Every cultural phenomenon has its "golden age" and this year Microsoft's Xbox 360 console had its. Tons of great games were released this year, from Xbox exclusives like Gears of War 3 to multi-platform brain teasers like Portal 2. One of the busiest holiday seasons in the history of gaming saw a string of console-defining releases hit stores, meaning this run-down could easily have been twice as long.
Whether you're a sports fan, a gun-toting Chuck Norris wannabe or a puzzle-solving genius, there's a game for every gamer on the Xbox 360 this year. Below, Tech Digest run you through 10 of our favourite Xbox 360 titles of 2011.
Gears of War 3
If you want the most balls-out, explosive, gory fun you're going to get this side of a 1980s Arnie action flick, you've got to pick up Gears of War 3. Carrying on in the solid cover-shooter tradition of the earlier titles in the series, the single player campaign nicely rounds off the gun-toting “bromance” between Marcus and Dom as they try to save humanity from the Lambent and Locust horde. Multiplayer action is great too, and make sure you spend some time playing Beast mode, where you get to turn on on the human COG forces as you take on the role of one of the game's many monsters. £29.99 from Amazon