The 10 most anticipated games of E3 2011

As the Donald Rumsfeld so cleverly put it, “There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know.” The “known knowns” we’re interested in today are announced games we know are being shown at E3; the titles we can’t wait to learn more about. Here’s a list compiled from an informal poll of GR editors that comprises the 10 announced games we want to see more of at E3.

Before that though, here's some honorable mentions for titles that barely missed making the list but are still eagerly awaited:

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, any NGP game, Silent Hill: Downpour, Dead Island, and Ninja Theory’s Devil May Cry reboot all got some votes, and The Last Guardian was predictably popular, but industry scuttlebutt and previous history says we most likely won’t be seeing anything new from that brilliant looking game until probably Tokyo Game Show. Plus, after years of Team Ico’s PS3 debut being on lists like this one to only be delayed again, we’ve been burned too many times to let it take up valuable space on a list that begins with...

10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3


Yeah, yeah to try to act above it, and maybe you’re tired of the franchise, but you’re in the minority. Modern Warfare changed the FPS forever, the sequel improved on its staggeringly addictive quality and immense popularity, and now the trilogy is wrapping up with nothing less than World War III. Coming off the record-breaking success of Black Ops, this looks to be the biggest game of the year and a fitting finale to what we’re assuming is a trilogy. What could go wrong?

Well, besides everything that’s gone wrong already. A huge chunk of the original CoD developer left the company on bad terms last year, the entire game has possibly been spoiled, and Battlefield 3 looks like the first real challenger to its dominance ever. The series has never had more to prove and though our first look at it was reassuringly positive, E3 could be the crucial moment for Modern Warfare 3 to prove itself, and we can’t wait to see if it’s got what it takes.

9. Tomb Raider

Flash back more than a decade or so, and Tomb Raider was the be-all-end-all of action-adventure games, making Lara Croft the biggest name in gaming and her titles multimillion sellers. Cut to today and she’s by no means forgotten, but has certainly lapsed in popularity. And even though Crystal Dynamics’ recent trilogy of games was pretty good, you had to admit that series like Uncharted had taken her crown and it was time for big changes. Now Lara’s new publisher, Square-Enix (isn’t that still weird to see?), is out to give her a new lease on life with what seems to be a reinvention of the series.

With Crystal Dynamics still developing the title, there’s a certain amount of trust that they know what they’re doing, but that doesn’t mean they’re playing it safe. Early screens show a much younger Lara who looks to be a grittier and more prone to getting bloody. The devs say they are out to take some real risks with the title and we’ll probably at last see some footage of gameplay once E3 commences. Can they redefine the genre all over again?

8. Super Mario 3D

I think we can all agree that the 3DS software line-up has been pretty lame, with no real “killer apps” as the old saying goes. Even the big titles that are coming soon aren’t really remarkable, like an N64 remake (Ocarina of Time) or a series reboot (Kid Icarus) that honestly didn’t impress the author the last time he previewed it. But after a surprise announcement in early March, it looks like the system may finally get something big: a fully 3D, core Mario game made by the team behind the Galaxy series.

The first screens look almost straight from the Galaxy engine (not that we’re complaining) though some of the areas have a more classic Mario feel instead of a spacey vibe. And Miyamoto has stated the gameplay combines aspects of Mario 64 with Galaxy, which pretty much sounds like the best game of all time. Add to that the return of the beloved and much-missed raccoon power-up as suggested by the tail in the logo, this has the potential to be at least the best portable Mario ever.



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  • theimmortalmoo - June 4, 2011 12:12 p.m.

    No battlefield or HL: 3? :/ Keep Catering to the casuals i see
  • Moondoggie1157 - May 31, 2011 6:10 p.m.

    I've given up on my CoD hatred, now it's pure indifference. Honestly, I would love to see Nintendo return to it's SNES glory days (still doesn't beat Genesis), no more casual gaming crap. The casual gamer has had over 5 years of dominance, and really, no one is happy about that, especially Baby Jesus. Anywho, there is such little info surrounding E3 this year, I can only hope some big surprises are coming. :D
  • mahajinx - May 31, 2011 5:28 p.m.

    I'm actually excited the most about Monolith Prod. announcing their new 'secret project' at E3 :)) (and thank God it's finally NOT a FEAR sequel!). Though I fear there's a HUGE chance of being disappointed, when/if they announce it's something OTHER than a new NOLF game :((. But - here's hoping! :) I wouldn't mind a new Condemned sequel, though :).
  • burkadirkdur - May 30, 2011 6:23 p.m.

    please somebody give me something i NEED to know more about Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City or LFD3 I need a new Zombie Game hopefully RE:ROC
  • Alroos13 - May 30, 2011 4:48 a.m.

    Great list. Mine would include Battlefield 3 and AC: Revelations, being my favorite game series going.
  • Bri77777 - May 30, 2011 4:25 a.m.

    I spy with my little eye a Boondocks reference.
  • Engage183 - May 29, 2011 7:27 p.m.

    I'm not going to make any decisions on what i think 2012 GOTY will be, since the games aren't even out. But I definitely think ME3 will give everything a run for their money. Project Cafe will be interesting...if they announce it with a new SSB i'm sold.
  • Jellyjiggler2 - May 29, 2011 7:14 p.m.

    People need to get over the fact that MW3 will not only sell about 3-4 times more than BF3 but probably be better too. I'm glad the GR editors were able to see this...Say what you will about the yearly releases and such but if DICE/EA (who I believe makes the battlefield games) released a game every November, would they be as good as the last 4 or 5 CODs? I doubt it. Just my opinion. Also Bioshock Infinite= GOTY 2012. Unless GTAV is released or something, I don't think ANYTHHING can or will beat that game in sheer quality.
  • scorpianl17 - May 29, 2011 4:30 p.m.

    No love for Assassins creed????
  • PanaMusica - May 29, 2011 5:44 a.m.

    Rumsfeld was a douche, but the risk management stuff “unknown unknowns” is just good project management…
  • NappyAfro - May 28, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    Batman AC and Mass Effect 3, only ones I'm looking forward to.
  • vadorsoul - May 28, 2011 6:06 p.m.

    After a while ive become pretty laid back when it comes to being angry at video games. I used to hate modern warfare and rockstar games with a passion. But now I can see why people would buy modern warfare. It is a pretty complete bundle with single and multiplayer with allot of replay value, and to be honest most people will buy this to play with their friends. So i dont get worked up over video games, dont get me wrong I still think that CoD is mediocre and rockstar is overrated, but I would rather spend my time loving games I love, like paper mario, chrono trigger, mass effect ect. Dammit, I'm rambling again.
  • vadorsoul - May 28, 2011 5:55 p.m.

    paper Mario 3d anyone?
  • meh - May 28, 2011 5:39 p.m.

    also i could not give two shits about skyrim. its just boring to me and i don't care about. I acknowledge that its a good game from a good series, though. Just don't care.
  • meh - May 28, 2011 5:34 p.m.

    Jesus, "I hate this game, it sucks and is stupid and if you like it you're an idiot." Thats all I hear from some of these people. If you're gonna bitch go somewhere else and do it. Great Article. Lots of good games on here that I'm looking forward to.
  • BigBoss213 - May 28, 2011 11:39 a.m.

    Great list.Bioshock looks epic.
  • UFAlien - May 28, 2011 5:05 a.m.

    Every single game is a sequel or reboot. Not surprised.
  • lovinmyps3 - May 28, 2011 2:03 a.m.

    I think Uncharted 3 or the new Assassin's Creed is at the top of my list.
  • ViolentLee - May 27, 2011 11:57 p.m.

    If it was the top 9 most anticipated, and you got rid of MW3, it would be a perfect list.
  • NobodyLikesPaul - May 27, 2011 9:55 p.m.

    PLUS Bioshock? rly? who the fuck wants bioshock over skyrim FUCK YOU