2011 Best

Here it is: our consensus pick for the best game of 2011, as well as our runners-up and honorable mentions. READ MORE

10. L.A. Noire
Rockstar and Team Bondi have crafted something pretty incredible with L.A. Noire. The facial motion-capture technology is amazing and the story is pretty great, but what is most fascinating about L.A. Noire is how it turns your typical point-and-click adventure title into a blockbuster hit. This game is far from perfect, but it’s one where I’m able to look at the package and a whole and say, “Yeah, that turned out pretty great, didn’t it?” READ MORE

Another year, another sense of amazement that I was able to turn out another twelve months of biweekly content (give or take an E3) for this column. And I’m certainly not going to stop any time soon; due to their recent releases, I haven’t even covered three of the games I’m about to list as my favorites for 2011! READ MORE

In a special edition of the podcast, the crew debates our Game of the Year finalists: Batman: Arkham City, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Portal 2, Radiant Historia and Uncharted 3.

 

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Hosts: Matthew Jay, Chris Ingersoll, Gerry Pagan, Andrew Passafiume, Graham Russell, Shawn Vermette.
Music: Podcast theme by Tom Casper.

10.The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
It’s Zelda. Probably my least favorite Zelda in a good long while, but by no means a bad game, and definitely good enough to earn a spot on my personal top 10. READ MORE

Wii and multi-platform awards wrap up our system awards. Check back Monday for our overall Game of the Year. READ MORE

For many, this was a year of high-powered franchises and blockbuster releases. I had fun with a few of those, but most of my time was spent with things a bit off the beaten path.

10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
This game is truly an accomplishment. It’s enormous, scenic at all times and much easier to get into than previous Elder Scrolls games. It’s not higher on my list because it’s hard to call an experience that is so open like this a “game,” but it’s a marvel of interactive entertainment and sure to provide a distraction to people for months on end. READ MORE

It’s time to award the best of the games exclusive to the HD consoles: the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. READ MORE

10. Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken
The last surprise on my list. From the title alone, the game sounded absolutely ridiculous. What I ended up getting was an action platformer with a pretty interesting story, a stoic, but likable character, and music that fit the mood well. The puzzle elements thrown made it interesting as well. The answer wasn’t always obvious, but you sure as hell had to work to complete stages. Even now, I still can’t find all those hidden signs. READ MORE

We continue our 2011 awards by looking at the year’s PC titles, the best of the download-only crop and the top iOS game. READ MORE