Article By: Zach to the C
Another year is almost gone, and we’re once again left with the craptastic release schedule of another December. If it wasn’t for DLC and downloadable games, it would be a very sad holiday season indeed. But fret not my hardcore brethren 2011 is so full of releases you’ll need to buy your wallet a tube of lube this holiday season to save it from the fisting it will be receiving next year. The list is alphabetical because trying to sort these titles based on want would be impossible… enjoy, and let us know what’s at the top of your list for 2011.
Spicy Horse and EA are bringing back American McGee’s 2000 classic Alice in their new title, Alice Madness Returns. So… who’s this game for? Well, anyone who’s into fucked up shit and action games. I’d say if you liked Bioshock and God of War, Alice Madness Returns is probably a safe bet. No release date has been set, but you can check out the official website here.
Batman Arkham Asylum was undoubtedly one of 2009′s best games. So with Rocksteady developing the sequel and giving us a larger world to explore and more baddies to punch and kick, we are pumped about the Dark Knight’s return in fall of 2011. You can check out the official Batman Arkham City website here.
We know Bioshock Infinite isn’t going to release until 2012, but if you’re a die hard fan of the series (like me), you know you’re going to pre-order in 2011 (if you haven’t already). Irrational Games is taking Bioshock from the depths of Rapture to the floating city of Columbia this go around, and the first cinematic trailer is nothing short of jaw dropping. You can check out the official site here.
If you can’t wait until 2012 to get your floating city shoot on, Brink may very well be the game for you. Splash Damage are creating a floating city called the Ark, which has become a refuge (hence the name Ark) for humans as sea levels rise. You can imagine the rise in property value of such a location, which brings in the shootin’. Brink is set to release 2nd quarter of 2011. Check out the official site here for trailers and story.
Developer People Can Fly and co-developer Epic Games (Unreal and Gears of War) are set to bring us 2011′s most insane shooter. Bulletstorm is a fast paced first person shooter with over the top ways to brutalize opponents. If you’re into twitch shooting and uber-violence, Bulletstorm should be at the top of your list. Bulletstorm launches 02|22|11, you can check out the official site here.
While we have no official word if Catherine is going to be receiving a stateside release, we’re still intrigued by this game. Being developed by the team behind Persona, and being Atlus’ first internally developed HD title there’s a good chance the game could be a big hit in the West. What we know of the actual story line is thin, but with murder, mystery and sensual subject matter, it looks good so far. Brush up on your Japanese and check out the official site here.
Tetsuya Mizuguchi and the development team at Q Entertainment are looking to bring us 2011′s acid trip of a gaming experience. Said to be a shooter relying heavily on sensory experience, Child of Eden is really more enigma than game at the present. I personally can’t wait to actually experience this game… or whatever it is. Check out the official site here.
On March 22nd 2011, Crytek Studios will be bringing the sequel to their graphics powerhouse Crysis to PC, and for the first time, HD consoles. Crysis 2 is a first person shooter which puts gamers in the middle of New York City to battle a hostile alien race. It’s a given that Crysis 2 will be one of the most beautiful games of 2011. You can check out the official site here.
Being developed by French studio Kylotonn and published by Atlus, The Cursed Crusade seems to be a bit of a gamble. The Cursed Crusade is an action/adventure game set in the 12th century, where players (solo/co-op) fight to save the souls of a pair of cursed warriors. The Cursed Crusade is set to release in Summer of 2011 and the official site can be found here.
Sony Online Entertainment is developing the game that will fulfill every young man’s fantasy of creating their very own super hero, and every old man’s fantasy of creating their very own super slutty super vixen. DC Universe Online is an MMO action game which puts players in the DC universe to battle to save Earth from the cruel fate of an alien invasion. The game is set to release in early 2011 and you can check the official site here.
After a quick stop on the Wii and a downloadable story driven mini-game title, Visceral Games and EA are bring Dead Space back to HD consoles and PC where it belongs. If you haven’t played Dead Space, get on it… Dead Space 2 looks to bring all the terror of the fist title, and turn it to 11 with aliens that look like dead babies, and some creepy ass multiplayer to boot. Dead Space 2 launches January 25th 2011 and you can visit the official site here.
Developer Eidos and publisher Square-Enix are bring the continuation in the Deus Ex series in 2011. This futuristic sci-fi shooter will keep you on your toes with conspiracies and weighted decisions. We don’t have an exact release date yet, but it’s said to be out in early 2011. You can check out the official site here for trailers and screens.
Blizzard Entertainment is hard at work on their “true continuation in the Diablo series”, which is hella good news for fans of the action RPG genre. Said to have a more streamlined interface and diverse and beautiful environments, fans of the series and newcomers should both be delighted when the game comes out (hopefully sometime in 2011). Check the official site here.
Bioware is set to have an unreal year in 2011 with three new releases and ME2 making its way to the PS3. But even with all the sci-fi games coming out from Bioware, they’re managing to bring a sequel to their dark fantasy RPG Dragon Age Origins. Dragon Age 2 is scheduled to release in March 2011 and you can check out the trailers and stills at the official site here.
Ubisoft is bringing their beloved Driver franchise back in 2011 for pretty much every gaming platform available. You’ll play as John Tanner as you free-roam and perform missions through the streets of San Francisco. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Driver game, but hopefully newcomers to the series will see what all the fuss is about. Check out the official site here.
Thought to be dead 1,000 times over, Duke Nukem Forever has been revived and is coming to PC and HD consoles in 2011. So get ready to smoke some fucking aliens and listen to some of the best dialog gaming has to offer. No official release date has been announced yet, but you can keep updated by checking the official site here.
Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls series has helped define what a Western RPG is and 2011 will see the fifth installment in the epic series. Skyrim is dated to release on November 11th 2011 and is sure to offer RPG faithful hundreds of hours of gameplay. Check out the trailer at the official website here.
Alma’s back… no seriously, that bitch is back. If she keeps this shit up she’s going to end up like Jason Voorhees and have to wait 30 years for a decent comeback. If you want to get your shit-your-pants FPS on, F.E.A.R. 3 is just the ticket. Check out the official site here for all the details.
Microsoft and Turn 10 are bringing their next installment in the Forza series and while we know what to expect as far as superb visuals and excellent gameplay, we are very interested to see how Kinect is integrated into the franchise. For all things Forza, check out the official site here.
Gears of War 3 is at the top of my list of XBOX 360 exclusives for 2011. Cliffy B and the crew at EPIC appear to be sticking with the tried and true formula which has made the franchise one of the best this generation, and they also add some ladies to the roid ridden posse this time. See the official Gears site here.
MMO RPGs have been known make players lose their jobs, lose their homes, lose their wives, lose their children and gain 50 pounds, but for some strange reason we come back for more. It’s basically digital meth… ArenaNet is looking to take our addictions to the next level by adding an extremely functional mobile application to Guild Wars 2, so we can peek in and see what’s going on while were away from our PCs. Guild Wars 2 is set to release in November of 2011 and the official site can be found here.
Square-Enix is developing what may be the XBOX 360′s most interesting exclusive title in 2011. Gun Loco is a third person shooter, set on a distant planet, where criminals are left to fight amongst themselves for survival and dominance. You can check out the official game site here.
Developer Kaos Studios and THQ are bringing a new title to the modern war first person shooter genre. Homefront is set stateside in the year 2027 after North Korea has taken control of the west coast. The game offers an interesting jumping point for what may turn into a great series. Official site can be found here.
With The Last Guardian coming to the PS3 this year, there has been much interest in Team Ico’s previous titles, so Sony has decided to bring the PS2 classics Ico and Shadow of the Colossus to the PS3 remastered in HD with full trophy support. You can check out the official Team Ico blog here.
Sucker Punch and Sony are bringing Cole back to unleash his super hero powers upon the city of New Marais (basically New Orleans with a different name). The first inFAMOUS was an unbelievably great game, and if the same formula is applied to the sequel, the game will be a sure thing. Get the full details at the official website here.
Flower and Flow developer That Game Company are bringing Journey to PSN in 2011. The game is said to have a more serious tone, but continue in the tradition of simple gameplay and accessible controls. TGC has delivered on every outing, so this is a day one for fans. Check the official TGC website here for all the details.
I was fortunate enough to play in the Killzone 3 beta, and was sold after my first round… but I liked Killzone 2. So when my CoD fanboy best friend gave it a go and said “this is my next shooter”, I knew it was as good as I thought it was. Check out the official site here for trailers and screens.
Team Bondi and Rockstar are finally bringing their 1940′s open world crime thriller to HD consoles in 2011. Rockstar has solidified their place as the gods of open world games, so there is much anticipation about where they’re going with this new title. Check out the official site here for more details.
Team Ico created some of the most beautiful titles for the Playstation 2, and are set to do the same on the PS3 when they release The Last Guardian some time next year. So get ready to enjoy the story of a boy and his giant bird dog dragon thing. Click translate and check out the official site here.
Zelda games… the number one reason to own a Nintendo console. 2011 will see the release of Nintendo’s next epic adventure, The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword. Old school fans of the series will be happy to know that Skyward Sword is a prequel to Ocarina of Time.
Media Molecule and Sony are bringing Sackboy back for a new adventure on January 18th 2011. With deeper level editing features this go around and backward compatibility with previously made user created levels, Little Big Planet 2 is sure to be worth the price of admission. See the official site here.
Capcom is bringing the next installment of their classic arcade series, Marvel vs Capcom in February of 2011. With beautiful visuals and insane fast paced fighting between your favorite Capcom and Marvel characters, MvC3 is a sure bet for fans of the series and the fighting genre. Check out the official site here for full details.
Mass Effect will finally make it’s way to the Playstation 3 in January of 2011. Noobs to the series may be worried about jumping into the series midstream, but Bioware has added a nice intro to catch PS3 players up with the story line… oh, and you get DLC too. Check out tons of trailers and screens here at the official site.
Bioware is bringing the next installment in their Mass Effect series to PC and HD consoles in 2011. This time the battle has been brought to Earth and only Commander Shepard can save it from a cruel fate. You can check out the ME3 launch trailer at the official site here.
Rockstar’s Max Payne 3 has been expected for quite some time now, but we don’t have a fucking clue as to when it’s coming out. There hasn’t been much info on the game, so here’s to anticipating a 2011 release. Check out the official site here for updates and information.
Here’s another one that may not make 2011, but if it doesn’t, that’s ok… there’s a shit ton of games coming out next year. If you’re wanting to be able to sneak your stealthy ass through a game without killing a single soul, then Metal Gear Solid Rising is your game, if you want to brutalize baddies with your blade, then MGSR is still your game. Official site here.
FINISH HIM!!!! Two of the best, or worst words you’ll ever hear… depending on which side of them you’re standing. NetherRealm Studios is bringing back the most vicious arcade fighter in this all new reboot. Check out the official site here for the details.
Get your crash on with Motorstorm Apocalypse. The Motorstorm series has become a favorite of racing fans this generation, with it’s unforgiving courses and brutal crash replays. Developer Evolution Studios is taking us from the remote island to the deteriorating city this time. Get all the details at the official website here.
It’s been done a thousand times… take your biggest stars and stick them in a movie, band, video game, etc. But this is the first time Sony has tried this model. So here comes Ratchet, Clank, Jak, Daxter, Sly, and Bentley in an all new Move game. Check the official site here.
PixelJunk is bringing the sequel to the physics driven shooter to the Playstation Network in 2011. For fans of the series this is definitely a day one. You can see the official trailer and screens here at the PixelJunk website.
In the first Portal, we found out that the cake is seriously a fucked up lie and insane physics make for a fun puzzle shooter. Valve is bringing back GLaDOS with even crazier puzzles in a single and co-op campaign. See the amazing trailers and screens here.
Very little is known about Project Dark at the moment except it’s being developed by FromSoftware, and the bootleg off screen trailer shot at Tokyo Game Show makes it look an awful lot like the developers previous title Demon’s Souls. You can visit the official site here, and more details will be coming in 2011.
Id Software and Bethesda are bringing RAGE to PC and consoles in 2011. Set in a future where an asteroid has all but wiped out human civilization, the survivors try to rebuild amid the raiders and mutants. RAGE is set to have some of the best visuals of 2011… you can check the trailers and screens here at the official site.
Insomniac is bringing Ratchet and Clank back in 2011 in an all new co-op adventure where you can play as Ratchet, Clank, Qwark and even Dr. Nefarious. Ratchet and Clank All 4 One will offer up to four player co-op with action, puzzles and platforming galore. Check the official Insomniac site here.
Volition and THQ are bringing back the fun of blowing shit up in 2011 with Red Faction Armageddon. Two big changes from Guerrilla that we know of… one, you’ll be fighting underground and two, you’ll be fighting monsters or aliens or alien monsters of some kind. See the trailer at the official site here.
The Chimera are coming back for a third round on the Playstation 3 in 2011. It looks like Insomniac are returning to the darker drearier palate of Fall of Man again, which is great. Resistance 3 should be on your list if like great single player campaigns, fun as fuck co-op and fast paced competitive multiplayer. Get the low down here at the official Insomniac site.
Zipper Interactive provided us with some of the best online multiplayer in 2010 with MAG, and they look to repeat in 2011 by taking back the classic Playstation franchise SOCOM. Fans of third person tactical shooters are in for a killer campaign and strategic online multiplayer. For all things SOCOM, visit the official site here.
At E3 of this year, Sony announced their upcoming Move title Sorcery. While we know the Move is accurate and a joy to play, we’re still waiting for the exclusive Move experience that will make the technology fun and addictive while showing off what it can do, and Sorcery looks like it may be that title. See the official Sony game site here.
SSX is finally making its debut on HD consoles with SSX Deadly Descents. By the looks of the first trailer, the new title looks darker and grittier which is cool, since those who grew up on SSX are older now. You can see the trailer and screenshots here at the official EA game page.
Very little is known about Atari’s reboot of the Star Raiders franchise. We’ve seen a teaser trailer and we’ve seen some concept art, and that’s about it… but it’s enough to make the list of games to buy in 2011. Check the official site here for the trailer.
My cousins and I used to run around with wrapping paper tubes beating the shit out of each other pretending to be Jedi when we were kids… Now days, kids have plastic lightsabers to entertain themselves and in 2011, they’ll be able to actually translate their retarded ninja moves to their TV’s. I have to say, I’m a bit jealous.
Bioware and LucasArts are bringing every nerd’s fantasy to the PC in 2011… a Star Wars MMO RPG where you can play as Republic or Empire. How cool is that? Nerd out to trailers and screens here at the official site.
Ubisoft is bringing the next installment in the tactical shooter franchise, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier to PC and consoles in 2011. The game will provide players with the most advanced weapons currently available and some that are yet to come in both campaign and multiplayer modes. See the trailers here at the official site.
Trine is still one of the best downloadable gaming experiences I’ve ever had, the atmospheres created by the developers, the excellent physics and the fun and challenging gameplay made it near perfect. This time around, they are adding three player online co-op in an all new campaign for an even deeper experience. Check out the trailer and screens here at the official site.
David Jaffe and the team at Eat Sleep Play are bringing back the colorful cast of fucked up characters in their Playstation 3 reboot of the classic Twisted Metal franchise. With on and offline multiplayer carnage and some pretty insane game modes, Twisted Metal is a must have for 2011. For more updates as they come, check the official site here.
When a game is announced and 10 minuets later, it’s already being considered a contender for game of the year, you know it’s gonna be big. Uncharted 3 will take Nathan Drake to new environments in search of the Atlantis of the Sands. Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 3 is scheduled to launch on 11|01|11 and you can pre-order here at the official site.
While there’s no actual confirmation that Level 5′s next installment of White Knight Chronicles will be making it’s way to the PS3 in 2011, we do have high hopes that it will happen. You can visit the Japanese site of the developer here for updates and information.
Considered to be the Japanese Grand Theft Auto by some, the Yakuza series has gained a large following not only in the East, but here in the West too. SEGA looks to bring Yakuza 4 to fans some time in 2011, and you can check out the official site here.
Ok, that’s it… I can’t type anymore. Happy Holidays.