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Mass Effect 2

Boy, you guys sure do want more of Commander Shepard.

It's the start of a new year, and a new year means more new games to look forward to. We asked our friendly Facebook and Twitter followers, as well as Bitmob staff members, to sound off on which games they're anticipating the most. (Spoiler: Mass Effect 3 was a very popular choice.) We also asked for reactions and opinions on community writer Gil Lawrence de Leon's article on the value of online multiplayer modes.

So check out the responses below, and don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more questions, contests, and news! We do these Tweetbook Q&A articles weekly, so if you want to be featured, keep an eye out and respond!


Do you think online multiplayer is meaningful and rewarding or a waste of time?

Via Twitter:

@Aquma (Alex Quan-Madrid): I wouldn't say it's a waste of time, but it's certainly time I would rather spend playing a game with an ending. Also: PVP = meh, co-op = yay!

@robidoo: Though I occasionally enjoy online multiplayer (particularly Rock Band), it's purely diversional and often frustrating. I think the idea of cooperative online multiplayer could go somewhere though, a la Gears of War/Left 4 Dead.

 

Left 4 Dead 2

@bbretterson (Brett Bates): I'm in the middle. Online with friends can be meaningful; with strangers, not so much.

@nickmichetti: When implemented properly and executed to be a good reflection/extension of the game's mechanics, then multiplayer is rewarding.

@Morinar (Nick Seegmiller): If your goal is obtaining arbitrary digital items, it's a complete waste. If you take enjoyment from the act itself, it has value.

@chase_koeneke (Zack Koeneke): It's a fun mode, but it should never be the main event of a game. That's why I can't get behind a game like MAG.

MAG

@Stephano_N: I think multiplayer can be just as meaningful as single player, if not more so. It's just about harnessing their respective emotional strengths.

@ADewiM (Alex Martin): Yes.

@ibitjuan (Juan): Of course it can be rewarding. But current multiplayer games like Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Halo lack new experiences.

@akwinters (Chris Winters): Nine times out of ten: a waste of time. Sometimes it's worth playing co-op, mind. Like Dead Rising 2: Case West.

Via Facebook:

Helen Lee Reid: Can't it be both? :)


Read on for the most anticipated games of 2011!

What game are you most looking forward to in 2011 and why?

Via Facebook:

Jonathan Krukoff: Hopefully there's a new Sonic game in celebration of Sonic's 20th anniversary! Although I still have to get Sonic Colors….

Edgar Mena: Star Wars: The Old Republic. With Bioware in charge, it'll more than make up for atrocities to the canon like Han shooting second and Jar Jar Binks.

Evian Machore: That's a tough one. It's the year of Nintendo 3DS for me, and there's quite a bit to choose from. I suppose I'll have to settle for Resident Evil: Revelations. The footage I've seen is top notch, and I'm interested in checking out the locations that have been shown so far.

Resident Evil: Revelations

Via Twitter:

@feitclub (Daniel Feit): I've got a lot to look forward to in 2011, but my top pick is El Shaddai. The art style has captivated me.

@SurielVazquez: Bastion. Great visuals with what looks like a delicate cross between action and RPG elements.

@ADewiM (Alex Martin): Catherine is the most interesting game, but Mass Effect 3 is the surer shot. So long as Bioware doesn't use the Terminator again. Oh, I forgot about L.A. Noire. I retract my previous answer.

L.A. Noire

@demian_linn: Portal 2 — for some of the best narrative/writing and puzzle-solving in gaming. Runners up: ME3, Dragon Age 2, Uncharted 3.

@omripetitte: Mass Effect 3, for sure. It has such a sublime science-fiction story, and I'm eager to see the conclusion.

@mriceguy (Michael Gray): Portal 2. More Portal, what's not to love? Gel abilities look like fun, and I'm keen to try out the co-op.

@bbretterson (Brett Bates): Hands down, L.A. Noire. It sounds like the game I've been dreaming up in my head for years now.

@CHoadley (Chris Hoadley): Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. Between the convention demos, fight clubs, streams, and previews it's like everyone has played it except me.

Marvel Vs. Capcom 3

@WinWinIrwin (Jon Irwin): That crazy-looking augmented reality Target Shooting game for 3DS…the future is now! I mean, the future is in March. (Hmm, that's true, actually.)

@AlanRappa (Alan Rappaport) Uncharted 3 for blockbuster movie moments, Gears of War 3 for multiplayer carnage, Portal 2 for the puzzles, and Valkyria Chronicles 3 FTW!

@bitmobshoe (Dan Hsu): Gears of War 3. Can't wait for Beast Mode! Also: Uncharted 3's first-look video's got me very excited….

Uncharted 3

@palfrei (Peter Palfrei): Mass Effect 3.

@ImTimmyB (Tim Breidenstein): The game I'm most looking forward to is Mass Effect 3. I love the Mass Effect series and can't wait to see how it wraps up.

@Eric_from_Maine: Dead Space 2. I hope they didn't take away the scary quality that only had some gamers playing the first one in short sessions.

@brianruhlman: The third game in the epic Mass Effect trilogy. Bioware is at the forefront of the RPG world this generation. Dragon Age is a close second.

@robidoo: Mass Effect 3, hands down. Mass Effect continues to be one of my favorite series — the second game improved on the first, and I hope 3 just gets better.

@nickmichetti: Mass Effect 3. I can't wait to see how Shepard's quest to save the galaxy is going to end!

@Morinar (Nick Seegmiller): The Old Republic. I really want/need an MMO that will have long-term staying power. Seems to be the first in a while that will.

@Stephano_N: Resistance 3, if nothing more than the fact that this is probably the make or break title for the franchise. Cross your fingers!

@MikersMikers: Tie between Uncharted 3 and Mass Effect 3.

@acronkyoung: The Last Guardian. Duh.

The Last Guardian

@chase_koeneke (Zack Koeneke): Portal 2. The first was so clever and interesting. It'll be a real test to see if the cake is funnier the second time around.

@ibitjuan Rocksteady's sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum. The Batman video game concept is solid, and no lousy Robin to spoil it.

@spencerattack (Spencer Atkinson): I'm most looking forward to new IP at low cost via the just-introduced Mac App Store.

@SpiltMilkStudio (Andrew John Smith): Child of Eden — a proper sequel to Rez, a new masterpiece from Mizuguchi-san, and something truly uplifting all in one game!


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