RPGs I've played in 2011... I think I only played Demon's Souls all the way through.
I've started Nier: Thought it was great and look forward to finishing. Maybe I'll start it up this week
I've gotten about 1/2 way through Dragon Age 2 and enjoyed it. Let down, but enjoyed it. I can't remember why I stopped. I think Akanbe- and I started our Gears of War playthrough then. I'll finish it before school starts up again, maybe.
I started FF13 just to see how pretty it is. (My neighbor lent it to me). I like the combat, but everything else is really weak.
I started Trails in the Sky, but the ride to work is too short to do much except run around a little. When school starts up again I'll play that on the way down. That's like an hour train ride.
So since I can't rank any actual RPGs besides Demon's Souls here's my year review of games I've played
Shadow of the Colossus - I'm troubled by the reported grappling physics change, but this is one of the best I've ever played. For me the hype holds up. There's a minimal story, but it is what you want it to be I think. I enjoyed the feeling that I was exploring and desecrating at sacred land. Ending is my jam
Demon's Souls - Said enough, I loved it. Environment, Loot, Minimalism, and music are great
LA Noire - Very fractured. The pattern of investigate, interrogate, and chase / shoot ruin the games momentum. At times the conversations develop awkwardly and also the the order of hitting up locations in a case isn't intuitive and it's easy to miss out on a clue or witness. However the style, music, voice acting, and overall story is incredible. I especially loved the game from vice squad on.
God of War 3. I beat this with a buddy. Great graphics. fun as hell. Sometimes a bit disturbing. Especially where he jams the lady he rescues in a gear on a door. I didn't like that.
Gears of War 1 - Akanbe and I beat this coop style. Lots of fun. I liked the parts where each player takes a different path. A nice challenge there. And I love games where one guy is the shotgun guy and the other guy holds a ranged weapon.
Portal 2 - People have complained about how the puzzles are basically "look for the wall in the distance" stuff later in the game but the 1st part, the humor, AWESOME soundtrack, and forward momentum really make this game great. Add in the great co-op (another Akanbe- joint) with awesome free DLC and this is one great game.
Earth Defense Force - B-movie fun Love it. It controls well and the ridiculous voice overs from the team mates need to be heard to believed. It's incredibly long too. Like 60 levels. Most only take a few minutes. There's also so much on screen action it's insane. Big ass bugs flying away when you shoot them w. a rocket. Space ships crashing all around. Love it
MW3 - Fun campaign. Nothing memorable. Great multiplayer. That's all.
Red Dead Redemption. This has the same flaws in narrative that LA Noire does. While the missions are varied, the story progresses in a predictable and annoying way. Every level is John trying to get something out of someone who says if that he helps them he'll get what he needs. At the end of the level the other person goes "soon, John. Soon! i need help w/ ___X____" Awesome atmosphere and great gameplay. Nice gunplay too. Voicework is also great.
Dead Space - Spooky and fun. Great graphics and atmosphere, but you knew what was going to happen by entering a room and seeing where the vents were. I loved the story, surprisingly, and it's very good. The boss fights were great too. Been a while since I played a survival horror title so this was excellent. The game was too loud though. Bad guys screech annoyingly and endlessly. The only really scary part is one part where a guy you can't kill is chasing you. Those get the heart pumpin IMHO
1) Shadow of C
3) Portal 2
6) LA Noire
8) Dead Space
edit: I also beat Uncharted 1. Sneak that in there somewhere. It doesn't matter. It was a fun game. I'm hoping for more from UC2 because of all I've read about it and how much people love it.