With 2010 done with, there’s going for us to be busy with next year. And boy, do I mean a helluva lot. Bulletstorm, Gears of War 3, Killzone 3, Uncharted 3, Mass Effect 3; the list just goes on like a twisted Moebius strip.
Since it’s an insane task for me to list ALL of the most-anticipated titles of 2011, I’ll boil it down to the top eleven games I’m most looking forward to. Why top eleven? Because like a certain critic of nostalgic tendencies, I like to go one step beyond.
11) Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
Let’s start off with the one game I had the pleasure of covering first in Montreal, Canada. A prequel to the Deus Ex series, you play as Adam Jensen as you fight for Sarif Industries against a group of augment-wearing maniacs. Knowing the series, things will not be what they seem; expect to tackle obstacles with either violence or being a pacifist using your own augments. Yeah, the trailers did show Adam Jensen being a badass and stabbing/blasting/mind-controlling enemies, but hopefully those promises of being able to complete the game without killing anybody (which would probably be very challenging) will be fulfilled.
10) Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (Xbox 360, PS3)
The two tulmunious factions will indeed take you for a ride; a 2D chain-combo-filled tag-team heavy ridem, that is. With a refined roster and old-yet-new tag-team chain combo-centric gameplay, this sequel is sure to be a 2011 fighting game favorite. I definitely can’t wait to try out my own team consisting of Tron Bonne, Arthur, and Zero. Or Dormammu, Super Skrull, and Nathan Spencer. Or oh god my brain can’t contain this much excitement…..
9) Twisted Metal (PS3)
David Jaffee lied about not making a new Twisted Metal when in fact he and his team are? Who cares? A new Twisted Metal game is coming out for the PS3, which means more cars and vehicles to use, including helicoptersco. This also means more idiots to blow up on the game’s multi-player (hopefully both split-screen offline AND online).
8) Portal 2 (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
Everyone asked, and asked, and asked on whether or not the sequel to the best PC game in the whole of this decade will come out. Yes, even with that goddamn stupid overplayed cake joke, it’s hard not to like Portal. Guess what? There’s a part two, and it’s bigger than ever with co-op multi-player portal puzzle adventure and a follow-up to the first game’s story.
Bottom line: this may be one First-Person Puzzler that will make you laugh and think really hard. You monster.
7) Guild Wars 2 (PC)
To say that Guild Wars 2 is a huge leap away from Guild Wars is a huge understatement. Many old Guild War fans aren’t too happy with the direction it’s heading, gameplay-wise. Normally, I’m not really into the whole MMORPG thing, but this one enticed me because, frankly, it looks gorgeous, unique, and seems to have a plethora of classes and races to choose from.
6) Diablo III (PC)
Here’s hoping that Blizzard announces something about the game at the very least. Now that all five classes of the game have been revealed, I really doubt that the company known for taking their sweet time with PC games would want to keep showing more stuff for another year for fear of showing off their hand too soon. This, along with Guild Wars 2, will also be a sign that I’ll be getting a souped-up gaming PC near the end of 2011.
5) Homefront (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
If our single-player and multi-player impressions are of any indication, Homefront could be a big hit. With its esoteric and politically-heated setting, as well as its “Counter-Strike on crack” method of online play, it’s hard to take notice at THQ’s next big thing.
4) Mortal Kombat (Xbox 360, PS3)
Bonus points go to the PS3 version with “eye-popping 3D” effects, because there’s nothing more blissful than watching some ice-tossing ninja’s blood and guts spilling out straight in your face. This Mortal Kombat ditches all of the past game’s baggage and start anew in 2D. Good old run combos and “Get Over Here” antics, and good old bloody ways to end a match: that is Mortal Kombat. I’m glad Netherrealm Studios (consisting of former Midway Chicago devs) is taking this approach.
3) Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS)
The debut game for Nintendo’s upcoming portable gaming system, Kid Icarus: Uprising looks to be a shooter in the veins of Panzer Dragoon, complete with what seems to be some grounded 3d action adventure variant. It’s hard to tell whether it’ll sell like Nintendogs when it debut with the DS, but hardcore Nintendo fans will eat this up indefinitely. Trivia: this is Masahiro Sakurai’s latest title that doesn’t star the pink puffball Kirby.
2) Duke Nukem Forever (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
Hail to the king indeed. After twelve long years, there’s a chance that this game will come into fruition. No FPS is worth that amount of development time, but at the very least, Gearbox will get things done if the response to the PAX 2010 demo was of any indication.
Speaking of development hell, do check out the upcoming February issue of Hardware Mag article on the subject matter.
1) inFAMOUS 2 (PS3)
Last and certainly not least, I am definitely looking forward to the further exploits of super-human Cole McGrath in the sandbox playground of New Marais. We’ve seen the action bits, I’ve definitely taken a look at the new monsters (mutant golems & “centaur” things); I do hope that the morality system is tweaked better in this sequel. Not that I’m complaining about the first one: new different lightning bolt attacks of different colors and properties are always welcome.
From Uncharted 3 to Mass Effect 3 to any other sequel with ‘3′ on the end, what game are you looking forward to next year?