Best of 2011: Gaming

The perfect year-end wrap-up for people who hate year-end round-ups.
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The perfect year-end wrap-up for people who hate year-end round-ups.
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Maxim.com's Best Of 2011: Gaming | Movies | TV | Gadgets | Web



Our Definitive, Absolute, No Joke, Best Game Of The Year

Batman Arkham City

(Photo credit: WB Games; Rent at Gamefly.com)

Shooter

Best

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

(Photo credit: Activision; Rent at Gamefly.com)

Runners Up

Battlefield 3 (Rent at Gamefly.com)

Crysis 2 (Rent at Gamefly.com)

Best You Didn’t Play

Bulletstorm (Rent at Gamefly.com)

Pile of Crap

Duke Nukem Forever(Rent at Gamefly.com)

RPG

Best

The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim

(Photo credit: Bethesda; Rent at Gamefly.com)

Runners Up

Star Wars: The Old Republic (Rent at Gamefly.com)

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Rent at Gamefly.com)

Best You Didn’t Play

DC Universe Online (Rent at Gamefly.com)

Pile of Crap

X-Men Destiny (Rent at Gamefly.com)

Adventure

Best

Batman Arkham City

(Photo credit: WB Games; Rent at Gamefly.com)

Runners Up

Uncharted 3 (Rent at Gamefly.com)

Assassin's Creed Revelations (Rent at Gamefly.com)

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword (Rent at Gamefly.com)

Best You Didn’t Play

El Shaddai (Rent at Gamefly.com)

Pile of Crap

Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters (Just like the movie only longer and more pointless) (Rent at Gamefly.com)

Strategy/Puzzler

Best

Portal 2

(Photo credit: EA; Rent at Gamefly.com)

Runners Up

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

From Dust


Best You Didn’t Play

Catherine (Rent at Gamefly.com)

Pile of Crap

Kirby Mass Attack (Rent at Gamefly.com)

Sports

Best


FIFA 12

(Photo credit: EA; Rent at Gamefly.com)

Runner Up

Madden 12 (Rent at Gamefly.com)

Best You Didn’t Play

MLB 11: The Show (Rent at Gamefly.com)

Pile of Crap

Mario Sports Mix (The game might be fun for a short while but calling this sports is like calling your letter opener Excalibur) (Rent at Gamefly.com)

Best Downloadable Game

Payday: The Heist

(Photo credit: Sony Online Entertainment; Rent at Gamefly.com)

Best Motion Controlled Game

Kung Fu High Impact for Kinect

(Photo credit: Ignition Entertainment; Rent at Gamefly.com)

Best Online Co-Op

Portal 2

(Photo credit: EA; Rent at Gamefly.com)

Best Xbox Exclusive

Gears of War 3

(Photo credit: Microsoft; Rent at Gamefly.com)

Best PS3 Exclusive

Uncharted 3

(Photo credit: Sony; Rent at Gamefly.com)

Best Wii Exclusive

Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword

(Photo credit: Nintendo; Rent at Gamefly.com)

Best PC Exclusive

Star Wars: The Old Republic

(Photo credit: EA)

Biggest Fall from Grace

Games that require fake plastic instruments

Biggest Letdown

Goldeneye 007 Reloaded (Not that it was a bad game, we just wanted an exact remake of the N64 original with better graphics and online multiplayer. Maybe next year)

(Photo credit: Activision; Rent at Gamefly.com)

Best Meme from a Video Game

Skyrim’s Taking an Arrow in the Knee

Best Game That Took An Arrow In The Knee

SOCOM 4 (SOCOM  4 had an awesome online multiplayer co-op...only no one could play it because it launched smack in the middle of Sony’s PSN outtage.)

(Photo credit: Sony; Rent at Gamefly.com)

Best New IP

LA Noire

(Photo credit: Take Two; Rent at Gamefly.com)

Biggest Misstep by a Company That Then Totally Redeemed Itself

Nintendo for launching the 3DS without any must have games and then pumping out a Zelda, Starfox, Mariokart and Super Mario Bros just in time for Christmas

Most Disappointing Delay

Sony’s PS Vita

Maxim.com's Best Of 2011: Gaming | Movies | TV | Gadgets | Web