Best RPGs of 2011

2. Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Reviving the beloved first-person RPG series with a prequel to the 2000 original is Deus Ex: Human Revolution, bringing modern sensibilities to a franchise known for giving players lots of options for how they want to deal with any given situation. Fraught with conspiracies, anger, gunplay and plenty of vents to climb through and computers to hack, Human Revolution includes so many nods to the greatness of the original Deus Ex that it’s hard not to go straight from the ending of Eidos Montreal’s 2011 title to the beginning of the 2000 original. Human Revolution lets players upgrade the mechanically augmented body of protagonist Adam Jensen to unlock lots of cool abilities, like seeing through walls and punching through walls, but if you want to play through without harming a soul, you can do that, too. The beauty of choice puts Deus Ex: Human Revolution on the short list of great RPGs in 2011.

1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim proves why Bethesda is a leading name in open-world, singleplayer RPGs. Exploration alone can be a thrilling goal in Skyrim’s vast environments, which all feel natural and realistic, forged with impressive attention to detail. But more than just a landscape, Skyrim feels alive, with dynamic events and advances in NPC AI.

Skyrim drops traditional RPG classes in favor of a more organic system that is elegant in its simplicity, allowing your “class” to evolve naturally through your choice of play style. The multitude of side quests are crafted with care and purpose, and best of all, the game doesn’t railroad you into following the main plot. This is where Skyrim shows its depth. Rather than forcing you to engage in activities that don’t interest you, Skyrim presents a panoply of options that you can choose to enjoy or ignore, such as its robust crafting system.

Throw in a fantastic musical score atop that wealth of content, and you’re left with an engrossing experience that will have you traveling the lands of Skyrim for hundreds of hours.

So, those are our picks. Now it’s time to see what the readers chose!

Readers were invited to vote in a Facebook poll for their favorites. They also had the option of adding a favorite game to the list if their choice wasn’t there. Here’s how that vote turned out:

2011 Reader’s Choice RPGs

5. Dragon Age 2
4. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
3. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
2. Dark Souls
1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

See the full poll results on our Facebook page!

So, how would you rate the best RPGs of 2011? Drop your lists in the comments below to let us know what you think!

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10 Comments on Best RPGs of 2011

daniel whatever

On December 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm

i like the list very much . thx game front :D
but i still think dragon age 2 is not worthy enough to be on this list !


On December 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I found DXHR to be much worse than Dragon Age 2… Witcher and Skyrim were fantastic.


On December 22, 2011 at 12:21 am

Dragon Age 2 should definitely NOT be on this list, it had horrible plot and character progression and the writing was just horrible. Compared to Origins it was the blunder of the century.

200. Dragon Age 2
4. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
2. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
1. Dark Souls

Is, in my opinion, a more accurate ordering.
But I guess you were paid off to put Skyrim at number 1, and DA2 on the list.

Ron Whitaker

On December 22, 2011 at 5:57 am

@Leon: Why is it that if we don’t agree with your ranking of games, it means we’ve been paid off? I’ve never understood that perception among people. Believe me, if we got paid to give games good review scores, we’d all be living a lot more comfortably. I’ve been doing this for years, and I’ve never been offered any sort of compensation for a good review. The idea is just ludicrous.

Our rankings were determined by averaging the votes of all our staff. Every individual may not have voted for it to be #1, but enough people voted it high on the list to earn it the top spot. You’re free to disagree, but unfounded allegations of some nebulous payoff from Bethesda are just silly.

daniel whatever

On December 22, 2011 at 6:09 am

of course .. Dragon Age 2 was a good Game . one of the good and entertaining Games of 2011 . but it only deserves “good” .. not great .. not awesome .. not anything else . our expectations were pretty High after Dragon age Origins … and unfortunately Bioware answered us poorly .
assuming this year we only had a few RPG titles . so ok .. i admit it’s acceptable to have DA2 on the list :D

@ Leon …
have you ever played any of the elder scrolls franchise ?! if yes then you’re probably under 18 (no offence anyone)

Phil Hornshaw

On December 22, 2011 at 10:59 am


Derp, Bethesda doesn’t need to pay us to put Skyrim as no. 1 on this list or any other list. Skyrim has already sold a ton. Also the game is really good, so they wouldn’t have bothered — even if any developer EVER did that, which they don’t. And since we’re NOT on the take, if you’re going to assume that OUR opinions are flat wrong, it’s just as easy for us to assume that yours is. You probably got paid by CD Projekt and From Software to make this comment.

See, sounds just as dumb when I say it.

Knight Solaire

On January 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Hello there brothers, our worlds are all intertwined in some sort of way, millions of people other than ourselves are participating in jolly cooperation as we speak with. Each other by placing a white soapstone on the ground in the best RPG to date :) Dark Souls! Praise the sun!


On February 9, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Skyrim and dark souls were the best games I played this year


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On April 1, 2015 at 8:47 am

February 7, 2012 8:16 pm by richmo11 I inltalsed the Steam version, than subscribed via the workshop. However this results in my launcher crashing everytime i attempt to launch the game. This is the error when launching through steam:Problem signature: Problem Event Name:APPCRASH Application Name:SkyrimLauncher.exe Application Version: Application Timestamp:4f1edc50 Fault Module Name:SkyrimLauncher.exe Fault Module Version: Fault Module Timestamp:4f1edc50 Exception Code:c0000005 Exception Offset:00011bc8 OS Version:6.1.7601. Locale ID:1033 Additional Information 1:0a9e Additional Information 2:0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789 Additional Information 3:0a9e Additional Information 4:0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789This is the error when launching TESV:d3dx9_43.dll is missing from your computer.If I uninstall the mod I can play again, but would love to get this working somehow as the screens/videos of it are breathtaking, fantastic work! I’m running 64bit W7.