Ha! We didn't even put it on the list at first, just 'cuz it didn't score as high as other titles this year. But gamers know what they like.

The first six months of 2011 have given us quite a few excellent titles, and we wanted to know which one deserves to lead the pack in the race for Game of the Year. Our pick would be Portal 2 but the readers have chosen inFamous 2 , Sucker Punch's great follow-up, which expands upon the core principles of the original game, much to the delight of action aficionados everywhere. Killzone 3 came in second and L.A. Noire was a close third, which makes perfect sense; both titles are easily two of the best of the year so far. But Cole's latest adventure is clearly beloved by the majority, and you have to respect that. Hell, we love it to pieces, too.

Of course, given what's coming in the second half of the year, these results aren't likely to stand up. Any bets on Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception winning it…? As for this week's poll, let's find out what people think about Naughty Dog's unbelievable series: is it the best of the generation? The best of all time? Overrated? Let us know.

Related Game(s): inFamous 2

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Kai200X
Kai200X
9 years ago

First time I want to vote, I noticed inFamous 2 wasn't on the list, and I was like WTF! but I'm glad you add it later because it was truly a great game. Now, I am waiting for Uncharted 3, Batman, Skyrim, Darkness II, Mass Effect 3 oh man my money…

matt99
matt99
9 years ago

Uncharted 2 is my favourite game hands down, I've completed at least 10 playthroughs. The gameplay is a ton of fun but I think what does it for me is the characters, they're just so well written and performed.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
9 years ago

I think the best series has to be Metal Gear no doubt.

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Agreed!

SoulController
SoulController
9 years ago

Fa Sho!

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
9 years ago

agree 100%

MGS series is the greatest story ever told, greatest hero ever lived in video gaming, period!!!


Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 7/4/2011 12:39:23 AM

SayWord
SayWord
9 years ago

Grew up with metal gear. So many amazing memories. 🙂

SolidFantasy
SolidFantasy
9 years ago

Agreed. I could give a seminar on why I think Metal Gear is the greatest VG series of all time. I also respect how you called it the "Metal Gear" series and not Metal Gear Solid. A lot of people forget that it all started out as only Metal Gear.

StangMan80
StangMan80
9 years ago

Solid Snake and the franchise is the reason I didn't go with the best franchise of all time.

I really hope MGS can return with Solid Snake. MGS 5 is coming. But sadly it most likely won't be a PS3 exclusive. D: I don't know how great it will be now. Sony and it's fan need and love MGS. It sucks that Nintendo and the 360 are getting the past entries. but oh well. I hope MGS5 will come back to Sony.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Disagree there. MGS is an amazing series, but it never really held me for more then one play through.

556pineapple
556pineapple
9 years ago

I'm playing through the first one now, and I find it very addictive. I'll definitely be picking up number two when I can afford to.

As for the Uncharted series, as much as I love it, I had to pick "great, but not best" simply because Metal Gear reigns supreme in my book. Though I liked the story of MGS3 the best of the series, 4 stands out as the overall best game in terms of balance and how it wraps everything up. That aside, I'm still REALLY looking forward to Uncharted 3, though. Honestly, what Playstation 3 owner isn't?


Last edited by 556pineapple on 7/3/2011 10:02:08 PM

BeezleDrop
BeezleDrop
9 years ago

Infamous 2 is pretty awesome, I'm enjoying starting as an evil version more than the good guy. But it really is hard to choose the best series from Sony and its Dev's.

They all offer so much in different genres its truly a treat to get to experience them all.

KZ3 didn't blow me away with the Campaign but I do definitely enjoy the new and improved MP, when I can find a match without 3 people.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Just started my Evil playthrough as well. I have an overactive moral compass though, so while it's more fun to go around destroying things I feel bad making the "wrong" decisions.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Same here, World. I very much feel the same.
Something I like about games like Fallout, Mass Effect, and even Heavy Rain, is that they present you with moral choices. These games present options with their own unique consequences. I find it a lot more fulfilling and good inside to choose a good decision having known that I turned down the bad to embrace the good. It means a lot more when you're presented with those fork in road opportunities, makes it more "real."
In more linear story telling, the game doesn't present a choice for the user, so I don't feel as immersed in a "virtual" setting because the game is "telling" me a story, rather than living a life with choices that would be probably made by myself given a similar circumstance through the eyes of the character within the game world. While ultimately, all games are scripted for you no matter what you choose, not all games present consequences correlated with your decisions whether they be big or small, or good and bad.

More specific to Infamous 2, I thought the ending of the Evil Infamous 2 was more emotional and more sad. Though, being the good guy that I am, I preferred the good ending.
I also give it a big recommendation to anyone wondering if Infamous 2's evil ending is significantly different than the good ending. YES, yes it is.

SayWord
SayWord
9 years ago

@world I as well feel bad about owning people with a tornado. : p

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

@BeezleDrop: Hold your horses, did you just say that kz3 multiplayer is already dead? That it's hard to find full matches? Please say it isn't so?
I ordered kz3 *yesterday*!

sirbob6
sirbob6
9 years ago

I played it the other day and I could find full matches.

Bloodedge
Bloodedge
9 years ago

Uncharted 3's beta is amazing. The beginning of the airstrip map blew my mind. I knew they said they were trying to make the multi-player more cinematic, but I was not expecting to be jumping between moving trucks and an airplane!!!! I can't even imagine what the campaign will be like! This series just gets better and better. This is how a series should progress. Its definitely one of the best franchises this gen.

People better buy it this time, I'm getting sick of COD games being the best selling PS3 titles of all time. That title should go to an exclusive at least.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

You might want to check the sales numbers, excluding Call of Duty, which qualifies as an anomaly, Uncharted 2 sold really, really well.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

I cant pretend to assume any one game franchise is the greatest. Because I believe any one great franchise was made great due in part to all the many other great franchises that have collectively and invariably had influence over the minds of those creating those great games. I don't think Mario can say to Nathan Drake, "I was more, or less, greater than you," respective to the era they represent. I also don't think Street Fighter's Ryu could say to a Gran Turismo car that my existence was greater than yours.

But I will say that the most modern games can be considered the greatest and most complicated games ever, because they have been built upon the foundation of the great games that have come before them.
Really, we have never had an era better than the era in gaming we have now. No games have done as much and achieved as much as the ones we play today.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

yeah i2 is really one of the best experiences of all time. You just can't stop playing once you start.

Uncharted I'd have to say is the best of the generation as far as quality goes, but Final Fantasy is still the best franchise of all time. Some lame spinoffs and a questionable direction don't erase past glory.

aaronisbla
aaronisbla
9 years ago

SE is trying their best to prove you wrong world

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

"Final Fantasy is still the best franchise of all time."

As much as I love the old Final Fantasy's, The Legend of Zelda does it for me.

SayWord
SayWord
9 years ago

@jawknee legend of zelda link to the past was one of the first games I've ever played. Loved it ever since.

SolidFantasy
SolidFantasy
9 years ago

For sure Zelda should be up there amonst the best. I just found my 8bit copy of the original Ledgend of Zelda. Did you know that once you beat it the whole world reorganizes it's self giving us what had to be one the first attempts at replay value.

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Infamous 2 (best gameplay) and Mass Effect 2 (rich experience) were stand out games this year along with Dragon Age 3 and LA Noire. Sadly, KZ3 wasn't anything special in my book as far as campaigns go. KZ3 was a solid 8 at best.

Uncharted…yeah, that series is just awesome all around, but the underwhelming demo's so far haven't really blown me away. Now that Batman AC 12 minute gameplay segment you posted earlier this weekend blew me away. Right now, thats the game I'm looking forward too the most along with AC Revelations. Skyrim up there too along with Dark Souls. UC3 gonna have alot of competition this fall, hope it delivers which I assume it will…ND was the reason inFamous 2 was so great!!!!

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

I can't quite fathom what we've seen of Uncharted 3 that is "underwhelming."

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

"ND was the reason inFamous 2 was so great!!!"

Not really. Yes they helped but the first game was just as good.

aaronisbla
aaronisbla
9 years ago

Its a beta, not a demo. It may sound like semantics, but there is a difference

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Whoa…just one man's opinion. Underwhelming? Not refering to the first trailers or the burning mansion mission, but that water level at E3 that didn't really do anything for me. Trust me, I love Uncharted and it's a D1 purchase, but the demos for ACR and BAC did more for me thats why I said underwhelming. Too each their own right.

@Jawknee…I'm pretty sure SuckerPunch pulled every ounce of energy out of their respective skills to make inFamous 2 great, but to say inFamous is on the same level as part 2 isn't fair. inFamous 2 has more character, personality, etc. than inFamous 2. I loved inFamous 1 because of its gameplay, but I loved inFamous 2 because of its story and enhanced gameplay. Not saying this is ND doing, but Cole definitely didn't have character in the first game. Pretty sure ND fixed this problem. This was one of the reason I didn't care about Cole until the ending of the game. Just my opinion. But inFamous was definitely a good game. Played it like 4 times.

@aaronisbla…calm down bro…lol Beta? were on two different pages homie. I'm refereing to demo's I have seen, not the beta which I actually am enjoying at the moment.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

"but to say inFamous is on the same level as part 2 isn't fair."

It's just as entertaining and that's all that really matters. Besides, ND only helped them with their graphics engine. The rest was up to Sucker Punch just like with ND helping Guerilla with Killzone 3.


Last edited by Jawknee on 7/4/2011 12:23:59 AM

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Oh for real, well thank god Sucker Punck gave Cole a personality. Now if Guerilla Games could get they ish together…great gameplay, whatever story.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Sounds like someone is still running the unpatched BETA copy.

cLoudou
cLoudou
9 years ago

Didn't realized inFAMOUS 2 was even an option. Even so, I would still pick LA Noire as the best so far with INFAMOUS 2 in 2nd.

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

LA Noire? I loved that game, but the gameplay was just so unimpressive that something like Infamous 2 straight murked it.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

They're are different games. One is a super hero game while the other is a cop thriller. There are different reasons to appreciate them. I for one think L.A. Noire is just a entertaining for different reasons.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

They are*

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Well LA Noire is story driven so thats why I loved it, but the on rail gameplay got tiresome until the game changing ending saga you know. LA Noire was great though.

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
9 years ago

My favorite game series are the Half-Life games. Does that make it the best series no. I really don't know what would be considered the best series, to many good ones out there.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Holy Flippen DooDAH! I just realized I didn't forever loose my first Mass Effect 2 save file from my first play through. Initially, upon playing through as Evil Sheppard it appeared I lost my entire first game's save files.

I never saw that I could "switch careers" from the LOAD screen, allowing me access to ALL of my save files from that prior play through. Woo HoO!

anyway, so not to be totally from left field, It's good to know Portal 2 is the current lead for GotY from PSXe. I really want to give that one a go, but I can't feel good about that until after having finished the first one. Perhaps when I'm done with Fallout 3 I can give Portal a go.


Last edited by Temjin001 on 7/4/2011 12:47:57 AM

Nickjcal
Nickjcal
9 years ago

I wouldn't purchase portal 2. I did and once you beat it there's just..ya know..nothing unless you like going back and solving the same puzzles again, but by that time the challenge is gone. Same with coop.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

InFAMOUS 2 is the beat game this year by far. So good! I've explained my reasons why so many times I'ma leave it at that.

Uncharted series is my favorite of all time. I've had great memories with tons of other games but for me it's uncharted hands down. MGS is awesome bit I joined the party late and don't have the same passion long time fans have. In fact I remember playing the first MGS on PSone but didn't finish all of them until this generation just before MGS4 released. GoW series is a close second to uncharted. But uncharted is unparalleled for me in all areas most importantly the characters and stories. Those play a huge role for me. The graphics, and amazing environments are all just added bonuses. Anyways that's just me, but the fact we can discuss this game as that title of "best ever" means to some it is, which means it's very debatable! Best game(s) ever!


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 7/4/2011 1:06:14 AM

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

I think the results of last weeks vote were weird. It must have been heavily influenced by what people have actually bought – something that obviously matter, since you don't know what you have not played, but still…
I mean, fair enough that i2 won, everyone loved that one. But seeing Crysis 2 almost at the bottom and kz3 having more than ten times as many votes… It just doesn't make sense to me.
We do know that Crysis2 did not sell that well on ps3 cause of the rumour mill prior to launch and that's a bloody shame cause that game is one of the best fps I've played so far, and *the* best I've played on the ps3.


Last edited by Beamboom on 7/4/2011 1:59:42 AM

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

I still need to play it because KZ3 was a sure dissappointment…is the story good?

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Oh that's a subjective question isn't it…
The story is cool, I liked it, it "fits the game" but it's not like BioShock where I kept playing *because* of the story. But that's me, I value creativity and originality to stories extremely high, your preferences may differ.

I would put it this way: It was not the story that made me keep playing, it was the game itself. The locations, the different enemies, the awesome encounters, the very good handling, the variations of the different maps and tasks, the sound, the overall quality of the entire production!
Also, the linearity is very much there but it's so well made that you don't get "the rails in your face" all the time. The path you choose by your own free will just happen to be the path you are supposed to choose.

And of course the star of the show: The nano suit. It adds a much welcomed different "flavour" in a too crowded FPS bag and for once it makes sense that you are an almost immortal "one man army" cause that suit is the coolest thing ever, and you really feel like one powerful son of a b**ch.


Last edited by Beamboom on 7/4/2011 2:44:49 AM

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

i liked crysis 2 even though i was little dissapointed in how blurry the ps3 version looked. i enjoyed its single player campigh more than i did kz3's for some reason. i guess it comes down to the story, and charachters. another thing i liked about it was the campign actually had some value clocking in at 12 hrs.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Yeah now that I think about it, the story IS good, you are right Excelsior. It was a bit confusing at first but it grew on you. And the ending would have made me pre-order Crysis3 on the spot, could it be done. 😀
But I maintain that the biggest selling point is not the story but the game itself. Damn I had some fun moments in it, figuring out how to take down those bastards.

Regarding the blurry graphics I understand what you mean, but I actually liked it. I think it made everything look more realistic, more like how your eyes see the world when things are hectic.

I look forward to see the next game that use this engine!


Last edited by Beamboom on 7/4/2011 9:52:12 AM

Kiryu
Kiryu
9 years ago

I can't pick only one.
I say Yakuza 4 and Infamous 2.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

As a Yakuza fan would you say 4 is worth getting then, I only just played through Y3 and I adored it! But reviews were not kind to Y4, Is it just more of the same, if so i don't mind.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

LOL Ultima you just *have* to read the comments after Bens review of Yakuza 4. Kiryu goes totally nuts, it's seriously one of the reviews, if not *the* review around here with the funniest tail of comments. I rolled over laughing.

/me became a Kiryu-fan that day 😀