This year was stellar for gaming!Â Great hits released for nearly every genre, every platform, and every style of play.Â To begin our roundup of 2011, we want to share the games we feel were the best and worst or most disappointing this year.Â These are games we played and we’re weighing them on our own personal scale, not by how they were received by the majority.
Best Games of 2011
KEEN:Â Battlefield 3 – BF3 almost made it onto my list of most disappointing games because of several issues (UI and performance being on the top), but I had to put it on my list of best games because of the fun I’m having and what the game represents.Â When a lot of games went the way of console ports, BF3 brought a huge boost to PC credibility.Â BF3’s multiplayer is a ton of fun and it’s never been easier to play with friends via the new Battlelog, a love it or hate it new feature (I love it).
KEEN:Â Skylanders – I absolutely have to give Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure my vote.Â The brilliance of combining cross-platform compatible toys with video games, and actually having the video game be fantastic is reason enough for Skylanders to be recognized.Â The adventure mode has depth as you progress and upgrade your individual Skylanders.Â Co-op increases the enjoyment.Â Take your Skylanders into battle mode and fight them.Â Even take them to a friend’s house and YOUR Skylanders are there with you even if your friend has a different plaform.
GRAEV:Â Batman: Arkham City – Probably the closest we’ll ever have to a big open-city Batman.Â This game let me do everything Batman can do.Â Â Akham City is a great example of how sequels should be made.Â When making games, you should keep all the good things and expand upon them instead of taking things away.Â All the great things from Arkham Asylum were included, but bigger and better.
GRAEV:Â Dark Souls – It’s hard, which is a rare thing these days!Â There’s a feeling of accomplishment when I progress and take down bosses.Â Although primarily a single-player game, Dark Souls offers a multiplayer experience that enhances the single-player experience. Â Players can go into other people’s games and help with bosses or go for a more pvp aspect by invading enemy players worlds to steal their souls.Â Dark Souls offers a unique experience.
Worst or Most Disappointing Games of 2011
GRAEV:Â Skyrim – Even though I enjoyed Skyrim, and played through twice,Â it was disappointing to me in many ways.Â Bethesda is taking the franchise in a direction I don’t like, into a more streamlined and action game approach which diverges from what made Morrowind great.Â Certain things bugged me more than others.Â Bethesda removed all of the stats from the game, changed the level up process, removed spellcrafting, magic feels incredibly underwhelming, and the addition of dragons was neat at first but quickly became repetitive and lost the ‘wow factor’, making the cliff racers from Morrowind look good.
KEEN:Â Brink – I expected so much more from Brink.Â It was supposed to be a thrilling new approach to the team-based shooter experience, but it ultimately fell flat.Â The maps are too underwhelming with balance issues.Â The gun play wasn’t there, either.Â Looking back, this is one of the few games I would say gave me buyer’s remorse.
KEEN:Â Rift – The second game which I felt buyer’s remorse over was Rift.Â I wanted to love this game; I tried.Â Despite having disappointing PvP, it’s the PvE that killed it for me.Â I couldn’t get past how generic and repetitive the quests were and how “blah” the zones felt.Â Â I couldn’t get into the story and ultimately I was never attached to my characters.Â I couldn’t bring myself to reach the max level.