It is the year of the "3," everything that is coming out this year is "3." Uncharted 3, Killzone 3, Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3, Gears of War 3, Diablo III and there may be more I'm forgetting. Making this list was surprisingly difficult as there aren't many games that I want, but there are still some that even though I many not buy, I will look at their potential for future games.
5. Mass Effect 3
I doubt this game will be released. Bioware is stretching themselves thin as I have stated multiple times in private. I don't understand how such a small studio can manage three LARGE releases in one year (the others being Dragon Age 2 and SWTOR). Even if it is released, I highly doubt the content will be anything spectatular - with less than 2 years in development and a studio that hasn't spent the entirety of that developing it. I'm anticipating this game for all the wrong reasons.
4. Diablo III
I'll be honest, I don't know much about the diablo series. I have no idea how it works or how good or bad the gameplay is. I'm assuming, that because of all the hype that has surrounded Diablo II, that Diablo III is going to be a smash hit, a smah hit that I think I could get into, as long as it doesn't turn out to be a WoW alternative.
3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The first one on our list to break the "3." trend. I don't care about this game and won't be purchasing it (probably). I, however, look to the possibilities that the new engine will create for future Fallout games. Me, being the ultimate fallout nerd, look forward to seeing an engine that wasn't created in 1990 or can't function to a basic degree (referring to the Gamebryo engine).
2. Battlefield 3
A new gameplay trailer was released. Hopefully they don't go the route of Medal of Honor and make a shitty game. Nothing more than the battlefield name carries this game to the number #2 spot and as a huge battlefield player (battefield 2, bad company, bad company 2) I look forward to a revival to the series roots. No shitty campaign though, please.
1. Gears of War 3
This isn't my most anticipated because of hype. Hardly any of the game has been displayed and aside from tech demos offered at last years E3, not much is known about the game. The one thing that earns this game #1 is that I believe that they truly want to make this end of the triology a good game. They have taken what has been a problem in previous Gears games and seem to be fixing it. Nothing more can be expected of a game that so little is known about it.