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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
""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."
"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?"