Batman: Arkham City (PS3, 360)
The dark knight returns to take down villains both new and old. Now in an area six times the size of the original asylum, Arkham City looks to be an expansive world. While the developers, Rocksteady Games, won't call the game a sandbox experience, there's plenty of exploration and side content to discover. Rumor has it that new villains include the sinister Two-Face and even the Penguin. Who can resist beating down a bird in some serious fowl play?
Resistance 3 (PS3)
I was one of the few people who really enjoyed the second Resistance. I liked the single-player campaign, yes, but what brought me coming back was the awesome multi-player cooperative and competitive modes. Resistance 3 seems like a return to the original's form with the resurgence of the weapon wheel and health packs. A grittier, darker art style is also presented. The folks at Insomniac have proven themselves to be great developers, and if Resistance 3 is any indication, their reputation will not be tarnished.
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One (PS3)
Speaking of Insomniac, the team is pulling double-duty with both Resistance 3 and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, a four-player cooperative game featuring Ratchet, Clank, Captain Qwark, and Dr. Nefarious. The four of you team up to solve puzzles, take down foes large and small in battle, and try not to kill one another with their eternal bickering and squabbling. It's too soon to say how the quality of Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One will translate in a cooperative setting as nearly all Ratchet games have been single-player platforming experiences.
MotorStorm: Apocalypse (PS3)
The apocalypse is already here. Who needs 2012? If you didn't get enough of the apocalypse in Darksiders, you can try it out in racing form with crumbling buildings, sweltering magma, and chaos all around. Don't forget all those other racers gunning for your life! There will no doubt be several zones of four tracks each, giving the game some varied locales to rev up on. MotorStorm: Apocalypse, the fourth game in the franchise hits shelves in Spring 2011.
PlayStation Move Heroes (PS3)
One of the only games I could see myself getting a PlayStation Move for is the star-studded, PlayStation Move Heroes, a game featuring Ratchet, Clank, Sly, Bentley, Jak, and Daxter in this platforming, puzzling, enemy-busting adventure. Both the Move controller and navigation controller are used to bring precision like never felt before. Coming this March, Move owners won't have to wait long for this new journey featuring their favorite Sony mascots to come out!
Pokemon Black and White Versions (DS)
Before the 3DS releases, there's one final hurrah for the original DS in Pokemon Black and White Versions. These games features 151 brand-new Pokemon, a new region to explore, new foes to tackle, and new gym badges to earn. Perhaps this is just what the doctor ordered to bring some revitalization to some complainers' gripes of the games being more of the same. Who knows? With updated 3D visuals and new three-on-three battles, will Pokemon Black and White entertain or disappoint?
What other games appeal to you for 2011? Does the 3DS entice you, or perhaps the PSP NGP? Let me know in our comments section!