Gaming wise there are three main games I'm looking forwards to playing.
First out of the blocks, in March, is Dragon Age 2, the sequel to the smash RPG hit of 2009. The sequel tells a completely new story set in the same world of Ferelden, and I'm looking forwards to seeing how Bioware have moved things along since the first game as this looks like a complete overhaul with regards to gameplay. Judging by a recent interview it looks like Bioware may eventually be considering a Dragon Age MMO, once they have built up enough lore in the single player games to support it. Intriguing!
In the middle of the year comes the big one. Star Wars: The Old Republic is the big MMO I am looking at next year. Considering it has been in closed beta testing for a good while now there have been a surprisingly small number of leaks, but what little has been revealed does sound very positive (such as the most recent leak to come out of the beta). Fingers crossed it can live up to the promise and not end up a decent, but average MMO like Rift seems destined to become.
Finally at the end of the year comes Mass Effect 3, which will finish off the Mass Effect trilogy, one of the best and most immersive story-based franchises ever created. Both of the previous games have been great, so let's hope that the final installment keeps up the high standard.
Looking at my three major gaming hopes you can probably guess I'm a Bioware fan. Well, that's true recently as the quality of their output has been so high now for such a long time. They are due a fall at some point, so I just hope it's not with one of those games. There are a couple of other games I'm looking forwards to as well however, though I will probably wait on purchasing them until the consensus of reviews are in.
Batman: Arkham City is the sequel to the 2009 game Batman: Arkham Asylum. This was a game that surprised me. I had heard that Arkham Asylum was a good game, but it didn't seem like the sort of thing I'd normally enjoy. I was dead wrong however. It's the perfect blend of action, stealth and story and the first game to really capture Batman as a character. The sequel looks bigger; let's hope it's better too.
The other game I'm anticipating is Portal 2. If you haven't played Portal yet, then why the hell not?! It's cheap, and currently available at half price on Steam. There is really no other game like it. It has one of the most perfect learning curves of any puzzle game, and a very dark sense of humour. What seems like a simple first-person puzzler slowly gains hidden depths and turns into a fight for survival. It's a game that requires you to think in odd ways and rewards unusual play styles. The sequel looks fantastic so far too, and will incorporate co-operative multiplayer puzzle solving, so it's got to be worth a try.
So, a few quick predictions for fun.
- 2011 will bring disappointment for Guild Wars 2 fans when the game is pushed back to 2012
- 2011 will make fantasy cool again as HBOs adaptation of A Game of Thrones becomes the best thing on tv
- Nintendo will surprise everyone and announce the Wii2 in 2011
- 3D (movies, tv, and games) will continue to be a big steaming pile of disappointment throughout the year
- Wolverhampton Wanderers will avoid relegation and survive another season in the English Premier League (ok, that may be more wishful thinking than anything!)
- 2011 will bring lots of sleepless nights and less gaming time as my wife and I are expecting our second baby at the end of June
2010 was a great year. 2011 looks like it will be even better!
So, I'll sign off now, wishing you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year.