December 28th, 2011 | posted by claymore | No Comments

Since 2011 has all but officially wound to a close, its time again to reveal Suddenbrain’s top 5 list for the year. This time, however, we’ve come up with a bit of a different list. If you read our recent article Is Creativity in Video Games Dying? 2 Things to Consider, you know that we are all for celebrating originality in ideas. In honor of that fact, this year’s top 5 are all original titles. If it was a sequel it was automatically disqualified from the running. So without further ado here’s our top 5 picks for original games in 2011, and after your done checking out the list help yourself to the free wallpaper which includes images from all 5 games.

5. El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron:

Striking abstract visual design along with streamlined, yet challenging combat make El Shaddai worth it’s weight in myrrh.

4. Catherine

With a morality system that shuns the idea of good and bad, challenging puzzles, and a compelling adult storyline, Catherine is worth checking out if your looking for a little something different on the side…no pun intended.

3. Bastion

Bastion combines beautiful design with surprisingly challenging, diverse gameplay. Sometimes simpler is better, especially when a developer successfully pairs it with variety as is the case with Bastion.

2. LA Noire

Noire combines compelling realistic atmospheres, with over the top action and drama to make for a game thats tough to put down. These things may be typical of Rockstar games, but I’d rather see more original titles like this than another GTA.

1. Minecraft

Minecraft has a lasting power that is rarely seen in new titles today, and its all wrapped up in the fact that the user is solely responsible for creating the experience. It’s a game the Suddenbrain team is sure to go back to again and again.

*Sound off in the comments and let us know what new titles you are most looking forward to next year. You can also answer the SuddenPoll on the left  if you can’t resist picking some sequels*

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