Posted by John on January 1, 2012

Gems of the game

Bruno-Dieter Chan presents the finest games of 2011

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Battlefield 3

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
If you like fantasy CRPGs (Computer Role Player Games) and miss the days of Baldur’s Gate, Planescape and the like, then Skyrim fits the bill. Offering a huge sand-box setting, players are still trying to complete all the sub-quests and explore every nook and cranny of the world since its release. Available on the PC, XBOX 360 and PS3.

Portal 2
The insanely successful sequel to the much loved original, Portal 2 is best described as a 4th dimensional platform puzzle game. The 4th dimension supplied by the portal gun makes Portal a truly unique game along with excellent level design, characters and story. Available on the PC, XBOX 360 and PS3.

Batman: Arkham City
“I am Baaaaat-man.” No one can resist saying that famous quote while playing Arkham City. Pushing your hardware to the limit, Arkham City captures the world of Batman beautifully. Combat brings more than the usual “Whamo, Pow, Slam, Zim” as you really feel like the Bats bringing on the hurt to baddies for the unresolved personal baggage you are carrying since your parents’ death. The only problem is that for the PC version, one needs a fairly higher end system to enjoy it. Consider getting the console versions if you have a 360 or PS3.

Modern Warfare 3

Love it or hate it, it is one of the most popular First Person Shooters out there. With non-stop, nail-biting, action packed campaign mode, coupled with a near perfect multiplayer squad style combat, Modern Warfare 3 is non-stop instant action and instant gratification in a can. Available on the PC, XBOX 360 and PS3.

Battlefield 3

The other most popular First Person Shooters out there. Battlefield 3’s approach is massive battles with lots of vehicles thrown in. It is the best game for all out war, unfortunately sometimes a single soldier gets lost in the conflict but some players like it that way. Available on the PC, XBOX 360 and PS3.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Eidos Montreal showing Gearbox Software how franchise revival is done in half the time. Human Revolution is a prequel to the first Deus Ex game, bringing back all the goodness of a dystopian cyber-future. With multiple routes to solve major quests, its cover system and fantastic character development makes this one of my favorite RPGs of the year. Available on the PC, XBOX 360 and PS3.

Saints Row: The Third

It is Grand Theft Auto but bigger, better and totally insane. Saints Row has everything that was lacking in GTA, customisation, Predator Drones and generally non-stop insanity. It is a grand, tongue-in-cheek homage to all the real-world sandbox games out there. Available on the PC, XBOX 360 and PS3.


It is the game to rule all SIM worlds. Minecraft has come a long way and is still probably the only game out there that you will have to start out by sharpening sticks and chipping rocks to make toys and end up with a kilometre long rollercoaster or a full scale castle. Words cannot describe this virtual Lego world: Only way to understand the sheer awesomeness is to experience it. Only for the PC.


Not to leave the other console out of the fun, on the Wii, we have The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Skyward Sword takes place before Ocarina Of Time, it is loaded with tons of puzzles, mostly of the gathering kind but players should get a workout with the Wii controller nonetheless.
Ms.’Splosion Man
XBOX 360 may or may not have intended it but Ms.’Splosion Man is to XBOX 360 like Sonic is to Sega. It is insanely fast and fun. It is Sonic meets Dee Dee from Dexter’s Laboratory, yes imagine it, then get it.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

The PS3 got their wunder child Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, drawing mass crowds of fans and players cannot wait to see what misadventures Drake gets into. It recycles a bit too much from the earlier games’ puzzles and seems to be combat heavier compared to the last one, but players find it hard to put down the controller.

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

A hidden gem is Metal Gear Solid HD Collection. That’s right. All three Metal Gear Solid games re-mastered for HD. Play it chronographically or your favourite first. It does not matter.

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