Dec 16, 2011

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Top 5 PS3 Games of 2011

Top 5 PS3 Games of 2011

2011 has been a busy year for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 gamers alike.  With a great amount of exclusives being released for the PlayStation 3, narrowing the list down to a top five is quite difficult.  Add in some amazing multiplatform games also released this year, and the task is almost impossible.  While I had the opportunity to play a lot of great games in 2011, the top five games I feel I must give a nod to are Dead Space 2, Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Killzone 3.  Unfortunately, creating a list this small will leave a lot of other phenomenal titles in the cold, like Infamous 2, Skyrim, Portal 2, Arkham City and Catherine.

Killzone 3

While Killzone 3 did not receive the reception Killzone 2 did, the game was still fantastic and my favorite in the franchise.  Developed by Guerrilla Games, Killzone 3 offered an action-packed single-player campaign and a great multiplayer experience.  Apart from Uncharted, this franchise became the standard of how beautiful PlayStation 3 exclusives should look.  The setting, characters, and pace made this game hard to put down.  With Killzone 4 in development, Sony has given gamers something to look forward to, even though it will probably be on the PlayStation 4.

Dead Space 2

Never having played the original Dead Space, Dead Space 2 completely knocked my socks off.  Released in January, the game has a little bit of age to it, but is one that I will remember for a long long time.  Visceral did an amazing job planting emotion into gamers as they experience one of the best characters in gaming, Isaac Clarke.  The game is far from easy, making the completion of the story all that sweeter.  Did I mention that the game’s views from space are stunning? Dead Space 2′s main flaw is its multiplayer experience, which was awful every step of the way; however, I do applaud the developers for not taking the focus off of the story in order to concentrate on online play.

Uncharted 3

Any list discussing the best PlayStation 3 games that does not include Uncharted 3 loses all credibility, and deservedly so.  Naughty Dog has somehow managed to improve the series with each installment, with Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception being the crown jewel of the franchise.  The absolute standard for story telling, gamers will be cheering Drake and Sully on during every chase scene and during every shootout, aided by picture-perfect voice acting.  Its story is only complemented by the gold standard of console graphics.  What sets it apart from even the best games of 2011 is the detail given to both components of the game.  Its single-player is not only a finished product, its multiplayer is not anything to turn away from either.  The game’s three-team Deathmatch mode has been a fan favorite since the game was released.  Uncharted 3 should be experienced by everyone with a PlayStation 3.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

As I watched live gameplay of Deus Ex: Human Revolution at PAX East earlier this year, I remember not being that impressed.  The mechanics seemed iffy, and in general, it just did not seem like my type of game.  I do not think I have ever been so wrong about a game as I was about Deus Ex.  I found the game’s story captivating from beginning to end.  While the game did feature a lot of time in open-world cities, the levels are where players spent most of their time.  With secret passages spread across the level, there was always more than one method to the madness.  Add in the fact that you decide how you want to augment Jensen, whether for stealth or going into levels weapons hot, Deus Ex is not only a great way to spend money, but spend a lot of time as well.  It is a refreshing change of pace deciding how you want to play the game.

Battlefield 3

I have never hid the fact that I am indeed, a DICE/Battlefield fanboy.  My relationship with the franchise is hardly healthy, as I felt a little bit of guilt playing through Modern Warfare 3.  DICE took a lot of time to build the Frostbite 2 engine, and it shows.  For consoles, it is not the best looking title, but for a game of its level scale, I can easily over look any minor blemishes the engine shows because generally it shines.  Meticulous detail was also given to the game’s sound, helping to immerse players into the soldier experience even more.  As mentioned in my review of the game, I was not blown away with the story, but did enjoy the way in which it was told.  Without a doubt, the multiplayer is where the game shines brightest.  With enormous levels, a crazy amount of vehicles, and enough gameplay modes to keep a man happy, DICE created the best online shooter experience this year and one worthy of the Battlefield title.

As mentioned, there were so many amazing games this year, keeping the list at five was tough.  There are so many arguments for so many different games.  Most lists will not include Killzone 3 or Dead Space 2, but what it came down to was simple: which games left the biggest impression on me. Feel free to let us know what your top five PS3 titles of this year are in the comments, and stay tuned for more Top 5 Games of 2011 in the coming weeks.