Darrin’s Most Anticipated 2011 PS3 Games


Dark Souls: Demon’s Souls is the most original, engaging, and fun RPG I’ve played in over a decade. I’ve already written a ton about it; it’s the best, and this title is definitely my most anticipated of 2011.

LA Noire: Rockstar, the publisher, has put out some junk, but their core creative team that’s been behind GTA, Manhunt, Bully, and Red Dead Redemption is the best in the industry. Honestly, the LA Noire preview trailers are disappointingly dull coming from a team known for the world’s best trailers. Last year’s Red Dead didn’t win me over on simple reputation, that game was just amazing and one of a kind in so many ways. I expect something similar with LA Noire.

Motorstorm Apocalypse: I’ve never really loved a racing game, until I played Motorstorm Pacific Rift. The art, the tracks, the jumps, the unique racing surfaces, the multiple paths, the diverse vehicle classes (not a zillion samey cars with stat tweaks): this game just gels into the ultimate racer. This new title looks like it will raise the bar even further.

Infamous 2: Most single player action games fall into two camps. They are either excessively linear and overly guided and scripted. Or they try to be non-linear and end up feeling randomly generated, boring, and generic. The first Infamous did the best at avoiding these two problems. The missions were interesting and had clear goals but still offered plenty of flexibility in how you achieved them. The range of player movement abilities is another dimension you don’t get in your typical shooter. I will still pick GTA 4 or Red Dead for the best dialog, characters, and intricate world detail. But Infamous is the best for pure action fun: open world or not. It looks like the sequel is packed with amazing ideas. The user generated content looks excellent.

Uncharted 3: Uncharted 1 + 2, had very generic game structures, but just dazzled with such unexpected levels of polish and quality to everything. Naughty Dog seems like they are on a roll and ready to surpass those high expectations yet again.

Ratchet & Clank – All Four One: If you play games with kids, this really looks like the perfect local co-op game. Actually LBP 2 might be the perfect family co-op game, but this is the next contender.

Resistance 3: I wanted this sequel to focus exclusively on the MMO-style co-op mode from R2, but honestly, I don’t know how well that would have worked. The co-op in R2 was amazingly fun but only for the first ten hours or so before it wore out. Most MMOs seem to fall into that trap where they have that initial excitement and wear out quickly. Nevertheless, I watched a ton of people play R3 at SXSW and it looked excellent. I’m losing interest in traditional campaign/multiplayer shooters, which this game obviously is, however, it seems they have enough polish and unique twists and enhancements to make this a ton of fun.

Patapon 3: OK, this isn’t a PS3 game, and this is already released, but I LOVED Patapon 2 and can’t wait to play this sequel. Unfortunately, my PSP was stolen, and I don’t want to buy a new PSP in 2011 for just this one game, but I’m holding on to hope that this unique gem will come to PS3, NGP, or Android.


Written by: Darrin - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Jcmdaddy on May 2nd, 2011 [ 59688 Points ]

    Good list. I’m interested in everything here, minus R&C and Patapon 3. Just never got into those games, though I know people enjoy them a lot.

  2. #2 by GeneticMania on May 3rd, 2011 [ 1450 Points ]

    You came completely out of nowhere man. Never seen you before. Dark Souls Is all I care about.

  3. #3 by Markus on May 3rd, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    No, Skyrim? :/

    Now I need to pick up Demon’s Souls because of you… Grrr…

    I’m playing Infamous atm. It’s tons of fun, so I’m going to have to pick up Infamous 2, can’t wait!

  4. #4 by Eddie on May 3rd, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    lol would be nice if all the writers took part in one of these threads and maybe set it up with tabs in one post. would be kind of neat :P

  5. #5 by Royalty32 on May 3rd, 2011

    There is this game, i believed is being made in japan. I dnt know what its called but the trailer is ****** awsome. It has a crazy art style and the combat looks awsome. The main guy has like four arms and the this big ass budda like monster is hovering over earth and hes bring his finger to the ground and the guy stops him but then his arms start breaking……DAMN what is the name of that game. If anybody knows what im talking about plz let me kno the title of the game.

  6. #6 by Royalty32 on May 3rd, 2011

    Asura’s Wrath thats the name of the game. If u havent heard about this game do so NOW!!!

  7. #7 by Sakinah on May 3rd, 2011 [ 26489 Points ]

    Royalty32:

    Asura’s Wrath thats the name of the game. If u havent heard about this game do so NOW!!!  

    ^

    Yeah. That one’s being made buy Capcom. I’ve seen trailers for it. Not too thrilled about it myself though.

    Dark Souls is a must have for me. I’m most likely one of the few looking forward to White Knight Chronicles 2, which is one of my most wanted games of the year.

  8. #8 by myk26 on May 3rd, 2011 [ 1325 Points ]

    Decent list…a crime that Skyrim was left out. But you got the most of them.

  9. #9 by Markus on May 3rd, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    I’ve been meaning to try White Knight Chronicles… Just not enough time in the day to play all of the games I already own, so I’m holding out…

  10. #10 by Darrin on May 3rd, 2011 [ 17143 Points ]

    Skyrim? I respect that game for what it is. It has a huge passionate fan base and it’s the best game of it’s type. But I really tried to get into Oblivion and didn’t like it. Every NPC, monster, and quest felt like it came out of a generic random generator. And the aesthetic style of the game felt too old and nerdy for me.

    Great idea Eddie. I’ll wait for lists from you and Sakinah.

  11. #11 by Markus on May 3rd, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    I have Oblivion here and I can’t lie to you… I can’t seem to get into it either :/ I’m not sure why. I enjoy a good, non linear RPG but all I seem to be doing is wandering around aimlessly. Maybe I didn’t give it enough of a go.

    But Skyrim is looking very tasty, I can’t wait for more updates ;D

    I bought mainly because one of my brothers swears that it’s soooo awesome. I should probably Gibb smack him :P

  12. #12 by EdEN on May 3rd, 2011 [ 136348 Points ]

    @Darrin: How about we up the ante and include games for ANY console or portable and make it a new post? Give it a bit of diversity and see what the demographic data is for all the writers…

  13. #13 by Darrin on May 3rd, 2011 [ 17143 Points ]

    Sounds great. Maybe start a draft and invite everyone to contribute?

    Honestly, everything that I’m looking forward to playing is on PS3. I’ve found a few gems on iPhone, Android, and Flash, but there’s no big games that I’m looking forward to there. But sure, open it up to all platforms.

  14. #14 by premiersoupir on May 3rd, 2011 [ 17020 Points ]

    Good ideas about multiple lists, but as people have mentioned, Darrin did a fine job of hitting most of the AAA title that we’re all looking forward to. Perhaps we might instead have people contribute their ranked top five?

  15. #15 by yodaddy on May 3rd, 2011

    max payne 3 ???

  16. #16 by Royalty32 on May 3rd, 2011

    is psn back up yet???

  17. #17 by Pedro on May 3rd, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Good list. Not really my list, but some good games.

    Dark Souls is the title I’m personally looking forward the most in this list.

  18. #18 by Royalty32 on May 3rd, 2011

    I wonder how much they are gonna dumb down Dark Souls since its on 360 now.

  19. #19 by Ace on May 3rd, 2011 [ 23465 Points ]

    Twisted Metal!?!?!!?!?

  20. #20 by Jonaskin on May 3rd, 2011

    @Royalty32: My thoughts exactly. Putting something as awesome as the spiritual sequel to Demons Souls on the 360 is a terrible idea.

    I agree wholeheartedly with this list, and besides Skyrim (I’ve never played any of the other Elder Scrolls games but this looks and sounds awesome, and I loved Fallout 3) the only one I’d add to my personal list that isn’t on here is Batman: Arkham City. Arkham Asylum was amazing and the sequel looks even better.

  21. #21 by Pedro on May 3rd, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Royalty32: I wonder how much they are gonna dumb down Dark Souls since its on 360 now.  

    If you mean graphics I can’t know for sure, but it’s said that they’re better than Demon’s Souls, it’s not uncommon for 360 and PS3 versions to be different.

    If you mean difficult, Dark Souls is supposed to be even harder, according to the devs anyway. I guess we’ll have to wait and have a taste.

  22. #22 by Jason on May 3rd, 2011 [ 27516 Points ]

    Eddie: lol would be nice if all the writers took part in one of these threads and maybe set it up with tabs in one post.would be kind of neat :P   

    agreed

  23. #23 by GeneticMania on May 3rd, 2011 [ 1450 Points ]

    The games Im anticipating the most are: Kingdom Under Fire II, Skyrim, White Knight Chronicles 2, Dark Souls, Gears of War 3, Battle Field 3, TERA, and a few more that slip my mind at the moment.

  24. #24 by hobbes on May 3rd, 2011 [ 30086 Points ]

    shadow of colossus

  25. #25 by awesome on May 4th, 2011

    realy ratchet and clank all good exept that and papaton what about skyrm

  26. #26 by myk26 on May 4th, 2011 [ 1325 Points ]

    I’d be happy to offer a lil 360 love into this! About time many of you guys stopped looking through those hate-googles!

  27. #27 by Markus on May 4th, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    myk26:About time many of you guys stopped looking through those hate-googles!  

    -.-

  28. #28 by myk26 on May 4th, 2011 [ 1325 Points ]

    Not sure where you’re going with that Markus…tryin to deny it? Justify it? Excuse it?

    Regardless, I’m sure there’s better places to discuss it.

  29. #29 by Eddie on May 4th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    myk26:

    Not sure where you’re going with that Markus…tryin to deny it? Justify it? Excuse it?

    Regardless, I’m sure there’s better places to discuss it.  

    ^

    What Myk says is unfortunately true. A site designated to one console is going to bring in some fanboys. Thats fine though and really nothing wrong with it, but it is nice to see some other console respect going on.

    lol Myk is well aware of my preferences…but more so my hatred for Kinect (and all motion gaming) :P

  30. #30 by GeneticMania on May 4th, 2011 [ 1450 Points ]

    Eddie:

    but more so my hatred for Kinect (and all motion gaming) :P   

    ^

    You get rid of the classic controller, you gid rid of the classic & Hardcore gamer.

  31. #31 by Jonaskin on May 5th, 2011

    I don’t hate the 360. I just hate the internet bias for it, and against the PS3, right from when PS3 launched. I actually owned a 360 at the time.

  32. #32 by GTA 5 on May 6th, 2011

    Great list! But you dont have GTA 5?


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