十多年来，The Creative Assembly一直在夜以继日地制作《全面战争》系列作品。此次公司放弃在之前备受推崇的策略类游戏基础上将其设计得更大更为复杂，《幕府将军2：全面战争》有所简化。战场中的某些作战机制使得游戏更易上手，也更能吸引玩家。而且，考虑到《幕府将军》原作在专属游戏上的崇高地位，这款游戏在视觉效果上予以提升。
到目前为止，The Creative Assembly的战略从未失误过。这款游戏并非像《帝国：全面战争》那样雄心勃勃，反而采用受人欢迎的返璞归真之法，其关注的正是《全面战争》系列成为最佳视频游戏之一的重点所在。《全面战争》的帝国管理采用与《文明》类似的回合制，再辅之以大范围实时策略战争，使该系列游戏成为颇受策略类玩家喜爱的作品。游戏邦希望这些也能在《幕府将军2》中得以体现。
游戏邦觉得，2011将成为角色扮演游戏玩家难忘的一年。即便某些著名游戏计划于今年发布，《巫师2》同样也能跻身最佳行列。由CD Projekt RED出品的原作令人惊奇，这款基于Andrzej Sapkowski所著小说的大型动态角色扮演游戏几近完美，深得玩家青睐。在公司疯狂添加大量加强版补丁后，《巫师》原作成为PC玩家心中最佳的RPG游戏之一。
在这款续作中，CD Projekt RED重新改写了游戏内容。总体来说，公司似乎想在顾及引人入胜的选择和结局基础上增添游戏的现代感。全新的技术带来更令人印象深刻的视觉体验和角色互动，与目前许多炫耀技术的游戏相比，本作感觉更为自然。游戏邦认为，玩家确实应当考虑体验下这款游戏。
id Software已经很久没顾及PC游戏了。如果忽略《Quake Live》和各种iPhone游戏，长久以来工作室都未曾有大作发布。不过在《狂怒》中，玩家可能会获得在此前id Software作品中从未有过的体验。首先，故事模式并非只包含杀人游戏。其次，场景也不再是幽深恐怖的走廊和过道。第三，游戏不单只有射击，即便射击仍占绝大部分。
自《湮灭》发布起，视频游戏领域进展迅速，包括Bethesda Game Studios制作出的《辐射3》。游戏邦获悉，《天际》采用全新的技术，因此希望游戏内的视觉效果也能有更大的进步。谈到开放世界单人角色扮演游戏的设计，没人比得上Bethesda，这也正是《天际》位列榜单之首的缘故。（本文为游戏邦/gamerboom.com编译，转载请注明来源：游戏邦）
Top 10 PC Games of 2011
In 2011 the release calendar looks to be impossibly packed with huge hits. Quite honestly, it wouldn’t be very surprising to see some of these delayed, but for now we’re going to assume everything stays on schedule.
Below you’ll find a list of the 10 biggest games of 2011 on PC. Note that because Blizzard still hasn’t officially confirmed a release window for Diablo III, it isn’t included. The list also leaves off some other potentially great action-RPGs such as Torchlight II, Dungeons Siege III, and Darkspore and MMOs like Rift and TERA and, assuming it’ll actually be ready in 2011, Guild Wars 2. It’s not that we hate those games, but there’s only so much room. And yes we put three BioWare games on here, but let’s face it, BioWare is the best at what it does.
Keep in mind Minecraft will theoretically also be deemed complete by developer Mojang Specifications in 2011, but because that’s kind of up in the air at this point, it’s also not on here. Basically, there are way more than 10 cool games coming out in 2011, but here are the top 10 most promising.
10. CRYSIS 2
Crytek’s been at the forefront of graphical achievement for years now. Crysis is still one of the first games people install when they get new hardware, even though the game came out in 2007. Now the company is finally developing something multiplatform. Not surprisingly, it’s a shooter. Perhaps to the dismay of some PC purists, it sounds like the core Crysis formula is being altered somewhat to create a more funneled, streamlined experience. But honestly, is that really a bad thing? For now we can’t really say for sure.
That being said, we should have faith in Crytek. Far Cry, Crysis and Warhead are all excellent shooters, and with Crysis 2 the company is getting more exposure than ever outside of the core PC gaming community. Having refined its shooting mechanics, presentation, and artificial intelligence over the years, Crytek’s shooter sequel could be the best thing the studio has ever made. At the very least, you know it’s going to be a visual spectacle bound to be obsessively tested on every gaming machine on the planet.
9. SHOGUN 2: TOTAL WAR
It’s been over a decade, and The Creative Assembly is still burning the midnight oil with the Total War series. Rather than continue to build on previous versions of the revered strategy series and make bigger and more complex games with each release, Shogun 2: Total War is being slimmed down. It’ll be a more manageable, focused game with some cool mechanics for progression on the battlefield. Also, considering the original Shogun is one of the most respected entries in the franchise, it’s nice to a return to Japan with some updated visuals.
So far The Creative Assembly has been saying all the right things. This doesn’t seem like an impossibly ambitious and all-encompassing project like Empire. Instead, it sounds like a welcomed back-to-basics approach that focuses on what’s made the Total War series one of the best in video games. Coupling Civilization-style turn-based empire management with large-scale real-time tactical battles, Total War has always been a strategy fan’s dream game. We’re all hoping everything goes right with Shogun 2.
8. THE WITCHER 2: ASSASSINS OF KINGS
2011 is going to be an incredible year for role-playing game fans. And even though some higher profile titles might be on the release schedule, The Witcher 2 could very well be in contention of the best. CD Projekt RED’s original was a great surprise. It was a huge and dynamic role-playing experience based on the fiction of Andrzej Sapkowski that wasn’t without flaws, but it was solid to the core. After an insane amount of patching with the Enhanced Edition, the original Witcher stands as one of the best RPGs available to PC gamers.
Then with the sequel, CD Projekt RED is going nuts again and rewriting everything. Overall, the goal seems to be to modernize the experience without losing the elements of choice and consequence that were so appealing in the first place. The technology is also being totally reworked for a much more visually impressive experience and character interactions, from what’s been shown off so far, being made to look and feel a lot more natural. Barring some crazy catastrophe, this deserves a spot on your wish list if it wasn’t on there already.
7. DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION
It’s about time this franchise was brought back into the spotlight. The original still stands as one of the best games, well, ever. While the follow-up, Invisible War, was a bit of a disappointment, there’s no denying the potential of what Eidos Montreal is cooking up for 2011. From what’s been shown off so far, it looks as though the focus of development is on all the right places. Lots of ways to approach each encounter, a flexible character development system, and of course a sweeping story of conspiracy and betrayal.
Though this is the third game in the franchise, the story is set before the events of the first two. It’s a time before the proliferation of nanotech. Instead of tiny machines, people rely on obvious metallic implants to augment their abilities, hence protagonist Adam Jensen’s arms and super strength. While there hasn’t been an opportunity yet to actually play the game, what’s been on display so far makes this one of the most exciting games on the release calendar.
6. STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC
It’s really too bad Star Wars Galaxies didn’t cut it. The world needs a great Star Wars MMO like an assassin needs a target. Considering BioWare’s reputation and the amount of resources that are being dumped into The Old Republic’s development, we all have high hopes. This is one of the few games on this list that has actually been playable for more than a few minutes. Five hours with the game is proof that it isn’t all hype: there’s definitely something to look forward to here.
Of course MMO development is about as risky as it gets. About eleventy billion things can go wrong at any time, especially around launch time when what’ll undoubtedly be millions of players flood the servers. For now, while the combat style is most certainly a safe play – if you’ve played World of Warcraft you’ll know what to expect in this department – the story presentation and character interaction could make for a one-of-a-kind game.
5. DRAGON AGE II
BioWare’s been on an incredible roll within the last few years. Granted, it has a huge number of employees spread across multiple studios working on new products to its advantage, but it also has three of the hottest role-playing properties in existence right now. One of them is Dragon Age. With the original, BioWare provided a slightly modernized take on the classic Baldur’s Gate-style dungeon crawling gameplay. With the second, it seems as though the core formula is staying intact, though with an updated conversation system.
The weird thing about Dragon Age II is that it won’t star your created character from the first. The game will still import certain elements from previous save files and some familiar faces will appear, but this time around you’re playing as a human named Hawke. Class and gender can be modified, but not race. The game will also feature a dramatically different art style. While a lot of questions still remain about Dragon Age II, the release date is fast approaching, and considering the BioWare’s history, chances are it’ll turn out well.
4. PORTAL 2
We’re all still waiting for the next Half-Life, that’s no secret. In the meantime, Valve has been very busy. Between Left 4 Dead 2, Dota 2, and ongoing Team Fortress 2 updates, there’s a lot going on at the home base of Gordon Freeman. That includes the sequel to Portal, one of the most welcome surprises of gaming’s modern era. With Portal 2, the hilariously maniacal robot GlaDOS is back and part of a much more fully-featured single-player game.
While it’s exciting to think about all the insane puzzles Valve is putting together that take advantage of all the new mechanics in Portal 2, what’s especially interesting is the co-operative mode. Instead of Chell, the two-player mode stars two robots, each with their own portal guns. That means four portals total with which to overcome obstacles.
id Software’s been out the game for way too long now. Unless we’re counting Quake Live and various iPhone titles, it’s been a ridiculous amount of time between major releases from the studio that blasted the first-person shooter genre into popular consciousness. With RAGE, we get a few things we may not be used to in id products. First, there’s a story that doesn’t simply involve a dude on Mars killing stuff or Hitler with chainguns. Second, it’s not set in claustrophobic corridors. Third, it’s not solely about shooting stuff (although mostly it is).
Instead of presenting dark tunnels and monster closet traps, id Software is presenting a huge, bright post-apocalyptic world to players. The visuals, as expected, are nothing short of stunning from what id’s put on display so far, and there’s little doubt that the shooting mechanics will be anything other than solid. Even if the game winds up being a total bust, considering how long it’s been since id stepped up and put everything it has into a game, you’ve got to be looking forward to this.
2. MASS EFFECT 3
The Mass Effect series is arguably the best sci-fi experience in the last few years. That’s across television, movies, books – you name it, BioWare’s role-playing franchise has it beat. While the first certainly had technical issues, Mass Effect 2 is in every sense the pinnacle of modern role-playing game design. A vivid cast of characters, accessible and fun gameplay, and an epic scale combine to create one of the most enthralling journeys of the times.
With Mass Effect 3 the story continues, and hopefully in a way that tops even the masterpiece that is Mass Effect 2. This time the war is back on Earth, and while a lot of questions still remain about how the game will work, what BioWare’s keeping the same, and what will change, we still consider Mass Effect 3 to be the new Return of the Jedi. We can’t wait.
1. THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM
Skyrim may sound like a weird name, but it actually makes sense within the world of Elder Scrolls. It’s the name of the region just north of Cyrodiil, where The Elder Scrolls IV was set, within the fictional world of Tamriel. With that out of the way, it’s incredibly exciting to think about what the studio that built Oblivion, a role-playing game that defined a generation, will come up with next.
Since Oblivion, there has certainly been a lot of progress within the world of video games, including with what Bethesda Game Studios did with Fallout 3. We’ve heard there’s all-new technology powering Skyrim, so hopefully the in-game visuals are a big step up. When it comes to creating open-world single-player role-playing experiences, nobody really does it better than Bethesda, which is why Skyrim sits at the top of this list. (Source: IGN)