Best of 2011 Honorable Mention: LittleBigPlanet 2

LittleBigPlanet 2 is the quintessential sequel. It is, in every way, a bigger, better, and yes, more badass game than its predecessor. LBP2 does more than offer "more of the same." Given the original's infinite expandability offered by the UGC community, it's no wonder Media Molecule attempted something drastically different for the sequel.

Instead of making a side-scrolling platform, LBP2 is a games platform unto itself, giving Sackboy enthusiasts the ability to play and make RPGs, strategy games, shooters, and more.

While LBP2 may offer some of the best game-creation tools ever, what makes it one of the year's best games is the inclusion of yet another brilliantly cheerful campaign to play through, narrated once again by the ever-charming Stephen Fry. Media Molecule's witty writing, coupled with some clever cooperative puzzles, make LBP2 as deep as it is flexible. Perhaps LBP2's only fault is that it came out so early in the year, making it easier to omit in other year-end awards.

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The Shacknews 2011 Game of the Year awards are based on a weighted scoring system between all staff writers and editors. Throughout the week we'll be revealing our 'Honorable Mentions,' which include the titles that did not quite make our overall 'Top Five Games of the Year.' The Shacknews 'Game of the Year 2011 Award' will be revealed on January 20.