The Top 7... Games we want announced at E3 2011

2) Final Fantasy XV

This one might be a bit premature, with FFXIII-2 still distant on the horizon, but that doesn't mean we can't already yearn for something that's a complete unknown like FFXV. Final Fantasy historically has been one of the few AAA franchises that doesn't shy away from taking huge risks with its marquee titles, but as is the way with risks, some have been successful and some haven't. Even the biggest flops can be forgiven in time though, if they're used as a lesson for the future, to build upon what worked and throw away what didn't. Cherry-picking the strengths from each past game, it's easy to put together a composite ideal of what we'd love to see in FFXV.

Above: Take the tense, strategic battles and overall polish of FFXIII and add more fully-developed characters and the freedom to explore

Surely, at this point Square-Enix knows that FF fans don't want another MMO, but that doesn't mean we don't want the next FF to have an expansive, open world to explore. FFXIII was an interesting extreme at the other end of the spectrum, because it sacrificed freedom for a highly controlled, highly polished experience. We'd love to see FFXV marry the best aspects of both extremes, with an open world akin to some of the western RPGs of this generation (it's easy to imagine a Mass Effect-style exploration structure with airships instead of spaceships) but with a deep combat system and cinematic story befitting a traditional JRPG.

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1) Super Mario Café

No, not some bizarre spin-off that has Mario and Luigi engaging in Diner Dash minigames – we’re talking about a brand new Mario adventure for Nintendo’s upcoming console, still codenamed Project Café. Once upon a time, Nintendo made sure there was a robust new Mario game ready to help launch its new machines, but the past two (GameCube and Wii) ditched the trend. Given how many eyes will be on Nintendo, what with all the mainstream attention it received with Wii, it absolutely needs to announce a massive, day-one Mario game that hits with the force of Super Mario 64. No Luigi’s Mansion cop out, no motion-controlled gimmick to lure in casual Wal-Mart and Target shoppers, but a deep, lengthy experience that reminds the world why Nintendo does platforming better than anyone else.

Above: Mario 3DS is already confirmed, but Nintendo’s announced two major Mario games in one show before

Galaxy and Galaxy 2 are amazing, no doubt. But we still pine for a new 3D Mario that features whole worlds to explore instead of floating globes. Imagine the stretching horizons of Mario 64 or Sunshine, but with immeasurably more detailed environments, cleverer puzzles and, most importantly, gloriously high-definition graphics. It’s an experience Nintendo fans (like us) have been waiting for since finishing Galaxy’s comparatively tiny, modular levels. The NES, SNES and N64 all charged out of the gate with Mario – if we had our way, Project Café will do the same and instantly endear us to Nintendo’s newest console.

May 30, 2011

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  • Metagross - June 17, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    My analysis was like.. 95% right :D
  • Tate_Steinlage - June 6, 2011 4:34 a.m.

    Combat Evolved remake!! It's almost certain that it'll happen, but I am still soooo eager to see what they can do with it. My only concern with it is if 343 messes up with it even a bit, it'll ruin their rep with any future Halo titles or Halo projects.
  • Metagross - June 5, 2011 10:20 p.m.

    I think what with Skyward Sword being pushed back a lot that Super Mario 3DS needs either a July or EARLY August release. Gamers have been wanting for some good 3DS games for a while. Rayman 2 pfffftttt what console has that not been played on , Super Street Fighter 4 great game but I already have it on Wii ? We are getting Ocarina 3D shortly but it's not enough to fill the gap we gamers need , which Super Mario 3DS would fill and fill and fill some more ! I'm talking 120 individual stars give or take a couple of remakes here and there I would love to see a Galaxy form of Super Mario Bro's. 1-1 for a level where you pay coins or something. The 3DS is amazing . Project Café seem's incredible but right now I think Nintendo should do what they did with the 3DS announce it give a demo here and there and then pretend the announcement never happened and then have a conference where everything is revealed this time including the international price and release this would make people strive for more Project Café I for one would strive everywhere for project cafe news and be more hyped when it actually comes. Nintendo should do this and then repeat last year's plethora of 1st party games , Nintendo blew the show last year when they revealed the 3DS and a floor showing then continuing with Kirby,Donkey Kong and Zelda this ould be repeated but this time Nintendo should include Pokémon in their conference especially with the 3DS' abilities. With my massive Nintendo analaysis I figured I give Sony one too ;) Sony should give a price and release date for NGP and give a LOT of floor demos. 1st party games are a must for Sony at the moment especially what with the Hacking.. I think maybe a New LittleBigPlanet and God of War would break the house down along with some new Psn games. Microsoft (Meh cant leave Gates out) Microsoft are doing great lately selling kinect and those millions of consoles and all. Microsoft should save a new console announcement for next year if they want the NGP to die down so that they can milk it for a big release late next year heck they could announce the thing at E3 2011 and just shut up about until next year .. this gives time for people to cry over their 1st party 3DS games and the NGP release. Microsoft should play it safe and bag some exclusives like GTA 5 they should go all out on 1st party games , Halo , Fable , The Witcher 2 could use some screens on Xbox 360 and then an ORGASMIC amount of Kinect games. This is my E3 analysis that I made becuase I'm bored ;D
  • jmcgrotty - June 2, 2011 7:47 a.m.

    "the continued success of Kinect" - We have WILDLY different definitions of "success" I guess. I personally don't want to see any more FF's for a while (and I'm one that owns most of them so far). They've flooded the market and really need to take a few years and make it fresh again. As someone else said, this years E3 is very, very below average. It's just something to pass the time until the real new systems are announced next year. The one thing I really want to see happen is Nintendo stand up in front of a press conference and say "OK, we screwed up huge with the 3DS. We're immediately stopping production of it and doing a buy-back program for those we already suckered. Sorry." (to cut off claims of an anti-Nintendo bias by me, I also hope that the NGP gets cancelled immediately.)
  • shawksta - June 2, 2011 4:11 a.m.

    Nah chill, Luigis mansion needs a second chance to show how great and creative it was. I agree with most, Personally, after seeing Goodfeels take on Wario and Kirby with Warioland shake it and kirbys epic yarn, It would be interesting to see what they would do to yoshi.
  • Smeggs - June 1, 2011 9:55 p.m.

    I thought QuanticDream was working on some Jurrassic Park game or something?
  • rainmanruss - June 1, 2011 4:09 a.m.

    Dance Central 2... the MEGATON! Who knew they'd ever blow that dust of that franchise and bring it back to life. Everyone. Halo CE remake... we all know it's happening. Halo 1, looks like Halo 3... next! God of War 4? Really? Does anybody really want that? If we're making ridiculous wishes: Panzer Dragoon Saga 2! Metroid Dread! Starfox Wii! Castlevania 2D HD on Cafe! Metal Gear 5! Resident Evil 6! c'mon.
  • Dredgon - June 1, 2011 12:39 a.m.

    Battlefront 3!!!!!
  • Crypto140 - June 1, 2011 12:25 a.m.

    Star Wars Battlefront, and what ever happened to the Heavy Rain Chronicals? I want to trade in my Heavy Rain but I know once I do they will release more Chronicals.
  • Shforteenteen14 - May 31, 2011 11:51 p.m.

    Y'know what? I really hope a CE remake isn't what 343 has planned. All the fanboys are just going to complain how it wasn't as good as the original, and they'd probably be right. You can't "remake" nostalgia. The online would be terrible. 343 will probably put the 3sk Pistol back in (to make the "die-hard" fans happy), but they probably won't remove Aim Assist (to make it accessable to the "Average Joe"). Bad combo, if you thought the DMR spam was bad... Plus, like you said (kind of), Chief's last installment was in '07. Since then it's been "Halo... BUT DIFFERENT!". A Halo CE remake campaign would either A) Suck, like I said before B) Be exactly the same, like Foxhound300 said. Reach was an utter failure because Bungie tried to make it classic and new at the same time. I have a strong feeling a CE remake would end up the same. But you know what? I still have faith in 343. I just hope they release Halo 4 instead of another "not-quite-a-sequel".
  • babyhenchy1 - May 31, 2011 10:29 p.m.

    You guys are missing the most obvious one: Bayonetta 2.
  • BishopofHippo93 - May 31, 2011 8:06 p.m.

    Shadow Complex 2, please.
  • Kieran712 - May 31, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    MGS5? Anyone?
  • philipshaw - May 31, 2011 3:28 p.m.

    Good list. I want to see a new MGS
  • The_Tingler - May 31, 2011 3:15 p.m.

    What a dull, dull list. God of War 4 - are you serious? If there's one game that does not need another sequel, it's that. Final Fantasy XV - not a chance, PS3 hasn't even got the last one yet, and even announcing it would get a round of mocking. From me.
  • CitizenWolfie - May 31, 2011 9:07 a.m.

    I think God of War 3 ended pretty well and I didn't feel the need to have more of Kratos after. Maybe something a bit further in time featuring the love child of Kratos and Aphrodite (from the GOW3 mini-game)? It could even incorporate the battle of the 300. It'd be quite interesting to see a new mythology set though; perhaps Norse mythology as it features similar kinds of Gods and their distorted relationships as Greek mythology. Otherwise I'd love to have a Grim Fandango HD remake or a brand new Monkey Island.
  • jameshalsey - May 31, 2011 8:34 a.m.

    An announcement from Rockstar about a sequel to any of their previous big-hitters would satisfy me (other than that table-tennis game....)
  • quincytheodore - May 31, 2011 7:20 a.m.

    In FF XIII defense, I think the characters are okay, not great or Bioware's level, but it's not as cliche as the others JRPG. For one time, FF doesn't use princess / damsel-in-distress. It's not "Main hero... and six other people... save the world!" Sure, it needs more polish, but it's a step to good direction, compared to the previous, XII. You know what would be awesome, Persona 5. I mean, seriously, the franchise is successful critically and almost commercially. I'd buy it... Come on, Atlus
  • jhab007 - May 31, 2011 6:43 a.m.

    Hey Gamesradar.. are you ok?
  • Cloud1Fair3 - May 31, 2011 4:51 a.m.

    Oh my god. Fellow gamesradar-ers(?), I'm proud to see some of you as well appreciate the awesomeness that is The Legend of Dragoon. A sequel would be nothing short of mind-blowing. Just be smart Sony and re-boot that franchise to represent RPGs. Also, if God of War 4 does happen it should focus on a new pantheon of Gods as Kratos single handedly destroys all ancient mythology ushering in the age of reason. That or he unleashes chaos from its slumber.