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Top 5 for 2011 – Chris’s picks

Ugh. Ok. It was the Imagine Publishing Christmas party last night. Or at least I think it was, all I can really remember are a bunch of indistinct blurs. I have several photos on my phone of our edior Mr. Ryan King rolling about on the floor of a hotel, so I’m pretty certain last night did actually happen, but in all fairness if someone told me I had dreamt the whole thing I would probably believe them.

Anyway, that’s neither here nor there. I’m now back in work for some horrible reason, and Jon is making me do a blog post about the games I’m most looking forward to in 2011. Stop making me do work, Jon. It’s really not on.

Anyway, here they are:

Journey

You may have read my blog post about Journey earlier this week. Basically, I’m extremely excited about it. I like that Jenova Chen makes games about emotions rather than explosions, and I’m eager to see what kind of feelings this game rouses in me.

Child Of Eden

I’d love to play Child Of Eden with Kinect, but at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter. It’s the game, the music and the visuals that matter, and I can’t wait to see what Tetsuya Mizuguchi has come up with this time around.

Tomb Raider

It seems that every other Tomb Raider game is a reboot these days, but this one sounds like it’s really going to play with the concept. I’m interested to see if the gameplay changes, or just the narrative. A less powerful Lara who actually struggles for survival would be an interesting new approach.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Does this actually exist? I can only imagine so. We have no idea what it would actually involve, so we’ll just make up some stuff instead: a Russian ultranationalist wants to do something naughty; you go and kill him. The multiplayer will support 12 million player matches.

The Last Guardian

There are very few games that excite me as much as The Last Guardian. It’s a game that looks genuinely different. Team Ico has constantly played with our expectations of game design, and The Last Guardian’s core relationship mechanic looks to do that once again.

There we go. Done. HAPPY NOW, JON? I’m going to crawl under my desk and pretend that this day doesn’t exist.




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