A look into the future: 2011 games to get excited for

28 12 2010

Last week The Pause Button took a look into the past. Now we look into the future and what titles gamers should at least perk up at, if not get downright giddy for.

Lost In Shadow (Wii)

Reminiscent of the surprisingly good Xbox Live title Limbo, Lost in Shadow is an upcoming Wii title in which Dow, the shadow of a young boy, becomes separated with his host body and has to climb an evil tower to free the shadows of the dead. This game looks promising as the environments are comprised of shadows cast by foreground environments and it allows the players to adjust light sources and manipulate the shadows for Dow to move along.  Lost in Shadow is slated to be released on January 1, 2011.

LA Noire (Xbox 360, PS3)

The developers at Rockstar are more commonly known for their work on open-world titles with ill-tempered, gun-toting protagonists such as Niko Bellic in Grand Theft Auto IV and John Marston in Red Dead Redemption. This formula looks to stay the same, albeit with a vastly different look and feel in their upcoming mystery/thriller LA Noire. A game with the graphic facial intensity similar to that of 2010’s Heavy Rain, but a seemingly more socially charged storyline, LA Noire looks like it could be one of the most visually stunning games of the year. Little else is known about the game, but it has a scheduled release date of May 5, 2011.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (PS3)

With Uncharted 2: Among Thieves being the recipient of many accolades and awards, the Naughty Dog team had the bar set quite high for the sequel adventure following everyman treasure hunter Nathan Drake. As per a recent reveal on the Spike Video Game Awards, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception will take Drake to sandy new locales such as the Rub’al Khali desert and include many new game play additions such as more intuitive climbing controls and a reportedly more refined focus on multiplayer. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is scheduled to be released on November 1, 2011.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (Xbox 360, PS3)

The first Marvel vs. Capcom title in ten years, Fate of Two Worlds looks and promises to be a complete powerhouse for fighting games. Closer to the Tatsunoko vs. Capcom graphics and speed, Marvel vs. Capcom is throwing in all manner of new and old MvC characters, creating new and undoubtedly more involved combo play than ever had before (and even more characters have yet to be revealed). Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is slated to be released on February 15, 2011.

Batman: Arkham City (PS3, Xbox 360)

The sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum, the game about the caped crusader that blew all previously related titles out of the water, Batman: Arkham City will plop the dark knight in the middle of an entire town full of crazies to contend with. As the recent trailer from the Spike Video Game Awards depicted, this newest title will be darker and just as menacing as the first (with Hugo Strange as the villain), but no official game play elements have been seen as of yet. Batman: Arkham Asylum is scheduled to be released on October 3, 2011.

 

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