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411 Games Top 5 01.13.11: Week 97 – Most Anticipated of 2011

January 13, 2011 | Posted by Adam Larck

Welcome back to Week 97 of the Top 5. I’m your temporary host Adam Larck, filling in for emergencies, dead computers and more. So, let’s see who all we have contributing this week.

Francisco Ramirez– Writes the weekly wrestling column News and Views from South of the Border.
Todd Vote– The founder of the Top 5. Also, the one with a dead PC.
Lee Price– The writer of the Retronomicon, the column that looks at the games of the past.
Adam Larck– The poster of this week’s Top 5, along with the writer of Fact or Fiction and various news posts.
Armando Rodriguez– The writer of the former Socially Acceptable Gaming column, and contributor of whatever needs help at the time.

I won’t be doing a comment section this week, as I’m just filling in temporarily. So, let’s get on with the lists!

This week’s subject is a look ahead at 2011, and what games we’re looking forward to. Starting us off is Francisco Ramirez.

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Duke Nukem: Forever Forever indeed!

Twisted Metal Sweet Tooth in HD, need I say more?

Marvel VS. Capcom 3 Mike Haggar added to the roster is just icing on the cake!

Call Of Duty 2011 More curious than anything else.

5.Disgaea 4 – Yes, Disgaea 4! While 2011 will see the release of many AAA titles like Twisted Metal, or possibly Mass Effect 3, what I’m looking forward to is a PS3 exclusive Japanese SRPG. Are you mad at me? The previous incarnations of the Disgaea series were awesome *I’m trying to bring that word back*, with Disgaea 3 being arguably the weakest. Can Nippon Ichi bring back the smarky, exaggerated and funny storylines from the previous entries? Will the number crunch and level grinding be as fun as it used to be? How will the online component and pirate ships work? This RPG nerd is anxious to find out!

4.Dragon Age II – Confession, I almost slept through the original Dragon Age! It was a surprise Christmas gift, one that was received along with a copy of Borderlands. I have to admit, I put Dragon Age to the side and focused my time on Borderlands. I gave Dragon Age a try and was pissed off when I realized the greatness that I almost missed out on. 2011 is here and with that a sequel. Combat has been overhauled, the location has changed and this time there is a centralized or main character! Is this good or bad, I don’t know. Bioware comparing the difference between Dragon Age and Dragon Age II being just as drastic as Mass Effect II to its previous entry leaves me very intrigued though!

3.PSP RPG’s – While the big consoles seem to be lacking in the JRPG department the PSP and DS seem like the place to be for the fans of these type of games. The PSP is set to have a hell of a year, first off I’m looking forward to Persona 2: Innocent Sin, which never found a home in the U.S. We have Final Fantasy IV Complete to look forward to as well. Valkyria Chronicles III, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, and the 3rd Birthday give me more to be excited about. Finally the icing on the proverbial cake has to be for both PS3 and PSP gamers, that is the inclusion of topnotch PSX games Threads of Fate, Saiyuki: Journey West, Vagrant Story, Legend of Mana and the cherry on top Xenogears! All these titles headed to the PSN store.

2.Rage – ID Software knows shooters, hell they damn near invented them, or wait did they? Anyways, Rage is looking great graphically, play wise I haven’t made up my mind yet. While the game won’t be released until the end of the year the anticipation keeps growing. Will it live up to the hype? So far who knows, but I know I’m not the only person waiting to find out.

1.The Last Guardian – Team ICO knows how to deliver. Being 2 for 2 is not a bad ratio, while very little has been revealed regarding their upcoming game the developers past two games Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are absolute classics in this writer’s humble opinion. This game can be released tomorrow with no information whatsoever and I’d be picking it up. Is it blind faith, I don’t know, maybe it’s the mystery revolving this game! Team Ico hasn’t let anyone down before, I sure as hell am willing to bet they won’t start doing it in 2011.

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5.Marvel vs. Capcom 3 – Even not being a “Street Fighter guy”, I am really looking forward to this one. The game looks great, and has a cast of characters to make any fighting fan excited. Why is it so low on the list? Well #1 should answer that question for you.

4.Portal 2 – The first Portal was a smart, fun, hilarious puzzle platformer. I expect great things from Valve on the sequel. The robots in coop mode look like they will add all sorts of new elements to the gameplay, and I can’t wait.

3.L.A. Noire – Rockstar’s next monster? That has yet to be seen. From what I hear Noire will be a more linear experience than past Rockstar games, I am interested to see how this plays out. The trailers and footage I have seen looks amazing.

2.Call of Duty: Space Warfare? – I must admit, if the 2011 Call of Duty game really ventures into space, I will be interested to check it out. This is coming from a guy who has grown tired of the franchise. Sending it to space could add a new twist to things.

1.Mortal Kombat – What? You were expecting Angry Birds or something? Hurry Warner Brothers Interactive… Hurry and give me some MK goodness.

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Dragon Age II – I still haven’t finished the first title, but I enjoyed it enough to know I want the sequel

5.LA Noire – Its Rockstar for a start, so you know its going to be good. The fact they are tackling the Noir genre makes for an interesting departure. If there’s a studio that can pull this sort of thing off, its Rockstar. Whether they get it out in 2011 is another matter.

4.Okamiden – Okami is one of the truly underappreciated gems of gaming. It hasn’t achieved the sales it deserves, despite putting in appearances on the PS2 and Wii. It left little hope for a sequel, but the announcement of Okamiden made fans of Okami ridiculously happy. Here’s to the only DS game I’m really looking forward to this year.

3.Batman: Arkham City – Arkham Asylum was one of the best comic book games ever released, so the announcement of a sequel excited fans the world over. Here’s hoping they manage to translate everything that made the original so great into a much larger setting.

2.BioShock Infinite – I adore the BioShock games, especially the first one. I consider it a triumph of narration in a gaming context. The sequel was great too, but by the end of it I couldn’t see where else the developers could take Rapture. Apparently neither could they, which is why they moved the next game in the series to a city in the sky. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

1.Marvel vs. Capcom 3 – I’m a massive fan of Capcom at the best of times and I damn near creamed my pants when this was announced. We almost have the full character roster revealed and you can guarantee this will be a barnstorming game. Will it be as good as its predecessor? Only time will tell but I can’t wait.

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Batman: Arkham City – I want to see how the team can build on the detective mode and what new enemies are being added in the game.

Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 – Sure, I’m not amazing at fighting games, but I’ve always liked this series and want to see how the new gameplay is.

5.Uncharted 3 – Uncharted 2 was a great game, so how will the team be able to top it? The gameplay will probably remain the same, but I’m looking for possible changes in the multiplayer and co-op. Plus, I want to see how the desert setting looks in the game.

4.Dragon Age II – I enjoyed the first game a lot, but the second game seems to be going a completely different direction. I’m curious how the new gameplay will be, along with what characters and quests will be available. Plus, I’m hoping to see some cameos from characters in the first game.

3.Portal 2 – I had a great time with the first game, but one thing in particular has me waiting for this game: co-op. Being able to play brand new levels with a friend should be great fun. With a continuing plot and new elements to try out, I’m looking forward to this taking up a few weeks when it releases.

2.Mass Effect 3 – Mass Effect 2 was a top contender for Game of the Year in 2010. A year later, the sequel will be coming out and taking the crew back to Earth? I’m interested to see if galaxy exploration will still be a big thing, or if it will be changed into going across the world. I guess we’ll find out in November.

1.Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Oblivion took up half of my year a few years ago, and I’m looking forward to this game doing the same. The new leveling and combat system sounds interesting, and I’m glad they got rid of the enemies that level with you. The main thing I’m curious about is how many quests they’ll be able to fit in the game, along with how the quest will be and what direction it will follow.

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: Tomb Raider reboot, Little Big Planet 2, Ico/Shadow of the Colossus and way too many more games to list here.

5. Mass Effect 2 & 3: I am a PS3 only guy, so Mass Effect 2 is going to be new for me. Getting both, parts 2 and 3 on the same year is going to make my head explode, since I have about a dozen games I need to beat first and another dozen or so that are coming out this year and are on my “must have” list. I am a huge fan of Bioware’s RPG’s, so I have no doubt I will enjoy both titles.

4.Bulletstorm: People Can Fly’s new game went from inspiring mild curiosity in me to becoming a must have title. A first person shooter that looks anything but, the focus of the game is making skill kills, massive combos, explosions and ridiculous violence. To me it looks like a first-person Just Cause 2, with even more craziness if that’s even possible.

3.Infamous 2: I am eager to get my hands on the follow-up to Cole McGrath’s story. The open-world superhero game is one of my favorite games of this generation and the way the story twisted and turned, with more than a few “OMG!” surprises left me wanting more. My only concern is that the second game might try to do too much (it seems we get new elemental powers) and that somehow that will break the game.

2.Uncharted 3: Forget God of War, Uncharted has been THE must play series on Sony’s shiny black console. Originally dismissed as a Tomb Raider clone, Uncharted blends action-packed sequences with exploration and Gears of War-like combat…..and enough Hollywood blockbuster-style moments to make even the best big-budget movies jealous. I know a lot of people that get so immersed in the game that they’d rather watch OTHER people play and just enjoy the theatrics. The subtitle, Drake’s Deception, has already created plenty of suspicion and arguments: will Drake betray someone or be betrayed by someone? Will Sullivan pull off the “heel turn” he has been hinting at since Uncharted 1? I just can’t wait to find out.

1.Mortal Kombat: To be quite honest, the last Mortal Kombat game that I played and thoroughly enjoyed was Mortal Kombat Trilogy. Ever since the series went 3D the games have been good, but they just don’t feel like MK to me. A return to the roots of the series is more than enough to get me interested. Keep the fights in 2D (even if everything is done using 3D polygons like in Street Fighter IV) and give me more fatalities and I am a happy gamer. On a side note, Todd, you better get this on PS3 so that I can kick your ass.

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Around the Site:

Four Player Co-op– This week’s column looks at Kinect, Old Republic and more.
Retronomicon– Lee Price looks at Super Mario Land for Game Boy.
Fact or Fiction– This week’s Fact or Fiction has Stephen Randle and Justin Weinblatt taking a look at what 2011 has to offer.
Living LIVE News Report– Trace Aber reports on Avatar Kinect, a possible pay-to-play Call of Duty and more.
Editor’s Corner– I pull the Editor’s Corner back out to rank my top 20 games of the year, starting with No. 20 through No. 16.
Ask 411 Games– Mathew Sforcina answers questions about Fighter’s History, Double Dragon and more.
Gaming 2.0– Josh Boykin covers the past, present and future state of gaming.
The 10th Hour– Derek Robbins list his Top 25 games of 2010.

That’s all we have for this week. Leave us your own lists below, and let us know what you thought about ours.

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