The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword(Nintendo)

In pictures: top games of 2011

Call of Duty: Black Ops is gone, but not forgotten; Super Mario Galaxy 2 is long gathering dust; Alan Wake's been put to bed. The best video games of 2010 are done with. But don't think that means there will be a pause in the gaming goodies.

Games publishers are finally waking up to the fact that some of us like bashing buttons whatever the weather. And they're also figuring out that releasing all their greatest games in around four weeks from the start of November makes no sense. This means good news for gamers - there's no more dead space (Dead Space 2 releases end of January, for instance).

So what are the hottest games of 2011 that will keep you going throughout the year? Read on to find out.