A little something I had written for the Mumbai Mirror awhile ago…
Oh yay. 2011. It’ll be the best year of gaming. Just like 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010!
The hype. It’s tiring. Video game makers need to find a different spin. Pimping each year to be the year of forever doesn’t usually work with a rational, sane audience, luckily we’re anything but. At least I’m not. If I was, I wouldn’t be boring you with my list of virtual goodness to look forward to in 2011. Or would I? Let that scheme bubble on your brain while you read on:
1. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PC/X360/PS3): Conspiracies? Check. Gameplay that makes both GTA and Dragon Age look pathetic? Check. Based on a legendary series? Hell yes. The franchise is known for its fantastic storyline, killer cyberpunk feel and RPG-like gameplay. From the looks of things, Human Revolution would continue the trend with some sinfully good trailers and even better gameplay footage. The very fact that you could very well go through the game without killing anyone (barring bosses perhaps) makes it even more interesting. If the internet is to be believed, see this on the shelves in March.
2. Killzone 3 (PS3): Another old favourite this, think of it as a brutal, visceral war flick in first person but on alien planet is the best way of describing the game. And this time you’re holed up way behind enemy lines with no support. Sprinkle some magic pixie dust that Guerrilla Games use to make their titles oh-so-perfect cranked up to a zillion and you have must have title for the PS3. This should be out by end-February.
3. Catherine (X360/PS3): Man walks into a bar. Man meets hot woman. Stuff happens. Said man gets chased by a giant pair of hands wielding a bloodied fork. Yes, this is a video game and a quirky one at that. Pity that a release date isn’t tagged on to this horror-adventure title from the publisher that brought us Demons Souls and Persona.
4. Bulletstorm (PC/X360/PS3): It’s nice to see the guys responsible for Gears of War and Unreal branch out into more visceral gun-toting entertainment. There are over the top moves, comically large weapons and skill-shots for killing enemies in style which more or less redefine the term “slapstick violence”. Oh and there’s a story too. Something about a drunken space pirate marooned on an alien planet or something. Not like it gets in the way of shooting a mercenary in the balls for extra points but it does add context. Look out for this in February.
5. The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings (PC): The first game was somewhat of a cult classic with the element of choice extremely well-played out as there isn’t an obviously “good” or “bad” choice. Just shades of grey. Throw in a unique fantasy world based on the books with the same name, a kick-ass combat system and an extremely engaging story with a rumored 16 different endings make this an interesting way to make use of your PC for something that isn’t Solitaire. Check it out in May.
Rishi Alwani parasitically attaches himself to any possible gaming device . His not so secret identity has him donning the mask of the features editor at T3. He loves cookies.