10 Games to look forward to in 2011

by Bradley Wint on December 15th 2010 at 2:17PM

2011 is looking to be quite a good year for gaming with some massive titles dropping in the early portion of the new cycle. RonyDean and I came up with a list of some of the games that you SHOULD pick up in the new year, even if it means begging or working 10 jobs to buy them all.

Killzone 3 – February 22nd 2011

Killzone 3 is an upcoming 2011 first-person shooter for the PlayStation 3, developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is the fourth installment in the Killzone series and the first game in the series to be presented in 3D and will be the first to include motion controls using the PlayStation Move. It is scheduled for release February 22, 2011 in North America.

Killzone 3′s story will also be more light-hearted compared to its predecessor, which Guerrilla felt suffered from an overly serious and dark story which was one of the major complaints of the original, though they mentioned that it would not be too light-hearted as it is still a war. In addition, Guerrilla Games has hired an external writer to focus on only writing the storyline so as to give a fresh perspective to the story as well as hiring a lot more Hollywood actors to elevate the level of storytelling within the dialogue of the game.

Guerrilla Games has also mentioned that the game’s story will be an integral part of the game with dialogue and character development being greatly improved from its predecessor. In addition, Guerrilla Games has also said that they are curtailing the swearing in Killzone 3, which many felt was unnecessary in the dialogue of Killzone 2. They mentioned that the dialogue in the game should be focused on advancing the story rather than “gratuitous” swearing.

Little Big Planet 2 – 18th January 2011

LittleBigPlanet 2 is an upcoming puzzle platformer video game, centred around user-generated content. The game is developed by Media Molecule, published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe for PlayStation 3 and was originally scheduled for release in November 2010 but has now had its release pushed back to January 2011. The North American release date was later specified as 18 January, 2011.

Unlike the first game which was marketed as a platform game, LBP2 is being marketed as a “platform for games”. It is a direct sequel to the critically acclaimed 2008 title LittleBigPlanet and the third game in the series following a PSP version released in 2009. Most of the more than 3 million levels created by users in the first game will carry-over and be playable and editable in LittleBigPlanet 2.

Players continue Sackboy’s journey after the events of the first game and the portable version are brought to an end. An inter-dimensional vacuum cleaner appears over the skies of LittleBigPlanet and begins to suck up its inhabitants, including Sackboy. Larry Da Vinci, the leader of a semi-secret semi-organised group known as “The Alliance”, comes to Sackboy’s rescue saving him from what they call “The Negativitron.” The organisation is dedicated to battling with “The Negativitron” and defeating it before it destroys Craftworld.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Q2 2011

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (previously Deus Ex 3) will be the third game in the first-person role-playing game Deus Ex series, and a prequel to the original game. It is being developed by Eidos Montreal. In the Deus Ex games, augmentations are body modifications that allow the user superhuman abilities. While augmentations in the first two games were nanotech, Human Revolution is set prior to both and instead features mechanical augmentations. These will be divided into four types: Combat, Stealth, Technology and Social. Using social skills, social augmentations, and stealth a player is able to play through the whole game killing only the bosses.

Every enemy squad will have an identifiable squad leader who will direct the team’s actions. If the leader is killed, the squad falls into disarray. Enemies will also react to subtle player decisions, such as a change in behaviour or weapons, etc. Unlike in Invisible War, weapons will fire distinct ammunition types instead of depleting a unified pool. They can also be upgraded to better suit the player.

Deviating from previous titles in the series, Human Revolution will use a regenerating health model. This change was made because the developers didn’t want players to get into a situation where they were unable to progress due to low health, and would be forced to “scrounge for med packs.” They see this scrounging behavior as breaking the flow of the game when one retreats to search the entire level for medical supplies. They believe their regenerating health model will still encourage tactical and strategy forming retreats, but not to the extent where the tension and flow of the game is disrupted.

Human Revolution is primarily a first person game, but will feature a contextual third person viewpoint when using the cover system, certain augmentations, or closeup instant-kill moves.

Dead Space 2 – 25th January 2011

Dead Space 2 is an upcoming survival horror third-person shooter video game developed by Visceral Games and published by Electronic Arts for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. It is the sequel to Dead Space. Dead Space 2 has a multiplayer mode. The Limited Edition will be released exclusively on the PlayStation 3 and will include Dead Space: Extraction as a PlayStation Move compatible title.

Dead Space 2 is a survival horror game that takes place on a densely populated space station, called the “Sprawl”. The mental illness caused by the Marker appears to be permanent and continues to have an effect on the protagonist Isaac Clarke. The government will continue to have a place in the storyline. The game will begin in a hospital on board the Sprawl. Players will witness the horror of the Necromorph infection as it begins in the station.

A closed multiplayer beta began on September 23, 2010. It has a 4 vs 4 setup, where one team consists of humans, trying to finish an objective. The other team consists of Necromorphs, who try to stop the humans from accomplishing their goal. Each playable character has something different than the other members of their team (ie: one human character may have a cutter, while one has a rifle).

Homefront – 8th March 2011

Homefront is an upcoming first-person shooter video game developed by Kaos Studios and published by THQ. It is scheduled to be released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows on March 8, 2011 in North America and March 10, 2011 in Australia and March 11, 2011 in Europe and April 29, 2011 in Japan. Its tagline is: “Home is where the war is.”

Homefront is set in a near future America in 2027 when a now-nuclear armed Korean People’s Army invades the USA. The game is written by John Milius, who co-wrote Apocalypse Now and wrote Red Dawn. The beginning gameplay is reportedly set in Montrose, Colorado. One of the major portions of the story arc is built around not only the growth of the North Korean forces over the years leading to the year 2027 (the year in which the game takes place), but also the economic downfall of the United States of America, and the unrest that seems to grip the nation before the invasion.

Crysis 2 – 22nd March 2011

Crysis 2 is an upcoming first-person shooter video game developed by Crytek and published by Electronic Arts, due for release on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in March 2011. It is the sequel to the 2007 video game Crysis and its parallel expansion game, Crysis Warhead. The story was written by authors Richard Morgan.[3] and Peter Watts, who has also written a novel adaptation of the game. It will be the first game to showcase the CryEngine 3 game engine.

Crysis 2 is set in New York City in the year 2023 (three years after the events of the first game), which has since been evacuated due to alien infestation. Similar to its predecessor, Crysis 2 will provide freedom to customize weaponry and abilities. Crytek wanted to avoid making another game set in a jungle environment, as were Far Cry and Crysis; New York City has been dubbed an “urban jungle”. The urban atmosphere offers more options in how to progress and plan attacks. Players will be able to navigate between floors and buildings, as well as destroy cityscape.

Players will play as “Alcatraz”, a Green Beret, the new successor of “Nomad”, from the first game, although there has been speculation that “Alcatraz” may just be Nomad’s new codename to stay anonymous to Crynet. The protagonist steals the Nanosuit 2 from Crynet Systems. As a consequence, Crynet Systems starts a manhunt for the player. The Nanosuit 2 gives players more freedom in their options of how to tackle situations on the battlefield. The aliens have also undergone major redesigning, transforming the floating warriors from the first game into the even more lethal, armored bipedal war machines that stalk the ravaged New York. Crytek has stated their intention to surpass the original game graphically and have noted that combat in the game will be “catastrophically beautiful”. Crytek has also claimed that Crysis 2 will have lower system requirements than the original game and also support stereoscopic 3D.

L.A. Noire – Q1/Q2 2011

L.A. Noire is an upcoming video game developed by Team Bondi and published by Rockstar Games. Initially announced as only for the PlayStation 3, the game was later reported to also be scheduled for release on the Xbox 360. L.A. Noire is set in “a perfectly re-created Los Angeles” of 1947, with players being given an open-ended challenge to solve a series of murders.

As the title suggests, the game draws heavily from both plot and aesthetic elements of film noir – stylistic films from the 1940s and 1950s that shared similar visual styles and themes including crime, sex and moral ambiguity and were often shot in black and white with harsh, low-key lighting. The game uses a distinctive colouring-style in homage to the visual style of film noir. The post-war setting is the backdrop for plot elements that reference the detective films of the ’40s, such as corruption and drugs, with a classical jazz soundtrack.

L.A. Noire is also notable for using Lightsprint’s real-time global illumination technology, as well as a newly developed piece of technology called MotionScan, where the actor goes into an all-white room where 32 cameras surround him and record his performance from every angle, giving a 3D rendition of the actor’s face.

Brink – 12th April 2011

Brink is an upcoming first-person shooter video game developed by Splash Damage and inspired by the Seasteading movement, scheduled for release during on April 12,2011. It offers team-based multiplayer missions with authored narratives, persistent player characters and an approachable nature. It is also developer Splash Damage’s first original title, as past titles were part of franchises.

In Brink, two sides, “Resistance” and “Security”, fight in the previously utopian city known as The Ark, a floating city surrounded by the waters of a flooded Earth. The Ark was designed as a prototype of a perfect city, with renewable resources and no pollution, large enough to support 5,000 residents. However, due to many refugees entering the city from other parts of the world, its population has grown to 50,000, meaning there are not enough resources to go around – resulting in the city being on the brink (hence the name of the game) of a civil war.

Brink will feature Steamworks integration, including Valve Anti-Cheat. Its technology is id Tech 4 with a new rendering framework and improved support for multiple CPU cores.

Resistance 3 – 6th September 2011

Resistance 3 is an upcoming 2011 science fiction first person shooter video game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 3. The game is the fourth title in the Resistance series and is the sequel to the best-selling PlayStation 3 launch title Resistance: Fall of Man and its first sequel, Resistance 2.

The game will not follow the main protagonist of the previous two games, Nathan Hale, since he was executed by Joseph Capelli in Resistance 2, instead it will follow the story of Joseph Capelli who was introduced in the previous installment, Resistance 2. The game takes place in 1957, 4 years after the events of Resistance 2, where Capelli has since started a family with Nathan’s stepsister Susan. The chimera have since taken control over the planet, while the surviving humans have turned to cannibalism due to a lack of food. Capelli travels throughout the remnants of the United States through cities like New York City and St. Louis, Missouri where he meets old comrades such as Malikov.

Uncharted 3 – 1st November 2011

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is the third game in the Uncharted series, created by Naughty Dog for the PlayStation 3, and due for release on November 1, 2011. It is the sequel to Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Uncharted 3 will see protagonist Nathan Drake and mentor Victor Sullivan travelling around the world to such places as the Rub’al Khali desert, in search of the legendary lost city, the Iram of the Pillars. The plot will draw from the archaeology days of T. E. Lawrence.

Creative director Amy Hennig has explained that the desire for a desert-themed Uncharted stemmed from wanting to push the team creatively and technologically, as “organic” elements such as sand, water, and fire are “technically difficult to credibly render with animation”. New features in Uncharted 3 will include “enhanced backward climbing” and the ability to fight multiple enemies at once.The multiplayer and co-op features will also be greatly expanded. It will also support stereoscopic 3D.

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  • gus122

    Crap list , where is ME3 and Skyrim .

  • http://www.motorthusiast.com/ Bradley Wint

    Just because the games on our list don’t match yours does not make it a crap list. Everyone has a right to an opinion.

  • Asdfasf

    lol nice comeback. go cry more.

  • BlahBlah

    uhhh..Twisted Metal? Mass Effect 3?

  • Kpjunk

    I agree, good list

  • Blooodyghost13

    Heres mine:
    Dead Space 2
    Crysis 2
    RAGE
    The Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim
    Gears of War 3
    Mass Effect 3

    MayB’s
    LA Noire
    Brink
    Bulletstorm
    Resistance 3
    3DS w/ Paper Mario 3DS, Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater, and some of its soon to be released Virtual Gameboy games like Pokemon Gold and Silver, Red and Blue, and others

  • Bloodyghost13

    Great list tho.

  • http://twitter.com/Xontic John Xontic

    God Bless, finally good to see someone appreciate Deus Ex in an anticipated list… It is hard to mention them all, but not seeing a game like that is killer. Also Portal 2 will be hugely anticipated

  • Frank27

    the title should be ”10 PS3 games to look foward to in 2011”
    no mass effect 3? or batman arkham city? or gears of war 3?

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