— For gamers, 2011 has been a savory year: rich with triple-A releases, fervently anticipated sequels and a few new franchises that are set to take off in 2012 and beyond.
Herein, you’ll find a list of the top 10 most popular titles released this year. We scoured the Internet for the best holiday pricing on each (and found some deals that shocked even this seasoned player.)
Rest assured: stick to this list and you’ll have a can't-miss gift for the gamer in your family and maybe some extra cash in your wallet.
You can see each title's suggested retail price, find out what the critics think of each game by clicking their Metacritic.com score and scope the latest trailers to get a feel for whether this game is right for your giftee.
To find the deal, just click the retailer name and price point. But click quickly - these deals won’t be around long.
1. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo)
- Platform: Nintendo Wii
- Rating: Everyone 10+
- Metacritic.com Score: 96/100
This long-awaited latest installment in Nintendo’s iconic “The Legend of Zelda” series became an instant classic upon launch. “Skyward Sword” received the first perfect 10 out of 10 score of 2011 from Famitsu, a Japanese gaming publication known for their thorough and extremely brutal review system.
Western blogs called it creator Shigeru Miyamoto’s “magnum opus” - a tall order, considering 1998’s “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” has topped countless “best of” lists for years. Skyward Sword also marks a new artistic direction for the series - it’s the first title to use animated cutscenes and full voice-acting to deliver the story.
If you have fond childhood memories of recovering pieces of the mysterious Triforce or toppling the evil Ganon with your trusty Master Sword, this may be the perfect title for introducing your little gamer to the land of Hyrule.
Plenty of new copies can be found on Half.com for around $40.
- Half.com: $40.00