As the year draws to a close, we’ve decided to look back on the best video games of 2011. Every Reset Games employee has voted for their favorite games and through that process we’ve determined which games we thought were the best of the best.
As video games mature as an entertainment medium, the quality of storytelling seems to have gotten better and better. Portal 2 had us laughing at the expertly written banter between GLaDOS and Wheatley, while at the same time injecting a rich story about the origin of Aperture Science. The voice cast of Batman Arkham City was arguably the best ensemble ever seen in a video game, lending their talents to a solid narrative worthy of being one of the best Bat-stories ever told.
Even with the stiff competition, we felt that Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception’s story stood out above the rest. Sure, one could argue that the story of Among Thieves was a little too similar. Chasing Sir Frances Drake’s shadow across the globe eventually leading to a lost city again would have frustrated us, if not for the way developer Naughty Dog handled the character development of Drake and Sully.
After a healthy backstory detailing the fateful meeting of our favorite heroes, we realized how much Drake looks up to Sully, and how Sully will go to hell and back for Drake no matter what the odds. What’s brilliant is that we, the player, know that Sully might be getting too old for this kind of high-risk adventuring. There were times in the game where we didn’t want Sully to go with us because we didn’t want anything bad to happen to him. We questioned navigating Drake through another sticky situation after Chloe and Elena tried to break through and ask Drake if a dusty old treasure was worth risking not only his life, but Sully’s.
The Uncharted series is well known for over-the-top set pieces harmoniously paired with great dialog. The over-arching quest to find the Atlantis of the Sands was compelling and all, but nothing extraordinary. What blew us away was how the fourth wall was broken. We cared about these characters so much that we didn’t want to see harm come to them, let alone be responsible for controlling it. Naughty Dog pulled all the right emotional strings in Uncharted 3. We can’t wait to see if The Last of Us, or the eventual Uncharted 4 can generate the same response.
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Read our Uncharted 3 review by Brent Lindquist here: http://resetgames.com/site/reviews/item/272-review—-uncharted-3
BEST STORY FROM A GAME YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE PLAYED
Relationships, commitment, and infidelity aren’t your normal video game storylines, but Catherine dared to tackle these issues head on. You play a 30-something every-man named Vincent, who has a mediocre job and a girlfriend, named Katherine, who wants to take the next step in their relationship. This kind of commitment scares Vincent, and after a night of heavy drinking he wakes up to a new girl, Catherine.
This interesting turn of events leads Vincent to have terrible dreams directly pertaining to the events of the previous day. As Vincent hides his infidelity from both women, his dreams get weirder and balancing his love life gets increasingly more difficult. Throw in demonic undertones and an epidemic that is killing young men in their sleep, and you have one of the most unique narratives you’ll ever see on a console.
Read our Catherine review by John Snell here: http://resetgames.com/site/reviews/item/231-review—-catherine