Welcome back to my personal and favorite games list for 2011. Just like last time these games are taken only from the ones I actually played, not what I might think “deserve” to be on the top 10. I have played and enjoyed games this year where I broke peoples spines while watching them vomit blood, drove underwater in a cute Go-Kart as a big ape and engaged in modern military combat with the latest high tech weapons of destruction. I also have chain sawed my enemies in half , returned to the mushroom kingdom yet again to save the princess and swiped my hands and arms in the air like a complete fool in my living room. Simply put, I dont care what system or type of game I play, my favorite games of the year are exactly what video games are all about , and that is having F U N. I hope you enjoyed my choices of 10-6 last time and now its on to my personal top 5. I have to admit, numbers 3-1 could really be in any order here to be honest, that’s how much entertainment I had with them and how good they are. Now, on to the final 5!
4- Super Mario 3D land. (3DS). Without a doubt, Super Mario 3D Land IS the reason for you to buy a 3DS in 2012. It is, thus far, the best utilization of 3D gaming on this cool little handheld system. Unlike some of the earlier remakes that Nintendo released in 2011 on the 3DS, Super Mario 3D Land was built from the ground up on 3DS hardware from scratch, and the results are impressive. The game plays like a very entertaining hybrid of a 2D and 3D Mario platform game with some inspiration take from both Super Mario Bros 3 & Super Mario 64. Because its a hand held title and not a console game Nintendo took into consideration that most of us will be playing the game in shorter bursts, thus making the game somewhat shorter than the latest console Super Mario titles that can be found on the Wii. However, have no fear, the game is not overly short nor is it overly easy when you reach the later levels. The game is simply very much what you expect from an amazing Mario platformer , now with the addition of very cool 3D effects. I look forward to more games of this quality on the 3DS in 2012
3- RayMan Origins.(Xbox 360). When I first saw the trailers for RayMan Origins I knew it was going to be a pretty good old school inspired platform game. But I never expected it to be in my personal top 3 games of the entire year. Yet, here it is and it very much deserves its high placement on my list. RayMan Origins is a super entertaining, beautiful, colorful , funny video game that is probably the best 2D platform game that was not made by Nintendo. The controls are responsive which of course is essential in a fast paced action platform title. The platforming itself is both fun and challenging at times, especially in later boss battles and those cool yet sometimes frustrating chasing levels. The art style is absolutely beautiful in RayMan Origins with many great backdrops and hilarious enemies. Like all good 2D platform games I expect to replay all the levels over again after I finish, attempting to collect all the items and beat my previous times. From the start, I knew this game was going to be good, I just didn’t know that it was going to be this darn great.
2- Battlefield 3. (Xbox 360). Are you looking for a modern military shooter that you can spend all day effortlessly and without true skill spawn killing your opponents? Do you love twitch gaming your way to the “most important thing ever”, your numbers of kills per game? Good, then I am glad to say I wont be seeing you in Battlefield 3 very often! BF3 is a great military shooter whose multiplayer focuses mostly on team work, squad play, strategy, taking and defending positions, using vehicles and helping out your team mates, at least when you can. Of course, the excitement of shooting and blowing up your enemies is also a very important factor in BF3, but its not the only factor. The destructible frostbite 2 engine looks amazing and gives great jaw dropping moments of “OMG” that you just cant find in any other shooter out there. The only downside to this great game, and what kept it from being my number one game of 2011, is that its single player campaign was a little disappointing and not as fun as I was hoping for. Luckily, its all about the online multiplayer in BF3 and I found my self on the top of the leader-boards many times in 2011 with only 6- 7 kills while the “COD types” ended somewhere in the middle of the leader-boards with 11-12 kills. That’s because defending positions, reviving teammates, dropping first aid, destroying vehicles and capturing flags are just as important in this title as shooting someone in the back as you hide in a pile of rubbish. And that’s why for me Battlefield online is far superior to Call Of Duty.
1- Mario Kart 7.(3DS). My top game of the year will not win any awards for its graphics, or even originality for that matter. Although, to be completely fair and accurate, it does have 16 all-new race tracks, several new ways to navigate your go-kart both underwater and in the air, and the new novility of the cool 3D graphic effects. However, its still unquestionably Mario Kart. This means its still the same ultra successful formula it always has been and it has no reason for any form of major change. For the small amount of gamers who want Mario Kart to “change dramatically”, good luck with that. Play and enjoy a different type of racing game because Mario Kart making severe changes to its winning formula is as hopeless as wanting Madden Football to change dramatically. Mario Kart 7 is yet another example of 25 years of Nintendo getting it right and giving gamers exactly what they want. Mario Kart 7 is one of my favorite Mario Karts of all time with its fun race tracks both old and new, its lovable characters, and its classic bright and colorful worlds.