Top Games of 2011
In 2011 most of the UK, and it appeared much of the rest of the world, got a bit carried away by the Royal Wedding of Kate and Wills. It was a marvellous affair and we all celebrated by wearing silly cut out masks and joining together for street parties and whatnot. Such fun was had by all.
We're not sure William and Kate are much into video games, but if they were then some of 2011's games would be well worth checking out.
Valve launched Portal 2 to great fanfare, improving on the original in every way and creating an all-time classic. If a quick-witted AI companion wasn't your thing then you could hit the streets of Gotham City in Warner's Batman: Arkham City, the acclaimed follow-up to Rocksteady's Arkham: Asylum. I can see Wills sat on the sofa doing a gruff impression of Batman while Kate laughs... can't you?
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was also a major time sink in 2011, and proved so popular that modders continue to expand the world to this very day.
Switching to New York gives Crysis 2 what it desperately needed: a credible sense of menace to go alongside gorgeous technical fortitude and impressive artistic direction.
If you're a serious fan of the genre, know that Shift 2 does several things better than anything else on the market right now, which makes it an essential purchase.
DiRT 3 is hard to pick fault with. It's got the looks, the style, the superb sense of speed, and spot-on handling model that blurs the line between sim and arcade.
With a combination of additional content and cutscenes The Witcher 2 on Xbox 360 is one of the most lovingly crafted fan-services you'll find.
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing has all the best qualities that Mario Kart initiated years ago and features controls tailored to the portable iOS devices.
Bastion is the perfect game to kick off Microsoft's Summer of Arcade, capturing that certain something that Limbo and Braid had in previous years.
Cordy is a a beautiful 2D platformer with 3D visuals and a slight LittleBigPlanet feel. For £1.49 it's an absolute must buy.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is reminiscent of the best efforts from the golden era of PC gaming at the end of the 90s.
Where Crimson Alliance could have joined the white noise of dungeon crawlers, Certain Affinity has managed to design a solid and - more impressively - distinctive game.
Insomniac has produced one of the biggest surprises of the year. Played alone or with a friend the campaign here is of the highest order. The PlayStation 3's best exclusive FPS.