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Game of the Year 2011 - Console Awards

Find out what games of 2011 best represented the current consoles on the market.


Okamiden - Winner

It was easy to overlook Okamiden as it was released during all the hype and anticipation of the 3DS launch. Acting as the sequel to the cult hit Okami, Okamiden set out to put a grand adventure with a tiny hero on a small handheld console.

Okamiden, much like Okami, is an action adventure title reminiscent of Zelda games. You play as a small pup named Chibi, you meet several companions whom help you vanquish demons, and you crawl through dungeons while doing tons of odds and ends for the world’s NPCs. The game uses a very distinct watercolor art style that translates beautifully to the DS screens. Okamiden makes full use of the DS touch screen; the stylus works as a paint brush that allows you to hand paint symbols to pull off attacks and interact with environments (e.g., draw the sun to make the sun appear).

Beautiful visuals, creative use of the stylus and huge amount of content make Okamiden a must own DS title. The game’s release may have been overshadowed by the 3DS launch, but Okamiden is a game worth your attention. It’s one of the biggest adventures you can find on the DS and is easily one of the best games in the huge DS library.

Professor Layton and the Last Specter - Runner Up

With three successful prior entries, the Professor Layton series is synonymous with quality. Based on a simple formula that combines story with a wide assortment of puzzles, maintaining the same degree of quality can often be a difficult task. Thankfully, Professor Layton and The Last Specter lives up to the expectations set by its predecessors, offering a game experience with a brand new story set before the Professor himself was famous.

A brand new set of puzzles await gamers, some familiar and others completely different from anything Layton veterans have seen up until this point. Along with its expansive sidequest adventure, titled Layton Life, Professor Layton and The Last Specter is an easy choice for the Runner Up DS Game of the Year.

Honorable Mentions


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Angelo Grant Staff Writer

12/15/2011 at 01:01 PM

Wow. I completely agree with this one. That never happens with these things. Great job.

Also, and I think I've mentioned this before, I want to play Bastion on the 3DS very, very badly. I might take Jason up on his suggestion and email the devs about that.


12/15/2011 at 05:53 PM

Nice to see Outland mentioned. I loved that game. I need to play more handheld games. Only played Okamiden so far from this year on handhelds. I am still working on finishing it too.

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