Jul 1, 2011

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Best and Worst Games of June 2011

Best and Worst Games of June 2011

June is always a crazy month for the gaming industry. One of the biggest conventions of the year takes place every June (E3), and amongst all the announcements and teaser trailers there are still games hitting store shelves. So let’s take a look at which games were the best and the worst for the month of June 2011.

Though typically not the biggest month for releases, June 2011 saw the release of some highly anticipated sequels, which included inFamous 2 and F.E.A.R 3, along with some franchises we haven’t seen in some time like Alice and Duke Nukem. So how did these games fair? Well, here’s what we did. We looked at all the Metacritic scores for console and portable games (excluding Android and iOS) for the month of June 2011 and picked the highest- and lowest-rated games for the month based on critic reviews and user ratings.

Best games of June 2011 (Metacritic Rating):

  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – 3DS Meta Score: 94
  • Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony - PC Meta Score: 85
  • Trenched – Xbox 360 Meta Score: 85
  • Outland – PS3 Meta Score: 84
  • inFAMOUS 2- PS3 Meta Score: 82
  • Child of Eden - Xbox 360 Meta Score: 83

It’s good to see that one sequel, from the numerous released this month, actually turned out to be well received. Not surprisingly, Zelda topped the list; even if it is a re-release, it’s still one of the best Zelda titles ever made. It is interesting to see that there are two downloadable titles as the top-rated games for the month, which speaks to how slow the month was for quality AAA titles.

While critics have their own opinions, some people like to judge games based on consumers’ response, so let’s take a look at what they thought.

Best Games of June 2011 (User Ratings):

  • inFAMOUS 2 – PS3 Average Score: 8.8
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – 3DS Average Score: 8.7
  • Child of Eden – Xbox 360 Average Score: 8.7
  • Trenched – Xbox 360 Average Score: 8.7
  • Alice: Madness Returns Average Score: 8.5
  • Shadows of the Damned – Xbox 360, PS3 Average Score: 8.1

Four of the critic’s titles made it on this list, but Alice and Shadows of the Damned are definitely fan favorites though their critic meta score won’t agree with them. It just goes to show you that sometimes critics can be wrong. Alice received mediocre reviews, but the fans really enjoyed it, especially on the PC, where the average rating was 8.9.

Now on to the worst games of June 2011.