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Top 10 Highly Anticipated Games of Holiday 2011

As we are already past the 2nd half of the year, the holiday season fast approaches. And as a gamer, you should know quite well that the last quarter of the year is when we'll see the release of highly anticipated titles. And as a gamer, the holiday season is also the time of the year when our wallets shall beg for mercy due to the influx of great games. In this year's last quarter or so, we are looking at a very strong release lineup, perhaps the strongest in a long time. So gamers, do yourself a favor and start saving up. This is The Top 10 Highly Anticipated Games of Holiday Season 2011.

Note: These are games that are confirmed to released in a couple of months and are available by the time the holiday season comes, so no Mass Effect 3 or Bioshock Infinite and so on.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Zelda Skyward Sword
When it comes to Nintendo first party games, aside from the iconic plumber himself, the Legend of Zelda series has always been a darling of gaming fans. Skyward Sword is Nintendo's second Zelda offering for the Wii, Twilight Princess being the first and was released back in 2006. Skyward Sword looks and feels like a true Zelda game complete with a vibrant new palette and exaggerated enemy designs. Just last month, Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for the 3DS and later this year, Skyward Sword. It looks like fans will have a lot of Zelda goodness in order to whet their appetite.

Developer: Nintendo EAD
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Wii
Release Date: Q4 2011

Batman: Arkham City

Batman Arkham City
Everyone's favorite "Caped Crusader" is back in this sequel to the one of the best, if not the best, the best comic book game of all time, Batman: Arkham Asylum. In this installment of the Dark Knight's heroic exploit, Batman's brand of justice, as the title suggests, will be brought to the City of Arkham. Compared to Arkham Asylum, Arkham City will feature a more open world environment while still incorporating elements of stealth and use of Batman's numerous gadgets.

Arkham City features classic villains such as Penguin, Two Face, Hugo Strange along with returning ones such as Joker, Poison Ivy and Riddler.

Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: October 21, 2011

Dark Souls

Dark Souls
Dark Souls is the spiritual successor to the cult hit PS3 exclusive game Demon's Souls, which is known for its brutal yet fair difficulty and well-crafted dark fantasy world. With Dark Souls, gamers' mettle will once again be tested. But now Xbox 360 players will get to share the grief, frustration and the most rewarding feeling (if you ever beat it that is) that this game will bring. With a tagline "Prepare to Die", it would be wise to expect nothing less.

Developer: From Software
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Platforms: Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Release Date: October 4, 2011

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Modern Warfare 3
Does this game even need any introduction? In this installment of perhaps the most successful shooter franchise of all time, Developer Infinity Ward announced a number of new features that shooting fans can sink their teeth into when November comes. One new mode is called Survival Mode, which basically pits you and a friend against an endless wave of enemies. As for the competitive multiplayer aspect, MW3 will have a revamped killstreak reward system.

Developer: Infinity Ward
Publisher: Activision
Platforms: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: November 8, 2011

Assassin's Creed: Revelations

Assassins Creed Revelations
In this fourth installment of the Assassin's Creed series, Revelations once again puts you in the shoes of renaissance badass Ezio Auditore da Firenze. In Revelations however, Ezio looks to have aged quite significantly since Brotherhood. This game will now take players into the Ottoman Constantinople in 1511 AD. This time the players are tasked to look for a key that will open up a weapon that could forever end the war between the Assassins and the Templars. The multiplayer mode which was first featured in Brotherhood will make a return as well complete with character customization and better matchmaking.

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platforms: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: November 15, 2011

Gears of War 3

Gears of War 3
This September gamers will once again find themselves blasting (or chainsawing) off Locusts in the third installment of Microsoft's flagship series, Gears ofWar. According to Epic Games, this will be the last game in the series or most likely the last game that will feature Gear soldier, Marcus Fenix. The campaign of Gears of War are always fun and with this being the last game in the series, one can only expect that it will go out with a big bang. Multiplayer is back as well with a couple of new modes, although for me Gears is all about the sweeping campaign.

Developer: Epic Games
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platforms: Xbox 360
Release Date: September 20, 2011


RAGE id Software
RAGE is highly anticipated by the gaming industry due to the fact that it is the upcoming game from the "grandfathers of modern first-person shooters", id Software. If you are an iOS gamer, you should be quite familiar with its handheld spin-off. But unlike the iOS title which is an on-rails shooter, RAGE features a sandbox environment set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland with a dash of RPG elements. This game strongly resembles the Fallout series as well as Borderlands. RAGE will feature a new engine by id Software called id Tech 5.

Developer: id Software
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platforms: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: November 18, 2010

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Uncharted 3 Drakes Deception
Developer by Naughty Dog, this Sony PS3 exclusive series has took the world by storm when the Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was released back in 2009 when it garnered multiple game of the year awards from various gaming websites and publications. Now, everyone's favorite treasure hunter Nathan Drake is back, as he once again travel across the globe in search of the legendary lost city, Iram of the Pillars. The developers said that in this installment, they will surely push the graphical capabilities of the PS3.

Uncharted 3 multiplayer is currently on beta which is open only to PS+ subscribers, which means everyone after the infamous PSN breach.

Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platforms: Playstation 3
Release Date: November 1, 2011

Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3
The Battlefield franchise is already critically acclaimed due to the games' tactical approach to multiplayer combat. But what really created the buzz and built all the hype for this installment of Battlefield is the stunning hyper-realistic visuals and impressive animations that truly blurs the line between a game and reality. Add to that the tried and true multiplayer formula that's the trademark of the series and you've got a game that will make even the most jaded first-person shooter fan froth in the mouth.

Just check out this video below if you're still unconvinced:

Developer: EA Digital Illusions CE
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: October 25, 2011

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim
If you are an RPG fan, then you have most likely played Bethesda's critically acclaimed The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, especially if you are fan of open world environments. Now after more than 5 years, Bethesda is finally going to follow-up on their Elder Scrolls franchise. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim promises to be an even better experience with more than 150 dungeons to explore, new monsters to slay (including dragons) and multiple character classes typical of the Elder Scrolls series, be prepared to say goodbye to your social life as you invest hundreds of hours in this RPG behemoth.

If you are not a fan of Bethesda's old Gamebryo engine, then you will be pleased to know that Skyrim features a whole new engine called Creation Engine.

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platforms: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: November 11, 2011

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