Best Overall Game 2011
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
Get the Fus Ro Da out of my way, Skyrim is here and it is wonderful. With more unique quests than you can possibly imagine, soaring dragons to battle and hundreds of hand crafted dungeons to explore; Skyrim is a marvel amongst its typically lacklustre AAA companions. This is what a cRPG should be. Freedom to do as you choose, hundreds of hours of content, and a fantastically exciting world to explore in which every corner reveals something to grab your interest. Sure there are bugs, but they are negligible to the overall experience. Never before have we so quickly rushed back on to a game after it has just crashed on us. We are going to be playing and talking about Skyrim for a very long time.
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Batman: Arkham City
It was a close one for top spot this year. With a fantastic story, engrossing combat, confident writing and a detailed and packed open slice of Gotham City. Add Batman and most of his rogues and Arkham City comes very close. If you haven’t played it, you’re missing out on one of the best games ever made.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
There’s a reason each Zelda is eagerly anticipated – they’re uniformly excellent and Skyward Sword is no exception. Tight, puzzle-filled level design, an intriguing story with a freaky new antagonist, a world in the clouds that you fly a giant duck through, and an abundance of things to do and places to see. Oh, and motion controls finally have a decent application. Hurrah.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
How do you follow up one of the most critically successful games of all time? Well, you just make everything better, which Naughty Dog has made look easy. The story is truly epic, the story is fun, and the antagonist is the best of the series. Add in re-vamped multiplayer and you’ll be busy for quite some time.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
A divisive prequel to arguably the greatest game ever made. Deus Ex: Human Revolution impresses with a well realized future world and an impressive array of gameplay choice. The loose story and the not too stellar boss battles leave something to improved in the next Deus Ex but ultimately don’t detract from the great game it is.