While the end of summer is nothing to rejoice about, the start of fall 2011 has us salivating for the hot video game titles coming in the next few months. Here is our list of the most anticipated games on the near horizon.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3- 11/8/11
We got a private demo of the new “Survival” mode at E3 this year and while there were fresh maps, new perks and kill streaks, it is hard to say that the reigning champion of FPS has made any substantial upgrades. But all of this begs the questions- why should they? If you have played the rest and like us keep coming back to COD, there is a reason. The multiplayer is fierce, tight and fun and while my M16 was under-powered in Black Ops, I’m still giving them another try. Also with the introduction of the new Call of Duty Elite online community, you’ll be able to share and brag about that 5 player across the map frag-kill you pulled off to more people than ever.
The fifth entry in the epic RPG franchise had us blown away at E3. If you loved the other Elder Scrolls, Skyrim looks like it will not disappoint and infact our prediction is it will elevate the franchise. The world is even larger than before. In our demo, we climbed up a mountain and the guy showing us the game pointed way out in the distance and said- “yep, you can go there.” The Elder Scrolls have never been for the faint of heart and yes to play this game will require a massive time commitment. But if your idea of fun is a weekend alone, you can get the wife/kids/girlfriend out of town and hunker down with a 6-pack and pizza for 12 hours straight, this is your game. With 10 different races to start with and dungeon after dungeon to raid and loot, the character optimization alone has us doing the pre-order. Oh, and yes this time there will be dragons and you get to kill them. How’s that for winter stay-home fun.
Gears of War 3- 9/20/11
As a life-long gamer, I have become jaded when developers throw out terms like “the spectacular conclusion to one of the most memorable and celebrated sagas in video games.” Cause where there is money to be made off a franchise, there will always be new development (Halo Reach). But we are loyal fans and how can you not love the game play, grit and gore that has made Gears into the FPS legend that it is. Gears 3 is being hailed as the conclusion of the story, and keeping it real, we all want to see how it ends for Marcus Fenix and the last surviving humans. Unlike other FPSs, Gears has kept us going with the game play, visuals and a compelling story. Not many games today can keep that tri-fecta going. From what we saw at E3, Gears still has what it takes, so we are enlisting one more time.
Battlefield 3- 10/25/11
This COD hunter, keeps coming back for more and someone in the marketing department at EA realized they needed to create a monster of hype if they had any chance of taking out the reigning champ. And they have! If you haven’t seen it yet you need to check out one of the trailers for Battlefield 3. As a COD fan that has dunked his feet in the Battlefield waters time and again only to feel a bit disappointed, I have to admit they have my attention with this role-out. The visuals are stunning, no one can deny that. And the idea of being able to play a full out war in the air and on the ground with 64 players is so fracking cool. However, I’ve been fooled before getting sucked in only to be terrible disappointed by the less than stellar game play. Luckily it comes out before COD, and that’s enough to make us all purchase a copy. Who knows, maybe they will slay the giant this time out.
Batman: Arkham City- 10/18/11
I went into Batman: Arkham Asylum with low expectations. I think it was a rental, and one of the only games available. Wow was I pleasantly surprise while 20 minutes into it thinking “this may be the first awesome comic book hero game I’ve ever played.” Since then I have been waiting to see what they would come up with next and our first look at Arkham City at E3 had me hooked. Just like Asylum, City delivers what we all want, a darker Batman in a darker world. We even get to play as Cat Woman. And with a whole city to explore and multiple gadgets to use, we finally have the Batman series we’ve always wanted.