The EZA Community Top 25 Best of 2011!
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And it happened! Awesome! Both of these are great games that I didn't get to until well after the fact, but I'm glad I did.
For Batman: Arkham City, I know I've said this elsewhere (I think in the 2015 thread), but trying the Arkham Asylum demo on 360 got me into not just the Rocksteady Arkham games, but also the Nolan movies. But going from Asylum to City wasn't immediate; it took a while for me to get City, but when I did, I felt irritated it took me so long. Of all the games, City has my favorite story, and having Arkham City split into specific areas of territory for the villains (Joker, Penguin and Two-Face having their own space) really gave off a sense of unique turf in an open city. With each game, the settings have gotten better, and while Asylum gets a lot of deserved of having captivating interiors and being an interconnected 3D metroidvania island, The potential of city just spoke to me more. Another underrated aspect of City is introducing side-stories for more villains to be involved that don't get as much attention like Hush and Deadshot. Getting to play as Catwoman was a nice change up (and the first shot of the game being such a nod to the end is too good). Finally, obviously, the most notable part the City is known for: The top tier boss fights.
Despite how much I enjoy Arkham City, my GOTY for 2011 is Portal 2. The original was a revelation to me and something so good in such a condensed package I thought couldn't be improved. But Stephen Merchant and J.K. Simmons alone proved me wrong, not to mention the story, and just as excellent, the co-op mode. The writing in this game is probably (for me) top five across all games. GLaDOS being even better really further underscores this. Because she is a potato. I replayed it within the last few months and every aspect of this game holds up exceptionally well. The puzzles are good teases, and introducing the gels and funnels as mechanics just further twisted the perspectives. And yes, because no one really cared as much as I did at the time about Portal 2, I grabbed a second controller and beat co-op by myself. The only thing about the game that is slightly to its detriment is that replayability is dependent upon how long between play sessions you go, giving you enough time to forget the puzzle solutions. Easily a top 15 game of all time.
Again, like Uncharted 3 above, I'm not going to tag everybody (and that would quadruple unnecessary seeing as these are the top two games of 2011 as determined by us), but yeah. High five one and all!
And finally (in terms of what I want touch on, not the post. Sorry for the novel), my list with words about the games that didn't make it.
- Portal 2
- Batman: Arkham City
- Gears 3
- Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
- (HM) Resistance 3
- (HM) Dissida: Duodecim Final Fantasy
- (Doesn't qualify) Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
- (HM) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
- (HM) Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
Ratchet & Clank All 4 One was in the midst of a stretch of R&C games that were not good and to this day it's inexplicable. I credit with trying to make an R&C game with not just co-op, but 4 player co-op, and it just doesn't work. From gameplay to mission structure and linearity to even story itself, All 4 One was a disappointment that hit hard.
I'm not a Call of Duty person, and the Modern Warfare trilogy cemented that. When I saw this game's demo on Xbox's stage, I'll admit it, I was impressed. Enough so I borrowed my father's copies of the first two MWs. This game is whatever, in that the multiplayer was iterative of all that came before it, the campaign was nothing more than very loud and bright set-pieces to escalate an increasingly nonsensical plot, and spec-ops was a, "play it once, and never again" kind of mode. Oh, and the horde mode Survival wasn't compelling either.
Halo: Combat Evolved is a good game on its own, and the graphical upgrade that is Anniversary is a fun contrast with the stark retro graphics of the original. But with the exception of the skulls, achievements, and terminals, the game didn't do anything new. Recency bias speaking, but we've been spoiled the Remakes of the last couple of years.
Lastly, Dissidia: Duodecim is a trip. The ONLY Final Fantasy in which the named main protagonists and villains of all mainline entries interact with one another in a single story. Seeing all the vignettes between all these different characters is fascinating. The gameplay is a learning curve and a 3D free roaming fighter isn't really what one would think when describing a Final Fantasy game, but if enough time is put into the mechanics, you can actually do well. ESPECIALLY if you played the original Dissidia, where you can import ALL of your progress over to Duodecim, particularly because the entirety of the first game is a part of Duodecim. Think of it as like a Left 4 Dead in Left 4 Dead 2 situation. But the mechanics, plus the repetitive nature of fights (as they're all 1v1) in pretty bland environments is the game's biggest detriments. It's like the story was the primary focus while every other aspect of the game was secondary. But to end on a positive note: I'm a BIG fan of many of the character designs, and the box art RULES. The original's was also as awesome, with a reversible cover, one side the forces of Cosmos, the other the forces of Chaos.
Thank you so much for reading any of this if anyone has! Kudos again to Axel and to all participants for making another fantastic thread!
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1: Yakuza 4
2: Portal 2
Deus Ex Human Revolution. LA Noir, Skyrim, Dragon Age II
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I was kinda hoping that Arkham would take first place, but Portal is an excellent game so I can't really complain. I can really play Arkham forever though. I have started the game more times than I can count, and on more than a few occasions I have fiddled around with making my own Arkham lore series on YouTube. It's just such a rich world.
RIP to Minecraft, MvC3 and Mario Kart 7.
Portal 2 is my #5. The best thing about it is that each time I thought “Ok, I did this long enough, what else do you have?” the game immediately introduced something new. So the flow was perfect. Story was nice and sometimes funny, but not exceptional. Don’t remember much about the puzzles, but probably they were good. Multiplayer was OK, but there was more coordination than puzzle solving. So it was a great game to play, but not much to remember.
Batman: Arkham City is my #8. I’m not a Batman fan, so for me it was just a fun 3-rd person action game like many others (well, maybe not many, but definitely not unique). It got my #8 because I really liked the ending – it was unexpected and surprisingly moving.
Here’re my top 8 2011 games:
- Dragon Age II
- Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution
- Portal 2
- Saints Row: The Third
- Batman: Arkham City
The only game that didn’t make into top 25 is Saints Row: The Third. I’ve played this game with a huge smile on my face and some jokes made me laugh out loud. Loved it.
DemonPirate last edited by
Sad not seeing The Binding of Isaac or Kirby's Return to Dreamland anywhere on this list.
It seems that I still got plenty of games from 2011 that I got to get to though!
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My full list for 2011:
1: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
2: Batman Arkham City
3: Portal 2
4: Saints Row: The Third
5: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
6: Total War: Shogun 2
7: Gears of War 3
8: LA Noire
9: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
10: Super Mario 3D Land
12: Pokémon White
14: Dragon Age II
15: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
16: Mario Kart 7
17: Star Wars: The Old Republic
18: Assassin's Creed: Revelations
20: Sonic Generations
22: Dungeon Siege III
23: Resistance 3
I recently finished Dead Space 2 and enjoyed it. But not enough to make my top 8, those 8 games are just too good. I would have probably put Dead Space 2 around #11.
Thanks again to @Axel for giving us something to look forward to during these dark times.
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Seeing the lowkey hype for Portal 2 in this forum kinda bums me out, I bought the game on Steam a few years ago and never got to try it because I had to switch computers to my current weak-ass mini laptop. This is the first game I'm installing when I get a more capable computer.
I'm not the biggest fan of Batman (or most superhero stuff), but the Arkham games are just so damn good. Even if I don't know or care about the lore/story stuff, these games has done well to make exciting moments that could pull anyone to becoming Batman fans. My personal favorite is Arkham Knight, but Arkham City is probably the definitive peak of the series. So many great story moments, and the jump of scale from Arkham Asylum is optimally used to make it a better game.
My full list is:
- Uncharted 3
- Battlefield 3
- Deus Ex Human Revolution
- Dark Souls
- Resistance 3
- Batman Arkham City
- Infamous 2
I'm pretty disappointed about BF3 not making it in. It's definitely my favorite multiplayer game ever. It's the first game that I ever played online on my PS3 (using shitty 3G+ mobile wifis), and I also made my first online friend here... that's a story for another time. There's a lot of great moments that I experienced in my 100+ hours playing it, but the one thing I never forget is the chaos of Operation Metro rush mode: me desperately trying to revive as many people as possible while dodging bullets, rockets and grenades in the super enclosed underground train station. For the record, I only played on the PS3 version which only feature 24 players instead of 64 players on PC. Not that it mattered to much, it's still a very exciting game for the most part even with that limitation, especially on the Rush game mode. It also has great DLCs, the best ones being Aftermath (inventive level designs) and Endgame (capture the flag is so god damn intense).
Thanks @Axel for running this whole thing, and also everyone else for participating. It's always been fun seeing the games pop up one by one and also seeing everyone's thoughts and reactions.
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I shall comment more later in the day when I don't have work to be doing.
Portal 2 should be in the Hall of Greats! Not Portal 1! This is far more satisfying though, so I'll take this :)
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I'd love a new Batman game at this point finally. I really hope the fall release is true for the WB Montreal's project. Arkham City remains my favourite of the series so far.
How I voted:
#1: Batman: Arkham City
#2: Deus Ex: Human Revolution
#3: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
#4: Infamous 2
HM: Assassin's Creed: Revelations
HM: L.A. Noire
HM: Mortal Kombat
HM: Saints Row: The Third
Nimbat1003 last edited by Nimbat1003
funny enough my list was reversed.
Dead space 2
saints row the third
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
i have alot of respect for batman and portal 2 though i really need a replay of the batman games as i am super rusty and they lost of to my top 2 because i have replayed and revisited them many times with upwards of 200hours in each.
while i never actually finished portal 2 (stolen) but it derserves the praise because of it's uniqueness.
little sad saints row didnt make it at all though the recent remaster is a nice makeup.
Sazime last edited by Sazime
TES has a special place in my heart. I've been playing the games since I got my first PC at 16, starting with Daggerfall, and my wife and I have bonded over Skyrim immensely. It's one of a few games we both put hundreds of hours into, and early in our relationship, before she started playing games in earnest, she was as hype as I was on the collector's edition I had picked up at the midnight release.
I can't say I'm happy about B's recent releases in the realm of the same types of games, but nothing is ever going to take away the time spent playing, discovering, replaying, and discovering something new each time. I just love the worlds they create. I will never stop seeking out the Dark Brotherhood. Their quests are the best.
MK9 and Saint's Row: The Third are my only selections not to make this list, and if you didn't put SR3 up there, I'm sure Johnny Gat has words for you (it was the first game in the series I played, and I absolutely love it). If you haven't played SR3 yet, take advantage of the re-release and get the OG on the cheap. It's a ton of fun.
EDIT: Eff it, I'm reinstalling SR3 so I can play it again after I finally finish AC: Odyssey.
It warms my heart to see so much love for Saint's Row: The Third. I was sure I'm the only one who have voted for it.
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@ffff0 3 was perfect. 4 jumped the shark (but was still fun).
@sazime I loved 4. Traversal was fast and ridiculously fun.
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i felt like 4 just made vheicles useless haha.
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I actually enjoyed Batman Arkham City quite a lot, but I felt like it lost something special by going open world. It's not like they could have done the asylum again, so I understand why but I much preferred the inmates running the asylum narrative and backtracking, slowly discovering more and more about Arkham Asylum so I preferred the original much more.
Portal 2 is borderline perfect in its puzzle gameplay. Tag on all of the community stuff and the game is endless. I just felt like it went on too long, but it's definitely one of the best games of last gen.
My GOTY List
Fight Night Champion
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
I'm not surprised, but I think Battlefield 3 is a pretty big omissions from the Top 25. It is one of the best Battlefield games let alone shooters of the generation. Not too many games have a perfected formula like BF3 has. Hell, DICE has been chasing their tail since releasing it. The balance, time to kill, large scale maps, close quarters maps, everything was a working formula. It also had "next gen" graphics before next gen.
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The good guys finally won!! Shoutout to Portal for taking down an Uncharted, Skyrim AND Dark Souls on this forum. Fortunately, nothing Kojima came out that year. I have only really played the coop in Portal 2 but it is more than enough to make it my game of the year.
The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword
King of Fighters 13
Persona 2 Innocent Sin
Didn't play a ton that year, I guess. I'm sure I would have voted for MK9 and Saints Row the Third if I had played them more.
GageBlackW23 last edited by GageBlackW23
Alice Madness Returns
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
Child of Eden
One of the best years for me not much in terms of releases but simply because i was still in high school so i had more time to play games in general and try different genres.
Xenoblade Chronicles is very close to my ideal type of JRPG cause it's both comfort food, crazy value with potentially hundreds of hours of contents, but also manages to engage you with its very unique world and story. One thing it's easy to forget now is that at the time it looked extremely impressive: because it was almost a seamless open world and people wanted those, because it was on the Wii hardware and nobody knew you could make giant worlds in such a weak hardware, but also because JRPG as a genre was facing a weird transitional period, we didn't have a game so ambitious like that in years. Visually it doesn't hold up but thankfully there's the definitive edition for that.
Tropico 4 is a game i appreciated more over time, when it came out i wasn't super into the colorful aesthetics, but out of all the 3D Tropico games this is the one that best recreates the same atmosphere of the first one, and expand upon that concept without ruining the vibes. Great soundtrack too, many catchy songs that remained stuck in my head for a long time.
Portal 2, like others said, legendary game, infinite replay value thanks to the editor and the community. I already loved the first one so this got me immediately, in terms of level design maybe the best game Valve has ever produced.
Alice Madness Returns, i just have good memories of its amazing art direction, visuals and crazy locations.
El Shaddai maybe one of the coolest extremely underrated last gen games, very unique and artsy, but also fascinating how it came to be between developers and publishers.