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Game of the Year Awards 2011 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

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Matt Gardner
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Game of the Year Awards 2011 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Didn't fancy shelling out for the blockbusters this year? No matter, as the marketplaces had some absolutely cracking titles on show. There were games that re-emerged from ages past - with Joe Danger SE, Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes HD and Beyond Good and Evil HD bringing quality to a fresh audience. But there was plenty of original talent on offer too. In a year that saw studios splintering and going indie, the likes of Supergiant's Bastion and Robot Entertainment's Orcs Must Die! were a critical darlings and public favourites.

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Game of the Year Awards 2011 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Bastion

The perfect way to kick of XBLA's Summer of Arcade this year, Bastion was so much more than just another isometric action game. With levels that were literally constructed before your very eyes, dynamic narration the likes of which we'd never seen before and a soundtrack so good that yours truly downloaded it as soon it came out, it made the games around it look amateurish by comparison.

Game of the Year Awards 2011 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Dungeon Defenders"

While Orcs Must Die! successfully married direct combat and tower tactics, Trendy Entertainment's effort Dungeon Defenders went one step further by providing a persistent RPG element that invoked the likes of Diablo and Torchlight. Dungeon Defenders was an incredibly brave proposition from a small independent studio... and a hybrid gamble that paid off in spades. With four players leaping into the fray it was insanely good fun.

Game of the Year Awards 2011 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Joe Danger SE

The best game on the PSN last year turned into one of the finest games onXBLA in 2011. Hello Games, by their own admission, got a second chance to turn a 9 into a 10, fixing all of the little things that they wished they'd hd time to do on the first pass. The result? A more complete product that lost none of its charm and added in a bunch of extras too.

Game of the Year Awards 2011 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile

Vampire Smile delivered some of the most fluid, thrilling, visceral and satisfying combat to ever grace a console. Silva stepped things up from the first game and delivered a resplendent package that retained the dark and brooding sensibilities of its predecessor and added in a host of content and some brutal multiplayer shenanigans too.

Game of the Year Awards 2011 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

The War of the Worlds

The War Of The Worlds was a brave and uncompromising adaptation that succeeded thanks to its exceptional presentation and respectful treatment of the subject matter. A surprise tour de force that deserved your time, attention and money, Other Ocean game had a few frustrating niggles...but then again it also had PATRICK STEWART!

Best Download/Marketplace Game 2011: Bastion

Game of the Year Awards 2011 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Bastion was, quite simply, one of the finest games of the year on any platform of any size. It was stunning to behold, the combat was smart - responsive controls, a range of weapons and abilities and the fact that you constantly had to be aware of the surrounding action made for tense, thrilling encounters. The soundtrack was a masterpiece, and is now a permanent instalment in a number of our personal playlists. But what elevated the game from good to great was the narration - an utter triumph of non-traditional storytelling that made the whole experience more personal and injected the action with more context than we could have possibly hoped for.

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