Most Anticipated Games of 2011

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I can't even begin to describe how disappointing it is that over half of the list are all shooters and that Catherine and Innocent Sin aren't on there.
Not saying all the games there are bad, and I'll probably play some of them, but the industry seems to be starving for creativity these days. It's sequel after sequel and gun porn after gun porn these days.
Perhaps I have become a bit jaded these days.

I got my eye on Saints row the third and 'from dust' - which hasn't received much news but anyone who's seen the trailers will know it looks pretty damn good and original.

VanQQisH:

Not saying all the games there are bad, and I'll probably play some of them, but the industry seems to be starving for creativity these days.

And for anyone looking into freeware - Project Zomboid has plenty of creativity and potential. Just look about and you'll find plenty of others.
And dare I say it.... Skyrim? Come on guys! It DOES look good!

That all said 'Modern warfare 3' did make me throw up a little. So I can see where you're coming from. Ah the industry isn't dead yet - you just need to look through all the shit a bit then you'll see the shiny gems like Saints Row 2 which make bored old shooters an amusing joke.

GraveeKing:

And for anyone looking into freeware - Project Zomboid has plenty of creativity and potential. Just look about and you'll find plenty of others.
And dare I say it.... Skyrim? Come on guys! It DOES look good!

That all said 'Modern warfare 3' did make me throw up a little. So I can see where you're coming from. Ah the industry isn't dead yet - you just need to look through all the shit a bit then you'll see the shiny gems like Saints Row 2 which make bored old shooters an amusing joke.

I do agree that most of the games there look good and they have the production value behind them, but I've had enough shooters for a long time.
On the other hand, Skyrim has been on my pre-order list since it was first announced and yes, it looks absolutely breathtaking.
I've been playing mostly free games and PSP games lately anyway. League of Legends is a lot of fun once you unlock your first "main" hero and I've been playing Star Ocean: First Departure on my PSP and the story and characters are brilliant.
I also have Tales of Xillia on pre-order and I am just about ready to explode with anticipation.

The Escapist Staff:

The games you are (or should be) looking forward to in the last half of 2011.

Needs more Space Marine.

Page 6 (Dark Souls) and Page 13 (Skyrim)

That is all...

(No Disgaea 4 love? Sad...)

Only one out of all those games am I actually looking forward to, that was a bit disappointing

- Deus Ex: Human Revolution
- Hard Reset
- Red Orchestra 2
- Rage
- Battlefield 3

Can't wait for the FPS craze to end so I don't have to waste money on games anymore, 'cause all these titles just breathes "All of my money! Take it!"

Skyrim
Battlefield 3
(Goddamn) uncharted 3
batman arkham city
assassins creed revelations
and when does dust 514 come out? tht looks sick....

Halo CE, Revelations and Skyrim are the only ones the interest me. Good old Ezio:

Ezio Auditore Da Firenze, making people stab their own friends since 1511.

Xan Krieger:
No idea how Zelda made it on there when Space Marine didn't.

Because Zelda is an established videogame series beloved by many which consistently produces high quality games.
Same reason a Mario title would be on this list before Space Marine, among various other games.

That's not to say Space Marine will be inferior to any of these titles, its just not as highly anticipated.

GrandmaFunk:
so 13/15 of the games are sequels.

that's sad, really really sad.

First thing I noticed, too. And of the two that aren't sequels, one is basically Dead Rising: Spring Break Edition (yay more zombies, because if there's anything we don't have enough of yet...), and the other is a post-apocalyptic shooter (oh wait, that's what we didn't have enough of yet). I'm sure at least some of them will be fun, but that's still pretty ridiculous.

What's kind of funny, though, is the prevalence of the number 3 in the list. Not surprisingly, Valve is nowhere to be seen.

kayisking:

Fightgarr:
Games I'm actually looking forward to this year: Catherine, The Last Guardian

I've got some bad news for you mate. The Last Guardian has been pushed back to the later half of 2012.

Oh poop. Well better I know, I guess, and save myself some disappointment.

Deus Ex officially has me as giddy as a school girl. I'm not even going to look at the others until I play that one.

Revelations, Skyward Sword, and maybe Arkham City and Saints Row the Third, but the first two are the only ones I'll be buying soon as I can. The others I'll Gamefly first.

Pity Mass Effect 3 has been pushed back till March 2012. Otherwise that'd basically be my only game.

Otherwise, yeah, I've got a pre-order for Deus Ex HR, BF3 will be extraordinary, and Skyrim should be pretty good, everything else will be crap imo.

First thing I notice is that everything after the middle of October is at least a sequel. How dull.

The next is that I can point out instantly the games I think will be rushed and/or disappointing.
To name: I don't see how Deus Ex 3 can live up to expectations, I remain unconvinced about Dead Island, I think Battlefield 3 is coming out in October solely to get it out the door before MW3 and will require a ton of patches to get it playable, and as for Skyward Sword, and will it really come out before the end of the year? Twilight Princess springs instantly to mind...

I refuse to get excited about an upcoming release too much any more; I got badly burned by Smash Bros. Brawl. Not that that should stop anyone else, mind.

One thing that is interesting that I swear quite a few of these games were only announced earlier this year/last year, is the development schedule for a top-quality title that fast now? (Even assuming that they were in development before their official release)

My too buy list.

Will Buy
Deus Ex 3 - 26th August 2011
Space Marine - 9th September 2011
Batman: Arkham City - 21st October 2011
Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm - Unknown

May buy
From Dust - 27th July
Dark Souls - 7th October 2011
Uncharted 3: drakes deception - 2nd November 2011
Elder scrolls: Skyrim - 11th November 2011
Star Wars: TOR - Unknown

Gears of War 3, Skyrim, Batman Arkham City, Modern Warfare 3 (I want to see what happens to Soap and Price)

Skyrim and Gears 3 - can't wait for either

Looking forward to Uncharted, Revelations, and Arkham City, but this list is missing Max Payne 3. WTF?! It's still coming out in 2011, isn't it?

Nouw:
I see a disturbing lack of Space Marine in that article. We must cleanse it!

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We must kill this xeno scum.

Seriously OP, your missing a pretty big game that's not a sequel.... I'm we're just saying.

One more game that a lot of game websites tend to forget, since they already played a different version of it: The Witcher 2. The console version is coming out around November.

(Woohoo!)

Am I the only one who never sees anything in the christmas (nov/dec) list? Ima buy Deux sex, Catherine and Batman. To me the greatest titles arrive either before or after the holidays (Bioshock Infinite!).

There is a disturbing lack of The Old Republic on this list.

I assume it's because this is only listing games that have confirmed release dates... but still! Shame on you, escapist.

My list:

Dead Island
Batman
Saint's Row 3

The rest are meh. But those three I'm really looking forward to (especially SR3)

fletch_talon:

Xan Krieger:
No idea how Zelda made it on there when Space Marine didn't.

Because Zelda is an established videogame series beloved by many which consistently produces high quality games.
Same reason a Mario title would be on this list before Space Marine, among various other games.

That's not to say Space Marine will be inferior to any of these titles, its just not as highly anticipated.

So it's pretty much the same reasons Space Marine should be on the list given the high quality Dawn of War series? Seriously I'm pretty sure more people care about Space Marine then an elf in tights.

Waitwaitwait...

Insomniac's latest demo only had an assault rifle and a magnum??? That doesn't sound like Insomniac at all... Did the magnum at least still shoot high explosive rounds?

If Dark Souls was on PC... ehh..

I would've looked forward to Battlefield 3, but I'm not sure there was more than a year since Bad Company 2. I mean... come on.

Oh, and since I recently bought and finally got to play Assassin's Creed Brotherhood... I want Revelations. Since I know it's coming on PC... The multiplayer AND single player in Brotherhood are magnificent. Can't wait for more. Shame it's the last game...

Que the wall of fan bitching for and against the games and the people who are just here to go "sqeeeeee" about their favorite. I know its the only good response to a story like this but it still bugs the hell out of me. (why is there even a comment section here?)

s69-5:
(No Disgaea 4 love? Sad...)

God, I'm looking forward to that game.


MANLY FANCY.

No Ace Combat: Assault Horizon? :(

Ehm, no Diablo 3?

mireko:

s69-5:
(No Disgaea 4 love? Sad...)

God, I'm looking forward to that game.


MANLY FANCY.

Best... Trailer... Ever!!!

Honestly, I didn't know Dark Souls was coming to the 360...I guess I just immediately associated it with the PS3 when I heard it was a successor to Demon's Souls.

Thank you, Escapist Staff. I might have missed this one :)

The games I'm forward too are:

Dues Ex: Human Revolution
Battlefield 3
Saint's Row: The Third
Skyrim
Assassin's Creed: Revelations

And that's about it.

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