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The top 30 videogames of 2011: part two - 20-11

by Steven Williamson on 27 December 2011, 08:36

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Narrowly missing out on the top ten


Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii
Release date: November 8, 2011

To a certain extent, Modern Warfare 3 is a totally predictable experience and therefore doesn't quite have the 'wow' factor or memorable moments that we've experienced in previous games. Nonetheless, we've still thoroughly enjoyed ploughing through the six-hour campaign with our fingers firmly on the trigger, causing total carnage. This is a self-indulgent and satisfying shooter where there's not much thought involved - you just do it, and it's made all the more exciting by the theatrical nature of the production.

Overall, Modern Warfare 3 hasn't re-written the war-gaming history books, but it has provided pretty much the experience we were expecting, with more of the same from an entertaining campaign mode and comprehensive, rewarding multiplayer that is likely to keep core fans entertained for some time to come. It's quite simply a new Call Of Duty with the old experience - just as you'd expect.

Read the HEXUS review of Modern Warfare 3.
Buy Modern Warfare 3 from Amazon.


Saints Row The Third
Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Release date: November 18, 2011

While you could argue that Saints Row: The Third is a game aimed mainly at immature teens that are likely to snigger at the mere thought of a giant wobbly dildo, we've also had a cheeky giggle here and there at Volition's tongue-in-cheek, risqué sense of humour - and we're over 30 (and possibly still a little immature.) Considering we've just hit a period of the year where we've been inundated with "serious" games, such as Battlefield 3, Skyrim and Batman: Arkham City; Saints Row: The Third, turns out to be a refreshing alternative and a game that you can dive into without having to think too much about tactics and strategy.

Read the HEXUS review of Saints Row: The Third.
Buy Saints Row: The Third from Amazon.


The Legend Of Zelda Skyward Sword
Platform: Wii
Release date: November 18, 2011

Every Zelda game is treated with a tidal wave of interest from its loyal fan-base, and Skyward Sword rewards its followers well with intuitive motion-based swordplay, fun dungeon exploration and trademark gorgeous scenery. Motion controls take some getting used to, but once mastered, Skyward Sword becomes Link’s finest hour.

Buy The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword from Amazon.


Forza Motorsport 4
Platform: Xbox 360
Release date: October 14, 2011

If you’re a fan of racing simulators, Forza 4 has it all. Beautifully rendered authentic car models, sublime handling around its tracks and car clubs, allowing you to share the love of these four-wheeled beauties with like-minded folk, make this the premier racing game of this generation. Top Gear fans are also well-catered for with Clarkson providing commentary in the game's Autovista mode.

Buy Forza Motorsport 4 from Amazon.


Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Release date: October 7, 2011

Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland devastated by the impact of an asteroid blast, id Software’s latest venture, RAGE, is a hybrid of the first-person shooter and racing genres that draws its inspiration from both Fallout 3 and MotorStorm.

Buy RAGE from Amazon.

Stay tuned for part three and the final countdown tomorrow.

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