Hawke

Why 2011 Game Releases Will Destroy You!

Games have been amazing this year. It seems as though developers are finally figuring out how to push this generation’s consoles to their limit.  There have been so many amazing titles released this year that many gamers like myself were forced to skip well reviewed games in order to have a bit a of a life outside of gaming (just a bit.. sigh).  So why is 2011 going to destroy you?  Here is a list month by month of some of the games on the horizon (Q1).  Sit back, relax, and get your I-Vs ready.

January

Dead Space 2:  Adding Multi player and a more character driven story Dead Space 2 looks to be a title to look out for.  While Dead Space 1 didn’t sell “gangbusters” it was also released during a highly competitive launch window.  Word of mouth kept Dead Space selling well, and when games sell well they get sequels.  If you like survival horror, then by all means picks this one up.

February

Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: I cannot express my excitement for MVC3.  The new three dimensional game play looks unreal and the characters resemble art in motion. I had the opportunity to play MVC3 over the summer and I can say with all sincerity that it is an amazing experience.  Even if you don’t play fighting games MVC3 should be purchased just to look at… it’s that pretty.  With an ever expanding roster MVC3 will have around 30 characters and a variety of game play modes.  And if you pre-order you can play as Jill Valentine… SOLD!

March

Dragon Age II promises faster combat. It delivers.


Dragon Age II :  Many people I know tried Dragon Age and put it down after feeling a bit overwhelmed by its inventory system and difficulty.  After getting a chance to play an early build of Dragon Age II over the summer I can say that a lot has been done to make the game more accessible to everyone.  Has the game forsaken its “hardcore” roots?  Absolutely not.  Is the game more fun and visually satisfying? Hell yes!  Dragon Age II is going to eat your March for breakfast.

Bulletstorm: Epic Games and People That Fly are about to give us Bulletstorm.  Complain all you want about EPIC pushing Gears 3 to November, there is nothing we can do to change it now.  Many people thought that Gears 3 was pushed to give Bulletstorm a moment in the spotlight.  And a I agree, why not give the new franchise a time to shine?  While modern shooters tend to be incredibly realistic, Bulletstorm appears to be the opposite.  Mix an FPS with a combo driven fighting game, and from what I understand you get Bulletstorm.  Take a look at this gameplay footage and let me know what you think!

April

Star Wars: The Old Republic –  What happens when you take the most beloved franchise of all time and place it in the hands of true artists?  You get SWTOR.  Sure we haven’t played SWTOR yet, nor do we know if it’s really coming out in April.  What we do know is this, Bioware knows how to make modern RPGs.  Bioware gets rid of all of the bullshit that makes RPGs painful and focuses on the characters and the story.  I moan a lot in our podcasts about how important story is to a game and Bioware does it right. The question is not “will this game be any good”, its “will I lose my job and family for playing it so much?” Prepare yourself for a long summer of laser battles.

So there you have it.  A list of a few titles that will be

  • Micah G

    My mandibles are moistened by the thought of SW:TOR… The most difficult decision I have had to make since starting medical school is which class to play in that game haha

  • Ash

    I’ve already decided to to go the Site Warrior/ Juggernaut route. I plan on making the character offensive rather than a “tank”. We all know how much you guys liked tanking.

    http://www.swtor.com/info/holonet/classes/sith-warrior

  • You’re forgetting a few games 🙂

    – Portal 2
    – infamous 2
    – Metal Gear Solid Rising
    – Batman: Arkham City
    – Bioshock Infinite
    – Duke Nukem Forever
    – Rage

  • helloscientist

    And

    -Little Big Planet 2
    -Killzone 3
    -Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
    -Twisted Metal
    -Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    -Homefront
    -Crysis 2
    -Brink

    It’s going to be an expensive year.

  • Ash

    Haha thank you gents. I guess I should have titled this one “the games I’m looking forward to the most”. Out of the games you all listed which ones are you dying to get your hands on?

    • helloscientist

      Dead Space 2, Dragon Age 2, Deus Ex, Crysis 2, Brink and Killzone 3 are on the top of my list. You are right about Dead Space and it’s unfortunate. I’ve never played a game that made me so scared I could only play it for an hour at a time. Dragon Age 2 is going to destroy if it is to DA:O what ME2 is to ME. I’m definitely excited for next year.

      • Ash

        Even from the tiny bit of DA:2 that I had the chance to play I promise that you’re in for a treat. When I got a chance to actually talk with Bioware I have to say they were some of the nicest guys ever. Then I remembered they were Canadian and it all made perfect sense.

    • I’m looking forward to DA2, MVC3, and Rage the most. Next in line would be Portal 2, Infamous 2 and Bioshock Infinite.

      I would be about the SWTOR if I had a laptop with more power.

      • matt

        /*scottish*/I’m giving you all she’s got Captain, SWTOR is just to much for the ship to handle./*scottish*/

  • Pilx

    I’m ready for some Portal 2, SWTOR and Bioshock of course. Also looking forward to Dead Space and Batman.

    One not mentioned yet…From Dust.

  • Pretty much boils down to what comes out before the release of SWTOR, because after that my eyeballs and credit card will be intertwined with my PC. That being said, I’m already stoked for Dead Space 2. Dead Space Extraction on the Wii was even amazing, and easily the best “zapper” game on the console to date (HotD:Overkill a close second).

    With DA2 did bioware focus more on making the PC UI of the first more console appropriate?

  • Ash

    With DA2 did bioware focus more on making the PC UI of the first more console appropriate?

    Short version is… yes. Everything is more console appropriate now and flows at a faster more user friendly pace. If you wish to go “turn by turn” you still can.

  • CAS

    Tops on my list? Portal 2, Dead Space 2, LA Noire, Homefront, Bioshock, Batman…

    • Ash

      I have yet to play Arkham! I have it sitting on my table waiting to be played (Along with Castlevania and Dead Rising 🙁 )

      • CAS

        You must play it! You won’t regret it.

        • Ash

          Okay, it’s next on my list.

          • helloscientist

            You’ll have to let me know how Castlevania stacks up. I thought the demo was lousy.

          • Ash

            I think I’m working on Arkham this weekend or maybe some multiplayer. I feel a bit fried from all the AC: Brotherhood I played last week.

          • helloscientist

            4 new maps just released for BF:BC2. I’ll probably try them out if I’m home.