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.

  • 30.

    Total War: Shogun 2 Review

    Total War: Shogun 2

    Shogun 2 is a worthy successor to the original and shows that Creative Assembly has no desire to stop making great strategy games. The land of the rising sun holds a strange sort of fascination for... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 29.

    Crysis 2 Review

    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 it's hard to get some... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC

  • 28.

    Shift 2: Unleashed Review

    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 when playing Shift... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC

  • 27.

    DiRT 3 Review

    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 studios... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC

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    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Review

    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

    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. For better or for worse The Witcher has developed a status in the West as... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PlayStation 3,Xbox 360

  • 25.

    Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Review

    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 last... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS,PlayStation 3,PC,Wii,Nintendo DS,Xbox 360

  • 24.

    Bastion Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox 360,PlayStation 4,Xbox One,Nintendo Switch

  • 23.

    Cordy Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS

  • 22.

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC

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    Crimson Alliance Review

    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 of dungeon crawlers... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 20.

    Resistance 3 Review

    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 in the ground between triple-A... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 3

  • 19.

    Gears of War 3 Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 18.

    F1 2011 Review

    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 rather terrifying-looking chicane at 180mph. The... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS Vita,Nintendo 3DS,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC

  • 17.

    Resident Evil 4 HD Review

    Resident Evil 4

    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, and again on... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One,Xbox 360,Wii,PC,GameCube,PlayStation 3,PlayStation 2,PlayStation 4

  • 16.

    Forza Motorsport 4 Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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    Crysis Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC

  • 14.

    Football Manager 2012 Review

    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 Review

    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 of the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 3

  • 12.

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC,Nintendo 3DS,Wii,Nintendo DS

  • 11.

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review

    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 care about our audience, we'd like to offer... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC

  • 10.

    Super Mario 3D Land Review

    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 next? The universe... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 9.

    Mario Kart 7 Review

    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 7 is about... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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    Joe Danger Special Edition Review

    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 a wicked sweet pair of shades and a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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    Mass Effect 2 Review

    Mass Effect 2

    It's been said before, but it's worth repeating: Western RPGs will never be the same again, such is the impact of BioWare's work here. It's taken almost a year for Mass Effect 2 to reach the PS3. Now that it's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 3,PC,Xbox 360

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    Portal 2 Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 3,PC,Xbox 360

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    L.A. Noire Review

    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. It always starts like this: a wooden... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PlayStation 3,Xbox 360,PlayStation 4,Nintendo Switch,Xbox One

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    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Review

    Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS,GameCube

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    Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection Review

    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 of emotional attachment... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 3

  • 2.

    Batman: Arkham City Review

    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 on the fact it would have been an... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U,PC,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3

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    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii