Happy New Year! It’s 2011 and it also happens to be a new decade, though some would argue 2010 was the start of the new decade. Who knows? I barely caught up with games that were released in 2009 and already a slew of new titles will be upon us to bring all kinds of productivity to a halt.
So what are we looking forward to in 2011? I can’t speak for the rest of the staff, but no doubt Mario “The Boss” Marquez will want Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. He even said so. Then there’s the obvious with the now yearly installment of Call of Duty with this year’s Modern Warfare 3. Zelda is always a safe bet with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. It would be nice if Ganon took a break and not be the final boss this time around. 2011 will see some reboots of the franchises of Tomb Raider, Mortal Kombat, and Twisted Metal. LittleBigPlanet will engage the creativity of aspiring game designers and Mass Effect 3 will conclude the epic sci-fi adventures of Commander Shepard.
As for me, I’ve got a top three. First is Silent Hill 8. I was disappointed with the last installment of the survival horror series, Shattered Memories, because it elicited two emotions in me: boredom and annoyance. Silent Hill 8 looks to return the series to a more traditional gameplay style, though I hope it ditches the tank controls in favor of Origins’ 3D movement.
Batman: Arkham City is next on my list. After finishing the absolutely incredible Arkham Asylum on Hard Difficulty-and I rarely play any game on Hard Difficulty-I’ve got to play the sequel now. The flawless game mechanics coupled with additional characters from the Dark Knight’s rogues gallery like Two Face and Catwoman? I’m sold!
And of course, there’s Dragon Age II. I’ve talked about it at length already, but there’s yet another factor that I just discovered. First a little background. I’ve created characters for all six origins in the original Dragon Age, but my “canon” character, the character I import to the DLC where applicable, is Silas, a human mage. The game sets a human mage’s surname as Amell. Now the Dragon Age II main character’s surname is Hawke, and his (or her) mother’s maiden name is Amell. So Hawke and my Origins Warden may well be cousins or something!
So what are you looking forward to in 2011?