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Despite continuing 2009's sales dip, 2010 was still a great year for videogames. While the trend showed gaming wasn't impervious to global recession, the sales figures also proved it is firmly established as the world's leading entertainment medium. So how to improve upon a year that saw Super Mario Galaxy 2, Mass Effect 2 and …

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Storm of War: Battle of Britain

You RPG and FPS'ers have it far too easy! We WWII flightsim addicts are lucky to get a couple of releases a decade.

Come on Oleg, we've been waiting since 2006. SoW:BoB is the Duke Nukem of flightsims.

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why AC ?

Seems Storm of War engine and BoB are pretty close now ..

Still having great fun With IL-2 1946 4.10 and UltraPack 2.01 though ..

Gonna take a long time for BoB or anything from the SoW engine to match the depth IL-2 has ..

Helping work on WWI planes for IL-2 myself .. ( hidden forum over on SAS ) , hoping that will lead to working with SoW engine for a WWI sim by 2015 .. hahahahha

WWFlybert .. WingWalkers .. once .. always .. since 1992 ..

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re WWII flightsim addicts

Agreed about the FPS players, although RPG players don't really have it all that great. Most RPGs these days are distinctly light on the RPG aspects and heavy on the action in an attempt to draw in the slack-jawed shooter crowd.

And how about us SCI-FI flight sim addicts? We generally get bugger-all. There's been very very little released in that genre over the past decade other than the very mediocre X series.

Well, at least I have some RPG-ish goodness to look forward to in the form of Elder Scrolls V, though I'd happily trade it all in for a new Independence War game.

I blame the great unwashed masses (console gamers, that is).

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Episode 3

..any news therein?

Episode 3 is taking a leaf out of Duke Nukem's how-and-when-to-deliver-a-product book, it would appear.

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HL2:E3 is a lost sale for me

I've lost interest. I'll check Wikipedia for the plot, but I won't buy it. It's been too damn long.

Next HL game I'm getting will be Black Mesa (Strictly a mod, but I'd pay for a full Source port of the original HL).

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Heard this before

"I've lost interest. I'll check Wikipedia for the plot, but I won't buy it. It's been too damn long."

Didn't everyone say that about Half Life 2? It took 6 years, everyone was wondering WTF, and then it was one of the best games ever made. And again with EP2. "Where is it? It'll be shi-...oh, it's awesome."

Valve do this, but the end result is always worth it. Patience, young padawan.

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A TITLE IS HERE

The wait between HL and HL2 was for a complete new engine, which then required new artwork, level design, testing, all of the other gubbins I have no idea about when it comes to creating a game engine. THEN it was the building of the game itself on top of that.

We already have Source, it's over half a decade old, HL2: E1 and E2 came out within 18 months of each other (June 2006 and Oct 2007). HL2: E3 has been over 3 years in the making.

Seriously. I've lost interest. I'll get the synopsis.

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I was going to respond in kind

With some kind of reasoned argument, but then I read...

"But for those of us who also play console games, HL2 and Episode 2 were far from stellar, by the time they were released they had been out-flanked by far superior console titles with the rise of the likes of the Halo series, and so forth."

...and the minute you called Halo a superior game to HL2, and implied that good PC FPS games are few and far between - what planet are you on? - I decided you were either uninformed or ignorant, so I won't bother.

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Stop

May i suggest

Sticking with the consoles if i were you, you're quite clearly out of touch with the pc games market if your going to make the assumption the pc market is dead just because a few big names take a while to get some games out.

Hell id rather them take some time over it to produce a game with some depth unlike some questionable console titles that are pumped out to appease the masses.

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Trolling?

"Yes, if you limit yourself to PC gaming where the only FPS title of any note is Half-Life and an id release once every 5 years or more"

Sounds like a troll to me.

I can't resist biting though. I loved Crysis on the PC and can't wait for 2. It seems that it set a bit of a high h/w requirement which people are still bitching about now, years later.

Console ports are generally dismal. I recall playing through a FPS game and there was a cunning section where you could sneak round the back and explode some barrels in a room and kill a load of guys. Quite "entertaining" in a way. I was round at a mates and he was at the same section "here watch this" I say and what happens, no sneak entrance to the room and no barrels in it when you got there. It was like it was a different game, all the good tricky bits sucked out of the map.

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pre-order

Isn't that where one gives money to a multi-national corporation in advance of receiving a product so that they can earn interest on monies that could be earning interest for oneself, whilst getting a new weapon or new skin for the main character in return? In effect one pays up front for a game that may just be a poor console port with a shabby control system and awful optimisation for PC systems.

Methinks I'll stick to earning interest for myself thank you and wait for a trusted review of such titles.

imho pre-order is just another scam.

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@ adnim

Also, pre order sales are the very reason that the focus of the large software houses EA, Ubisoft and the rest has shifted from making a good stable game that works to creating pre-release hype of biblical proportions.

Then, later on chucking out a post release patch that might fix some of the bugs.

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No it isn't

With most if not all online retailers if you pre-order your money is taken when the product is shipped not when you place the pre-order....

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If that is the case...

I have never pre-ordered a game, nor will I ever do so. However, if it is the case that monies are only taken when the game is shipped I withdraw my statement about losing interest on that money and I consider myself a little more informed than I was several hours ago.

I do stand by the fact that one is paying for something up front that could turn out to be a lemon.

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you can also

save a fair bit of cash on pre orders sometimes. if its something you know you want you can often save money by pre ordering. you also get additional content sometimes (like i did with fallout:new vegas).

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Deposits paid @ high street shops

Some shops here (down under) will take 10 bucks to the full price of the game when you preorder.

Now for guaranteed releases I guess 10 bucks is a bearable amount to plonk down, but for something like diablo III where the release date is still not certain, I think taking pre-orders is a bit much.

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Yep... totally agree

EB's here are taking out preorders on diablo III can you imagine?

I mean, for crying out loud, sure it's gonna be popular, but given that assumption, you're not going to be without it for long even though you don't make it to the shop on time on Day 0 and it's sold out...

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May I be (one of) the first to say

You forgot Half Life 2 episode 3?

http://www.halflife2.net/half-life-2-episode-3

Assuming of course, that this doesn't turn out to be the new Duke Nukem Forever and take a decade to appear...

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Yeah but...

...hasn't been announced for 2011 has it?

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No offence, but...

... isn't it about time to stop trotting out the "this will be the year of the PS3" line? I think we've heard it every year it's been out so far.

Anyway, my preorder list this year is full of sequels and remakes, but hopefully they'll be good sequels and remakes so I'm not too worried about the lack of originality (last I checked none of these have slipped to 2012):

Mass Effect 3

Deus Ex Human Revolution

Arkham Asylum 2

Gears of War 3

ICO/Shadow of the Colossus remake

The Last Guardian

LA Noire

Forza 4

Duke Nukem Forever (finally!!!)

Portal 2

Rage

Ace Combat Assault Horizon

The 3DS is also on my list, but Nintendo have displeased me by announcing they're going to region lock it. So I will have to decide if I'm going to import one from the US...

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Errm..

Because the PS3 has the best games. These are not single site bias, this is meta scores across lots of sites to get rid of fanboyism.

Anyone that calls themselves a gamer in 2011 and does not own a PS3 is lame.

2009: Best system: PS3: http://features.metacritic.com/features/2009/the-best-games-of-2009/

2010: Best System: PS3 http://features.metacritic.com/features/2010/best-games-at-midyear-2010/

2011: PS3 lineup best in gaming history of all consoles... http://www.play.tm/news/32703/analyst-ps3-s-2011-exclusive-line-up-one-of-the-best-in-gaming-history/

2011: 20 games you will only play on PS3: http://www.videogamer.com/news/20_games_youll_only_play_on_ps3_in_2011.html

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Obvious Troll Is Obvious

"Anyone that calls themselves a gamer in 2011 and does not own a PS3 is lame."

Thanks for letting me know that Anonymous Coward - I'll just rush out immediately and spend money I don't have on a PS3; after all, I can't play the consoles I already own because that'll cast doubt on my manhood - or something...

Twunt.

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WTF?

On the other hand...

"Anyone that calls themselves a gamer in 2011 and does not own a PS3 is lame."

Though not as lame as someone who would post such a comment .

Whenever I read posts such as yours I'm left wondering - Are you really so insecure about owning a PS3 that you have to troll the web looking for positive comments on your purchase and then reposting them?

Who are you trying to convince?

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I guess that makes me lame then...

BTW...can the PS3 run user-made mods for games like The Elder Scrolls and The Witcher? No? Awww, that's even lamer than not owning a PS3!

Skyrim and Assassins of Kings pre-order FTW! (pre-ordering is fine when I know the game will be worth the wait and financial loss...Egosoft, Bethesda, Firaxis, CDProjekt please form an orderly queue...EA, sorry, your name's not on the list you're not coming in)

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Facts Shmacts

Why anyone who calls themselves a gamer would have any reason to trawl through sites finding 'reasons' why the PS3 is best is beyond me. Get them all, enjoy all the best games. It doesn't matter what's released on which system that way.

There's no point taking sides in an industry in which any one of them would bend you over and dry-hump you for more sales.

I bought far more games on 360 than PS3 last year, but that's just because there was more I preferred on it. This year it's looking like Child Of Eden, La Noire, Arkham Asylum and possibly Brink that I'm most excited about so far.

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+1

+1 for Egosoft. Literally hanging on Tenterhooks to find out what TNBT is

(Aramaye)

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Here is another for the braindead Xbox fanboys.

IGN's top 10 Xbox games of 2011 has 8 multiplatform titles in it (compared to only 4 in the PS3 list). Go figure....

Xbox Top 10 for 2011 (* Denotes console exclusive not on PS3)

http://uk.xbox360.ign.com/articles/114/1140284p1.html

*GEARS OF WAR 3

DEAD SPACE 2

L.A. NOIRE

*CHILD OF EDEN

DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION

RAGE

ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM

PORTAL 2

BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY

MASS EFFECT 3

PS3 Top 10 for 2011 (* Denotes console exclusive not on Xbox

http://uk.ps3.ign.com/articles/114/1140658p1.html

BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY

RAGE

*THE LAST GUARDIAN

*KILLZONE 3

DEAD SPACE 2

*INFAMOUS 2

*RESISTANCE 3

*LITTLE BIG PLANET 2

MASS EFFECT 3

*UNCHARTED 3

I can understand why the Xbox owners are so upset now, Microsoft have found the key to making money, charging subscription fees for Xbox Live and delivering a server-less P2P network that costs nothing to run, at the same time making Kinect for £30 and selling it for £130 and then filling the shelves with Kinnect Kiddie titles that are nothing but Nintendo-style shovelware.

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Seriously though

Literally nobody cares. Nobody is crying themselves to sleep because some other console has some games. It just doesn't matter. If they cared at all they'd buy a PS3. If they don't want to, they won't. Nobody is so desperate to justify their purchase that they list all of the games available on only their single console and lords it over people who purchased one of the others. Nobody except schoolchildren whose parents refuse to buy them more than one console, that is.

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Er, no

"Anyone that calls themselves a gamer in 2011 and does not own a PS3 is lame."

I have the full function of all my legs, thank you, and not only that I think it's going to be hard to play EVE on a PS3.

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No mention of?

What no Halflife 2 - Episode 3? (Come on Valve, just finish the story already)

Duke Nukem better be worth the wait.

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You missed a couple

My first two pre-orders of this year are for Return of Alice, given how brilliant the original was, and Child of Eden, again given how brilliant the original was. Child of Eden might even get me buying a Move.

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3DS? £250?

And they expect to sell how many?

That's an awful lot of cash for handheld. which is basically a DSi with 3D. And bad battery life. Double the price in fact.

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I was thinking that!

I thought Nintendo made the cheap consoles? I can get a PSP for £30 and I'll wager it'll still be more powerful than the 3DS. Better games, too.

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re price

The only price that has been announced so far is for Japan so it's just a guess at the moment what it will cost here, Im not sure they will risk going over £200 for a handheld console.

Games are a matter of personal opinion but I find there are more interesting DS games, I had a PSP briefly but couldn't find much I wanted to play on it.

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That quote was nicked

from They Live.

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Indeed it was

Lets hope the new DN game also has an unfeasibly long punch-up in an alleyway due to an argument over putting on a pair of sunglasses.

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Missed the most important RPG release

The next installment of Elder Scrolls, Skyrim is surely the most important release this year for RPG fans.

Fail for the obvious reason

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2/3 the way down page 2

Nuff sed.

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Guild Wars 2

No further comment needed.

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Expensive year

Some of the top series, I am looking forwards to finally using the Move controller for more than stacking blocks. There are rumours Portal 2 MAY support Move. But it will get used on Helghan anyway.

But the best for me is in November when Uncharted 3 comes out, gives me time to Platinum Drakes Fortune and Among Thieves and to try to get to level XXX (currently X).

First purchase is LBP2 for the children.

Got to say must be the best year so far to own a PS3.

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pah

im personally looking forward to Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (the last 2 have been excellent and the mrs really gets into them too!), killzone 3 (fancy playing that with a ps move machine gun :) - fps on consoles suck compared to PC kb/mouse but the accuracy of the move is amazing so i think it could work well), fifa12 (as long as they dont fuck it up like the last version which was shite)

@"... isn't it about time to stop trotting out the "this will be the year of the PS3" line? I think we've heard it every year it's been out so far."

- i dunno. for me the ps3 is the easy choice, im not into fps on console so i want games like tombraider, fallout and drakes fortune. not even sure xbox really has any advanture game exclusives and the last 2 drakes have been some of my favourite games of all time.

im not getting into a flame war as im too old for that. if i wanted to play poor immitation fps on a console pad against racist 13 year olds i would get an xbox too :)

btw - sold wii ages ago. psmove kicks its arse bigtime and i dont feel like ive gone into a time warp back into the world of terrible graphics.

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Oh don't tell me....

That Aliens: Colonial Marines has been delayed another year? It wasn't mentioned and after the disappointment of Alien Vs Predator I was looking forward to it. It's been five years already.

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ditto

was looking forward to playing this. im a massive fan of the alien films - especially aliens.

hopefully it will have psmove support (else i will buy for pc) as i fancy building some kind of pulse rifle for ps move. there are some decent guns/rifles available but none let you access the buttons on the move wand easily. i think i will buy a want and take it to pieces)

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ookamiden! child of eden! last guardian!

the games to be released in the near future that i'll buy. unfortunately they're all sequels (albeit spiritual in 2 cases)

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King Of Vapourware? Nah.

Sorry, but that's got to be Elite 4... 16 years and *still* counting...

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Internet Connection, forget it

I'm kind of sick of PC games that require an internet connection and username and password to play.

Grand Theft Auto IV did my head in. I needed THREE, yes THREE f*$#ing separate online accounts just to play the f*$#ing game in single player mode.

Since then I've complete lost interest in PC games.

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Agree

I agree completely.

Besides, PC is the best platform for gaming - nothing can beat mouse and keyboard for precision + superior graphics and more memory...

So, that means I'm not interested in consoles and if I cannot buy PC games because of stupid DRMs - you lose, game developers!

And you know what? - screw you! If you want my money - put pressure on your publishers to stop playing silly buggers.

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i take it...

you only play FPS or geekfests like WOW?

racing games, sports games are vastly superior on a pad (of course racing is even better on a wheel). not to mention the new psmove which blows the wii out of the water.

its horses for courses. even though i have my PC rigged upto my 42" TV and home theatre i cant be bothered to play with mouse and keys. i generally play games like fifa, drakes fortune and tombraider (and fallout which would be better on pc but i play with the wife), which are much better sat on my couch with a ps3 pad.

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