The 2011 holiday season is shaping up to be a good one for fans of Sony’s Playstation 3. With new entries in a pair of the system’s most popular franchises, the rebirth of a huge franchise from Sony’s past, and some great multiplatform titles, there’s plenty to keep PS3 owners busy this Christmas.
Check out out top 10 most anticipated titles of holiday season 2011 for the Playstation 3.
Dead Island: 9/6
The holiday game release season starts off with a bang as this first-person zombie survival game with RPG elements shambles its way onto store shelves in early September.
Featuring full four-player cooperative play and thousands of in-game weapons to collect, fans of zombie slaying should be very happy with a trip to Dead Island.
Resistance 3: 9/6
America has lost its fight against the Chimera. All that’s left of humanity is scattered to the four winds and living in hiding. Joseph Capelli is among these survivors, and has all but given up hope of striking back at the alien menace until a scientist offers him a chance to do exactly that.
Featuring a return to the series’ beloved first-person shooter combat and creative weaponry, players of Resistance 3 will fight cross-country either alone or with a friend. Resistance 3 also features 16-player human vs. Chimera online battles.
Twisted Metal: 10/4
One of the greatest action series of all time is making its return to modern consoles this October. The classic vehicular mayhem returns, as the team behind the original games is back for the latest entry.
Players will either compete for the title of Twisted Metal Champion in single player or join forces with one of the game’s signature characters for online mayhem. Full 16-player competitive gameplay means that you can finally take the fight online and prove your skill against other players.
Batman: Arkham City: 10/18
Batman: Arkham Asylum was a very pleasant surprise to fans of comic book games. So accustomed to mediocre adaptations of comics, an excellent game like Arkham Asylum was a breath of fresh air to many who follow the genre.
The sequel looks to take Batman out of the asylum and into a much larger city. Featuring signature characters from the Batman universe including Two-Face and Catwoman, Arkham City looks to capitalize and expand upon the success of its predecessor.
Battlefield 3: 10/25
The Battlefield series brings its signature brand of realistic, team-based multiplayer to the PS3 in late October. Utilizing the power of the Frostbite 2 engine, Battlefield 3 drops players into one of the most realistic looking and sounding battlefields of all time. Featuring realistic destruction that can completely change the geography of a level, Battlefield 3 looks to give players more options than ever.
The vehicular combat the series is known for receives an upgrade with the addition of jets to the mix. These supersonic fighters join an impressive lineup of land, sea, and air vehicles.
Uncharted 3: 11/1
Uncharted 2 remains one of the biggest-selling PS3 games of all time, and the sequel seems poised to break all the records set by its predecessor. Featuring a cinematic blend of gunplay and puzzle solving, this action franchise is a huge exclusive for the system.
Uncharted 3 takes Nathan Drake on a quest to find the “Atlantis of the Sands” somewhere in the Arabian desert. Along the way he’ll hit locales all over the world.
Multiplayer is another huge selling point of Uncharted 3, and if the popularity of the recent beta was any indication, it should be very popular once the game’s released.
Modern Warfare 3: 11/8
You’d be hard pressed to find a gamer who hasn’t played a game from the Call of Duty franchise, and Modern Warfare 3 looks to capitalize on the popularity of last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops and keep the momentum going.
This year’s entry takes players on a journey around the world filled with more explosive setpieces than a summer’s worth of Hollywood blockbusters. The series’ signature multiplayer action has returned as well, and will certainly be the cause of a lot of failed midterms this fall.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: 11/11
This year’s hottest releases contain a lot of action titles, but Skyrim is the perfect cure for those suffering from RPG withdrawal. If you’ve played Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, then you know the basic premise of the game: first-person role-playing in a massive, open world.
The Elder Scrolls V has a completely redesigned graphics engine that delivers stunning visuals, hundreds of weapons, spells and abilities, and the opportunity to battle with ancient dragons and harness their powers for your own.
Saints Row: The Third: 11/15
For those who think Grand Theft Auto has always taken itself a bit too seriously, the Saints Row series has always been an over the top, visceral playground. The third entry in the series takes place in a massive open world, but the violence and crude humor seem to have reached an all-time high.
The Saints have left their home city and are now working to take over the town of Steelport. Now international celebrities and wealthy businessmen, the arsenal available to your character has improved somewhat with additions like air strikes and a personal VTOL to fly around the city.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations: 11/15
Take control of Ezio the assassin in his final appearance in the Assassin’s Creed series. Now a grizzled veteran and a master of his deadly craft, Ezio has abilities and weapons that players of earlier entries in the series could only dream about.
Also playable in Revelations is the star of the first Assassin’s Creed game, Altair. New settings for the game include Masyaf, the mountain stronghold of the Assassins and Constanople, the jewel of the Ottoman Empire.
With amazing releases like these on the horizon, holiday 2011 is shaping up to be one of the best player for Sony and owners of the Playstation 3.
All references from their respective games.
Release date information from Gamestop.com.
This post is part of the series: Holiday 2011 Buying Guide: Games
Our complete guide to the hottest game releases of holiday 2011 contains several guides to the top 10 most anticipated titles for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo 3DS. Any of the games on these lists is sure to please the gamer in your life when he or she finds them under the tree.