HMS Friday’s Top Game Of 2011.

Tis that time again when that big ball of fire dips down behind the hill and another year passes.

Let’s keep this brief as there’s drinking to be done today and regrets to be mulled over. It really was a year jam packed with triple A titles and if you enjoy gaming you’d be forgiven for being a little overwhelmed with major release following major release in quick succession. Apart from draining all your funds some of these games turned out to be near masterpieces Batman Arkham City, Uncharted 3 and Portal 2 to name but a few.

However one game stood out from the pack a beautifully crafted, highly detailed and enormous in scope Skyrim floored us when we first unsheathed our Dwarven Axe of Frost Damage and donned our horned helmet and stepped out onto the tundra. A sumptuous gaming experience for anyone with even a fleeting interest in the fantasy genre, although there are reports the game is broken if you play it on the PS3, we’ve logged in a fair few hours and fingers crossed our potion of Resist Major Game Bug seems to be working.

Our Bitesized Uncharted 3 Review.

Indiana Jones on rails.

Lush graphics and exciting set pieces make up for a pretty poor combat mechanic, (don’t get us started on the shooting aspect of this game). Solid plot and voice characterisations make for a heavy weight title you’ll thoroughly enjoy, even if it is a bit on the short side. This must be the first game to feature a boat graveyard.

Seastate: Spray/Foam.


E3 2011 Re-Cap.

We never made the journey down to E3 this year…or any year for that matter. We sit in a tub anchored off the coast of Scotland, what the f@ck did you expect?

However, thanks to the wonders of the Interweb we have been able to keep up with all the latest news from the conference and there have been some pleasant surprises for those of us who can’t kiss girls or still live with our parents enjoy gaming.

Proceedings kicked off with Microsoft and you can watch their entire press conference…sorry, Global Media Briefing in parts One, Two, Three and Four.

Some of the highlights include: Tom Glancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier gameplay demo with Kinect, the implementation of voice command on Xbox Home with Bing search engine, gameplay demos of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Gears Of War 3 and Tomb Raider and the ability to watch and pause live television through the Xbox system.

Sly Cooper, the unveiling of the new portable Playstation Vita, Uncharted 3, a new affordable HD 3D TV which pretty much puts an end to annoying split screens during two player mode thanks to some magical glasses were just some of the highlights from the Sony press conference which you can watch in full in the following parts: One, Two, Three and Four

Nintendo went all out and hired a complete live orchestra for their stage show, which took the level of geekery to heady new embarrassing heights. Their announcements included a shit ton of new titles for the 3DS including Mario, Kid Icarus and Kirby, a look at the new Legend Of Zelda and the reveal of the new console the Nintendo Wii U which you can watch in parts One, Two, Three and Four.

Game developers EA showcased their wares, including a look at Battlefied 3 and Overstrike and a slew of demos for some of their latest sporting titles including FIFA, SSX and NBA which you can watch in parts One, Two, Three and Four.

Ubisoft also took to the stage with a  host who was either really nervous or had managed to score himself a bag of pure uncut Colombian marching powder a few minutes before his presentation, judge for yourself in parts One, Two, Three and Four.

So there you have it, hours of footage, tons of titles and some examples of technology which will fry your brain, (yet somehow we still can’t find the cure for cancer?), below you will find some of our favourite trailers and footage of gameplay featured at this year’s E3. Enjoy.