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Rami's N-Box: Top Games of 2011

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Hello Community,

This is Rami and I'm here to present my new "News Series" called Rami's N-Box. Many people may be wondering why I'm actually bothered to do such a thing. Well, I'm hoping to be one of the Content writers here at Epvp, and to do so I obviously have to be more active. So to keep me motivated I decided to create this news series where I'll start posting Daily news about the Gaming industry.

Let the Series begin!

Article 1: Top Games of 2011 - Directors Edition

The New Years is coming up, You know what that means, the time where everyone reviews the top games of the year. Some games reach the top and some sink down, way down. This article is not meant to change your judgement over certain games, It's just to inform all of you what people think about the games released this year.

First of all, I'm not the one who's judging the games, these are opinions gathered from several Professional Game Directors and their point of view on the new games released in the year of 2011. They were asked to announce their top 3 games, and give a short little description on why they loved that game. Gaming platforms did not matter.

Here's What they had to say:

Peter Molyneux
Creative Director, Microsoft Europe
(Fable: The Journey)

1. Minecraft: It's been fascinating to see this game evolve over 2011 from its rough and ready first iteration at the start of the year to a complete experience with an end game by the end of the year. It's been a truly wonderful development journey.

2. Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - Some of the game mechanics are old and formulaic, but overall it's a brilliant and engaging experience.

3. Forza Motorsport 4: Forza really has evolved into a racing game, which for the first time I have truly enjoyed…so much so that it's affected my driving in the real world!

Cevat Yerli
President and CEO, Crytek
(Homefront ll)

1. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception -- This game delivers super high-quality, excellent action and highly interesting story. The final level was the absolute highlight of the game.

2. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim -- I was impressed by the incredible richness of the game, which offered a very intense atmosphere and great freedom for the player.

3. FIFA 12: This is the best soccer game right now, very detailed, and great improvements compared to FIFA 11. I never used to play any soccer games, but started with FIFA 11 and I'm now addicted.

Cliff Bleszinski
Design Director, Epic Games

1. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: I recently caught up with Todd Howard and shook his hand, looked him in the eye, and thanked him for making me fall in love with the RPG again. I grew up on the genre, from Chrono Trigger to Lunar and Phantasy Star and simply lost interest in my mid 20s to 30s. I've always been a fan of fantasy; I even have a dragon tattooed on my back and love Lord of the Rings and "Game of Thrones" and this was the title to bring me back into that sort of realm.

2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: I haven't even touched the campaign yet. The multiplayer? It works. Some players like to bash the series for some reason, but you can't knock the fact that 60fps, smooth controls, and a surprisingly deep online experience continue to work well for that franchise.

3. Amazing Breaker (iOS): It's almost as if Angry Birds and Bust a Move had a love child by way of "Antiques Roadshow". Simple, pretty, and addictive fun.

Tim Willits
Creative Director, id Software
(Doom 4)

1. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: What more can anyone say about Skyrim that has not already been said? The game is just great. It's engaging, fun, beautiful, expansive, and such a pleasure to play. I've always enjoyed the Elder Scrolls games and this one is by far the best. I already can't wait for the next one!

2. Batman: Arkham City: I loved Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City is more of everything that was great about the first one. When I was a kid I always pretended I was Batman and growing up I played many Batman games trying to get that childhood fantasy feeling, but with these two games I really feel like Batman. The gameplay is dynamic, engaging, and over-the-top. I wish Rocksteady Studios could make games about all my favorite superheroes!

3. LittleBigPlanet 2: I have 7 year-old triplets, so finding a game for the entire family that is challenging, fun, but also approachable is often difficult. LBP2 allows me to play with all the kids at the same time, but also provides challenges for myself and them. The endless supply of user generated content is also a great addition, since the kids often get bored with replaying the same levels. The game is also very charming and just a lot of family fun.

Patrick Liu
Producer, DICE
(Battlefield 3 DLC)

1. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (iOS): I'll stick my neck out and give attention to some smaller games here. I played through the whole game in a stretch on iPad, and there is something magical in its atmosphere, thanks to the wonderful retro graphics and musical score. Both dialogue and puzzles builds a mystery that makes you want to play all the way to the end. Lastly S:S&SEP must have to be coolest acronym this year.

2. Desktop Dungeons (PC): Probably the most addictive game I've played this year over all platforms and genres, I've spent numerous hours and days on this. I even went out and pre-ordered it to get access to the beta. It's kind of a mini-RPG, with an (un)healthy attention to optimizing your every move and action through a dungeon. And optimize you need, those dungeons are hard!

3. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception: Here's the big one, in terms of production value Naughty Dog delivers again. Apart from the superb graphical achievements, the dialogues and storytelling keep you hooked from the start, it's good enough to just watch as a movie! I'm in awe of the set pieces and stunts they put Nathan through. The whole falling out of a plane sequence was amazing.

Will Wright
President, The Stupid Fun Club

1. Civilization Revolution (iPad): I play games on my iPad a lot and this game surprised me in how much I enjoy the iPad as a platform. This game offers a very deep experience.

2. Osmos (iPad): iPad has been cornering my attention with games recently. Osmos uses an incredibly simple mechanic, but it's done very well. You have like different blob shapes and you tap on them and they eject little particles and it makes them move. It's kind of like a physics-based game.

3. Blueprint (iPhone): It's a very interesting game dynamic in that all you're doing is rotating the view around. You're basically just manipulating a camera and if you do it right, what looks like a disconnected set of little lines and squiggles becomes a blueprint. You have to get the perspective and rotation just right.

Scott Philips
Senior Designer, Volition
(Saint Row The Third DLC)

1. Dead Space 2: This game was a great start to 2011. I really enjoyed DS1 and had a lot of fun with this new one. I liked learning more about Isaac and the back story. I must've played 90% of it with my butt clenched tight with the constant fear and tension. But then playing a New Game+ on Easy with my powered up weapons and gear and kicking alien ass, boy was that satisfying!

2. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: I LOVED Fallout 3 and Oblivion, so I was eagerly anticipating Skyrim. I've only sunk 40 or so hours into it so far, but with the holidays coming up I can't wait to spend even more time crushing my enemies, seeing them driven before me, and hearing the lamentation of their women.

3. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception: As a developer I'm constantly amazed with what Naughty Dog can deliver and UC3 was no different. Amazing set pieces, great pacing, and loveable characters. I will admit though that I liked UC2 more than UC3, but I loved them both.

Yoshinori Ono
Producer, Capcom
(Street Figher X Tekken)

1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: I could nitpick at specific parts of the game that I thought needed work, but none of that really matters. The amazingly expansive world, combined with the tried and true Elder Scrolls series gameplay, make this a very solid experience. As a game designer myself, I realize how ambitious this title really was.

2. Batman: Arkham City: I was very satisfied with the polish on this title. The difficulty was set perfectly, and there were many times when I thought to myself, "I'm so glad this is a Batman game!" I found it hard to pull myself away from the game.

3. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception: Finally, the third chapter! With those hopes in mind, I was not disappointed in the least. How much more epic can Drake's adventures become? This series makes you want to play the next installment, and I'm really looking forward to it.

David Jaffe
Founder, Eat Sleep Play, Inc.
(Twisted Metal)

1. Batman: Arkham City: Not since chocolate met peanut butter has there been a greater mash-up than this: the Legend of Zelda meta structure blended brilliantly with a wonderfully executed Batman simulation. No doubt the best superhero game ever and a damn fine addition to the core Batman canon, regardless of medium.

2. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Giant games like this simply overwhelm my 40 year-old self. There is simply too much for me to do and see! But Skyrim also makes me wish I was 10 years old again with an entire summer to explore and get lost in its massive, wonderful world. I loved how immersive this game was; I felt like I was really there and I loved every second of my visit! Skyrim inches us one step closer to the holodeck and for that alone (never mind it also being an out-and-out fantastic game), it ranks in my Top 3 of 2011.

3. Rayman: Origins: Want to play an honest-to-goodness cartoon? Then play this! It looks like a living episode of "Looney Tunes" and controls like buttah. And the overall game and level designs are at WORST second only to platforming classics like Super Mario World, Yoshi's Island, and Earthworm Jim. At BEST, Rayman: Origins gives those '90s platforming classics a super competitive run for their money.

4. Stacking: I know you asked for just three but screw you: I'm David Jaffe and I do what I want! GRRRRR!!! Point being: play this soon to be classic from the amazing minds at Double Fine Studios! It's fresh and heartfelt and just really damn clever and it's the fourth game in my top three games of the year!


General Best Games:
Great Game play, outstanding story line, fabulous graphics, and gives you that feeling of "addiction". That's what I think got this game to the top.
-Uncharted 3
It's intense action based adventure, great pacing, and superb graphical achievements which keep you going throughout the game. This is what made this game unique in my opinion.


I hoped you like this article, I will be making articles daily, and keeping you guys updated.
Hope you enjoyed the read
Yours Truly,


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