Five (or more) reasons you'll be a hermit for the remainder or 2011...

The Xbox 360 already boasts an impressive amount of titles, both first party and third, but the 4th quarter of 2011 is ramping up to be one of the hottest release schedules with some of the most highly anticipated titles for this generation of consoles finally being released.  Here are 5 of the very best upcoming games for Xbox 360, and a short list of other titles coming soon.

Gears of War 3(62491)Credit: Play.comGears of War 3
Release Date - September 20th 2011

Gears of War is one of the biggest buzzes for Xbox, and the third title in the series will likely not disappoint.  Once again you'll be slinging ammo with Delta squad in a bid to save humanity, in what is sure to be an immersive and emotionally engaging single player campaign.  With new COG characters, new enemies, and what's expected to be a definitive multiplayer experience, Gears of War 3 is going to hit the spot with long term fans and new players alike.

COD Modern Warfare 3Credit: Play.comCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Release Date - November 8th 2011

Modern Warfare is back, and sure to be better than ever.  A title needing little introduction, COD: MW3 will be bringing a new cinematic single player campaign, compelling cooperative modes, and a second to none multiplayer experience.  New maps, new perks, and new killstreaks, this game is sure to impact your social life for months to come.

Battlefield 3(62493)Credit: Play.comBattlefield 3:
Release Date - October 28th 2011

Battlefield 3 is out to prove a point.  Considered to be the "thinking mans COD", Battlefield 3 uses state of the art technology to deliver superior visual quality, grand scale, and massive destruction.  Bringing the battlefield alive, the new title in this genre defining series will be going head to head with Call of Duty to determine which is the grand daddy of the military first person shooters.  How ever the industry calls it, what we get is two monstrous games in short succession.  Good times for FPS gamers.

Rage(62494)Credit: Play.comRage:
Release Date - October 7th 2011

From the guys that invented the genre comes Rage, a sure to be groundbreaking first person shooter set in a post apocalyptic Earth in the aftermath of an asteroid impact.  Emerging in the wastelands that remain with an oppressive government regime in effect, you're faced with an expansive world to explore, breakneck vehicle combat, and a truly visceral 1st person shooter adventure.  Rage promises to deliver an experience like no other, and as a long time Id fanboy this title has got me terribly excited!

Skyrim(62495)Credit: Play.comThe Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
Release Date - November 11th 2011

Skyrim is the next installment in the critically acclaimed Elder Scrolls series.  The Nords have been wracked by civil war and unrest, and now threatened by the return of legendary dragons, you must face this harsh world and follow the adventure with the freedom to define it as you see fit.  Offering some of the finest vistas, open world fantasy, and gameplay that the industry has seen, Skyrim will be pushing the boundaries of Role Playing adventure and will be a must for any fan of the genre.

Other titles to check out...

  • Dead Island: Released - Zombies, a tropical island, first person survival horror, weapon customisation.  If any of those things sounds like your kind of deal, this is going to be a fantastic title.
  • Space Marine: Warhammer 40,000: Released - A 3rd person action shooter set in the rich and compelling Warhammer 40k universe, this title is sure to strike a chord with fans of the table top series, and action shooter fans alike.
  • Halo: Combat Evolved: Release Date - November 15th 2011 - A remastered HD version of the original title, this game is already a classic in its own right.  Now with a modern polish.... it can't fail.
  • Batman Arkham City: Release Date - October 21st 2011 - Batman Arkham Asylum was a title I enjoyed hugely, so the prospect of some more of the same already had me frothing at the mouth.  Arkham City is set to deliver the ultimate Batman experience, and with new characters, the city to roam, and striking gameplay this title has a tip of the hat towards game of the year already.

And that's not even including...

Mass Effect 3: Release Date - March 9th 2012 - The last title in the Mass Effect series sees a final assault on earth and you standing on the edge of humanities survival.  Mass Effect 3 WILL deliver one of the finest game experiences to be had, and it's early 2012 release date can't come soon enough.

So, if you've been starved of killer titles during the summer months, it's time to crack open that savings jar and indulge.  The end of 2011 and into the new year is delivering nothing but outstanding titles, so make sure you get yours!  Enjoy.