Top PC Games of 2011

2011 was a good year, but it could have been so very different - had the events of TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, come true. The show, which wasn’t as good as Terminator, or T2, but probably better than T3 and Salvation, told us that "Judgment Day" would take place on April 21, 2011. This is the day that artificial intelligence system Skynet becomes self-aware and will start a nuclear strike on America, Russia, and others.

If you’re Ethan from PS3 exclusive, Heavy Rain, Judgment day, would only have been part of a really bad year. His son Jason is kidnapped and he spends ages shouting "Jason" in a mall, then endures numerous painful situations before possibly reuniting with him. That on top of a Nuclear apocalypse would have been awful.

Thankfully, neither story is true, being works of fiction in TV and video games, so don’t worry. Here are the best PC games released in 2011.

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  • 26.

    Test Drive Unlimited 2

    At times it seems as though Eden tried to make the experience tedious, but it's possible to get hooked exploring the expansive island locations. Ever dreamt you had it all? Beautiful partner, sweet crib, stylish clothes,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 25.

    Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Retribution

    In abandoning the tight focus of the former Dawn of War games, Retribution's sprawl offers increased versatility at the cost of inventive set pieces and the same sense of progression. Sub-Sector Aurelia is on the brink of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 24.


    Homefront's threadbare campaign is like a beautiful, sweeping piece of music being awkwardly recited by a child on a recorder. If imitation is truly the sincerest form of flattery, the Call of Duty 4 team must feel pretty... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 23.

    Operation Flashpoint: Red River

    Operation Flashpoint: Red River does a good job of capturing the spirit of war, but it sadly fails to capitalise on its lofty ambitious. For all the hoo-ha about switching Operation Flashpoint to a more action-orientated... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 22.

    Alice: Madness Returns

    If you miss the classic 3D platformer and like games with a heavy dose of surrealism, you could do a lot worse than give Alice: Madness Returns a shot. I'm not sure I should like Alice: Madness Returns as much as I do. Spicy... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 21.


    FEAR 3 is an enjoyable experience, but is sadly lacking in the fear department, and has subsequently lost its defining characteristic. It's 2011, and FEAR 3 is relying on the same scare tactics that the original game did... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 20.

    Call of Duty: Black Ops - Annihilation

    Annihilation presents another batch of consistently entertaining maps built on the solid bedrock of sprawling architectural foundations. Do golfers love sniping or do snipers love golf? I don't know, but Treyarch definitely... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3, PC

  • 19.

    Dead Rising 2: Off the Record

    If you're a massive fan of the series - and of Frank West in particular - it's still worth picking this up, but even at twenty notes, there's little to make this an urgent purchase. For a game that contained so many wonderful... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 18.

    Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam

    Vietnam isn't a dramatic reinvention of Bad Company 2, though I doubt anybody would want it to be. The briefing screen to Phu Bai Valley, one of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam's five new maps, informs that the all-important... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 17.

    Dead Space 2

    Dead Space 2's phenomenal production values, including perhaps the best use of sound in modern gaming, ensures the game stands tall amongst its peers. Most of the time, anyway. There's a bit where, over the radio, Isaac Clarke... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 16.

    LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

    There's plenty of things to like in LEGO Star Wars III, though some of them might be buried a little too deep for younger players. In the interests of full disclosure, here's what I knew about Star Wars: The Clone Wars before... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC

  • 15.


    Brink is a game that deserves a chance, and those with a penchant for the multiplayer shooter owe it to themselves to give it a look. If you believe all the huffing and puffing from this oft-delayed game, Brink has managed... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 14.

    Dungeon Siege 3

    Dungeon Siege 3 is noticeably pricier than the competition in the genre, but it's a modernised take on dungeon crawling that brings a few new ideas to the series with superior production values. Dungeon Siege began in 2002... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 13.

    Driver: San Francisco

    Driver San Francisco could have been a one-trick pony but it has managed to use that trick in a variety of clever and interesting ways, ensuring the driving gameplay never becomes tiresome or generic. There's a lot to be... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 12.

    PES 2012

    This year Konami's cultured approach offers a genuinely worthwhile and distinct alternative – enough, perhaps, to cause some to switch allegiances. The sun is beating down, and the wind is shooting through the stadium. We're... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 11.


    Rage is a technical powerhouse, and if you can overlook the bits that don't quite work, you'll find one of the most exciting shooters we've had in years. An ominous clanking heralds the arrival of a heavy Gearhead thug -... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 10.


    Given the current landscape of the genre, it's fair to say that Bulletstorm is not only a great game, but an important one, too. Bulletstorm is: a bromantic comedy starring two meat-heads and a chick with huge norks; a lesson... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 9.

    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 westerners, more so than... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 8.

    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

  • 7.

    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

  • 6.

    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

  • 5.

    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

  • 4.

    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

  • 3.

    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 more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 2.

    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

  • 1.

    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