2011 is finally upon us and, when it comes to video-games at least, it is poised to kick ass, perhaps even rivaling the impossibly stellar 2008. And even though we won’t get to a drool-inducing avalanche of truly promising titles until Q4, we do have a couple of potential gems right off the bat; let’s check them out, after the break!
14th: Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (DS)
19th: Little Big Planet 2 (PS3)
25th: Two Worlds II (Multiplatform)
One of my new year’s resolutions is to stop whining about editing times & delays. Instead, I might use this space to talk a bit more about the releases I choose to highlight in the monthly plan.
Of course, sometimes there isn’t much to say, as is the case with Ghost Trick: When I learned it’s developed by the creator of the Ace Attorney games, I firmly stood up, authoritatively pointed my finger towards the computer screen and exclaimed “SOLD“!
Little Big Planet was an ok game, a bit boring for actual gamers to play, but with an excellent level editor and Stephen Fry. Editing potential builds gaming communities and Sackboy is impossibly cute, certainly a much better mascot than Crash or Kratos, so Sony wisely decided to invest even more money in the franchise. Let’s see if this manages to elevate it from the condescending “It’s good for a PS3 exclusive” status to the elusive “It’s good, period” one.
Two Worlds II is there mostly because the original Two Worlds was so bad! The way I see it, either Reality Pump deliver more of the same and I label them “the Uwe Boll of video-games”, or they somehow manage to turn their spectacular mess around and produce a decent game. It’s a win-win!
So there you have the first batch of 2011′s noteworthy picks! As always, these aren’t the only games I’ll be getting, or necessarily the ones I’m expecting to be “the best”, but they are the ones I feel you should definitely be keeping tabs on.
Should I start making an extra monthly list, summing up the other higher-profile games of each month and also explaining why they don’t quite get me excited? Or should I stick to simply making a slightly cryptic & sarcastic reference to them? Either case is fine by me, since we’re be talking about games I won’t be caught Dead replaying and probably a waste of Space Too.