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Best Action RPG of 2011: Dark Souls

Best Action RPG of 2011: Dark Souls (PS3, Xbox 360)
Writeup by Robert Steinman
Dark Souls may be one of the most oppressive and daunting games to come out in recent memory, but that's part of this dark fantasy's charm. Combining the stat building staples of the RPG genre with intense and tactical combat makes every minute spent breathing in the land of Lordran one to be remembered and revered. Dark Souls looks to the past for "hardcore" game design and challenge while at the same time striving to bring even single player experiences into a realm of jolly online cooperation. Don't let the marketing and cries of the fallen detour you; Dark Souls is something you must experience for yourself to properly understand.

Runner-up: Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Runner-up: Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Writeup by Liz Maas
One appealing factor about DXHR's gameplay is the ability to choose your style of play. You could go in guns blazing, quietly sneak by enemies using abnormally large vents, or hacking turrets and robots to your advantage. The luxury of such choices fell short when it came to the boss fights, but we saw in the Missing Link DLC that Eidos learned from that mistake.

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And the winner is...
Best RPG of 2011
Editors' Picks
Abraham Ashton Liu Andrew Barker Dave Yeager Derek Heemsbergen Dennis Rubinshteyn Eric Farand John McCarroll Kimberley Wallace Kyle E. Miller Liz Maas Mike Salbato Neal Chandran Robert Steinman Stephen Meyerink

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