What a great year for PC gamers! We have had just so many great games come out for us, we are spoiled! So I’m going to give you all a quick roundup here of what we decided were the best PC games of 2011. I’ll also be including the final thoughts from our reviews that were done on these titles earlier this year.
You play Adam Jensen, an ex-SWAT specialist who’s been handpicked to oversee the defensive needs of one of America’s most experimental biotechnology firms. Your job is to safeguard company secrets, but when a black ops team breaks in and kills the very scientists you were hired to protect, everything you thought you knew about your job changes.
Badly wounded during the attack, you have no choice but to become mechanically augmented and you soon find yourself chasing down leads all over the world, never knowing who you can trust. At a time when scientific advancements are turning athletes, soldiers and spies into super enhanced beings, someone is working very hard to ensure mankind’s evolution follows a particular path.
You need to discover where that path lies. Because when all is said and done, the decisions you take, and the choices you make, will be the only things that can change it.
Tym’s Final Thoughts: I won’t beat around the bush here, I really liked this game. The action is well paced, the story is intriguing and unique, and the customizations offered are fantastic. Just about every customization is well implemented, and will impact how you play. Boss battles provide a decent challenge, particularly if you’re used to slowly stealthing your way through levels. Throw in getting rewarded for exploring the game fully via EXP and items, and you have a game that plays at whatever pace you want, and plays well. For better or worse, the game is long; if you want to see everything (and aren’t running and gunning), be ready to spend 25-30 hours to get through it. Deus Ex: Human Revolution hits on everything I like in an Action RPG, and for that, I highly recommend it to anyone.
The second installment in the RPG saga about the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, features a thoroughly engrossing, mature storyline defining new standards for thought-provoking, non-linear game narration. In addition to an epic story, the game features an original, brutal combat system that uniquely combines tactical elements with dynamic action. A new, modern game engine, responsible both for beautiful visuals and sophisticated game mechanics puts players in the most lively and believable world ever created in an RPG game. A captivating story, dynamic combat system, beautiful graphics, and everything else that made the original Witcher such a great game are now executed in a much more advanced and sophisticated way.
Tym’s Final Thoughts: I won’t be wordy here: buy this game. If you are an RPG fan, this is a no brainer. Fans of other genres may have difficulty with the barrier of entry on this game (both from a gameplay perspective, as well as from a storyline perspective: be prepared to do a lot of reading in the early stages to keep up on who’s who, and what’s what), but I can promise that once you push through the first few hours of the game, you will be happy with the result. It is not a perfect game, but it is certainly in my top 3 as one of the best roleplaying games I have ever played. Its major faults seem to be intentional design decisions that, while I may not agree with completely, I can live with.
The Empire of Tamriel is on the edge. The High King of Skyrim has been murdered. Alliances form as claims to the throne are made. In the midst of this conflict, a far more dangerous, ancient evil is awakened. Dragons, long lost to the passages of the Elder Scrolls, have returned to Tamriel. The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come; a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons.
Ryan’s Final Thoughts: In closing, this game was, and will continue to be, one of the greatest single player experiences I have ever had. If you are looking for something to fill your time with, then go buy Skyrim and say goodbye to your weekends. I am in love with my character, and I can’t wait to finish the other faction quests and side content that still waits for him so I can start my next character and try it all again in a different way. So remember, count on your fingers: three hundred hours of content, a huge explorable map to yourself, evolved crafting and game systems, and as many dragons as you can stand to kill. If we gave decimal scores here at P*N, I might tag on an extra point five. Escapists rejoice, your new home awaits!
So there you go everyone, I hope you enjoyed our list and I hope you were smart enough to check out these 3 games; games that every gamer should have tried to experience. Now the question is, do you agree with us? Do you feel that we are missing something or have it wrong? Feel free to leave your thoughts below, we would love to hear them.
All of the game descriptions came from the developers themselves. Our final thoughts on each of these games follow their description above.