Posted by John on January 3, 2012

Top 10 video games of 2011 - OSU

10. “Saints Row: The Third” (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

“Saints Row: The Third” is everything you would expect from an urban-style sandbox game. Taking place a few years after the second “Saints Row” game, “Saints Row: The Third” embraces humor and violence. While it has the struggles of every sandbox game, inconsistent plots and pointless objectives, “Saints Row: The Third” does a good job of accepting its quirkiness. Unlike “Grand Theft Auto,” “Saints Row: The Third” accepts the humor aspect of thug life. It is not meant to be taken seriously, and is always good for a laugh or two.

9. “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” (Wii)

I am a sucker for Nintendo’s “Zelda” series, and “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” for the Wii does not disappoint. “Skyward Sword” is the 16th game in the “Zelda” series, and is instantly one of my favorites. While the story served as a prequel to “Ocarina of Time” (my favorite Zelda game), the innovative technology set this Zelda game apart from the others. You all have been there: To get a desired attack to work on the Wii, all you have to do is shake the remote, completely disregarding the actual motion. In “Skyward Sword,” Nintendo uses motion-based attacks, which adds a lot to the strategy and enhances the game.

8. “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3″ (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC)

I don’t care that the gameplay is exactly like “Modern Warfare 2.” I continue to stand by the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach. The storyline in the “Modern Warfare” series continues to be intelligent and interesting, but the multiplayer format is what brings everyone back to the “Call of Duty” series. “Modern Warfare 3″ has the easiest and most user-friendly controls of any first-person shooter, which is why everyone loves it so much. My biggest complaint with “Modern Warfare 3″ are the gamers themselves. It has become so much of a culture in the online version of the game that it is incredibly hard for a casual gamer to enjoy the multiplayer option.

7. “FIFA Soccer 12″ (Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, PC, Mac)

While I generally don’t like the improvements that sports games make from year to year, “FIFA Soccer 12″ proved to be one of my favorite games of 2011. The biggest complaint I have had over the years with the “FIFA” series is the gap between realistic gameplay and entertainment. Let’s be honest: Soccer games are boring, and no one wants to sit down and play a 90-minute game where no one scores any goals. But “FIFA Soccer 12″ is able to harness the realism of “the beautiful game” with an entertainment-oriented goal. Increased defensive maneuvers and realistic tackling animations add to the quality of this installment of the “FIFA” series. By far, because of the enjoyment I get from playing friends, in 2011, “FIFA Soccer 12″ spent the most time in my Xbox.

6. “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” (PS3)

Admittedly, I did not get the chance to play “Uncharted 3″ as much as I did the other games in the series, but from what I can tell, the series is improving from release to release. The story follows Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan around the world in search of a legendary lost city. I praise the writing and the story line for “Uncharted 3,” as it was one of the best games of the year. I found the voice acting and writing exceptionally good, not just for a video game, but good for a movie. This was, by far, the best PS3-only game of the year.

Stay tuned to The Lantern for the top 5 video games of 2011 Wednesday.

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