Game Rant’s 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2011

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 8:31 pm,

Top 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2011

In what might just go down as one of the best years for gaming in history, and certainly the busiest, there were more than enough games to keep even the most discerning gamer satisfied throughout last year. Just take a look at the finalists for our 2010 Game Rant Awards and it’s obvious that many of those games could have been guaranteed winners in any other year.

So with 2010 under our belt, we’re turning our eyes to the future, and a year that is already looking to break the wallets of the gaming community. From first-person-shooters to RPGs, and every other genre in between, here are our 20 most anticipated games of 2011.

The calendars of console and PC fans alike will soon be marked with a major release (or two) every other week and there’s no question that we’ll be playing hundreds of games this year.

We’ll likely find a few hidden gems along the way, but these are the games that we simply can’t wait to get our hands on in 2011.

#20. Killzone 3

Killzone 3 Most Anticipated

2011 may just be the year of the PS3, with Killzone 3 kicking things off the FPS genre with a follow-up to a sequel that didn’t quite blow minds, turning the standard war narrative into one of survival and political intrigue. Guerilla Games is looking to improve the mistake of the past by fixing technical issues, adding local co-op, and continuing to deliver  fantastic visuals. Not to mention jetpacks! Since Killzone 3 is being launched with full 3D support, the game’s successes and failures might be a lesson for the industry as a whole going forward.

Killzone 3 will be released on February 22 for the Playstation 3.

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#19. Metal Gear Solid: Rising

Metal Gear Solid Rising Most Anticipated Games

It doesn’t take much to get gamers excited about a new installment in the Metal Gear Solid series that Hideo Kojima built. Even if the man himself is less focused on the game than some might like, getting a chance to take a look at the origins of one of the series’ more mysterious characters is a welcome one. The game is also being designed by the team behind Metal Gear Solid: Peacewalker, so they’re more than capable of taking on a sword-wielding killing machine. The quality has never been an issue, and the fact that Metal Gear Solid: Rising will be giving players a totally new experience means we can’t wait to see what Kojima Productions has planned.

Metal Gear Solid: Rising is currently slated for a release in 2011 on the PS3 and Xbox 360.

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#18. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

The Witcher 2 Most Anticipated Games

While the original may not have been as massive a success with fans as other entries on our list, The Witcher 2 looks to take RPGs in a brand new direction. By injecting non-linear storytelling and and emphasis on cause and effect into the RPG formula, the developers at CD Projekt Red are aiming to give players the most control over a game’s progression we’ve ever seen. There’s no denying that the game looks gorgeous, but it’s the dedication to storytelling that could be what makes it a must-play.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings will be released on May 17, exclusively for the PC.

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#17. StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm

StarCraft 2 Heart of the Swarm Most Anticipated

After a blockbuster release, it was obvious that the time Blizzard put into developing StarCraft 2 was well spent, and we can’t wait for another dose. The upcoming expansion won’t be just a slight addition, but a brand new campaign for the Zerg race, complete with brand new units. Even though we’ve already seen how the game will end, we can’t wait to see what new game mechanics, level designs, and tweaks to multiplayer that will inevitably accompany the expansion.

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm hasn’t yet received a release date, but we’re hoping the announcement will come sooner rather than later, even if it means our wallets will be taking an even bigger hit than usual this year.

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#16. Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 Most Anticipated Games

Simply put, Guild Wars 2 is an attempt by ArenaNet and NCSoft to change the way people think about an MMO. The developers made it clear in their Manifesto trailer that they have had enough of games where quests are nothing more than meaningless tasks. With GW 2, the emphasis will be put back on the player, and remove the false mechanics of a massively-multiplayer-RPG. Quests will be initiated by and result in real-time events that allow a player to change the game in a meaningful way. The game looks great, and the fact that there’s no subscription only sweetens the deal.

Guild Wars 2 will be released sometime in 2011, for the PC and Mac.

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TAGS: Batman Arkham City, Bethesda, Deus Ex Human Revolution, Diablo 3, Dragon Age 2, Gears of War 3, Guild Wars 2, Killzone 3, LA Noire, LittleBigPlanet 2, Mac, Mass Effect 3, Metal Gear Solid: Rising, PC, Pokemon Black, Pokemon White, Portal 2, PS3, Rage, Skyrim, Skyward Sword, Square Enix, StarCraft 2, The Last Guardian, The Witcher 2, Uncharted 3, Wii

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  1. Very Shovked Infamous to was snubbed and freaking Pokemon was on here instead? Scary.

    I’m looking forward to about 13 of the 20 which is good and I can understand 19 of them being on the list but just baffled by Pokemon being on it and almost just as shocked Infamous 2 isn’t. One of the best ps3 games nay games period and it’s highly anticipated sequal gets snubbed for a game that caters to 9 year olds. Maybe top 20 anticipated in japan but I do many self respecting American adults being excited for it unless they really can’t wait to buy it for their kids.

    • It may not be your type of game, but the first modern title in one of the best-selling franchises of all time isn’t something to overlook. The Nintendo handhelds are king in North America and UK, so the one game that could blow releases like Final Fantasy VII completely out of the water in the first days of release means they’ve got to be onto something.

      9 year olds? C’mon :P

      http://gamerant.com/pokemon-black-white-break-japanese-sales-record-tao-42099/

    • There are another 25 games that we can argue fit in to the top 20, there are just that many big hits coming this year. Crysis 2 and Dead space 2 didn’t make it, either.

  2. Okay, how did The Last Guardian, a game almost NO ONE noes about get on here? I mean, and above Portal 2!!! I’d think Portal 2 would do better because it’s been delayed, so people are really waiting for it now.

  3. “While the original may not have been as massive a success with fans as other entries on our list”

    1.5m copies sold, numerous awards, often hailed as one of the best RPGs ever created…

  4. Where’s Assassin’s Creed Revelations? How’s that not here?

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