Some are calling 2011 the greatest year in gaming history…Do you agree?


So the year is coming to a close and what a year it’s been, everything  from blockbuster releases, to hacks, to the announcing and unveiling of the Wii U, the news and games kept coming. But now I would like to  discuss what’s been in the “air” for some time and address the elephant in the room head on, which is — “Some are calling 2011 the greatest year in gaming history…Do you agree?”

Now before you circle Yes or No, let’s reflect on the year, shall we? I will compile a list of this years top games and see if it can stand up to any year in this generation or any generations previous.

Here’s the list:

  • Dead Space 2 – Many are regarding this game and series as the best in the  horror genre gaming has to offer at this moment
  • Portal 2 (Game of the Year Nominee) –  Maybe the best puzzle game of all time — gamers were attracted to it’s  charm and absolute humor
  • Mortal Kombat – Agh, one of the top two definitive fighters in gaming history returned to it’s roots, prettier, more expansive and more enjoyable than ever
  • LA NOIRE – A Rockstar assisted title featuring Revolutionary Technology — I think all games going forward should feature or at least expand on the facial animation displayed in that game
  • Fight Night Champion – Revolutionized the boxing genre with adding story elements,  the days of just two fighters randomly playing a game was brought to an end
  • Killzone 3 –  Still one of the definitive games in terms of  graphics — and some gamers favorite FPS (First Person Shooter)
  • Marvel vs Capcom 3 – It may not have been received in the way it hoped (esp. by fighting purists), but still in midst of the comeback and surge of the fighting game genre it adds a nice piece to the puzzle — a fun game nonetheless
  • Infamous 2 – Batman is Batman but let’s not forget Cole MacGrath,  who is carving his own following  and making a name for himself  in the superhero genre
  • Resistance 3 – Not putting up the big numbers sales wise it probably would hope to, but Insomniac still received — for the most part — high critical praise of it’s 3rd installment
  • Gears of War 3 – Microsoft’s flagship title and it’s role in revolutionizing the 3rd person action/adventure genre  can not go overlooked
  • Dark Souls – No doubt people love this game, it’s your classic “underground classic” and the game is haaaaaarrdddd! Probably the hardest game you’ll play in terms of degree of difficulty in this new era of gaming — you want old school? Well there it is
  •  MotorStorm: Apocalypse – A thrilling take on driving while the world is ending and collapsing in front of you and on you
  •  Batman: Arkham City ( Game of the Year Nominee)– The Batman returns better in every way gameplay, gadgets, graphics oh my!
  •  Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Game of the Year Nominee) – Sony’s flagship title and another amazing adventure under Naughty Dog’s belt, after a almost  4 million copies sold, day one debut, it seems the sales may finally match the quality in it’s 3rd installment
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – After selling a ga-zillion copies in it’s first week gamers have shown that this is still the FPS to beat and what gamers ultimately want to spend their most time with
  •  Battlefield 3 – All the talk  and hype surrounding the game was that it would finally take down Call of Duty as the number one FPS in gamers hearts and their engine — Frostbite 2 which set a new bar in graphics and  technology “ANT” which allow the game to showcase some of the most realistic animations ever seen in gaming, The latter suceeded, the former, not so much
  •  Rage – The hype surrounding this game was Graphics Graphics Graphics!!! Gamers doubted whether a multi-platform title had the capability to pull off the graphics that would sit amongst the best seen thus far, whether it did or not is a bit of a wash, but you decide
  •  The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Game of the Year Nominee) – Nintendo’s one of many, many  flagship titles just retired as the first game in the Video Game Hall of Fame and impressive 25 year run is something that garners respect and the word “legend” associated with the games title holds even more weight now
  • Forza MotorSport 4  – The Definitive Racer on the Xbox and Gran Turismo’s  closest competition, it had a quiet release but still was welcomed with critical acclaim —  91/100 in Metacritic
  •  Assassin’s Creed: Revelations –  The excitement for this title seemed to die down a bit possibly due to a plethora  of other titles releasing around the same time, but the series definitely has a cult following
  • The Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim (Game of  the Year Winner) – Speaking of Cult followings, this title, which may have been considered an “underground title” is now propelled into national spotlight and won Game of the Year at the Spike VGA’s — Nuff Said

So now that the list is before you and you had time to recollect and take in the year, what do you say? Let me throw a couple more things at you before you finally decide.

The year that Uncharted 2 won game of the year (2009) was a pretty darn good year as well you had Assassin’s Creed 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Modern Warfare 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Uncharted 2, Street Fighter IV, Flower, Shadow Complex, Halo 3 ODST, Forza 3, UFC: Undisputed, Resident Evil 5, inFamous, Grand Theft Auto: China Town Wars, Dragon Age Origins, Demon’s Souls etc. When you look at that list, pretty impressive, but in a lot a ways what may determine you giving one year the edge over another could be what iteration you liked better — being that a lot of 2009 games were followed up in 2011.

Let’s look at some more years:

2010  Halo: Reach, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Street Fighter IV, God of War III, Heavy Rain, Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect 2

Even 2008 yielded two “10” games (courtesy of IGN):

2008 – Grand Theft Auto IV,  Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

So you see choosing to say Yes to  the articles title may be a little harder than one may have originally initiated. So what is the verdict? Is 2011 the greatest  year in gaming history? There were some good years prior to 2011 in this generation — as I pointed out —  not to mention the almost 40 year history of video games in general.  CCU wants to hear from you.

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