2010 was another great year but at this rate, 2011 may end up rivaling 1998 and 2001 as one of the most groundbreaking, memorable 365-day spans in the industry's history.

Although everyone is expecting Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception to rule all (and that's very likely), the list of unbelievable titles slated for 2011 is enough to make one drool. The list just keeps growing and in all honesty, it's tough to keep a firm handle on all the potentially fantastic games in the hopper for next year: inFamous 2 should be another addictive action blast, Batman: Arkham City looks downright amazing, Resistance 3 and Killzone 3 might dominate the FPS genre, L.A. Noire is immensely intriguing, Gears of War 3 should be the grittiest bit of bad-assery yet, Dead Space 2 is primed to terrorize us again (and leave a huge smile on our faces in the process), LittleBigPlanet 2 is just another step in creative freedom and innovation, The Last Guardian might be an artistic achievement of epic proportions, Twisted Metal just screams pure, unadulterated entertainment, Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect 3 are atop the heap for role-playing fans, and of course, you can expect the next Call of Duty to bring in the dedicated crowds.

And that's hardly the complete list. I'm sure I missed plenty. The Devil May Cry reboot comes to mind as something we all might adore (provided Ninja Theory does everything right), and if there's a God in heaven, Final Fantasy Versus XIII will release in 2011 and single-handedly redeem Square-Enix. And what about the long, long wait that is finally over… Duke Nukem Forever ? And Diablo III ? And Max Payne 3 ? Rage ? Crysis 2 ? Deus Ex: Human Revolution ? The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ? SSX: Deadly Descents ? Journey ? Metal Gear Solid: Rising ? …where's the end? 'jaw drops'

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Kevin555
Kevin555
9 years ago

It is very possible but 2007 & 2001 for me were massive years.

Mass Effect 3 & Uncharted 3 alone however is surely going to make 2011 one of the best years. If Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown gets a console release next year then 2011 will be my personal fave year for gaming.


Last edited by Kevin555 on 12/29/2010 9:38:00 PM

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

2001 was a good year, but what happened in 2007? That was a "poor" year for me in terms of monetary units of measurement, lol, so it's possible I missed something…

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Wow, didn't think there were any VF fans here. I signed a VF5:FS petition over a year ago, and we still don't have it. Heck, PS3 users still don't have VF5 online. VF and me have never been able to have a long lasting relationship. VF wouldn't ever come to my local arcades. VF had limited console exposure for the first 3 entries. And VF5 appears to have sold like poo poo on PS3/360.


Last edited by Temjin001 on 12/29/2010 11:20:38 PM

Kevin555
Kevin555
9 years ago

Temjin. I think i've lost count of the amount of visits to VFDC & petitions i've signed in the hope of SEGA releasing VF5FS to consoles, even when Virtua Fighter 5R became obsolete i've been hopeful for a VF5FS. Since it was trademarked for consoles a few months back i do think we will see it eventually unless the Final Showdown subtitle belongs to a different SEGA title altogether.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

The trademark thing makes it hopeful. I'd like to see it. Though, I don't know if I can take on another fighter. I have my work cut out for me while holding my own online with T6. I always feel like I don't dedicate enough time to it as it is, and spreading myself out to another probably wouldn't make things any better. Right now I'm averaging only a little over half of my ranked fights online.
I just don't want to see a stalwart fighter, like VF, become obsolete as gaming continues to modernize. Upset jRPG fans seem to be an indicator of what happens when a genre really starts loosing ground.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

@Temjin,

I utterly reject your thesis that gaming is 'modernizing' and some games and game genre somehow become obsolete.

This isn't like talkies vs silent movies, or color vs black and white movies. Video games are a form of art – IMHO, and as such, it is what it is. I would agree that there is a great deal of growth and evolution in certain genre of game, although, I would definitely have to say that the mega popular first shooter genre really hasn't developed much in the last 5-6 years. There has been some incremental improvement in the online play, and visual improvement that is a natural consequence of hardware advances. But modernization implies wholesale change from one form to another.

You mentioned JRPGs so let's look at that genre. What constitutes modernization of that genre? Switching from hand drawn sprites to 3D character models? third person 3D roaming through towns/environments vs an isometric view or a top down view? real time battle instead of turn based? Guns instead of swords? Swearing instead of discussion?

Seriously though, what form does modernization take that it can somehow leave a particular genre of game obsolete? Perhaps out of fashion, perhaps niche market, but that doesn't make it obsolete. A Porsche isn't obsolete, it's a niche market luxury car.

I'm seeking to understand what you mean, because on the surface of it saying that certain genre become obsolete while gaming modernizes – and then directly mentioning JRPGs – seems to be to be slightly provocative. I think that certain genre can become obsolete in the same way that silent movies gave way to talkies. Text based adventures just wouldn't sell today, they truly are obsolete, and might get by purely on nostalgia, but nostalgia has a very short life.

So, please clarify what you mean by gaming modernizing and how you think a gaming genre can become obsolete.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

hehe, whoa, Highlander. What I meant by that was jRPG fans have been real concerned how their genre has been struggling to stay true to it's form over the years and, also, be consistent in quality in this modernizing(altering the genre format to match consumer trends) market.

Unlike fighting games, gamers who enjoy VF5, Tekken, DOA, and SC have had the same formulaic approach for over a decade now with plenty of them landing this gen. And even 2D fans are rejoicing because 2D fighters are making a big come back (SF4, MK, MvsC and Blazblue) I don't have to worry if the next SC or Tekken 7 will be re-invented– I'm sure FF fans are holding their breath for what FF15 will become. It'd be sad to see Sega try to re-invigorate the VF series by changing it into a game that plays more like a UFC/MMA game.
Sorry for the ambiguity there on my part with the previous post. Hopefully that clears things up.

I also think budget plays a big factor in this as well. A quality fighting game is much cheaper to produce than a quality jRPG

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

LOL!
Temjin, you know how it is, the JRPG gamer in me felt threatened…and responded defensively.

😉

I understand your point better now.


Last edited by TheHighlander on 12/30/2010 12:07:09 PM

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

hey, no problem. I was like 0_0
Here I am casually talking fighters with Kevin5 and you like fell from the sky with two guns loaded and aimed at my face: "WHA'CHYOU'SAY'BOUT'MY'JRPG'S,PUNK?!" =p

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

LOL! Well, what can I say? I keep being told I'm part of a dying breed of gamers and that my favorite genre of game is out of fashion, dead, niche or old fashioned. I think it's all left me a tad bit sensitive about JRPGs…

Sorry, I will do better at checking and asking for more information in future.

shadowpal2
shadowpal2
9 years ago

Wishing the best for FF Versus XIII, I know Killzone 3, Resistance 3, and Uncharted 3 will do very well.

L.A. Noire is going to own as well.

Now speaking of Rockstar, whatever happened to Agent? Are we ever going to hear word about that? Maybe next E3 hopefully? I'm quite interested.

And I'm hoping FF Versus XIII does bring back Square Enix from wherever they are. But if it does…I wish Nomura sama just leaves and starts his own thing like Sakaguchi.

OH!!! and don't forget Yakuza 4 and Valkyria Chronicles 3! SEGA is still in the game.

Jeese I feel bad for SEGA's Sonic, wonder if he'll ever make a comeback.


Last edited by shadowpal2 on 12/29/2010 9:39:42 PM

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

I can't believe how many excellent titles are coming out this year. I'll never get my home reno's done!

Kevin555
Kevin555
9 years ago

The debuts of Mass Effect, BioShock & Uncharted alone were enough for me to make 07 memorable.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

You can hit the reply button 😉

And you do have a point though, feels like 2005 when we had GOW and RE4.

Bjorn77
Bjorn77
9 years ago

2007 gave us Uncharted, so that makes 2007 a legendary year. All hail 2007.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Well, pretty much every year of gaming has given us at least 1 memorable title. With the exception of Uncharted, 2007 was a very slow gaming year for me. I bought my PS3 in 2006 (at the end, obviously), yet I found myself spending most of my time with PS2 titles and a few PC games.

I'm not disputing some people loving 2007, I just personally don't see an overwhelming appeal for that year since for me, I spent most of my time replaying games from the previous genre.

chedison
chedison
9 years ago

so broke…. so so very broke.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

2010 is pathetic, but maybe it's because Sony is focusing on Move.
2011 will be that awesome.
List of must buys:
1) KZ3
2) LBP2
3) MVC3
4) Crysis 2
5) Tom Clancy's GRFS
6) UC3
7) Disgaea 4
8) Bulletstorm
9) Gears 3
10) ICO Collection
11) RAGE

My list of interested but still not confirmed to buy:
1) Twisted Metal
2) The Last Guardian
3) Dead Space 2
4) inFAMOUS 2
5) Resistance 3
6) Shift 2
7) F3AR
8) SOCOM 4
9) Batman
10) MGS Rising

For DmC I'm both interested and worried for it because it's Ninja Theory style and Unreal Engine. They make great game but DMC-styled I'm not sure, though Heavenly Sword gives me hope but I'm not holding my breath.
The trailer showed "Dante" shooting his guns real slow. And if it gets a 2011, then it probably will get "The Buggiest Game Award".
They had 3 years with Enslaved and look what happened.

I don't know where have I read it somewhere that Square Enix saying Versus XIII won't make it in 2011.


Last edited by Snaaaake on 12/29/2010 9:56:44 PM

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

2011 has Yakuza 4 , a great year for a niche gamer like myself.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Any idea why there are zombies?

shadowpal2
shadowpal2
9 years ago

There are zombies in Yakuza: Of the End, not Yakuza 4. Yakuza 4 will still be a pretty traditional Yakuza game…and this time more JAPANESE considering they're having hostess bars! YES YES YES!! ^_^ (I mean in the US version particularly)

As for why there are zombies in Yakuza: Of the End…I guess it was sort of a "Yea let's just put in zombies and check out the turnout of this."


Last edited by shadowpal2 on 12/30/2010 12:10:30 AM

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Spinoff game like Yakuza Kenzan. Yakuza 4 its a 2010 game, Yakuza of the End still isn't released on Japan.

Hope we finally get a decent Zombie game, Dead Rising 2 was crap..funny how the first game was hyped in the 360 when was exclusive.

Kiryu
Kiryu
9 years ago

It may be a spin off but ryuji back (villan from yakuza 2)One of my favorite characters in yakuza series.I don't know whether it's a spin off or sequel.Already played Yakuza 4 in japanese.people who haven't played are in for the best open world single player story game ever created.and story is as good as the yakuza 1 and Yakuza 2 ps2 classics

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
9 years ago

I got my family a lot of stuff for christmas this year because i know i'll be broke next christmas!

2011 looks like it could take the crown away from 2001, but we'll see.

At any rate, im incredibly excited for The Last Guardian and Pokemon Black/White more than anything else. Dont get me wrong, Resistance 3, KZ2, Bulletstorm, UC3, inFamous 2, Shift 2, and MGS Rising are all on my must-buy list (my wallet feels lighter already…), but TLG and Black/White just have more of my attention.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Don't forget Bioshock Infinite, those guys need to school Ninja Theory on how to use Unreal effectively.

I'm gonna have to be careful to keep my day one purchases to as minimum a number as possible for the wallet. Look at all those exclusives!

Is the elusive "year of the PS3" finally here? I think it might be, especially since MS appears to have just a single exclusive.

I don't expect Rising or FFVersus till 2012 though.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

Bioshock Infinite's date is 2012 no?
But yea, Rocksteady and 2K should teach Ninja Theory how to use Unreal.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Oh, you are correct Snake, I don't think I can wait that long though. Might have to break into 2K and steal an early copy.

Kevin555
Kevin555
9 years ago

I forgot about BioShock Infinite, definitely right up there for me too but as the Snake lad said, i don't think we will be seeing that until 2012.

I've personally given up hope on DmC since Ninja Theory took the helm. It may turn out alright but it won't be the same silver headed Dante fans are used too. Silent Hill 8 is another one i wont give a crap about unless Team Silent boot Double Helix out of office & return the series to its legendary norm.

Gears of War 3 is another i want to get hold of.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

But then it will probably have features such as walking on air and through walls you know what I mean 😉

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

You can see some of the silver hair on young Dante, but it sorta looks like a skunk stripe, lol.

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

I thought 2010 was a great year for games. I know because I bought a lot of 2010 releases. However, 2011 will be even better. The line-up of games is the deepest yet and most of them will only be on one console, the PS3.

mexgeo86
mexgeo86
9 years ago

Great year coming up indeed. Little Big Planet 2 and Mass Effect 2 to start off January for me.

Maybe 2011 will finally have something for us on "Agent" besides the title screen.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

For me 1998/1999 stand as the best years for gaming. 2011's challenging that, but still, 1998 and 1999 were outrageous.

RE2, SH, GT, Zelda OOT, MGS1, Banjo Kazooie, Crash Bandicoot 3, etc. For 1999 you got FFVIII, GT2, Thousand Arms, Crash Team Racing, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Legend of Dragoon, Xenogears, Vagrant Story, Ape Escape, Medal of Honor, etc.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I graduated High School in 99, awesome year.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

World.. You earned a thumbs down for… Graduating High School? Either that or someone had a terrible 1999.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Nice list!
Only one discrepency, though. Xenogears (at least on my box art and main menu) was released in 1997. Still though… the end of the 90's as a whole were the best years of gaming ever. And it's not even disappointing if it never gets topped. It was just that epic.


Last edited by Underdog15 on 12/30/2010 10:35:52 AM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

It must have been a dropout…

Milonakis
Milonakis
9 years ago

my thumbs are gonna need wheel chairs.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

Oh before I forget, there's also White Knight Chronicles 2, Motorstorm Apocalypse, From Sofware's Project Dark, Hitman 5, Catherine and I'll go crazy if I go on…………

Kevin555
Kevin555
9 years ago

Hitman 5!? Did IO Interactive announce that? I thought they were still wasting their time on the dog sh!t series that is Kane & Lynch?

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

It is coming next year, but I think they're more committed to Kane & Lynch than Hitman.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I sincerely hope WKC2 comes stateside in '11.

StubbornScorpio
StubbornScorpio
9 years ago

I agree with a lot of you guys on the various lists of hotly anticipated titles. I'm surprised no one has mentioned Ni no Kuni though (granted the DS version was released in Japan already). I REALLY hope that Level-5 and Studio Gibli bring both games to the U.S., they look so beautiful.

HighOnFire
HighOnFire
9 years ago

I gotta go through the attic and find some sh*t to sell or my wife is gonna be pissed all year. There is a lot of awesomeness to buy in 2011. Ive had Fallout New Vegas since Christmas, trying to decide if I should start it or not because Dead Space 2 and LBP2 get my day one money.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

My wallet is seriously going to be needing a Lottery injection!!!!!!

If only one of them would cooperate….*sigh*

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

Zelda: Skyward Sword
Hironobu Sakaguchi's "The Last Story"
Incognito's Starhawk (?)

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
9 years ago

Brink
Homefront
Portal 2
Bioshock Infinite
Zelda: Skyward Sword
Torchlight 2
Mortal Kombat (maybe)
Guild Wars 2
Marvel vs Capcom 3
Star Wars: The Old Republic
F.E.A.R. 3
Alice: Madness Returns
Battlefield 3
Scivelation (maybe)
Infamous 2
DOOM 4 (2011 or 2012 possibly?)
Beyond Good & Evil 2
Half-Life 2: Episode 3 (2011 or 2012 possibly?)
I am Alive

Just a few more, among others, that you can add to the previously listed games above that I'll be picking up this year.

telly
telly
9 years ago

It's not true every year, but generally speaking I really do think each year was better than the last. The craft of making games is improving at a remarkable speed, and that was absolutely true this year as well. I mean think about it — Mass Effect 2 (believe me, PS3-only players, this one was a godsend for sci-fi lovers like me, and you'll find that out for yourself early next year), Red Dead Redemption, God of War 3, Black Ops, Dragon Quest IX… the list goes on and on. Absolutely awesome games across a ton of genres. Red Dead and ME2, in particular, I think portend an absolutely incredible future for games — top notch stories, great voice acting, believable characters coupled with great gameplay mechanics for a wholly immersive experience. If we keep on seeing these sorts of incredible strides forward in scripting, character development, etc., we could be in for some amazing stuff in the very near future.

Which is to say yes, 2011 is looking mighty fine indeed 🙂

Norrin Radd
Norrin Radd
9 years ago

What about the Tomb Raider reboot? Anyone else interested?

2011 looks awesome!!!

booze925
booze925
9 years ago

no ones seen gameplay and im pretty sure no release date has been confirmed