Sunday, January 01, 2012

Megabits' Review Of The Year

Happy 2012 Megabits readers! But as we look wistfully to the months ahead, let's spare a moment or two to consider how great the past year has been. While it's had its ups and downs, by and large I'd argue that 2011 was pretty good for gamers... if you put aside the spate of hacking and the downtime suffered, notably by Sony at the start of the year.

Otherwise, 2011 started pretty well, with Isaac making a comeback in Dead Space 2 and Grayson Hunt making his debut in Bulletstorm. It wasn't long before a torrent of top games starting hitting the shelves, most of them sequels to much loved classics. Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Battlefield 3, Uncharted 3, Killzone 3, Resistance 3, Portal 2, Infamous 2... the list goes on. Sony's PS3 seems to have won the Exclusives battle this year, with many big hitters being released. Microsoft were, however, able to churn out plenty of (very mixed) Kinect titles as well as the sublime Forza 4 and Gears of War 3. Predictably, Modern Warfare 3 became the biggest selling launch ever, breaking copious records along the way. A big surprise was Skyrim's success in wrestling the coveted Christmas Number One spot in the gaming charts from the vicelike grip of Infinity Ward's mammoth shooter and EA's FIFA 12. Besides these big hitters, there have been countless hidden gems released too (see our Top Ten here)

Hardware-wise, 2011 may be remembered for the launch of Nintendo's 3DS and Sony's Vita. OnLive and Cloud Gaming also made more of a splash, and promises an entirely new way of gaming in the future. We also saw some teasers about the upcoming Wii U and plenty of speculation about the next generation of the Xbox and PlayStation...

But although there's been lots of anticipation about the future, we must not forget the past - Xbox celebrated it's 10th anniversary while the PS3 reached the five year marker.

Looking ahead, we've got cyberpunk favourite Syndicate being rebooted this year and the epic GTA V to make an appearance too. Then there's a new Halo, Metal Gear and Bioshock coming out! So 2012 is certainly looking promising. Question is, will there be enough time to wring out all the gaming goodness from the likes of Skyrim, Saints Row 3 and Modern Warfare 3 before we're queuing up in the stores for the next big release? I'm going to give it a damn good try!

Thanks to all our loyal readers this year for your support and regular visits. Megabits is growing and evolving, and we hope for bigger and better things in the year ahead. We've got some new editors joining us and plenty of articles in the pipeline (all suggestions welcome!). Our thanks also to all the publishers, developers and PR firms who have helped us this year - we hope you have an awesome New Year.

So, without further ado... to conclude Megabits' Review Of The Year, we present our Awards to mark the highs and lows. Bring on 2012!!!

Megabits' Most Read Articles Of 2011
The 10 best GTA IV mods ever
Character skills you wish you had
Megabits' Ten Greatest Train Levels
Life Swap:10 Characters We'd Like To Swap

PS3 Exclusive Of The Year

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Infamous 2
LittleBigPlanet 2
Killzone 3
Resistance 3
WINNER: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Xbox 360 Exclusive Of The Year
Gears of War 3
Forza 4
Halo Combat Evolved - Anniversary
WINNER: Gears of War 3

Wii Exclusive Of The Year
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Kirby's Return To Dreamland
WINNER: Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Best co-op/multiplayer
Portal 2
Gears of War 3
Modern Warfare 3
Battlefield 3
Dead Island
WINNER: Battlefield 3

Best Sequel
Uncharted 3
Portal 2
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Assassin's Creed Revelations
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Crysis 2
Battlefield 3
Batman: Arkham City
WINNER: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Best New IP
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
Dead Island

Most Overrated Game
L.A Noire
Modern Warfare 3
Battlefield 3
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Most Underrated Game
Saints Row 3
Space Marine
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
WINNER: Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon

Most Disappointing Game
Duke Nukem Forever
Fight Night Champion
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

"WOW" Moment
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (dragon sighting)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (throwbacks to the original Deus Ex)
Battlefield 3 (multiplayer)
Modern Warfare 3 (family video in London)
Space Marine (punching a demonic Chaos Space Marine Lord to death while falling from a space elevator elevator)
Uncharted 3 (sinking ship level)
WINNER:Uncharted 3 (check video from 3:15!)

Toughest Game
No nominations necessary... without doubt it's Dark Souls!
WINNER: Dark Souls

Best Looking Game
Crysis 2
Uncharted 3
Battlefield 3
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
WINNER: Crysis 2

Best Achievement
Crysis 2 - ‘Will it run Crysis’ (Throwback to the power needed to run the original on PC)
Gears of War 3 - ‘Seriously’ (Reach level 100 -kill lots of everything!)
Bulletstorm - 'Golden Idol' (Perform all Skillshots - great fun and inventive!)
Portal 2 - Still Alive (Complete Course 4 - tough anyway - without dying)
Duke Nukem - Turd Burglar (Find and steal a piece of poo - tasteful)
WINNER: Bulletstorm

WTF moment of 2011
PS Network being hacked
Dead Island trailer
Wii U announcement
3DS launch
Sony reveals PS Vita
WINNER: PS Network being hacked

Worst treatment of AI
Purple dildo beatings (Saints Row The Third)
Bunny hunting (Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim) - pointless maiming of small animals
Skillshots (Bulletstorm)
Zombies slipping on vomit (Dead Rising 2: Of The Record)
WINNER: Skillshots (Bulletstorm)

Game Of The Year
Portal 2
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Battlefield 3
Crysis 2
Batman Arkham City
WINNER: Portal 2

(Photo credit: Ludie Cochrane)