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New Year Weekender

As the clocks turn our calendars forward a year, we reflect on the best moments from the past twelve months, as well as our personal favourites from the gaming releases in 2011.

Favourite moment in the past twelve months?

Bengt: From a business perspective it was probably the showdown between Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as arguably the two heaviest hitters on the third party scene went toe-to-toe this fall for the first time. It's easy to forget just how much hype was built into that battle, and ultimately things played out as most predicted, with both titles setting new records and Modern Warfare continuing its reign.

Mike: Gunfight in Zero G - Modern Warfare 3. I'll never forget that moment on the level Turbulence when I got to do some Zero G gunfighting. Whilst fighting without the aid of gravity has been done before, most notably in the superlative Dead Space 2 earlier this year, Modern Warfare's was a beautifully timed and expertly executed set piece. One minute you were in the midst of a epic shootout on an airplane, the next you were floating in midair, trying to work out what was happening at the same time as dispatching the enemies floating in front of you. The fact that it only lasted a moment ensured that this set piece would remain in the mind for much, much longer.

Gillen: Gamescom's getting my vote. Despite over half a decade in the industry its the first time I've had to work one of the big game conventions. Pictures and videos can never capture the true scale and atmosphere of these things - and the latter kept me energised with a low-level buzz through my days haunting the halls for GRTV interviews and show floor video specials.