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Games I plan to buy in 2011

Portal 2, The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword, and Stacking are three of the titles on Nicole Bremer Nash's games wish list for 2011. See what other games coming out this year interest her.

I'm beginning to consider what new games and gaming technologies are coming out this year that I want. Here's my wish list.

PC games

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)

Wii games

I love active game play on the Wii, and Nintendo has some great games that are not available on other platforms:

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.

Kinect games

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.

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About

Nicole Bremer Nash is Director of Content and Social Media for HuTerra, where she uses SEO and social media to promote charitable organizations in their community-building and fundraising efforts. She enjoys volunteering, arts and crafts, and conduct...

28 comments
jerang@
jerang@

I for one will be looking forward to the next battlefield game! They make FPS way better than anyone else!

ffulton
ffulton

11/11/11 will be the Greatest Day Ever

Slayer_
Slayer_

I hope its at least as good as Oblivion

Arcturus909
Arcturus909

I wonder what Call of Duty will be released that day? "CoD9: Yet more WWII stuff"? "Modern Warfare 3: Antarctica"? "CoD: King of the Hill"? :) Maybe they'll do something new and exciting and move on to some Civil War stuff. That probably wouldn't sell to kids, though. Hell, it could even re-ignite long dead flames of North/South tensions...

rmerchberger
rmerchberger like.author.displayName 1 Like

... Yes, I *have* been waiting forever for it... ;-) Sadly, I think my chances of getting struck by lightning are better than it ever getting released, despite the "new hype" over it. As always... wait 'n see...

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Learned a decade ago to not hold my breath...

rmerchberger
rmerchberger like.author.displayName 1 Like

And the trailer is awesome, too! (NSFW, however...) As my post about it here was on the day that Gearbox announced the release date, can I take credit for it? ;-) Laterz!

Arcturus909
Arcturus909

That's what they call it, because that's how long we'll wait. :) I agree, though, and would put this on my own list if I shared your optimism! I would probably go for the Xbox Console version and not PC, unless the full range of commands end up being problematic w/o a full keyboard.

cgkomeshak
cgkomeshak

The free style approach to wandering around the wasteland and solving puzzles in the Fallout series makes them interesting to me. Most games are just repeating endless slightly changed repetitive levels at a faster rate. They just make me want to write some code that will play the stupid repetive game so I can go off and do something more interesting...

mrbobyu
mrbobyu

Both games will be a great hit. I can't wait for both of them. Blizzard is known for updating their contents regularly. Tera is about to change how we play MMORPG, so far i only read positive reviews about how Tera will murder FFXIV and Aion.

zman19374
zman19374

Crysis 2 is the only game I know that I'll be buying this year. Crysis is by far my favorite game, although the sequel does not seem to follow where the first left off... At least from what I've seen

mrbobyu
mrbobyu

Yes well, it is a complicated story line. The nano suit is more advanced so it is like in the future or more like 2 or 5 years after the Alien discovery in Crysis. The game play and the environment will be awesome no question ask. I saw a lot of trailers and it is definitely nice.

james.jensen1350
james.jensen1350

Skyrim, for sure. Anyone who plays Oblivion or Morrowind will not want to miss out on Bethesda's release on 11/11.

Arcturus909
Arcturus909

If it is realeased in 2011, I'll be buying it immediately. I love this series of games.

roelof.kannenberg
roelof.kannenberg

Playstation3?

Psyclic
Psyclic

PS3 is a game platform in its third version by Sony corp. which generally connects to televisions for game play experience, see not so esoteric, not unlike other platforms which require specific peripheral equipment attached and software specifically made for each type such as Microsoft's "Xbox" Although it would be fair to say the games are generally simplified, dumbed down and graphically reduced versions of the PC equivalent.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

that it's also a blu-ray player. ;)

david_m_kamara
david_m_kamara

And 3D already implimented. Im really looking forward to resistance in 3D. And although I used to agree with the dumbed down, graphically inferior comment, try playing GOW3 on hard on a PC that is 5 years old =D

TomSFS
TomSFS

Dragon Age II Dungeon Siege III Mass Effect III Elder Scrolls V and Sacred III if it sees light of day this year

workshop
workshop

Duke Nukem Forever Crysis 2 Battle of Britain: Storm of War (hopefully) F3AR Go PC....

codybwheeler
codybwheeler

Um PS3 games?

Arcturus909
Arcturus909

The article is entitled "Games *I* plan to buy in 2011" after all. :)

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

I was going to note that as well. Where are the PS3 titles? Nicole, you don't know what you're missing.... ;)

jdarling
jdarling like.author.displayName 1 Like

In the next few days EA Games will be releasing Dead Space 2. It continues the story from where the first one left off. So for those that have not played Dead Space, go grab a copy from your local store and get up to speed on one of the creepiest games ever to be released. I'm very excited about this one. Even as an adult this game scares me. Later this year Xbox 360 will be getting the third saga to their famous title, Gears of War. Gears of War 3, from the demo at E3, looks quite promising. It's just unfortunate that this is only available for Xbox 360.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

I'm a big fan of the original Dead Space, so I requested a copy of Dead Space 2 to review for TechRepublic. I'll post a link once it's on the site! Did you know that they have an animated film "Dead Space 2" as well? They sent me a copy, so I'll include that in my review as well.

jdarling
jdarling

Cool, I did not know they had a new Dead Space animated film coming out, thanks for sharing! I will look out for your review/link on TechRepublic. The first animated film was great so I don't expect anything less from this one.

jkaras
jkaras

I have a serious addiction to gaming. Lately I have bought so many big name games on steam. http://store.steampowered.com/ It is a site that you can buy games that you connect to. I must have bought over 30+ games in the last few months for under $200. Granted it was end of year sale but you can find many daily deals. Normally I wouldnt pimp someone's site but if you want to get games on the cheap for your pc you should check it out. That said I cant wait for Portal 2. I am almost finished the 20 starter levels for it and I am so addicted. It is fun, silly, and dare I say it cute. If you like figuring out traps etc you will love this game. The PSAs in the game are hilarious. I didnt score Dragon Age so I can only imagine. My buddy said it was the best game he has played. I have Dead Space but I havent even fired that puppy yet. Like I said I have a rediculios amount of games to play and so little time. Maybe one day I will see the sun again, lol.

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