Feature: Canaries of the Year

Best Shooter

Gears of War 3
Modern Warfare 3

With an overall uninspired year, it’s unsurprising that Call of Duty still reigned supreme. With an adrenaline-fueled campaign, and a refined multiplayer, there wasn’t a big competition. I’m still waiting for the next innovation in shooters. The more developers attempt to copy the behemoth, the more it will weaken the field.

Best Puzzle/Action/Adventure

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
Batman: Arkham City
Portal 2

Portal 2 had a refreshing, fun single player campaign, but the co-op was the best part of the game, in my opinion. I had a good time playing through the entire campaign.

Best RPG

Bastion
Dark Souls
Skyrim
The Witcher 2 

Ultimately, The Witcher 2 won best RPG due to its fully-branching storyline. The decision you make at the end of Act 1 determines what happens in subsequent Acts, and I really do wish more RPGs followed this model.

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