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My most anticipated games of 2011

Sunday, 4 September 2011

1.Elder Scrolls IV: Skyrim
2.Battlefield 3
3.Deus Ex: Human Revolution
4.Dark Souls

Well this seems to be quite regular year of games for me with a bunch of interesting releases. First on the table is of course Elder Scrolls IV: Skyrim. I've speculated in my mind wether it will be just Oblivion enhanced or something more. Well at least on graphical department I think it will be so. The pictures and video I've seen really are remiscent to Oblivion in general. The style is similar, but forests seem more vivid and varying. Instead of just forest - there will be several types of terrain. The new radiant story system sounds interesting and skill-trees/perks on the other hand may make character development better than ever before. Main thing I noticed in graphics are the human/monster models which looks great deal of better than the round-faces of Oblivion. Lets not forget also one of the main aspects: Dungeons! It is relieving information that there will be more designers this time making dungeons than just one. Also that there will be more different dungeon-types and that they won't be created so much from the pre-made pieces set together. I think that in Oblivion - the dungeons failed. All in all it was a fun game but dungeon crawling was just repetitive in general and left a bland feeling. We can also expect more varying character voices.. The thing is - is Bethesda succeeds to create the world of Skyrim more vivid, "living" and dynamic than ever - It will be a blast I'm sure. I've always loved large scale adventure/RPG games with loads of freedom.

The second for me is definetely Battlefield 3. What I've seen it beats the new Modern Warfare for me. I've enjoyed Call Of Duty-series. They are really fun fast paced shooter-action. The thing is that I think the sequels are released in too fast pace only a year apart of each other or so. They seem not to be focusing to bring anything new in the table. Graphics engine hasn't evolved much either. Don't get me wrong I enjoy COD, but Battlefield 3 - at least when looking preview videos - looks more fresh. I loved BF2 and seems that the sequel is bringing large scale open areas back - with fast forest and plains as well as cities to battle within. Graphics so far have looked damn great! Battles look hectic and there's sense of madness. Destroyable trees and buildings give extra touch to the sense about "being there".

Deus Ex: Human Revolution has been my choice number three. It actually was released already last month, but I didn't buy it 'till couple of days ago. So far it feels like a great game. Along the main questline there are many side quests which you can pick between the parts of main quests. You can also roam free in a couple large cities between main quest missions. This adds a taste of freedom to somewhat half-linear storyline of the game. Human Revolution doesn't feel open as say, Fallout 3, but it's not totally linear either. The game is somewhere in between. Stealthing action works quite nice, hacking is fun (better compared to for example Fallout 3 lockpick-minigame) and overall atmosphere in the gameworld works. The graphics are mixed bag but not bad by any means. I'm a little disappointed with the animations of the characters, they seem quite jerky. Voice acting is "OK". The textures are maybe a bit bland and repetitive. Almost everything in color varies between tone from orange to grey and black. It sets certain tone to the game allright, but may get a bit repetitive. On the other hand I think graphics for XBOX360 look very sharp. Lightning effects are cool and areas designed, for example Detroit City (if I recall the first city name right), are very well done. There's certain sense of atmosphere that reminds of likes Bladerunner the movie. I can't help but thinking also that corridow-crawling parts of the Human Revolution with hacking computers and such bring System Shock 2 to my mind. Overall slight repetitiveness, but large scale of the game, partial freedom, character development and level design as well as stealhing make this game shine. Personally so far I'm not disappointed at all that it is carrying the name of Deus Ex.

Potential surprise for this year could be Dark Souls RPG. It looks like classic dungeon crawl with old school skill-system. I'm not actually sure if the game follows any AD&D rules at all, but at least seems to lean that way. I haven't followed this game so closely and it just recently raised my interest. If the skill-system and character development part is not dumped down too much, and the complexity behind it all has enough depth, I have feeling this game cannot fail to deliver. We'll see.

Feel free to comment and suggest any more great games to be released, or just recently released!

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