In Case You Missed It….

With Battlefield 3 and Arkham City finally out its the beginning of the end of the year of 2011.  And with Skyrim right around the corner I don’t think there is much chance that you or I will be able to fit too many more games in….But wait!  What about all of those other great games that came out during the year?  These are the top games of 2011 you may have easily missed, but absolutely need to check out before every last ounce of your time becomes spent.  Hit the jump for more!

1. Bastion

Excellent story, gameplay, and replayability.  I could go on and on about how great this game is, but what you really need to know is how excellent the voice-over narration is and that the game has one of the most interesting difficulty systems ever conceived.

2. Dead Space 2

A much more stream-lined follow-up to the 2008 original.  This game was about as intense and action-paced as you can get!  Come for the scares, stay for the gameplay.  The multiplayer was also surprisingly good, but alas, it did not have much staying power.

3. Bulletstorm

Disappointing storyline, surprisingly engaging gameplay.  That itch you have for tons of instant gratification will be easily scratched.  Also an interesting multiplayer mode, no idea if anyone still plays it.

4. Child of Eden

Any fan of Rez cannot miss this spiritual follow-up Tetsuya Mizuguchi‘s masterpiece of music-game fusion.

5. You Don’t Know Jack

Being a huge fan of the old 90’s YDKJ series, where we all crowded around a keyboard to answer, I found this to be a faithful new entry into the series.

8. SpaceChem

Ok, maybe you have a hard time getting excited about a game that at its premise is you being a molecular chemist, piecing molecules together one atom at a time, but playing the game quickly reveals that this is actually a modern and unique take on The Incredible Machine.  Fair warning, this is the epic time waster game of 2011 and you will easily lose an entire weekend to it.

7. Sanctum

Tower defense games are becoming pretty tired, especially on mobile platforms, but Sanctum proves there are many, many more places to go with the genre.  Fusing FPS and tower defense seemlessly and throwing in 4-player co-op makes for a game with countless hours of fun.  Great for a LAN game!

6. From Dust

Actually all of this year’s “Xbox Summer of Arcade” were quite amazing, but this and Bastion really struck me as fantastic games that proved that quality was way over quantity and at the right price-point.  From Dust in particular brought back the long dead genre of “god games” such as Black and White, stripped the formula down to its core and gave us something with a great deal of replayability.

What I’m still fumbling

There are also several games that even I haven’t played, alas I don’t know how much time I’ll have to get to them, but they’re still on my radar:

  • The Witcher 2
  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
  • Shogun 2: Total War
  • Dark Souls
  • Crysis 2
  • Dragon Age 2
  • F.E.A.R 3 (or F.3.A.R., whatever)
Are there any games you’d like to get in before the year’s end?
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About Ryan Saul

Hailing from Portland, OR I work by day and blog by night. I like to consider myself a video game connoisseur, playing as many new things as I can get my hands on. Its hard to hold me down to one game for very long before I move on to the next big thing. Luckily, that works pretty well in terms of video game blogging.

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