We enjoy a good game over at Pocket-lint. We are masters of everything from Mousetrap, to Scrabble and even Mastermind. Hours are spent in our custom built gaming room throwing dice and building up fortunes from paper play money ... or not.
What we do like however is turning on the games console, slamming in a disc and getting to work on a good video game. None more so than this year, with 2011 seeing an incredible range of triple A titles released, particularly toward the end of the year. So many in fact that we couldn't fit them all in, however there is, thanks to your voting, a top five with which we need you to nominate. In the meantime why not read a quick round up on each in order to make the vote easier.
Batman: Arkham City
Not many have much faith in superhero games these days. That was until Arkham Asylum arrived in 2009. The game was universally well received and brought developer Rocksteady to the forefront of current generation gaming.
Then they announced Arkhum City and it immediately became one of the most hyped games of 2011. So much was placed on this game performing that prior to its release we were worried our own expectations might lead to a disappointment. Not so, it delivered on just about every front, upping its predecessor with an open world superhero experience like no other. The dark knight truly returned with this one.
Forza Motorsport 4
Xbox 360 owners got a real treat this year in the form of Forza 4. Feeling very much like the game that Gran Turismo 5 should have been, it capitalised on everything current gen hardware could offer. The result was a complete racing package unique to the Xbox.
Top Gear branding, coupled with fully modelled interiors to every car in the game, meant that you got to immerse yourself completely in the world of motoring. It looked great, sounded great and played even better. Forza 4 was a definite winner.
Fifa is a franchise that is getting better with just about every release. It is now starting to leave PES for dust and the latest edition; 2012 has widened that gap plenty further.
A rethought defence mechanic, which no longer allowed the computer to auto defend for you, really upped the difficulty. Then there was a much better collision detection engine and realistic player reactions to tackles. This resulted in a more fluid and more accurate style of play.
Graphically the game took a step up as well, players looking more and more like their real life counterparts. Good effort from EA Sports it has to be said.
- Oct 2011
- PL review score
- 4.5 stars
Battlefield 3 finally released its graphical wizardry upon us in October 2011. Sure consoles weren't quite up to the standards of PC, but for those who could play it top whack, what a looker it was. Couple that with some of the best fps multiplayer we have played in a long time and you are guaranteed a rather special experience.
We just cant stop coming back to Battlefield 3's multiplayer. It has strange powers over us, partly we think because it just feels that little bit easier to get into and more fresh than the rest. We also have to give praise to the audio work, which is absolutely unbelievable.
- May 2011
- PL review score
- 4 stars
LA Noire proved yet again that Rockstar only accepts the best. Everything from its cutting edge facial animation technology, to the detailed recreation of LA and the characters within it, shone with polish.
A game that kept everyone talking for months after and left many wanting to see what its developers could possibly do next. Special mention has to go to the style and cinematic feel of this game.
It was the first time we have ever put something into our console and felt like we were interacting with a movie. Characters were very complete and their facial animations, particularly toward the end, had us genuinely connecting with them. Great job Team Bondi.
Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below?