Cho­sen by Joe Grif­fin and Ciara O’brien

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Games 2011 -

More authen­tic than ever be­fore, thanks to its Player Im­pact En­gine, FIFA 12 con­tin­ued its dom­i­nance in the dig­i­tal foot­ball arena (es­sen­tially eclips­ing Pro Evo­lu­tion Soc­cer). Every­thing is more de­tailed, whether it’s the new Tv-style for­mat­ting, im­proved pre­ci­sion in tack­ling – even Wayne Rooney’s new hair­line. One of the smartest, wit­ti­est games of the year, Por­tal 2 gave us chal­leng­ing puz­zles, a su­per sci-fi nar­ra­tive and colour­ful char­ac­ters, es­pe­cially the dim-wit­ted Wheat­ley and the com­plex ghost in the ma­chine, GLADDOS. We’ll ne-ver for-get her U-nique Ca-dence. The lat­est ad­ven­ture for Nathan Drake once again had charm and per­son­al­ity to spare. The de­vel­op­ers had fun plac­ing the trea­sure hunter in sticky sit­u­a­tions (dan­gling from plane doors in mid air, run­ning from a burn­ing chateau, wan­der­ing the desert). As usual, the re­sults were ut­terly cin­e­matic.

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