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Gamescom 2011: Our Top 10 Games of the Show

Gamescom 2011: Our Top 10 Games of the Show

Written Sunday, August 21, 2011 By Dan Webb, Richard Walker & Lee Abrahams

As Gamescom 2011 draws to a close and the 60,000+ members of the public pour out onto the streets of Cologne, it’s that time again, where we have a fiery debate about what blew our minds and what just blew at this year's show. Again, it's been one hell of a show, so arriving at a top ten we could happily agree on was quite a task, as always.

But after hours of sumo contests, arm wrestling and name-calling, the three of us managed to shake hands, silently nod at one another and get to writing our top ten games of the show feature. There's sports, action, action, action, action, action, action and more action in this year's 10, which shows you which genre of game was really out in full force at Gamescom. Clue: it's not horse racing sims.

So, in what we consider to be in order of Gamescom merit, we present to you our Top 10 Games of Gamescom 2011. Guten appetit!

10. FIFA Street

FIFA Street for EA in the past has been nothing more than a shameless cash-in. It’s almost been a blight on the FIFA name since EA Canada did a U-turn with the franchise.

That’s all about to change and it shocked the hell out of us at Gamescom this year. Utilising the FIFA engine for the first time in the franchise and focusing more on authenticity, FIFA Street has proved to us that it’s not too late to turn a franchise around… someone needs to tell Sonic this!

9. Saints Row: The Third

Unhinged, insane and unashamedly crass, we revelled in the many excesses of Saints Row: The Third with our hands-on at Gamescom 2011, featuring missions where you have to escort a tiger, the return of the ever-popular Insurance Fraud, punching pedestrians in the balls and an “awesome button”, which unlocks bodyslams, karate kicks and the ability to dropkick your way into vehicles via the windscreen.

Going on a rampage has never been so much fun, and with an opening mission involving the most madcap and outlandish bank job ever, Saints Row: The Third seems to have all the key ingredients that the previous game had, plus a lot more besides.

You thought Saints Row 2 was mad? You really haven't seen anything yet!

8. Batman: Arkham City

The Bat is back, bigger and better than ever, with a plethora of new enemies, allies and kick-ass abilities with which to batter a whole city full of nefarious super villains.

Rocksteady is keen to blow your mind (and your eyes!) with a whole cityscape for Batman to explore and a fully furnished challenge mode that you can make even harder – should you have masochistic tendencies.

Even the question marks over Catwoman have been assuaged by our hands-on, and she certainly brings a new dimension to what is already a stunning sequel.

Sadly there's no option to roundly mock Robin at any point, but then you can't have everything.

7. Assassin's Creed: Revelations

A brand spanking new demo for Gamescom this year, we got to see what happens when Ezio lays his hands on one of the game's five 'Keys of Altair', transporting him back to one of the assassin's memories as Ezio retraces the footsteps of his ancestor in a quest to recover the valuable artefacts.

It's Assassin's Creed, which is really all you need to know, with action and stealth by the boatload, and a great new addition to the assassin arsenal with the game's bomb crafting mechanics. Grenades have never been so good and from the looks of this year's demo, neither has Assassin's Creed.

6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

What can we say that hasn't already been said a million times over about Modern Warfare 3? It's more Call of Duty and it's likely to shift more copies than The Bible.

Everyone knows exactly what to expect here, with breakneck action sequences, explosive set-pieces and more military hardware than you can shake an M-16 at.

Spec Ops took centre-stage for our hands-on and boy, is it ever back with a vengeance. If you enjoyed buddying up and beating objectives in Modern Warfare 2's Spec Ops, then you're going to eat up MW3's Spec Ops with a massive miltary grade spoon.

5. Mass Effect 3

Although Mass Effect 3 took home our E3 award with its showcase of high intensity combat and its ability to tug on the ol’ heartstrings, it must be said that BioWare’s showing of the title at Gamescom this year was rather… lacking.

Coming armed with the same E3 build and only a smidgen more, the only delight we really took home from the conclusion of the trilogy at Gamescom this year was that we actually went hands-on with it.

Yes, it plays great and we did get a more in depth look at the RPG aspects – which is why it's placing at number 5 in our top 10 - but honestly, we expected more.

4. Dishonored

What do you get when you take the co-creator of Deus Ex, the man behind Arx Fatalis and the Visual Designer on Half-Life 2, then shove them into a studio together?

The answer is Dishonored, Arkane Studios' whale oil-powered, Victorian, industrial steampunk-styled FPS in which you play as an elite assassin framed for the murder of the kingdom's empress. Cue a mission of vengeance as he embarks upon a quest to eliminate those who smeared his good name, using a combination of supernatural powers and swift, brutal combat.

There's an endless number of ways to tackle situations using spells and weapons, such as bending time before moving an enemy in front of his own bullet or firing several crossbow bolts in suspended animation before letting time return to normal, causing a simultaneous gratifying bursting of heads. Amazing. Did we mention you can possess rats too?

3. Battlefield 3

DICE and EA’s focus with Battlefield 3 at Gamescom this year was most definitely the game’s co-operative campaign – which tells a completely separate story to that in the single-player campaign.

Sure, they may have busted out the 64-player multiplayer on the show floor, but we all know the consoles won’t be getting that, so we can’t really focus on that aspect.

The co-op was addictive though, throwing fast-paced action at you from every angle and some impressive destruction effects to boot. And although it didn’t really visually meet our expectations – far from them actually – it handled like a dream… a wet one if you want to get crude!

2. Borderlands 2

Everybody’s favourite franchise is back and Gamescom marked its debut to the world’s press… and boy did we lap it up!

Whilst maintaining the trademark humour that the franchise is known for, Borderlands 2 has taken the solid foundations from the original and built a frickin’ fortress on it. Refinement isn’t just the name of the game here and Gearbox is looking to fix everything that held the original back from greatness, whether that’s by throwing in a better story or by adding more mission variety.

With a new cast of characters, more unique weapons and new skills promised, Borderlands 2 is shaping up to be the sequel that fans have been screaming for.

1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim brought about mixed emotions for us at E3… on the one hand, we’d seen most of it at Bethesda's BFG showcase earlier on in the year, but then on the other hand, there were dragons and mammoths galore – a palaeontologist’s dream!

At Gamescom though, Bethesda came armed with 45 minutes of brand spanking new content with a focus on the freeform free-roaming experiences you can have whilst you’re knee deep in Skyrim's vast world.

We watched Dovahkiin wander into mines and plough through the snowy mountains of Skyrim, just for shits and giggles. It was our first glimpse at some of the enchanting and forging that we’ll be partaking in this November, but Bethesda’s Pete Hines was on hand to give us a hell of a lot more insight into some of the other stuff we’ll be doing later on this year.

Sensational is an apt word to describe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and it's a more than worthy Game of the Show.

Keep it locked to X360A in the coming weeks to cast your eyes over a veritable tidal wave of Gamescom 2011 coverage, with awesome interviews and some delectable previews. Miss it and miss out! Be there, or be square! Erm... Look, just don't miss it, ok?


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Comment #1 by Super_Shot_Sammy
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 07:50:48 AM
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so many good games coming out this year

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Comment #2 by II griever II
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 08:01:31 AM
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Yeah I'm so excited for most of these titles.. But the way Bioware continues to "dumb" down their games has gotten annoying, that started with ME 2, then with DA 2.. I'm sure there will be some sort of that in ME 3. Like taking away teammates choice for outfit/armor like in ME 1, or being able to change Shepard's armor whenever you wanted to, instead of every place you go to being "a mission" and having to pre-select armor/weapons before exiting the Normandy. Not being able to access all of your armor/weapons from your main menu. I'm sure they won't dissappoint in the end though.

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Comment #3 by EcT Felix
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 08:03:31 AM
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Skyrim is probably the most hyped game ever... really hope i disappoints.
Mw3, Revelations and Fifa street will be cool though.

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Comment #4 by GodsmacKam
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 08:16:22 AM
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Really good list, and I mean we have so more as well, Ninja Giden, Asura's Wrath, Rayman origins, Hell even the new Dragon ball Z game look smind blowing...
And I couldn't help notice you said "FIFA Street has proved to us that it’s not too late to turn a franchise around… someone needs to tell Sonic this!"
I do believe Sonic Generations is beyond fantastic, I was HOOKED on that 1 level demo and I believe this Sonic is the best yet to come in almost 10 years
Btw @3 Why would you hope Elder Scrolls disappoints?? I hope that overrated MW3 disappoints as usual, such a typical noob "gamer"

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Comment #5 by o D M C o
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 08:26:03 AM
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There are about 20 games coming out in the next 4 months that I want to play, looks like its gonna be yet another year where numerous exceptional games fail (sales wise) because everyone decides to release at the same time.

@3... you 'really hope i disappoints', well you've succeeded in disappointing me with your inability to construct a coherent sentence.

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Comment #6 by blleiffer
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 08:30:43 AM
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Wanting skyrim BF3 Saints Row 3 and borderlands 2....
@3 lol you say Skyrim is over hyped when MW3 will get more sales just because of the name COD is the biggest piece of over hyped shit i have ever seen

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Comment #7 by Welsh Rambo
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 08:55:09 AM
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Brilliant top 10, cant wait for Skyrim. Borderlands 2 seems to have come from nowhere, loved the first Borderlands so hopefully this one will bring more of the same to the table.

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Comment #8 by EMP
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 09:21:44 AM
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@3 Prick

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Comment #9 by LeviXLush
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 09:26:28 AM
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haha if you noticed, the link that brought you to this, the small headline says "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim", as if we didn't know what would take first. :)

Call of Duty will sell more because it's multiplayer. But Skyrim is gonna be a beast, GOTY as usual for Elder Scrolls. There is just so much about the series that keeps on amazing...if you're a fan of RPGs and you don't like the Elder Scrolls series....then you're just trying to stand out...honestly.

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Comment #10 by tjmunn
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 10:06:09 AM
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All look really good. Don't really play sports games so won't pick up FIFA. Not a COD fan. Sure they're good games but from what I've seen they all play the same. Rest are must haves though.

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Comment #11 by Purified666
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 10:09:24 AM
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where is gears of war? that can't be right...

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Comment #12 by AwsmGuitar
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 10:33:25 AM
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with so many awesome games coming my way i really dont know where to start.. bf3, mw3, revelations, farcry3, deux ex, forza 4, future soldier, metro last light. arghhhhh gladly i'll be able to borrow some games from my friends and buy the others lol

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Comment #13 by PrinceOfThralls
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 10:43:30 AM
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@3 Yes, you dissapoint me.
Why did I know already that Skyrim will be top place on this list? Anyway, can't wait for all the awesome games, and especially for Skyrim, which is the best of them all. For me at least.

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Comment #14 by sIR 5HaNx A10t
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 10:50:39 AM
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I wish three of my top four wanted games weren't releasing within five days of each other...

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Comment #15 by PsychoSawyer
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 11:09:17 AM
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cant go anywhere without one COD fanboy gets so annoying i hope BF detroys it tbh but anyways on topic alot of good games to come out saints row and skyrim is major ones for me surprised gears 3 was not amongst those 10 also dint think they was making a new fifa street not a fifa fan but i loved fifa street

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Comment #16 by splitsnipe64
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 11:31:28 AM
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@3 Go back to school

Loving Revelations, Skyrim and Dishonored sounds good as well.
My only problem is that BF3, Skyrim, ACR and Halo CE all come out within 19 days of each other.

It's not money thats the problem, it's knowing what to play.

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Comment #17 by CheesyToast111
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 11:31:58 AM
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Skyrim Skyrim Skyrim Skyrim Skyrim!

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Comment #18 by splitsnipe64
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 11:32:54 AM
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@3 Go back to school

Loving Revelations, Skyrim and Dishonored sounds good as well.
My only problem is that BF3, Skyrim, ACR and Halo CE all come out within 19 days of each other.

It's not money thats the problem, it's knowing what to play.

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Comment #19 by Verdinial
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 11:48:39 AM
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Very nice list :)

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Comment #20 by Jtpearl
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 11:48:43 AM
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I can't really argue with this list. I would of maybe put Saints Row The Third a little higher but other then that I agree with all of it.

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Comment #21 by Ross.knight
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 11:57:22 AM
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@15 Don't worry, BF3 will slaughter MW3. The bad out weighs the good with MW3. Skyrim will take up the majority of my time, then comes Halo: CEA, then what is left will be BF3.

All the CoD fanboys will be playing with the 30 other people online on MW3 the other 9,000,000 will be playing something other than that terrible franchise.

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Comment #22 by Old_Ben
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 12:30:35 PM
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I want more info on Dishonored!

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Comment #23 by Richie82 [STAFF]
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 12:45:10 PM
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@22 - You know we did a big preview, right? -

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Comment #24 by xNuSeNsE
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 01:36:35 PM
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MW3 beating batman come on we all know that aint right

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Comment #25 by the action frampton
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 02:12:07 PM
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Only 2 of the games on my 'must have' list appear here (Batman & ME3).

Unfortunately I can only see people being disappointed with Skyrim. It's been built up so much, it'd have to be one hell of a game to live up to that expectation. Will wait a while for this one. Trouble is that you can't trust reviews anymore because they are always way too generous with games from big publishers.

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Comment #26 by WREQUIEM
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 02:29:45 PM
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@25 "Trouble is that you can't trust reviews anymore because they are always way too generous with games from big publishers."

not really and bethesda isn't a big publisher(rouge warrior)
and if all the information is true or somewhat true it will be a hell of a game. but whatever people have different opinions

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Comment #27 by personaking
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 02:36:45 PM
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elder scoll suck

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Comment #28 by High Lord Sigma
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 02:55:32 PM
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@#11: Gears of War 3 is less than a month away from release and was not shown much at Gamescom, hence why it's not on this list.

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Comment #29 by CHICHO
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 02:57:32 PM
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Skyrim and Gears 3 are both gonna be game of the year equally. To me anyways.

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Comment #30 by Old_Ben
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 03:02:05 PM
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@23 thanks dude!

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Comment #31 by asilent boom
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 03:09:26 PM
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BF3 is my biggest game this year but I'll probably end up playing everything but FIFA Street on that list at some point.

@26 I know Rogue Warrior was a bad game, but what does that have to do with determining the size of a publisher? Bethesda seems like a pretty big publisher to me, this year they've released Brink and Hunted: The Demons Forge. They still have 2 big games, Rage and Skyrim, that will release this year. They also have Dishonored and Prey 2 in developement.

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Comment #32 by ITD Soldierboy
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 03:25:12 PM
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Oblivion is my favorite game of all time. I've put roughly a little over 1000 hours into it. From what I've seen and read about will replace Oblivion as my favorite game ever and most played ever.

I can understand if you don't like Fantasy but saying that Skyrim will disappoint gamers is a ridiculous statement. First of all, everything we've seen so far has been amazing and Bethesda has never made a game in the past ten years that has scored less than a 89.

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Comment #33 by mjc0961
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 03:33:06 PM
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"FIFA Street has proved to us that it’s not too late to turn a franchise around… someone needs to tell Sonic this!"


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Comment #34 by Surgeon_Sniper
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 03:57:48 PM
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Pre-ordered 3 of those already and now officially out of trade in cred :(

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Comment #35 by km1498
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 04:37:02 PM
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Good list but I would have Battlefield 3 as #1. I am so excited for that game.

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Comment #36 by a7xfan4life2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 04:45:23 PM
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wow nice list there is about 7 or 8 games on the list im getting and some i already pre-ordered my top three are assassins creed revalations, borderlands 2, and batman or most of them but it is sad that cod mw3 will sell millions even i will get it eventually but while other games wont sell that much and some reviewers are good and some are bad overall its not what u think its what u think of the game :)

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Comment #37 by Isanox
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 05:16:18 PM
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I already planned to get them all except FIFA (Can't stand soccer) and I had never heard of Dishonored before.

Steampunk RPG. Hopefully much better than Resonance of Fate.

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Comment #38 by I GOWDIABLO I
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 06:29:33 PM
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wow so many haters to #3 when hes right, im getting mostly the whole list, saints row, assassins creed, mass effect, battlefield, MW3, and for skyrim hell no i wont get that, i hate elder scrolls and hes rights about it, i really dislike that game but i wont hate on people who will buy it, i just dont think it should be at #1 honestly

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Comment #39 by Pearson
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 06:47:01 PM
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So many great games coming out with so little time in between to play them. It would be nice if the Publishers and Developer's would spread them out so I could get all of them and be able to complete them in time for the next.

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Comment #40 by LeeJ2512
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 07:00:23 PM
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im gettin gears 3, arkham city and revelations for xmas this year, because of this ive had to miss out on mw3, but to be honest, if youve played one call of duty youve played them all.

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Comment #41 by Assasin13
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 10:18:05 PM
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@6 MW3 may be overhyped and it may sell loads of copies for just saying Call of Duty on it, but you know why it does?

Because if you enjoy the previous Call of Duty's you are going to purchase MW3, just like you are purchasing Skyrim because it says Elder Scrolls on it and you liked Oblivion.

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Comment #42 by Zerj
Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 10:26:46 PM
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I hope Skyrim will appeal to the fallout gamer that couldn't get into oblivion. If they can make it a little simpler for us, but probably not. If it does though I'm getting it.

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Comment #43 by Goldyman77
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 12:20:30 AM
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This is a truly stellar list to say the least and the man hours that have gone into these 10 games is simply mind boggling. However, I am disappointed that GoW3 didn't find it's way onto the list, as it is going to be the last GoW and has already shattered the pre-ordered record and beta play record by a long shot. As the staff said, CoD may sell more copies than the bible, but according to the GoW pre-orders and the CoD pre-orders, it looks like GoW might sell as many as the bible and the harry potters combined! SOOOO MANY GOOD GAMES TO CHOOSE FROM!

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Comment #44 by Lord Nihlathak
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 01:55:32 AM
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Thats a damn good list :D altough I will like to ask Why Space Marine is not there.

I am p[art of the Honor Guard and know how angry the community is with the lack of info.

Mass Effect 3, Space Marine, and Skyrim are my 3 favorites for this holidays.

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Comment #45 by Djens
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 07:01:05 AM
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This list is awesome. I need to win the lottery and quit my job :|

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Comment #46 by RealitYMaN11
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 07:19:52 AM
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Saints row the third and Mass effect 3 are the two games ill defo buy on day of release. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is tempting for me to get as well, but ill probably have to wait to see what it is like first,depending on the reviews and gameplay will decide wether or not i get it, hopefully do as im gonna get oblivion some time soon.

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Comment #47 by SeamusMaximus
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 08:59:59 AM
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My bank account is going to take a beating with all these awesome games coming out!

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Comment #48 by MartyMcFly
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 12:39:39 PM
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@47 I'm banking on it! Ha, see what I did there? :)

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Comment #49 by TheMovement81
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 12:51:56 PM
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Batman and AC Revelations deserve to be higher on the list, screw everything else. No Gears 3 and Trials Evolution? BOOOOOOOOO

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Comment #50 by Magic7Ball
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 02:16:17 AM
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I really like the sounds of this dishonored game..But #1 on my list is ACR!!

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Comment #51 by Mr Matty
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 @ 08:31:15 AM
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Wait so Fifa street Borderlands 2 gets on the list but Gears 3 doesnt
Once again another rubbish set of top this game selection by the staff on the site. you guys are making a trend of this
All the rest of the games look and will be amazing including Gears 3.

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Comment #52 by k1ll1ng5pr33
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 @ 01:41:56 PM
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No Kingdoms of Amalur love :(

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Comment #53 by ViNyLek
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 03:26:37 PM
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YOu would put ME3 there somewhere wouldn't you Dan, LOL. Nice list, other than the fact that most of US doesn't care about Fifa or soccer altogether (I would know I'm from Poland living in US:-P), so something more noteworthy could have take the spot...

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Comment #54 by ConfederateSuga
Saturday, August 27, 2011 @ 11:46:18 AM
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@51 I'm not hating on Gears 3 (even though I totally hate Gears lol), but there's a reason Gears 3 isn't on that list. I mean, where's the innovation? No plans to expand the multiplayer, no plans to expand single player, no plans to expand co-op. Really? And you're surprised as to why it's not on the list? I know some Gears fans and they'll defend it to the death, which is why I'm not going to say why I didn't like the franchise, but I will say this; if you don't do anything to drastically set yourself apart from the competition and keep "playing it safe", you're not going to get much praise or attention, aside from your own target audience. Gears 3 has little to no chance of winning any game of the year awards this year. With games like MW3 and Battlefield 3 constantly trying to appeal to a wider market, it's no surprise. And to be honest, unless there are different subcategories for co-op or survival modes, I really don't see Gears 3 winning any awards at all. This year's pretty easy to call in terms of the subcategories, though game of the year is anyone's guess at this point.

My list is:

Best shooter: Modern Warfare 3. Not a "fan boy", but due to the simplicity and the perfect button layout and presentation, AND being an Infinity Ward title, there shouldn't be any surprises this year.

RPG: Skyrim. lol mainly due to a lack of real competition, unfortunately, but this is on the very top of my list. Two Worlds 2 may even make the list just because of the lack of RPGs in 2011, lmao.

Best multiplayer: MW3...Again, I'm not fanboying. No disrespect to Battlefield 3, because I DO like the Battlefield franchise, but all the tanks, jets, helicopters and oversized maps in the world aren't enough to stop the Call of Duty machine. I mean, there were almost 1 million people in Black Ops last night...almost a year after it launched, enough said. And don't kid yourself, the online "population" of a game has WAYYYYY more sway with voters than any in-game features. Sad, but true.

Game of the Year: Skyrim and MW3 are the obvious frontrunners, but I'm hoping we see some nice surprises from Arkham City, Battlefield 3 and Revelations.

Great time to be a gamer :D

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Comment #55 by TomatoJr.
Sunday, August 28, 2011 @ 08:49:07 PM
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@54 'I'm not a fanboy but..' doesn't hold any more sway than 'i'm not racist but...'.

also GOW3 has 4 player co-op, thats double the previous. Horde mode expanded and beast mode as well. All new. MW3. Same over-powered killstreaks, same community of screaming kids and campers, same bug ridden mess that will be hacked within 2 days. Great innovation.

True GOW3 won't (and probably shouldn't) win game of the year. But online population has nowt to do with it, unless its by audience vote. I personally feel that no FPS should ever be the game of the year, there hasn't really been any true innovation in the genre in years.

GOTY: so far portal 2 or LA noire. Probably Skyrim as well.
shooter of the year: Homefront. or Brink. Just because it would f***ing hilarious.

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Comment #56 by elott
Sunday, August 28, 2011 @ 09:37:13 PM
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Just anyone here going to play "fifa" when we have so many other great games coming out this fall?....Not trying to hate on any games, but really..."fifa"
Maybe I'm totally missing the boat here....maybe its a great game...but I have to tell you..It's #422 on my list of games to get.

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Comment #57 by Djens
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 @ 01:17:44 AM
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@people screaming for Gears 3 on the list:

Gears 3 was NOT shown on Gamescom... this is a Gamescom top 10 list.

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Comment #58 by stormtha
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 @ 05:06:45 AM
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where's halo combat evolved aniversary?

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Comment #59 by Man On The Run
Friday, September 02, 2011 @ 03:19:49 PM
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@55 - I think Bulletstorm this year did a great job of inhecting some originality into the fps genre :D also there appears to be an idiot thumbing down all the comments?

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Comment #60 by LAzTwisted Child
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 11:58:02 AM
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@41 mw3 is over hyped as its the same as the other mw and it sell millions but still millions are traded in and most of the games on that list might not sell well even though there brilliant they'll have lower numbers of trade ins

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Comment #61 by xI l1m1tl3ss Ix
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 08:20:28 PM
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so much to buy, not enough money to buy with

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Comment #62 by Staticman 9
Thursday, September 08, 2011 @ 01:53:38 PM
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Ah, November. The month my social life dies.

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Comment #63 by VariousWaves
Thursday, September 08, 2011 @ 05:09:51 PM
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fifa street? ohsnapp

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Comment #64 by Ultra1898
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 @ 11:07:24 AM
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Ca?t Wait For MASS EFFECT 3 :D Gonnna Be so EPIC^^

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Comment #65 by Jackam2008
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 @ 06:48:58 PM
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Ridiculous the amount of good games coming out. Can't wait for Skyrim and ME3

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Comment #66 by MoshFish
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 @ 02:50:37 AM
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Mass Effect 3, Batman: Arkham City, Modern Warfare 3, Skyrim and perhaps most importantly Assassin's Creed: Revelations... yeah, I'm gonna be poor.

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Comment #67 by Nitnoid
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 @ 09:32:41 AM
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Great! Just when I think I have my game purchases mapped out for the next 6 months you throw in ANOTHER game I didn't relize existed! Dishonored! A steam punk fps? What more could a good sci fi fan ask for? Skyrim really does look sweet but Arkham City might be a little higher up on the list.

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Comment #68 by TheStickyMonk3y
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 @ 08:07:05 PM
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Great top 8 list. Not sure about the 2 extra games that were added. Must be due to their modified rating handicap.

Just about a game for everyone. More happy gamers out this year, maybe that will cut down on the in-game griefing.

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Comment #69 by SamuelSnake
Thursday, September 15, 2011 @ 09:16:34 AM
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Our pockets will perish this final Q, starting with GoW3, this will be an absolute avalanche of AAA games. One of my favorites will be Ace Combat 7. I love that saga.

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Comment #70 by AlienDenzil85
Thursday, September 15, 2011 @ 02:54:28 PM
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I initially pre-ordered 12 games between now and Bioshock Infinite next summer, most of the games on this list were on my list. I finally cut the list down to 4; Skyrim, Assassin's Creed, Mass Effect 3 and Bioshock. If I had the money though, I'd quite happily buy the full list here and many more besides!

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Comment #71 by TJoin
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 08:02:43 PM
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A real great Convertion in deed :-D

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Comment #72 by sytars muse
Monday, September 19, 2011 @ 10:57:21 AM
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im looking forward to the end of the year games releases, assassins creed and skyrim in particular

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Comment #73 by TheDesertFox76
Monday, September 19, 2011 @ 11:48:59 AM
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And Rage? For me in the top five....

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Comment #74 by Slayer1995 ILSC
Friday, September 23, 2011 @ 06:09:19 PM
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Can't help but think that Saints Row 3 is being a bit underrated there ;)

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Comment #75 by Shikamaru FTW
Sunday, September 25, 2011 @ 06:49:11 AM
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Had never heard of dishonored before but it sounds cool

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Comment #76 by scofield10
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 @ 08:30:06 AM
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Where is rage? ...And gears of war 3? Gears already score a massive 9.5 from gamespot. Some on this list might not even reach that.

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Comment #77 by IconicGherkin
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 12:34:33 PM
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people you do get it's a top 10 list of what was shown at gamescom not a best 10 new games list!

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Comment #78 by ERrorMACro
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 10:02:46 PM
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Comment #79 by Septic
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 12:04:26 PM
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@73 & 76

Rage is getting 4/10 at some sites. It's getting rejected big time.

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Comment #80 by aw3som3m4n45
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 09:54:00 PM
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Fuck Modern Warfail 3 and Gaylo Combat Evolved Anniversery, all i'm getting this Fall is BF3, Saints Row The Third, and Dead Rising 2 Off the record.

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Comment #81 by Fr0zenf00d
Sunday, October 09, 2011 @ 03:15:31 PM
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I still havent played the First BORDERLANDS yet...I am behind the times

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Comment #82 by Noname1985
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 @ 06:19:56 AM
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I can't wait for skyrims dlc to hit, if shivering isles and some of the fallout dlc are any indication, they seem to be going with a less "wizard tower/horse armor" route nowadays and actually making expansions, also hoping for some of the more morrowind type spells and skill list, blade and blunt weren't quite a substitute for all the variety they removed,

Last thing- levitation magic got cut from morrowind to oblivion and with the mountains being a huge part of skyrim I'm praying for it's return(very doubtful)

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Comment #83 by kelnoker
Friday, October 21, 2011 @ 12:58:07 PM
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indeed the best one is on the top

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Comment #84 by shootmeup
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 @ 10:41:14 AM
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really surprised bioshock infinite was not on the list. still battlefield 3 and borderlands 2 have me drooling. anybody know any other games that begin with b and are sequels i might like? :)

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Comment #85 by chrisy33m
Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 09:24:40 AM
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skyrim FTW!

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Comment #86 by iKsquar3
Saturday, October 29, 2011 @ 02:38:51 PM
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i like most of is fps or third person shooter/action-adventure game for mw3, assassin's creed, batman, saints row 3, borderlands, ghost recon future soldier

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Comment #87 by snoobs
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 02:02:58 PM
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oh yeah borderlands 2 definitely, loved the first one

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Comment #88 by wayshaw
Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 11:01:16 AM
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can't wait for ME3...well, at least the bat can keep me busy till release.

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Comment #89 by LHN8
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @ 05:34:12 PM
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arkham city all the way. i already beat the main story and missing one side mission

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Comment #90 by DubIaught
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 08:19:42 AM
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Skyrim should win game of the year it deserves it.

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