Posted on December 19, 2011 AT 05:26pm
2011’s been an epic year for gaming. Both sequels and original titles alike were more than worthy of the triple-A moniker, but which were the best? After a bare-knuckle, drag-out fight in the EGM conference room, a list emerged deciding just which of these games were the crème de la crème. Six men entered. Twenty-five games came out.
#25: Corpse Party
|Publisher: XSEED Games
Developer: Team GrisGris/5pb
Why It Made The List: Corpse Party was one of 2011’s most shocking games—not only in terms of its brutality, engrossing storyline, and character depth, but also in how it presented us all of those things so effectively via retro visuals and gameplay. Corpse Party is a perfect reason to dust off your PSP—or a perfect way to break in your shiny new Vita when it launches early next year. – Eric L. Patterson
#24: Battlefield 3
|Publisher: Electronic Arts
Why It Made The List: Signaling EA’s intent to take the FPS genre by storm, Battlefield 3 comes equipped with the Frostbite 2 engine—which, frankly, makes it one of the best-looking games of the current hardware generation. Combine this with an immersive, action-packed multiplayer component, and you’ve got yourself one helluva ride. With well-balanced classes and hundreds of hours of content, this one will be in your 360, PS3, or PC for a long time to come. – Matthew Bennett
#21: inFAMOUS 2
|Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
Why It Made The List: Comic-book hero Cole MacGrath thrilled us in the first inFAMOUS, but we never imagined that he’d move to New Orleans—er, New Marais and get all powered up. Cole’s new abilities emphasized the importance of choice: You could become a badass whether you chose to be good or bad, and whether you wielded fire or ice, you felt like you’d just jumped out of a graphic novel—an exhilarating ride start to finish. – Marc Cameron
A solid list of games, to be certain, but which titles managed to beat them out on the path to our Game of the Year? Only time will tell. Be sure to check back tomorrow for part two of our Top 25, featuring EGM’s picks for #20 – #16!
Now that #25 – #21 are in the books, what do you guys think of the staff’s picks? Be among the first to comment and let us know below!
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