The Edge 2011 review
Hacking scandals, interstellar protests and a raft of high-profile closures – 2011 was certainly a turbulent year. But there was plenty of good news too, from new hardware in the form of Vita and Wii U, to Minecraft's incredible rise and the advent of cloud gaming. Here we collect our round-ups of 2011, and look back across one of the game industry's most vibrant twelve months.
- 2011 round-up: reviews
The year of the shooter.
- 2011 round-up: Xbox 360
Kinect, the next generation and Indie Game frustration – Microsoft's year in videogame news.
- 2011 round-up: PlayStation
The year ended well with Vita's release, but Sony's 2011 was defined by the PS3 and PSN hacks.
- 2011 round-up: Nintendo
Wii's swan-song, its successor's unveiling and the fall and rise of 3DS.
- 2011 round-up: PC
From Dust was just one of many games delayed in a year that sorely tested PC gamers' patience.
- 2011 round-up: EA and Activision
Our look back on a year in which EA aggressively expanded into digital while Activision went all-in on Call Of Duty.
- 2011 round-up: indies
Minecraft's stunning success, bundle overload and other highlights from the year in independent development.
- 2011 round-up: development
The demise of LA Noire dev Team Bondi was emblematic of a year filled with closures and complaints of crunch.
- 2011 round-up: mobile
Android gains market share, Microsoft struggles and Apple loses its talismanic CEO – our review of the year in smartphones.
- 2011 round-up: free-to-play
Zynga's success and Team Fortress 2's switch prompted an industry-wide shift to freemium in 2011, but has it paid off?
- 2011 round-up: DRM
Ubisoft and Capcom get it wrong, GOG and Avalanche get it right and Serious Sam's scorpion shows the way.
- 2011 round-up: government
Keith Vaz's unique take on Modern Warfare 3, Livingstone-Hope's computer science revolution and TIGA's calls for tax breaks.
- 2011 review: SoundBytes
Nintendo and Sony's apologies, David Cage's ennui and Danny Bilson's creative frustrations – the year's best quotes and tweets.