A Look At Gaming In 2011- 360’s Best Year?

Posted By | On 24th, Jan. 2011 Under Feature, Slider

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We have established by now that 2010 was a great year for gaming, and even more so for the Xbox 360. Not only did Microsoft’s home console get unforgettable multiplatform titles like Red Dead Redemption and Mass Effect 2, it also got some decent exclusives, like Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction and Fable III, and an exclusive that ranks high amongst the games in 2010- Halo: Reach.

If it’s even possible, 2011 looks to be an even better year for the Xbox 360. Huge titles like Mass Effect 3, The Elder Scrolls V and Batman: Arkham City were recently announced, and others like Gears of War 3 and Child of Eden have been confirmed for a release this year a long time ago.

Below, we will have a look at some of the most notable games coming out on the Xbox 360 next year, and then we will be doing an in-depth analysis of how 2011 will turn out for the system. Sit back and enjoy!


Publisher: Electronic Arts | Developer: Epic Games, People Can Fly | Release Date: February 22nd

Of all the First Person Shooters coming out in 2011, Bulletstorm looks to be the craziest, most fun and most innovative. The violence, for once, doesn’t feel unnecessarily tagged on, and the usage of the environment in gameplay seems like a very novel idea. The pulling, kicking, shooting, dismembering looks a hell lot of fun, and should  be even more so to pull off. Add to that the fact that the game is being developed by People Can Fly and Epic Games, who have a great track record, and we have a winner on our hands.

Some Notable Stuff About The Game:
The Skillshots, over-the-top action, the huge weapons

Crysis 2

Publisher: Electronic Arts | Developer: Crytek | Release Date: March 22nd

Welcome to the urban jungle.

“Crysis 2 is being consolized” has been a major concern for all fans of the original Crysis. But is it being “consolized?” We do know that the requirements of Crysis 2 are less than the original Crysis, and that it is being somewhat stripped down so that it can fit on the consoles. And if the game is going to be equally good on all three systems, will it be a half-assed sequel to the awesome Crysis back in 2007? And if it is better on the PC, will it be a crappy port on the home consoles, just a way to rake in some cash using a huge brand name? We do not know, but we do know that it looks amazing nonetheless. The awesome gameplay from Crysis is being retained, Nanosuit 2 looks great, the graphics are awesome… what else do you want from a Crysis game?

Some Notable Stuff About The Game:
Nanosuit 2, “Urban Jungle” setting, graphics look better than real life

Portal 2

Publisher: Valve | Developer: Valve | Release Date: April 18th

I think we can put our differences behind us. For science. You monster.

Oh boy, how we have missed you GLaDOS. You and your one-liners that had me in splits. And just one look at the first trailer of Portal 2 had me awaiting its release like crazy. I simply loved the puzzle solving in Portal, and to know that there will be more of that, and even better than that, in Portal 2 just makes me want the game more. Add to that the fact that the game has two separate campaigns, one for co-op and one for single player, each with a different story, and I may even kill to get my hands on Portal 2 as quickly as possible.

Some Notable Stuff About The Game:
Co-op, Two campaigns with different stories, GLaDOS

Gears of War 3

Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios | Developer: Epic Games | Release Date: Q4

Marcus is back. He looks angry… well, he always does.

Gears of War is one of the best franchises this generation of gaming has given us. Amongst all the other great franchises released this gen- Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Resistance, Uncharted, Professor Layton- Gears of War will probably remembered the most, for having a game that revolutionized the entire Third Person Shooting genre. Gears of War was an awesome game that introduced the brilliant cover based shooting gameplay to the TPS genre. Gears 2, while a bit disappointing, was an epic installment with a larger focus on story and presentation. Gears 3 looks all set to merge the two together into one single experience, and become the ultimate Gears experience. With its four player co-op, its overhauled online, its great campaign, Gears 3 looks all set to send of the Gears franchise in style.

Some Notable Stuff About The Game:
Four player co-op, four new playable characters, three of them are female, Beast Mode

Duke Nukem Forever

Publisher: GT Interactive (1997-199), Gathering of Developers (1999-2001), Take-Two Interactive (2001-1009), 2K Games (Present) | Developer: 3D Realms (1997-2009), Triptych Games, Gearbox Software, Piranha Games | Release Date: May 3rd (Hopefully)

“What? Did you think I’d be gone forever?” Actually…

Duke Nukem Forever is aptly named. It has taken forever to get released… and it still hasn’t been launched. And in its thirteen years of development, it has had four developers and publishers work on it. But you know what? It doesn’t matter. We’re finally getting Duke Nukem Forever, and this time, it’s official. What is best is that Gearbox are acting like- “We know we took long. We don’t care.” Just have a look at the new trailer, it’ll have you in splits, and it will have you so excited, you’ll want this game right away. And if Gearbox can actually deliver, I see no reason why this game will not be worth the wait.

Some Notable Stuff About The Game:
Every. Freaking. Thing.

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