Wednesday, October 06, 2010

15 reasons 2011 will be kind to core gamers

Sure... 2010 was a great year for games, titles like: Alan Wake, Bioshock 2, Crackdown 2, Darksiders, Final Fantasy XIII, Just Cause 2, Mass Effect 2, Red Dead Redemption, StarCraft 2, Super Mario Galaxy 2 ... and the list goes on, entertained us for hours and hours while other titles like: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, CastleVania: Lords of Shadow, Fallout: New Vegas, Gran Turismo 5, Medal of Honor, Vanquish, Rockband 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops and others are just around the corner.

But, 2011 seems to want to up the ante and deliver an ever more action packed gaming year than the one preceding it. That's just with titles we know about! I guarantee you there will be many more announcements along the way that will keep our fingers busy for quite some time.

I however, wanted to focus some 15 top notch games (that we currently know about) I believe will rawk in 2011.

XCOM - 360, PC

This little title popped up at E3 and impressed the hell out of me. The era, the story, the unknown and a superb visual style to boot all scream unique.

The Witcher 2 - PC, 360, PS3

Thus far the team is merely working on the PC version but has promised to get to work on porting it over to consoles once the PC build is finalized. I'm currently enjoy the first one on PC and am pumped that it's getting a sequel. A sequel that looks fucking gorgeous and promises such freedom in story and playability that it's scary.

Batman: Arkham City - PC, PS3, 360

Batman: Arkham Asylum was one of my favorite titles of 2009 and I honestly can't wait for it's sequel. Harley is back and catwoman is confirmed too. Tons of other baddies and chaos under the Joker, what more could you ask for. Rockstead knocked it out of the park with their first game... one can only drool to see what they're improving.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution - PS3, 360, PC

These screen shots really don't do the game justice... as it looks insane in game, something terribly spectacular. The setting and the fact that we're dealing with a cyberpunk like world excites the hell out of me. It's about time we've had a modern take on cyberpunk.

Crysis 2 - PC, PS3, 360

The game is set to appear on consoles... and it does look pretty fucking sweet on both... but the thing shines like nothing else when put on a powerful PC. The first Crysis blew me away, not just because it looked pretty, but because there was just such a meaty engine behind a well crafted and played out story. Every weapon felt powerful, every environment alive and when you got to control things like tanks and turrets the whole thing blew your face off with it's awesomeness. I expect the same from the sequel.

Dragon Age 2 - PC, PS3, 360

The first DragonAge is something I wasn't sure I would latch onto... as it seemed to follow a style not unlike the old school computer RPGs of the 90s... which I've, honestly, had my share of. But, it really surprised me, as the characters were so fleshed out and made the story special because of such strong characters. Bioware knows how to craft, that's for sure. The new title hopes to hone in on the characters even more with one main character (male or female) and a story that weaves around him/her. All the power to them if the detail to characters is still on par with their other projects.

Final Fantasy Versus XIII - PS3

Sure... not a whole lot is known about the project... and who knows if it'll even meet a 2011 launch date... but I'm pumped for it. It reminds me a lot more of a FFVII like game, one that will rely a bit more on reality mixed with some fantasy, rather than a complete fantasy game. FFXIII was kewl... but really the excitement for this game crushes any I had for XIII. I'm just hoping to get my ass whoop on when it does drop.

Gears of War 3 - 360

As far as I know, Epic has dropped the PC was a place for Gears... but that doesn't mean you can't pick it up for the 360. Sadly it's been delayed till next Fall for a release, but that just means they will be polishing it to the brim, right? The girls git to bring the cans of ass whoop this time around and it's looking even more eye-candy is being merged into the project than the second episode. Time to rip some suckers apart! :D

Killzone 3 - PS3

I've enjoyed every Killzone title I've had my hands on, should KZ3 be different? Hopefully not. Killzone2's single and multiplayer rawked in big ways and the new title looks to improve where ever they can. Jet packs, mechs and a large variety of environments are the bullet points of the game which sounds like a TON of fun. Of course, the game looks better too, some people wouldn't of thought possible after KZ2's surprising visuals.

Mass Effect 3 - PC, 360 (PS3?)

Mass Effect is prob my favorite series of this generation, hands down. The way Bioware crafts it's characters and the story around them in a world that beaming with life really just makes my heart flutter. It's exactly what I look for in a game! Parts 1 and 2 I've played on the 360 and later got for cheap for the PC and so I'll prob continue with those for the 3rd part (as to copy over my save) but the idea that ME2 is hitting PS3s this January and there's a massive probability that the ending chapter will have a launch on the system is quite an awesome deal. No word yet on a surefire release date for part 3, but we can hope it's a 2011 release. Sadly no pics for ME2 - so here's some I picked from ME2.

Portal 2 - PC, PS3, 360

Ahh, portal :). Such a unique and beloved puzzle game like no other. It oozed such personality and the sequel looks to throw that into a blender with a helping of "HOLY FUCKING SHIT" and come out with something that'll make your jaw drop to the floor. The game looks tight... and I can't wait to see what they have in store with boss battles :D

Rage - PC, PS3, 360

Think Borderlands was kewl? Son, you ain't seen nuthin. :P The game seems to hit, spot on, that idea of a wasteland and bandits out for number one. Forget all the technical mumbo-jumbo with megatextures and all that crap, this game looks to really envelope the player in a world that grows around them, all the while looking superb.

MotorStorm: Apocalypse - PS3

I've got a confession! I LOVE the MotorStorm series. It's not the best racing series out there, it's not the prettiest one either, but man oh man is it fun (albeit sometimes frustrating). The team takes straight forward arcade racing and kicks it up a notch with superbly designed tracks featuring multiple paths and a unique multiple vehicle feature that makes each of those paths a possibility for success. The massive destruction, intense AI, great sound tracks and adrenalin pumping action really gets you into it. The next in the series looks to drop building on you! :P Also nice to see is a visual upgrade... which IMO we lost in the second game.

inFAMOUS 2 - PS3

The freedom, expansive powers, sublime twists in the story and a good/bad karma system of teh first game really made me fall in love with it. The second game features more powers, more answers in a branching story, more enemies and a visual bump up that really just blows the first game out of the water. Can't wait to get my hands on Cole again.

Little Big Planet 2 - PS3

I'm not so much excited for LBP2 as a game that the developers put together for my to go through... looking for story and all that Jazz. Rather, I'm looking forward to LBP2 for the stuff that us gamers are going to create. This second project in the series really is about opening up to that idea and letting gamers make the games they want. I've seen footage from beta levels where people have begun crafting RPGs in the engine.... and it works rather well. I wonder if the series will ever evolve into a set of tools to allow gamers to full on make their own games?

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