It’s been a funny old year. Fuelled by the prospects of its latter half, for much of 2011 we were all playing the waiting game. Valve’s puzzler Portal 2 and Rockstar sizzler L.A. Noire aside, spring passed without barely a blip on the radar, while the lack of any releases whatsoever, let alone hits, meant that the summer seemed to drag on for far too long for gamers.
So it was the end of the year that mattered most, piling in more hits in consecutive weeks than we’ve ever seen before. But what was this year’s best, which were this year’s most disappointing, and which titles will walk away with the award for being the best of their genre? Over the next few days we’ll be celebrating the best and worst of 2011. Did 2011 live up to expectations?
BEST FIRST-PERSON SHOOTER – CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 3
It might not push the genre in any meaningful new direction, but MW3 is an example of a developer at the top of its game – quite an achievement for the troubled Infinity Ward and upstart Sledgehammer. The pinnacle of the genre and a game that will be remembered as the best in its field for years to come, MW3 is head and shoulders above the rest.
RUNNERS-UP: BATTLEFIELD 3, RESISTANCE 3
BEST RPG: THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM
Bethesda’s ability to create a convincing fantasy setting and a world primed for gamers to get lost in meant that it continued to show up its rivals, which is impressive when you consider the competition. We could spend hours exploring the world of Skyrim without even touching the main quest and still have fun – a sign of a great RPG.
RUNNERS-UP: MASS EFFECT 2, DARK SOULS
Tomorrow: Best Action-Adventure, Best Third-Person Shooter & Best Fighting Game.
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