Now that all the end-of-year celebrations and accolades from 2011 are out of the way, it's time to start sifting through whatever's left over and putting together our annual, hate-filled Anti-Awards. Those don't run until this Friday, but in the meantime, we've asked our editors what their own biggest gaming disappointments were last year...
before unboxing a “Special” edition meant netting anything from a Master Chief
helmet to an Altair action figure, the act usually consisted of cracking the
shrink wrap on a tin case to discover a miniature art book or making-of DVD.
While scooping up these limited releases has gotten more exciting – and expensive
– in recent years, this season’s offerings seem to be scaling back. Some
publishers seem to think downloadable extras are an acceptable substitute for
cool swag, and Activision’s even shelving their annual Call of Duty Prestige
Edition – you know, the one that previously gave us working night-vision
goggles – for an all-digital Modern Warfare 3 Hardened Edition...
We're in the midst of the annual downpour of sales and doorbuster deals. If you're a GR regular who wants to gently steer a non-gamer toward a few titles on your wish list, or if you're someone who's not really into videogames but needs to pick up a surefire winner for the discerning gamer in your life, our video guide of 10 perfect holiday picks will help you make an informed decision!
Our look back at the top 10 must-own games of 2011. What a great year to be a gamer!
New year. New list. By this point, you’ve finished the greatest PS3
games of 2011, and if you’re still treasure hunting Uncharted 3 or multiplayer
marathon-ing Killzone 3, you probably don’t need us to remind you how great
Update: So what’s the best of the best for Sony players right now? Our ten current
Our sixth annual celebration of all things amazing in gaming in 2011 continues - in fact, it's only just starting! Now that the feel-good Special Awards are
out of the way, we can start in on the real Platinum Chalices. Looking for the most
satisfying gore, the best sidekick or the game that surprised us the
most by not sucking in 2011? You've definitely come
to the right place...
How many lives has your favorite hero saved? Chances are, it's probably less than those on this list. See which gaming protagonist is a savior savant after the jump...
Now that the veneer of freshness is drying off of our copies of Modern Warfare 2, we can fully devote ourselves to complaining about the lack of dedicated servers, and just how much the maps suck because our piss poor ranking certainly isn’t due to a lack of practice and the statistical disadvantage of playing against millions of people, no! Which got us thinking: What multiplayer maps reign over all others?
We like to end things on a positive note. That’s why 2009 was capped with not only our annual Platinum Chalice Awards, but also a whole week’s worth of celebratory articles talking about the accomplishments of the past decade. Now though, with ’09 safely out of range for a retaliatory strike, we can piss all over the idiotic, baffling and just plain dumb occurrences that peppered our otherwise fine year.
A few months back we featured the most bloodcurdling games to be unleashed this fall. We then graded each fright fest depending on what we assumed would be the scariest. The big surprise though is that half of the games featured - including FEAR 2 - either won’t be released by year’s end or - like in GhostBusters and Fatal Frame’s case - don’t even have release dates.