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Top video games for 2011

The Online Mom takes a look back at the top games of 2011 through the eyes of real gamers. Here are Taylor Wright’s picks for the best Teen-rated games for the Xbox 360.

While there may not have been too many big-name T-rated releases during the past 12 months, there were a few gems along the way. Here are my Top 5 T-rated games for the Xbox 360 for 2011:

Blackwater by Zombie Studios

This was the first FPS (first person shooter) game to be released for Kinect. Kinect removes the need for a handheld controller, making your movements in front of the screen the way you control the game.

Blackwater is about a group of operatives in North Africa trying to evict a city of zombies. Despite feeling a bit cumbersome for the first few plays, the game ultimately provides a satisfying and rewarding experience. It may have received lukewarm reviews elsewhere, but beauty is in the eye of the gamer!

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 by Capcom

Fighting games are great games for short play periods, not to mention an awesomely epic way to wear out a controller.

While no console game may stack up to the old stand-up arcade Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is the best of the best of console fighters in 2011. If you’re a fan of comic books, this is the game for you!

Batman – Arkham City by Rocksteady Games

Another great game for comic book fans. If the Batman title from 2009 was epic, this one is epic-er-er! YES – it’s more epic than epic-er!

I’ve always had a thing for platformer-style RPGs (Role Playing Games). This one is amazing – a great story and graphics that rival Skyrim. But once again, beauty is in the eye of the gamer – and the quality of your screen.

Driver: San Francisco by Ubisoft

If you played Driv3r and were disappointed, don't give up hope. Driver: San Francisco brings life back to the series. The physics are AMAZING!

While no driver game is going to beat the awesome Driver 2 for PSX, this one is close. Not to mention, we are back to the City by the Bay like the first game. Nothing beats a little nostalgia, eh? This game is not for younger gamers, as it includes some violence and stealing, not to mention some graphic language.

Need for Speed – The RUN by EA   

This is a continuation of the Need for Speed series. The past few Need for Speed games weren’t all that great, but this one is much better. The worst aspects of this game for younger players are the intense car wrecks and the mild language, which only finds its way into a few cut scenes.

The game takes place during a coast-to-coast race with classic sports cars, such as Lamborghinis and Porsches. The game reminds me a lot of the movie Cannonball Run.

So there you have it, my personal favorite T-Rated games for Xbox 360 in 2011. What were your favorite games in 2011 and what games are you looking forward to in 2012?

Comment by The Cubicle Chick, posted 1/4/2012, 7:59 PM:

Let me be honest. I am not a video game player, nor are my kids. But I wanted to leave a comment in support of Taylor, whom I love and adore! Great job!
Comment by Eileen, posted 12/31/2011, 2:06 AM:

I have a 14 year old son but know NOTHING about the gaming world. PS3 is his playland and only has a few games so far. I caved in for Black Ops and the newest one this fall. I know he is getting up in age to handle some Teen ware, we do live in the real world I guess. But why do they have to use the violence and language so much? I hate how kids pick that up and it becomes second nature...like at inopportune moments like in the halls at school when the health teacher walks by? thanks for the ups!
Comment by nik, posted 12/30/2011, 12:37 AM:

Great review! Your short succinct descriptions are very helpful, especially for someone unfamiliar with gaming who is looking to buy games for a teen. Many thanks...looking forward to more reviews from you in the future!
Comment by ellen, posted 12/29/2011, 6:00 PM:

Great picks and I like how it is explained why they are. I have some teens to buy for- this list will come in handy- thank you!
Comment by Jeannette Laframboise, posted 12/29/2011, 4:26 PM:

Great list! Well done. I am off to show it to my son as I know this will be of great interest to him. Thanks!
Comment by Missy Knight, posted 12/29/2011, 2:47 PM:

Great Job Taylor! It's great to hear the gamer's point of view and yours is concise & informative. Thanks!
Comment by Terri K, posted 12/29/2011, 11:26 AM:

I like the way these reviews were done. I do really appreciate having a teen review the teen games, that's just smart. Beyond that, my favorite part of this was the way he used references to Skyrim and Cannonball Run. That told me more than several other sentences could have. Thanks Taylor!
Comment by kim adams, posted 12/29/2011, 11:02 AM:

Taylor great job on the reviews! I have teens so I want to know what are they playing. My favortie games in 2011 were mario kart for wii even though I think it came out before 2011 its a fun family game. I look forward to getting blackwater hopefully for wii, I'm amazed you can play without a controller on the kinect. I would like to get the star wars coming out in 2012. Thank you for sharing keep on reviewing! :))
Comment by Robyn Wright of RobynsOnlineWorld.com, posted 12/29/2011, 10:25 AM:

Ok, so I *MAY* be a bit biased, but I think this is a fantastic recap of T games!!!! What a brilliant new writer you have found! (signed the very proud mom to Taylor Wright)
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