10 games to look forward to in 2011!

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2011 is definitely gonna be a huge year for us gamers.  Pretty much every month this year we will have at least one huge blockbuster release.  To get you a little more excited, take a look at ten of the huge hits coming our way!

DC Universe Online

What is more awesome than an MMO based solely on your favorite comic book superheros and villains?  In this game you get to create your own superhero/villain with unique customizable abilities and then embark on an adventure alongside your favorite comic book character!  There has not been an exact release date, but developers have stated that it will come out in the earlier part of 2011.

Bulletstorm

Do you like explosions? Thought so.  This unique shooter brings us a brand new way to kill our enemies, with style!  While battling it out online you earn points for the creative way you caused your foes demise.  For example, landing a headshot will cause a “+50” to float above your enemy.  Use these points to upgrade your skills.  With all the unique weaponry and abilities put together, this will truly make for an epic game.  Did we mention that you get a Gears of War 3 beta invite just for buying the “Epic Edition?”  Bulletstorm is set to release February  22nd.

FEAR 3

FEAR (First Encounter Assault Recon) is a team of super soldiers from an extremely secret government organization created for the sole purpose of hunting down and destroying paranormal and supernatural activity. As the series continues the story grows even more strange.  FEAR 3 will bring us some co-op  game play,  an evolved cover system and many, many more scares.  This time around you will have the ability to play as both Point Man or Paxton Fettel.   FEAR 3 is set to release March 22nd

Portal 2

In Portal 2 you return as Chell after being in stasis for several hundreds of years.  During that time GLaDOS and the rest of the Aperture Science facility are falling into a state of disrepair.  Chell is awakened by one GLaDOS’s personality cores.  GLaDOS is not happy with Chell’s return and immediately begins testing her again through brand new chambers that have been created.  Portal 2 again brings many challenges to the player through numerous puzzles that must be solved using the “portal gun,”  a device that can crate a temporary portal between two flat surfaces.  Portal 2 also has a co-op mode forcing players to work together in order to complete puzzles.  Portal 2 is set to release April 20th.

Gears of War 3

Probably one of the more anticipated games of 2011, Gears of War 3 gives us a whole new definition to the word “frag.”  With just about every aspect of the game renewed, GoW 3 will definitely keep you coming back for more.  Some things to look forward to is brand new weapons, such as the “One Shot.”  This weapon is capable of taking down any enemy with just one round.  Also, look for the newly added characters including three playable female characters for their four player co-op missions.  A fully controllable mech suit will also be available, fully loaded with a machine gun and a rocket launcher.  There is no official release date for GoW 3 but it is said to hit the shelves in fall of 2011.

Pokemon Black and White

Like all the games in the franchise, Pokémon Black and White versions will follow the journey of a Pokémon trainer as he/she collects Pokémon and trains them to compete in Gyms and to eventually defeat the Elite Four.  All the while the Pokémon trainer must also destroy the evil plans of a criminal organization known as Team Plasma.    For the first time the game will cycle through actual seasons as opposed to just night and day.  Certain Pokémon can only be found during a particular season.  A brand new battle mechanic will also be introduced; Triple Battle.  During a triple battle both trainers must send out three Pokémon at once.  The Pokémon can only attack the enemy directly across from them with the exception of the middle Pokémon, they can hit any target they would like.  Pokémon Black and White will also introduce us to 156 brand new Pokémon.  Pokémon Black and White will be available March 6th.

Resistance 3

Resistance 3 is a science fiction first person shooter.  It is a sequel to the best-selling PS3 launch title Resistance: Fall of Man and its first sequel Resistance 2.  It takes place four years after Resistance 2.  Joseph Capelli has been dishonorably discharged and gave up fighting against the Chimerans.  He is now in hiding with the other survivors, including his son and wife.  When opportunity arises to destroy the remaining Chimeran force, Capelli immediately takes advantage of the situation, leaving everything behind.  On his journey to New York, he runs across the remains of humanity left in the aftermath of many Chimeran invasions.  The gameplay retains most of its same mechanics as its predecessor.  The weapon wheel from the first Resistance has returned!  The weapons will be a mixture of new and old weapons including one called the “Mutator,”  which shoots biological mists causing enemies to eventually explode.  Resistance 3 is set to release September 6th.

Marvel vs Capcom 3

Doctor Doom is at it again! He has created the greatest villain army of the Marvel Universe and has joined forces with Albert Wesker to try and unite both of their universes in order to conquer both.  This however, awakens a massive threat that could end up costing him both worlds.  It is up to the heroes from both the Marvel and Capcom universes to attempt and stop this evil!  Marvel vs Capcom 3 is a fighting game where players battle each other using characters with their own unique fighting styles combined with special attacks.  This will be the first game in the series to feature three dimensional character models as opposed to their two dimensional ones.  Gameplay is still restricted to two dimensions, however.  Marvel vs Capcom 3 will also feature a new “exchange” button.  Doing so will launch your opponent into the air, switch out your characters and finishing the combo with a powerful slam back into the ground. Marvel vs Capcom 3 is set to release February 15th.

Dead Space 2

Dead Space 2 is a horror game that takes place in the year2417, just three years after the end of the predecessor Dead Space.  It is set on a space station known as “The Sprawl,” in orbit around Saturn.  The mental illness that was caused by the Marker seems to be having some strange effects on our hero, Isaac Clarke.  The game begins in a hospital on Sprawl.  As the story unfolds you will witness the Necromorph infection as it begins in the station.  Think of it as an intergalactic zombie invasion.  Multiplayer will consist of two teams composed of four players each.  Humans vs. the Necromorphs.  The humans have an objective to complete while the Necromorphs do everything in their power to stop them. Dead Space 2 is set to release January 25th.

Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 is probably to most anticipated game of the entire year.  This is the third and final game in the series.  The best way to describe this game is to take it directly from the developer, BioWare, themselves.  “Earth is burning. Striking from beyond known space, a race of terrifying machines have begun their destruction of the human race. As Commander Sheperd, an Alliance Marine, your only hope for saving mankind is to rally the civilizations of the galaxy and launch one final mission to take back the Earth.”  Sound awesome? I think so.  Although we haven’t really been given any more details we truly can expect and awesome game.  Mass Effect 3 is set to release during the holidays of 2011.

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