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Digital Spy's Games of 2011: Entries 5-1

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Our countdown for the best Games of 2011 draws to a close with our final five choices. Featured are five very different releases from the likes of Nintendo, Rockstar, Bethesda Software, Valve and Rocksteady Studios. So - what did we think was the best game of the year?

> Digital Spy's Games of 2011: Entries 20-16
> Digital Spy's Games of 2011: Entries 15-11
> Digital Spy's Games of 2011: Entries 10-6


5. Super Mario 3D Land

While the Nintendo 3DS has had a mixed year, you can no longer say it doesn't have a 'killer app'. Developed by the same team as Super Mario Galaxy, it takes the inventive flair of the Wii series and crams it into a handheld with some stunning results. The bite-sized stages make clever nods to Mario's long established history, while camera angles and neat diorama puzzle rooms make full use of that dazzling 3D screen.

> Read our review of Super Mario 3D Land


4. L.A. Noire

This release from the Grand Theft Auto publisher is one of the more unique offerings of 2011. As a new detective making his name on the force, you must explore crime scenes, interrogate witnesses and track down criminals across a 1940s open-world Los Angeles. It's rounded off by ground-breaking facial animation, superb character acting and a gripping overarching story that makes it an incredibly atmospheric experience.

> Read our review of L.A. Noire


3. Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City has taught us that more of everything is definitely a good thing. Breaking out of the confines of an enclosed facility and into an entire city district with Gotham itself, the shift paves the way for gang wars between major franchise villains, multiple on-going missions to be side-tracked by and more devilish Riddler challenges to solve. The addition of a playable Catwoman with her own array of moves is a welcome one, while its mêlée combat continues to be the best in the business. An excellent follow-up.

> Read our review of Batman: Arkham City


2. Portal 2

Portal 2 layers a host of new ideas onto the innovative original, and things you'd expect from a sequel - more mind-bending puzzle ideas and clever uses of portals, a longer campaign, an additional co-operative mode - but what we didn't quite expect was a story that was genuinely heart-warming and laugh-out-loud funny, especially with the genius casting of Stephen Merchant as sidekick Wheatley. Portal 2 is a brilliant game that shows why Valve is still regarded as one of the premier game studios.

> Read our review of Portal 2



1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The world of Skyrim is one we can't get enough of. Becoming the Dragonborn and saving the world is just a slice of what's on offer; this vast open world's carefully-crafted quests and surprise encounters out in the wilderness are both equally as enthralling, and the hundreds of stories and secrets hidden in its many villages and dungeons provide a sense of unparalleled discovery. While it has minor quirks like all previous Bethesda games, it's by far its best one yet, and our most recommended of 2011.

> Read our review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


What do you think of our game of the year choices? What are your favourite releases of 2011? Add a comment to the space below!

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