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Major letdown: Super Monkey Ball 3D
Most Joyous: Zelda: Skyward Sword, Super Mario 3D Land, or Mario Kart 7
Most played: Don't know, play multiple games a lot
Best Graphics: Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, or Zelda: Skyward Sword
Game of the Year: Zelda: Skyward Sword
Console of the Year: 3DS
[insert] is doomed: PSP
Developer of the Year: Nintendo
3rd party Developer of the Year: Tecmo Koei (for Dead or Alive and Samurai Warriors)
Most anticipated: Too many to pick from, but award goes to Kingdom Hearts 3D

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1.Major letdown
-3DS (Lack of third party support its been out for a couple of months , barely has 2 good third party software, 3 GREAT games, but thats just too little for a system that was out for almost a whole year.)
-Wii (Hearing Nintendo announcing they wont be releasing anymore 1st party support for the Nintendo Wii)

2.Most Joyous
-Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword :D
-Nintendo making a DECENT kirby console game
-5th generation pokemon games (White/Black) ;)
-Getting into the Persona series thanks to the PSP
-Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection for the PSP :D
-Buying a PS3 :D
-Quitting MMORPGing wooo! xD
-PSVita News
3.Most played (in terms of what systems and games I've played)

-Persona 1 Portable (PSP) = 75 hours
-Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword (Wii) = 20 hours (sadly....the only wii game that I've clocked over 10 hours this year)
-Pokemon White (NDS) = 35 hours
-Tales of Phantasia (PSX) = 25 hours
-Final Fantasy XIII (PS3) = 25 hours (Started playing earlier this month - bought PS3 in November)
-Secret of Mana 2 (SNES) = 30 hours (though I have been slowly playing/recording it since Nov 2010)
-Ragnarok Online (PC) = ???? Hours (too many, glad I quit)

3.Best graphics
-Cant really say from what I played so far is Final Fantasy XIII (PS3), gotten into this generation (HD Gen) late

4.Game of the year
-Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword (Wii)

5.Console of the year

-For me the PSP since I've played it the most (Persona 1 Portable, Persona 2 IS, FFIV CC, FFDissidia 2, Tekken 6, etc)

6.[insert] is doomed
-Wii (Because Nintendo announced no more 1st party support for it)

7.Developer of the year
-Cant say for sure on this, 2011 was a good year for games.

8.Most anticipated for 2012

-Too many games to account for next year, games I am waiting for the following systems are:


-Tales of Graces F
-Street Fighter X Tekken
-Soul Calibur V
-Final Fantasy XIII-2
-Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
-Grand Theft Auto V
-Ninja Gaiden III
-Jak and Daxter HD Collection
-Final Fantasy X HD
-Devil May Cry (the new one hopefully)
-Tales of Xilia (hope this gets released ;x)

As for system wise, I'm planning to get a PSVita first than a 3DS MAYBE or wait for it in 2013.


RATING in terms of Overall Gaming of the Year: 10/10 (Best gaming year in a long time)


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1.Major letdown:Dead Space 2 (not MAJOR)
2.Most Joyous: Uncharted 3/inFamous 2/Dark Souls
3.Most played: Dark Souls
3.Best graphics: Uncharted 3
4.Game of the year: Dark Souls
5.Console of the year: PS3
5.[insert] is doomed: The Last Guardian
6.Developer of the year: Sucker Punch (Huge increase in quality in i2 compared to i1)
7.Most anticipated for 2012: Vita, The Last of Us, The Last Guardian

RATE 2011: 9/10


Gaming on: PS4 Pro, Switch, SNES Mini, Wii U, PC (i5-7400, GTX 1060)

1.Major letdown: Halo: CEA--Now don't get me wrong I think Halo: CEA is a good game but it wasn't anywhere near as good as I remember. The graphics improvements were really the only plus for it and it has loads of technical problems including the worst frame rate I have ever played in a game. Nostalgia is a bitch.
2.Most Joyous: Warcraft III &expansion packs--The most joyous gaming times this year were definitely from Warcraft III. Playing by yourself is hella boring but when you and 3 friends play the multitude of fun gametypes lan style it's amazing fun. Sheep vs. Rabbits <3
3.Most played: Halo Reach--This one was a toss up between Skyrim, Black Ops and Reach because I know I've played each over 100 hours but I think the winner would be Halo Reach because I had a few times this year where I played the game like crack.
3.Best graphics: Killzone 3--This was definitely the best looking game I have ever seen. The sheer visual fidelity and epic set pieces of the game were magnificent 
4.Game of the year: Skyrim--Never have I ever played such an amazing and fullfilling game as this. There are very few things bethesda could have done to make it better.
5.Console of the year: Xbox 360--This console gave me Forza 4, Halo: CEA, Bastion and gears 3 which was more then enough to wet my desire for games plus all the excellent 3rd party games plus some awesome new apps and functionality.
5.[insert] is doomed: Nothing
6.Developer of the year: Bethesda would have to be the one because they gave me the best game I've ever played and I applaud them for that.
7.Most anticipated for 2012: This one is a toss up between Mass Effect 3 and Halo 4 seeing as both games look amazing.

RATE 2011: 

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1.Major letdown: MGSR Trailer
2.Most Joyous: Rayman Origins
3.Most played: Mortal Kombat
3.Best graphics: Rayman
4.Game of the year: Mortal Kombat
5.Console of the year: X360
5.[insert] is doomed: Japan
6.Developer of the year: Warner Bros
7.Most anticipated for 2012: Infinite


Nice Thread!

1.Major letdown: Bulletstorm
2.Most Joyous: Portal 2, Gears of War 3 Batman:AC, L.A Noire, Dues Ex
3.Most played: Gears of War 3
3.Best graphics: Crysis 2
4.Game of the year: Gears of war 3
5.Console of the year: Ps3
5.[insert] is doomed: Wii
6.Developer of the year: Valve
7.Most anticipated for 2012: Halo 4, Mass Effect 3

Uncharted 3, Skyrim and Gears of War 3 three great gaming experiences in 2011.
Overall best game of the year for me by a nose, Skyrim edges out both Uncharted 3 (runner-up) and Gears of War 3(third)

I own all systems. These are my experiences

Wii: What a sad year for me as a Wii owner. I only purchased Kirby's Epic Yarn and Zelda Skyward Sword in 2011....and Kirby was a 2010 game. Neither game has gotten much play from me as of yet. Still nothing compelling for me to download from the Virtual Arcade or for Wii Ware. I spent most of the year browsing the Nintendo Channel or using my Wii for Netflix. Worst year ever. I'll be playing Skyward Sword in the next few days an hopefully it pulls me in this time. I'll be first in line to buy a Wii U in 2012 but, as of right now, in 2011 the Wii sucks.
-My Grade: D

Nintendo 3DS: I grabbed my 3DS in June and it has taken over my world. Ten free GBA games, Ten free Nes games, Zelda Four Swords, Xevious (got it for free) and more. There was a lot to play on Nintendo's new portable powerhouse. Add to that the awesome titles that were Starfox, Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, and more and you have a winner. I sometimes found myself just looking at the console and smiling. Powerful graphics, 3D capabilities, 3D video, Netflix, etc. It's like the system I have now is nothing like the system I originally purchased. Nintendo kept flooding it with good software AND new features. There's room for improvement (Browser, online communication, etc.) but when I'm having so much fun, I can't really complain.
-My Grade: A

Sony PSP: Still a great looking system with a lot of funtionality, 2011 wasn't the PSP's best year. Virtually all I purchased this year were games of yesteryear. Needless to say, I still had fun with Sony's portable. The games still look good. The design is still great. I carry it everywhere, along with my 3DS. I just with there were more new games to play on it. Oh well, with the successor coming in a couple of months, I'm surprised the PSP is still a console I enjoy.
-My Grade: B

Nintendo DS: The basic hardware of the DS is from 2004. My, how the time has flown. Anyway, aside from Chrono Trigger and the replacement of New Super Mario Bros., I haven't purchased a single game (for myself) for the NDS in 2011. I own six DS's but the only one playing them are my 10 year old. I looked. Lord knows I did. The ancient DS hardware with its sub par horsepower got little play from me this year. Were it not for the free copy of Zelda Four Swords, I'd give the DS an F for 2011 based on my enjoyment of the system. As it stands, I'll be merciful and give it....
-My Grade: D

Sony Playstation 3
: The first game I bought this year was Little Big Planet 2. I started the year off right. In my household, the 360 is the go-to system for multi-plats so the PS3 had to get by on its exclusives (and Metal Gear). Killzone 3 was a bit of a disappointment for me. I tried the PS Move and came away pleasantly surprised. It was an awesome device that suffers from a lack of must-have software. It's still the most powerful console on the market and it had a ton of exclusives in 2011.....but only a few compelled me to part with my money. Highlights included Back to the Future, Uncharted 3, and Metal Gear Solid HD Collection. The PSN outage was both a curse (no online meant I couldn't get my new BttF episodes that I'd paid for until much later) and a blessing (Free games!). Playstation Home boasted a few improvements but couldn't keep me coming back for more. Free Realms and DCU online were great additions, too. All in all, it was a good but not great year.
My Grade: B

Xbox 360: I bought a second Xbox in 2011. I bought enough games for four Xbox 360's. The first home console of this gen is still my favorite. Kinect had some issues with precision and lag but there were so many Saturdays filled with laughter and craziness that I can overlook any hardware problem. Dance Central and Dance Central 2 were the highlights. Fun Labs, Gunstringer, Your Shape Fitness, and Fruit Ninja also got plenty of playtime in my household. The new Dashboard update was a gift from up above. New features every time I turn around. Exclusives like Forza and Halo failed to register on my radar but Arcade titles like Bastion more than made up for it. Gears of War 3 delivered and is still in heavy rotation at my house. Great third party games filled my shelves in 2011, too. Hard to believe such an old system is still so awesome. Could have used more exclusives, though.
-My Grade: B+


As for the year as a whole, I must admit I was extremely pleased.  Current gen consoles continued to deliver on the content and the excitment.  I purchased a ton of games.  In the last few weeks/months, I bought MGS HD Collection, Skyward Sword, Gears 3, Uncharted 3, Mario Kart 7, Mario 3D Land, Batman Arkham City, Saints Row 3, and more.  I'm still debating Skyrim and Modern Warfare 3.  The software delivered.  The hardware delivered.  I had a blast.  New devices are coming in 2012 so the sad state of the Wii, DS, and in some ways, the PSP, are understandable.  When this gen began, I wasn't even sure I wanted to be a part of it.  Now, as this gen comes to a close, I kinda hope it sticks around a bit longer.  I'm having too much fun! 

1.Major letdown:  Shadows of the Damned (360)
2.Most Joyous: Super Mario 3D Land
3.Most played: Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D/Gears of War 3
3.Best graphics: Uncharted 3
4.Game of the year: Batman: Arkham City
5.Console of the year: Nintendo 3DS
5.[insert] is doomed: Wii
6.Developer of the year: Nintendo
7.Most anticipated for 2012: Tomb Raider

My grade for 2011:  A-

The above is based solely on my experiences with each console. What I played, what I purchased, and what I enjoyed. Sales, overall libraries, etc. were not taken into account. All that mattered was how much fun I had with each device.

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1.Major Letdown: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance by Platinum
2.Most Joyous: Uncharted 3 / LittleBigPlanet 2 / Burnout Paradise (I just played this year due the PS Plus)
3.Most played: Gran Turismo 5
3.Best graphics: Uncharted 3
4.Game of the year: Uncharted 3
5.Console of the year: PS3
5.[insert] is doomed: Wii / PSP
6.Developer of the year: Naught Dog
7.Most anticipated for 2012: PSVita

RATE 2011: 9/10 - Maybe the year for games (Uncharted 3 / LittleBigPlanet 2 / Killzone 3 / inFAMOUS 2 / Portal 2 / Skyrim / Dark Souls / Gears 3 / ETC)