Here’s a list of games I’m looking forward to in the future in no particular order. Hopefully most of them will release in 2011, but some of them have indefinite release dates.
Release Date: 2011?
Comments: I have to admit it. I’ve always been a Zelda fan. However, I have a feeling that this Zelda game will feel a lot different from the rest since it will utilize Wii MotionPlus controls. As swordplay is a significant part of any Zelda game, actually feeling like you’re accurately wielding a sword will probably enhance the Zelda experience by a lot! This isn’t just a GameCube port like Twilight Princess either, so I can’t wait to actually try this game out for myself!
Release Date: ???
Comments: This is an MMORPG I’ve been waiting for WAY too long. Finally, an MMORPG that isn’t in the fantasy/medieval or sci-fi genres! What makes things even better is that it really seems like the developers are aiming to reinvent the MMORPG wheel with the game. To top it off, the art direction in this game is absolutely beautiful!
Release Date: Summer 2011
Comments: Dragon Nest seems to be a very promising free-to-play game coming this year. While its gameplay seems a bit similar to Vindictus, its overall feel just seems make it different. Plus, in my opinion, the art style is a lot more appealing as it was inspired by Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, a game I enjoyed as a kid.
Release Date: Q4 of 2011
Comments: As a big fan of the Battlefield franchise, I basically drooled a waterfall’s worth of saliva when I saw the GDC teaser trailer. Battlefield 3 is making it clear that it’s not a Bad Company 3 and that it plans to uphold the crown from the unforgotten Battlefield 2. Battlefield 3′s visuals and animations look spectacular, and I can only imagine how much more amazing the game will be when multiplayer is shown with its tactical and destructible goodness.
Release Date: June 2011?
Comments: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS is a remake of the legendary Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64… a game I’ve always wanted to play but unfortunately never had the opportunity to. Sure I’ve seen many of my friends play it, but seeing isn’t the same as playing! Now that it’s being remade on the Nintendo 3DS, I have the chance to play it without being self-conscious that I’m over a decate late! :D
Release Date: March 15, 2011
Comments: Ōkamiden is the successor of Ōkami which was originally for the PlayStation 2. While I never played Ōkami since I didn’t have a PlayStation 2, it was a game I always wanted to play. The most I could do is watch Chuggaaconroy’s Let’s Play of Okami, but now that Ōkamiden is coming out on the Nintendo DS, the game seems to be a great way for me to jump into the franchise.
Release Date: March 6, 2011
Comments: As a kid I was a huge Pokémon fan. Unfortunately as I grew up, my ties to the franchise seemed to break apart. Obviously I outgrew the television series, but I always had to question whether or not I should try the Pokémon games again. Pokémon Black and White seems to be the opportunity for me to reunite with the Pokémon games again, mainly because they’ve wiped everything and require all players, whether they’re Pokémon veterans or not, to learn everything from the ground-up. At the start of the game you can only use the new 150 Pokémon released in Black and White in an entirely new region of the Pokémon world. The game was deliberately designed this way to attract new players as well as reintroduce old players (like me) back into the series. At the same time, hardcore players are given a much needed refresh of the series as they have to relearn the wheel of the game.
Release Date: 2011?
Comments: I remember seeing the first trailer of Kid Icarus: Uprising at E3 2010, being mindblown at the spectacular visuals of the 3DS. After rubbing my eyes and focusing on the actual game instead of just the visuals, I realized at how interesting the game was gameplay-wise. At a glance it seems like a third-person action game, but in reality it’s actually a third-person shooter! Another great aspect is that the game focuses around Pytt, a Nintendo all-star that hasn’t had his own game since 1991.
Release Date: ???
Comments: I never tried out Guild Wars, but Guild Wars 2 seems very interesting. The Guild Wars franchise is one of the few that goes with the buy-to-play business model where you only need to buy the game once. While I honestly don’t know too much about the game, constant recommendations from my friends makes my curiosity for the franchise grow more and more. The awesome concept art doesn’t hurt either. :P
Release Date: ???
Comments: I remember playing GunZ: The Duel back as a kid. It was definitely one of my favorite free-to-play shooters out there. While GunZ is currently dying due to hackers, a small but hardcore community, and bad networking issues, GunZ 2 wants to revive the franchise back to its former glory. Not much is known about it yet, but it’s been confirmed that k-style will be making its return. However, this time around the game will be more accessible to “less-skilled” players… so I’m wondering how they’re going to balance between extremely hardcore players and more casual players.
Release Date: Q4 2011
Comments: What caught my eye about FireFall was that it has staff who previously worked at Blizzard and designers who worked on the Tribes series. What caught my eye even more was that FireFall plans to be a free-to-play game. The thing that makes this game unique is that it’s an MMO shooter which isn’t common in any part of the gaming market. FireFall really seems to be a distinguished game that’s aiming to tread in unexplored territory, and I’m willing to follow it just to see where it goes. I hope it ends up somewhere great!
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