For me, the games of 2011 could be best summed up as “Meh”.   It’s not that I haven’t enjoyed any of my gaming time (as my GOTY list will show), but there were many disappointments.   Luckily there were a few games that stood above the rest of the crap.

 

Game Of The Year List
#3 Assassin’s Creed: RevelationsXbox 360
The fourth game in the series, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations brings the story of Ezio Auditore to an end. Those that have read my Author Page will know that I really love the Assassin’s Creed Series.  The storyline perfectly blends historical events with the fictitious struggle between the Assassin’s and Templars.  The base gameplay was pretty much perfected in Assassin’s Creed II though that hasn’t stopped Ubisoft from trying out new gameplay mechanics (in fact I found the latest additions to be quite annoying).   Those annoyances are what stops Revelations from being perfect but they weren’t bad enough to blow Revelations off my GOTY list.
#2 Kirby Mass AttackDS
Most of the games I play on the DS or 3DS don’t really make use of the the touch pad. That’s probably due to my love of RPG’s and also due to so many games on my play list were also multi-platform or ports from other systems.. So, Kirby Mass Attackis quite the oddity. The entire game is played using only the stylus and the touch screen. I’ve never had more fun while just tapping and swiping the stylus. Having 10 little Kirbys running, jumping, and smashing their way around the world kept me playing on a 3 inch screen with stereo sound when I could have been playing my Xbox 360 on a large 1080p screen with surround sound.

#1 Portal 2Xbox360
More puzzles, more GLaDOS.  What more could you want?  Top notch writing and voice acting breathes life into the machines from your friend GLaDOS (she was so happy for you) down to the lowly turret.  I spent many minutes just doing nothing but listening to the banter of GLaDOS and Wheatley.  While the puzzles were not super hard to figure out the level designs truly made you “Think with Portals.”  The addition of co-op play made this even more fun than the original.  Valve even gave the first set of DLC away for free.   If any game deserves the title Game of the Year it’s Portal 2.

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  • Painguin

    Whats wrong with you, “2011 a disappointing year for games”???, AS IF. What about, i dont know, Skyrim, Batman Arkham City, Battlefield 3, Gears of War, COD, Uncharted, Zelda, and so many more. Obviouslyyou have no idea what you’re are talking about.

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