Top 5 for 2011 – Ian’s picks
Quietly pootling into view, Brink could well redefine online shooters as we know them. Granted, it’s by taking ideas that have been around for a while – a lot of them brought about by Splash Damage in the first place – and making them SUPER-AMAZINGER, but since when has that been a bad thing? I can’t wait for this.
First of all, it’s made by id. Second of all, there is no second of all. id could do a poop in a bag and say it’s nuggets of pure gold and I’d both believe them and love them for it. So it helps that Rage looks brilliant and id are under the watchful eye of a publisher who just let them get on with things. It’ll take a while to arrive – and I reckon the 2011 release date probably won’t happen – but it’ll be ruddy epic when it gets here.
I think I know everything there is to know about the new TM thanks to David Jaffe’s insane level of Tweeting. All the same, it’s still going to be a surprise when it comes out, mainly to everyone in Europe who never bothered playing the good first, great second or fine… umm… fifth… versions. LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES, FOOLS.
I have played this, and I have enjoyed this. Far, far more than a lot of the press is making it out to be, Bulletstorm looks to bring a mix of Serious Sam/Painkiller with Bizarre’s hugely under-appreciated The Club – with a sprinkling of Borderlands on top. If this falls flat it’s because of something going seriously wrong, because right now Bulletstorm is brilliant.
Okay, so it’s not on PS3, but hush down. The original X-Com game (known as UFO over here, though it was actually called X-Com on PSone, even in Europe – FACT) is one of my favourite things ever made. As such, it’s impossible for me not to be impossibly excited about the upcoming reboot. It could go either way right now, but those who have had close access have come away spouting positives.