Best Video Games of 2011

The Top Ten
1 Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

This game has graphics that can compete with those of 2015, which is pretty damn impressive. The scenery is beautiful and gameplay intense.

Skyrim is just great, combat is clunky not a huge problem but I hope they can improve on in TES 6, but the visuals and adventuring is the best!

Come on we're talkung about Skyrim here!
It's one of the best games I ever played, it deserves to be on the top!

Graphics and story are not that good, is the game bad? hell no! the world, the combat, the music and its universe make it a masterpiece

2 Batman: Arkham City

The gameplay, story, immersion, soundtrack, combat, exploration, puzles, all of the aspects mentioned here are very well done in this game and in my honest opinion, this is the best game of 2011 and one of the greatest games of 7th generation, it made you feel like you were The Dark Knight himself especially in Predator missions which were pretty intense especialy later in the game. I played this game from start to fully finishing it, and man what a great game, it will never be forgotten, Rocksteady really outdid themselves with this game.

This is not only the best game of 2011, It's the best game EVER! There's very differentiation about Batman Arkham Asylum and Batman Arkham City. Because in Batman Arkham City you fight against new enemies and it has a very good storyline! What the HELL! It's in on number 21! Come on guys this isn't funny!

Best games? Arkham City, Mass Effect 3, Uncharted 3, Gears of Wars 3. Arkham City down at 12 is unbelievable. Its not only the best licensed game yet but also the one the best games ever made to date. The atmosphere of the game is remarkably unique and provides a decent batman feel.

I do not understand why this amazing game, which is one of the years most critically acclaimed games, below Mass Effect 2, and MW3. ME2 is a great game and one of my favourites but it was released last year, while MW3 is the very definition of half assed. This game should in my opinion at the least in the top 5.

3 Portal 2

Portal 2 is the turning point for game innovation. You can actually feel all the hard effort put into it. It's seamless. The characters, dynamic, interesting, original. Gameplay, clean, precise, entertaining. The story is thought-provoking, well-established, and easy to immerse yourself into. The ending, just breath-taking, really. The cerebral gameplay is also highly beneficial. It's puzzle-solving, what's not cerebral about it? The comedy is effective (albeit a bit edgy), bringing life into the intentionally claustrophobic atmosphere. You'll love this game, without a doubt. Play it for yourself and you'll know.

So glad this made 3rd. I adore this game from the story to the graphics. Every test I felt challenged and though it took a ton of time to figure out some of those puzzles (especially Wheatley's boss fight dear god...) I enjoyed every second of it. Not to mention if you do some digging there are many mysteries to Aperture Laboratories. I personally think this game doesn't need a 3rd because it finished off on a high note which leaves viewers questioning and making conspiracies (which is always enjoyable). I understand why it only made 3rd though, some people don't like puzzle games and that's okay but its still one of the best games of 2011.

My favorite game ever. Everything about it just works. From the amazing singleplayer with great locales, awesome puzzles, characters who are all likable in some way, and dialogue that will leave you in stiches, all jammed together with perfect pace and an amazing ending. The co-op is very fun with friends and you can have a a lot of fun trying to communicate and think as one. The Perpetual Testing Initiative free DLC allows community made chambers easy to download and make, ensuring that there is unlimited replayability. I cannot think of any flaws besides the fact that we'll have to wait a while for a portal 3.

Most innovative game of 2011. Best multiplayer. Most work put in. Makes you think. Fun story. Characters that feel like part of the story. And this game has infinite possibilities with the new dlc to create puzzles for people to play. Best game of 2011, hands-down.

4 Mortal Kombat

This game put Mortal Kombat Universe on new level. The graphics is amazing, the characters are very cool.

This game is 2D. 2D game play BUT 3D graphics.

MK9 has the best replay value out of any of the games on this list.

5 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

So much better than any other game, only reason why its not #1 is because it's a ps3 exclusive and most people have Xbox, most Xbox gamers hate ps3 just because they have Xbox, plus they didn't play it.

The only reason why its not #1 is because it's a ps3 exclusive not everyone has played it. Easily my favorite game. Should have won GOTY. PS I love how skyrim won but it isn't that high on this list.

Sequel to one of the greatest games of all time.

It is on the list 2x.

6 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Come on! Call of duty black ops was great, every year, the game series gets better graphics and more realistic gameplay. So Modern Warfare 3 will be the best of 2011.

Modern Warfare 3 is overall a good game but I still don't know why people dislike it so much. The campaign is good and the ending is amazing. Come on people.

Yes, come on this will probably be the best COD, it is the sequel to Modern Warfare 2

7 Battlefield 3

Most played fps on PC and Xbox 360 (IGN). Epic 8 maps including 20 Premium Maps. Winner of best gun weapon selection and vehicles.

8 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Sometimes, I just like to go to the sand sea and sail around. Sometimes I like to fly around in the sky at night. Sometimes I just like to swim around Lake Floria. It is a very fun game with great environments. The world is huge but compressed and there is content everywhere. Many people target this is a point of criticism saying that it removes the open world aspect of Zelda. In my opinion, not really. You still feel like you are discovering a new, unknown world. To me, the compression of content in the overworld tells me that they spent a lot of time with it. It is the greatest game of all time!

I've done some research, and the four most popular games of the year should be Portal 2, Batman: Arkham City, Skyrim, and Skyward Sword in no particular order. I was never a big Zelda fan, but once a got this game, I really got into the franchise. Are there any games that could have a bigger emotional effect on me than Skyward Sword. It would be hard to beat.

Despite releasing on a dead console only ~3.5 years ago, it has already sold 4 million units. That is impressive! Also, the game is just so colorful and the characters are very well developed! The story is great and the Wii Motion+ makes it feel like you are actually swinging a sword! Best game of 2011, best Wii game of all time, and one of the best Zelda games of all time in my opinion.

I like how the Wiimote acts as your sword and the combat is 1:1, so the direction you swing your sword is the direction which Link swings his sword. Also, the Wii nunchuck is your shield and when you move the nunchuck in front of you, the shield moves in front of you to block. It is also a very long game, but doesn't feel like it drags in the slightest. Overall, I recommend it to all Wii AND Wii U owners.
PS: how do you fly around in the sky at night? It doesn't let me!

9 Dark Souls
10 Gears of War 3

Much like uncharted gears three is likely so far back do to being and exclusive. But the action, graphics, writing, story, and plot twists are all upgraded in gears three, and it's defenatly the best in the series and one of the 360s greatest games

The Contenders
11 Dead Space 2

I love everything about this game. Original DS game was awesome but this sequel is no less impressive. Superb Atmosphere

Better than Saints row

12 Saint's Row: The Third

Duke Nukem? Seriously? There are a bunch of games that were so good, but this was just my favourite.

13 L.A. Noire

This not only a game but a detective simulator!

14 Sonic Generations

This game is truly an excellent game. It allows for a nostalgia trip, while incorporating that into a game that still manages to stay fresh. Remixes of certain tracks are well done, levels provide a fun challenge, and challenge modes allow for a high replay value of this game. A must have for any Sonic fan.

I don't understand how the atrocious duke nuke forever is above this game

This should at least be in the top 10 it was a great revival to the series

15 Mass Effect 2

Though I do love this game, I believe it came out in 2010, not 2011, so can it be here?

16 LittleBigPlanet 2

Not having played many of the others of his list, I really thing this is an awesome game. Or, should I say, awesome games. You can do almost everything online, I played ' moon lander with my sister, witch brings me to the next point, it is a game for every one, of every age, and is fun. The single player was awesome too.. Great game, one of the best PS3 exclusives!

17 Duke Nukem Forever

How is this game even able to be given a number? This makes that crappy powerpuff girls ps2 game look good. Crappy on the then, crappy now, and crappy forever.

18 Killzone 3
19 Infamous 2
20 Amnesia: The Dark Descent

I love this game, but it came out in 2010, not the year 2011.

21 Pokemon Black

WOW! Graphics, story line and the great new use of 3D makes this game NO.1

22 Total War: Shogun 2

Pure awesomeness. This game takes an already great franchise and makes it better

23 Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
24 Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
25 Kirby's Return to Dream Land
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