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

5) Enslaved 2

Boy, is this a depressing entry to write. Enslaved wasn’t perfect, but the game did so many things right – like pushing digital storytelling forward with what's possibly the best combination of motion capture and voice acting in the medium to date – that the miniscule chance of a sequel breaks our hearts. Enslaved's weak worldwide sales, along with publisher Namco Bandai's decision to scale back non-Japanese development, is a near-guarantee that Enslaved 2 won't be announced in 2011. Or ever. And yet there are so many reasons it should be (explicit details about the ending to follow)…

Throughout the original, a romance was developing between heroes Monkey and Trip. We applaud developer Ninja Theory for showing restraint and not ending the game with a corny Hollywood kiss, but some closure would have been nice. We have so many unanswered questions: Where will the pair go next? Will they continue to fight together, or part ways? And what was the deal with Monkey telling Trip to put the headband back on him? It was a strange submissive gesture when he didn't need it to remain loyal to her…

Then, of course, there's the Matrix-wannabe twist. On the one hand, we found it much too derivative. On the other hand, we were intrigued by the idea of a "bad guy" having good intentions. If he merely wanted to save people from the misery of a ruined world, though, why coldly murder those who resisted? And what happens now to all those he'd enslaved? Surely some of them are Trip's friends… will they join her and Monkey? All of these dangling plot threads could lead to fascinating developments and surprising directions, but unless Enslaved 2 is announced, we'll never experience any of them.


4) Super Mario Bros 3DS

Mario is already confirmed to appear on Nintendo's impressive new handheld at least twice, but while we can't wait to see Mario Kart and Paper Mario in 3D, those are just side games. What we really want is another core, full-fledged Mario platformer. And not some half-assed New Super Mario Bros 2… we want a totally original 3D adventure that fully takes advantage of the evolution in technology.

Since every Nintendo system, whether home or portable, has had at least one main Mario in its lifetime, this is only a matter of time. Hell, Miyamoto even admitted to the game’s existence in a recent interview: “Of course, we are working on a Mario product for the Nintendo 3DS...” He went on to talk about how the handheld could finally address some issues 3D platformers have had since Mario 64: “When you are in a 3D world but on a 2D screen it is difficult sometimes to tell distance, whether an object you are looking at is in the foreground, in the background, is the object above you?... It's going to be really exciting for us to make that easier… using the Nintendo 3DS technology."


Above: And don’t make it a crummy port like Mario 64 DS, either 

Could this inevitability be announced this year, then? Well, imagine it's mid-June with E3 about to begin. The 3DS has been out for a few months, everyone is pretty familiar with the launch games, and Nintendo needs to keep interest high for its new product. What better time to unveil the first original 3D Mario game for a handheld?


3) Kingdom Hearts 3

Coming up on six years since the release of Kingdom Hearts II, asking for a third full-blown Squisney Joint is every bit as futile as that announcement is unlikely. HOWEVER! There have been several new developments that make us dare to dream again! Take a look at this mock-up we made for a Kingdom Hearts III starring the sexy, sexy stars of Disney B-Squad back in 2009.

Above: The series may need Square, but not necessarily its characters 

We concluded that, with the exception of half a dozen characters, the appearance of Final Fantasy stars are essentially wasted cameos in the Kingdom Hearts series. Those characters, their baggage, and their personalities are far better served by the Dissidia series – in fact, the very existence of that PSP franchise presents a slight barrier to once again adding them to the Mickey mix. Instead, we suggested omitting the Final Fantasy stuff altogether and replacing those tertiary roles with several obscure characters from Disney’s stable. We never actually expected anybody to do it… until Epic Mickey actually did!


Above: Note our suggested inclusions of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Black Hole made it in to Epic Mickey. Plus, the addition of classic games opens up another world of Disneyana! 

In addition, Disney now owns The Muppets and fucking MARVEL! Like it or not, those characters will eventually be part of Disney legacy, and with all due respect to Cloud and Auron, isn’t that the true essence of Kingdom Hearts anyway? A Final Fantasy-esque game starring Disney characters within a Disney Universe? So, since GamesRadar has widened out its columns a bit since that last suggestion, we decided to expand the image to acknowledge the full potential of the acquisitions. After all, when you own everything, the sky’s the limit.

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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 handled...it 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.

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