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Has this been the best year of games ever?

Weigh in with your opinions on 2011

The assault on our bank accounts is finally over. Unless we're mistaken by the end of this week 2011's biggest game will all be on shelves - with the exception of BioWare's MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Oh, and Now! That's What I Call Music: Dance and Sing for the Wii, can't forget that one.

The release of Mario Kart 7 closes out a year in which we've some absolutely superb games to whittle away our time and money on. It all kicked off in January with the release of Dead Space 2, a game which we described as "Polished, sickening, satisfying" and "undoubtedly the best horror adventure on Xbox 360 and PS3".

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February's highlights included the return of Capcom's legendary Marvel Vs. Capcom series, the third chapter in Sony's Killzone series, and the arrival of bold and brazen shooter Bulletstorm. We liked People Can Fly's shooter so much we gave it a 9.1, and said it "is the most unique, fun first-person shooter 2011 has seen".

The arrival of March brought with it cinematic driving boxing sim Fight Night Champion, a new Dragon Age, THQ's risky shooter Homefront and a couple of Eastern treats in the form of Yakuza 4 and Okamiden.

April's spoils included a brilliantly brutal new Mortal Kombat, May delivered Rockstar and Team Bondi's tech marvel LA Noire as well as The Witcher 2, one of the finest RPGs of this generation.

Sony's infamous hero Cole McGrath made his electrifying return in June, bringing with him Child of Eden, the trippy spiritual successor to Dreamcast classic Rez, the long-awaited, bittersweet arrival of Duke Nukem Forever, Ocarina of Time in 3D, hilariously purile third-person shooter Shadows of the Damned.

Digitally delivered games were the winners in July, with From Dust and Bastion proving to be unexpected treats for gamers. Square Enix and Eidos Montreal revived Warren Spector's legendary PC franchise with Deus Ex: Human Revolution while an action-packed September saw the release of Resistance 3, Dead Island, Gears of War 3, Resident Evil 4 HD, The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection, and the ever popular FIFA 12.

From Software's kick-you-while-your-down-until-you-cry-like-a-child RPG Dark Souls led the charge in October and was followed by the excellent Batman: Arkham City and surprisingly good Ace Combat: Assault Horizon.

This month, arguably the busiest of the year, we had Uncharted 3, Modern Warfare 3, Skyrim, Super Mario 3D Land, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Rayman Origins, Saints Row: The Third, Zelda: Skyward Sword.

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Phew. It's been a big year, and taking a look back on the list of must-have games released this year we dread to imagine the total amount of cash we've spent buying games. It was worth it though, and we think you'll agree.

As always, we want to know your thoughts on the gaming year. We all know whether or not this year stacks up as the finest is subjective, so consider this as an opporunity for a bit of an opportunity to indulge in retrospective nostalgia.

As well as telling us if you think this is the best year of games ever, tell us what your personal highlights of the year so far have been, extol the virtues of games that you feel didn't get the attention they deserved (Shadows of the Damned anyone?), make your case for games you feel were overrated. Let us know in the comments below.

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