My Top 20 Video Games of 2011

Basically: Twenty of the best games I’ve played last year. The purpose of this list, by the way, isn’t to alter opinions or shift various planes or what-have-you. Nope, it’s just me sharing or listing down the games of 2011 that I had the most fun with.

Also, don’t be alarmed if your favorite game didn’t make my own list, simply because it doesn’t mean anything. There’s also the possibility that I haven’t played [insert title] because, you know, I’m just a regular guy who prolly has other priorities as well. So, again, don’t be shocked if you’re not going to find games like Portal 2, Dark Souls, Mario 3D Land, Mortal Kombat, Bastion, Rayman: Origins, Saints Row: The Third, The Old Republic and Dead Space 2 on this wacky list.

20. Hard Corps: Uprising
19. L.A. Noire
18. Dragon Age II
17. InFamous 2
16. 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z
15. LittleBigPlanet 2
14. Gears of War 3
13. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
12. Modern Warfare 3
11. Shadows of the Damned

10. Yakuza 4

Arguably the best game in the series, all thanks to the 4 uniquely-controlled protagonists and the solid narrative.

9. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

One of Nintendo’s greatest and interesting titles yet, even though the process can be excruciating at times.

8. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Still a very good example of the “fine-line” between video games and blockbuster films.

7. Batman: Arkham City

Made me a believer that Rocksteady Studios is a “force to be reckon with”.

6. (Ultimate and/or vanilla) Marvel vs. Capcom 3

My favorite fighting game franchise just got better, personally of course.

5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

“One more quest, I promise…”

4. El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

It’s like having an interactive Yoshitaka Amano or James Jean art book with some steady sounds and, oh, lotsa colors twirling around.

3. Catherine

Atlus’ gift — and possibly a reminder, as well — to us Generation X/Y folks.

2. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

“…and the Award for Best Original Screenplay goes to…”

Sort of but not really on the list: The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (PSP), and Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection

Before we go to number 1, I would like to at least say a couple of things about the re-releases that came out last year. Putting these well-loved classics on my top games list wouldn’t be fair because they’re, well — re-releases! Except maybe for the PSP version of Tactics Ogre. Man, I love that game to bits and it would’ve easily made my top spot. But, still, that game was generally created almost 2 decades ago, and it would look biased on my part.

Point is, they’re disqualified (even though I really don’t want to use that term) and the games are already instant classics anyway, which were just remastered or repackaged in 2011. Actually wait, not all of them share such a prestige label because — and this is just my opinion, of course — Peace Walker and The After Years aren’t exactly what I would like to call “instant classics”.

So, without further ado and bucka-bucka, here’s my favorite game of 2011:

1. Xenoblade Chronicles

The Japanese RPG genre is far from dead, guys… there’s still hope.

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