My Top Five Games of 2011

2011 has been a great year. I was able to play all the games that I wanted to play, which is something I couldn’t accomplish in previous years. However, having said that, most of those “played already” games didn’t make it into the list because they are the ones I don’t think can compete with the ones I haven’t played yet like Uncharted 3, Skyrim, etc.. Yes, I’ve not played those games yet unfortunately. You can check out the full listing here but for now, let’s get started.

5. Dead Rising 2: Off The Record

I love Dead Rising games and this one is no exception. Even though the game is pretty much similar to the original Dead Rising 2 but I still consider it to be fresh and original.

4. Rage












id Software has done it again. John Carmack and the gang have once again blown me away with this amazing game. Rage has so many cool stuff to offer I feel that there’s more to it than what the back cover had to say. The thought of moving from confined space corridor to an open world concept was a risky move but as Creative Director Tim Willits put it best, “our risks always pay off.” Apart from its glitchy graphics and awfully poor ending, Rage is exquisitely awesome in terms of playing and spectating. I love this game!

3. Dead Space 2

A worthy sequel. I love the fact that Isaac Clarke is now a talking protagonist as oppose to a silent one because it adds a whole new experience when you hear him speak. The psychological thrills really delivers and I can’t think of no other game this year that provides the same level of scares and adrenaline rush like Dead Space 2.

2. Batman: Arkham City 

I love Batman and I love this game. Rocksteady has proven themselves that they are the kings in making solid comic book games and I salute them for the impact it had to me and other comic book fans. Some parts of Arkham City may not be as refreshing as the original and Catwoman’s costume annoys me like hell but this game is overall a force not to be reckoned with.

1. Mortal Kombat

My absolute favorite game of 2011. Everything about Mortal Kombat is beautiful, visceral and mindblowingly superb. I normally don’t favor fighting games but Mortal Kombat is so cool, I just can’t get enough of it. It is such an improvement from its predecessors. The X-ray moves and story mode are definitely the biggest highlight and I simply adore this game very very much. I heart you, Ed Boon!


My iPhone Games Craze

I’m hooked with my iPhone these past few months playing around with all kinds of apps and stuff. It has become my new plaything at the moment (Sorry PSP). There are so many good apps available and some really bad ones but I would like to share with you first my favourite iPhone games:

10. Bejeweled 2- A straightforward puzzle game but really addictive, especially if you aim to get a higher score.

9. Enigmo- A very quirky brainteaser filled with lots of frustration and fun. Nothing punishing about this game which is a good thing. Did I mention it’s totally revolutionary?

8. Tap Tap Revenge- A Guitar Hero clone in some ways but it’s really not too shabby. I discovered a lot of new songs from Tap Tap like 3OH!3’s Don’t Trust Me, Daft Punk’s Technologic, Weezer’s We Wish You A Merry Christmas, etc.

7. Spore: Origins- It may not be as good as the PC version but having to have your microscopic creature swim around in your iPhone is just out of this world. Still haven’t finish this game though but I will get there eventually.

6. Silent Hill: The Escape- Pretty exciting game for the iPhone although it could use more stages, weapons and better storyline and replayability. At least you get to replay the game as an alien with a laser gun. Rad! Silent Hill begs for a sequel.

5. Resident Evil: Degeneration- I really like the Degeneration movie because I feel it handles its source material pretty well than the lousy Milla Jovovich trilogy. Although the game mechanics is a true RE4 clone, Degeneration on the iPhone is surprisingly good.

4. Duke Nukem 3D- The latest edition on my iPhone, Duke Nukem 3D is a real surprise to me cos I didn’t expect for the game to be made available on the iPhone. Good port but the controls could’ve been better. Definitely recommended for those who are truly disappointed with Duken Nukem Forever’s demise.

3. Metal Gear Solid Touch- A great 2D shooting game from Hideo Kojima himself. I was skeptical when the game first came out cos it didn’t really look impressive when I saw the screenshots. But after the price went down I decided to give it a try and wow, this game’s surprisingly good. Simple concept but fun like hell. Definitely not recommended if you haven’t played MGS4 on the PS3.

2. Tiger Woods PGA Tour- Tiger Woods rocks! And this game rocks too. PGA Tour is probably the only sports game I ever played and the iPhone version is not too shabby either. The Tour is a whole lot of fun if you’re the competitive type and the feeling of having Eagles and Birdies is so beautiful. The only thing I hate about this game is the two annoying commentators. Their comments are just so cruel. If only you can shut them up.

1. Wolfenstein 3D- As classic as it is, Wolfenstein 3D is still the king of FPS game. To be honest, this is my first time playing the game and it brings me such pleasure being able to play this great PC port on the go. Way to go, John Carmack!

There are other games I wish to download such as Doom, Doom: Resurrection, Tetris and more but I wanna wait a bit longer until the prices reduce, but as for Doom, it’ll have to wait some more since it’s not out yet. I have other games that I’ve downloaded and tried but I wasn’t impressed with any of them at all. There are Crash Racing, Cro Mag Rally, Pac Man, Time Crisis, Flick Fishing and Space DeadBeef. The reason I bought them is because of the iPhone ads. These games were in them and you just couldn’t help it but to download it yourself. Please don’t get these games.

With so many games coming out, I couldn’t help it but to pray that the respective developers will port the following games to the iPhone:

1. Star Wars: Dark Forces– This is the first FPS Star Wars game ever and it’s truly a great game even though it was panned as a Doom clone. LucasArts just released the Monkey Island remake on the App Store. Why not this one?

2. Day of The Tentacle– Another LucasArts game but this one’s an adventure game. A genuine SCUMM game at its finest.

3. Jones In The Fast Lane– A classic PC game in the early 90’s and it was a true family classic.

4. Ghostbusters– The developers should apply the Ghostbusters: The Video Game (The Nintendo DS version) into the iPhone. That would be awesome.

5. Batman- I just had an idea of having a 2D beat-em-up Batman game like the Adventures of Batman & Robin and Batman Returns on the Super NES or Batman and Return of The Joker on the NES, so I hope someone can come up with an iPhone version where you get to beat the living daylights out of Batman’s foes on the go. That would be wonderful.

6. Prisoner of Ice- One of my favourite Call of Cthulhu games. It was scary the first time I played it and it will most certainly do the same to you too.

iPhone is truly an amazing gadget. For those of you who aren’t sure of what games to get for your iPhone, I’d say check out the games that I listed out on my Favourite list above. But if you don’t have an iPhone, then what on earth are you waiting for? Get one now!