E3 2011 is just around the corner and anticipation is peaking over nine thousand. Soon we will know what the near future of gaming will look like and early indications seem very bright. We have already compiled a wishlist of long-shot titles we'd love to see next week, but now it's time to come back to Earth and check our expectations. The following is our list of the most anticipated titles of E3 2011. These games are either confirmed or very likely to at least make an appearance during one of the press conferences, and are listed in alphabetical order.
Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Ubisoft Montreal
After consecutive years of Assassin's Creed instalments starring everyone's favourite badass with a heart of gold, Ezio Auditore, many expected Ubisoft to take some time off to thoroughly prepare for Assassin's Creed III. As it turns out, Ezio's saga is far from over. Revelations will see him follow the footsteps of the series' original protagonist, Altair, to Constantinople. Ubisoft Montreal hasn't put out a poor offering yet, so there's good reason to expect another thrilling adventure when Revelations hit store shelves this fall.
Batman: Arkham City, Rocksteady
With Batman: Arkham Asylum, developer Rocksteady showed the world what a game based on comic book fiction should look and play like. Arkham Asylum was praised for combining the combat elements of brawling and stealth with impressive voice-acting and storytelling into a cohesive world. The follow-up, Arkham City, promises to deliver all of those great things, but in a vastly expanded, open-world setting. Oh, and Catwoman is playable. What more could you want?
Battlefield 3, D.I.C.E.
Activision's Call of Duty series has been comfortably sitting atop the lucrative first-person-shooter genre for several years now, successfully fighting off a few challengers from rival publisher Electronic Arts. However, that may soon change, as Battlefield 3 likely presents the most credible threat to date. D.I.C.E.'s revered, multiplayer-focused series made waves upon its debut with cutting-edge visual presentation and the promise of significantly improved destructibility.
BioShock: Infinite, Irrational Games
Released almost four years ago, the original BioShock still stands as one of the notable games this generation. The world of Rapture was so well realized that many felt a direct sequel wasn't necessary. The game's creators, Irrational Games, agreed and decided to leave that job to another team. BioShock: Infinite takes the series' signature themes to a new setting, the turn-of-the-century cloud city of Columbia, for what appears to be a true evolution.
Dark Souls, From Software
Demon's Souls was easily one of 2009's biggest surprise hits. Those who played it reveled in the brutal, punishing atmosphere and combat From Software created for the game. It also received substantial praise for innovative online features that allowed players to leave messages for their peers while traversing the campaign. The spiritual follow-up, Dark Souls, appears to stay true to its roots, delivering the same challenge, boarder environments and new online features.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda Game Studios
Bethesda Game Studios have consistently nailed the open-world RPG this generation, creating compelling experiences within the fanciful Elder Scrolls and apocalyptic Fallout series. The original engine from 2006's Oblivion has been showing its age as of late, especially in the bug-ridden Fallout: New Vegas. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim definitely represents the next big step forward for Bethesda's RPG formula, filled with gorgeous environments, emergent questing and, of course, dragons.
The Last Guardian, Team ICO
Yes, The Last Guardian is still on our anticipated lists. Unfortunately, the game is still on the distant horizon and shrouded in mystery. The only glimpses into Team ICO's development process we've got since their last, high-profile E3 appearances have been Ueda's apologetic responses to delays. Bottom line: nothing has changed. The Last Guardian still represents one of the most unique and intriguing experiences out there. We can't wait to learn more about the little boy and his Trico companion.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Nintendo
What have we heard of Skyward Sword since its epic debut last year? Well, not much at all. Heck, it's not too far off base to wonder if this new Zelda title is being held back if only to endure the same fate as its predecessor The Twilight Princess, a GameCube game ported to the Wii prior to its launch, and have development shift to Project Cafe. Despite this "” and some technical difficulties, last year's showing, complete with Wii MotionPlus, was enough to impress and make us want to see more of this legend in the making.
Mass Effect 3, BioWare
A delay into early 2012 has not diminished our anticipation for Mass Effect 3 one bit. Commander Shepard's trilogy is coming to a undoubtedly dramatic end. BioWare's flagship series this generation has made its name on the impact of player choice and the ability to carry those choices throughout the trilogy. Continuing to develop the universe and the members your team from Mass Effect 2 alone would be enough to make 3 a satisfying experience.
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Naughty Dog
Generally considered 2009's Game of the Year, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves set the bar for action-adventure and storytelling this generation. All signs point to Naughty Dog rising to meet the massive expectations with their follow-up, Drake's Deception. The game promises more epic set-pieces, expanded co-op, impressive 3D support and an evolution of their unique take on competitive multiplayer. Uncharted certainly goes into this year's show with a large target on its back.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Gears of War 3
Metal Gear Solid: Rising
Ninja Gaiden III
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Super Mario 3DS