2011 in video gaming

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The year 2011 saw many new video games, as well the release of numerous sequels to critically acclaimed games, such as Ace Combat, Assassin's Creed, Batman: Arkham, Battlefield, Call of Duty, Call of Juarez, Cities XL, Crysis, Dead Space, Deus Ex, Dragon Age, Driver, Duke Nukem, Dynasty Warriors, F.E.A.R, Forza Motorsport, Gears of War, Infamous, Killzone, LittleBigPlanet, Mario Kart, Modern Combat, Mortal Kombat, MX vs. ATV, Need for Speed, Operation Flashpoint, Pokémon, Portal, Rayman, Red Faction, Red Orchestra, Resistance, Saints Row, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, The Elder Scrolls, The Legend of Zelda, The Witcher, Total War, Tropico and Uncharted. In addition, it saw the release of many new intellectual properties, such as Bastion, Dark Souls, Dead Island, Homefront, L.A. Noire, Minecraft and Rage. Many awards went to games such as Batman: Arkham City, Portal 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. 2011 also marked the worldwide release of the Nintendo 3DS.


Month Day(s) Event
January 6 - 9 International Consumer Electronics Show 2011 held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA[1]
February 26 The Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo's newest handheld console, releases in Japan.[2]
February 28 - March 4 Game Developers Conference 2011 held in San Francisco, California.[3]
March 11 As a result of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, certain video game releases were cancelled or postponed. Additionally, several servers used for Internet gaming were shut down temporarily.
11 - 13 PAX East 2011 held in Boston, Massachusetts.[4]
25 - 31 The Nintendo 3DS released in America, Europe and Australia.
June 6 - 9 E3 2011 was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.[5]
23 The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, one of the best-selling videogame franchises of all-time, celebrated its 20th anniversary.
27 The Supreme Court of the United States issues their ruling on Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, declaring video games as protected free speech.
August 4 - 7 QuakeCon 2011: The massive annual LAN party held in Dallas, Texas.
15 - 17 Game Developers Conference 2011 Europe held in Cologne, Germany.
18 - 22 Gamescom 2011 held at Cologne, Germany
26 - 28 PAX Prime 2011 held in Seattle, Washington.[6]
September 15–18 Tokyo Game Show 2011
22–25 Eurogamer Expo 2011 held in Earls Court in London, England.
October 15–16 EB Games Expo 2011 held in Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia.
21–22 BlizzCon 2011 held in Anaheim Convention Center in California.
November 18–19 Minecon held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Minecraft gets its full release on the 18th.
December 3 10th anniversary of the Jak and Daxter series.[7]
10 Spike Video Game Awards.
17 PlayStation Vita was released in Japan.
31 Artech Studios disbanded.

Game releases[edit]

The list of games released in 2011 in North America.

Video game platforms
Lin Linux
Mac Mac OS / OS X
3DS Nintendo 3DS
NDS Nintendo DS
PS2 PlayStation 2
PS3 PlayStation 3
PSN PlayStation Network (PS3)
PSP PlayStation Portable
Wii Wii
WiiWare WiiWare
Win Microsoft Windows
X360 Xbox 360
XBLA Xbox Live Arcade (X360)

Q1 January–March[edit]

Month Day Title Platform(s)
11 DC Universe Online Win, PS3
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective NDS
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded NDS
18 LittleBigPlanet 2 PS3
Mass Effect 2 PS3
MindJack PS3, X360
Venetica Win, X360, PS3
25 Dead Space 2 Win, X360, PS3
Lord of Arcana PSP
Magicka Win
Two Worlds II Win, X360, PS3
1 Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 PSN
Rock Band Country Track Pack 2 PS3, Wii, X360
The Sims 3: Outdoor Living Stuff Mac, Win
2 Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 XBLA
4 Earthrise Win
7 Mario Sports Mix Wii
8 Explodemon PSN
Test Drive Unlimited 2 Win, X360, PS3
Trinity: Souls of Zill O’ll PS3
Battle High: San Bruno Win, XBLA
You Don't Know Jack NDS, PS3, Wii, Win, X360
10 Dungeons Win
12 Ys I & II Chronicles PSP
14 Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation NDS
15 Back to the Future: The Game PSN
Hyperdimension Neptunia PS3
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds X360, PS3
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together PSP
16 Hard Corps: Uprising X360, PS3
17 Asphalt 6: Adrenaline Mac
22 de Blob 2 NDS, PS3, X360, Wii
Bulletstorm X360, PS3, Win
Gray Matter X360, Win
Killzone 3 PS3
Knights Contract X360, PS3
Radiant Historia NDS
23 Cities in Motion Win
25 Men of War: Assault Squad Win
1 Fight Night Champion PS3, X360
Rift Win
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Retribution Win
6 Pokémon Black and White NDS[8][9]
8 Dragon Age II Win, PS3, X360
Major League Baseball 2K11 Win, PS3, PS2, PSP, X360, Wii
MLB 11: The Show PS3, PS2, PSP
15 Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel PS3
God Eater: Burst PSP
Homefront Win, X360, PS3
Ōkamiden NDS
Top Spin 4 PS3, X360, Wii
Total War: Shogun 2 Win
Warriors: Legends of Troy X360, PS3
Yakuza 4 PS3
22 Angry Birds Rio iOS
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Win
Crysis 2 Win, PS3, X360
Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy PSP
Forget-Me-Not iOS
Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars Win, X360, PS3, PSP, Wii, NDS
Monster Tale NDS
PlayStation Move Heroes PS3
The Sims Medieval Win, Mac
The Tomb Raider Trilogy PS3
23 Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime XBLA, PSN, Win
26 Great Little War Game iOS
27 Asphalt 3D 3DS
Bust-A-Move Universe 3DS
Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D 3DS
Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars 3DS
Madden NFL Football 3DS
Nintendogs + Cats 3DS
Pilotwings Resort 3DS
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3DS
Rayman 3D 3DS
Ridge Racer 3D 3DS
Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 3DS
The Sims 3 3DS
Steel Diver 3DS
Super Monkey Ball 3D 3DS
Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition 3DS
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars 3DS
29 The 3rd Birthday PSP
Dynasty Warriors 7 PS3, X360
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky PSP
NASCAR The Game: 2011 X360, PS3, Wii
Rush'n Attack: Ex-Patriot PSN
Shift 2: Unleashed Win, PS3, X360
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 PS3, X360, Wii
WWE All Stars PS2, PS3, PSP, X360, Wii
30 Rush'n Attack: Ex-Patriot XBLA

Q2 April–June[edit]

Month Day Title Platform(s)
3 Dungeon Hunter: Alliance PSN
10 Rabbids: Travel In Time 3D 3DS
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory 3DS
12 Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga X360
Michael Jackson: The Experience X360, PS3
Patapon 3 PSP
Rio PS3, X360, NDS, Wii
19 Arcana Heart 3 PS3
Conduit 2 Wii
Fancy Pants Adventures PSN
Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection PSP
Mortal Kombat PS3, X360
Portal 2 PS3, X360, Win, Mac
SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs PS3
20 Fancy Pants Adventures XBLA
24 Dream Chronicles: The Book of Water Win
26 Darkspore Win
27 Outland XBL
3 Mount&Blade: With Fire & Sword Win
MotorStorm: Apocalypse PS3
Thor: God of Thunder X360, PS3, Wii, NDS
10 Brink PS3, X360, Win
Dream Trigger 3D 3DS
The First Templar X360, Win
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game Win, X360, PS3, Wii, PSP, NDS
Hydrophobia Prophecy Win, PS3
MX vs. ATV Alive X360, PS3
Virtua Tennis 4 X360, PS3, Wii
11 Gatling Gears XBLA
16 Terraria Win
17 Fable III Win
L.A. Noire PS3, X360
SpongeBob SquigglePants 3DS
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Win
24 Dead or Alive: Dimensions 3DS
Dirt 3 Win, X360, PS3
Kung Fu Panda 2 PS3, X360, Wii, NDS
26 Frozen Synapse Win
31 BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II 3DS
Hunted: The Demon's Forge PS3, X360, Win
The Sims 3: Generations Win, Mac
2 Armageddon Riders PSN
Feed Me Oil iOS
6 Duke Nukem: Critical Mass NDS
7 Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion 3DS
Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters PS3, X360, Wii, NDS, 3DS
inFamous 2 PS3
Operation Flashpoint: Red River X360, Win, PS3
Red Faction: Armageddon Win, X360, PS3
8 Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony Win
9 Dreamscape iOS
13 Wii Play: Motion Wii
14 Alice: Madness Returns PS3, X360, Win
Child of Eden X360
Duke Nukem Forever PS3, X360, Win
Transformers: Dark of the Moon X360, PS3, Wii, NDS
19 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D 3DS
21 Cars 2 Win, X360, PS3, Wii, NDS, 3DS
DualPenSports 3DS
Dungeon Siege III Win, X360, PS3
F.E.A.R. 3 Win, X360, PS3
Shadows of the Damned PS3, X360
28 Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 PS3, X360
Gatling Gears PSN
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D 3DS
Sniper: Ghost Warrior PS3
29 Galaga Legions DX XBLA

Q3 July–September[edit]

Month Day Title Platform(s)
5 Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon PS3, X360
12 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 X360, PS3, Wii, NDS, Win
NCAA Football 12 X360, PS3
14 Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary PSP, Wii, NDS, 3DS
Call of Juarez: The Cartel PS3, X360
Captain America: Super Soldier X360, PS3, Wii, NDS, 3DS
20 Bastion XBLA
26 Catherine PS3, X360
Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions 3DS
The Sims 3 Town Life Stuff Mac, Win
27 From Dust XBLA
28 Groove Coaster iOS
2 Galaga Legions DX PSN
Limbo Win
3 Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet XBLA
4 Shift 2: Unleashed iOS
Temple Run iOS
11 Anomaly: Warzone Earth iOS
16 Age of Empires Online Win
Bastion Win
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron PS3, X360
No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise PS3
17 From Dust Win
18 Duke Nukem Forever Mac
23 Deus Ex: Human Revolution Win, PS3, X360
26 Rugby World Cup 2011 X360, PS3
29 Achron Win, Mac, Lin
30 Bodycount PS3, X360
Driver: Renegade 3D 3DS
Gatling Gears Win
Madden NFL 12 PS2, PS3, PSP, X360, Wii, NDS, 3DS, iOS
Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection PSN
The Baconing PSN
Tropico 4 Win
31 Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection XBLA
Rock of Ages Win, XBLA, PSN
The Baconing XBLA
1 Wasteland Angel Win
6 Dawn of Fantasy Win
Dead Island Win, X360, PS3
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten PS3
Driver: San Francisco PS3, X360, Wii
Resistance 3 PS3
Rise of Nightmares X360
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Win, X360, PS3
7 Crimson Alliance XBLA
9 Star Fox 64 3D 3DS
12 Rise of Immortals Win
13 Call of Juarez: The Cartel Win
God of War: Origins Collection PS3
Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns NDS, 3DS
Hard Reset Win
NHL 12 PS3, X360
Nicktoons MLB X360, Wii, NDS
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad Win
The Gunstringer X360
White Knight Chronicles II PS3
14 TrackMania 2: Canyon Win
19 Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 NDS
Kirby Mass Attack NDS
20 Frogger 3D Nintendo 3DS
Gears of War 3 X360
F1 2011 Win, X360, PS3
Resident Evil 4 HD PS3, X360
26 Nuclear Dawn Win, Mac
27 Atelier Totori: Alchemist of Arland 2 PS3
Child of Eden PS3
Driver: San Francisco Win
FIFA 12 PS3, X360, Win, Wii, PS2, PSP, 3DS, iOS
The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection PS3
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 PS3, X360, Win, Wii, PSP, 3DS
Resident Evil Code: Veronica X PS3, X360
Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny PS3, Wii
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD[10] PS3
X-Men: Destiny PS3, Wii, X360, NDS
29 A Game of Thrones: Genesis Win

Q4 October–December[edit]

Month Day Title Platform(s)
4 Dark Souls PS3, X360
NBA 2K12 Win, PS3, X360, Wii, PSP, PS2
Rage Win, PS3, X360
Spider-Man: Edge of Time X360, PS3, Wii, NDS, 3DS
5 Orcs Must Die! XBLA
7 Just Dance 3 Wii, PS3, X360
11 Ace Combat: Assault Horizon PS3, X360
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record PS3, X360, Win
Forza Motorsport 4 X360
Hulk Hogan's Main Event X360
Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster X360
12 MDK2 HD Win
Orcs Must Die! Win
13 Might and Magic Heroes VI Win
16 Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure 3DS, PS3, Wii, X360, Win
18 Batman: Arkham City PS3, X360
Ben 10: Galactic Racing PS3, X360, NDS, Wii, 3DS
Payday: The Heist PSN
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One PS3
Rocksmith PS3, X360
The Sims 3: Pets Mac, Win
Tropico 4 X360
19 Dungeon Defenders PSN, XBLA, Win
20 Payday: The Heist Win
Cities XL 2012 Win
Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots iOS
21 Football Manager 2012 Win, Mac
FIFA Manager 12 Win
24 Kirby's Return to Dream Land Wii
25 Battlefield 3 Win, PS3, X360
The Cursed Crusade Win, PS3, X360
Dance Central 2 X360
Disney Universe Win, Mac, Wii, PS3, X360
Infamous: Festival of Blood PS3
Stronghold 3 Win
House of the Dead: Overkill PS3
26 Renegade Ops Win
27 Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation iOS
28 Sword of the Stars II: The Lords of Winter Win
1 GoldenEye 007 Reloaded PS3, X360
James Noir's Hollywood Crimes 3DS
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North PS3, X360, Win
Pac-Man Party 3D 3DS
Raving Rabbids: Alive & Kicking X360
Sonic Generations PS3, X360
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception PS3
2 Escape Goat Win, XBLA
4 Sonic Generations Win
8 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Win, PS3, X360, Wii
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance NDS
Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL Wii, PS3, X360
Cave Story 3D 3DS
L.A. Noire Win
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection[11] PS3, X360
Otomedius Excellent X360
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 PS2
10 Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! 3DS
Gangstar Rio: City of Saints iOS
11 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Win, PS3, X360
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5–7 X360, PS3, PSP, Wii, NDS, 3DS, Win, iOS
13 Super Mario 3D Land 3DS
15 ABBA: You Can Dance Wii
Assassin's Creed: Revelations PS3, X360
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary X360
Jurassic Park: The Game Win, PS3, X360
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Wii
Medieval Moves: Deadmund's Quest PS3
Need for Speed: The Run Win, PS3, X360, 3DS
DreamWorks Super Star Kartz PS3
Rayman Origins PS3, X360, Wii
Saints Row: The Third X360, PS3, Win
Shinobi 3DS
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 PS3, X360
17 Anno 2070 Win
Minecraft iOS
18 Minecraft Win, Lin, Mac
20 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Wii
22 Batman: Arkham City Win
The King of Fighters XIII PS3, X360
Serious Sam 3: BFE Win
Sonic Generations 3DS
WWE 12 PS3, Wii, X360
25 Afterfall: InSanity Win, X360, PS3
1 Assassin's Creed: Revelations Win
Infinity Blade II iOS
4 Mario Kart 7 3DS
5 Fortune Street Wii
6 The Adventures of Tintin: The Game PS3, X360, NDS, Wii, 3DS, Win
7 Trine 2 Win, Mac
13 FlatOut 3: Chaos & Destruction Win
15 Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon Win
20 Postal III Win
Star Wars: The Old Republic Win
Trine 2 PSN
21 Trine 2 XBLA
27 All Zombies Must Die! PSN

Highest critically reviewed games (Metacritic)[edit]

Number Video Game Developer Publisher Plataform Release Date Average score Number of reviews Refs
1 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks Xbox 360 November 11 96 89 reviews [12]
2 Batman: Arkham City Rocksteady Studios Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Playstation 3 October 18 96 42 reviews [13]
3 Portal 2 Valve Software Valve Software Xbox 360 April 19 95 66 reviews [14]
4 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Nintendo EAD Nintendo Nintendo Wii November 20 93 81 reviews [15]
5 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Naughty Dog Sony Computer Entertainment Playstation 3 November 1 92 97 reviews [16]
6 Rayman Origins Ubisoft Montpellier Ubisoft Nintendo Wii November 15 92 13 reviews [17]
7 Gears of War 3 Epic Games Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360 September 20 91 96 reviews [18]
8 LittleBigPlanet 2 Media Molecule Sony Computer Entertainment Playstation 3 January 18 91 86 reviews [19]
9 Forza Motorsport 4 Turn 10 Studios Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360 October 11 91 83 reviews [20]
10 Dead Space 2 Visceral Games Electronic Arts Xbox 360 January 25 90 83 reviews [21]


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