We here at CraveOnline picked our favorite games of 2011 a few weeks ago. In addition, we gave you 50 solid recommendations you have to play from 2011's release catalogue. But when push comes to shove, we’re just professional hobbyists. You’re probably wondering what actual game developers believe are the best offerings of 2011. Well, thanks to Eurogamer, the curtain has been pulled back.
Eurogamer asked some of the most influential figures in the games industry what their favorites titles of 2011 were. Unsurprisingly, a lot of the titles we selected for our ten favorites where also chosen by industry professionals, stuff like Skyrim, Portal 2 and Batman: Arkham City. But contrary to our opinions, there were a few votes cast for the brutally sadistic Dark Souls.
On Dark Souls, Q-Games Dylan Cuthbert said "This game is utter, utter s***. But that's just the first two hours of 100; after that it opens up into the most amazing and fulfilling and sheer scarily tense game I have ever played.”
Double Fine’s Brad Muir shares Cuthbert’s sentiments, labeling Dark Souls the “runaway game of the year. No question.”
But there was a certain other RPG that Dark Soul often tangled with in the public eye, one that featured a lot of dragons — Skyrim. And Skyrim got its far share of votes from game developers for the best game of 2011. Irrational Games’ Ken Levine and Epic Games’ Lee Perry both feel Bethesda’s work on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim puts everything else to shame.
"Favourite game of 2011? Going to have to go with Skyrim on that,” said Perry. “I know it sounds like 'going with the masses', but sometimes the masses get it right.”
Irrational’s Ken Levine added, “It's an incredible achievement in world creation and an inspiring product with an insanely awesome amount of content that feels terrific.”
Lastly, Eat Sleep Play’s David Jaffe (creator of God of War and now working on Twisted Metal) gave the nod to Batman: Arkham City for 2011’s best game.
“With Batman, I thought for the first time in recent years it actually had a direction or a voice that really was equivalent to the Christopher Nolan films or some of the best Batman comic writers. It really did add to the canon and had an understanding and its own spin on the Batman mythos, which I thought was a great wrapper around the brilliant gameplay structure.”
But the creators I chose to highlight here represent only a small fraction of the individuals that took part in Eurogamer’s survey. If you want to find out what other games were chosen by the people who actually make the games you love, head over to Eurogamer to read the full article.