Weekend Opinion: The best of 2011

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Ahh, the new year has arrived, and 2012 is already shaping up to be a big one! But as we move forward and look to the future it’s always good to first reflect on the year gone by. We will put this into some kind of list on our first show for the year, but I really liked the idea of giving the power to all of you, our adoring community, and seeing what your picks are for best and worst of 2011.

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So this week, instead of my usual standard of starting you all off, I figured it would be better to set the catagories that you’ll choose from.

Jot these down and post your responses in the comments fields below. (Please try and keep the format the same to help with compiling the results!)

Top five games of 2011:
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Best publisher of 2011:
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Biggest surprise of 2011:
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Best downloadable game of 2011:
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Most played game of 2011:
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Most neglected game of 2011:
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Worst game of 2011:
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Rules:
1) Users may only enter once.
2) Votes must only be for games that were released here in Australia within 2011.
3) Discussion is encouraged. However, users must respect other users’ choices. Not respecting this rule will result in the removal of your vote.
4) Votes must be in by the 23rd of January to be considered.

Take some time and fill out the whole thing. Those that input will contribute to this year’s Community Awards that will be read out on our first show this year (January 24th).

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  • Aaron Hamilton

    Top five games of 2011:
    1) Skyrim (easily)
    2) Uncharted 3
    3) Batman: Arkham City
    4) Battlefield 3
    5) Portal 2

    Best Publisher of 2011:
    1) EA 
    It was a toss-up between EA and Ubisoft, as both put out quite good games this past year, but I had to give it to EA.

    Biggest Surprise of 2011:
    1) Dead Island
    DI came out of nowhere and was awesome (probably why we were always sold out of it at work for the 1st month-month and a half after its release)

    Best downloadable game of 2011:
    1) Minecraft
    Whilst I haven’t played as much of this as I’d like, what i have played was an absolute blast, even better with friends.

    Most played game of 2011:
    1) CoD: MW3
    After having the biggest entertainment launch in history, earning over $1 billion in it’s first 2 weeks, I think it’s safe to say this is the most played of 2011. Skyrim probably came in 2nd.

    Most neglected game of 2011:
    1) Tie between Shadows of the Damned and Rayman: Origins, but I think I’ll give it to Rayman. It doesn’t help that Rayman was released a month before the year ended…

    Worst game of 2011:
    1) Brink
    nuff said.

  • Anonymous

    Top five games of 2011:
    1)Elder Scroll’s – SkyRim

    2) Battlefield 3

    3) Batman Arkham City

    4) Uncharted 3

    5) Saints Row The Third

    Best publisher of 2011:

    1) EA by FAR!!

    Biggest surprise of 2011:

    1)OK OK so i play battlefield 3 every night and call me a Fanboy but  BEST SHOOTER at the VGA Awards –
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3…?????……BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!

    Best downloadable game of 2011:

    1) From Dust.. by Far..FEEL THE WRATH OF GOD!!!!!!

    Most played game of 2011:

    1) Battlefield 3

    Most neglected game of 2011:

    1) Batman Arkham City i personally think it didnt get a well deserved
    launch and should have been pushed alot harder than it was – FUCKING
    GREAT GAME..just sayin.

    Worst game of 2011:

    1) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

  • Anonymous

    Top five games of 2011:
    1) Battlefield 3 (Have lost so many hours on this game)
    2) Uncharted 3
    3) Batman: Arkham City
    4) Portal 2
    5) Saints Row The Third

    (I have so far found Skyrim very very dull)

    Best publisher of 2011:
    Hmm, EA……..yeah, that’ll do.

    Biggest surprise of 2011:
    Dead Island. Aside from a few bugs and some terrible voice acting, this was very close to making my top 5, had a blast with this game.

    Best downloadable game of 2011:
    Infamous: Festival of Blood. A great spin on the Infamous franchise, and probably the only downloadable game that I completed last year.

    Most played game of 2011:
    If it’s the game I have played the most then it would be BF3, with Dead Island a close second. If it’s the gaming community as a whole, then it’s likely to be MW3.

    Most neglected game of 2011:
    Among my circle of gaming friends, I would say Dead Island.

    Worst game of 2011:
    I didn’t play a bad one last year, so will pass on this one

  • The Chad

    Top five games of 2011:
    1) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    2) Batman: Arkham City
    3) Saint’s Row: The Third
    4) Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    5) The Witcher 2

    Honorable mentions: Portal 2, Dead Space 2, Minecraft, Uncharted 3, Infamous 2

    Best publisher of 2011:
    1) Just to be different I will say Valve, for their work with Steam and the epic sales they put on.

    Biggest surprise of 2011:
    1) The Binding of Issac. So much more fun and addictive than I could possibly have imagined. It also runs flawlessly on my very low end laptop.

    Best downloadable game of 2011:
    1) Stick Ninja (my game!) I joke, the best for me was The Binding of Issac. It’s creepy, it’s wierd, it’s so very very addictive.

    Most played game of 2011:
    1) A three way tie between Skyrim, DC Universe Online and Minecraft

    Most neglected game of 2011:
    1) LA Noire

    Worst game of 2011:
    1) First of all my mind won’t let me choose a definitive “worst game” as every game has its merits (and so on blah blah), so I am renaming it to most disappointing compared to hype/expectaions. My pick for that is Terraria and Brink in tie.

  • Snake

    Top five games of 2011:1)Battlefield 32)Batman AC3)Uncharted 34)Skyrim5)Portal 2

    Best publisher of 2011:1)EA

    Biggest surprise of 2011:1)Mass Effect 2 for PS3. I know technially its not a 2011 game but it is for the PS3 owners but its the only RPG that I’ve ever bothered to finish to date.

    Best downloadable game of 2011:1)Warhammer 40K Kill Team

    Most played game of 2011:1)My most played game SP was Mass Effect 2. MP tied between KZ3 and Battlefield 3 just due to running the leaderboard comp its all I had time to play

    Most neglected game of 2011:1)My most neglected game is tied between infamous 2 and Deus Ex. Still yet to start both of them.

    Worst game of 2011:1)Didn’t have a bad game for 2011. Due to limited funds this year listened to reviews from you guys and mates to ensure I didn’t waste money on a bad one. Same will probably go for this year too :( damn funds

  • Anonymous

    Top five games of 2011:
    1) Shadows of the Damned
    2) Deus Ex
    3) Crysis 2
    4) Rage
    5) Portal 2

    Best publisher of 2011:
    1) Edios

    Biggest surprise of 2011:
    1) Shadows of the Damned

    Best downloadable game of 2011:
    1) Limbo

    Most played game of 2011:
    1) MW3 – i enjoy it

    Most neglected game of 2011:
    1) Shadows of the Damned

    Worst game of 2011:
    1) Not worst but my biggest disappointment – BF3

  • Anonymous

    Top five games of 2011:

    1) Saints Row: The Third
    2) age of empires online
    3) shadows of the damned
    4) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    5) Gears of War 3 (co-op)

    Best publisher of 2011: gas powered games

    Biggest surprise of 2011: dead island

    Best downloadable game of 2011: age of empires online

    Most played game of 2011: age of empires online

    Most neglected game of 2011: shadows of the damned

    Most disappointing game of 2011 (with chad on this): battlefield 3 (sorry nachos!)

  • Anonymous

    Top five games of 2011:
    1) Saint’s Row: The Third
    2) The Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim
    3) Little Big Planet 2
    4) Portal 2
    5) Deus Ex: Human Revolution

    Honorable Mentions: Magicka, Bastion, Limbo

    Best publisher of 2011:
    1) Valve (for portal 2, the amazing year steam has had and making TF2 free to play. 

    Biggest surprise of 2011:
    1) Rayman Origins

    Honorable Mentions: Orcs Must Die!

    Best downloadable game of 2011:
    1) Minecraft

    Most played game of 2011:
    1) Minecraft

    Most neglected game of 2011:
    1) Brink (neglected by the developers, coulda been great, wasn’t)

    Worst game of 2011:
    1) Duke Nukem Forever

  • bigpav53

    Top 5 games of 2012:
    1) LA Noire (no one in their top 5 c’mon!)
    2) Battlefield 3
    3) Uncharted 3
    4) Dead Space 2
    5) Zelda Skyward Sword

    (did not play Batman AC, Portal 2, Skyrim or Deus Ex so can not judge)

    Best Publisher:
    Sony

    Biggest surprise of 2011:
    Microsoft being hell bent on developing crap games for kinetic instead of solid exclusives!

    Best downloadable game of 2011:
    Outland

    Most played game of 2011:
    Battlefield 3 by about 46 hours of game time!

    Most neglected game of 2011:
    My most neglected are the 3 sequels to Assassins Creed. Still only half way through the second and the next 2 are unopened :S

    Worst game of 2011:
    Have to say Dead Island, when I saw the trailer went and pre-ordered the LE. Could have been 1 of my favourites but the glitches and bugs got the better of me. Was close to unplayable in the end!

  • Blackwater

    Top five games of 2011:
    1) Deus Ex
    2) Skyrim
    3) Arkham City
    4) Saint’s Row the Third
    5) Rayman Origins

    Best publisher of 2011:
    1) Valve

    Biggest surprise of 2011:
    1) Shadows of the Damned

    Best downloadable game of 2011:
    1) Bastion

    Most played game of 2011:
    1) Deus Ex

    Most neglected game of 2011:
    1) By the general public? Rayman. By me? RAGE

    Worst game of 2011:
    1) Dragon Age 2

  • Alpheon

    Top five games of 2011:
    1) Saint’s Row: The Third
    2) Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    3) Batman: Arkham City
    4) Battlefield 3
    5) Deus Ex: Human Revolution

    Best publisher of 2011:
    1) Valve

    Biggest surprise of 2011:
    1) Bastion

    Best downloadable game of 2011:
    1) Bastion

    Most played game of 2011:
    1) Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Probably spent more time on Skyrim (clockin in just over 100 hours). But I played through this beast 3 times on each difficulty. AND IT STILL WOULDN’T GIVE ME FOXIEST OF HOUNDS.

    Most neglected game of 2011:
    1) Alice: Madness Returns. Played the hell outta it when it first came out. Then just stopped playing until Dec, when I finally got around to finishing it.

    Worst game of 2011:
    1) Duke Nukem Forever.

  • http://twitter.com/Kalisynth Tim

    Top five games of 2011:
    1) SWTOR
    2) Skyrim
    3) Batman Arkham City
    4) Saints row the third
    5) Warhammer 40k Space Marine

    Best publisher of 2011:
    1) Bethesda

    Biggest surprise of 2011:
    1) Saints row the third

    Best downloadable game of 2011:
    1) Dungeons of Dredmore

    Most played game of 2011:
    1) Minecraft

    Most neglected game of 2011:
    1) Battlefield 3

    Worst game of 2011:
    1) Duke Nukem Forever