The 10 most anticipated games of E3 2011

7. Dark Souls

Dark Souls was the dark horse of this list, as several GR editors didn’t mention it at all during E3 planning. But the editors who are fans of the spiritual sequel to Demon’s Souls are so excited for the game that its need to be included on the list couldn’t be denied. Why do they love it so? Are they masochists that adore a game that for once has virtually no pity for the player? Or is everyone else too much of a wuss to take on the challenge?

Above: Just your average challenge in Dark Souls

Described as a game that puts you in a “perpetual sense of anxiety” (in a good way), Dark Souls isn’t out to hold your hand or take you through endless tutorials. It throws you in a dungeon filled with enemies that will one-hit kill you as soon as they see you, hands you a sword, tosses you in the deep end and says, “Deal with it.” Forget horror games, Dark Souls will fill you with fear, as the high chance of death and loss of progress makes every encounter matter. And it makes victory all the sweeter.

6. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Some games are big. Others are deep. Still others have realistic worlds, epic stories, or a strong focus upon player choice. But Skyrim? Skyrim rides every one of these ponies all the way ‘round the track. The game’s open world is huge – there are hundreds of “areas of interest”, from hilltop ruins to subterranean dungeons, and every inch of it is covered with tiny details, from foxes in the forest to fish in the river. You can go anywhere, including the very peak of its highest mountain. And you can do anything, from working at a blacksmith’s shop to saving the entire continent from a horde of death-breath vomiting dragons. We’d actually recommend that second one. Seems important.

Exactly how you save the world is completely up to you. By the end of the game, you could be a master sorcerer, an arena champion, or the most legendary thief who ever lived – possibly all three. Or you may have explored this world for 300 hours and not reached any of those goals, simply because there were so many other things you could do. And that’s okay – that’s your choice, and that’s exactly what makes Skyrim a must-play.

5. Mass Effect 3

Currently, we have one teaser trailer and a handful of screens to go on, but that’s all we need to gets us excited for Mass Effect 3. The first Mass Effect was awesome – it had a rich, fully-realized world, with a story and characters befitting an epic science fiction adventure. But despite the original's exceptional achievement, Mass Effect 2 managed to improve on it in every way and is one of our favorite games of all time. After ranking number one in our 100 most anticipated games of 2011, it’d be impossible for Mass Effect 3 not to be on this list.

The only reason it’s so low is probably due to us being disheartened by its recent delay to 2012. Even with all logic pointing toward BioWare creating another masterpiece, it's hard not to be anxious about Mass Effect's final chapter when we have so much invested in the series. We want answers and we want them now! Hopefully during E3 BioWare will finally take the wraps off its huge sequel instead of boring us with yet another look at Old Republic.

4. Batman: Arkham City

For years there was always a glass ceiling to comic book-based games. They could be good (X-Men Legends), even great (Spider-Man 2), but they’d never be game of the year material. Batman: Arkham Asylum changed all that, doing what seemingly no other game could do before: make a very nearly perfect game while still staying remarkably true to the spirit of the source material. You became Batman in Arkham Asylum, stalking prey from shadows, beating the crap out of thugs with an inventive new combat system, and using all manner of high-tech gadgets. Can developer Rocksteady not only reach that level again but surpass it in the sequel? It’s looking very possible.

Arkham City promises to be everything Asylum was and then some. Apparently the makeshift town is four to five times the size of Asylum, it’ll feature even more of Batman’s unforgettable rogues gallery, and more gadgets than you can throw a Batarang at. All signs point to City only improving on amazing Asylum, so it’s difficult not to be thrilled with learning any new details, whether it’s some fresh villain or feature. Just keep Robin out of it, ok?



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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