The Spike VGA awards have wrapped up and new trailers have been revealed for games such as Mass Effect 3 and Batman Arkham City, but there were some real surprises unveiled as well. Read on for a list of the major games coming to the PC next year and beyond.
- Mass Effect 3 (Bioware)
Earth is threatened by the Reapers (presumably) and the planet is on the brink of destruction. It’s up to Commander Shepard once again to save the day. Mass Effect 3 is slated for a holiday 2011 release. We liked Mass Effect and loved Mass Effect 2; we’re ready and rarin’ for the sequel. You’ve got plenty of time to catch up if you haven’t played them yet-—Mass Effect 3 isn’t due until the 2011 holiday season.
Mass Effect 3 video (Gametrailers)
- Batman: Arkham City (RockSteady / Warner Brothers Interactive)
The Spike VGA Awards revealed an extended—and exciting—version of the short trailer that has been making rounds in the last week. The sequel will feature none other than Hugo Strange as the key villain–and (we suspect) a whole cavalcade of popular villains that weren’t featured in the first game.
Although we never wrote up a formal review for it, Batman: Arkham Asylum was easily one of our favorite games of 2009 (and it won many, many awards). It elevated 3rd person action games and superhero games alike to a whole new level.
Arkham City trailer (Gametrailers)
- Prototype 2 (Activision)
The original Prototype was an open-world ‘sandbox’ style action game, similar to games such as Just Cause 2 and Grand Theft Auto 4. It was a fairly successful game commercially and critically, but there has been nary a hint that a sequel was in the works. And in the sequel, you’re not just playing the same character from the original game—you’re trying to kill him.
For the most part we liked the original and we’re hoping the sequel is even better–and unlike many Spike VGA reveals, the Prototype 2 video shows actual gameplay, although it’s not due until 2012.
Prototype 2 video (Gametrailers)
- Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
The Elder Scrolls series is a long-standing RPG classic on the PC. The video reveals virtually nothing other than some epically narrated backstory by none other than Sauruman—er, Christopher Lee. Elder Scrolls is scheduled to release 11/11/2011.
Elder Scrolls: Skyrim video (Gametrailers)
- Guillermo del Toro’s inSANE (trilogy – THQ/volition)
The video reveals nothing, but we love Del Toro’s movies (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and others) and his reverence for H.P. Lovecraft is well-known. He’s also working on a movie version (with James Cameron) of Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. So when Del Toro is getting involved with a horror game, we stand up and take notice—even if the first game in the purported trilogy isn’t due until 2013. Imagine what Guillermo del Toro could do with a game like Amnesia: The Dark Descent—and a really, really big budget?
inSANE video (Gametrailers)