Infinity Blade came out with a sequel even more stunning than the original. Real Racing embraced multiplayer and AirPlay at the speed of a supercar.
Modern Combat raised the bar on first-person shooters. Dead Space brought equal parts atmosphere and awesome.
Rage HD showed what Carmak could do on iOS. Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies kept the walking dead and amped up the action.
Zombie Gunship took slaying to the skies. Grand Theft Auto III showed Liberty City hadn't changed much in 10 years.
Built just for iPad or iPhone, or ported from your favorite consoles, 2011 had a lot of great hardcore games hitting iOS. Your next achievements comes from picking the one you like best. Vote up top and tell us why you voted they way you did in the comments! These are your awards, so get to it!