Games coming in January 2011
Well, I’m a bit late on the “next month’s release list” post, mostly because I had to finish all the Games of the Year posts, but now that we’re done with that we can look at what 2011 will bring to gaming, of course starting with January.
Being a fairly tame month, there’s only a few interesting releases: 3 multiplatform games, 2 PS3 exclusives, 3 DS games and 1 PSP game.
DC Universe Online 01/11 (PC, PS3)
Having seen the beta version of the game, I think it looks pretty fun. It’s an MMORPG, with an action-based gameplay style, and lots of customization, and it’s set in the DC universe so you’ll see a bunch of familiar vilains and superheroes. It seems interesting enough. At 15$ a month it’s definitely steep though.
Mindjack 01/18 (PS3, 360)
Well I’m not actually expecting this to be any good, what with it being a standard cover-based shooter, but it does have that mind-hacking element that enables you to control other people and machines, which might potentially make this interesting… Maybe.
Dead Space 2 01/25 (PS3, 360, PC)
The first Dead Space was a fairly good action-based survival horror-like game, and this one seems to be very similar to the first, other than the fact that it continues the story, and it has multiplayer for some odd reason (seems like it could be fairly good though). If you were a fan of the original, this should be just as good.
PLAYSTATION 3 RELEASES
LittleBigPlanet 2 01/18
The first LBP was an okay game. It had its problems, like the huge floatiness of the platforming which kinda annoyed me, but it sported a very interesting level design tool that could make not only platforming levels, but a bunch of other stuff. I’ve seen Tetris, shmups, calculators, and more. LittleBigPlanet 2 seems to be going even deeper with its level building system, with people in the beta making really bad FPS, or really bad fighting games. I’m joking here a bit, but what we’ve seen of LBP2 for now is very promising.
Mass Effect 2 01/18
I really wasn’t a big fan of ME2. It felt more like Gears of War with very minor stat-customization and lots of really boring conversations. I enjoyed the first one a bit more (though the huge amounts of boring conversations in that one annoyed me as well), but people LOVE this game, and it getting a superior (apparently) release on the PS3 is quite a big thing. It apparently lets you do some of the major choices from the first game before getting into the actual game, which is interesting, though maybe not as much to some people as it would be to actually play the first game, but I guess releasing a port of the first game could have been too annoying for BioWare to do… or something.
NINTENDO DS RELEASES
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective 01/11
This looks like a very fun adventure game. You play as some guy who died. You “relive” other peoples’ last few minutes before dying, and you can posses objects to hopefully change the character’s destiny, saving their lives. It definitely looks very interesting.
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded 01/11
Hmm… After looking at some gameplay videos, it looks essentially identical to the first KH game at least gameplay-wise…. until it becomes a turn-based RPG. It will probably be a good game, since the only KH game that I found to be completely unplayable was Birth by Sleep (damn loading times), but it still remains to be seen.
Plants vs. Zombies 01/18
It’s Plants vs. Zombies port! It’s good on the other platforms it’s on, so it should be just as good here. And this seems to have a few new modes, it has versus and maybe some other stuff. Should be worth playing. Again.
Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood! 01/11
Yay! A Prinny sequel! This time you play as a thousand Prinnies questing to get Etna’s stolen panties back.The original was a tough game with very strict platforming and fun boss fights. This one looks just as good, except now there’s an Asagi mode, where you play as a Prinnified Asagi, who has different weapons, which looks really awesome.
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