My Top 10 Games of 2011
2011 was a decent year for the gaming industry. With the launch of Nintendo 3DS, and a few unique and memorable games, 2011 proved to be a nice follow-up to my top 10 2010 games. Here’s my top 10 games of 2011:
10. Fishing Resort: This fishing game is surprisingly unique and refreshing! If you enjoy fishing in Animal Crossing, give this game a chance. There is quite a lot to do in the game, so it will keep you busy.
9. Kore Gang: You’ve probably never heard of this game. In development for eons, Kore Gang is a platformer-action game, and it’s a funny and bizarre one. If you enjoy Psychonauts or just looking for an out of the ordinary and colorful game, check this one out!
8. Kirby’s Return to Dreamland: Another Kirby game? This one is classic Kirby with a few new twists. While not sporting the beautiful graphics as last year’s Epic Yarn, it’s a great game all to itself.
7. Jurassic Park: I love the movies, and this game certainly kept me intrigued! Divided into four episodes, the story and characters bring the game to life. The game plays out like a interactive movie, which kept the pace moving. If you like Jurassic Park or enjoyed Indigo Prophecy or Heavy Rain’s style of gameplay, this is something worth checking out.
6. Enslaved – Odyssey to the West: Released near the end of 2010, (particularly the downloadable content), I missed out on playing this game but did so this year. It’s a little easy to compare this game to Uncharted. The gameplay has similar elements, but the story and characters are completely different. If you enjoy Uncharted, check out this game!
5. Dead or Alive – Dimensions: The story mode in this game was quite entertaining to watch. Having grown up playing the series, it was great to see the story compiled into one, in which it almost made sense! The graphics were great and there’s quite a bit of unlockables. If you’re not into fighting games, it’s worth at least trying it out to see what the 3DS can do.
4. Lost in Shadow: This game is quite lost indeed. Released in January 2011, Lost in Shadow’s existential story and peculiar gameplay is not for everyone. With a haunting soundtrack and memorable graphics, you could get lost into the game.. it certainly drew me in. Hudson, the developer, was absorbed by Konami, which further adds to its mysterious nature. Pick up and play one of Hudson’s last games.
3. Child of Eden: I’m a huge fan of Lumines. The developers behind this game created Lumines, so there would be a good chance I’d like Child of Eden… and I did! The graphics were out of this world, and the music really got you into the game. It’s a music-shooting game, and you can use the Kinect as well… give it a shot!
2. Uncharted 3: I’m not the biggest fan of the shooter genre, particularly if it’s realistic… but somehow the Uncharted series keeps me entertained. I think it’s the cast of characters and unique locations that keep me invested into the series… and the action helps too! Definitely one of the best games on Playstation 3.
1. Solatorobo – Red the Hunter: I love this game. The graphics are reminiscent of something you would see in a Studio Ghibli film (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, etc.) and the characters and story draw you in. It’s a lighthearted game and you can tell a lot of effort went into making this game. Who knew the aging Nintendo DS still had masterpieces being released? Check this out if you’re in the mood for something different.
Honorable Mentions: Tekken Hybrid (the included movie was awesome!), Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Mario Kart 7, Kirby’s Mass Attack, Steel Diver, AR Games