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It's not until you throw them all together in one list that you realise what a stonking year 2011 is looking for games. We originally intended on this being a list of twenty, but couldn't bring ourselves to publish it with so many notable omissions. Even with thirty we're still guilty about a few absentees, but it's still a very good looking list indeed. Join us then, as we take a look at the games that will define 2011. Here's 10 through to 1.

10. Zelda: Skyward Sword - Nintendo Wii

It's a new Zelda game, so of course it's going to be one of our most anticipated games of 2011. Skyward Sword is, in fact, a prequel to Ocarina of Time, with Link belonging to the cloud-dwelling civilisation of Skyloft. After stumbling upon the Skyward Sword one day, our emerald-clad hero is thrown into an adventure taking place on the ground – a world ruled by unknown evil forces. Perhaps the biggest addition to the series is one-to-one swordplay courtesy of Wii MotionPlus, which changes combat quite significantly from previous games.

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PrinceOftheCity2

im deffinatly exctied for diablo 3 im still playing number 2 its gonna be one of the best games of the year no doubt
Posted 19:57 on 07 January 2011
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strickers66

I'm disappointed to see Ocarina so high(the new Zelda I understand).Nostalgia is one thing but to put it ahead of so many new games again just perpetuates Nintys rehashing theory.
I love Ico and will probably get it again(to play with my son) but I would not put it above new games in an anticipation list of the year.
Posted 08:48 on 07 January 2011
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SexyJams

Agree with all of these other than Gears 3 and Zelda, but that's just my own personal feelings. Otherwise, a brilliant list!
Posted 08:05 on 07 January 2011
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zeldahardcore

:D I need to start saving up
All these games better be worth it
Especially LoZ SS, Portal 2, Diablo 3, and Mass Effect 3 :D
Posted 22:06 on 06 January 2011
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ThePhantomKnight

Is this list going in any particular order? Because if it is, Batman Arkham City need to be Way farther down the list.All these games will be amazing,though
Posted 21:13 on 06 January 2011
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GeNeCyDe1993@ slick_101

Crysis 2 was in the 20-11 article...can't remember if bring was there.
Posted 20:53 on 06 January 2011
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slick_101

I'm loving the fact that portal 2, ME3 and diablo III are up there. But Im wondering what about brink? Or crysis 2?
Posted 20:47 on 06 January 2011
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II@ The1Dude

You mean that 2 seconds of the guy hitting the thing with a sword? No one could possibly get an idea what it'll play like from that. All that's known is that it's real time, so it won't be like XIII at all thank God.

They're holding a conference purely for the game next Tuesday which is when we'll finally see gameplay footage and a release date. I wouldn't be surprised if they changed the name too.
Posted 19:39 on 06 January 2011
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FantasyMeister

Warhammer 40k Space Marine
Dungeon Siege 3
Lord of the Rings: War in the North
Test Drive Unlimited 2

Would sneak into my top 30 most anticipated somewhere.
Posted 19:17 on 06 January 2011
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The1Dude@ Stegosaurus-Guy-II

as long as they change the battle system then im sold on it. saw the trailer the other day while it did look good the battle system sucked well thats its if anything like 13
Posted 15:41 on 06 January 2011
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pblive

Nice list. There are at least 5 out of the 10 I want to play. Lucky there are 12 months in the year and hopefully the releases won't be all stacked together.
Posted 15:05 on 06 January 2011
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Wido

Can't really grumble on that list there VG. Only 8 games are definitely purchases for me.
Posted 14:43 on 06 January 2011
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Mr_Ninjutsu@ Stegosaurus-Guy-II

Woah 8 years? That's a long time. Hope it's good.
Posted 14:36 on 06 January 2011
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II

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I wasn't expecting this to be in the list but it'll still be quite a big game this year if it's not delayed to 2012. They've been working on it for 8 years now and sounds a lot more promising than FFXIII.
It'll probably be the last chance for Final Fantasy (and JRPG's as a whole) to redeem themself.
Posted 14:34 on 06 January 2011
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Roland_D11

My most wanted games are Portal 2 and Mass Effect 3 and I'm confident that it will hit it's release date. It would be amazing if the London scene would be the opening, not the finale of the game :-) .
Posted 13:38 on 06 January 2011

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Release Date: 01/11/2011
Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: SCEE
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 16+
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