EDG’s Most Anticipated Games of 2011
2011 is already shaping up to be a stellar year. If you plan on keeping up with all the latest releases then you better get used to having an empty wallet. To help you decide which games you should care about we’ve each compiled a personal list of our most anticipated games of 2011.
5. SSX: Deadly Descents – I’m a huge fan of SSX Tricky and have been wanting a next-gen version of the game for the longest time. My fingers are crossed that the developers keep the game true to the over-the-topness of the series and don’t try to make it too realistic.
4. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – Uncharted is in my opinion the driving force of the PS3. It has grown from a sleeper hit into something of a phenomenon. Uncharted 2 showed us that Naughty Dog doesn’t have it in them to screw up the series so I have high hopes for Uncharted 3. I know it’s going to deliver.
3. InFamous 2 – As you may remember the first InFamous was in my top 5 games of 2009 list. I really enjoyed the game because it was different than most games in that electricity is your weapon. InFamous impressed me on all sorts of levels and I can’t wait to see what they do with the next one. Fingers crossed.
2. Portal 2 – When I heard Valve was making the sequel to Portal a full-fledged $60 game I couldn’t believe it. One side of me was worried and the other side of me was excited. Now I can say that I am more than excited for this game. Valve has proved to us that they make great games and this is why Portal 2 is becoming one of my most anticipated games.
1. Most Anticipated: Brink – I’m not sure what it is about Brink that strikes a cord with me but the game is looking impressive. I’m imagining a cross between Mirror’s Edge and Team Fortress 2. This game has a great art style as well. I’m not sure why but Brink is the game I am looking forward to most in 2011.
Honorable Mentions: Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Bulletstorm, Killzone 3, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, LittleBigPlanet 2, Gears of War 3
5. I Am Alive – Last time I checked I Am Alive was coming in 2011. This is a new game being published and developed by Ubisoft. It takes place in Chicago when an earthquake destroys most of the city. The game looks very intriguing. It’s also been in development for quite some time now, but I’ve been keeping my eye on it for a while. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the game finally releases in 2011.
4. Batman Arkham City – I think everyone can agree that Batman Arkham Asylum was a great game. So I expect Arkham City to be even better and hopefully even see a more fleshed out world that you can explore. Also from what I understand, Rocksteady is adding some sort of multiplayer component to the game. Whether this is competitive or cooperative still remains to be seen. Either way I have all the confidence in the world in a stellar sequel from Rocksteady.
3. Gears of War 3 – Epic seems to be taking there good old time with Gears 3 and I’ am glad about that. While I did enjoy Gears 2 I thought it could have been a little better. The addition of 4 player campaign co op, and the idea of a more balanced multiplayer has me excited.
2. L.A. Noire – L.A. Noire is my favorite new original IP game to come out in 2011. I’ am huge fan of crime dramas and this game looks to be right up my alley. The reason why I loved Heavy Rain so much was because of its story, and to me L.A. Noire looks like its going be very story driven. There is still a lot of information that needs to be addressed, like is it going to be a more open-world game, or is it going to keep you on a particular path, like Mafia 2 did. Whatever they decide to do I’ll be there to pick it up day 1.
1. Most Anticipated: Uncharted 3 – Uncharted 2 was an amazing game, and was my pick for Game of the Year in 2009. I’ve never played a more movie like experience and beautifully crafted world that that of the Uncharted series. I agree with Patrick saying that it is the driving force of the PS3. Nathan Drake and the Uncharted name is turning into a huge franchise for Sony. Only bummer is that I will have to wait almost a whole year before I can get my hands on Nathan Drake…Wait I mean Uncharted 3.
Honorable Mentions: Motorstorm: Apocalypse, Killzone 3, Brink, Homefront, MLB 11: The Show.
Jordan de Boer
5. Portal 2 – It’s a real shame Portal 2 got pushed back, even if it is Valve’s shortest delay ever. The reason it’s still a shame is because I am chomping at the bit to get my hands on more portal. Ever since the first one blew the gaming fanbase away, I’m been interested in seeing where they go with the sequel. I’m still have questions about it’s price, but from all indications, Portal 2 is going to rock.
4. Batman Arkham City – Easily of the best games of 2009, Batman Arkham Asylum firmly established that despite the crap before it, you can make a good game based on a super hero. DC and Rock Steady absolutely nailed the feeling of being Batman, from the fighting to the stalking bad guys in the shadows, playing on fear. More is on the way with Arkham City which already looks like a standout, so count me in.
3. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – Hands down the best thing about owning a PlayStation 3, is the uncharted series. This game actually delivers on all the promises. While it may not be the most original gameplay or story, the uncharted series has taken things to the next levels in many ways. More Nathan Drake in a new location, this game is going to worth playing. If Uncharted 2 is any indication, this could easily wind up being a favorite for best game of the year.
2. Mass Effect 3 – I’m a sucker for the sci-fi. I’m also a sucker for Bioware’s brilliantly crafted Mass Effect series, the second of which holds the title for best game of 2010. It’s stunning, it’s fun and it’s engaging. Luckily PS3 players will finally get to experience the Mass Effect world soon, because it’s one you won’t want to miss. The ability for the game to remember decisions and change the game based on them really helps this game stand out. I can’t wait.
1. L.A. Noire – I love the movie’s Chinatown and L.A. Confidential. I also love Rockstar and the direction their taking. After being blown away in 2010 by Red Dead Redemption, I’ve established a new faith in Rockstar to try new things, and boy, they couldn’t have picked a genre I’d be more interested in. The facial technology alone promise to make L.A. Noire stand up where others fall. Story driven games are rarely given their fair shake, but it looks like that could change with L.A. Noire.
Honorable Mentions – Brink, Crysis 2, Gears of War 3, Bulletstorm, Infamous 2 and Dragon Age 2
5. Darkspore – It’s no secret, even in my eyes, that Spore did not live up to it’s hype, and the Galactic Adventures expansion fell even flatter than Spore did. There was a great idea, in user customization and sharing, but where the community flourished, the gameplay withered away. Hopeful, Darkspore looks to take the best pieces of the customization and creation that Spore brought, and correct all of what Galactic Adventures could have been in the setting of a unique dungeon crawler that could easily be a sleeper hit for 2011. Sign me up to find out, I’m all in!
4. Two Worlds II – Two Worlds went over like a lead balloon, we are all aware of that. Southpeak seems to have taken the franchise back to the drawing board and created something that looks to obliterate the reputation of the first game, and rise like a phoenix from the ashes as a competitor for 2011’s RPG gaming dollars. The engine is barely recognizeable, the gameplay looks great, and we can’t wait to get our hands on this one! Thankfully, we will be seeing it at the end of the month! Stay tuned, because I have a sneaking suspicion that there will be some EDG coverage of this game to watch! *wink* *wink*
3. Hunted : The Demon Forge – RPGs and Dungeon-crawler will continue to abound this year, and this game looks like it is a force to be reckoned with. This is going to be a crowded genre, for 2011, and yet every game seems to be bringing something unique and new to the table, that sets them all apart from each other. Hunted looks to be a very visceral game, heavily action oriented, with a good story, and enough of a class difference to offer plenty of replayability. Makes it tough to choose what to spend your gaming dollars on, but you can bet that all of these games are going to be equally good!
2. Torchlight 2 – This is the year of the dungeon crawler, for PC gamers. Torchlight was an amazing game, and Torchlight II, with all kinds of new content, and a much needed online co-op mode, is just what the Dr. ordered!
1. Mass Effect 3 – I am amazed that the game is coming out so soon after ME2, and I will be ever more amazed if it doesn’t slip to a 2012 release date. Mass Effect 2 was easily my 2010 Game of the Year, and there is no other universe that I want to be back in as badly as Mass Effect. The temptation of seeing how the story continues and unfolds with Earth as the centerpiece is just the crown jewel on this amazing franchise, and I can’t wait to dive in head first, power up my omni tool and blast some reaper scum!
Honorable Mentions – Xenonauts, XCOM(?), Dungeon Siege III, Diablo III(?), UFO2, Dragon Age 2, FE3R, MLB 2K11, Crysis 2, Witcher 2, Skyrim and Path of Exile WOW! There is a lot headed our way in 2011!
5. Twisted Metal – The highlight of Sony’s 2010 E3 Press Conference, Twisted Metal finally makes its appearance on the PS3. The insane vehicles, over the top weaponry and frantic pace that made the originals so much fun are all back, but it’s the online multiplayer that has me chomping at the bit.
4. Gears of War 3 – Unlike many people, I actually liked the turn this franchise took in Gears of War 2, and what I have seen of the third installment, meant to finish this storyline, has truly gotten me excited. Adding two more players to the franchise’s already impressive coop experience should make this one the best installment yet, and the fact Epic pushed it back and is having what appears to be a fairly extensive multiplayer demo tells me the company has heard the complaints about the online play and is working to fix it. Sounds like a winning combination to me.
3. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – I remember working for GameStop when the first Uncharted came out. All of us at the store were looking at it as the first game which really showed what the PS3 could do. It should then come as no surprise to see the third make my list of anticipated games, especially after how amazing the second one was. This game may be all that can wash away the bad taste which will more than likely be left by the movie not staring Nathan Fillion.
2. Hunted: The Demon Forge – I have to admit this game caught me completely by surprise at E3. A Coop hack and slash dungeon crawler that lets you switch up characters in the middle of the game, Hunted promises to be a unique experience in 2011. Let’s just hope Bethesda can deliver.
1. Mass Effect 3 – The only doubt about this being my most anticipated game of 2011 is whether or not it will actually come out this year. The Mass Effect universe is quickly becoming my favorite in all of gaming, and the short teaser we have seen for the last game in the trilogy has only added to my excitement. It was amazing to see how Bioware managed to translate the decisions I made in the original game to the sequel, and from what everyone is saying, the decisions will mean even more for this game. Assuming it does come out, there is no reason to believe Mass Effect 3 will not be a strong contender for game of the year.
Honorable Mentions: Conduit 2 (may be a decent FPS on the Wii), Marvel VS Capcom 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Torchlight 2