antagonist is a woman and feels like a breathe of fresh air. It seems as though every villain in video game history has been a member of the male species. Also, included in this quest, is the unbelievable voice acting. Seriously, Uncharted doesn’t need a movie since the game is a movie already. It has it’s hollywood action sequences and captivating story all in tact. Uncharted 3 is the whole package and one of the must play experiences of the year.
1. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Given how much I’ve played of this and how much I still want to play, this had to be number one. An incredibly monstrous world that I’ve only yet to begin to explore at 40 hours in. Tons of different skill paths to follow. Play the type of character you want to play as. Everything in the world is living and all your actions of consequences. I just got married in the game the other day and I’m already thinking it was a mistake. It’s not easy to just undo things though and adds real weight to your decisions. Skyrim is an awesome game and easily the best game I’ve played this year. Did I mention it has Dragons? Yup.
Other games completed or played that must be mentioned: Resistance 3, Dark Souls, Battlefield 3, Dead Space 2, Bastion, L.A. Noire
*I’ve only played an hour of Zelda:Skyward Sword, so I wasn’t able to justify it’s inclusion.