I'm beginning to consider what new games and gaming technologies are coming out this year that I want. Here's my wish list.
The PC is still my preferred platform. What can I say? I like curling up in my big chair and disappearing into my computer. Three games have my interest for PC play:
- Dragon Age II - The sequel to Dragon Age Origins, which bested me, but I love it and look forward to the sequel. Available March 8, 2011 for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. Rated M.
- The First Templar - Seek the Holy Grail. This is an adventure game in the same style as Dragon Age. Available March 29, 2011 for PC and Xbox 360. Rating pending. Watch the trailer for The First Templar.
- Portal 2 - The sequel to the indie phenomenon. Available April 19, 2011 for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, and MAC. Rating pending.
Portal 2 (Image credit: GameSpot)
I love active game play on the Wii, and Nintendo has some great games that are not available on other platforms:
- Lost in Shadow - Though reviewers indicate that this game is too slow-paced for most gamers, I usually don't have that complaint. I like the trick of playing with the shadows in the background by manipulating things in the foreground. Released January 4, 2011 for Wii. Rated E 10+.
- The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword - This Wii game features standing game play as you wield Link's sword and fight to victory. This seems like a great game to introduce the next generation of gamers to Zelda. Available TBA in 2011 for Wii. Rating pending.
Xbox 360 games
I am starting to get interested in playing the Xbox 360. Here are two games that seem like they will be better on the 360 than any other platform:
- Stacking -- An adventure puzzle game wherein you are a Russian matryoshka doll and have to solve puzzles by nesting different doll characters to find solutions. The main goal is to save your family. This game has a distinctly steampunk aesthetic. Available February 9, 2011 for Xbox 360 and PS3. Rated E. Watch the trailer for Stacking.
- Swarm - The point is to keep as many members of your swarm of little blue creatures alive through a dangerous environment and their own self-destructive tendencies. This sort of objective, comical play appeals to me. Available Q1 2011 for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Rating pending.
I'm pretty excited about Kinect, though our household is waiting for second-gen before making the investment (I've already rearranged the furniture to accommodate the game play). Although, looking at Kinect games actually leaves me feeling like they could do a whole lot more with this than they have so far. Even so, I see a couple that peak my interest:
- Rise of Nightmares - I love horror and am curious to see how Kinect works with action horror games. Available TBA 2011 for Xbox 360, Kinect compatible. Rating pending, but likely to be rated M.
- Project Draco - Use Kinect to fly dragons. Available TBA 2011 for Xbox 360, Kinect compatible. Rating pending.
Nintendo 3DS games
Nintendo's new 3DS (which is coming out March 27, 2011) offers a 3D gaming experience without uncomfortable glasses, albeit in tiny size. I don't plan to get one right when it comes out, but there are two games that look likely to be big 3DS sellers: Super Street Fighter IV: 3D edition and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D.
What's on your gaming wish list for 2011?
Also check out CNET's 40 most anticipated games of 2011, and then tell me in the discussion what games coming out in 2011 you're most excited about.Note: GameSpot, CNET, and TechRepublic are CBS Interactive brands.
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