Outland (Xbox Live, PSN)
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Clever light and dark gameplay mechanics, wonderful, crisp visuals style, solid platforming, gigantic boss battles and a strong, unique narrative (which, admittedly, could seem a little illogical at times), Outland was one of the best games in the early months of 2011, downloadable or not. We all had an incredible time playing the game, and there are many of us who still are having a lot of fun with it. No, it’s only been five months since Outland released, but after the success it garners, we hope we’ll be hearing about a sequel in the coming months. Fingers crossed!
Wipeout HD (PSN)
Wipeout HD (or WipEout HD, depending on however you want to write it) has to be one of the best downloadable titles ever, and definitely one of the better Wiepout games in recent years. The visuals were great, the lighting effects were awesome, the fast, furious, heart-pumping races were a hell lot of fun, and innumerable gamers put in countless hours into the game. Of course, we are getting a Wipeout sequel with the upcoming PS Vita version. So let’s just hope it lived up to the standards Wipeout HD set.
Super Meat Boy (Xbox Live)
Super Meat Boy has to be one of the most addictive and frustrating games at the same time. While we died a lot in the game, and the trial-and-error method of platforming came into play several times, it never felt as if the game was being unfair. The platforming was smooth and extremely fun, the levels were very well designed, and the visuals, while simple, were very attractive. Considering the momentous success Super Meat Boy got- critically and commercially, there’s no doubt that we’ll see a new SMB (no, I don’t mean Super Mario Bros.) game soon enough.