Top 10 Games of the first half of 2011

Congratulations for making it halfway through 2011. June is a time for reflection. A time to look back over the year, and contemplate your experiences, as well as to look forward to things to come. We’re a gaming website though, so we will stick to writing about games. So, without further ado, these are the ten best games of the first half of 2011, according to reviewers.

Scores taken from Gamerankings. List includes games released on PC, PS3, 360, Wii. Re-releases like Mass Effect 2 for PS3 were not included.

10. Fight Night Champion (360, PS3) 86.35%

This unlikely hero made the cut, edging out the likes of Killzone 3, Crysis 2 and Mortal Kombat for a place in the top ten.

Read MyGaming’s Fight Night Champion review.

9. Outland (Xbox Live Arcade, PSN) 86.74%

The only digital-only game of 2011 to make the list. Nobody at MyGaming played this (FOR SHAME), so we’ll have to go with what Gamespot’s Tom Mc Shea said: “Outland is an expertly crafted platformer.”

8. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (PS3, 360) 86.99%

A solid fighter that rewards both novice and fighting-game enthusiasts.

Read MyGaming’s Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds review.

7. Dirt 3 (PC, PS3, 360) 88.17%

One of the most technically brilliant games released this year, Dirt 3 succeeded by building on the series’ previous strengths and adding enough to make it highly worthwhile in its own right.

Read MyGaming’s Dirt 3 review

6. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (PC) 88.70%

Despite its disappointing final act, The Witcher 2 is without a doubt the best RPG released so far in 2011. Whether or not Skyrim will steal that title later this remains to be seen.

Read MyGaming’s The Witcher 2 review. 

5. Shogun 2: Total War (PC) 89.34%

Another amazing game that was released exclusively on PC, Shogun 2 is even better now than when it was scored by reviewers thanks to patches and DX11 implementation. Easily the best strategy game released so far this year, and in our view, a highpoint for the franchise.

Read MyGaming’s Shogun 2: Total War review.

4. LA Noire (PS3, 360) 89.60%

It’s rare that the AAA market gets new IP as innovative as LA Noire, which makes it one of the year’s most important games. Subtle flaws tarnished the veneer, but still it takes the spot as 2011’s most promising new mainstream IP so far.

Read MyGaming’s LA Noire review.

3. Dead Space 2 (PC, PS3, 360) 89.87%

Criticised by some for not being quite as scary as its predecessor, opting for a more action-orientated experience, Dead Space 2 still managed to achieve critical acclaim.

Read MyGaming’s Dead Space 2 review.

2. Little Big Planet 2 (PS3) 92.88%

Sack Boy’s return to the PS3 was celebrated for offering more of what made the original such a classic, while building significantly on the first game’s level creation element.

Read MyGaming’s Little Big Planet 2 review.

1. Portal 2 (PC, PS3, 360) 95.12%

A tighter narrative combined with some interesting new design elements helped Portal 2 live up to the cult-like success of the original.

Read MyGaming’s Portal 2 review.

While those are the top ten games of 2011 so far (according to reviewers) it is also worth browsing over the following list of games that, while being great in their own right, failed to crack a spot on the list:

Killzone 3, Mortal Kombat, Crysis 2, Rift, Bulletstorm, inFamous 2, Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II – Retribution, Shift 2: Unleashed, Dragon Age 2, Homefront, Dungeon Siege III, Brink.

Ok, so maybe those last four weren’t actually great at all. Let us know what your favourite games of 2011 have been so far in the forums.

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  • forShame

    None of you guys played outland!!!!!

    Its without a doubt one of the best downloadable games of this generation.

    The only downloadable game i enjoyed more was Pac-man Championship edition DX (i hope you played that!!)

  • Andrew

    What!? When I got to number 5 I thought "Oh good, Mortal Kombat made the top 5". It's not even on the list! How can this be??

  • Wlad

    L.A. Noire shoud be removed and replaced with Mortal Kombat. inFAMOUS 2 also deserves a spot somewhere on that list.

  • Scorpion

    I'll replace that Marvel vs Capcom 3 with Mortal Kombat, far as beat em ups go MK was definitely the better of the two

  • craizzuk

    No terraria? Hmmmm, indie games not included im hoping

  • LOL

    MyGaming has a tendency to leave out important releases in their "top lists" I mean last year they didn't include Halo Reach in their top games of 2010, yet they included Call of Duty Black Ops in it. Then they later released an article about the most disappointing games of 2010 and Call of Duty Black Ops was included in that again…

    Sometimes the things you guys do don't really make sense.

  • sadface

    Why don't you use your own review scores for the games on this page?

  • James Etherington-Smith

    @ Sadface: This list is using the aggregated review scores from GameRankings. We did include links to our own reviews for your interest. While we stand by our review scores, as you probably know, the larger the sample, the more accurate the results. Therefore GameRankings is a great place to check up on what critics have said in general about the games.

    @LOL: The list of the best games of 2010 article was writtne toward the end of November 2010, and it took the same GameRanking approach. CODBLOPS didn't feature in the top 10. However, we included it as an editorial pick because it was fun and had potential to be good if the problems were fixed.

    Come January 2011, when we published out disappointing games article, CODBLOPS was still buggy. Despite the underlying gameplay fun that it could have offered, it was still a disappointing game because it could have been so much better for many gamers.

  • snake

    where the **** is mortal kombat

  • Robin

    MK!! FTW

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