Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fall Preview

2011 is probably one of the biggest years for games I've ever seen. Many highly regarded franchises are releasing sequels that look to improve on everything that has already been established. There are almost too many games to choose from, I don't know how anyone will have time to play them all. Here's a look at the games that I'm most looking forward to, and already have pre-ordered through Gamestop. I'll go in order of month and release date, so that way there's no bias in which one's I start with.

Resistance 3

The fall season kicks off with Resistance 3. Now, normally I'm not a huge fan of scary games by any means, but this game really appeals to me for some reason. Resistance 3 is a First Person Shooter, and one of the oldest franchises on the Playstation 3. It has a great story, which focuses on the mysterious Chimera taking over Earth instead of World War II ever happening. So, there is a vibe of 1950's Americana, as well as futuristic because of the Chimeran weaponry. The game is a great multiplayer experience, bundled with a fantastic single player. This time around, the multiplayer is limited to 8 on 8, which works well, since the better matches always had fewer people, in my opinion. Resistance 3 comes out September 6th, 2011.

God of War Origins Collection

The God Of War Origins Collection is coming soon, sooner than expected. They first announced that there would be PSP games remade for the Playstation 3 a few months ago. At E3, it was confirmed that the origins will be coming this September. The two games are completely remastered, rendered in 3D and will include trophies. This collection is perfect for those who don't own a PSP, but love the God of War series. This game releases September 13th, 2011.

Twisted Metal 

Twisted Metal makes its return this fall, and it looks to become one of its kind. There really aren't any other games similar to Twisted Metal. It combines high speed racing action with a multiplayer shooter experience to provide something unique and exciting. David Jaffe, the creator of the series, has always made the best game that he possibly can, whether reviewers like it or not. He's doing it to make a great and enjoyable game, not to please the critics. Its been far too long since the last Twisted Metal experience, and now we won't have to wait much longer. Twisted Metal releases October 4th, 201l.

Batman: Arkham City

This year, Batman: Arkham City looks to improve upon one of the best superhero games ever made. The first Batman game was outstanding, with a good balance of fighting and puzzle solving, the action was always balanced and highly entertaining. This time around, Batman takes to the streets after Arkham Asylum is deemed too small to house the criminals. This leads to part of the city being cordoned off to allow the criminals to roam free throughout it, but still be locked away. Even though they're blocked off from society, Batman senses something is being plotted, and he must investigate. Continuing with many of the same gadgets, and an improved fighting system, Batman will have to face some of his greatest enemies. Batman: Arkham City releases October 18th, 2011.

Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3 will give the Call of Duty franchise a run for its money this year when it releases this fall. Battlefield 3 is not a continuation of the Bad Company series, but it still has many of the same people creating it, so it will feel similar. The Battlefield franchise has always prided itself on large scale warfare, including vehicles, and destructible environments. The graphics engine, powered by Frostbite 2, looks absolutely stunning. The gameplay really seems to be running smoothly as well, and this game should prove to be one of the best shooters of all time. Battlefield 3 releases October 25th, 2011.

 Uncharted 3

I already previewed Uncharted 3 earlier in my blog, but its still worth mentioning in the fall preview. There's definitely a lot of games coming out this year, and almost all of them look to be extremely good, but only one game will win the coveted Game of the Year award. I feel that Uncharted 3 can be that game. 2009's GOTY winner was none other than Uncharted 2, and why couldn't Uncharted 3 improve upon it, and claim a second title? Uncharted 3 looks to improve multiplayer with a lot of customization, and single player will continue with an even more in-depth story. Uncharted 3 releases November 1st, 2011.

 Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

You fight dragons. Enough said, right? Well, Elder Scrolls hadn't caught my eye really, since I'm not a huge RPG fan. This game, though, looks almost too good not to purchase. I enjoyed Elder Scrolls IV, but I decided I didn't have the time to put into it. In Skyrim, though, you can fight dragons. Even if I don't beat the game, fighting dragons will probably be one of the coolest things I'll do in a game this year. Skyrim has so much content that the purchase definitely warrants itself. With an all new graphics engine and revamped gameplay, Skyrim will definitely be a contender for Game of the Year. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim releases November 11th, 2011. (11-11-11)

 Assassin's Creed Revelations

This preview is a little bit difficult to write, as I haven't completed Brotherhood yet, but I do know a few things about Revelations. The Assassin's Creed franchise has exploded over the past 4 years, becoming one of the fastest selling new IPs in the history of gaming. This has lead to a few spin-off games, which aren't necessarily part of the main trilogy, and Revelations is the 2nd game in that category. In Revelations, you'll still control Desmond, who will control Ezio, who will control Altair. Sounds confusing, and slightly like Inception, right? This game looks to finish the story of Ezio, and lead into the 3rd installment in the series. It will take place mainly in Istanbul, which should provide an interesting locale for DesEzAir (laughs) to explore. Assassin's Creed Revelations releases on November 15th, 2011.


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