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POSTED 17/12/11


GAMESBLIP 'BLIPPY' AWARDS 2011


Ladies and gentlemen, please be seated as the evening's main presentation is about to commence.

Or hell, stand if you really want. Fuck it, we're hardly sticklers for formality around here!

Anyway, everybody else is doing it right about now, so being the slaves to mob mentality that we can be on occasions, we hereby present the Second Annual Blippy Awards for games that we played during 2011. Please feel free to disagree with our verdicts - that's what democracy and free thinking is all about, and goodness knows everybody else seems to be trying to take it away from us. Anyway, hoping you find something even vaguely enjoyable...



2011 BLIPPY FOR ACEST ADVENTURE THING

Behind you! Behind you!!!

UNCHARTED 3: DRAKE'S DECEPTION
Sony

Runner-up:
BASTION

Possibly the most stunning looking gaming experience ever, the continuing tale of Nathan Drake trundles along its interactive movie way quite majestically, even if it does keep you on a rather too-tight leash at times. Click here to read our original review...

2011 BLIPPY FOR ACEST ARCADE THING



BEAT HAZARD ULTRA
Cold Beam Games

Runner-up:
CUBIXX HD


Twinstick shooters come and go, but rarely do they impress like this one, combining the best of (Bl)Asteroids with a musical twist - you can play along to your MP3 collection. That one rather clever guy alone created the entire thing still makes our feeble little hivemind go "PLINK!". Click here to read our original review...

2011 BLIPPY FOR ACEST CAR THING



FORZA MOTORSPORT 4
Microsoft

Runner-up:
DiRT3

Honestly, for thrills DiRT3 might have pipped this, if it didn't keep inserting nags for DLC purchases into every fucking menu. Still, it may be a little less adrenaline-pumping, but Forza 4 is the best slice of car porn we've ever removed from a brown paper bag - and it has the Top Gear test track, jumbo jet and all! Click here to read our original review...

2011 BLIPPY FOR ACEST CREEPY THING



DEAD SPACE 2
EA

Runner-up: FEAR 3

Sure, there are plenty of cheap scares in this sequel that cleaned up much of its predecessors sloppiness, but then a real scare will hit and you may just cry out for your mummy. Click here to read our original review...

2011 BLIPPY FOR ACEST FASHION STATEMENT



LA NOIRE
Rockstar

Runner-up: SAINTS ROW: THE THIRD

Perhaps a cheaty way of winning this nod, as the 1940s were pretty much style personified, but hey, whatcha gonna do? Click here to read our original review...

2011 BLIPPY FOR ACEST FIGHTING THING



BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY
WB Games

Runner-up: DEAD OR ALIVE: DIMENSIONS

You're Batman. Enough said. Click here to read our original review...

2011 BLIPPY FOR ACEST HANDHELD THING



SUPER MARIO 3D LAND
Nintendo

Runner-up: STAR FOX 64 3D

The 3DS looked on the ropes for a while there, but then Mario came along with the game the handheld had been waiting for. A deft mix of classic plumber moves from through the years, this is the must-have 3DS title. Click here to read our original review...

2011 BLIPPY FOR ACEST MOTION THING



THE GUNSTRINGER
Twisted Pixel/Microsoft

Runner-up: SESAME STREET: ONCE UPON A MONSTER

If you'd told us we'd be raving about what is essentially a puppetry simulator a while back we'd have laughed in your face - HAHAHA! But then we played The Gunstringer. Through humour, great controls and awesome free DLC that gives you Mad Dog McCree (more or less), plus a low price, your Kinect needs this. Click here to read our original review...

2011 BLIPPY FOR ACEST MUSICAL THING



ROCKSMITH

Ubisoft

Runner-up: CHIME SUPER DELUXE

We've lost count of our attempts over the years to learn guitar. Rocksmith makes your random squawks fun though, and before long you'll realise you're actually getting it. We don't understand how the cable that connects a real guitar to your console works, but it does so perfectly. An Aussie release would be nice... Click here to read our original review...

2011 BLIPPY FOR ACEST PARTY THING



JUST DANCE 3
Ubisoft

Runner-up: CARNIVAL ISLAND

Party games need to be instantly accessible to everybody, not just gamers. This is why JD3, whether in Kinect or Wii flavours (we assume PS3 too, but we haven't played it) wins. Anybody - ANYBODY - can just step up, goof off and enjoy themselves. The track list is pleasingly varied stylistically, too. Click here to read our original review...

2011 BLIPPY FOR ACEST PLATFORMY THING



RAYMAN ORIGINS
Ubisoft

Runner-up: EXPLODEMON!

Whodathunk that Ubisoft's little limbless dude would give us the sweetest surprise of 2011? This is an absolutely top shelf old school-styled platformer, with artwork so good that it's like you're controlling a cartoon. If you appreciate the classics then you simply must get this... Click here to read our original review...

2011 BLIPPY FOR ACEST PUZZLY THING



PORTAL 2
EA

Runner-up: ILOMILO

Even if the puzzles sucked, this would be worth sticking with just for Stephen Merchant's nutcasery as you're assistanty type thing Wheatley, not to mention the sheer insanity of GLaDOS. Thankfully the puzzles don't suck, bordering on the completely brain-bendy at times... Click here to read our original review...

2011 BLIPPY FOR ACEST SHOOTY THING



GEARS OF WAR 3
Microsoft

Runner-up: GATLING GEARS

Yeah, yeah, war is hell and all, but some games take themselves just a little too seriously. Gears ain't one of them, sprinkling the cheese on with gleeful delight, but never forgetting to put a kick-buttock super-mound of action - and tuckfonnes of weaponry - in there as well. Click here to read our original review...

2011 BLIPPY FOR ACEST SOUNDTRACKY THING



DRIVER: SAN FRANCISCO
Ubisoft

Runner-up: LITTLEBIGPLANET2

With everything from The Stooges to Primal Scream, The Cure to The Black Keys and Aretha Franklin to Elbow, plus the funkiest song in years (just ask anybody slapping together a movie trailer) in The Heavy's 'How You Like Me Now', this is the most eclectic and groovin' game soundtrack we've ever clapped ears upon. Click here to read our original review...

2011 BLIPPY FOR ACEST SPORTY THING



FIGHT NIGHT CHAMPION
EA

Runner-up: NHL 12

The most complete and compelling simulation of being a pugilist we've ever come across. Even if you do duke it out in a square that's called a ring. Still, take one too many to the head and... Click here to read our original review...

2011 BLIPPY FOR ACEST ZOMBIE THING



DEAD ISLAND
Deep Silver

Runner-up: THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD OVERKILL: EXTENDED CUT

The mass pre-release hype possibly harmed this undead masher-upperer, for save for a few too many bugs it was a fun free-roaming romp. Seriously, who didn't grin when first severing a zombie limb to see the all the bone and gristle and blood and stuff inside? It was only us? Oops... Click here to read our original review...

2011 BLIPPY FOR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTING THING



BURNOUT CRASH!
Criterion/EA

Runner-up: SHADOWS OF THE DAMNED

It's all Criterion's fault. They're capable of such utter brilliance as Burnout Paradise, so when they came out with pretty much what they promised in a simplified, pinball-influenced focus on stacking vehicles, it didn't live up to our personal expectations. Click here to read our original review...

2011 ENCOURAGEMENT BLIPPY



AFL LIVE
Tru Blu Games

Developers Big Ant's first dive into Adolf Demetriou's sandpit wasn't without its faults, but what was there showed that if they hit the gym a bit harder over summer we could finally have an AFL game to compete with the big boys like FIFA. Come on Big Ant, get out there and stick it up 'em! Click here to read our original review...

2011 BLIPPY FOR ACEST OVERALL THING



INFAMOUS 2
Sony

Runner-up: LA NOIRE

Typical. One of the worst written reviews we've ever blurted out, and it ends up our fave game of the year. It's rare that a game comes along that makes us drop absolutely everything, including meals and sleep. We just had to beat this, then we just had to beat it again as evil Cole. Then we had to platinum it. Then we just had to run around doing whatever the hell we wanted, because it let us... Click here to read our original review...

Meanwhile, it seems to be the year of the Cole, with the LAPD's finest (?) in Phelpsy taking runner-up honours. LA Noire was clunky in places - not least titularly with that spurious 'e' - but for the feeling of being plonked TARDIS-like into the actual 1940s it rocked. Erm, jitterbugged? Click here to read our original review...

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