With 2011 coming to end, many of us have already started thinking about the great games we’re looking forward to in 2012. Although there were a ton of great game that came out in 2011, you might have missed a few along the way. Now, before the trolls start saying, “I already played that game”, or “I didn’t forget that game”, keep in mind this is for those who truly never had a chance to play these, or never heard of these titles. This list is in no particular order, and I have specified which games are available on multi platforms.
From Dust (XBLA & PSN)
In From Dust, you assume a god-like first-person perspective from which you manipulate the environment in an effort to save a tribe. With a circular cursor, you control certain types of matter, such as: soil, lava and water. The lava will eventually cool and form solid rock, vegetation grows in the soil and spreads automatically once a village is built. Water can be lifted and moved elsewhere if you need to reconstruct the terrain. This game was part of the Summer of Arcade and is probably my favorite title from the series.
Infinity Blade 2 (iOS)
Infinity Blade 2 takes place directly after the events in the first Infinity Blade. To me, Infinity Blade seemed like a tech demo, showing off what the iOS Unreal Engine could do. Infnity Blade 2, however, feels more like a finished product. This game also adds a few new features such as dual wielding weapons, heavy weapons, a better story, and even greater character customization.
Disgaea 4 (PS3)
Disgaea is a series that is either hated or loved. Fans of the series love it, while newcomers might have mixed feelings towards it. Disgaea 4 was my first experience with the series, and I have to say, I’m impressed. The game is a turn based strategy RPG that will make you ROFL again and again. The art is unique and the dialogue is witty, two main factors that always lure me in.
Catherine (XBOX 360 & PS3)
When this game was announced, I had no idea what Atlus had up their sleeve. To me, the game looked like it would be an RPG with “adult themes.” As it turns out, I was wrong. This game is much more than an RPG with “adult themes.” Catherine is a platform puzzler that will warp you both mentally and physically. The storyline, aside from the puzzles, was truly a unique experience for 2011. As for the “adult themes,” they’re in here, you just have to play to find them.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (3DS)
Devil Survivor Overclocked is a tactical role playing game. Although this is a port of a previous DS version, the re-release does not disappoint. Like most role playing games, you take turns defeating the various enemies with weapons and skills that you have acquired throughout the game. Shin Megami is known for having an awesome lineup of games, and this one is no exception. If you are a fan of strategy role playing games, or role playing games in general, I definitely recommend that you check this title out.