Summing up an entire game year is never an easy task. Announcements of new titles, interesting details revealed, a respectable number of scandals and yellow affair and game shows on the right and left - so where do you start?
The standout games
It is impossible to sum up a year of gaming without referring to the games themselves - here are the successful games of 2011. Call us squares, but we decided to divide the large pile of games included in this list into several main categories, just to put some order in your head. In each of them - two or three games that made 2011 an interesting, challenging and action-packed year.
God-ShooterSea of the year
March brought with it the Crysis 2. The German developer, Crytek, Took care to pump it for us at every possible opportunity, and it really worked. Crysis 2 Was, apparently, the action game of the year in question. The game has a very loose connection to its predecessor, and this time takes place in an urban and familiar environment, against the background of the ruins of New York.
The single-player campaign went a long way more impressively than its predecessor, but it was the multiplayer that managed to surprise and provide fast and enjoyable action for every seeker, a mission that his predecessor failed. "Crisis 2" uses the company's amazing graphic engine, CryEngine 3, Shudai will hear more about him in the future.
The third game in the series Uncharted The PlayStation 3 exclusive, first released in 2007, has garnered pretty much every possible award this year. Nathan Drake's story comes to an end with an unforgettable play that will be remembered mostly for its brilliant artistic design.
Battlefield 3 או Modern Warfare 3
The fan war between players Battlefield 3,
The last game in the Battlefield series of DICE
, And between players Modern Warfare 3
, Which seals the trilogy of Infinity Ward
, Has already really crossed every border, and for what? After all, it doesn't really matter. These are the two most played action games of the year.
So who is it for what? Well, it already depends on your preferences. Those who see themselves playing in a team, in a slow and tactical game, will greatly enjoy Battlefield 3. Those who are just looking to sit in the armchair at the end of the work day and blow other people's brains will prefer the Call of Duty.
Batman: Arkham City
Everyone knows that Batman is not really a superhero (do not let anyone tell you otherwise, kids!), But that does not mean anything about Batman games. Arkham Asylum Which came out in 2009 was an action game-Comics Exceptional in every aspect, andArkham City His sequel managed to surpass even him. Speaking of dry data, this is a game that has garnered the most praise from critics this year, and there seems to be a justification for it. Where else will you find a game Comics With an open world and a mesmerizing atmosphere? And that's not all, you said fascinating characters? Yes, you said satisfactory action? there is. But not only good we saw here, and that is because the plot inBatman: Arkham City Very mediocre, childish and nonsensical.
The action-adventure game from home Nintendo Wii
Is another game in the series Legend of Zelda
, Perhaps the best-known series in the gaming arena of recent years. The game came to us just about a month and a half ago exclusively for the consoleWii
, And some fans have already described it as "the best Zelda game ever released."
Role-playing games of the year
The Witcher 2
The sequel to one of the role-playing flashbacks of the past decade. Like its predecessor, it tells an interesting story in a mature and fascinating way - a play that is rare to see nowadays. The battle system and graphics improve on its predecessor, which, as mentioned, was itself an original game and an experience not to be missed.
The game was originally developed for the PC (HH toCD Projekt, The brave Polish developer), but still plans to get a version of the game for the Xbox 360, sometime early next year.
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Many words have already been written about the fifth game in Bethesda's Open World Role Play Series, which has already made the craft of creating fantasy worlds a specialty. If you too have some kind of affinity for role-playing games (well, you read those lines) you just owe it to yourself. For more information, and a deeper review on Skyrim
, Read the Our review.
Do not argue with success. Although the changesEA The entry into the game (for example, the new defense method) has provoked much controversy among the dedicated player audience, it can be safely said that FIFA 12 is the most enjoyable football game you will find.
Although-EA Leaving dust for football competitors, there is only one team on the floor today playing. Company Visual concepts Brought to perfection her annual basketball game. This time, classic past groups were added to the dish, supporting XNUMXD andMove, And also small changes in gameplay (because a winning formula must not be changed). in this pace, NBA 2K Will soon become the best sports game series of the decade.
The fourth game in the successful and exclusive Xbox 360 racing series, is probably the best racing simulator you will play, or the best arcade racing game you will play. You see, with so many customization options, it's not hard to understand why "Forza 4" is suitable for any car enthusiast. Many hundreds of hours of adrenaline are crammed into both discs of the game, and the Kinect support makes the experience absolutely cool (so what if it's a gimmick?).
Strategy Game of the Year
The reputation of Total War As one of the most successful strategy series they have certainly been honestly achieved. Shogun, First released about a decade ago, introduced the idea of combining strategic map navigation from a top view with close combat in tactical battles. The period was ancient Japan, and the goal: to trample the rest of the tribes and become emperor.
Since then a lot of water has flowed in the river, and inCreative Assembly Learn to use the same interesting idea and take it as far as possible. 2011 was the perfect year to renew Shogun Of the beginning of the millennium, and the result is astonishing. Shogun 2 is a spacious strategy game, with infinite depth, and as we have learned to expect - also technically impressive.
Gaming - in your pocket
The game on the road officially returned to fashion. The rise of smart devices has led to an increase in quantity The mobile games
And in their quality. Apple's app store remains the queen of digital gaming - that's how it is when everyone develops an iPhone and everyone has one. Unfortunately, Android's Android system Google
Left a bit behind in this matter.
When new games run on top U And look like this
, It is very difficult to underestimate smartphones and tablets, which hold a significant market share that is only continuing to grow. Already today games AAA
Popular ones also come in a mobile version, and as long as the development does not affect the console andPC
Even for those who prefer Consoles
More traditional mobility unfolded this year a smile on the face. Company Nintendo Wii
Launched the consoleNintendo 3DS
, The improved model of theDS
The old woman, who came with technology 3D
Which does not consume Glasses
There was no success in the launch, but it seems that the pessimistic forecasts are not entirely correct, and the many sales during the holidays indicate that Nintendo has been on the right track.
Sony's answer was not long in coming, in the form of a truly monstrous portable console, which is the e-Play Station Vita
. It boasts impressive technical specifications, internet access and a wide selection of games, which in contrast to thePSP
, Its predecessor, do not feel like inferior versions of the real thing. God-Life Launched this month in Japan
, And will arrive in the West at the end of February 2012.
Two traffic accessories for iphone Consoles
The leading game, theMove
The PlayStation 3 and Kinect for the Xbox 360 were launched at the end of last year.
2011 has been a pretty positive year for Kinect. Games for casual players (or just for a game with friends) are on the market all the time, and most of them do not have much replay value, but also more serious games that came out this year, like Virtua Tennis 4 and-Force 4, Began supporting the sensor as a control option.
The hardcore players in life will not have a Kinect system in the living room, but since they are a relatively small market (yes, even on the 360), the box office has registered and registered. as per Microsoft Office
, The Bundle Kinect version sells more than two-thirds of all Xbox 360 versions. Sales have recently declined, and the company is counting on the current holiday season to save the deficit. In the meantime it pays off, just in the week we are all known as "Black Friday", 750 units of the system were sold.
The marketing campaign that accompanies theMove
, Sony's equivalent to Kinect, is not as bombastic as the competitor's, but that does not indicate the level of the product. The playersMove
Won many games this year that include support for it, and a little more interesting than those of Microsoft Office
. Among them are the NBA 2K12
, The second game in the basketball series that fully supports it, andResistance 3
, The successful exclusive action game of Sony
Although it gets the least exposure, the sales graph of theMove
Remains on a steady rise. The amount of sales is not far from that of a sensor The Kinect
- And analysts estimate that if the trend continues, by next year's summary the situation will already be reversed.
The idea of gaming in the cloud continues to evolve. A year and a half ago, a service was officially opened OnLive
The innovative, which for the first time made it possible to stream games directly from supercomputers located in remote server farms to your personal computer.
The control is done entirely by the user, and the computer receives commands from it and executes them within a few milliseconds. The ultimate goal is to remove the need to purchase a computer equipped with advanced hardware to run new games. And it works.
However, it will take a long time untilOnLive
Will run properly in our little country. The service requires a connection אינטרנט
At high speed (did anyone say underwater optical cable?), And in any case is not available in Israel at the moment.
This year the open beta of the competing service was opened, Gaikai, Which does more or less the same thing, but does not require a client download, everything runs on your browser (whether in Flash or other technologies). The service already allows you to play demo versions of games like Dead Space 2 and-Mass Effect 2 (And keep playing the full game if you purchased it), and according to impressions around the world, it works impressively.
The service is currently available to 12 countries in North America and across Europe, and soon Asians will also be able to enjoy it. If so, it seems that too Gaikai Will not be coming to the country anytime soon, but he definitely gives us a good reason to wait.
Warmed the heart
This year we were happy to see that anyone who underestimated the PC as a game console was wrong. 2011 proved just that. More than ten high-quality exclusive titles, mostly strategy and role-playing games (which creators have learned not to convert to bad console versions), such as Minecraft ,Shogun 2 and-Witcher 2, Proved that the core of computer gamers knows how to return a warm treatment to the one who gives it a warm treatment. The business potential is there. Now these keys must be restored to its former glory.
See you next year
That's it, it was 2011 in games. Next year should be no less tumultuous, with the expected launch of two new consoles (Vita and theWii U
) And a host of great games, like Diablo 3, Mass Effect 3 andBioshock Infinite
. Keep up to date with all our news and reviews In our games section