Choosing a game of the year is never easy. Each year, we’re blessed with tons of great games, and to choose just one above the rest is very tough. Case in point: I copped out last year and picked two games as my “games of the year” for different reasons, but never definitively picked one over the other. I’m sure that the process for selecting a game of the year can be even harder for major gaming publications, who have to weight out multiple opinions before coming to a ‘definitive’ conclusion.
Having played many of this year’s biggest releases, I did a lot of soul-searching in order to choose a game I feel is worth of the game of the year distinction. When it was all said and done, I came to a conclusion. Was it Batman: Arkham City? Uncharted 3? Portal 2? Could it be another big release I haven’t listed here? Or maybe I went completely out of left field with my choice?
Without further ado, In Third Person’s 2011 game of the year is…
Back in 2009, Uncharted 2 was a groundbreaking game. When I think about that game in retrospect, I think fondly about the great characters, the great story and those incredible setpieces. I still get the chills thinking about playing through that moment in the collapsing building and the train sequence. It wasn’t a perfect game, but it was definitely ahead of it’s time. Even in 2011, there isn’t really another game out there like it.
Well, there wasn’t anything like it until the release of Uncharted 3 a few weeks ago. For better or worse, Uncharted 3 is essentially more Uncharted 2 and not much beyond that. That can’t be a bad thing, can it?
Yesterday, I picked up my copy of Uncharted 3, the biggest PlayStation 3 exclusive title this year. I have not had a chance to play it yet, but for sure I will be zoning out and playing a bunch of it today. As a huge fan of Uncharted 2, I can’t wait to jump back into the shoes of Nathan Drake and take on whatever may come my way.
Of course, a review will be on the way once I’ve played enough of it. For the time being, feel free to check out all of the other great content on In Third Person, or leave me a comment about Uncharted 3 or whatever you may feel like talking about.
Before leaving the country for my trip, there were a number of gaming-related things I wanted to write about. Due to other life factors, that didn’t happen. While I’m late to the party on, In Third Person isn’t always known for its timeliness.
With that said, click through to read up on my experiences with the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program, Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition and Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection!