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Submitted by NachosWithCheese 1438d ago | opinion piece

The top 10 PC exclusive games of 2011

Atomic PC: We take a look at the best PC titles that will be gracing screens in the coming year.

"With the madness of the Silly Season behind us, it can mean only one thing: we're in the gaming dead zone. January is traditionally a very quiet month on the gaming radar, and with the exception of a DC Universe Online here and a Dead Space 2 there, we're willing to wager you're dusting off some older titles. But all is not lost, with our collective gaming destinies all coming up Milhouse for the 2011 gaming calendar. Better yet, there are some quality exclusive titles heading to the land of keyboard + mouse combo, as it seems that developers are starting to remember that the PC is still a popular gaming platform." (Age Of Empires Online, Battlefield Play4Free, Defense Of The Ancients 2, Diablo III, Might & Magic Heroes VI, Neverwinter, PC, Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad, Shogun 2: Total War, Star Wars:The Old Republic, The Witcher 2)

Darkfiber  +   1438d ago
Diablo 2 WILL NOT come out this year. I will be in complete shock if it does.

But if you are speculating on release dates, how can you mention Guild Wars 2? The game speaks for itself so I don't need to list reasons why.

I do want to hear more about Neverwinter though and I'm glad it was mentioned. I have no idea how it will turn out since it's being developed by Cryptic and all, and it's not a traditional MMO, but everything I've read from it makes it seem like it can be an extremely dark and immersive co-op RPG, just what I am looking for. I really hope they don't screw it up, it has a lot of potential from the descriptions I've read of it. I doubt it'll come out this year though since it was just announced, and if it does it'll probably lack content and they'll expect players to make up the bulk of it for them which is weird, especially if they are going to be charging a monthly fee for it, but we'll see what happens.
NachosWithCheese  +   1438d ago
There was an internal leak stating that Diablo III would be released by the end of 2011. This makes sense as StarCraft II isn't due for its next iteration until 2012; besides, the game has been in development for quite a while already!

The article didn't mention Guild Wars 2...
Darkfiber  +   1438d ago
"Internal leak"? I can go online and say I work for Blizzard and I found out that the game will be coming out by the end of 2011! It's speculation based on a rumor that anyone could start. It's Blizzard and you are telling me that even though the game is almost a year away still that they know exactly when it'll come out and that it wont be delayed? They have no idea when the release date is, I assure you. The game is far from being done by Blizzard's standards. They are not even done creating classes and content yet, let alone taking a year or more after that to polish the game. The StarCraft II "expansion" release date has nothing to do with the release date of Diablo 3. If you'll recall, StarCraft II came out only months before Cataclysm. It means nothing.

Also, I meant to say how can you NOT mention Guild Wars 2.
Kon  +   1438d ago
True, Diablo 2 won't come out this year because it was released in 2000
Relientk77  +   1438d ago
I was just about to type this exact comment lol

Nice Kon
Darkfiber  +   1438d ago
NICE DUDE, YOU POINTED OUT AN OBVIOUS TYPO! You're so awesome.
im-12-years-old  +   1438d ago
You're a douche.
NachosWithCheese  +   1438d ago
You can, but I'm still willing to bet it'll be out before the year is through. Yes, I understand that StarCraft II and World of Warcraft both have different teams working on them, but I'm thinking the leak (whether legitimate or not) will prove true as Diablo III will be a big Blizzard launch for 2011.

Guild Wars 2 was on the shortlist but didn't make my final 10.
schlanz  +   1438d ago
Well I have to agree that Guild Wars 2 deserves a definite spot on that list. The first GW was fun. But GW2 looks plain amazing... certainly the one MMORPG I'm looking forward to getting sucked into, and the first in more than a couple years.

I think D3 will release this year, though. I won't be stunned if it gets pushed back to 2012 but I think now that SC2 released they probably have been putting more attention into finishing Diablo.
Relientk77  +   1438d ago
My top PC game for 2011 is definitely Diablo III
I loved Diablo II
Theo1130  +   1438d ago
Where are both of the Dawn of war games?
Pandamobile  +   1438d ago
Far too many PC games coming out in 2011 for everything to make a top 10 list, but I agree that DOW should have been in there over something like BF Play4Free.
NachosWithCheese  +   1438d ago
Do you mean the Dawn of War II standalone expansion?

If so, the last word of the above sentence is why it didn't make the cut.
evrfighter  +   1438d ago
And battlefield 2 cash shop did? Nice
Thrillhouse  +   1438d ago
Here's a MASSIVE list of games coming out for PC this year:

http://adrianwerner.wordpre...

Looks incredible.
Ducky  +   1438d ago
Battlefield Play4Free just looks like filler on that list.
I don't think anyone is seriously looking forward to it since Battlefield3 will just pound it down.

Edit: Well, I guess y've got a point.
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NachosWithCheese  +   1438d ago
Actually, it was to put a viable FPS on the list that wasn't multiplatform. I honestly think that is a great choice... plus, it's free! As if the vast majority of PC Battlefield lovers won't at least try it at that price.
Bolts  +   1438d ago
There is no such thing as a PC exclusive. It's an open platform with no "first party" devs so stop spreading this bullshit. Exclusives belong in the realm of the consoles and their corresponding fanboys only.
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Pandamobile  +   1438d ago
What the hell are you talking about?

Exclusive game: a game that is available on one platform.

PC exclusive: a game that is only available on PC
Bolts  +   1438d ago
It goes beyond that. There is a huge difference between a PC exclusive and a console exclusive. A PC exclusive like say Starcraft or Diablo is by choice and design of the devs. Blizzard own the IP and can make the transition to any platform they see fit.

A console exclusive like Uncharted and Killzone on the other hand is contractual, Sony subsidized the first party devs to create those games and they own IPs...which is a true exclusive in every sense of the word.
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Pandamobile  +   1438d ago
Obviously there is no such thing as a first party game on PC, since there is not first party.

A game like Starcraft 2 is still a PC exclusive because it's available exclusively on PC.
Letros  +   1438d ago
What you're trying to say Fanboi, is PC has no "First Party Exclusives", which is correct, like you said it is an open platform.

Games not published, on PS3, by Sony are free to move to any platform the publisher pleases, such as Shatter(a once PS3 "exclusive"). However it is uncommon for many games due PS3's architectural differences.

Hell even Sony has PC exclusive games...
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Letros  +   1438d ago
I think your software needs updating...particularly the dictionary executable files.
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MarioWarfare  +   1438d ago
Diablo 3 is the only one I have some interest in, Most of these games don't appeal to me personally
sonicsidewinder  +   1438d ago
It's gonna be a good year for PC!
DigitalRaptor  +   1438d ago
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings will be my #1 PC game of 2011.
Xfanboy  +   1438d ago
Yeah The witcher is my #1 to.!! Here are some other games for PC!!
Action

Red Orchestra II: Heroes of Stalingrad
Natural Selection 2
Warface
Battlefield Play4Free
Firefall
Primal Carnage
Ground Branch
Contagion
E.Y.E.
Depth
Age of Chivalry
Bounty Arms
M.D.K. 2 HD
Tactical Intervention

Strategy

Shogun 2: Total War
Stronghold III
End of Nations
A Game of Thrones: Genesis
Trapped Dead
Chris Taylor's Kings & Castles
Might and Magic: Heroes VI
Sword of the Stars II: The Lords of Winter
Age of Empires Online
Tropico 4
Cities in Motion
Jagged Alliance 2: Reloaded
Jagged Alliance 3
Frozen Synapse
Warhammer 40.000: Dawn of War II - Retribution
Men of War: Vietnam
Dungeons
DOTA 2
Apox

Xenonauts
UFO 2: Extraterrestrials - Shadows over Earth

RPG

Diablo III
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
Neverwinter
Grim Dawn
Dead State
Darkspore
Drakensang: Phileasson's Secret
Torchlight II
Inquisitor
The Age of Decadence
Avadon: The Black Fortress
Chantelise

MMO

Star Wars: The Old Republic
World of Darkness
Warhammer 40.000: Dark Millennium
Guild Wars 2
Drakensang Online
Tera
Rift: Planes of Telara
Infinity: The Quest for Earth
Blackstar Chronicles
Jumpgate Evolution
Black Prophecy
Planetside Next
Tribes Universe
Phantasy Star Online 2

Simulators

Microsoft Flight
DCS: A-10c Warthhog
Steel Armor: Blaze of War

Racing

rFactor 2
GTR Racing 2011
Trackmania 2

Adventure

Black Mirror 3
Syberia 3

Other

The Sims Medieval
Minecraft
Subversion
Cargo!
Cobalt
Monaco
Frozen Synapse

The most DEAD platform ever? lol!!
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Pandamobile  +   1438d ago
Sweet christ.
DigitalRaptor  +   1438d ago
Holy shitstorm!

What a list that is. I didn't realise PC had as many exclusive games as that! :O
spdarksky  +   1438d ago
Still more adventure games coming out exclusively for PC. Look out for more.

God all mighty, my Steam library will be stacked more and more this year.
Bolts  +   1438d ago
Well if you're going to list every single PC game then that list could go on for pages. There's quite a few vaporware games though, Jump Gate Evo for example might never see the light of day.
Newtype  +   1438d ago
Meh. Looks like more teeny boppers are gonna hop onto Diablo III....play it for 3 days....quit....then say the game sucks....just like with Starcraft II. GTFO FAKE-Os.
Darkseeker  +   1438d ago
Diablo III will come out in 2011.

First of all, they have absolutely no other games planned for 2011. I mean, next starcraft 2 expansion is supposed to come out after Diablo III and in 2012. Plus, new unnanounced titles won't come out in 2011 either. They have to release at least something and Diablo 3 is the only choice.

Second of all, they announced Diablo III one year after starcraft 2, so it should logically come out one year after.

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