After a packed-full 2010 in gaming, 2011 is proving to be another stellar year for us gamers, with many heavy hitters lining up throughout the year, all asking for our hard earned cash. Over the coming weeks we will be bringing you a few featured articles covering the Games of 2011. We have broken down these titles into bite-sized chunks, giving you the low-down on what to expect as well as bringing your attention to some unknown and under the radar games that will be coming to your consoles in 2011.

To kick off we bring you part one of ‘The Sequels’, a look at some of the big games that will be releasing their sequels in 2011. These are titles that have already been released on today’s current-gen consoles and are making their second, third and even fourth debut on console this year. So grab a brew, and let us take you though part one of our sequel list of titles that we are looking forward to playing in this new year of gaming.

LittleBigPlanet 2 returns to the PlayStation 3 this month to kick off 2011. In its second outing for the little Sackboy, players will continue from the previous events seen in the first game. On the surface LBP2 may not look any different to you, however unlike the first game, which played more like a platformer, LBP2’s main focus is being a platform for all game types. So expect many ways in which you can play and create in this new sequel. We are looking forward to seeing what genres the creators in LBP2 can come up with when LBP2 releases in the first month of the year.

Expected release date : January 2011

2011 brings the return of this Sci-Fi survival horror game to our screens. Dead Space 2 takes place in the year 2417, three years after the horrific events in Dead Space. This time around you are on a densely populated space station called ‘The Sprawl’, which is in orbit around the planet Saturn. Expect plenty of jump out of seat moments, floor crawlers and enough Necromorphs to keep your Plasma Cutter in constant use. First for the series will be its multiplayer, were you and a bunch of other pals can take part in a number of online modes. Dead Space 2 isn’t too far away now, but if you fancy checking this game out prior to its release there is a demo on Xbox LIVE and the PlayStation Store.

Expected release date : January 2011

Killzone 3 picks straight up from the end of Killzone 2. You continue to play as Sev, a Special Forces soldier fighting against the Helghast Empire. Its developers, Guerrilla, thought the previous title was far too overly serious and dark, so expect Killzone 3 to be a little more light-hearted this time around. This shooter will continue to place you in various harsh environments, such as alien jungles, nuclear wastelands, arctic landscapes and even in dark space. Jet packs will be featured in this release, as will a revamped melee attack system that will allow you to string along various combo attacks on your foe. With oodles of multiplayer modes that are still under wraps, a carefully written storyline featuring some Hollywood weight behind its storytelling and dialogue, Killzone 3 will no doubt be THE game to own for PlayStation 3 owners this year.

Expected release date : February 2011

With John Carpenter helping out with this title, gamers are in for a horrific thriller treat this year in F.E.A.R. 3. This game missed its release in 2010 and will be releasing in the first half of the year. F.E.A.R. 3 promises an evolved cover system, co-op gameplay and more scares than a scary thing. Expect lots of slow motion action, with gunfire, sparks and explosions, and lots of crazy mind-bending antics in the game, where telekinesis, stun, possession and other evil abilities are at your disposal – nice!

Expected release date : March 2011

Strap in and start your engines as you take a ride of your life through ‘The City’ in this sequel to Motorstorm: Pacific Rift. An urban city-based festival replaces the natural environment that featured in the previous game. Supercars, hot hatches and choppers replace buggies, monster trucks and dirt bikes as your line-up of playable vehicles. Your location, The City, is caught up in the brink of a natural disaster which is sending areas of the city and its environment around you into chaos. Bridges will twist and buckle, skyscrapers will tumble upon you, and tarmac ahead of you will crumble beneath your wheels as you drive around The City’s circuits. Expect all the usual Motorstorm mayhem in this sequel, from the huge jumps and exchanging of paintwork, to taking a cheeky shortcut and cooling your overheated turbos. All in 3D vision too – we just need to get funds to buy that 3D TV!

Expected release date : March 2011

Scheduled to release in April this year, Portal 2 has us slipping back into the shoes of Chell, having been in status for several hundred years whilst GLaDOS and the Aperture Science facility crumbles into disrepair. Once Chell is woken, GLaDOS is too, who soon gets to work in testing Chell again in numerous puzzle chambers whilst the facility is being rebuilt. Expect plenty of platforming and physic-based puzzles whilst using your Handheld Portal Device, which this time brings some new gameplay elements in the forum of tractor beams, laser redirection and a special paint-like gel that manipulates objects it sticks on to. Also new to Portal 2 will be a two-player co-op mode where each player takes control of a self-aware robot, and it is up to you both to work together using portal guns to complete each puzzling level.

Expected release date : April 2011

After a two year break, we return to the planet Mars in Red Faction: Armageddon. Taking place in 2170, some fifty years after the previous title, Red Faction: Guerrilla, the planet you find yourself on is uninhabitable after an unknown life-form meteor strikes the planet, banishing its colonists to the underground mines where a number of habitable caves below the surface have been built. Whilst unearthing a dormant evil race of aliens it is your duty to stop the Armageddon that engulfs above and below the surface of Mars. Expect the usual destructive environments that featured in previous game, robotic mech suits, and some terraforming weapons, all of which will help you reclaim cultist fortifications and free colonists from alien cocoons.

Expected release date : May 2011

Shift 2: Unleashed promises to be ‘…the most physical racing experience to date’. The first game in this fairly new franchise brought an impressive racing model, which was a little too realistic for some gamers. In Shift 2 we will be seeing a new graphics engine and an enhanced physic racing model, with degradation of tracks as well as on the vehicles you drive. An all-new helmet camera is also promised, night racing, and the inclusion of EA’s new Autolog system, which was last seen in Need for Speed Hot Pursuit. So expect plenty of online competition and track time bragging, as well as racing in some exotic old and new cars, on some of the most famous tracks around the world, and in some interesting career and single racing modes.

Expected release date : Spring 2011

So that wraps up part one, which features just a few of the 2011 sequels we are looking forward to playing this year. Stay tuned for part two of The Sequels and the many more upcoming games of 2011 throughout the weeks, where we look at the revived franchises that will be making their return in 2011 and new franchises also. Until then let us know your views on the games we’ve mentioned above and any other current-gen sequels that may have slipped under our radar that you are looking forward to playing.

Anthony Barker

Anthony is the designer, developer and owner of Console Monster. In his spare time, Anthony is a keen gamer who enjoys playing mostly First-Person Shooters and Racing games. When he is not developing games or tweaking this site, Anthony likes to be on the slopes snowboarding or hurtling down off-road tracks on his mountain bike.

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