2011 is another great year for gaming

I’ve got to get my skates on.  I’m still wading through Red Dead Redemption which I’m still loving (but it’s huge!) and that’s not to mention Undead Nightmare that I’ve yet to touch.

Meanwhile PixelJunk Shooter 2 is going in the sin bin.  Permanently.  So for now I’m just going to highlight a few select games that are going to be epic this year and what I’ll be hoping to play:

Portal 2

As I write this, the game is on its way in the post.  I wasn’t originally going to buy it until it had come down in price, but it’s been a combination of not wanting to stumble across any spoilers, the fact the game is three times larger than the original, everyone’s freaking out about how good it is and that the PS3 version is the definitive version… of course I’ve had to jump on the bandwagon and offer up a few notes to the guys at Valve in exchange for a copy of the game.  I couldn’t resist.

inFamous 2

This one’s going to be a pre-order as I absolutely loved the first game.  That alone justifies its inclusion on this list.  Let’s just say that improved graphics, storyline, new abilities, and tons more gameplay sweeten the deal?  Access to Uncharted 3’s multiplayer beta seals the deal!

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

If I could only choose to buy one game this year, it would be Uncharted 3.  From Uncharted’s humble origins in 2007, to worldwide anticipation in 2011- each game simply oozes quality.  Beyond simply being ‘just another franchise’, so much love, blood, sweat and tears go into creating each game that they’ve become more than just games, they’re masterpieces (my opinion).

Uncharted 3 has been my PS3’s wallpaper and theme since the reveal.  I’m counting down the days until November.  After what Uncharted 2 delivered this one will definitely be epic!

Batman: Arkham City

I’ll be playing inFamous this Summer and Uncharted 3 from November onwards, but with Arkham City releasing towards the end of October, will there be enough time to fit it in?  Probably not.  I’m not denying that it’ll be a great game- I had terrific fun with the original.

However in 2009, Arkham Asylum and Uncharted 2 were separated by a couple of months- this time around it’s probably going to be just over a couple of weeks.  If Batman wants to test my loyalty, then I’m afraid I’m going to side with Nathan Drake each and every time.

LA Noire

Yes, it’s probably one of the biggest games of the year, but I’m still focusing on squeezing every last drop of gameplay out of my existing games.  LA Noire will get a look-in from me when it comes down in price to about £25- £30.

As for the game itself, instead of shooting first and asking questions later, you’ll have to do proper detective work, and read the faces of your suspects.  Are they telling the truth?  Compelling.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

This has to be the easiest sell to fans of the shooter genre.  A day one purchase for me just for the multiplayer.  Let’s just hope that the online multiplayer isn’t as buggy on the PS3 as Black Ops was.

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

Promising to answer many questions that fans of the series have, and tying up many loose ends that have been present for the past couple of games, this latest addition will deliver satisfaction.  Ezio and Altair in one game: I can hardly contain my excitement!  With an expanded multiplayer promised, we’ll have to see how the team at Ubisoft can improve upon last year’s masterpiece.

Here’s to a great year for gaming!

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