2011 turned out really well. And in some entirely unexpected places! Bodycount had some of the year’s best straight-up no-nonsense gunplay, but in terms of the overall package, Fear 3 was a real stand-out. For multiplayer gunplay, three other threes deserve mention: Battlefield 3, Killzone 3, and Modern Warfare 3 all shine online. Payday: The Heist deserves recognition for its shrewd variation on the Left 4 Dead theme. Virtua Tennis 4 comfortably fit classic Virtua Tennis into a turn-based boardgame campaign. Distant Worlds with its two expansions is a fantastic strategy game in a year with too few strategy games. The Sims: Medieval breathed as much new life into the Sims series as Sims 2 and Sims 3. Little Big Planet 2 managed to be more than just a kit for user-generated content and instead shipped with a great platformer in the box. In a year with some great platformers, deBlob 2 was one of the best. Ascension: Chronicles of the Godslayer and Tiny Wings on the iPhone deserve special mention.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://www.quartertothree.com/fp/2011/12/13/the-top-ten-games-of-2011