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Top 10 Most Critically Acclaimed Xbox 360 Games of 2011

For those Xbox 360 owners out there, GameZone is summarizing this years top games in one list. Here we go counting down the Top 10 critically acclaimed 360 games of 2011: (Batman: Arkham City, Forza Motorsport 4, Gears of War 3, Industry, Tag Invalid, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Xbox 360)

vrylstminute  +   1137d ago
No BF3 or MW3..? Bad Grant! :(
granthinds  +   1137d ago
Hey, these are statistics, not personal opinion! Metacritic is a force unto itself!
vrylstminute  +   1137d ago
MW3 has 89%, BF3 has 84% (much higher than it should)...
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fluffydelusions  +   1137d ago
I don't get why people don't like BF3. I find it enjoyable. SP wasn't the greatest but who cares...it's all about MP.
BuffMordecai  +   1136d ago
They don't like it because they suck at it, like this guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watc...
SignifiedSix  +   1136d ago
Lol, that video is hilarious. Typical CoD player xD
*shoots with hip fire and gets killed* "OMG I SHOT THAT GUY!"
Easiest way to spot one of those CoD players is if they spray their gun like there's no tomorrow, or shoot from the hip constantly.
No skills, lol.
TreMillz  +   1135d ago
lol thats elpresedor, he doesnt suck he just trolls youtube, along with shokio, mld and the rest
Halochampian  +   1136d ago
Much higher than it should. Are you referring to MW3? I hope so, because that's what I agreed with.
WobblyOnion  +   1137d ago
My current favourite games; Skyrim and Rayman Origins make the grade. That's awesome.
granthinds  +   1137d ago
Excellent games! I still wanna play Rayman Origins. Skyrim's just too intense for me...
vrylstminute  +   1137d ago
Limbo has 90% on 360, with 89 critics... :D
granthinds  +   1137d ago
This list doesn't include Arcade titles, only boxed, Xbox 360 games.
YodaCracker  +   1135d ago
LIMBO is a 2010 release though.
AmaZinG  +   1137d ago
List is from 2011
Limbo is 2010
bosbvok  +   1137d ago
Reasonably what I would have expected to see. I was a little suprised to see Skyrim already at #1, but its a good game, so I guess it deserves that position.
Blacktric  +   1136d ago
In before "OMG EIGHT OF THOSE GAEMZ ARE MULTIPLATZ"...

Anyway, all of the listed games are great and must be played by everyone...
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yesmynameissumo  +   1136d ago
At least 8 of them can be played by everyone :)
cr33ping_death  +   1136d ago
ha ha... see what he did there :)
SpitzerYB  +   1136d ago
llol
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lumley666  +   1135d ago
i was just thinking that lool

this article could almost be called 'Top 10 Most Critically Acclaimed 'multiplat' Games of 2011
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SKUD  +   1136d ago
Deadspace 1 > Deadspace 2.
Why o why  +   1136d ago
Not played part 2, the demo kinda put me off. Not sure why.
SKUD  +   1136d ago
I would still give it a play through but based on the grounds that you RENT the game.
Brownghost  +   1136d ago
Dead space one was more scary and had better atmosphere. Dead space 2 was just an action games with no scares
hwn773  +   1136d ago
why not FPS other than GOW3? Kind of biased towards Xbox 360. MW3 and BF3 are way better.
Halochampian  +   1136d ago
"Critically acclaimed" <-- key word being critically.

"Biased towards Xbox 360" shake my head
_LarZen_  +   1136d ago
10 games...only 2 of them are X360 exclusives...that's sad :(
Ryudo  +   1136d ago
Yeah because games being none exclusive somehow make them less enjoyable tard.

Or are we meant to rejoice in the fact that people with other platforms cant play a game we enjoy?
_LarZen_  +   1136d ago
Why the nerd rage man?

Console exclusives usaly have a quality about them that makes them stand out from the multi platform games on consoles.

It would be nice if we got more of em on the X360, it has been a dry periode a while now.

While the PS3 have had a realy good year.
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humbleopinion  +   1136d ago
@_LarZen_
What "quality" do exclusive games have that makes them "stand out"!? Other than catering to stupid fanboy wars?

Face it, 2011 just proved the opposite: multiplatforms like Skyrim, Batman and Portal are more critically acclaimed than high profile exclusives like Gears, Uncharted and Zelda. And the sad truth is that both the PS3 and the X360 managed to push only 2 exclusive titles each that topped the 90 mark.

On top of that, if you take a look at the top 10 PS3 games in 2011 you'd find just 2 exclusive games there as well (LBP2 and Uncharted 3), and 4(!) games which are basically ports/remakes that were available to other platforms before (Mass Effect 3, MGS collection, ICO collection):
http://www.metacritic.com/b...
So if the top 10 games list is what you base your "a realy good year" statement, then you probably need to reconsider...
Why o why  +   1135d ago
humbleopinion

for me i dont think the games that score over 90 are the only games worth mentioning. I enjoyed infamous 2 and there was NO alternative that bettered it critically. Same with yakuza 4. I enjoyed resistance 3 over crysis and killzone 3 but they were all enjoyable. For this ultimately its down to preference. The ps3 had a better year just from numbers alone which means its exclusives whether they scored over 90 or not made the difference. The balance is not lording then or downplaying exclusives too much, They are NOT the be all and end all but they are definitely NOT unimportant.
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SkywayAvenue  +   1135d ago
So then what's the point of this article saying "Xbox 360 games" when 8 of them are on other platforms???

You might as well just take the 360 part out of the title. But then I guess half the games wouldn't make it on because you'd have to make room for the exclusives.

There's nothing wrong with games being multi-platform, but when you're going to talk about "Xbox 360 games" you should have some that are actually "Xbox 360 games."

I know the 360 likes to advertise multiplats like they're their own games, but come on...
humbleopinion  +   1135d ago
@Why o why:

I'm obviously not saying that only games with 90 upwards are worth mentioning, but when talking about the top 10 games for a console this year 90 is about the mark you need to get inside the list. LarZen was only referring to that top 10 list and based his entire "dry period" claim on that so I think it's only fair to compare apples to apples.

I myself loved Infamous 2 - sandbox games are my favorites and topping that with superhuman abilities is a blast. I also loved Spider Man, Crackdown and Prototype.
But actually saying that no other game from the same genre topped it critically!? Batman AC is just this open world superhero type of game and it's sitting right at the top of the 2011 list.

This is how things work: Infamous and Yakuza have to compete on our wallet both with each other as well as with Saints Row 3 and Asssassins Creed Revelations and with Dead Island and with Batman. Same goes for the overcrowded shooter spaced because Resistance 3 and Killzone 3 also have to compete with each other as well as with Modern Warfare 3, Deus Ex, Battlefield 3, Crysis 2, Dead Space 2, Gears 3, Bulletstorm, Rage, FEAR 3, Homefront - and that's just from the top of my head. I'm not even talking the digital download space that nowadays is up to such high standards it can actually compete with retail games.

So as you said: its down to preference. But except for perhaps the minds of most zealot fanboys exclusives don't live in a void. multiplatform games compete with them and often surpass them, and if you have enough money for about 10 games a year (which is a decent number) then you need to make your priorities. Personally I think that 2011 was a very good year for both the Xbox 360 and the PS3, but in both cases it's mostly the non exclusives that count for over 80% of the content and made this year so awesome.
ZippyZapper  +   1136d ago
And one is the new king of racing games :)
Hicken  +   1136d ago
You keep telling yourself that, Zippy. Maybe one day, it'll come true.

@Ryudo It's more like the exclusives should be at the top for a console-centric list like this. One or two really good- or really popular- multiplats should make the list, but the best games on a system should invariably be a list largely made of exclusives.
ZippyZapper  +   1136d ago
Don't need to keep telling myself anything. I let the facts speak.

Forza 4 http://www.metacritic.com/g...

GT5 http://www.metacritic.com/g...

Hell Forza took the crown with Forza 3 http://www.metacritic.com/g...

Maybe one day... oh wait it already came true, in 2009.
evilunklebud  +   1136d ago
Have to agree with Zippy (and the critics).. I have both... Forza is more fun.
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Hicken  +   1136d ago
Metacritic? You mean that thing we keep discussing daily as having questionable reviews included? Yeah, that should REALLY be the determining factor.
Drake117  +   1136d ago
bahaha love people that pull the biased reviewer card. Its a fact people Forza is the new king of racing games. If metacritic had it the other way around people like Hicken wouldn't be saying stupid things like that.
Razgriz18  +   1136d ago
This comes from a GT fan: Forza deserves it's higher scores.

While I personally still enjoy GT5 more than Forza, I'm not blind: GT5 has too many simple flawes. PD really dropped the ball there. But hopefully this will eventually mean GT6 will be even more awesome.
insomnium2  +   1135d ago
My god people still compare a sim racer to an arcade racer? That discussion about Forza beating GT is way too old. Having 4 tyres and a wheel does not make Forza drive like GT. I feel sorry for the people needing to bring up MC to feel like they've won. NOW MC IS important again? I thought you guys stopped slapping yourselves in 2008 but whatever rocks your boat folks.
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Me-Time  +   1128d ago
pathetic. FM4 definitely will be GOTY when the time comes,...

Who would think GT5 is better than any Forza game? That's nonsense.

http://farm5.static.flickr....

http://img257.imageshack.us...

http://static.ow.ly/photos/...

http://playstationeu.i.lith...

http://www.gtpla.net/wp-con...

http://www.gtplanet.net/for...

http://farm6.static.flickr....

Are people crazy? There's no way GT5 is better than Forza.

http://playstationeu.i.lith...
BRAVO!
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YodaCracker  +   1135d ago
If you use the same method with Metacritic to find the top 10 PS3 titles of 2011, only 2 or maybe 3 if you count the ICO collection would be exclusives. Same as the 360.

96 - Batman: Arkham City (10/18/11)
95 - Portal 2 (4/19/11)
94 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (11/11/11)
94 - Mass Effect 2 (1/18/11)
*92 - Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (11/1/11)
*92 - LittleBigPlanet 2 (1/18/11)
*91 - The ICO & Shadow of the Colussus Collection (9/27/11)
91 - Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (11/8/11)
90 - NBA 2K12 (10/4/11)
90 - FIFA Soccer 12 (9/27/11)
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danielle007  +   1136d ago
I have Gears, and my next purchase will either be Rayman Origins or Skyrim. Or both at the same time. I'm undecided.

It's is the most wonderful time of the year.

When I go broke from all the great games. :D
Drake117  +   1136d ago
Skyrim its goty
danielle007  +   1136d ago
It very well might be. I don't have any doubts.

I'm just really in the mood for a very happy game, and Rayman Origins is stunningly beautiful, very happy and silly, and also challenging - and it seems like it will be a blast to play with my friendss. Plus, I can play a level here and there and not lose track of the story or anything -- perfect for end of the semester.

I think I'll just wait to get Skyrim as a Christmas present and binge on the game over winter break.
Drake117  +   1136d ago
Good i idea. I also didn't mean to make it sound like no other games are goty year worthy, i just really really like skyrim lol.
PirosThe4th  +   1136d ago
LOL only 2 exclusives... SAD!
_Aarix_  +   1136d ago
OMG who cares. Both consoles have ALOT of games for both consoles. They don't hath to be exclusive. Seriously why are people so obsessive over it If you have the console. IT'S PATHETIC. END OF STATEMENT.
insomnium2  +   1135d ago
@ aarix

Here's a comment I wrote a few days ago and it answers your question perfectly. You are welcome.

"In 2005-2007 Metacritic was the ONLY important thing in the world according to X360 fans. They came up with slogans like "anything below 90 in MC is not AAA" and such and you still wonder why some people take MC seriously?

The media was berserk telling everyone how bad the PS3 was and how much better the games on X360 are. If the media hadn't been so fanboyishly biased against PS3 we wouldn't be talking about this.

I just love it when I see someone blaming PS3 fans for "only caring about exclusives" and "shoving their games on X360-folks faces" when as a matter of FACT the only reason they say those things is because they had to listen to those very same things in 2005-2008 from X360 fans and the media.

The difference in situations is that in 2007 for example PS3 had just launched and if there is one thing we know it is that not many consoles EVER has had a great lineup of games at launch. Not even X360 but let's forget about that and concentrate on PS3 and say it's sh*t for not having games. Sane?

The thing PS3 people said the most was "give it a little time and the games will be there" as any normal sound person knows this right? What did the X360 folks do? They called PS3 the "waitstation" and "delaystation" even though once again the same problem with not having games has been bothering any given console in the history of mankind at launch. Atleast to some extent. Nintendo's new 3DS handheld has had pretty crappy launch lineup but we don't see any doom and gloom articles about that as much do we? No? Why not? Oh you mean that NOW it IS understandable...? O...kay..

My god it's you insecure and bitter x360 fans who are the problem here. You laugh when the playingfield is not even and you are winners by default but alas when the situation changes against you you change your target completely. First it was MC and then it was sales. My god how I wish we could get all the children away from this site. It would be nice to just chat away about gaming and share opinions in a civil manner. "
PirosThe4th  +   1135d ago
@insomnium2
Agreed man... we took a lot of shit from x360 fans... and now they are like oh we are even...

You know what f*ck all those hypocrites...
I love my ps3 and I loved my 360 because of Lost Odyssey (only traditional turned based rpg this gen) and that's the only reason I got it for.

Though I hate it when people can't respect someones preference on gaming...
YES exclusive games are what makes consoles unique... if not I would have just gotten one console and that's it.
SDF Repellent  +   1136d ago
Here is my Top 10 X360 games I'd purchased this year. Orders is from left to right and top to bottom.

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_Aarix_  +   1136d ago
I need to go rob a bank now.
Why o why  +   1135d ago
good mix there....did you pick up anything for your ps3?
SDF Repellent  +   1135d ago
I only bought one game for PS3 this year in Uncharted 3. Also got Skyward Sword reserved for Wii.
PirosThe4th  +   1135d ago
Ok dude... why did you buy Dark Souls on 360? LOL
XDF  +   1129d ago
Great Selection.
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