The Top 7... Games we want announced in 2011

This year is destined to be massive. Currently scheduled for release? Uncharted 3, Elder Scrolls V, Dead Space 2, Batman: Arkham City, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Pokémon Black / White, Gears of War 3, Portal 2, LA Noire, Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age II, Bulletstorm, Deus Ex... and that's just the smallest, shortest of samples.

But what about 2012, 2013 and 2014? If those years have any chance of competing with the excitement of this year, we're going to need more than a bunch of amazing new games in 2011. We're also going to need a bunch of exciting new announcements.

This is our wish list. What's yours?

7) Bayonetta 2

Platinum Games' four-game deal with Sega has run its course. Sniff. But wait! One more title has been added to the agreement. An as-yet-undisclosed title. It's surely time for Sega and Platinum to announce the sequel to one of the best action games ever made.

We're mildly interested in the new Devil May Cry that's on the horizon, but it just isn't the same now Bayonetta's around. Which is why Bayonetta 2 doesn't need to be radically different. Of course we'd love co-op. Of course we'd love even more nods to our favourite old games. And of course we want more fan-pleasing wicked weave moves.

Above: Flippin' 'eck – would you look at that! Wonder what shampoo she uses…

The other possibility (as we mentioned here) would be to include Rodin as a playable character. He's already got the attitude and the style, not to mention a penchant for outlandish firearms. A prequel or spin-off would be enough to tide us over… just so long as Bayonetta herself isn't too far off getting her own new game.

Above: Rodin would make for a refreshing lead character… though he does long to be a "bald space marine"…

The mystery game has to be Bayonetta. Has to be.

6) Final Fantasy XIII-2

As divisive as certain aspects of its design were, Final Fantasy XIII felt like a much-needed return to form for the series. After an MMO no one wanted with FFXI, and a game that felt like a single-player MMO with FFXII (regardless of whether or not it was actually a decent game, it didn't feel like a Final Fantasy), we can safely say that we don't want any more Final Fantasy MMOs, or even MMO-esque Final Fantasies, period.  So while FFXIII's extreme opposite direction was jarring to some fans, it did so many things right after such a long absence that we're eager to see where it goes from here.

FFXIII's battle system is one of the greatest that JRPGs have ever seen, merging the careful strategy of a turn-based system with the intensity of real-time combat. Lightning and company's quest also presented a truly compelling world – the dichotomy of cramped, high-tech Cocoon and the wild, open frontier of Pulse begs to be explored freely, and the struggle between its human and demigod inhabitants could take future stories in countless directions.

We'd love to see a similar combat system in a world that's more open to explore. Square-Enix has shown that it's more than willing to experiment with the series, and what franchise is in a better position to take on the challenge of marrying the best qualities of the JRPG genre with the best qualities of a western RPG? Imagine the possibilities – a sandbox world of colossal gods and wilderness, of futuristic skyscrapers jammed into hollowed-out moons – and you see why we're already dreaming about FFXIII-2.


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  • Cloud1Fair3 - February 9, 2011 3:24 a.m.

    Wow, Final Fantasy 13-2 didn't even sound cool till I read your idea about an open world mmorpg in the same universe. Or just a sequel with new characters and a new story would even have my interest if they fixed the linearity and lame weapon creation system. However, Final Fantasy vs. 13 ought to be announced anytime now, I really hope they don't trash it. Tetsuya Nomura himself said he wanted combat to be like Advent Children the game. If they could make an action RPG that good I'd piss my pants and suddenly worship a God (yeah I'm an atheist). I haven't heard much more about it since the end of last year which it was supposed to be talked about already but I haven't seen anything. Could GR please cover more FF vs 13 material if you hear anything about it? I also think Square should just reinvent the classic style turn based rpg for the ps3, I'd be down for anything square or atlus or level 5 makes for the new gens (other than WKC cause I haven't gotten too into that game). Basically, any new JRPG for the ps3 that didn't suck is on my wishlist. Legend of the Dragoon 2 plz? I swear I'll never ask for another game favor again, some high grade RPG developer please just realize the potential!
  • HankVenture - January 25, 2011 2:49 p.m.

    @bella I enjoy all of the systems, I have a Ps3 360 a Wii and nintendo DS, so I'm actually not a fanboy. I didn't forget Super Mario Galaxy 2, I LOVE that game. But DkR wasn't super great and mario kart wii was just dull and boring. Metroid Other M. SUCKS DICK! Sure they make new innovations for the gaming community but that doesnt mean it's a good thing, and new games? They can only survive because they put out mario zelda and metroid from time to time.
  • g4m3rk1dd - January 20, 2011 6:42 p.m.

    "I'm not being bias, and the fact that their are no people that like any Nintendo games in gr makes them bias." because we havent been hearing about them WAITING for Kid Icarus on 3ds and they dont LOVE pokemon OR mario.../sigh...GR has a tremendous amount of love for nintendo...perhaps more so for them than anyone else...get you facts straight then come back...
  • HankVenture - January 20, 2011 6:33 a.m.

    @bellakazza Let's not bring the Venture Brothers into this, because then Brock Sampson would be included and I don't think even your deep devotion of Fanboyism could restrain him from tearing some limps off. But in all seriousness, you are either A.) just exaggerating an opinion you have B.) just a Troll or C.) completely delusional and living in the 80's. True it has made great strides in the gaming world and has had a bigger impact on this world today than any other gaming company. I'm not bashing the Wii or nintendo because I enjoy what they offer, but to say they are the best when they send out Metroid: Other M it sort of doesn't help. and we have ALL seen the Mario 3D game already, it will be like Super Mario Bros. or Super Mario 64, it will be great fun and enjoyable with no innovation, just coasting on nostalgia, popularity, and simplistic design.
  • marioman50 - January 15, 2011 5:13 p.m.

    Mirror's Edge 2 would be awesome. And maybe Bungie will announce "Oni 2" :).
  • HankVenture - January 15, 2011 2:39 p.m.

    @bellakazza you are being completely bias, you just said Nintendo is the best game producer. THAT IS BIAS.. and since you said your not bias right after that I gotta say I think your statement about your educated intelligent opinion is therefore null and void. 3D Super Mario Bros. is number 4 so your, "no on in GR likes Nintendo games" is again null and void. I guess your educated intelligence accidentally skipped over that. Maybe you're just upset that their number one is given to two FPS developers who have made the biggest games who are now working on brand new IPs.
  • HankVenture - January 15, 2011 4:58 a.m.

    @ bellakazza how can they make a Top 7 games we want for announced for 2011 and NOT choose games they like..I mean shouldn't we call you bias because you would choose your games over theirs or are your opinions special?
  • LizarDAZZLE - January 15, 2011 1:57 a.m.

    It's been said on TalkRadar before, but I would love a Super Smash Bros.: Scuffle or SSB: Kerfuffle. On 3ds of course.
  • CandiedJester - January 14, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    @BellaKazza, I disagree. And if you hate them so much...why are you here?
  • Jamahl - January 14, 2011 3:57 a.m.

    Bungie must announce it. I need to hear it!
  • alphakr3w - January 14, 2011 2:40 a.m.

    I want Mirror's Edge 2!
  • manicania - January 14, 2011 12:18 a.m.

    No, Paper Mario is not "just a side game" [sic]. I can't believe you said that. I would like to see a brand new Super Mario Bros. for 3DS, but not taking Paper Mario as more than just a side game really annoys me. Paper Mario is one of, if not the best non-"Super Mario Bros." Mario series to date.
  • sveini22 - January 13, 2011 2:36 p.m.

    I want GTA V and somthing from Bungie and respawn :D
  • mubobi7593 - January 13, 2011 5:13 a.m.

    OH GOD YES Kickin' heartless ass alongside f-ing Wolverine? Take my money now! (Seriously Squenix, do this) Also, an MMO by Bungie? Hell yeah.
  • Crypto140 - January 12, 2011 10:41 p.m.

    And L4D3. Sorry, should have read all the comments and stolen the ideas before I wrote the first one.
  • Strangleme - January 12, 2011 9:51 p.m.

    Excellent Top 7!! I am definitely anticipating Bayonetta 2, 3DS Mario and of course, GTA V!!!!! That one alone will be enough!!
  • CharlieFerret - January 12, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    This really feels like a Top 7 you guys threw together minutes before it needed to be submitted...basically "a sequel to every new game we liked".
  • KidKatana - January 12, 2011 10:39 a.m.

    Also, seriously GR, did you not read between the lines during that 'put on the headband' scene in Enslaved? I was blown away by how well it was was pretty much the moment that I realised that games are beating blockbuster movies at their own...well, game.
  • SuperStingray - January 12, 2011 8:22 a.m.

    I'm hoping the Platinum game is Vanquish 2. Bayonetta was long and had closure. Vanquish was short and left open. I loved Bayonetta, but Vanquish left me wanting so much more.
  • CandiedJester - January 12, 2011 6:06 a.m.

    Just because you disagree does not mean you need to insult. Respect is a good thing for everyone to have for everyone else. So next time, respectfully disagree, and keep the atmosphere friendly. As an added bonus, people will probably actually take you seriously and listen to what you have to say.