Game companies arent waiting long into 2011 before releasing some of the biggest titles of the year.
Sony released its sequel LittleBigPlanet 2 this past Tuesday, and Electronic Arts will release Dead Space 2 next Tuesday.
These two highly anticipated games kick off the start of a busy first quarter of the year for gaming.
Dead Space 2 is the follow up to one of the surprise hits of 2008. The protagonist Isaac Clarke is back in isolated space with a ton of aliens and monsters to eliminate. The game is one of the most gory around -- evidenced by the games website, yourmomhatesthis.com -- and is definitely not for children.
The sequel doesnt have the fortunate Halloween friendly release date the original had, but the game will provide plenty of scares for anyone seeking a horror game.
The next wave of games hits in late February with the release of a pair of shooters.
Killzone 3 follows LittleBigPlanet 2 as a big-name exclusive for the PlayStation 3. The game can be played in 3D on capable televisions and will have features compatible with the PlayStation Move. As with the two previous iterations, you will be involved in the war between humans and the alien Helghast.
The other big February shooter is Bulletstorm, developed from the company behind the Gears of War series. From what Ive seen, Bulletstorm looks like a less-serious shooter than Gears of War. The guns appear exaggerated from real weapons, and creativity in fighting off bad guys is rewarded.
Crysis 2 highlights the March releases.
Crysis received strong reviews back in 2007 as a computer release. The sequel to the futuristic first-person shooter is the first in the series available on consoles.
THQ has Homefront due out on March 8.
Homefront was written by John Milius, who wrote the film Red Dawn.
Milius has replaced the invading Soviets with North Koreans, and the gamer will control the American resistance to the invaders.
March also has the release of a trio of sports games.
The first big sports release of the year is Sonys MLB 11: The Show on March 8. The PlayStation 3 exclusive promises compatibility with the PlayStation Move.
Activisions foray into sports gaming culminates in the release NASCAR The Game: 2011 on March 29. This is the first NASCAR game since EA didnt renew its exclusive license a few years ago. The game hasnt received a ton of buzz, and it debuts after the NASCAR season begins.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 also comes out March 29, and its selling point is the inclusion of the Masters and Augusta National Golf Club as a playable tournament.
Golf fans have pined for the inclusion of Augusta National in a game for years.