2011's most anticipated gaming releases

2011 Games Preview

LA Noire

Gears of War 3, Batman: Arkham City, Little Big Planet 2, LA Noire

It’s January so the perfect time to look ahead at the videogames that will be rocking your console in 2011. As per usual sequels are big news. Gears of War 3 (Xbox 360, Microsoft, 8 Apr) will be making a full frontal assault on the first person shooter market with more alien blasting combat. The Dark Knight returns in Batman: Arkham City (Xbox 360/PS3/PC, Warner, Sep), the follow up to surely the best superhero action title of all time.

If RPGs are more your style The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii, Nintendo, Dec tbc) is the first fully motion controlled entry in the exemplary Zelda series, while Little Big Planet 2 (PS3, Sony, Jan) continues to reinvigorate the platform genre.

Away from sequel land we expect big things from LA Noire (PS3/Xbox 360, Rockstar, Jun tbc) as the makers of GTA visit 1947 LA for a tale of gumshoes and gangsters starring the voice and likeness of Aaron Stanton (Mad Men) in the lead role. Finally I Am Alive (Xbox 360/PS3/PC, Ubisoft, release date tbc) based after a massive earthquake in Chicago sounds like a unique take on action.

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