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Best of 2011: Gaming

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