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Top 10 video games of 2011, agree or disagree?

Asked by shniernan (981 points ) January 11th, 2012

I just made up my own list, and was wondering what fluther’s opinion was.

1 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
2 Batman: Arkham City
3 Portal 2
4 Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
5 Battlefield 3
6 Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
7 Deus Ex: Human Revolution
8 Dark Souls
9 L.A. Noire
10 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Yes, no, maybe so?

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rebbel's avatar

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, maybe no wait, make that a no too.

mrrich724's avatar

No way! I agree, Zelda should be on there, maybe so should Skyrim. But I’m sorry, Batman? No. COD or Battlefield? Heck no. Awesome shooters? Hell yes . . . but not best games of all time.

Then again, this is a totally subjective subject, so if they are to you, then they are! I’d take the shooters off, and Batman without thought. Add Red Dead Redemption, Ocarina of Time, at Least Halo 1 if you want a shooter since it pretty much brought shooters to console format and has an infinitely more in depth universe than COD.

I’d say it’s a good start for a list, but has a ways to go.

Blackberry's avatar

Why is Skyrim so popular? I’ve never heard of it before and it’s talked about daily on the internet.

I don’t really play a lot of games, but these seem to just be the newest games that were advertised the most. For example, if this is the third Uncharted, this means all the fans and the people the fans have influenced have been waiting for this game to come out, so of course they all go buy it and think it’s already amazing because it’s just like 1 and 2 with a few more features, and it now becomes the greatest game.

Even though I’m an FPS fan, I still recognize most are similar and it gets old and the same goes for RPGs.

mrrich724's avatar

I don’t know about Skyrim particularly, as I haven’t played it yet. But I have played Oblivion, and I assume it is at least as good (hopefully not wrongfully so).

If so, it’s great b/c I don’t think anything is as expansive in a game as an Elder Scrolls game. It is truly a whole other world on a game disc.

Most people stop playing Oblivion b/c after 50 hours, they still haven’t “beaten” the game, so it takes literally minutes and minutes to load everything as it were.

It’s ridiculously huge and content rich. So I could see it vying for a top spot.

It is truly a universe on a game disc.

HungryGuy's avatar

I’d put Dead Island somewhere on that list. Tough choice which to take off, though…

AshlynM's avatar

I agree with rebbel.

Joker94's avatar

I’d say take off MW3 and toss Skyrim in there, and that’d be a fair list. So long as this is in no particular order.

Symbeline's avatar

I used to agree with Skyrim, but then I took an arrow to the knee.

I haven’t played any of those though, so I can’t say. Demon’s Soul was great though, I’d love to check out Dark Souls.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

I think that some indie games should be included as well (Imo, The Binding of Isaac would definitely up there). So far the only game I’ve played on the list is Portal 2, which was definitely better than the first one. Without even playing it, I would take MW3 off the list because it’s probably like the last few call of duty games and I’m sure very little has changed since the first MW. Instead, I would put “Orcs must Die!”. I wouldn’t put Dead Island there because that game was buggy as hell.

Symbeline's avatar

@Michael_Huntington I’d add Alice the Madness Returns on it, if only for the dark and twisted imagination factor. But as a game itself, it plays really standard and doesn’t offer anything new. Still, flying pig snouts and ambulant teapots that try to kill you, ftw.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

@Symbeline I’ve actually never played the Alice series. I would buy the first one, but I have way too many games to play atm because of the 2011 holiday sale :(.

Symbeline's avatar

@Michael_Huntington Well the first one is only on PC. (and it’s fuckin unplayable unless you have a controller) However, save yourself the sweat. If you ever get around to it, buy the PS3 sequel new; it comes with an online pass that lets you download the original game for free, so that’s better than playing it on the PC if you don’t have a controller. (you might be lucky enough to find a used copy where the original buyer left the pass in the case)

digitalimpression's avatar

I’ve never played any of them. But I’ve always been a fan of the Battlefield series (after stomaching the horrible customer service). I would probably place it at number 1.

Qingu's avatar

Zelda (despite its flaws) seems to advance the art of videogames significantly more than others on that list.

shniernan's avatar

I just finished my first playthrough of Arkham City…. I’m taking it off of the list. Keep in mind that these are 2011 ONLY.

Yes I remain supportive with Battlefield 3 and Skyrim. The rest are all iffy to me…. Really, ten games is a lot.

PS: I RESPECT ALL OF YOUR ANSWERS, EVEN COD-PEOPLE.

Qingu's avatar

I played a bit of Batman after playing Zelda.

It sure looked a lot better. But it also didn’t actually feel like I was playing a game. More like, “press Y, watch Batman do some awesome fighting move, press R, watch Batman grapple to a ledge I hadn’t even aimed at.” Why do so many modern games feel like they’re on autopilot? Ugh.

Symbeline's avatar

@Qingu Ha, tell me about it. Take Castlevania Lords of Shadow for example. While there is a whole bunch of mindless action and the destroying of things, all the important and epic parts are just button pressing sequences in the middle of huge ass cinematics. Gets kind of annoying.

And I don’t care how innovative the idea is, climbing on huge stone giants is not fun, it’s a fuckin chore. And Shadow of the Colossus thought of it first.

Qingu's avatar

And SoTC was actually a game that you played, instead of a series of cutscenes that occasionally has timed button presses.

Symbeline's avatar

@Qingu Yeah…although a lot of the game was just riding around on your horse looking for giants to defeat. XD Still, as you say, one actually played the damn thing lol.

Qingu's avatar

I liked riding around on the horsey. It was pretty!

Blackberry's avatar

I just played AC and AC: Revelations. I liked that game.

Thammuz's avatar

1 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Strongly disagree
2 Batman: Arkham City Should be higher
3 Portal 2 Should be higher
4 Uncharted 3: Drake‚Äôs Deception Don’t own a PS3
5 Battlefield 3 Just no
6 Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Depends on your standards if you look for innovation this franchise shouldn’t even exist anymore
7 Deus Ex: Human Revolution Agree
8 Dark Souls Agree
9 L.A. Noire Agree and feel bad because it was practically made with slave labour
10 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 See Battlefield 3

Also, almost total lack of indie games and clear consolecentrism.

My list:

1) Portal 2 (no need to explain this one)
2) Mass Effect 2 (Best of the series, great writing, great involvement in the characters, worth replaying over and over again)
3) The Witcher 2 (Great RPG, very european sensibilities, no squeamish bullshit or sex with your clothes on. An uncompromisingly adult-targeted game)
4) Bulletstorm (By far the best shooter of the last few years. Fun, fresh, with a sense of humour about itself and not about some foreign country/terrorist group/PMC trying to take over the States, as if anyone would want to do that)
5) Arkham City (Ensemble cast, legendary writer with enough funds to back the story up)
6) Terraria (Like Minecraft only legitimately well designed and without the outlandish system requirements)
7) Catherine (Another good narrative where sex is treated as an organic part of the narrative rather than a 1 minute bonus scene if you wooed the lovely lady enough)
8) Deus Ex: HR (Very good gameplay, shitty boss fights, shitty ending. Still worth playing for the gameplay and feel alone)
9) L.A. Noire (Very good idea, hampered by the limitations of digitalizing actors. Enaging in its own way)
10) Bastion (Great gameplay, masterful use of a dynamically generated narrator)

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