Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim is the fifth installment in the highly successful Elder Scrolls series, and possibly the most anticipated game in 2011. As the name suggests, it will take you north of Cyrodiil, to the snowy land of Skyrim which is home to the proud Nord people.

The game will take place 200 years after the events of Oblivion. Like in TES IV, players will start out in a prison, sentenced to execution for crossing the border. After escaping, they will learn that the dragons are coming back, and that the only person they fear is Dovahkiin, the Dragonborn.

TES V: Skyrim is going to use a brand new Creation Engine that will offer unprecedented graphics, improved AI, and side quests that are dynamically generated based on your character’s actions. The gameplay and combat system will also be improved. For example, you’ll be able to equip a spell or a weapon in each hand, allowing you to dual wield weapons and magic. Another new feature is Dragon Shouts – extremely powerful spells that can be obtained by defeating dragons and absorbing their souls.

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Batman: Arkham City

  • Genre
    , Stealth
  • Platform
  • Release date
    Oct 18, 2011 (US)
    Oct 21, 2011 (EU)

Batman: Arkham City is a highly anticipated sequel to Arkham Asylum. It picks up one year after the events of the first game, which left both the Arkham Asylum and Blackgate Prison damaged and unfit for use.

In the upcoming game, Quincy Sharp runs for the mayor of Gotham and wins the election. His first decision is to isolate a notorious slum district and move all inmates to this new “Arkham City”. The criminals are left to their own devices, as long as they do not attempt to escape. The situation, however, quickly gets out of hand as Two-Face plots to publicly execute Catwoman, and Batman is forced to enter the Arkham City to save her.

Like its predecessor, Batman: Arkham City is an open-word action game, with even more side missions and challenges. The game world is larger, and divided into turf zones owned by different gangs. You start with all the gadgets you’ve obtained in the previous game; there also are new ones in your arsenal, such as smoke bombs. Finally, Arkham City gives you more skill upgrade choices (33 as opposed to 20 in Arkham Asylum).

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$100 Credit for Reward Zone Members at Best Buy

Best Buy has announced a pretty sweet deal for their Reward Zone Gamers Club members. Pre-order five games of your choice from the list of 15 upcoming titles below, and you will get a $100 RZ certificate (or to be more precise, 5,000 points in your Reward Zone balance). PC versions of the following games won’t count, but all special editions (e.g. collector’s) are also eligible for this promotion.

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Assassin's Creed: Revelations

  • Genre
  • Platform
    PC, PS3, X360
  • Release date
    Nov 15, 2011
    (Consoles)
    Nov 29, 2011
    (Windows)

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations is an upcoming action-adventure game by Ubisoft, and a sequel to Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. It will take place in Constantinople in 1511 AD for the most part, where you will play as Ezio and attempt to unlock a powerful artifact that could be used against the Templars. Desmond in modern days, and Altair in the past will also be controllable in various stages of the game.

The gameplay of AC:R will be similar to the previous installments in the franchise, but some new elements will be introduced too. One of these is the hookblade, a weapon which will allow Ezio to use zip-lines to navigate the city faster, as well as pull enemies in for a finishing blow. Another addition is a crafting system that will let you make bombs of various types.

AC: Revelations will also include a multiplayer mode with new maps and characters. The players will be able to customize their appearance and choose their own weapon.

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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is a highly anticipated action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog for the PS3. The third installment in the series will follow the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake and his partner Victor Sullivan as they search for the legendary city, the Iram of the Pillars. The game will take you to various locations around the world, including Europe and the Middle East.

Uncharted 3 will introduce a number of improvements and new gameplay elements. For example, the game will feature a melee combat system that allows you to fight multiple opponents at the same time and crush enemies located below you by jumping down on them. Drake’s Deception will also offer numerous online multiplayer and co-op improvements, as well as support for stereoscopic 3D.

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Forza Motorsport 4

  • Genre
    Racing
  • Platform
  • Release date
    Oct 11, 2011 (US)
    Oct 14, 2011 (EU)

Forza Motorsport 4 is an upcoming Xbox 360-exclusive racing simulator developed by Microsoft’s Turn 10 Studios. The fourth installment of the Forza series will feature Kinect support for better immersion, and narration by Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson. Rumor has it, as many as 500 cars from 80 different manufacturers will be available for the players to customize and race with, each with its own virtual showroom. In addition, the game will have car clubs and support up to 16 player online racing.

The graphics of the game will also be significantly improved. According to the article linked above, Forza 4 will have “graphic fidelity 10 times better than the previous version, including new lighting and shading models”. The impressive gameplay videos we’ve seen from E3 certainly serve to back up this claim.

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Resistance 3

Resistance 3 is a PS3-exclusive shooter developed by Insomniac Games that will be released in September this year. The game takes place four years after Resistance 2, in a world where United States and the rest of Earth is lost to the Chimeran menace. Unlike in the previous two games, the main character of R3 is going to be Joseph Capelli, who after the events in Resistance 2 settled in an underground outpost, Haven, in Oklahoma.

Resistance 3 will play similarly to the previous installments, but there have been some changes to game mechanics. There won’t be health regeneration, so you might have to play more carefully. The game will feature both new and old weapons, all of which will be upgradeable. The player will have the ability to climb over walls and jump through windows, and the controls will also be tweaked slightly.

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