Time goes by and it does so quite fast. We enjoy new video games that are being released on a regular basis, but sometimes it’s worth to take a break and pay respects to some older games that gave us so much fun in the past. Today we’ll do just that – and we will focus on the year 2011.
So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at some of the best 2011 video games you can still play.
|Portal 2||2011-04-18||Adventure||Valve||Read more|
|Batman Arkham City Goty Edition||2012-09-07||Adventure||Feral Interactive (Mac)||87%||Read more|
|The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Special Edition||2016-10-27||Adventure||Bethesda Game Studios||71%||Read more|
|Saints Row The Third||2011-11-14||Adventure||Volition||72%||Read more|
|Deus Ex Human Revolution Directors Cut||2013-10-25||Action & Shooter||Eidos Montreal||75%||Read more|
|Battlefield 3||2011-10-25||Action & Shooter||EA DICE||32%||Read more|
|Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3||2011-11-07||Action & Shooter||Infinity Ward||57%||Read more|
|Dark Souls Remastered||2018-05-24||Action||From Software||Read more|
|La Noire Complete Edition Rockstar Key Global||2011-11-08||Adventure||Rockstar Leeds||82%||Read more|
|Assassins Creed Revelations||2011-11-30||Adventure||Ubisoft Montreal||Read more|
|Dead Space||2008-10-20||Adventure||EA Redwood Shores||67%||Read more|
|Warhammer 40000 Space Marine Anniversary Edition||2011-09-05||Adventure||Relic||89%||Read more|
|The Witcher 2 Assassins Of Kings Enhanced Edition Gogcom Key Global||2017-11-05||Adventure||CD PROJEKT RED||82%||Read more|
|Rage||2011-10-03||Adventure||id Software||65%||Read more|
|Crysis 2 Maximum Edition||2011-03-22||Action & Shooter||Crytek Studios||93%||Read more|
|Sonic Generations Collection||2011-11-03||Action & Shooter||Devil's Details||56%||Read more|
|Dead Island Definitive Edition||2016-05-31||Action & Shooter||Techland||82%||Read more|
|Dragon Age 2||2011-03-08||Adventure||BioWare||16%||Read more|
|Homefront||2011-03-14||Action & Shooter||Digital Extremes||87%||Read more|
|Lego Star Wars Iii The Clone Wars||2011-03-22||Adventure||Traveller's Tales, Telltale Games||85%||Read more|
|Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Microsoft Key Global||2015-07-29||Adventure||Mojang||15%||Read more|
|Lego Pirates Of The Caribbean||2011-05-24||Adventure||Traveller's Tales||79%||Read more|
|Lord Of The Rings War In The North||2011-11-08||Adventure||Snowblind Studios||Read more|
|Jurassic Park The Game||2011-11-15||Adventure||Telltale Games||45%||Read more|
|Duke Nukem Forever||2011-06-09||Action & Shooter||Gearbox Software||96%||Read more|
|Bastion||2011-08-16||Adventure||Supergiant Games||81%||Read more|
|Rayman Origins||2012-03-29||Adventure||Feral Interactive (Mac)||46%||Read more|
|Bulletstorm||2017-04-07||Adventure||People Can Fly||77%||Read more|
|Fear 3||2011-06-23||Adventure||Day 1 Studios||91%||Read more|
|The Binding Of Isaac||2011-09-28||Adventure||Edmund McMillen and Florian Himsl||Read more|
The first game on the list is nothing else but Portal 2 – a sequel to a popular puzzle game that revolved around finding a way to reach the exit in increasingly difficult rooms.
Portal 2 is a puzzle-platform video game that is very easy to understand and play in terms of gameplay mechanics but can get quite complex once these mechanics start to mix and overlap each other. The core gameplay element in Portal 2 is the titular portal gun that can shoot blue and orange portals on suitable surfaces. You can have one orange and one blue portal opened at the same time, and if you enter one of them, you will exit from the other one. The main objective is to find a way out by placing portals in the right locations to avoid all obstacles and solve the puzzles. Further in the game, you will find additional elements that make the experience even more fun, such as various types of liquids that can cause the objects to bounce or slide. Add funny dialogues and great multiplayer mode to the mix and you get a recipe for a must-play title.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
|Developer:||Bethesda Game Studios|
Skyrim is a great title to revisit, especially if you didn’t play it ever before. And even if you did, there are tons of new ways to enjoy the game, thanks to the existence of some fresh, popular mods.
It’s not that easy to find an epic RPG, where you could look around and feel like you are part of the society in a believable fantasy world, and that’s why Skyrim became so popular. Of course, there is much more – a great character progression, where doing something repeatedly increases your proficiency at doing it, satisfying combat that allows players to even dual-wield spells, and tons of side quests that provide a colossal amount of additional content for you to discover. It’s also worth noting that the game has a surprisingly active modding community, which means that you can keep enjoying the game long after you beat it – just grab some gameplay-altering mods and you’re good to go.
Minecraft is one of those games that probably doesn’t need an introduction. If you did, however, sleep under a rock for quite some time, here’s a quick overview.
Minecraft is an open-world sandbox survival game where your only objective is to have fun. Most people think of Minecraft as a game where you can build anything you want from available blocks, but that’s only part of the story, as there’s also exploration and combat involved – to get access to the rarest blocks, such as diamonds and netherrack, you will have to face dangerous creatures and survive the encounter. Fans of electronics should also give Minecraft a try – there is a resource called redstone that can be used to make real-world counterparts of fully-working logic gates, which means that you can design all sorts of electronic devices inside the game. Some people were even able to create simple versions of computers with a proper display, how cool is that?
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
|Genre:||Action & Shooter|
If you’re looking for a game that focuses on transhumanism, megacorporations, and conspiracy theories, Deus Ex: Human Revolution could be something tailored exactly for you.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an action role-playing game and the third installment in the Deus Ex franchise. As the security officer Adam Jensen, you will find yourself in the middle of a plot that involves conspiracy theories, a cyberpunk setting, and mysterious and controversial augmentations – artificial implants that can enhance one’s abilities. What made the game unique, among other things, was the possibility to approach most of the situations the way you wanted. Fight your way through the enemy lines or remain silent – choose what works best for you.
Total War: Shogun 2
|Developer:||Feral Interactive (Linux)|
Possibly one of the best Total War games in the series also had its release back in 2011. Is Total War: Shogun 2 still worth playing?
Total War: Shogun 2 is a game that combines turn-based strategy with real-time tactics. Basically, it allows you to move your troops and take actions on the map of entire medieval Japan in a turn-based fashion, but if you try to attack a hostile army or siege a castle, the actual battle can be played in real time on one of the many different battlefields, where your micromanagement skills will be put to the test. It’s just a shame that for the best efficiency during battles you need to have the battlefield zoomed out to get a better view of what’s going on – the samurai duels are amazing to watch, but it’s hard to appreciate the polished animations when you need to pay attention to your enemies’ actions and command your troops at the same time.
Saints Row: The Third
On a more humorous side of the video games’ spectrum, we’ve got Saints Row: The Third – a game, that could be described as a parody of Grand Theft Auto. But it’s more than that.
Saints Row is an action-adventure game that throws all realism out the window – removing these artificial constraints allowed developers to put more emphasis on fun and unrestricted gameplay, so as a result, we get things like the airplane sequence, where you’re jumping out of a falling plane just to jump into another one, eliminate its crew, and keep gunfighting as you continue your fall like a true badass. On top of that, the game features an open-world environment and character progression, and it gives the player a solid number of weapons to choose from. Give it a try, if you didn’t already – you won’t be disappointed.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
|Developer:||CD PROJEKT RED|
If you know the Witcher series only by its latest installment, maybe it’s about time to learn about the series’ past and give previous games a try?
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is an action role-playing game, where you will be playing as the titular Witcher – a mutant for hire. A witcher’s job is to deal with all kinds of curses and monstrosities that scare and haunt the common folk, but, due to a lack of understanding, more often than not the witchers are seen by ordinary people as no better than the beasts they’re fighting against, which means that the witchers are essentially forced to stay out of the society. Gameplay-wise, The Witcher 2 features fluid combat, character progression, and a great deal of exploration, but the best parts – just like in the other Witcher games – are the compelling story and the narrative.
Was it just a coincidence that the year 2011 gave life to both Minecraft and a game that looks like Minecraft in 2D? Probably. And the similarities are not that huge anyway – Terraria is amazing in its own regard.
Terraria is a 2D action-adventure game that is often compared to Minecraft due to both games being focused on block-based worlds, survival elements, exploration, mining, and building – all inside a sandbox-flavored package. However, even though Terraria is a sandbox game, there is a much clearer progression route available. There are certain bosses that are needed to be killed in order to unlock new items and some events that must be completed in order to push everything further. Mining better minerals requires better tools, and these can’t be obtained until you defeat a new powerful foe or explore a new, freshly unlocked area. The game significantly evolved since its initial release and as such, it remains one of the top picks if you want to have some great 2D sandbox time.
The year 2011 is also the year when L.A. Noire came out. It was a real treat not only for the fans of the noire genre but for everyone who loves a good story.
L.A. Noire is all you’d expect from a game inspired by the noire genre – it’s a dark detective story that takes place in 1947, with music inspired by what we’d be able to actually hear at that time. The game looks incredibly well, especially considering the fact that it’s already over a decade old. This is partially due to one of the game’s coolest features – extremely realistic facial expressions. This element doesn’t only look good but it also serves a major gameplay purpose – in L.A. Noire you can read subtle facial hints to tell when someone’s nervous, tries to lie or doesn’t tell you everything. Use this knowledge to your advantage during your investigation.
Batman: Arkham City
|Developer:||Feral Interactive (Mac)|
The final entry on the list of the best 2011 games is nothing else but Batman: Arkham City. Join the Dark Knight as he tries to reveal Arkham City’s secrets.
Batman: Arkham City will take you to the titular Arkham City on yet another mission to save the innocent. The game is played from a third-person perspective and focuses on the exploration of its huge open-world environment, but combat also plays an important role. It’s worth noting, however, that the game puts emphasis on the stealth approach and smart use of available gadgets to quickly resolve encounters in a silent manner. Fans of the Dark Knight and DC Comics universe in general will be pleased to know that a lot of other popular DC characters make an appearance in Batman: Arkham City, including Catwoman, who can be controlled during her own parallel story, as well as Riddler, Killer Croc, Mr. Freeze, Bane, and, of course, Joker.
The Best PC Games from 2011
Focusing on the latest and most recent games can make us forget what great titles were released in the past. We play a game once or twice and then we switch to a newer one. It makes sense because each year brings tons of interesting titles to try, and we don’t have enough time to play everything, but this way we stop appreciating the games that inspired developers to make whatever we’re playing right now.
Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and pay respects to older titles that were once crowned game of the year. If you’re interested in a short time trip, take a look at our list above, where we collected some of the best PC games released in 2011.