The Best Games Of 2011: G4tv.com's Staff Picks For The Year


Posted December 19, 2011 - By G4 Staff

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The Best Games Of 2011:  G4's Staff Picks For The Year

It's the end of one of the best years in gaming yet. We saw the release of awesome games like The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, Uncharted 3, and the battle between Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 versus Battlefield 3. Plus, you guys got to decide your own game of the year in our Videogame Deathmatch Best of 2011. But now, as it's the end of the year, G4tv.com's staff thought we'd share our own personal favorite games of the year with you, our favorite readers. Please remember that these are just our opinions, and we'd love to hear about your favorite game of the year in the comments section.

So without further ado, here are G4's favorite games we played this year.

Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3

Best Multiplayer. Bonus of badass campaign. Stabs Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in the face.

-Justin Dornbush, Lead Editor of those who fear sunlight

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Rayman Origins

Skyrim, Portal 2. Play them. Love them. All that. But if you’re looking for something that will not only melt your eyes but your heart, you must play Rayman Origins. The level of enthusiastic and unbridled creativity on display in that game is practically unrivaled and will leave you in constant awe from start to finish. Plus, if you want Beyond Good and Evil 2 to see the light of day, supporting Origins is your best bet.

-Jake Gaskill, Previews Editor

More Uncharted 3 Details, Screenshots Released

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

I’m sad that Uncharted 3 has been ignored by everyone when it comes to the best games of 2011. I know some people felt “meh” about the game but I thoroughly enjoyed Nathan Drake’s new adventure. There were so many great aspects about the game, like the funny writing, the over-the-top adventure that pulled from history and different cultures, the incredible details of the graphics, the seamless integration with cut scenes where I had Nathan standing still for a whole minute because I had no idea it was time for him to get going. I even got sea sick during the boat chapter. That’s crazy! So congrats, Naughty Dog and Uncharted 3. You just won Moye’s Game of the Year trophy.

-Moye Ishimoto, AOTS web girl & Nathan Drake’s future wife

Alice Madness Returns

Alice: Madness Returns

My favorite game of the year was Alice: Madness Returns. Aside from the repetitive platforming, this was by far the most beautiful, engaging, quirky release of 2011 and I absolutely loved it. All of the animation was gorgeous, I loved collecting every single little thing, the dialogue had plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, the music was wonderful, and overall the graphics were stunningly vibrant. A lot of games came out this year that looked really good, and I can understand why some people didn’t like Alice’s style, but to me it was perfect. I seriously loved every second that I got to spend playing it. 

-Leah Jackson, Games Editor G4TV.com

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

I like shooting people in the dick.

-Webmaster, G4TV.com



Because I used to be an adventurer, before I … started playing this game. 

-Becky Jutzi, Google Ninja

Portal 2: Is The Honeymoon Over?

Portal 2

While the open-world-ness and awesome-sauce dragon slaying of Skyrim has taken up countless hours of my time (and will continue to into the new year), nothing can compare to the experience I had playing Portal 2. From the moment the game started to when the final credits rolled I had an ear-to-ear grin, and might have even squealed with glee like a school girl a few times. Portal 2 is smart, beautiful, challenging, hilarious, heart-warming, and perfect.

-Patrick Roche-Sawa, Producer, MMO Report

Saints Row 3

Saints Row: The Third

While I enjoyed Portal 2, my vote for the best game of the year goes to Saints Row: The Third. It's set the bar high. From now on, if I can't run around looking like Omar from The Wire in a dress blowing up prostitutes with a tank, I don't want to play it.

-Dana Vinson, Reviews Editor

New Portal 2 Screenshots Feature Stunning Science Laboratory and Companion Cubes

Portal 2

Accidentally dunking your friends into acid never gets old.

-Michael Wolfe, Minister of Magic



Ubisoft’s slightly hard-to-find guitar tutor is the kind of niche product that one either loves or hates. If you like guitars and rock ‘n’ roll, this music program is insanely great. If you don’t, it isn’t. While it’s not exactly a game in the classic sense of the word, it is an ambitious, well put together gaming experience that expands what we can get out of putting a disc in our console.  Plus, rock and roll!

-Stephen Johnson, Consigliere

Shadows of the Damned

Shadows of the Damned 

There were two games this year that stood out amongst the crowd. Shadows of the Damned was dark, quirky, linear third-person shooter and I love every minute of it. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim was nothing like Shadows of the Damned. It's open, it's serious, and there are no guns. Both games were amazing and I highly recommend both. Love, Nikole.

-Nikole Zivalich, Games Editor, G4TV.com

Batman: Arkham City Challenge Modes

Batman: Arkham City

You're probably asking yourself, why pick Batman: Arkham City for the game of 2011? Why steal that title from The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim or The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword? My only answer is because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like endless amount of gameplay, or a magical adventure to save a princess. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to play as Batman. This world of gamers deserve a better action/adventure game. And I'm gonna give it to them! [smiling sardonically]

-Donell Tucker, Interactive Media Associate

G4's Favorite Games Of The Year

Might and Magic: Heroes 6

One of my favorite games this year, beyond the Skyrims and Modern Warfare 3s, has gotta be Might and Magic: Heroes 6.  What?? Yup, I've always been a fan of the Heroes of Might and Magic games because I still love turn-based strategy games, especially this series that boasts solid RPG elements and an interesting storyline. For Extra Life in October, I streamed hours playing without getting tired despite it being late at night and a relatively slow-paced game. It's beautiful, with lots of different creaturse at your disposal, the music is amazing and the gameplay hits a sweet spot for me. If you're looking for a total change of pace, I definitely recommend PC fans give Might and Magic: Heroes 6 a whirl. You already own the big ones, why not give a little guy a chance?
- Eric Eckstein, Director, Gaming Editorial

The Best Games Of 2011: G4tv.com's Staff Picks For The Year


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