Day two of three has arrived and it answers this important question:
Which 2011 games did I find shockingly good and shockingly not-so-good?
Well read on, friend. The answer awaits you!
Most Disappointing Game of 2011
Winner: Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (PS3)
Capcom vs SNK 2 is my favorite of the VS series of Capcom fighting games. I never appreciated any of the other VS games like it. The original Marvel vs Capcom was close though.
I thought Marvel vs Capcom 3 was going to be less frantic than it ended up being and I was hoping there was going to be more effort put forth in the other modes surrounding it — like in Super Street Fighter IV or Mortal Kombat.
All hardcore fighting game fans only really care about the core game, but I’m not a hardcore fighting game player. I need a bit more than just the mechanics.
I also couldn’t believe Capcom would release a revision of the game at $39.99 in the same calendar year. That move alone sours me on Capcom fighting games in the foreseeable future. Sorry, Street Fighter X Tekken.
Runner-up: L.A Noire
Most Surprising Game of 2011
Winner: Mortal Kombat (PS3)
I played Mortal Kombat games in the past, but this is the first one I’ve actually bought on day one. It was an amazing surprise. I picked it up because I was impressed by the mechanics initially, but it was the entire package that truly amazed me.
The single player options were not only fun, but informational from both story and gameplay perspectives. I felt they set a new standard for single player in fighting games. It was the complete package and I felt it justified its price tag unlike the aforementioned fighting game from Capcom.
Runner-ups: Portal 2 (PS3, PC), Saints Row: The Third (PC), Yakuza 4