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The Best Games of 2011 by WiNGSPANTTWhile I didn’t put together a Top 10 Games of 2010 list like Serge did, I have a pretty good excuse: I was traveling through time to the year 2012. And while there are all kinds of logistical holes in that alibi, what’s far more important is adding this page to your bookmarks and referring to it like some kind of holy text throughout the year. After all, if you can’t trust the words of a time-traveling misanthrope, whom can you trust?

2011 has a large number of great games in store. And whether you love shooting things until they die or punching people until they’re hospitalized, there’s something special waiting for your personal sociopathic niche. But we’re not here to talk about you, we’re here for me to dictate my opinion at you while the hidden text between each line slowly brainwashes you into joining my soon-to-be-announced cult.

Enough prelude; let’s check out the list!

7. Starfox 3D

Have you ever played Starfox 64? If you answered “no” to this question, you haven’t earned the right to instruct others to perform barrel rolls or to use any manner of boost to get through a sticky situation. Nintendo’s so-far-so-good 3DS gaming system will bring the classic action/flyer/shooter back to the masses. And if the game didn’t have enough depth for you last time (har har), you can now play in glorious, glasses-free 3D against friend and foe alike wirelessly. The only thing that could top this is a Starfox Wii game or a hilarious parody of Starfox 64 by yours truly. Or the next 6 games on this list.

6. Marvel vs Capcom 3

Once you pop, you can’t stop! I don’t know what that phrase has to do with Marvel vs Capcom 3, but I assume it’s a reference to aerial rave combos. Whether you’re a fighting game pro or just someone who wants to see Deadpool beat the shit out of Felicia* with his own fucking life bar, Marvel vs Capcom 3 offers everyone a little fun. Promising more balance, tons of great online features, and a Simple Mode to ease newcomers to the series/genre, I don’t think I’d be overstepping any lines to say Marvel vs Capcom 3 will be sure hit in 2011. That is, as long as Capcom DLC doesn’t ruin it.

Sub Zero from Mortal Kombat 2011

After years of research, Mortal Kombat fans have finally discovered Sub Zero's real name. It's "Unknown."

5. Mortal Kombat (2011)

For years, we’ve seen the once-loved Mortal Kombat series stray further and further from its addictive, brutal, 2D roots. In 2011, the series makes its triumphant komeback by reinstating a single-plane fighting system, re-tooling its lumbering fighting pace, and introducing interesting mechanics such as x-ray brutality and adding Kratos to the fucking game. Additionally, the resurgance of Mortal Kombat means that clubs and raves around the world can throw the MK movie theme song back into the mix. In 2011, we’ll all be testing our might… on the dance floor.

4. Portal 2

I’m going to be extremely original and declare that Portal was a huge success. And while I played through the first game with a bug that removed GlaDOS’ demented voice from the action/puzzler,** there’s no doubt the character and charm of the game’s many soulless actors led to its massive acclaim. In general, great FPS games and great puzzle games both benefit highly from coop play, and I’m certain Portal 2 will be no different. If anything, my only concerns lie with the possibility that Portal 2 will lose some of intrigue created by Portal’s original descent from test lab to insanity.

LOL: Nothing on Wii

Sorry, Wii owners, but 2010 had too much epic in it to allow you to get any good games in 2011. You had Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Super Mario Galaxy 2, a new Donkey Kong Country, and the only good console Sonic game in over 10 years. You also got a Netflix channel that’s superior to the one on Xbox 360 and a bunch of Nintendo Fan Club bonus stuff. If you can’t be happy with that, you don’t deserve to be eating out of Iwata’s greasy little hands.

3. Guild Wars 2Guild Wars 2 Norn warriors

Okay, I cheated; there’s no official release date for Guild Wars 2 yet. But whether you’re a Guild Wars 1 fan, a subscriber to another MMO (I hear World of Warcraft is kind of popular), or if you’ve been put off by MMORPGs, GW 2 has something to offer you. Players of the original Guild Wars can re-enter Ascalon and claim bonuses based on the achievements of their “ancestors” from the first iteration. MMO diehards can participate in everything from raids to PvP to a new kind of real-time dynamic event. And those who didn’t try MMOs because of subscription fees and grinding? Guild Wars doesn’t have either.

2. Batman: Arkham City

It’s the goddamn Batman. There’s co-op with Catwoman. It’s the sequel to the greatest comic-based game of all time and one of the best action games of the decade. If you need to know more than that, just start burning your money now.

1. Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 2 was one of best games of 2010 (if not the best). Making good on its many, many promises, it carried over your character’s choices and personal story from Mass Effect 1 while refining gameplay, introducing compelling new characters, and upping the stakes to levels no stakes had ever been upped before. It’s a fact: if you didn’t sweat while assigning your crew during the final mission, you aren’t fucking human. That said, I’ve no doubt in my mind that Mass Effect 3 will do anything other than meet and exceed expectations. After all, Bioware has alwASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL

*Felicia is the worst character in Marvel vs Capcom 3. Hell, she is the worst character in Darkstalkers and possibly in all of gaming.

**True story. It wasn’t until I reached level 16 that I began wondering what all the cake jokes were about. Someone on the Steam forums helped me out, and I re-played the game with a newfound appreciation for the atrocity commited against my weighted companion cube.

16 replies to this post
  1. So you’re planning to get the 3DS early. As the BigN seems to release upgraded versions of their handhelds annualy, I’m gonna wait for that because those are always a lot better.
    Then again, I somehow liked having the oldest DS. It still works fine and somehow makes me feel a bit old-schoolish.

  2. What’s so good about mass effect 1 or 2? They seem to be lacking heavily in combat system and feel too simple and incredibly generic. All RPGs have choices so what’s unique about mass effect? I think it is overrated :/

    • I can’t think of a single RPG I’ve played other than Fallout in which you actually had to make tough choices and those choices had impact on the game. Mass Effect also has the best dialog system in gaming, period, due to the way dialog options are sorted by emotion and because you can choose your response while the other person’s talking for an immersive, constant conversation.

      While the combat is not the best in the world, it effectively bridges the gap between shooter and RPG combat mechanics.

  3. I have yet to see an RPG that does environmental feedback based on its inhabitants. Sure, a wall shows a crack where your puny fist hits it, but what about breaking down the wall? To me, that wall is the epitome of tedious and overused concepts that game designers need to overcome. I have yet to see (and believe me, I’ve waited a long time) to see the game that will blow your brains out. Literally. The only unfortunate thing is that so many famous studios and designers have POTENTIAL. They show one ingenious aspect of the game, then snuff out the fire with boring aspects that only reward you with carpal tunnel. It’s time that someone (or something) had the dough, wits, and balls to make a game that would shatter the 4th dimension.

    This last sentence will attract the most attention.

    • The original Guild Wars was my first MMO and the story and gameplay was astounding. Of course, it is an MMO so if doing quests, leveling up and participating in organised PvP isn’t your thing then steer clear of it.

    • Arg, same here. Every MMO I play is the same thing: you customize your character with different hairs>press enter 9000 times to skip the tutorial(they are all the same anyways)>kill some wolves if it is an american MMO, or some cute balls with eyes if it is japanese>kill the same monster like for ever>get bored and quit.

      • Well, Guild Wars is a lot less grindy than most MMOs.

        For one, the max level is 20 (at least it is in GW1), meaning you reach the level cap early and focus on getting better at the game (ie better strategy and teamwork) instead of grinding for levels and gear. Although there is uber rare gear, most of it is just aesthetic, or it has like a 1% advantage over normal gear. You can do just as well with town shop bought items as you can with the hardest armor to acquire in the game.

        Also, because there’s a mix of instances, the entire story is crafted around your character, meaning your character stars in all the cut scenes and has their own progression in the story. While there are fetch quests, they are pretty much optional, with the main story quests being more involved, serious, and epic.

  4. What, no Skyward Sword love? /fanboi

    Really looking forward to Mass Effect 3 and Arkham City. I’m not sure about anything on the 3DS, though. I’m a poor bastard. But…Megaman Legends 3 calls to me.


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