I must say 2011 was an awesome year in gaming, we saw the release of a lot of great titles, and while some of them were sequels, there was a lot of original titles too that captured our attention, but just what titles really stood out from the release of last year? Well, these five games stood out in my mind as some of the most enjoyable gaming I had in 2011, and probably into 2012 as well, so let's get this list started shall we?
#5 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
After the success of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, a lot of people thought Naughty Dog couldn't top themselves with Uncharted 3, but they provided those naysayers wrong by delivering one of the most enjoyable action adventure games of 2011. Uncharted 3 may not be as memorable as Uncharted 2, but it does have its share of memorable moments that had me on the edge of my seat, and you really can't hate on the excellent writing and voice cast that do an amazing job of bringing each character to life.
#4 Mortal Kombat
Here's a game I thought would never make my list, and I'll be honest, I had my doubts about Mortal Kombat since the previous games started slipping, and adding unnecessary crap, but thankfully I can put those to rest as the newest Mortal Kombat forgoes all that fighting stance system bull**** and goes back to the roots of the original games. It really does the game justice, and top that with one of the best story modes in a fighting game, and you've got a stand out fighter that does better than most of the competition.
#3 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
One of the most anticipated games of last year, and with good reason. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim proves that Bethesda knows how to make one of the most engrossing RPGs out there with multiple quests, and a main storyline that's much as epic as all the other Elder Scrolls games. The combat system was overhauled, and feels more natural while the leveling up system took a few ques from the Fallout games, it still works within the game, but the only thing holding the game back from making it further up the list is the amount of numerous bugs and glitches that always seem to plague most Bethesda games.
#2 Sonic Generations
Now here's something I'm sure everyone didn't see coming, but a Sonic game was able to make itself onto my list? How is that possible? :P As you all know I've always been a big fan of the blue blur, but his last few games haven't exactly been the greatest, and he got the short end of the stick for a while, but after spending a good amount of time with Sonic Generations, I can say that my faith in future Sonic games has been restored thanks to Generations. You could say it's like a swan song, but I just prefer to say it's Sega learning from their past mistakes and finally giving us Sonic fans the game we've deserved for a while. :)
So after seeing four other strong contenders what could possibly be better than all of them? Simple, it's a game that has to do with a long running comic book, and for a while he got the short end of the stick on crappy games, but after British studio Rocksteady took the helm, they were able to craft one of the best Batman games around, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and many people including myself though it couldn't be topped, but I was wrong and Rocksteady once again delivered a home run with the sequel to Arkham Asylum:
#1 Batman: Arkham City
As I mentioned earlier last year in my first impressions with Arkham City, this game is amazing. Everything from the characters, the voice work, and production values make you wish for more games like this, and prove you don't always need to add multiplayer to a game to make it work. Congrats to Rocksteady Studios for once again making one of the best Batman games around, and my pick for game of the year of 2011! :D