1. LA Noire
Set in a neo-noir 1947 Los Angeles, you play as Cole Phelps - an LAPD Police Office and Detective. As your career advances through various different detective desks (Arson, Homicide, Traffic etc) a fast-paced story evolves with you in the centre of it.
Ultimately, LA Noire's 8 years of development cost development group Team Bondi their jobs. But what we as gamers got on the shelves was a masterpiece of interactive cinema.
Link: LA Noire review
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In our round up of the best games of 2011, we look back at the Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo Wii essentials you need to pick up
2011 was undeniably a great year for games. Gamers are a lucky lot really - every year brings a number of fantastic games, but 2011 in particular was a 'Potage le Magnifique' of quality. We were treated to lashings of awe-inspiring open worlds and adrenaline-fuelled shootery, not to mention the brilliant racers, adventure games and sports sims that seem to come every year.
So in the interests of cutting a long year short, here are 11 games that you really ought to have played in 2011.
Once you've reminisced about 2011's greatest gaming hits, check out the Best games to buy in 2012.