10 Most Anticipated PC Games of 2011 - (#10 to #6)

And here is my top 10 list of most anticipated PC Games of 2011. The funny thing about this list is that perhaps half the games here have uncertain release dates (and may not even be released in 2011 at all) - it is becoming very likely that they will though...

10. Star Wars: The Old Republic

Why it might be good:
  • Storyline based off the awesome Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic franchise
  • Being developed by Bioware likely means a really immersive universe
  • Story-driven MMO mechanic might make it not boring
Why it might be bad:
  • May ruin the legacy of the KotoR series
  • This is Bioware's first MMO meaning it could be a disaster
  • It remains to be seen how different this MMO is to others in terms of gameplay mechanics
  • Getting KotoR fans to pay a subscription fee to see what is effectively KotoR 3 is not choice.
Release Date:
Q2/Q3 2011

9. Rage

Why it might be good:
  • Being developed by iD Software, the grand-daddy of FPS development studios
  • Looks like an FPS version of Borderlands, which is a good thing
  • Using iD Tech 5, it should have some pretty nice graphics
Why it might be bad:
  • While iD are good at developing engines and fun games, they are sometimes not so good on the story front.
  • Does the market really want another post-apocalyptic game after the likes of Fallout 3 and Borderlands (and their many expansions)?
Release Date:
13 September 2011

8. Test Drive Unlimited 2

Why it might be good:
  • The first TDU was quite revolutionary in that it was a successful online racing game
  • Apparently TDU2 includes the original location of Oahu, Hawaii and the new location of Ibiza to drive around.
  • There are a lot of new distractions and extras to the game when compared to the old TDU.
Why it might be bad:
  • Multiplayer simply didn't work properly for me and my friends. It might be the same for this latest iteration too.
Release Date:
11 February 2011

7. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Why it might be good:
  • If they get Jeremy Soule to do the soundtrack again, they're guaranteed an awesome soundtrack
  • You get to explore Skyrim which is where the equivalent of Vikings in the Elder Scrolls universe live. Choice!
  • If Skyrim uses a similar formula to Morrowind and Oblivion, that's guaranteed big bucks for Bethesda Softworks and what every Elder Scrolls fan has been waiting for.
Why it might be bad:
  • The greatest strength of Bethesda Softworks RPGs are also their weakness; the fact the games are so open-ended and long can leave some players bored with the aimless wandering.
Release Date:
11 November 2011

6. Dragon Age II

Why it might be good:
  • The game is going to now be more similar to Mass Effect in terms of conversation, so goodbye silent protagonist.
  • The game allows you to import your character from the first Dragon Age, similar to what you can do in Mass Effect 2.
  • The game is a Bioware RPG, known for developing RPGs with good storylines.
Why it might be bad:
  • If the game is too dumbed down, it might turn off some of the original Dragon Age fans.
Release Date:
11 March 2011

My picks for #5 to #1 will follow soon.