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12 gaming mysteries we want solved in 2011

January isn’t just a traditionally dry month for game releases – it’s also the month during which we, knowing relatively little about what’s to come in the new year, like to make arbitrary predictions and demands about/of the game industry. It’s not unreasonable; right now, the rest of 2011 looks like a vast field of possibility, so anything could happen. Assuming anything does, though, we have a few nagging questions we really hope will be answered in the next 12 months. For example…


Will The Last Guardian make us cry?

Few developers do emotional manipulation quite as well, or as subtly, as Team Ico. They made us feel fiercely protective of a frail princess in Ico, and piled on the uncertainty and guilt as we slaughtered majestic behemoths in Shadow of the Colossus. Now they’ve designed a creature to expertly tug on our heartstrings – a perfect, giant hybrid of all that is adorable in puppies, kittens and birds – and we’re terrified of what they’re going to do with that kind of power.


The second Carter Burwell’s opening music from Miller’s Crossing played, Trico – the giant griffin-thing in question – had his hooks in us. Knowing Team Ico’s history, however, there was something about those irresistible puppy eyes that made us uneasy, and it was webcomic Penny Arcade that made that uneasiness concrete: clearly, the reason Trico and his boy were made so instantly relatable was so that we can feel bad when one of them inevitably dies.


Above:  BUT THEY’RE SO OPTIMISTIC ABOUT LIIIIIIIFE 

Or maybe that’s just the internet’s innate cynicism at work. Addressing speculation about a sad ending directly, Last Guardian creator Fumito Ueda told Gamasutra that “it’s open-ended, and for you guys to figure out." Whether he’s talking about multiple endings or just an ambiguous, “open-ended” finale is hard to guess, but either way it’d be nice to know before the year is out.


Where will the next GTA be set?

This April, it will have been three years since Grand Theft Auto IV was released. Even if you count 2009’s The Lost and Damned, The Ballad of Gay Tony and Chinatown Wars as full-blown sequels (which, arguably, they all were), we’re simply not used to going this long without a new city to steal cars and run amok in. Or, at the very least, a teasing glimpse of same.


Above: Like this, say. Remember how excited this got everybody?

 It’s not that we’re unhappy with Rockstar’s other offerings. Red Dead Redemption is still fantastic, and we’re very excited for LA Noire’s release this May. However, while those games share traits with GTA, they aren’t GTA, and they don’t command quite the same level of enthusiasm or rampant speculation. We’re 99.9 percent sure that GTA V is in the works right now, but without so much as an official announcement, we’re not optimistic that we’ll see much, if anything, of the game this year. So at this point, we’d be happy with another teaser trailer that just shows off the next location. It’d be something to get excited about while we wait, anyway.


What does Tali’s face look like?

When you’ve got a beloved character who keeps his or her face concealed all the damn time, fans are naturally going to speculate on what said face looks like. That’s doubly true when the character in question is a likable alien girl, and when one possible scenario in the sequel enables players to have implied sex with her (while still not revealing her face).

The features glimpsed behind Tali’s mask in Mass Effect seem to hint at a pretty, human face, and that’s what most fans seem to want. Honestly, though, that’s kind of boring. Nobody really knows what Quarians look like, and given what we’ve seen of Mass Effect’s other alien races, there’s no reason to assume they’re attractive humanoids, like the blue-skinned asari. The galaxy is not filled with conventionally pretty space babes, no matter what Star Trek told you. Weird, unsettling features like cricket mouth-parts, eyestalks and prolapsed sinuses seem far more likely.

So while most fans might be expecting Tali to look like this widely circulated piece of fan art:

We’re kind of hoping to see something just a little more unusual.


Above: Any of the above would be perfectly acceptable/horrible, really. Can’t you see past the face to the person inside?

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67 comments

  • 123deckbox - February 1, 2011 4:59 p.m.

    Tali's face should not be shown for the mystery of the game such as Master Cheif in the halo series until the end. However the first picture looks nice for her face as it does seem alien in origin along with mechanical due to the wires on the forehead. If Mass Effect 3 is the last of the series Tali's face should be shown in a off the wall mission or romance schene between shepard or another possible member. Bioware could also do something with a twist and have Tali being caught with another member with her mask off adding a comedy part or with another twist have Tali's face be part Geth due to some circumstance which would be a great plot twist in Tali's life for Mass Effect 3 gamers. That's my take on Tali's face.
  • QWERTYCommander - February 1, 2011 5:05 a.m.

    I agree, Kratos should just die. The first God of War showed him committing suicide at the opening cutscene, and the series is supposed to be you playing through parts of his life. That just does not feel like a premise that you can use for franchise ground-running.
  • shaneobi - January 31, 2011 6:36 p.m.

    The ending to brotherhood confused the hell out of me, although it might have been because i was distracted at the time. Also am I just imagining things or was that last pic and the "It’s all in their hands now " part of one of the glyph puzzles in Brotherhood?
  • FanofSaiyan - January 28, 2011 1:12 p.m.

    @BellaKazza A few things... 1. You keep spelling Kratos's name wrong. 2. God of War is an excellent franchise (which is aimed at Playstation users BTW). Trying to compare Kratos to Link is virtually impossible. 3. Throwing Mario into the arguement skews things even further.
  • Spybreak8 - January 28, 2011 8:30 a.m.

    GTA, Mass Effect and SSX Deadly whatever are all on my radar. I really hope GTA goes to Tokyo, that would be hugely awesome to tour a foreign city (with subtitles mind you) from my couch or computer chair. Tali just has a super sexy voice actress, she does a really good job bringing that character to life. I'd be cool either way, I really actually want a marriage ceremony with whoever you kept the romance with. Big ol' end of Star Wars (the good movies) kind of finale. I played SSX3 to death in college and it was a great social ice breaker with get togethers. Still remember competing in the half pipe competition.
  • Philldasoccerlad - January 28, 2011 6:20 a.m.

    Half life 3 + New Source Engine. Otherwise gtfo :)
  • FanofSaiyan - January 28, 2011 4:28 a.m.

    I'm looking forward to seeing Kratos in Mortal Kombat. I just wonder how they're going to amp up Kratos's brutality (since most stuff in Mortal Kombat is tame compared to the God of War franchise). @BellaKazza You... can't be serious. :/
  • jesusfrk15 - January 28, 2011 1:31 a.m.

    behind tali's mask issss another mask! i laughed at that =P
  • Exastiken - January 28, 2011 1 a.m.

    If you check the Mortal Kombat 9 trailer, you'll see that Kratos has stitches where he stabbled himself with the sword. Apparently he healed himself and traveled to the Mortal Kombat realm. =)
  • mrlingo - January 27, 2011 10:57 p.m.

    Also, upong doing Subject 16's stuff in AC:B...subject 16 makes reference to Desmond's son. I wouldn't have caught it if I didn't have subtitles on the whole time.
  • Radagast107 - January 27, 2011 10:26 p.m.

    but any face does not change her personality so i guess .... any face would be fine except for the clown I could not do the clown.
  • Radagast107 - January 27, 2011 10:23 p.m.

    I am a Tali lover all the way. I would love to see her face but i see this as a Master chief scenario. They have never showed his faced and I was fine with that. When showing a new face you will have people who love it and people who hate it. But if you dont show a face it creates mystery and so far people have been content with mystery and this way less people will hate on my future wife :) I would love to see a face like the first one, before the creepy ones, but if they decide not to show her face I will be just as content. Unless it is one of the above 6 then i would probably break mass effect 3!!!!
  • Johnbones - January 27, 2011 10:20 p.m.

    The point is not do we see her face or not, the point is do we free them from their prison. They have been forced into a caged existence unable to live like we do. we see it as seeing her face but it is really about do we see them freed or will they be forced to suffer an isolated life for the rest of their days. People who say no I understand want to keep the mystery what it is, a mystery but I see it differently and if they weren't freed I will feel like they were cheated out of an existance that they have paid for dearly.
  • mrlingo - January 27, 2011 10:10 p.m.

    Although I'm probably just as curious as the next gamer, I do not want to see what Tali looks like. Even in the novels, they never make mention of actually knowing what a quarian looks like. In this rare case, I think knowing less is better.
  • Spybreak8 - January 27, 2011 9:44 p.m.

    I love these GamesRadar articles. Keep up the great work Mikel!
  • philipshaw - January 27, 2011 8:51 p.m.

    Yeah that AC3 has some explaining to do. Also the new SSX won't have a mega serious tone because the editor of PSM3 Dan Dawkins has seen it and said that fans of the series should be pleased
  • BurntToShreds - January 27, 2011 6 p.m.

    I want a GTA game that brings back the wackiness. It was just distracting and annoying that the story to GTA IV was so GRIMDARK while everything else retained the humor of the series. Like Niko contemplating the failing idea of the American Dream under the Statue of Happiness that has a coffee cup in it's hand. I also want to see tighter driving controls, like San Andreas. Screw realism, I want cars that don't drive like their wheels are coated with KY jelly.
  • wittynickname - January 27, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    I know it isn't a blockbuster-caliber game on the scale of a new GTA, but one thing I'm dying to hear from Rockstar this year is confirmation and details about Bully 2. After that slip-up last year where a composer listed it as a project he'd provided a musical score for, I've kept an eager ear to the ground in anticipation of a reveal. L.A. Noire is obviously the big kahuna for Rockstar this year, but I've still got fingers crossed for something at E3, as I found Bully to be endlessly charming and begging for further exploration.
  • AltairFoggz - January 27, 2011 4:57 p.m.

    Love it if the Tali's mask came off and it was Chris Antista all along
  • FeatherFang - January 27, 2011 4:47 p.m.

    I think people are forgetting the Mega Man 9 mystery lol. Its been like 2 or 3 years already...

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