Holiday Shopping Guide: 10 Awesome PS3 Games from 2011

2011 was generous year when it comes to fantastic titles that were released for the PS3.  Here are the best games from a fruitful year in gaming!

Batman: Arkham City

Batman Arkham City

Metacritic: 92

Average Price: $59.99

ESRB: Teen

Arkham city is a sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum.  The player controls the dark knight, in a third person action adventure game.

Batman’s goal is to rid Arkham of the proverbial villains who have escaped from the asylum and are wreaking havoc among the city’s denizens.

One of the top titles of the year, Batman: Arkham City is an appropriate gift for Christmas lists this holiday season.

Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3

Metacritic: 85

Average Price: $59.99

ESRB: Mature

Another big title for 2011 is EA’s Battlefield 3.  Battlefield is a first person shooter in which the player controls a US Marine in single player and multiplayer combat that encompasses locales across the world.

Battlefield 3 has had quite the grudge match with Call of Duty when it comes to fans of both series.  Battlefield supporters argue that it is more realistic and believable, and they are right.

With a mature rating, this game is certainly for hardcore gamers, so moms be warned!

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Metacritic: 88

Average Price: $59.99

ESRB: Mature

A direct rival to Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is a popular title among gamers.  Call of Duty is a first person shooter that continues from the storyline of Modern Warfare 2, in which US forces struggle to diminish terrorist activity overseas.

The highlight of the game is the online multiplayer support.  Gamers can enjoy numerous online gameplay options that are sure to appeal to hardcore gamers.

Little Big Planet 2Little Big Planet 2

Metacritic: 92

Average Price: $39.99

ESRB: Everybody

The family-friendly Little Big Planet is a game suited for younger gamers on a console that is dominated by teen and mature rated games.

Little Big Planet 2 can be played between 4 players online or locally.  The highlight of Little Big Planet is the inclusion of user-generated levels that keep the experience fresh.

Although Little Big Planet 2 is a fun game, gamers who own the first installment might find this title to be a similar and thus stale experience.

NBA 2K12NBA 2K11

Metacritic: 90

Average Price: $59.99

ESRB: Everybody

Play as retired basketball veteran Michael Jordan among other NBA all-stars  in 2K sport’s NBA 2K12.

The developers have improved on opponent AI within this year’s NBA gaming hit, as well as integrating smooth animations, realistic crowds, and immersive online play.

NBA 2K12 is a game for sports fans that won’t disappoint.

Portal 2

Portal 2

Metacritic: 95

Average price: $36.99

ESRB: Everybody 10+

Portal is a revolutionary first-person puzzle/shooter.  The player controls a portal gun used to solve mind-bending puzzles.  Its nearly seamless cooperative integration make the game fun for one player or two.

This game is in reality two-in-one with a cooperative mode that includes a parallel story to the main campaign.

A perfect gift for kids, teens, or adults, Portal 2 is a game that deserves recognition from Santa Claus this year.

Ratchet and Clank: All 4 OneRatchet & Clank: All 4 One

Metacritic: 70

Average Price: ~$45.99

ESRB: Everybody 10+

Ratchet and Clank is a quirky adventure/platformer from Sony Entertainment.  The game follows Ratchet, a humanoid space mechanic, his sentient robot-sidekick Clank, Dr. Nefarious, and Captain Qwark as they try to escape a mysterious planet they are stranded on.

All 4 One focuses on cooperative multiplayer action (online or locally), but can be played individually.  Ratchet and Clank is another family-friendly game for the PS3.

Rayman OriginsRayman Origins

Metacritic: 88

Average Price: $59.99

ESRB: Everybody 10+

Rayman and his friends accidentally disturb an old granny from the Land of the Livid Dead.  Angered by Rayman’s ignorance, granny unleashes her darktoons on Rayman’s world.  It is up to him and his friends to stop her minions from destroying their fun-filled and quirky land.

Similar to Ratchet and Clank, up to 4 players can play Rayman origins locally.  The game does not support online gameplay.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimMetacritic: 93

Average Price: $59.99

ESRB: Mature

Skyrim was one of the most anticipated games of the year, and contributes to one of the most popular series in the gaming community.

In The Elder Scrolls V, the player controls a hero of destiny: the Dragonborn.  His fate lies in bringing an end to the destruction of an apocalyptic Dragon, who can only be brought down by a Dragonborn and the unearthly power he possesses.

Skyrim is a single player action RPG that has a solid following.  The game has a mature rating for some mild alcohol use, and violence.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Uncharted 3: Drake's DeceptionMetacritic: 92

Average price: $59.99

ESRB: Teen

The third installment in the Uncharted franchise, Uncharted 3 was a big hit among critics this year.

Uncharted 3 is a third person shooter/platformer which follows Nathan Drake, the descendant of sir Francis Drake the explorer.

Often compared to Indiana Jones, Drake sets out to find treasure, topple evil conspirators, and get the girl in treacherous dungeons around the world.

Players can enjoy single player, or multiplayer action in one of this year’s biggest games.


About Clint Kingsley

Clint is a gaming journalist for PSN ID: K-Train22

Posted on December 3, 2011, in Holiday Shopping Lists and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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