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.

  • 30.

    PES 2012 Review

    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

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  • 29.

    Rage Review


    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 - a... more

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  • 28.

    Dark Souls Review

    Dark Souls

    Dark Souls isn't a game you play for fun. It's something you do to say you've done; like running a marathon or climbing Everest. You won't enjoy it like you will other games, but you won't forget it. It's been twenty minutes since I last died; a lifetime in the world of Dark... more

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  • 27.

    Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Review

    Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

    Assault Horizon can be a frustrating experience at times, but when things are going to plan you'll be left with an intense feeling of satisfaction. Boys have always had a fascination with planes. As kids, we'd hold our arms... more

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  • 26.

    Disney Universe Review

    Disney Universe

    Ultimately, Disney Universe constitutes the ideal family game. It's quick and simple, but has charm, character and inventive little puzzles galore. "Thank you for my birthday money. I spent it on two very good Harry Potter... more

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  • 25.

    Battlefield 3 Review

    Battlefield 3

    Battlefield 3 isn't quite the Call of Duty killer many were wanting. EA is at war. Everybody knows this, of course, as an unrelenting year of... more

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  • 24.

    Sonic Generations Review

    Sonic Generations

    The blue blur is back, and he's rocking the platforming world once again. For fans of Sonic and platformers alike, this is absolutely essential. To kids, Sonic the Hedgehog is the closest thing to a cartoon rock star the... more

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  • 23.

    Rayman Origins Review

    Rayman Origins

    A passionate tribute to the days when platform games ruled the Earth, but beyond that, it's also one of the best examples of the genre we've had in recent memory. Somewhere out there, in a leafy private estate, there's a place called The... more

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  • 22.

    Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Review

    Halo: Combat Evolved

    This modern remastering sufficiently highlights what it was that made the original Halo: Combat Evolved such a landmark gaming moment to begin with. I think it's important to tell you a story about Crewman #1. He might only... more

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  • 21.

    Saints Row: The Third Review

    Saints Row: The Third

    Ceaselessly crass and juvenile it may be, but then Saints Row: The Third has no higher purpose than to entertain you in the most ridiculous way possible. Three games in, and Saints Row is now much more than a Grand Theft Auto... more

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  • 20.

    LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 Review

    LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7

    Thanks to the strength of its stories, its fat pack of content and its irresistible charm, even those initially resistant to the prospect of another three terms at Hogwarts are likely to be won over. In the interests of saving everyone some time, I'd like you to answer the... more

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  • 19.

    Bulletstorm Review


    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... more

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  • 18.

    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

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  • 17.

    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

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  • 16.

    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

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  • 15.

    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

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  • 14.

    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

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  • 13.

    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

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  • 12.

    Bastion Review


    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

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  • 11.

    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

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  • 10.

    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

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  • 9.

    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

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  • 8.

    Crysis Review


    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

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  • 7.

    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

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  • 6.

    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

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  • 5.

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

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  • 4.

    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

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  • 3.

    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

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  • 2.

    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

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  • 1.

    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

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