2010 was a pretty good year for video games. There were some okay games released. Red Dead Redemption might have won at the VGA’s and Mass Effect 2 might have been Gamer Limit’s GOTY choice, but I know there are games coming out next year that will blow them away. I say that 2011 will be even better than 2010! Hit the jump for my most wanted games of 2011.
Honestly, how can you not be excited for this game? I mean it comes out next week! Even though a game based on a somewhat obscure sport like roller derby might be hard to sell to a publisher, Frozen Codebase managed to pull it off. According to Ben Geisler, the president of Frozen Codebase, “We took the core fundamental tenets of this punk sport and turned it into an arcade sports game.”
I applaud Frozen Codebase for their daring. Why should gamers be forced to endure annual iterations of other sports franchises: Madden, NBA, MLB, and FIFA? I’m glad that roller derby is finally getting its moment in the spotlight. The player gets to play roller derby utilizing the Wii’s unique brand of motion control, but it also looks like there will be some elements not found in actual roller derby, including jumps and speed boost pads. Let’s hope that Frozen Codebase gets those trick rollerskating physics right. If they’re not spot on, I’m afraid it might ruin the immersive roller derby experience for me.
#2 – Chronicles of Mystery: The Legend of the Sacred Treasure (PC, Mar. 8, 2011)
This game has it all. Chronicles, mystery, legends, and sacred treasures. I think my head just might explode from that many cool words in one sentence. As smart and apparently zesty journalist Chelsea Connor, the player jets around the world trying to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of Chelsea’s father. But not everything is as it seems because according to the product description “[a]long the way, Chelsea will come face to face with powerful bent on preserving their dark secrets.”
Polish developer City-Interactive has been in the business since 2002, and in 2011 they have two other Chronicles of Mystery games coming out. I think that Sacred Treasure will be better than Chronicles of Mystery: Secret of the Lost Kingdom and Chronicles of Mystery: The Secret Tree of Life. The other two just seem to be lacking that brand of puzzling mysteries that the series is known for.
#3 – Yoostar 2: In the Movies (Xbox 360 & PS3, Mar. 8, 2011)
I’m pronouncing this like “rooster” and damn it nobody better correct me. This one is actually a Kinect and Playstation Move title, and I’m thrilled. Finally a more “hardcore” Kinect game that’s more than just a dancing or pet simulator. Using the game’s “great gameplay, great social features, and great Technology” players will be able to place themselves right in the middle of a Hollywood movie set! Players will be able to read the lines or even improvise with their own. With Kinect it’ll be like they’re actually there.
Gamers will be able to act out scenes from Hollywood blockbusters like: “Baby Mama,” “Top Gun,” and even TV’s “CSI: Miami.” Because the game uses Kinect/Move, gamers will also be graded based on their movements on screen. I bet it actually takes practice to nail that sunglasses move David Caruso does.
(Note to gamers: make sure your parents/grandparents get you Yoostar 2: In the Movies and not Yoostar Fashion Salon by mistake)
#4 – Chuck E Cheese’s Sports Games (Wii, Mar. 31, 2011)
Why go to a smelly, dingy Chuck E Cheese restaurant when you can have the same experience from the comfort of your own living room? I can’t think of a reason either! Chuck E Cheese is at the top of his game in 2011, and it makes perfect sense that he and his animatronic pals will be starring in their own Wii game.
While info about the actual sports featured in the game is sparse, I imagine that it will be a welcome sequel to 2010′s Chuck E Cheese’s Party Games –a single player experience featuring games found at Chuck E Cheese locations. The only thing Chuck E Cheese’s Sports Games won’t be able to do is serve pizza. Luckily, Domino’s delivers.
#5 – Petz Bunnyz Bunch (Nintendo DS, Mar. 8, 2011)
While Ubisoft might be a little overzealous in the use of the letter ‘z’ in the title of this 2011 game, there’s no doubt in my mind that it will surpass 2008′s Petz Bunnyz. According to the box art, the player gets to “take care of a family of bunnies.” Ubisoft is adding more breeds and more personalities to Petz Bunnyz Bunch. Also there is the option to train your bunnies and make them smarter by playing engaging games like hot and cold.
It sounds like there are going to be even more surprises in store that Ubisoft is being coy about. I bet that there will be even more mini-games to play with your bunnyz and maybe even more breeds to choose from than the already announced ones.
#6 – Vacation Quest: The Hawaiian Islands (PC, Mar. 29, 2011)
There’s a palm tree on the cover, and the game is also from the makers of Mystery P.I. The thing I hate the most about vacations is actually having to go on vacation. Vacation Quest: The Hawaiian Islands is on my 2011 most wanted list because it will let me experience the thrill of vacation without all the let downs and airport security.
Plus because the game is actually Vacation Quest, I imagine I’ll have to unravel a mystery on par with the one in Chronicles of Mystery. Players will also have to fill their vacation journals with “achievements and memories.” I know this game will create memories that I’ll treasure forever. And because this is a PopCap game, Vacation Quest also has a “Match-3″ mode. Need I say more?
#7 – Karaoke Revolution Glee V2 Road to Regionals (Wii, Mar. 31, 2011)
Oh Glee. Everybody knows that Sectionals is for chumps. Regionals is where real glee club champions are born. The first Karaoke Revolution Glee game only covered the memorable moments from season one. I’m assuming that V2 Road to Regionals will showcase all the memorable songs from the second season.
Because this game is on the Wii I fully expect to be able to use the Wiimote and Nunchuck to mirror the stellar choreography from the show. But the best part is that I don’t have to sing alone. This game features a competitive multiplayer mode. Finally players will be able to settle the age old question: “Who is the biggest ‘Gleek?’”
Karaoke Revolution Glee V2 Road to Regionals will let me feel like I’m right there with the New Directions and Mr. Schue. I’d better start practicing my choreography and Journey songs.
So those are my most wanted games for 2011. I can’t think of a better batch of games that truly represents the pure talent and heart of the games industry. 2010 was good, maybe even borderline great, but this year is going to tear last year a new one. I guarantee that these seven games will be leading the charge.