Biggest Games Of January 2011

What follows is a list of the very biggest releases for January 2011.  Every month, towards the beginning of the month, I will write out a list of all the biggest releases for that month.  I’d love to write a complete list for the year, but this is the game industry and release dates can change on a whim.  At least the games I add to the list on a monthly basis are far less likely to change given their release will be only weeks away.  So let’s get started!

LittleBigPlanet 2

Release Date: January 18th, 2011

Platform: PlayStation 3

Why it’s on the list: LBP2 looks like it will drastically change the landscape of the “Play, Create, Share” sub-genre Sony created with the original title.  Not only can players access hundreds of new items, but they can now string levels together to create entire worlds.  It’s possible to create a first-person shooter, an RPG, a space shooter and virtually anything else you can think of.  Based on the limited hands-on time I’ve spent with the game, it looks like it’ll be the first huge hit of 2011.

Cause for concern: Realistically LBP2 looks like it will do everything right, except that it’s based on a preexisting game.  That means if you weren’t too involved with the original, chances are this one won’t probably won’t float your boat either.  This is the case with virtually all sequels.

Mass Effect 2

Release Date: January 18th, 2011

Platform: PlayStation 3

Why it’s on the list:  Mass Effect 2 is one of my favorite videogames ever made.  The fact that PS3 owners now have the chance to play through this game is a miracle.  On top of the incredible adventure players will be able to partake in, BioWare has included all the DLC on top of an exclusive feature where users will find out all about the history of the franchise.  This exclusive mode will also allow players to make critical choices found in the first Mass Effect so their play through of the second game will feel similar to what Xbox 360 owners felt when they first received this amazing game.  If you own a PS3 and like RPGs, this is a must own.

Cause for concern:  The only reason you might not want to buy Mass Effect 2 is if you already own it for the PC or Xbox 360.  Outside that, there is no excuse for nothing playing this amazing game.

Dead Space 2

Release Date: January 25th, 2011

Platform: PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360

Why its on the list: I won’t lie, I never had the opportunity to play the original Dead Space. It’s one of those games that just slipped through the cracks.  I was all lined up to play it, but between my personal life and everything else, I simply never had the chance.  Dead Space 2 looks like it will be a bigger badder version of the original, taking the series in bold new directions, featuring new gameplay and so much more.  Survival horror fans have a lot to be excited about.

Cause for concern:  As I mentioned above, anytime we’re dealing with a sequel there’s a high chance someone simply didn’t like the original.  In that case the next iteration has to do something incredible in order to convince said people to try it out.  I know I plan to go back and play through the original so I don’t miss out on what looks like a sensational sequel.

9 thoughts on “Biggest Games Of January 2011”

  1. Good stuff. As you mentioned, I’m a bit skeptical with LBP2 because I wasn’t really engrossed with the original.

    Two niche games that I’m interested in didn’t make your list: Lost in Shadow for the Wii and Prinny 2 for the PSP. The former looks really unique and artistic. You should check that out dude.

  2. This will be a sweet article to read every beginning of the month :)

    I will pass on LBP2… Just not into the create and share games as I’m not into the open world games. I have and there are too many games out there. I need a starting point and a finishing point.

    Mass Effect 2 I will get. After trying the demo though… my hype has lowered. From the looks of the demo, it will not be the awesome graphics, audio and gameplay that I heard was better than Uncharted 2. All it has left is story. Unless the full retail game has better graphics and audio than the demo wich I believe Ahmed thinks will be the case. (I’ve yet to see a game do this)

    Dead Space 2 is my favorite of the month! I always loved horror games! Silent Hill and Resident Evil back in the day were great! They kinda fell down this generation but no matter, no matter. We got a new King deserving the crown for Horror games! Dead Space is that good! Only beef with it is EA was too lazy to make a multi console game 7.1 for the PS3 version.

  3. I thought this would be an article we could all do, including the readers. Pat and Ahmed if you guys have other games by all means give me the details and I’ll update the article with your information. This list was only the biggest games I could think of.

  4. Nope, you nailed it! Those are the biggest games for sure!

    Well maybe DC Universe Online deserves a mention but… that game remains to see if it’ll be good or not.

  5. Ya its good idea for an article. I’ve played and loved LBP as well as dead space. (ME1 & 2 of course) however I will probably just rent DS2 and LBP2. I’m playing cataclysm and Minecraft atm and I don’t see myself stoping :)

  6. Also is coming DC universe online PS3 and Lost in shadows on wii, i think they are worth mentioning both games, iam interested in dead space and little big planet 2.

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