Sep 1, 2011

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Best and Worst Games of August 2011

Best and Worst Games of August 2011

After a few slow months we are finally getting into the big AAA titles that we see towards the end of every year. The month of August wasn’t too impressive, with the biggest game coming out at the end of the month, but it was a big one. Dues Ex: Human Revolution was definitely one of the best games of the month, but some downloadable titles also made the best of list. On the worst list we see some pretty bad PC games; users seemed to have plenty of issues with buggy games this month. Let’s take a look at the best and worst games for the month of August 2011.

*Note: We looked at all the Metacritic scores for console and portable games (excluding Android and iOS) for the previous month and picked the highest- and lowest-rated games for the month based on critic reviews and user ratings.

Best games of August 2011 (Metacritic Rating):

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution - PC, Xbox 360, PS3 – Meta Score: 89
  • Bastion – PC – Meta Score: 89
  • Limbo – PC – Meta Score: 88
  • Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition - Xbox 360, PS3 – Meta Score: 87
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War – Xbox 360 – Meta Score: 81

Deus Ex: Human Revolution impressed fans and critics alike, and there is no doubt it is the best game in August. However, you can’t count out the highly popular downloadble titles: Limbo and Bastion. Getting a later PC release, both games released in August, and critics enjoyed these games as much on PC as they did on consoles. A few other downloadble titles round up the top five, with Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition and Toy Soldiers: Cold War. While we’ll see Street Fighter later on, the strength of downloadble titles in the past few months continues while there is a shortage of quality retail games. Interestingly, one of the other biggest titles, Madden NFL 12, just barely missed the list, as it is currently fluctuating between 80 and 79 as reviews continue to trickle in.

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

Best Games of August 2011 (User Ratings):

  • Bastion – PC – Average Score: 9.0
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War – Xbox 360 – Average Score: 8.8
  • Space Pirates and Zombies – PC – Average Score: 8.8
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution - PC, Xbox 360, PS3 – Average Score: 8.7
  • Limbo – PS3 – Average Score: 8.3

As you can see, users this month seem to coincide with critics’ opinions, with four of the five games also appearing on the user best games list. However, Bastion and Toy Soldiers top the list, with Space Pirates and Zombies being the only game to not show up on the critics’ list.

Now on to the worst games of August 2011.