five games, one fall 2011


GAF has an interesting thread up asking the question: “If you could only buy 5 new release games from Sep-Dec…” This is literally the worst question to be asked in the fall period, our big blockbuster period in an industry which has seen Zumba Fitness on top of the UK charts for more than ten weeks.

This question’s already been answered by a couple of people on Twitter by a couple of people I follow and me as well, but I thought I’d go into detail about my picks.

Now, bare in mind that there’s some things that I’m going to leave out that will make me :(. So I’ll add a special mentions list at the bottom.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Uncharted. UNCHARTED. UNBLOODYCHARTED FOR GOD’S SAKE! I was always going to be excited for Uncharted 3 – Uncharted 1 was a great game, with 2 going above and beyond even that to become my GOTY for 2009 – but good lord, my pump levels for this is now over the roof. Seeing it at the Sony press briefing at gamescom and then behind closed doors, I was literally wowed by what I had seen.

With Brink and Deus Ex now out of the way, Uncharted 3 now becomes my most anticipated game of the year.

Battlefield 3

This is without having picked up a joypad in anger at it (yet), but seriously, I am more excited for this than I am Modern Warfare 3. And here’s the funny thing: in 2009 – even though they released months apart from each other, the latter being March 2010 – I was more excited for Modern Warfare 2 than I was Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (naturally, I was looking forward to BFBC2, though).

And of course there’s this superfight over Activision and EA over which shooter is going to be better. While neither of them would probably admit if it’s good or bad either way, this is great for the consumer. In the end, it doesn’t matter who wins between the pair of them, the winner will actually be the consumer. But for me, personally speaking,  it’s DICE’s effort I’m looking forward to more.

Resistance 3

Now I realise this is going to baffle some people – Resistance isn’t as big as other IPs on the list – but I am a fair bit of a Resistance fan. I even liked Resistance 2 when seemingly most people hated it, but from what I’ve heard, seen, and played so far – the BLA demo, the little time I’ve spent with the MP beta and playing the Haven level in 3D for a bit at gamescom – this’ll be a fair improvement on R2.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

I’ve seen this at least twice now and I still come away impressed. Now, admittingly, second time at gamescom, I wasn’t blown away because, to be honest, I had gone into it expecting to be pretty darn impressed. That and I already was when I had seen it in Utah in April. Now, I’ve only played little bits of Oblivion, but going by what I’ve seen personally so far, I need to have this.

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

Now this is where things got difficult for me this morning. In my earlier list, I had placed Batman: Arkham City in here, but I had forgotten about Assassin’s Creed. And I’m a bigger fan of AC than Batman, so I had to replace it. Assassin’s Creed has had some doubts thrown towards it since Brotherhood came out a year after ACII – and there’s probably still a few with Revelations coming a year after Brotherhood – but its since proven that with each game, Assassin’s Creed gets better and better.

And from what I seen in Cologne, Revelations is definitely no exception. With this being the end of the Ezio saga, there’s a part of me hoping they have an absolutely brand new timeline outside of Europe or the Middle-East for AC III, but Ezio’s story has been excellent up to now. Lets hope Ubisoft gives him a good finale.

Special Mentions:

Team ICO Collection (ICO/Shadow of the Colossus)

You don’t need me to tell you how anticipated this collection is or why you should buy it day one. So go do just that and marvel at how brilliant these games are again.

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

I realise that I’ve now mentioned two HD collections back-to-back, but I am a Metal Gear Solid fanboy. Just as long as it hasn’t taken out the theme from MGS2 and MGS3 (especially so from MGS3 for Debriefing), this will be the best collection ever.

Batman: Arkham City

As I said above, I took it out of my five games above for AC, but I’ll let this GAF comment sum up why Arkham City is on the radar: “Rocksteady knows how to make a game about the goddamn Batman.”


From what I seen of it last year at gamescom and from the beta, as well as being a massive fan of Flower, it’s definitely my most anticipated digital title this year.

Gears of War 3

It’s Gears. Need I say more?

I’m sure there’s more, but those are from the top of my head.

And all of this comes as I have a massive pile of shame that I need to clear, which also includes an import of Catherine and Shadows of the Damned to name a few. Plus, new games like Driver (surprise of the year for me so far) and Deus Ex.

What say you, reader? What is your top five?

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