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 2: Assassins of Kings, 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.

Events[edit]

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 7 - 9 E3 2011 was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.[5]
23 The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, one of the best-selling video game 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.

Hardware releases[edit]

The list of game-related hardware released in 2011 in North America.

Month Day Console
March 27 Nintendo 3DS

Game releases[edit]

The list of games released in 2011 in North America.

Video game platforms
Lin Linux
Mac Classic Mac OS / macOS
3DS Nintendo 3DS
NDS Nintendo DS
PS2 PlayStation 2
PS3 PlayStation 3
PSN Unknown platform
PSP PlayStation Portable
iOS iOS
Wii Wii
WiiWare Unknown platform
Win Microsoft Windows
X360 Xbox 360
XBLA Unknown platform
  
Date Title Systems
January 3 Wind and Water: Puzzle Battles Win
January 4 Arc the Lad III PSN
Hot Shots Shorties PSP
Lost in Shadow Wii
January 10 Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood! PSP
January 11 DC Universe Online Win, PS3
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective NDS
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded NDS
January 12 Zeit² Win, XBLA
January 17 Urbanix WiiWare
January 18 LittleBigPlanet 2 PS3
Mass Effect 2 PS3
MindJack PS3, X360
Venetica Win, X360, PS3
January 24 Monday Night Combat Win
January 25 Dead Space 2 Win, X360, PS3
Lord of Arcana PSP
Magicka Win
Superstars V8 Next Challenge Win, PS3, X360
Two Worlds II Win, X360, PS3
January 26 Breach Win, XBLA
Shining Force II Win
January 27 Hysteria Project 2 Win
February 1 Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 PSN
Rock Band Country Track Pack 2 PS3, Wii, X360
The Sims 3: Outdoor Living Stuff Mac, Win
February 2 Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 XBLA
February 4 Earthrise Win
February 7 Mario Sports Mix Wii
February 8 Body and Brain Connection X360
Explodemon PSN
Naruto Shippuden: Shinobi Rumble NDS
OMG-Z PSP
Stacking PS3
Tales from Space: About a Blob 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 Win, NDS, PS3, Wii, X360
TNT Racers X360
February 9 Stacking XBLA
February 10 Dungeons Win
NBA Jam iOS
February 12 Ys I & II Chronicles PSP
February 14 Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation NDS
February 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
February 16 Hard Corps: Uprising X360
February 17 Asphalt 6: Adrenaline Mac
February 22 de Blob 2 NDS, PS3, X360, Wii
Bulletstorm Win, X360, PS3
Days of Thunder PSN
Giana Sisters DS NDS
Gray Matter Win, X360
Killzone 3 PS3
Knights Contract X360, PS3
Radiant Historia NDS
February 23 Cities in Motion Win
February 25 Days of Thunder XBLA
Men of War: Assault Squad Win
March 1 Fight Night Champion PS3, X360
PixelJunk Shooter 2 PS3
Rift Win
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Retribution Win
March 6 Pokémon Black and White (NA) NDS[8][9]
March 8 Dragon Age II Win, PS3, X360
Major League Baseball 2K11 Win, PS3, PS2, PSP, X360, Wii
Mega Man 3 PSN
MLB 11: The Show PS3, PS2, PSP
Atari Greatest Hits Volume 2 NDS
R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 PSN
March 10 Beastly: Frantic Foto NDS
March 11 Stoked Win
March 15 Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel PS3
Cloning Clyde Win
God Eater: Burst PSP
Hard Corps: Uprising PS3
Homefront Win, X360, PS3
Jikandia: The Timeless Land PSP
Ōkamiden NDS
Slam Bolt Scrappers PSN
Top Spin 4 PS3, X360, Wii
Total War: Shogun 2 Win
Warriors: Legends of Troy X360, PS3
Yakuza 4 PS3
March 17 Dance on Broadway PS3
March 22 Angry Birds Rio Mac, 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
Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive PSP
PlayStation Move Heroes PS3
The Sims Medieval Win, Mac
Swarm PSN
The Tomb Raider Trilogy PS3
March 23 Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime Win, XBLA, PSN
Swarm XBLA
March 24 Final Fantasy III iOS
March 26 Great Little War Game iOS
March 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
March 29 The 3rd Birthday PSP
Chime Super Deluxe PSN
Dynasty Warriors 7 PS3, X360
Johnny Test 3DS, NDS, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, 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
March 30 Islands of Wakfu XBLA
Rush'n Attack: Ex-Patriot XBLA
March 31 TNT Racers PSP, Wii
April 3 Dungeon Hunter: Alliance PSN
April 4 Absolute Baseball DSiWare
Spiral Knights Win
April 6 The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile XBLA
April 8 Anomaly: Warzone Earth Win
April 10 Rabbids: Travel In Time 3D 3DS
SpongeBob SquigglePants Wii
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory 3DS
April 11 Limbo X360
April 12 Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga X360
Lego Battles: Ninjago NDS
Michael Jackson: The Experience X360, PS3
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes PS3
Patapon 3 PSP
Rio PS3, X360, NDS, Wii
World of Tanks Win
April 14 Resident Evil: Mercenaries Vs. iOS
April 17 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard iOS
April 19 Arcana Heart 3 PS3
Conduit 2 Wii
Fancy Pants Adventures PSN
Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection PSP
Mad Blocker Alpha PS3, PSP
Mortal Kombat PS3, X360
Portal 2 Win, Mac, PS3, X360
SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs PS3
April 20 Fancy Pants Adventures XBLA
April 24 Dream Chronicles: The Book of Water Win
April 26 Darkspore Win
Man vs. Wild PS3, Wii, X360
April 27 Hector: Badge of Carnage - Episode 1 Win
Outland XBLA
April 28 Zenonia 3 iOS
May 3 Mount&Blade: With Fire & Sword Win
MotorStorm: Apocalypse PS3
Thor: God of Thunder X360, PS3, Wii, NDS
May 4 First Touch Soccer iOS
May 9 Mighty Milky Way DSiWare
May 10 Brink Win, PS3, X360
Dream Trigger 3D 3DS
The First Templar Win, X360
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game 3DS, X360, PS3, Wii, PSP, NDS
Hydrophobia Prophecy Win
MX vs. ATV Alive X360, PS3
Virtua Tennis 4 X360, PS3, Wii
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2011: Over the Nexus NDS
May 11 Gatling Gears XBLA
May 16 Terraria Win
May 17 Battle vs. Chess Win, NDS, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360
Deathsmiles II X360
Fable III Win
L.A. Noire PS3, X360
SpongeBob SquigglePants 3DS
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Win
May 18 Sega Rally Online Arcade XBLA
May 19 TNA Wrestling Impact! Droid, iOS
May 24 Dead or Alive: Dimensions 3DS
Dirt 3 Win, X360, PS3
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game Win
Kung Fu Panda 2 PS3, X360, Wii, NDS
May 26 Frozen Synapse Win
May 28 Akane the Kunoichi X360
May 30 FAST - Racing League WiiWare
May 31 BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II 3DS
Hunted: The Demon's Forge Win, PS3, X360
The Sims 3: Generations Win, Mac
June 1 Days of Thunder PSP
June 2 Armageddon Riders PSN
Feed Me Oil iOS
Under Siege PS3
June 6 Duke Nukem: Critical Mass NDS
June 7 3D Classics: Excitebike 3DS
Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion 3DS
Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters PS3, X360, Wii, NDS, 3DS
inFamous 2 PS3
Operation Flashpoint: Red River Win, X360, PS3
Red Faction: Armageddon Win, X360, PS3
June 8 Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony Win
June 9 Dreamscape iOS
June 10 Zoo Keeper iOS
June 13 Wii Play: Motion Wii
June 14 Alice: Madness Returns Win, PS3, X360
Child of Eden X360
Cubic Ninja 3DS
Duke Nukem Forever Win, PS3, X360
Outland PSN
Transformers: Dark of the Moon X360, PS3, Wii, NDS, 3DS
Wipeout in the Zone X360
June 15 Akimi Village PSN
June 16 Sodium 2: Project Velocity PSN
June 18 Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing iOS
June 19 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D 3DS
June 21 Alien Zombie Megadeath Win, PS3
Cars 2 Win, X360, PS3, Wii, NDS, 3DS, PSP
DualPenSports 3DS
Dungeon Siege III Win, X360, PS3
F.E.A.R. 3 Win, X360, PS3
Shadows of the Damned PS3, X360
June 22 Lucha Fury XBLA
June 25 The Adventures of Shuggy XBLA
June 28 Beyond Good & Evil HD PSN
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 PS3, X360
Gatling Gears PSN
Reel Fishing Paradise 3D 3DS
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D 3DS
Sniper: Ghost Warrior PS3
June 29 Backbreaker: Vengeance XBLA
Galaga Legions DX XBLA
Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax X360
June 30 Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer iOS
James Pond in the Deathly Shallows iOS
July 5 Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon PS3, X360
PlayStation Move Ape Escape PS3
July 7 Deathsmiles iOS
The King of Fighters-i iOS
Wicked Monsters Blast! Wii
July 9 Stoked: Out of the Water Win, X360, PS3, Wii, NDS, 3DS
July 11 Ms. Splosion Man XBLA
July 12 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Win, X360, PS3, Wii, NDS
Mighty Flip Champs! DX PSN
NCAA Football 12 X360, PS3
July 14 Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary PSP, Wii, NDS, 3DS
Call of Juarez: The Cartel PS3, X360
Captain America: Super Soldier X360, PS3, Wii, NDS
July 19 Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions PSP
Just Dance: Summer Party Wii
Limbo PSN
The Smurfs Dance Party Wii
July 20 Bastion XBLA
July 21 3D Classics: Xevious 3DS
July 23 Galaga 30th Collection iOS
July 26 Catherine PS3, X360
Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions 3DS
The Sims 3 Town Life Stuff Mac, Win
July 27 Cordy iOS
From Dust XBLA
July 28 Groove Coaster iOS
July 30 Chantelise – A Tale of Two Sisters Win
August 2 Bleach: Soul Resurrección PS3
Galaga Legions DX PSN
Limbo Win
August 3 Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet XBLA
Serious Sam Double D Win
August 4 Shift 2: Unleashed iOS
Temple Run iOS
August 11 Anomaly: Warzone Earth iOS
Go! Go! Kokopolo - Harmonious Forest Revenge DSiWare
One Epic Game iOS, PSN, PSP
Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People: Episode 1 - Homestar Ruiner Win, Wii
August 16 Age of Empires Online Win
Bastion Win
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron PS3, X360
No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise PS3
August 17 From Dust Win
Konami Krazy Racers Droid
Toy Soldiers: Cold War Win, X360
August 18 3D Classics: Urban Champion Win, 3DS
Duke Nukem Forever Mac
Flight Control WiiWare
August 23 Deus Ex: Human Revolution Win, PS3, X360
Hysteria Project 2 PSN
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked 3DS
August 25 Hector: Badge of Carnage - Episode 2 Win, iOS
Spy Mouse iOS, Droid, WP
August 26 Rugby World Cup 2011 X360, PS3
August 29 Achron Win, Mac, Lin
August 30 Bodycount PS3, X360
Driver: Renegade 3D 3DS
Gatling Gears Win
Madden NFL 12 PS2, PS3, PSP, X360, Wii, iOS
Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection PSN
The Baconing PSN
Tropico 4 Win
Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon PSN
August 31 Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection XBLA
Rock of Ages Win, XBLA, PSN
The Baconing XBLA
Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon XBLA
September 1 Wasteland Angel Win
September 6 Alpha Mission PS3, PSP
BloodRayne: Betrayal PS3
Dawn of Fantasy Win
Dead Island Win, X360, PS3
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten PS3
Driver: San Francisco PS3, X360, Wii
Mega Man 4 PSN
Resistance 3 PS3
Rise of Nightmares X360
Techno Kitten Adventure XBLA
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Win, X360, PS3
September 7 BloodRayne: Betrayal XBLA
Crimson Alliance XBLA
September 8 Grand Prix Story iOS
September 9 Star Fox 64 3D 3DS
September 12 Rise of Immortals Win
September 13 Bit.Trip Saga 3DS
Call of Juarez: The Cartel Win
God of War: Origins Collection PS3
Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns NDS
Hard Reset Win
The Next Star 5 Win, X360, PS3, Wii, PSP
NHL 12 PS3, X360
Nicktoons MLB X360, Wii, NDS
Pucca Power Up NDS
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad Win
Sengoku: Way of the Warrior Win
The Gunstringer X360
Thor: God of Thunder 3DS
White Knight Chronicles II PS3
September 14 Radiant Silvergun XBLA
Renegade Ops XBLA
TrackMania 2: Canyon Win
September 15 Monsters Ate My Condo iOS
September 19 Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 NDS
Kirby Mass Attack NDS
September 20 Burnout Crash! PSN
Frogger 3D Nintendo 3DS
Gears of War 3 X360
F1 2011 Win, X360, PS3
Persona 2: Innocent Sin PSP
Resident Evil 4 HD PS3, X360
September 21 Burnout Crash! XBLA
September 22 3D Classics: TwinBee 3DS
Hector: Badge of Carnage - Episode 3 Win, iOS
September 23 Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection 3DS
September 26 Nuclear Dawn Win, Mac
September 27 Atelier Totori: Alchemist of Arland 2 PS3
Brunswick Pro Bowling 3DS
Child of Eden PS3
Driver: San Francisco Win
FIFA 12 Win, PS3, X360, Wii, PS2, PSP, 3DS, iOS
The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection PS3
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 Win, PS3, X360, Wii, PSP, 3DS, PS2
Resident Evil Code: Veronica X PS3, X360
Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny PS3, Wii
Solatorobo: Red the Hunter NDS
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD[10] PS3
X-Men: Destiny PS3, Wii, X360, NDS
September 28 The Binding of Isaac Win
Worms Ultimate Mayhem Win, XBLA
September 29 A Game of Thrones: Genesis Win
Katamari Amore iOS
Shadowgun iOS
Wizorb XBLA
October 2 Tetris: Axis 3DS
October 4 Dark Souls PS3, X360
Eufloria PSN
God Hand PSN
NBA 2K12 Win, PS3, X360, Wii, PSP, PS2
Rage Win, PS3, X360
Space Channel 5: Part 2 PSN
Spider-Man: Edge of Time X360, PS3, Wii, NDS, 3DS
October 5 Orcs Must Die! XBLA
October 7 Just Dance 3 Wii, PS3, X360
October 11 Ace Combat: Assault Horizon PS3, X360
Aliens Infestation NDS
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record Win, PS3, X360
Forza Motorsport 4 X360
Hulk Hogan's Main Event X360
Scribblenauts Remix iOS
Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster X360
October 12 Guardian Heroes XBLA
MDK2 HD Win
Orcs Must Die! Win
October 13 Might and Magic Heroes VI Win
October 16 Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Win, 3DS, PS3, Wii, X360
October 18 Batman: Arkham City PS3, X360
Beat Hazard Ultra PS3
Ben 10: Galactic Racing PS3, X360, NDS, Wii, 3DS
Dungeon Defenders PSN
Everybody Dance PS3
JASF: Jane's Advanced Strike Fighters Win, PS3, X360
Okabu PS3
Payday: The Heist PSN
PowerUp Heroes X360
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One PS3
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken PS3
Rocksmith PS3, X360
The Sims 3: Pets Mac, Win
Tropico 4 X360
October 19 Dungeon Defenders Win, XBLA
October 20 Payday: The Heist Win
Cities XL 2012 Win
Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots iOS
Rugby Challenge Win, PS3, X360
October 21 Football Manager 2012 Win, Mac
FIFA Manager 12 Win
October 24 Kirby's Return to Dream Land Wii
Serious Sam: The Random Encounter Win
October 25 Arcania: Fall of Setarrif Win
Battlefield 3 Win, PS3, X360
Blackwater X360
Captain America: Super Soldier 3DS
Centipede: Infestation Wii
The Cursed Crusade Win, PS3, X360
Dance Central 2 X360
Disney Universe Win, Mac, Wii, PS3, X360
Infamous: Festival of Blood PS3
Invizimals: Shadow Zone PSP
Just Dance Kids 2 PS3, Wii, X360
PixelJunk SideScroller PS3
Puss in Boots PS3, NDS, Wii, X360
Stronghold 3 Win
House of the Dead: Overkill PS3
October 26 Shadowgun Win
Renegade Ops Win
October 27 Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation iOS
Shantae: Risky's Revenge iOS
October 28 Sword of the Stars II: The Lords of Winter Win
November 1 Cars 2 3DS
Cabela's Adventure Camp PS3, Wii, X360
Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai Wii, PS3, X360
Centipede: Infestation 3DS
Disney Princess: Enchanting Storybooks NDS, Wii
GoldenEye 007 Reloaded PS3, X360
Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns 3DS
Hydrophobia Prophecy PS3
James Noir's Hollywood Crimes 3DS
Jimmie Johnson's Anything with an Engine PS3, Wii, X360
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North Win, PS3, X360
NASCAR Unleashed PS3, X360, 3DS, Wii
Pac-Man Party 3D 3DS
Raving Rabbids: Alive & Kicking X360
Sonic Generations PS3, X360
Team Umizoomi NDS
To the Moon Win
Twister Mania X360
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception PS3
November 2 BurgerTime: World Tour XBLA
Escape Goat Win, XBLA
November 4 Sonic Generations Win
Stealth Bastard Win
November 8 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Win, PS3, X360, Wii
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance NDS
Cars 2 PSP
Cave Story 3D 3DS
Deepak Chopra's Leela Wii, X360
Happy Feet Two: The Video Game 3DS, NDS, PS3, Wii, X360
L.A. Noire Win
Max & the Magic Marker NDS
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection[11] PS3, X360
Michael Jackson: The Experience 3DS
Nickelodeon Dance Wii, X360
Otomedius Excellent X360
Self-Defense Training Camp X360
SpongeBob's Surf & Skate Roadtrip NDS, X360
The Black Eyed Peas Experience X360
November 10 Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! 3DS
Gangstar Rio: City of Saints iOS
November 11 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Win, PS3, X360
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5–7 Win, X360, PS3, PSP, Wii, NDS, 3DS, iOS
November 13 Super Mario 3D Land 3DS
November 15 ABBA: You Can Dance Wii
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked NDS, Wii, X360
Assassin's Creed: Revelations PS3, X360
Beyblade: Metal Masters NDS
BurgerTime World Tour PS3
Carnival Island PS3
Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL Wii, PS3, X360
Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends Win, PS3
Fossil Fighters: Champions NDS
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary X360
Jurassic Park: The Game Win, PS3, X360
Kinect Disneyland Adventures X360
Kung-Fu High Impact X360
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Wii
Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat PS3, Wii, X360
Medieval Moves: Deadmund's Quest PS3
Need for Speed: The Run Win, PS3, Wii, X360, 3DS
DreamWorks Super Star Kartz 3DS, NDS, PS3, Wii, X360
Rayman Origins PS3, X360, Wii
Rochard Win
Saints Row: The Third Win, X360, PS3
Shinobi 3DS
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 PS3, X360
November 16 Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic 3DS
November 17 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure 3DS
Anno 2070 Win
Minecraft iOS
November 18 Minecraft Win, Lin, Mac
November 20 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Wii
November 21 Fate/Extra PSP
November 22 Batman: Arkham City Win
Cave Story+ Win
Corpse Party PSP
The King of Fighters XIII PS3, X360
Serious Sam 3: BFE Win
Sonic Generations 3DS
Tekken Hybrid PS3
WWE 12 PS3, Wii, X360
WWE All Stars 3DS
November 25 Afterfall: InSanity Win, X360, PS3
F1 2011 3DS
December 1 Assassin's Creed: Revelations Win
Infinity Blade II iOS
December 4 Mario Kart 7 3DS
December 5 Fortune Street Wii
December 6 Defenders of Ardania iOS
Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights 3DS
Face Racers: Photo Finish 3DS
Final Fantasy VI PSN
The Adventures of Tintin: The Game Win, PS3, X360, Wii, 3DS
The Oregon Trail 3DS, Wii
Wanted Corp PSN
December 7 Batman: Arkham City Lockdown iOS
Michael Jackson: The Experience iOS
Trine 2 Win, Mac
December 8 Chrono Trigger iOS
Pushmo 3DS
December 9 Shake It Up Wii
December 13 FlatOut 3: Chaos & Destruction Win
Outdoors Unleashed: Africa 3D 3DS
December 15 Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon Win
Grand Theft Auto III 10 Year Anniversary Edition iOS, Droid
Sonic CD iOS
December 16 Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones 3DSVC
Metroid Fusion 3DSVC
Satazius Win
Wario Land 4 3DSVC
December 17 Jurassic Park: The Game - Episode 2: The Cavalry iOS
December 19 Metal Dead Win
December 20 Postal III Win
Star Wars: The Old Republic Win
Trine 2 PSN
December 21 LostWinds iOS
Mega Man X iOS
Trine 2 XBLA
December 22 Mighty Switch Force! 3DS
December 27 All Zombies Must Die! PSN
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD PSN
December 29 VVVVVV 3DS

Critically acclaimed titles[edit]

Metacritic (MC) and GameRankings (GR) are aggregators of video game journalism reviews.

2011 games and expansions scoring at least 88/100 (MC) or 87.5% (GR)[12][13]
Game Publisher Release Date Platform MC score GR score
Batman: Arkham City Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment October 18, 2011 PlayStation 3 96/100 95.94%
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Bethesda Softworks November 11, 2011 Xbox 360 96/100 95.15%
Portal 2 Valve Corporation April 19, 2011 Microsoft Windows 95/100 95.16%
Portal 2 Valve Corporation April 19, 2011 Xbox 360 95/100 94%
Portal 2 Valve Corporation April 19, 2011 PlayStation 3 95/100 93.95%
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Bethesda Softworks November 11, 2011 Microsoft Windows 94/100 94.42%
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Nintendo June 16, 2011 Nintendo 3DS 94/100 93.89%
Batman: Arkham City Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment October 18, 2011 Xbox 360 94/100 93.88%
Mass Effect 2 Electronic Arts January 17, 2011 PlayStation 3 94/100 93.09%
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Nintendo November 18, 2011 Wii 93/100 93.15%
LittleBigPlanet 2 Sony Computer Entertainment January 18, 2011 PlayStation 3 91/100 92.04%
The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection Sony Computer Entertainment September 22, 2011 PlayStation 3 92/100 91.79%
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Sony Computer Entertainment November 1, 2011 PlayStation 3 92/100 91.78%
Rayman Origins Ubisoft November 15, 2011 Wii 92/100 91.27%
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Bethesda Softworks November 11, 2011 PlayStation 3 92/100 88%
Pushmo Nintendo October 5, 2011 Nintendo 3DS 90/100 91.5%
Gears of War 3 Microsoft Game Studios September 20, 2011 Xbox 360 91/100 91.49%
Forza Motorsport 4 Microsoft Game Studios October 11, 2011 Xbox 360 91/100 90.66%
Batman: Arkham City Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment October 18, 2011 Microsoft Windows 91/100 90.43%
FIFA 12 EA Sports September 27, 2011 PlayStation 3 90/100 90.65%
FIFA 12 EA Sports September 27, 2011 Xbox 360 90/100 90.55%
Bastion Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment December 9, 2011 Microsoft Windows 86/100 90.36%
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Square Enix August 23, 2011 Microsoft Windows 90/100 90.19%
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection Konami November 8, 2011 PlayStation 3 89/100 90.14%
Super Mario 3D Land Nintendo November 3, 2011 Nintendo 3DS 90/100 90.09%
MLB 11: The Show Sony Computer Entertainment March 8, 2011 PlayStation 3 90/100 89.88%
NBA 2K12 2K October 4, 2011 PlayStation 3 90/100 89.81%
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection Konami November 8, 2011 Xbox 360 90/100 89.81%
Limbo Playdead July 19, 2011 PlayStation 3 90/100 89.55%
Total War: Shogun 2 Sega March 15, 2011 Microsoft Windows 90/100 89.42%
Dead Space 2 Electronic Arts January 25, 2011 Xbox 360 90/100 89.1%
FIFA 12 EA Sports September 27, 2011 Microsoft Windows 89/100 90%[14]
NBA 2K12 2K October 4, 2011 Xbox 360 90/100 88.39%
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Square Enix August 23, 2011 PlayStation 3 89/100 89.89%
DCS: A-10C Warthog The Fighter Collection April 22, 2011 Microsoft Windows 87/100 89.6%
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Square Enix August 23, 2011 Xbox 360 89/100 89.57%
Kerbal Space Program Squad June 24, 2011 Microsoft Windows 88/100[15] 89.44%
La-Mulana Asterizm June 21, 2011 Wii 87/100[16] 89.33%[17]
Dead Space 2 Electronic Arts January 25, 2011 PlayStation 3 89/100 89.22%
Dark Souls FromSoftware September 22, 2011 PlayStation 3 89/100 88.48%
Dark Souls FromSoftware September 22, 2011 Xbox 360 89/100 88.23%
L.A. Noire Rockstar Games May 17, 2011 PlayStation 3 89/100 88.15%
L.A. Noire Rockstar Games May 17, 2011 Xbox 360 89/100 87.93%
Battlefield 3 Electronic Arts October 25, 2011 Microsoft Windows 89/100 86.82%
Pinball FX 2: Sorcerer's Lair Microsoft Game Studios October 12, 2011 Xbox 360 89/100 81.67%
Rayman Origins Ubisoft November 15, 2011 Xbox 360 87/100 88.81%
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Capcom July 5, 2011 Microsoft Windows 84/100 88.8%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Activision November 8, 2011 Xbox 360 88/100 88.46%
Marvel Pinball: Captain America Microsoft Game Studios June 29, 2011 Xbox 360 N/A 88.33%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Activision November 8, 2011 PlayStation 3 88/100 88.1%
Rayman Origins Ubisoft November 15, 2011 PlayStation 3 87/100 88.07%
Limbo Playdead July 19, 2011 Microsoft Windows 88/100 88.05%
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings CD Projekt May 17, 2011 Microsoft Windows 88/100 87.97%
Joe Danger: Special Edition Microsoft Game Studios December 14, 2011 Xbox 360 88/100 87.83%
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Ubisoft March 22, 2011 Microsoft Windows 88/100 87.64%
OMG-Z Laughing Jackal August 2, 2011 PlayStation Portable 88/100 81.17%
Dirt 3 Codemasters May 24, 2011 Xbox 360 87/100 87.96%
NHL 12 EA Sports September 13, 2011 Xbox 360 86/100 87.77%
Dirt 3 Codemasters May 24, 2011 PlayStation 3 87/100 87.57%

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