Best games 2011: Top E3 2011 picks to look out for

All the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii U, 3DS and Vita games you need in your life; these are the top titles glimpsed at this year's E3 gaming expo

The LA Convention Center doors have closed on yet another E3, one that brought us the Nintendo Wii U, more details about the PlayStation Vita but most importantly, enough games to make you wonder when you're going to find time to fit them all in.

Steering you clear from the gaming duds, and towards the titles worthy of your hard earned cash, here are T3's pick of the best games from E3 2011.

 

Aliens Colonial Marines (Sega)
Inspired by cinematic events from ALIENS, the atmospheric first person shooter will require your best Xenomorph-killing skills. Co-op mode lets players drop in and out of the action, while enemy AI means aliens will jump through grills from the floor and launch attack from the other side of the room, suitably scaring the hell out of you.

Platforms: PS3, Xbx 360, PC
Release date: Spring 2012
Watch the Aliens Colonial Marines trailer

 

Assassin's Creed Revelations (Ubisoft)
Now well into his fifties, master assassin Ezio Auditore is back for a fourth instalment in the Assassin's Creed franchise promising more Templar terrorizing on your journey through Constantinople. You can look forward to more multiplayer action and a new feature to customize bombs from things you find from all over the city.

Platforms: PS3, Xbx 360, PC
Release date: November 2011
Watch the Assasins Creed Revelations trailer

 

Batman: Arkham City (Warner Bros.)
One of the most hotly anticipated sequels to arrive in 2011, the Bat is back this time in a game five times larger than Arkham Asylum. Taking on Gotham City's thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds, Warner Bross and DC Comics has also announced that you'll be able to run around town as Catwoman.

Platforms: PS3, Xbx 360, PC
Release date: October 21st 2011
Watch the Batman: Arkham City trailer

 

Battlefield 3 (EA)
Commanding one of the biggest queues at E3 this year, the first person shooter looks set to go head-to-head with Modern Warfare 3. Running on the Frostbite 2 game engine, you can expect slick animations, visual rendering and with input from ex-SAS operator Andy McNab gritty realism to keep the story flowing.

Platforms: PS3, Xbx 360, PC
Release date: October 28th 2011
Watch the Battlefield 3 trailer

 

Bioshock Infinite (2K Games)
The trailer which made its debut at E3 2011 suggests that the third entry in the Bioshock series could well be the best. Set in the flying city of Columbia, two violent factions (the Founders and Vox Populi) are at war as you zip around on single-track skylines to explore another beautifully crafted world.

Platforms: PS3, Xbx 360, PC
Release date: 2012
Watch the Bioshock Infinite trailer

 

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (UTV Ignition)
Set against one of the most abstract and visually unique environments we've seen in some time, the 2D/3D platformer looks like one to watch. Inspired by events in the Old Testament's apocryphal 'Book of Enoch', you play Enoch in this highly charged adventure which is brought to you by the same people who gave us Devil May Cry.

Platforms: PS3, Xbx 360
Release date: July 26th 2011
Watch the El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron trailer

 

F1 2011 (Codemasters)
Back for another season, Codemasters insist this is not just a refresh, but another step in bringing F1 realism to your console. New features include additional 2011 season rules (KERS system, Pirelli tyres) and a Go Compete mode which lets you play in co-op mode. So, you and a friend can be McLaren team mates fighting for the Constructors' Championship. Codemasters is also working on versions for the 3DS and the PS Vita which from what we've seen so far, looks very promising.

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release date: September 23rd 2011

 

FIFA 12 (EA)
It's still winning the football gaming war, and this season EA has introduced its physical impact engine for more realistic battles on the pitch. The new EA Football Club feature will also help you build experience points and push your favourite club push up the global table rankings.

Platforms: PS3, Xbx 360, PC, 3DS, iPad 2
Release date: TBA
More on FIFA 12: FIFA 12 review: Hands-on | Watch the FIFA 12 trailer

 

Forza Motorsport 4 (Microsoft Game Studios)
This slick racer now intergrates Kinect head tracking technology (when playing with an Xbox 360 controller) and full Kinect drive which can also be driven from the comfort of your sofa. The showroom feature let's you closely inspect the world's most luxurious motors, with Jeremy Clarkson's thoughts available to tell you if it has the sex appeal of a camel with gingivitis.

Platform: Xbox 360
Release date: October 14th 2011
Watch the Forza Motorsport 4 trailer

 

Fruit Ninja Kinect (Halfbrick)
With a whole host of Kinect titles unveiled at E3, mention of the smartphone hit getting the motion-sensing treatment was notable absent from the Microsoft press conference. Thankfully we got some time then to slice up watermelons and kick through strawberries in what is likely to be a big Kinect hit.

Platform: Xbox 360
Release date: TBA
Watch the Fruit Ninja Kinect trailer

 

Gears of War 3
In the concluding part of the Gears saga, Marcus Fenix continues where he left of in GOW 2 with a new enemy, the Lambent infecting the planet from within, Multiplayer will once again be a major source of your gaming, with new co-op and multiplayer modes. Notably , the new Horde mode will feature more gameplay upgrades to help take out the enemy.

Platform: Xbox 360
Release date: September 20th 2011
Watch the Gears of War 3 gameplay trailer

 

Hitman Aboslution (Square Enix)
As E3 2011 trailers go, Hitman Absolution has already sucked us into the world of Agent 47, the cold blooded assassin set to star in the third person shooter. Showcasing IO Interactive's new proprietary Glacier 2TM technology Hitman fans can expect similarly slick gameplay while the new 'Instinct' mode means 47 will evaluate situtations before plowing bullets into a horde of enemies.

Platform: PS3, Xbox 360 and PC
Release date: 2012
Watch the Hitman Absolution trailer

 

Mass Effect 3 (Bioware)
In the quest to defeat the war reapers, the third FPS in the series gives you the option to take a tactical, stealth-like or a run and gun style approach to proceedings. Choosing which parts of the galaxies you want to investigate, there will also be Kinect support for choosing dialogue and sending strategies to your team mates. It looks amazing, and we can't wait to get some more time with it.

Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release date: March 9th 2012
Watch the Mass Effect 3 trailer

 

Modern Warfare 3 (Activision)
Microsoft opened its E3 2011 press conference with extensive gameplay footage (which you can see here) which began underwater before eventually surfacing in a war torn New York skyline. CoD Modern Warfare 3 looks to be at its cinematic best once again and is likely to sell by the bucket loads.

Platforms: PS3, Xbx 360, PC
Release date: November 8th 2011
Watch the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 trailer

 

Prey 2 (Bethesda)
With elements of Mirror's Edge set within a dystopian world that has a Blade Runner look to it, Bethesda turns the tables for Prey 2 as you play bounty hunter Killian Samuels who finds himself on the alien planet of Exodus in a first person shooter that gives you license to explore a massive open environment. This is definitely one to watch.
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release date: 2012
Watch the Prey 2 trailer

 

Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City (Capcom)
Three new Resident Evil titles were on show at E3 2011, but the third person shooter set around events from Resident Evil 2 and 3 caught our eye. Taking events back to Raccoon City, you take control of an Umbrella Security Services soldier (U.S.S) where you can play up to four player co-op in a game which is a break from the RE norm, but should deliver for fans of the series.

Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release date: Winter 2011
Watch the Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City trailer

 

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
One of the most talked about games at E3 2011, the guys behind Fallout 3 bring to life the open-world fantasy epic RPG that can also be played as a the third person shooter. Based in the northern town of Skyrim, you'll be able to can customize quests based on things you've done and not done in your quests, brandish two different weapons at the same time, and if you fancy a break from slaying foes, be part of the economy in any town you walk into.

Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release date: November 11th 2011
Watch the The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim trailer

 

Tomb Raider (Square Enix)
Lara is back, but like you've never seen her before. Shipwrecked on a mysterious island, the locals don't appear to be too friendly towards young Lara. Early gameplay footage paints a gritty and dark affair that should offer something distinctly different from Nathan Drake's Indiana Jones inspired antics.

Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release date: Fall 2012
Watch the Tomb Raider gameplay demo

 

Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception (SCEA)
Nathan Drake returns in what is becoming the jewel in the Sony PS3 gaming crown. Moving the action on to the Arabian Desert, early gameplay suggests more of the excellent game mechanics and gorgeous graphics that made the first two games so appealing. Multiplayer mode now also boasts a Deathmatch mode which supports up to 10 players for 5 vs 5 gameplay.

Platform: PS3
Release date: November 1st 2011
Watch the Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception trailer

 

Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine (THQ)
With a Gears of War feel about it, this third person shooter is all about being on the front foot, ploughing through brutal orks and battling the forces of Chaos. As Captain Titus of the Ultramarines, the backdrop is the Warhammer 40,000 universe and for those who prefer less of a tactical battle, this could well be for you.

Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release date: August 2011
Watch the Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine trailer

 

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