2011 has been one of the greatest years the video gaming industry has seen in a long while. Incredible games like L.A. Noire, Portal 2, Mortal Kombat, and even Pokémon Black and White have thrilled audiences and received impressive ratings. However, even with these excellent games already released, this year still has some major releases up it’s sleeve. Below is my list of the 10 most anticipated games for the rest of 2011.

1. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

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Assassin’s Creed: Revelations is an open world third-person action-adventure game developed by Ubisoft and published by Ubisoft. This game continues the story of Desmond through the life of his relative Ezio. It has also been revealed that Ezio can have a similar experience though the life of Altair, the protagonist from the first game.

Assassins Creed Revelations

The story follows Ezio to Constantinople as he tries to find a way to unlock the secrets Altair left for him. New gameplay elements include the hook blade, which can be used as a zip line or a combat tool. Also new customization options are available to characters.

Players will be able to customize how their player looks and start guilds with friends. Ubisoft hopes to expand what is already considered on of the best video game properties this generation.

Releasing on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows – November 15th 2011

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Trailer

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Gameplay Video

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Multiplayer Video

2. Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3 is a first-person shooter developed by EA Digital Illusions CE and published by Electronics Arts. This year, EA is really pushing to step out of the shadow of the Call of Duty franchise. This game reintroduces aerial combat to the Battlefield series.

The multiplayer will still keep the class based system. Also, a few new multiplayer modes, Conquest, Rush, and Team Deathmatch, have been announced. The PC version also features 64 player battles. Expect the trademark destructible environments to be present in this installment and there is already  Battlefield 3 expansion pack in the planning as well as pre-order perks – check it out!

Debuting on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 – October 25th 2011

Battlefield 3 Trailer

Battlefield 3 Gameplay Video

3. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

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Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception - DrakeUncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is a third-person action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The sequel to the critically acclaimed Uncharted 2: Among Thieves plans to deliver the same third-person action adventure style it has become known for.

This time Nathan Drake heads to the desert in search of another ancient city called the Iram of the Pillars. This game will continue the tradition of huge set piece moments and a generous amount of cinematic moments.

Drake’s Deception is releasing only on PlayStation 3 – November 1st 2011

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Trailer

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Gameplay Video

4. Batman: Arkham City

Batman Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City is a open world third-person action-adventure game developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive and DC Entertainment. Arkham City takes the gameplay that made Arkham Asylum so great but puts in on a bigger scale. This game will retain the detective elements but they have been tweaked so players won’t be able to take advantage of them.

Batman’s gadgets have also been given new functions and will all be allowed in the reworked combat system. The game also has put a focus on side-quest to make players feel like they want to do them. In addition to Batman, Catwoman and Robin will also be playable.

Releasing for PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360 on October 18th 2011

Batman: Arkham City Trailer

Batman: Arkham City Gameplay Video

5. Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is a first-person action-adventure/RPG developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. The latest entry in the Elder Scrolls series puts the player in the roll of a dragon born warrior.

This game features major changes from the last installment, Oblivion. For one, the class system has been dropped for just straight skills that allow more flexibility for the player to play how they want to play. Also, weapons and magic work differently as well. Each hand can be assigned a weapon or a magic spell, so, theoretically, this allows for dual wielding and dual casting.

This game also features a new AI system foe its dragon enemies. They are allowed to behave in unscripted ways and appear at anytime. Bethesda is trying to take all the lessons they learned from their previous games and put them in this game.

To be released on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 – November 11th 2011

Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Trailer

Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Gameplay Video

6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is a first-person shooter developed by Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, and Raven Software and published by Activision. The single player will continue off where Modern Warfare 2 ended. This game will take place in many different locales such as New York, England, France, Somalia, and Moscow.

The game will also introduce a new survival mode that is basically a co-op wave mode. Each kill will net you money that can be used to upgrade your character. The game will also include a multiplayer option that will be familiar to anyone who has played a multiplayer first-person shooter.

Available for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 – November 8th 2011

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Trailer

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Gameplay Video

7. Dark Souls

Dark Souls

Dark Souls is a third-person action/RPG developed by From Software and Namco Bandai Games and published by Namco Bandai Games. Dark Souls is the spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls, the most surprising hit of 2009.

One of the main draws of the series is the crushing difficulty. Many of the features will still be the same as Demon’s Souls including the unique multiplayer options and character customizations. This game is also said to be significantly harder than Demon’s Souls. This is a hardcore gamers’ game that does not take mistakes lightly.

Emerging for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 – October 4th 2011

Dark Souls Trailer

Dark Souls Gameplay Video

8. Deus Ex: Human Revolution

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a first-person action/RPG game developed by Eidos Montreal and Nixxes Software and published by Square-Enix. This game is the prequel to the first two Deus Ex games. It intends to build upon the original games formula of branching paths considering the choices you make in the game.

The game allows for character customization depending on the player’s style, whether that is a silent killer or a gun-blazing commando. These customizations fall under 4 categories: combat, stealth, technology, and social. Another feature added to this game that was absent from the first two is a cover system that allows gunning through the game to be a more viable option. This game encourages players to find their own route through the game.

The revolution comes to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC – August 23rd 2011

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Trailer

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Gameplay Video

9. Rage

Rage

Rage is a first-person shooter developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Software. The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic world similar to that of Fallout 3. The game’s single player is a shooter at heart with RPG elements mixed in. Gamers will be able to customize their different weapons with things like scopes and ammo.

The single-player will also have racing sections that will allow players to customize their cars. The multiplayer is composed of two modes. There is a vehicular combat mode and a co-op mode that allows two players to play through a mission based on a legend you have heard in the single player option.

Coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Mac on October 4th, 2011.

Rage Trailer

Rage Gameplay Video

10. Dead Island

Dead Island logoDead Island is a first-person action/shooter developed by Techland and developed by Deep Silver. Dead Island takes place on an island, which has been overrun by zombies.

Instead of a focus on firearms like most first-person shooters, this game focuses more on melee weapons and customizing them to make them more effective. This game also implements RPG elements to the game such as experience points and skill systems.

Join the mayhem on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC – September 6th 2011

Dead Island Trailer

Dead Island Gameplay Video

There is a lot to be excited about this year. The one qualm I have with these games is that there are all existing IPs . There is a lack of new series debuting this year that gamers are actually excited about. Once these series run their courses, the gaming community will be hard pressed to find a replacement for their excitement.