My Top Five Most Anticipated Games for (the remainder of) 2011


Since my last top five list was marginally well received, I’ve decided to give it another shot and deliver the games that will keep me a recluse for most of this year.

Yes, it’s almost April, but it’s never too late to think about the games you’re going to be shelling $60 out for. And as long as it’s snowing outside (and it still is here in Maine), I still consider it the beginning of the year…you know, unless it’s November or something.

Anyway, here are my top five most anticipated games for the rest of 2011. All release dates are the current US release dates for the games.

5: Dead Island, Deep Silver, Techland, Q3 2011

The gaming world’s collective jaw hit the floor when they saw the epic trailer for this zombie FPS. If you missed it, check it out. I’ll wait.

Epic, right?

But, while most of the gaming world was salivating over what many consider to be the greatest video game trailer of all time, I restrained. While it does look amazing, the trailer is purely cinematic, and might not even have a bearing on the game itself. No gameplay is shown, and the family detailed in the trailer could, potentially, not make an appearance. The four announced characters are the zombie-immune Xian Mei (a hotel worker), Logan (a surfer), Purna (unknown) and Sam B. (an ex-rapper) (source).

Also, they reveal that there are “special class” zombies, a-la Left 4 Dead, is a major turnoff. Is it so hard to have Romero-style zombies in video games? I mean, really, why do all modern video game zombies have to be 20 times faster than Usain Bolt, and every other one have some sort of mutation? Is it so hard to ask for a realistic zombie simulation?

Anyway, I hope that Dead Island won’t be a disappointment, but I’m afraid that Deep Silver set the bar a little too high with their own trailer. But, I’ll reserve final judgment until the game actually comes out.

4: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Sony Computer Entertainment, Naughty Dog, November 1, 2011

Drake? Check. Shotgun? Check. Giant skeleton of a destroyed plane? Check.


Uncharted has proven to be the Halo of the PS3 (except, you know, SO much better). The single must have, bread-winning, competition-destroying game on the PS3. More so than Killzone, more so than Resistance; Uncharted has provided a strong single player and a strong multiplayer, with a ton of replay value.

So, Nathan Drake is heading to the Arabian desert. After going through the jungles of the Amazon and Borneo, and the mountains of Tibet and Nepal.

If the first two Uncharted games were any indication, Uncharted 3 is going to be bigger and better than the both of them. More great third person action, quasi-platforming, and cinematic set-pieces.

The story mode should, as usual, be phenomenal. The gameplay should still be great. The graphics should be even better than Uncharted 2, which some people have said is one of the best looking games of all time. Honestly, what’s not to like about the Uncharted series? If you’re not getting these games for your PS3, then you don’t deserve a PS3. It’s that simple.

3: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, November 11, 2011

I am crying tears of elation.


This is the first time an Elder Scrolls game has been released simultaneously on both a Microsoft platform and a Sony platform (Oblivion was ported to the PS3 a year after it was out for Windows and the 360). Bethesda is promising many updates for Skyrim, including the elimination of the “Bethesda look”, in which NPCs stand inhumanly straight while never breaking eye contact and hardly blinking.

Instead, NPCs will actually do things, like rake, carry items, and clean things (among others) whilst talking to the PC. It’s also been rumored that, instead of the Bethesda-style pseudo-realistic locale, Skyrim will have a seemingly living, breathing location. Drop a coin in an impoverished settlement, and watch peasants fight over it. Drop something out of your inventory, and someone might pick it up, tug on your sleeve, and offer it back to you.

Also, Bethesda added dragon battles. And they are awesome. Observe:

Holy.

Freaking.

Crap.

That was awesome. You’re not just flailing at a dragon’s toes while it just stands there; you’re actually battling WITH A FREAKING DRAGON. November can’t get here fast enough.

Skyrim is my No. 1 most anticipated fantasy game for 2011, and would be my No. 1 RPG if it wasn’t for…

2: Mass Effect 3, EA, BioWare, “Holiday” 2011

Awesome cover art, but unofficial. Source - http://www.moddb.com/groups/mass-effect-fan-group/images/mass-effect-3-dvd-cover


I positively gushed over the recent PS3 port of Mass Effect 2, and I’m definite that Mass Effect 3 will be as good as, if not better than, ME2.

While BioWare and EA have been tight-lipped about what updates to the game they’re making, whether they’re minor or major, game changing or merely game advancing. The plot will follow the Reaper invasion of Earth. For those of you who don’t know, the Reapers are sentient robots hundreds of times the size of spacecraft, who, every 500,000 years, wipe out all life in the universe. Commander Shepard isn’t about to let that happen.

Mass Effect 2 didn’t really work to advance the Reapers as antagonists (ME2 was more Commander Shepard dying, then being revived, then working to get an elite squad (or motley crew) of soldiers, scientists and strategists to fight the Reapers).

However, an alien race controlled by the Reapers, the Collectors, are invading human colonies on planets in order to create another Reaper, one based on a human. It’s destroyed, but now the real fight begins: the fight to save Earth, and the fight to save all life.

I’m positive the final installment in the Mass Effect trilogy will be fantastic. I cannot wait.

1: LA Noire, Rockstar Games, Team Bondi, May 17, 2011

Is there anything prettier than seeing a new Rockstar game?


Oh, Rockstar, how I adore you. Grand Theft Auto is great, Red Dead Redemption is phenomenal. You can’t find a company better at making sandbox games. However, Rockstar games have always had you playing the anti-hero, the criminal, the bad guy. In LA Noire, you play as a beat cop working his way up to different detective “desks”, solving (or wrecking) cases. The story is large, long and sprawling, with at least 20 hours of voice acting, and a fair amount of gunplay throughout.

LA Noire will also implement a potentially revolutionary new facial animation feature, supposed to be as accurate as technologically possible; being able to highlight when a person your character is interviewing is lying. Hopefully, it won’t be dumbed down so it’s obvious, but you have to look for subtle hints.

I like this new, post-GTA IV Rockstar. It seems more willing to take chances. Red Dead Redemption took a dive into the almost stagnant western genre, and LA Noire is taking an even bigger jump by putting you on the opposite side of the law, and having a game more centered around the story rather than the open world.

Will the general gaming public, who think that Call of Duty is original, think this is worth their time? I know one thing: it’s sure as hell worth mine.

Honorable mentions: Batman: Arkham City, Rage, Resistance 3, Call of Juarez: The Cartel, The Last Guardian, Deus Ex: Human Revolution


Written by: MAINEiac4434 - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Royalty32 on March 24th, 2011

    Nice list, mine would look something similar.

    5.Infamous 2
    4.Skyrim
    3.ME3
    2.Uncharted 3
    1.Batman:AC

    If Batman is done right, which means in my book whats not broke dnt fix it but also adding some fresh and new, I guarntee that it will win most of the GOTY awards. It could either be the biggest hit for 2011 or the biggest disappointment.

  2. #2 by hobbes on March 24th, 2011 [ 30071 Points ]

    hmm, well, i’d have to agree on some,
    5.Batman

    4.uncharted 3
    3.resistance 3
    2.Ico/shadow collection.
    1.Last Guardian

  3. #3 by MAINEiac4434 on March 24th, 2011 [ 3494 Points ]

    Royalty32: Nice list, mine would look something similar.5.Infamous 2
    4.Skyrim
    3.ME3
    2.Uncharted 3
    1.Batman:ACIf Batman is done right, which means in my book whats not broke dnt fix it but also adding some fresh and new, I guarntee that it will win most of the GOTY awards. It could either be the biggest hit for 2011 or the biggest disappointment.  

    We have similar tastes.

    It’s going to be hard to follow Arkham Asylum, which is one of the greatest games of all time. I hope the bar isn’t set too high from the Arkham Asylum for Arkahm City.

    hobbes: hmm, well, i’d have to agree on some,
    5.Batman4.uncharted 3
    3.resistance 3
    2.Ico/shadow collection.
    1.Last Guardian  

    I wouldn’t count the Ico/Shadow of the Colossus Collection a “new” game per se, but I can certainly understand your anticipation of it.

  4. #4 by pedro on March 24th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Certainly a nice selection, I’d just change the order a bit:

    5. Mass Effect 3
    4. Uncharted 3
    3. Dead Island
    2. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    1. Elder Scrolls: Skyrim

    That’s possibly my list, but I always find it difficult to list stuff in such fashion.

  5. #5 by Dean147 on March 24th, 2011 [ 359 Points ]

    5. Resistance 3
    4. Portal 2
    3. Last Guardian or ICO/Shadows Collection (I think only one of those will come this year)
    2. inFamous 2
    1. Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception

    There a few other games like Motorstorm, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, L.A. Noire, Twisted Metal that I’m looking forward to aswell.

  6. #6 by EdEN on March 24th, 2011 [ 136063 Points ]

    Very good picks. As for me, I’d get Mass Effect 3 out of there and Skyrim and put ICO/SotC Collection and Last Guardian in.

  7. #7 by Geezus on March 24th, 2011 [ 395 Points ]

    1. Uncharted 3
    2. Dark Souls
    3. Last Gaurdian/Ico Collection
    4. Skyrim
    5. ME3

    There are others but these would be my top 5.

  8. #8 by Darrin on March 24th, 2011 [ 17143 Points ]

    I like the post, but I don’t like your picks :)

    Here are my top 5:

    Dark Souls (Demon’s Souls was the best RPG in the past decade)
    Motorstorm Apocalypse (PR was the best arcade racer ever by a long shot)
    LA Noire (Rockstar is on a hot streak. Not sure this will be as amazing as RDR was though)
    Infamous 2 (the first was great, and they are improving this one in so many ways)
    Uncharted 3

    2011 can even justify another 5 must-buys for me: Resistance 3, R&C, Journey, Last Guardian, and Child of Eden.

    It might be fun to do a top 5 vote.

  9. #9 by Brian on March 24th, 2011 [ 110 Points ]

    My top 5:

    5. Resistance 3
    4. Infamous 2
    3. Batman AC
    2. Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
    1. Uncharted 3

  10. #10 by Belmor on March 24th, 2011 [ 65 Points ]

    5. Portal 2
    4. Infamous 2
    3. Batman Arkham City
    2.Last Guardian /Shadow of colossus/Ico
    1.Uncharted 3 Drake Deception

    This is a very good year for PS3 owners ..

  11. #11 by CoolBLKguy on March 24th, 2011

    1. Deus Ex Human Revolution
    2. Uncharted 3
    3. InFamous 2
    4. Resistance 3
    5. LA Noire/Shadow of the Damned

  12. #12 by Jay on March 25th, 2011 [ 83111 Points ]

    Edited the post a bit.

    anyway, it would be very hard for me to pick my top 5. ME3 and LA Noire are definitely up there, as is Uncharted 3 and InFamous 2. Also looking forward to Batman: AC. But I am also looking forward to titles like SHIFT 2, Portal 2, SOCOM 4, and Saint’s Row 3.

    Might not be hard to pick a top 5, but it will be hard for me to order them from 5th to most anticipated

  13. #13 by pedro on March 25th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    I had totally forgotten about Dark Souls. That’s a must buy and certainly a top 5 for me as well.

  14. #14 by Markus on March 25th, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    Nice list, I am eagerly awaiting those games as well. My number 1 has to be…

    *drum roll*

    SKYRIM!

  15. #15 by MAINEiac4434 on March 25th, 2011 [ 3494 Points ]

    pedro: Certainly a nice selection, I’d just change the order a bit:5. Mass Effect 3
    4. Uncharted 3
    3. Dead Island
    2. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    1. Elder Scrolls: SkyrimThat’s possibly my list, but I always find it difficult to list stuff in such fashion.  

    It was rather hard to come up with an exact order, but I think this list is pretty good indicator of which I want the most.

    Dean147: 5. Resistance 3
    4. Portal 2
    3. Last Guardian or ICO/Shadows Collection (I think only one of those will come this year)
    2. inFamous 2
    1. Uncharted 3: Drakes DeceptionThere a few other games like Motorstorm, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, L.A. Noire, Twisted Metal that I’m looking forward to aswell.  

    I forgot to add Portal 2! I knew there was one I was forgetting to add to the honorable mentions. The first one was absolutely and totally epic, and this one should be even better.

    EdEN: Very good picks. As for me, I’d get Mass Effect 3 out of there andSkyrim and put ICO/SotC Collection and Last Guardian in.  

    I LOVED Mass Effect 2, and ME3 should be even better. Skyrim looks like it could be the game of the year, and that’s just judging by the incredible trailer. I don’t count the ICO/Colossus as a “new” release per se, as it’s just ports of the PS2 Team ICO games, with updated graphics. I did add The Last Guardian to my honorable mentions, but there is still a strong possibility that it could be delayed into Q1 2012.

    Darrin: I like the post, but I don’t like your picks :) Here are my top 5:Dark Souls (Demon’s Souls was the best RPG in the past decade)
    Motorstorm Apocalypse (PR was the best arcade racer ever by a long shot)
    LA Noire (Rockstar is on a hot streak. Not sure this will be as amazing as RDR was though)
    Infamous 2 (the first was great, and they are improving this one in so many ways)
    Uncharted 32011 can even justify another 5 must-buys for me: Resistance 3, R&C, Journey, Last Guardian, and Child of Eden.It might be fun to do a top 5 vote.  

    We seem to have radically different tastes when it comes to games. I remember on my last Top 5 list (my most and least favorite games)

    Dean147: 5. Resistance 3
    4. Portal 2
    3. Last Guardian or ICO/Shadows Collection (I think only one of those will come this year)
    2. inFamous 2
    1. Uncharted 3: Drakes DeceptionThere a few other games like Motorstorm, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, L.A. Noire, Twisted Metal that I’m looking forward to aswell.  

    A lot of people are mentioning InFamous 2. I wasn’t really a fan of the first one, but I’ll probably give 2 a rent. LA Noire will likely keep my occupied for the entire year, or at least until Skyrim comes out.

    Jay: Edited the post a bit.anyway, it would be very hard for me to pick my top 5. ME3 and LA Noire are definitely up there, as is Uncharted 3 and InFamous 2. Also looking forward to Batman: AC. But I am also looking forward to titles like SHIFT 2, Portal 2, SOCOM 4, and Saint’s Row 3.Might not be hard to pick a top 5, but it will be hard for me to order them from 5th to most anticipated  

    Damn, Saints Row 3 I completely forgot about! That’s a day one purchase for me, although I do think that LA Noire will blow it out of the water in the open world department.

    Markus: Nice list, I am eagerly awaiting those games as well. My number 1 has to be…*drum roll*SKYRIM!  

    Skyrim will be amazing. I think everything from the plot to the gameplay to the graphics to the music (that song in the trailer is SO AWESOME) will all make for probably the best gaming experience of 2011. November really can’t get here fast enough.

  16. #16 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on March 26th, 2011 [ 2160 Points ]

    1. Batman: Arkam Asylum
    2. Resistance 3
    3. BattleField 3
    4. Uncharted 3
    5. Metal Gear Solid: Rising (Only in 5th since unknown if it will come out in 2011. it might, i hope so!! Otherwise its 1st)

  17. #17 by Jonaskin on March 27th, 2011

    Too many good games coming this year. For me:

    Resistance 3
    Batman Arkham City
    Infamous 2
    Mass Effect 3
    Uncharted 3

    I’ll chuck Modern Warfare 3 on the list as well. And LA Noire. I’m not going to make the same mistake with that as I did with RDR which wasn’t even on my radar until the glowing reviews came in – I’m getting that day 1 for sure.

  18. #18 by MAINEiac4434 on March 28th, 2011 [ 3494 Points ]

    xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux: 1. Batman: Arkam Asylum
    2. Resistance 3
    3. BattleField 3
    4. Uncharted 3
    5. Metal Gear Solid: Rising (Only in 5th since unknown if it will come out in 2011. it might, i hope so!! Otherwise its 1st)  

    Rising would’ve been on my list too, but it’s more than likely to be released in 2012, unfortunately.

    However, I’d rather have the game be in development for awhile and have it be awesome that be speedily released and have it suck.

    Jonaskin: Too many good games coming this year. For me:Resistance 3
    Batman Arkham City
    Infamous 2
    Mass Effect 3
    Uncharted 3I’ll chuck Modern Warfare 3 on the list as well. And LA Noire. I’m not going to make the same mistake with that as I did with RDR which wasn’t even on my radar until the glowing reviews came in – I’m getting that day 1 for sure.  

    I wouldn’t throw Modern Warfare 3 ANYWHERE near my list. Maybe it’s because I’m so blatantly anti-Activision, or that I find it horrendous the way Activision has treated Infinity Ward, or I think it’s terrible that people pay full price for as utterly generic a game as the Call of Duty franchise has turned into…

    I’ll stop acting like a hipster now. It’ll probably be fun for those people who enjoy that kind of game. I, however, will have my nose buried in a case in LA Noire :)

    I actually didn’t get RDR (one of my all time favorite games) until July of last year, mostly because I actually did get my PS3 until June of last year. But, if I had my PS3 in May, I can guarantee it would’ve been a day one purchase for me.

  19. #19 by GTA 5 on May 6th, 2011

    Great list! Here is mine:

    1. LA Noire
    2. Battlefield 3
    3. InFamous 2
    4. Resistance 3
    5. Shadow of the Damned


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