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Games That Rocked Me In 2011

Elias "The Fried Critic"
The list author says: "This year had it's fair share of amazing games, as well as it's list of overblown spectacles that, while good, were ultimately overpraised. Just in time for the holidays, these are what I considered to be the finest examples of gaming to arise in 2011. Enjoy!"
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword with Music CD
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword with Music CD
"Nintendo created the best Zelda game since Ocarina of Time this year, with a story that is wildly unpredictable, new gameplay that used the Wii's features right, and a killer amount of content."
L.A. Noire - Playstation 3
L.A. Noire - Playstation 3
"Team Bondi had it's issues, but it crafted one of the greatest examples of art in video games that I've ever experienced. A must-play."
Duke Nukem Forever - Xbox 360
Duke Nukem Forever - Xbox 360
"The King returned in a raunchy, action-packed riot of a game that was sorely unappreciated by critics. Fun and brainless, it was a welcome blast from the past."
Catherine - Playstation 3
Catherine - Playstation 3
"Atlus broke boundaries in what is one of most convincing stories in gaming history. It delivered tight gameplay, and a narrative that knew how to hit home with a realistic tone and large consequences in it's branching story arc. A beautiful work of art, and my personal Game of the Year."
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron - Playstation 3
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron - Playstation 3
""El Shaddai" is a great example of creating a game for the sake of art, with it's unique art style and alternate take on the biblical Book of Enoch."
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - Playstation 3
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - Playstation 3
"The list wouldn't be complete without including Naughty Dog's excellent third outing with Nathan Drake, which upped the ante for all following games of it's type."
Sonic Generations - Xbox 360
Sonic Generations - Xbox 360
"Sega stayed consistent with the quality of the "Sonic" entries at long last, with a stellar follow-up to last year's "Colors." Balancing out Modern and Retro gameplay, Sonic Team continued it's journey towards the top."
Rise of Nightmares - Xbox 360
Rise of Nightmares - Xbox 360
"Gory, ridiculous and downright stupid at times, "Rise of Nightmares" gave Kinect owners a truly entertaining experience that stuck with them. Anybody with a Kinect and a tolerance for violence needs this in their collection."
Saint's Row: The Third - Xbox 360
Saint's Row: The Third - Xbox 360
"Gloriously devoid of taste and sanity, "Saint's Row The Third" was the most fun I had with a game all year. Wait, scratch that - I'm STILL having fun with Volition's debauched open-world opus."
Alice: Madness Returns - Playstation 3
Alice: Madness Returns - Playstation 3
"Another game that should have gotten more attention, "Madness Returns" was a creepy follow-up to one of my favorite games of all time and a great return to form for the talented American Mcgee."
Shadows of the Damned - Xbox 360
Shadows of the Damned - Xbox 360
"Beneath it's relatively generic gameplay and some glaring bugs was a brilliant, hilarious good time from the man who brought us "No More Heroes." One of the most memorable games to date, if only for it's demented humor and imagery."
Super Mario 3D Land
Super Mario 3D Land
"Nintendo took Mario to new dimensions with this title, which introduced a combination of gameplay styles from both the retro titles and newer entries. It was fun, pure and simple, and sometimes that's all you need from a game."
Batman: Arkham City for Xbox 360
Batman: Arkham City for Xbox 360
"Wow. That's the word that could accurately describe Rocksteady's triumph of superhero games. It is, without a doubt, the greatest licensed game I've ever played."
Resistance 3 - Playstation 3
Resistance 3 - Playstation 3
"Resistance 3 offered true innovation in the FPS genre this year, perfecting the series' formula and adding in an intriguing, heartfelt plot. It was the most immersive game of it's type I've ever had the pleasure of playing."
Kirby Mass Attack
Kirby Mass Attack
"HAL brought us a new take on Kirby, multiplying the cuddly little puffball from Popstar by ten and cramming the charming chaos into a DS cart. The result was one of the last great original DS games."
Pokemon White Version
Pokemon White Version
"The best Pokemon entry to date, hands-down. Great internet integration, fantastic use of 3D effects, and exciting battle sequences made this THE Pokemon to remember. Oh, yes, and the plot actually mattered this time."
Bulletstorm - Xbox 360
Bulletstorm - Xbox 360
"Beneath the cliche plot and blatant immaturity was an astounding time, with flying limbs and fluid movement unseen in FPS games outside of Mirror's Edge."
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
"What many consider to be the greatest game ever made was given a facelift and more streamlined gameplay, making it relevant to this generation of gamers."
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
"I've always thought Kojima's masterpiece of a franchise to be on equal grounds with "Ocarina of Time", and replaying MGS 2, 3 and Peace Walker reaffirmed that opinion. The snazzy HD upgrade didn't hurt, either."
No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise - Playstation 3
No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise - Playstation 3
""No More Heroes" is one of my favorite games, and this new version replaced my Wii copy in my permanent collection, with it's updated graphics and added content."
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
""Anniversary" was an excellent revamp of the initial entry in my favorite FPS franchise, utilizing an amazing new engine and adding in a slightly retooled "Reach" multiplayer component, making for one of the best shooter experiences of the year."
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 Innocent Sin - Sony PSP
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 Innocent Sin - Sony PSP
"The lost entry in my favorite RPG franchise, "Persona 2" brought back old-school challenge and one of the darker SMT plots to PSP owners. An astounding experience."
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked - Nintendo 3DS
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked - Nintendo 3DS
"3DS owners got their first true RPG with Atlus' port of 2009's "Devil Survivor." With a new mission, revamped graphics and a new difficulty level, an already perfect experience was perfected. Wow... three in-house Atlus games this year; how crazy is that?"
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - PC
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - PC
"At first I called it overhyped; then I actually played it. A wonderous experience that anybody with a sense of adventure should give a shot."
Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart 7
"Nintendo embraced the old "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" axiom with their newest Kart title, and it paid off."