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.

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  • 30.

    Crysis 2

    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. New York. The city that never sleeps, though I imagine... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 29.

    Shift 2: Unleashed

    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. My advice? Don't bother with any of the exterior cameras... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 28.

    DiRT 3

    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. Codemasters undoubtedly has one of the best racing game development... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 27.

    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

    Regardless of some occasional wobbles this is one of the most ambitious, darkest, and legitimately smart additions to the genre you'll have the luck of playing. Just get yourself a bloody decent PC. For better or for worse... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 26.

    Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

    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. Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing was released across multiple platforms... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iPhone

  • 25.

    Bastion

    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. "A proper story's supposed to start at the beginning. It ain't so simple with... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 24.

    Cordy

    Cordy is a a beautiful 2D platformer with 3D visuals and a slight LittleBigPlanet feel. For £1.49 it's an absolute must buy. Platformers aren't rare on the App Store, but I've struggled to find one that I really clicked with.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iPhone

  • 23.

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution is reminiscent of the best efforts from the golden era of PC gaming at the end of the 90s. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the story of a man who gets blown apart, and then put back together again.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 22.

    Resistance 3

    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. Quite why the Resistance series has wallowed... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 21.

    Crimson Alliance

    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. If you've been able to get through the last 15 years... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 20.

    Gears of War 3

    Few games offer up as much as Gears of War 3, and even fewer manage to do it this successfully. Gears of War defined a console generation, but in 2011 it has almost become a victim of its own success. The signature third-person... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 19.

    F1 2011

    While casual players might question whether much is different a year down the road after 2010, those in the know will agree that F1 2011 is the most complete representation of the sport to date. You're screaming towards a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 18.

    Resident Evil 4 HD

    Resi 4 is easily the best Resident Evil title, and an absolute must-buy for anyone interested in action or horror. Resident Evil 4 remains one of the greats. Having finished Resident Evil 4 twice before (once on GameCube,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 17.

    FIFA 12

    FIFA 12 feels like a brand new and more realistic football experience. The King is dead. Long live the King: FIFA 12. Forget what you know about FIFA. While EA has been keen to highlight how much of a change this year's game... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 16.

    Forza Motorsport 4

    Alongside manifold technical improvements, Forza 4 brings a noticeable spark of excitement to the series. Everyone will have their own Forza Motorsport 4 story, and while many might have similar tales, much of my journey... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 15.

    Crysis

    The console port of Crysis is excellent, so if you've never had a PC up to the job now's your chance to see what all the fuss was about. Back in 2007, Crysis felt like a game from the future. Running on a top-spec rig, no... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 14.

    Football Manager 2012

    FM 12 is painfully addictive, screen-shatteringly frustrating at times but so moreish it's like the computer game equivalent of Chocolate Fingers. Certain franchises inspire devotion through consistent quality and, often,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 13.

    Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

    Uncharted 3's trivial flaws are buried beneath a tidal wave of big-budget spectacle, and a genuine narrative warmth far beyond most blockbuster titles. Let it be publicly known that Nathan Drake is a card-carrying member... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 12.

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 doesn't do anything new, but it also doesn't do anything wrong. Do you remember where you were at the start of World War III? I do; getting pounded by some guy with a Striker over and over again... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 11.

    Super Mario 3D Land

    Super Mario 3D Land is a step back and a leap forward. As a gateway drug for those reluctant to embrace Mario in three dimensions, the game should be a huge success. When you've conquered the galaxy twice, where do you go... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: 3DS

  • 10.

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    Skyrim is easily one of the strongest and best examples of the Western RPG, and it further establishes Bethesda's reputation as one of the most talented and creative forces in the gaming industry. Because we at VideoGamer.com... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 9.

    Mario Kart 7

    The winning formula has been prodded and poked and buffed until it gleams, leaving us with a game that is, at the very least, the finest Mario Kart since the original. A game doesn't have to be brave to be great. Mario Kart... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: 3DS

  • 8.

    Joe Danger Special Edition

    Joe Danger: Special Edition is a charming triumph, an absolute joy to play, and a fresh modern title that effortlessly manages to play the same notes as the best video games of the 90s. As a child, I always used to doodle... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 7.

    Mass Effect 2

    You say potato, I say potato. It's taken almost a year for Mass Effect 2 to reach the PS3. Now that it's finally here, however, there are only two questions worth asking: "Does the game live up to its reputation?" and "Does... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS3

  • 6.

    Portal 2

    I think you knew all along this was going to be great. Fantastic, even. All the same, I don't think you'll be prepared for it being this good. The following review is spoiler-free. Fear not: this review has been the subject... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 5.

    L.A. Noire

    We've had games that let us play cop before, of course, but it's hard to remember anything that's ever come this close to making us feel like we're actually doing the job. The following review is spoiler-free.https://videogamer.com/games/la-noire/screenshots?media%3Db46facbb-6454-4e65-8258-2aeaef326aa8It... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 4.

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

    We knew then that Miyamoto and co had made a classic, but it's only now that we can see just how revolutionary Ocarina of Time actually was. I bought the gold cartridge edition of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time at its... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: 3DS

  • 3.

    Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection

    Invest in each world - in the castle and Yorda, and the Forbidden Lands and Agro - and you'll be rewarded with an experience that will stay with you for a very long time. Back when I was at university, I tackled the subject... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 2.

    Batman: Arkham City

    It doesn't take the world's greatest detective to spot that this is an expertly crafted adventure, one that maintains a breathtaking pace and invigorating rhythm from beginning to end. Batman: Arkham Asylum's success hinged... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 1.

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    Your favourite Zelda is usually your first. For many, come November 18, that won’t be the case any longer It's no surprise that Zelda has historically been a bit of a magpie. It does, after all, tell the story of a boy who... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii