So here’s our disclaimer before we get started: we may miss a game or two that you yourself may be excited for so before you attack our homes with burning pitchforks remember this... we have adorable kitties in the house so please, spare them at least!
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Mass Effect 3. The titles speak for themselves so let’s move on. 2011 is giving us three titles that are long overdue: Duke Nukem Forever, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Mortal Kombat -- with fatalities and without DC heroes, but check them out in DC Universe Online. For more bad ass superheroes, check out Batman: Arkham City, Captain America and Thor. Two titles are entering into the Lego franchise this year: Star Wars with Lego Star Wars III: Clone Wars and Jack Sparrow will be lego-ized with Lego Pirates of the Caribbean. Is “lego-ized” even a word?
Many, many part twos and threes are entering the gaming scene. Dragon Age II, Dead Space 2, Portal 2, Test Drive Unlimited 2, Dungeon Siege III, Crysis 2, F.E.A.R. 3, and Shift 2 -- part of the Need for Speed franchise. We didn’t get a Nascar 2010 but Nascar 2011 will be hitting the race track this year. We expect some footballs, basketballs, and hockeys to follow after it. There’s a ton of shooters coming out and the most anticipated one has to be Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Other shooters include Bulletstorm, Deep Black, Rage, Bodycount and Homefront. Each will try and add something new to the genre, from fighting underwater to competing in races while still being a FPS.
Metal Gear Solid: Rising gives us something new to look forward to with the franchise while an old favorite, True Crime, will make its first next-gen entrance with True Crime: Hong Kong. Rockstar games will hopefully be giving us another successful title with the detective drama L.A. Noire. The Deus Ex series is making a comeback with Deus Ex: Human Evolution while the destructible environments of Red Faction return in Red Faction: Armageddon. We’re curious about Shadow of the Damned because it’s being developed by the creator of No More Heroes, the director of Resident Evil 4, and the composer of Silent Hill. Knight’s Contract also intrigues us because it’s one of the most violent trailers we’ve seen this year. Next is Hunted: Demon’s Forge and The Cursed Crusade -- which reminds us a little of Demon’s Souls, one of the most challenging games ever created. For LoTR fans there’s Lord of the Rings: War in the North and last, but not least, is Child of Eden, a spiritual successor of sorts to Rez.
While there are quite of few multi-platform games that we want to play on the 360 -- the shooters, Child of Eden, and Mass Effect 3 just to name a few -- there are few games coming out that are exclusive to the 360. Gears of War 3 is a must have for the console, while racing fans will jump behind the wheel with Forza 4. We expect to see more Kinect games down the line, of course, but as we write this these are the only big 360 exclusives that come to mind.
There are a lot of exclusives for the PS3 that have been announced, the most recent being Uncharted 3. We were surprised to hear that the once 360 exclusive Mass Effect 2 would be on the PS3, but we’re not sure if we want to buy the game for a second time. We definitely plan on picking up Little Big Planet 2 and we’re also curious about Ratchet’s new co-op adventure: Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One. Heroes on the Move not only features Ratchet, but other Sony icons like Jak, Daxter, and Sly Cooper.
For less child friendly Sony icons there’s Killzone 3, Socom 4, Resistance 3, Infamous 2, and everyone’s favorite demented clown, Sweet Tooth, in Twisted Metal. For all of your Japanese mobster needs, Yakuza 4 is there for you while Final Fantasy XIV will hopefully do a better job on the PS3 then it has on the PC. If you’re done racing down the tracks of Gran Turismo 5 then give MotorStorm Apocalypse a try. The Last Guardian is the newest game being developed by Team Ico, whose classic games Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are being redone in hi-def. Tomb Raider and Splinter Cell are also getting hi-def remakes.
Like any good Nintendo fan we’re excited for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. We’re also curious about Lost in Shadow, mostly because it reminds us of Limbo. The Conduit 2 will give us another FPS on the Wii while the Mario Sports Mix will give us a couple of Mario sports games on one disc. There’s more exclusives on the Wii compared to the 360, yet somehow it feels like there aren’t enough games that we’re excited for and that worries us about the future of the console.
3DS, please! Hopefully, Nintendo’s conference in January will reveal a release date, pricing, and color options. We’re pretty sure that the DS game library is going to explode once the announcement is made, but for now we’ll be content with the following: Kingdom Hearts: Re:coded, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Pokemon Black and Pokemon White, Radiata Historia, Okami Den, and Dragon Quest VI.
There’s talk of a PSP 2 being released. Here’s the thing, Sony. You have to actually show support of your system this time around, o.k.? Thankfully, there were some decent games last year and there’s more to come this year. More from the Ys series with Ys I and II chronicles, more addictive music with Patapon 3, more fighting action with Dissidia 012 and God Eater Burst, and more Parasite Eve with The 3rd Birthday. It’s a good start, but we want to see more, especially with competition like the 3DS.
The game we want most is Diablo 3. With StarCraft II coming out last summer -- be sure to check out the expansion this year -- and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm coming out over the winter, wouldn’t Diablo be great this summer? Please? We’re also insanely curious about Star Wars: Old Republic but we’re not sure if that’s this year or not. Two definite PC releases this year are Fable III and Witcher 2, two great games to tide PC gamers over.
Games we want more information on: We hope that Persona 2 will be brought here on the PSP since other Persona titles have been brought over, but Catherine? The first next-gen Shin Megami title looks wonderfully strange and creepy, but the obvious adult content makes us worry that it won’t be released in the U.S. We’re also not sure if that gorgeous game by Studio Ghibli is coming out in the U.S., but we really hope it does. Ashura’s Wrath reminds us of God of War while NeverDead features a character who’s immortal, but we’ve only seen one trailer for each of these games.
This is going way out there, but Kingdom Hearts 3 would be nice to see some information on after playing Birth by Sleep. We’d also like more information on Final Fantasy Versus 13... yeah, we’re not holding our breath. We desperately want more information on I Am Alive, a sort of “natural disaster has destroyed things” game that seems to have disappeared off the gaming radar. After the massive success of Red Dead Redemption and the upcoming L.A. Noire, we hope to see a Grand Theft Auto V somewhere down the line.
Any new information on Bioshock Infinite would make us extremely happy. We also want more information on the franchise reboots of Tomb Raider, Devil May Cry, and No More Heroes on the PS3. A while ago there was talk of a new Silent Hill and Alice: Madness Returns but we haven’t heard much about either these days. To fill the creepy meter, the mind behind Pan’s Labyrinth is making a game. Insane. No really, that’s the title of the game.
We wanted to talk about Max Payne 3 but apparently there is no definite release date for that anymore. We also hoped to talk about Street Fighter vs. Tekken/Tekken vs. Street Fighter and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 but there’s no solid release dates for those either. Prototype 2 isn’t this year, but we’d like to see more information on it. We’d also like to see more on X-Men Destiny, Tales of Xillia, and the Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection for PSP. Last, but not least, we’d love to know what’s coming in the upcoming Dreamcast Collection -- a system we still remember fondly.
And that’s 2011! How does it look so far? And more importantly, what did we forget to mention, because we know we forgot something.