10 Most Awaited Upcoming Video Games of 2011
This list brings to you the 10 most anticipated and awaited video games scheduled to release in the year 2011. So gamers get ready, place your orders and get your hands on your most favorite games as soon as they reach the shelves.
10. The Secret World – Win, Xbox 360
The Secret World
Funcom’s newest project, The Secret World will unveil in the year 2011. Ragnar Tornquist, the man behind The Longest Journey and Dreamfall is coming this time with The Secret World. The game is multiplatform and will run on Xbox 360, Windows and PlayStation 3 (PS3). The gameplay lacks levels and is based entirely on players skills. The characters are built according to the playing skill of the player. Also, the player characters will be customizable to a large degree, particularly in their choice of clothing, weapons (which range from shotguns to swords and can be customized and upgraded), and the supernatural powers they acquire. The game’s pre-production started in 2002 but has been facing delays firstly due the transfer of most of the working team to the development of Dreamfall and then due to the reduction of 20% of its staff in 2009, resulting in “significant delay” for the release of The Secret World. The game is expected to release in 2011. For now enjoy this first little teaser released by funcom.
9. Tomb Raider (2011 video game) – Win, PS3, Xbox 360
Ninth in the series of Tomb Raider, the game is one of the most awaited upcoming games. Tomb Raider is an open-world action-adventure video game. Developed by Crystal Dynamics, the game is expected to release in the last quarter of 2011, most probably near Christmas. It is a single player game designed for PlayStation 3 (PS3), Xbox 360 and Windows. The lead of the game, Lara Croft is in search of lost relics. The 21 year old girl performs journeys to an island off the coast of Japan and is strangled in by unforeseen storm leaving Croft separated from any other survivors. This puts her endurance and physical strength to test. This year the game is expected to get a Mature 17+ rating in the United States. Based on the game is the famous hollywood film, Tomb Raider in which the role of Lara Croft is beautifully played by Angelina Julie. The game will look somewhat like the following trailer.
8. Hitman 5 – Xbox 360, Win, PS3
The latest and 5th version of the famous game, Hitman is expected to come out in stores around Christmas 2011. This time the game is taking agent 47 in whole new direction. He will appear as a protagonist. The developer of the game, the IO Community has confirmed that the game will not follow a story based on the movie.
7. Max Payne 3 – Xbox 360, Win, PS3
Max Payne 3
Rockstar Vancouver, the developer of the award winning PS2, Xbox 360 and Wii based game, Bully, is coming this time with Max Payne 3 after the success of the first two parts of the series. The game is famous for it’s bullet time mode where the bullet time is slowed down to such an extent that it could be seen with naked eye. According to Rockstar’s Sam Houser, they are starting a new chapter of Max’s life with the game. “This is Max as we’ve never seen him before, a few years older, more world-weary and cynical than ever.” Since the last game, the press release states Max has left New York behind and has “drifted from bad to worse.” The game is sequel to Max Payne a shooter video game which was released in the year 2001. It is expected to release in the year 2011.
6. Mortal Kombat 9 – Xbox 360, Win, PS3
Mortal Kombat 9
Ninth installment of the famous fighting series, Mortal Kombat has an announced April 19th, 2011 release on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 systems. The game is developed by NetherRealm Studios (formerly known as WB Games Chicago and Midway Games Chicago). Mortal Kombat is the first title in the series to include 3D graphics with gameplay solely on the 2D plane. The game is simple yet interesting, successfully targeting the casual players. Developer Ed Boon describes the game as retake of the events of the original first three Mortal Kombat games (MK, MK II, and MK3).
…Raiden is about to be killed by Shao Kahn, and just before he delivers the last blow, he [Raiden] sends a mental message to his earlier self, so the camera rewinds back to Mortal Kombat 1. The Raiden from back then gets a message and he doesn’t know what’s going on, but he knows something bad’s going to happen, and the game spans Mortal Kombat 1, 2, and 3, retelling the story with an enlightened Raiden, and he’s changing the course of things, so everything you’ve seen happen before – Liu Kang winning, the guys turning into cybernetic ninjas, are changed around, so you might see a character become cybernetic who wasn’t before, and so you see a different version [of events].
It is the first M-rated Mortal Kombat game to be developed for the seventh generation of consoles. The game will be available in three different editions: “The Standard Edition”, “The Kollector’s Edition”, and “The Tournament Edition” where the Standard Edition consist of a copy of Mortal Kombat, The Kollector’s Edition consists of: a copy of Mortal Kombat, Sub-Zero and Scorpion figurines, an art book, dubbed a “Mortal Kombat Klassic costume” and a downloadable content skin, and The Tournament Edition is the same as the Kollector’s Edition but instead of having figurines and an art book, it consists of a fight stick controller.
5. Test Drive Unlimited 2 – Xbox 360, Win, PS3
Test Drive Unlimited 2
Developed by Eden Games, Test Drive Unlimited 2 is the most awaited car racing video game announced to release on 8th February 2011 in North America and 11th February in Europe. The game is set on two islands: Ibiza, and Oahu and the gameplay requires the player to earn experience points to level up through the 60 levels. These points can be earned via 4 categories i.e. Competition (racing, completing challenges), Social (making friends in the game, race against other people, joining clubs), Discovery (discover all roads, take photographs of specific locations, find all car wrecks) and Collection (buy cars, houses, furniture, clothing/basic need’s). Following is a small trailer of the game.
4. Batman: Arkham City – PS3, Win, Xbox 360
Batman – Arkham City
Based on the comic Batman, Batman Arkham City is the sequel to action-adventure stealth video game Batman: Arkham Asylum. The game is developed by Rocksteady Studios. An official announcement was made during the beginning of the 2009 Spike Video Game Awards and the game is currently scheduled to be released in Q3 2011. This time the game will include multiplayer features. As the game is the sequel of Arkham Asylum, the story for Arkham City takes place one year after the events of Arkham Asylum. Quincy Sharp, former warden of Arkham Asylum, has taken credit for stopping the Joker, and used that notoriety to become mayor of Gotham City. Catowoman, the past relationship of Batman and Gotham are in danger so Batman decides to enter the city for both their safety. The sequel was confirmed by famed Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy to be “really, really dark”. While relating the game’s dark nature to the animated movie Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Conroy also said, “It involves a lot of the villains and it goes to that area – it’s that dark.”
Following is the trailer of the game.
3. Duke Nukem Forever – Xbox 360, Win, PS3
Dude Nukem Forever
A sequel to the 1996 game Duke Nukem 3D, Duke Nukem Forever is an upcoming first-person shooter video game for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 systems, currently in development by Gearbox Software. The story of the Sci-fi game revolves around an alien attack and the resistance shown to save the land. Duke Nukem Forever is being developed by 3D Releams. The official release date of the game is set as May 3, 2011 in North America, with a worldwide release following on May 6, 2011. The game has faced significantly long delays making it’s release a big news as well as a joke among the masses. Jason Hall, host of The Jace Hall Show, featured Duke Nukem Forever in the show’s premiere episode on June 4, 2008 and described his hands-on play experience with the game as “perfect”, ending the segment with “I saw it.
2. Metal Gear Solid: Rising – PS3, Win, Xbox 360
Metal Gear Solid: Rising
This year Kojima productions are coming up with their action video game, Metal Gear: Rising, latest in the Metal Gear Series. Rising is an interquel set between the events of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. The news about the game was hinted for the first time during Hideo Kojima’s keynote presentation at the 2009 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Since then it’s release has been a desperate wait. It’s a fast paced game unlike the other parts of the series with the gameplay focused on swordfighting, and a style of stealth that is more fast-paced and action-oriented than in previous titles, which are Tactical Espionage Action games. Main feature for the game is titled zan-datsu which involves cutting through enemies and “taking” parts from the bodies. The game is expected to release sometime in 2011 despite facing some censorship issues. Sony has made an announcement that the PlayStation 3 version of Metal Gear Solid: Rising will be in 3D. Following is a small teaser of the game.
1. Brink – Xbox 360, Win, PS3
First person shooter, 8v8 player and cooperate multi player action video game, Brink is scheduled for release on May 17, 2011 in the US and May 20 in Europe after two delays in it’s release. The game is developed by Splash Damage, the creators of Enemy Territory. Brink is a first-person shooter built around a story mode playable online with up to 8 players in a co-operative style, against bots, or in competitive team-against-team multi-player. The game offers full cosmetic customization of characters via gear bought with experience points earned by completing objectives. Brink’s plot is based on the battle of two sides Resistance and Security, in the utopian city called The Ark, a floating city surrounded by the waters of a flooded Earth. The city of 5000 residents was designed as a prototype of environment friendly city, with renewable assets and no contamination. However, due to many refugees entering the city from other parts of the world, its population has grown ten times greater, affecting the environment and stability of the city. Following is a trailer of the game.