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100. In previous years and previous features, that number was daunting. While we wanted you to know about – and get excited about – as many upcoming games as possible, reaching three digits was always a challenge that required a monumental, brain-scouring effort from every last GamesRadar editor.
Not this time… this time was easy. In fact, 2011 is shaping up to be such a fantastic, and fantastically full, year for videogames that the only real difficulty was limiting our list of most anticipated titles. 100 simply wasn't enough.
What are you looking forward to in 2011? Finish our countdown, then give us your own in the comments below.
And no, we didn't "forget" BioShock Infinite or Metal Gear Solid: Rising – those are scheduled for 2012. On that subject, please note: Any of these games could also be delayed into next year or beyond. Some almost certainly will be. For now, though, the following are confirmed – or at least rumored – for release this year, so let's bask in the excitement of anticipation while we still can.
Yes, we're looking forward to Diablo III way more than this last-place entry would imply, but no, we're not at all convinced the hack-and-slash dungeon crawler will actually release in 2011. Blizzard seems plenty busy with StarCraft II and World of Warcraft at the moment. Because a leaked development road map still showed Diablo III down for this year, however, we'll give the game this honorary spot.
We have yet to see a single screenshot or logo – or even official announcement – from the next Hitman, but according to anonymous sources, a fifth entry in the stealth assassination series might make a Christmas release. Since his last game was back in 2006, before the current consoles had matured and before Assassin's Creed had debuted, it will be interesting to discover what new tricks Agent 47 can learn.
Another long shot for 2011. Possibly the longest, considering the last we heard on this sequel was creator Michel Ancel's admission in June that development would take "a while" and that fans should be "patient." That was over six months ago, though, so who knows! We can wait… if Ubisoft promises not to turn Beyond Good & Evil 2 into the next Duke Nukem Forever.
The gleefully stupid, havoc-loving yin to Grand Theft Auto’s increasingly serious yang, Saints Row’s third outing promises to be sillier than ever, while at the same time reportedly ditching its cartoonishly clueless gangsta posturing in favor of outright parody. Whether it’ll actually be funny is anyone’s guess, but it should at least be a lot of fun.
What starts out like a Call of Duty trailer, the reveal of the first SSX game in four years took those forced to watch the Spike Game Awards by complete surprise. Using real world mountains for the shreddin’ setting, the game appears to be taking a much more serious approach than ever before. We don’t know a whole lot of details, but it looks like the furthest thing from David Arquette in an afro.
Still not tired of Final Fantasy IV? This PSP collection combines an enhanced 2D version of the game (not the 3D DS version from 2008) with the WiiWare-only Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, plus a brand new area that connects the two. It’s a cash grab, but we’re suckers for FFIV.
This game made the list for one very obvious reason – editor Charlie Barratt's undying, unceasingly mocked love of classic adventure series Gabriel Knight. For those of you who share his admiration, Gray Matter is a must-play. The game is not only another point-and-click designed by Jane Jensen, it features another heavily researched horror story and another strong relationship between male and female protagonists.
Silicon Knights’ first game since Too Human, this adventure follows the comic book mutants as they welcome new members to the fold. Featuring a branching storyline that seems to focus on your mutant of choice joining either the X-Men or the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, it’s exciting to see a comic book game that might have a real emphasis on story.
At first glance, All 4 One looks like a simplified party game, but developer Insomniac assures us that that won’t be the case. Even with four players (playing Ratchet, Clank, Qwark and Dr. Nefarious, most of whom hate each other), this will be every inch a “serious” Ratchet game, with the same action and rich gadgetry fans have come to expect.
This retooled version of Super SFIV has been in Japanese arcades for quite some time now, but the additions are more than a simple patch: two new characters, Yun and Yang arrive, plus a massive amount of buffs/nerfs to the existing cast. There’s no OFFICIAL word it’s coming to the US, but it’s highly expected to be DLC.
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