Best Video Games 2011: Summer Preview

Best Video Games 2011: Summer Preview

The summer months can be downright chilly as far as video game sales are concerned. Much of the game-playing population goes away on holidays, and publishers use June, July and August to polish up their big Christmas releases.

But that doesn’t mean that summer is a wholly barren time for gaming. In fact, some interesting stuff is coming our way in the hot months of 2011. Here’s what you can expect.

Torchlight II (Mac/PC, July 2011) — An action role-playing game that follows up on the events of the original Torchlight. Players can expect lots of in-depth multiplayer action, customizable characters, randomly-generated dungeons, and piles of excuses to stay out of the sun during those wretched peak hours.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PS3/Xbox 360/PC, August 2011) — Another action-RPG title (maybe they breed in the summer months?), this game from Eidos Montreal serves as a prequel for the first Deus Ex game, an open-ended sci-fi storytelling classic. Players can augment their characters for superhuman fun, and the game’s first-person perspective will often shift to third-person for dramatic enemy takedowns.

Metal Gear Solid: Rising (PS3/Xbox 360/PC, July 2011) — Raiden returns in the first Metal Gear Solid game wherein series creator Hideo Kojima takes on the role of a producer instead of a director. The action-adventure utilizes a different engine than the one introduced in Guns of the Patriots, so Raiden should be in unfamiliar territory. We’ll see how he fares.

Duke Nukem Forever (PS3/Xbox 360/PC, June 2011) — Oh dear. What can we say. Is there anything really left to say? This summer, Duke Nukem, the King of Vaporware, will fire off all the guns he has stored above and below his belt. The game keeps slipping away from reach, though: It’s almost enough to make us wonder if the supposed resurrection of Duke Nukem Forever is just a really elaborate and really expensive joke on the part of Gearbox and 2K Games.

inFamous II (PS3, June 2011): Summer is the season of superheroes, and inFamous II is set to deliver this June. Cole MacGrath, the protagonist from the first inFamous, a surprisingly popular action-adventure, will run around the post-apocalyptic city of New Marais as he searches for more information regarding the First Sons’ technology.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (Nintendo 3DS, June 2011): Ocarina of Time, arguably the most successful Zelda game of all time, is set to rock your world in 3D this summer. The original sword and sorcery outing’s graphics have been vastly improved, and word has it that we can expect some cool new surprises from the dark, dank dungeons we though we knew so well.

BlazBlue Continuum Shift II (Nintendo 3DS/PSP, May 2011): Publisher Aksys will be delivering the anime-style fighting game, BlazBlue Continuum Shift II, to the Nintendo 3DS and PSP this May. The summer heat makes it a bit too hot to bound around bludgeoning friends outdoors, so why not nestle in a cool basement while the sun’s up and do your fighting on some handheld systems?

WiiPlay: Motion (Wii, June 2011): Up for some mini-game fun with the family? The upcoming WiiPlay: Motion features 12 new Mii-based games, and comes packed with a Wii MotionPlus controller. Summertime bonus!

About Nadia Oxford
Nadia is a freelance writer living in Toronto. She played her first game at four, decided games were awesome, and has maintained her position since. She writes for 1UP.com, Slide to Play, GamePro and other publications, and is About.com’s Guide to the Nintendo DS.

2 Comments

  1. Why say these are the best games of 2011 when they are not out and it is impossible to judge them? They may well be worthless.

  2. I personally am looking forward to Deus Ex: Human revolution, and can only hope it lives up to its tremendous predecessors.

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