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

2) Grand Theft Auto 5

Yes, we’re aware: this is the third time we’ve put Grand Theft Auto V on our annual most-wanted-announcement lists, and so far Rockstar Games hasn’t even thrown us the tiniest bone. We know GTA V is coming eventually, but only because it doesn’t make sense for it not to. Until Rockstar announces something, we’re completely in the dark.

Above: We love gunslingers and detectives and all, but can we just play as a sociopathic lunatic again soon? Please?

This could be the year, though. In 2011, we’ll be three years out from the release of GTA IV, which is a pretty good time to start building hype for a sequel. Hopefully with more than just a logo this time – with the internet speculation engine running in high gear for months now, it’d be nice to finally find out a few hard details. Like when and where it’ll be set, say, and whether there’ll be any significant changes in tone or continuity with GTA IV and its two DLC side stories.

Will we see a sequel set in Paris, Tokyo or Bogota, as so many have inexplicably predicted in the past? Will it be a long-overdue return to 1969 London? Or will Rockstar just continue the previous generation’s arc and send us to a painstakingly revamped version of Vice City or San Andreas?

Above: And will we ever see the return of Macy McFakeprotagonist?

Seriously, these are the kinds of questions we lose sleep over.

It’s true that Rockstar’s already got something big planned for this year, with the scheduled spring release of LA Noire poised to impress/creep the hell out of everyone with its methodical detective gameplay and eerily realistic-face tech. But aside from maybe Agent (which we’d also like to hear more about), the company’s been pretty silent about its other plans. If they were to reveal something with a big Roman numeral in the title, we’d guess it’d be maybe a month or two after Noire’s release, so as not to overshadow the new property’s launch. We can hope, anyway.

1) Respawn and Bungie's new projects

If you're a fan of first person shooters, the most exciting announcement of 2011 might have already occurred in 2010. Last year is when two of the biggest players completely rewrote their playbooks, and in doing so, possibly changed the future of the genre forever.

You know the stories by heart, and we won't rehash the sensationalized industry-insider details again here. What matters is that right now, as we type this, the original creators of Halo are no longer working on Halo and the original creators of Call of Duty are no longer working on Call of Duty. That multiplayer you've poured hundreds if not thousands of hours into over the past decade? Those epic campaigns we rightfully compared to the best action blockbusters Hollywood has to offer? The people most responsible are currently dreaming up entirely new universes, filled with entirely new weapons, vehicles, heroes and enemies. Doesn't that blow your mind… at least a little?

Above: Like these, only secret-er

Sure, Bungie could play it safe and introduce another straightforward sci-fi saga, but if rumors are true, the company has something far more ambitious – like a return to fantasy or MMO – in mind. And yes, Respawn could predictably repeat Infinity Ward's winning formula, but if the founders are seeking revenge on their former bosses at Activision, they'll want to shock the world with something far more spectacular.

All we can do at this point is guess. Hopefully, by the end of 2011, we'll know.

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Top 7


  • 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.

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