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Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Best Playstation 3 Game 2011

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

PS3

Developer Naughty Dog had its work cut out for them when making the sequel to one of the best reviewed and received video games of all time. Yet despite the obvious challenges facing them, they found a way to make Uncharted 3 bigger, deeper, and more fun than any of Drake’s adventures before it. The small improvements that permeate every surface of the title really put it over the top. Animations are great all around, the melee fighting has been re-vamped entirely to include not only basic punches, but also multiple-enemy attacks, grapples, and context sensitive moves that let you utilize your surroundings to gain the upper hand. None of these alone would be revolutionary, but they all fit together like pieces in an expertly crafted mosaic of fun. It all culminates into a game that is everything that fans wanted from the latest entry in one of Sony’s most iconic franchises.

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Runners Up

Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City

PC X360 PS3
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.
Killzone 3

Killzone 3

PS3
With a much tighter and fluid control scheme the potential of the Killzone series hit a peak with a gung-ho approach to ending the Helghast reign. More varied environments and jetpacks ensured an even more colorful experience. This third entry certainly knows how to deliver epic battle scenes and intricate plot lines to keep you thrilled from start to finish.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

PC X360 PS3
We all know that Skyrim is great, but you may have a hard time convincing some PS3 players. Being victim to more issues than the rest of us has not lost their vote for Bethesda's epic RPG though. The huge amount of content available and at such quality still shines through. Even in its worse state, Skyrim is a game to be measured against.
Portal 2

Portal 2

PC X360 PS3
Portal 2 is a perfect example of why people love Valve. The puzzles strike a perfect balance of challenge and fun, new elements such as acceleration and bouncing gels keep things from getting stale, and the Wheatley/GLaDOS/Cave Johnson trifecta of personalities all combine to forge an utterly unforgettable experience.

Best Game Overall

Best New IP

Most Disappointing


PC

Xbox 360


Wii

Portable

Best Indie

2011 in Review

Honorable Mention

Resistance 3
inFamous 2
Dark Souls
L.A. Noire
Catherine




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