RICK PORTER - Editor in Chief, GamesTM/X360/360/Retro Gamer
Portal 2 (EA)
I’m sure I don’t need to explain why this is one of my favourite titles of the year – others on this page have probably said it all for me. There are very few videogames that are genuinely funny – well, intentionally so, at least – and Portal 2 made me howl like a gibbon. Partner that with some of the smartest level design I’ve seen and you have a true gem. Also, to have an ending that rivals that of its predecessor is an amazing feat in itself.
Batman: Arkham City (Warner Bros)
The level of hype that built up for Batman as it neared launch was monumental, but I feel it actually delivered on all that was expected and promised. Everything from the pacing and side missions right down to the time and care that went into introducing the lesser-known villains was exceptional.
The one element that really stands out for me is the Riddler Trophies. I persisted until I had all 400 of those bloody things, and I enjoyed it right up to the last one. I have no idea how you make collecting 400 of anything fun, but I did and it was.
Ms. Splosion Man (Twisted Pixel)
Earlier this year, I had a sneaky affair with Twisted Pixel’s effeminate platformer. It was simply brilliant. I’m a sucker for a harsh difficulty curve – especially when a cutesy exterior disguises it. Underneath the bright colours and giggles there are grinding, rusty gears of death. Oh, and the amount of bonus content was just rude. Nobody should miss out on the Splode Beneath My Splosion music video. It would be a crime to not pick this out as one of my favourites of the year. After all, she’s not bad, she just splodes that way.
Honourable Mentions: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Marvel Vs Capcom 3: Fate Of Two Worlds, Dead Space 2