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The 10 best games of 2011 still to come

Could this be the best ever year for gaming?

We can see you kicking your heels and twiddling your thumbs. If it were any other time of year we'd tell you to snap out of it and get your game on.

But to say the video game release schedule is going through something of a dry spell at the moment is an understatement. We understand.

We're not here to blame you, instead we're here to help brush those cobwebs away by reminding you of what's still to come in 2011 - and what could possibly make it one of the best years for gaming ever.

We've already had a fair few worthwhile titles this year but, if you ask us, the best is yet to come.

Here are the must-have titles of 2011 that are so fresh and new they haven't even seen the inside of their box yet. Sure, it could all go wrong for any one of them right at the last, but we doubt it:

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ASSASSIN'S CREED REVELATIONS

If it were any other franchise we'd probably be growing tired of the spin-offs. Instead we're praising Ubisoft's second bolt-on to Assassin's Creed 2, mainly because it's bound to be much more than that.

With Brotherhood being far more than Assassin's Creed 2.5 it seems the series can't help but get better and better, despite incredibly short development cycles. It just isn't getting stale for us yet and, from what we've seen of Assassin's Creed Revelations so far it won't be doing for the foreseeable future.

We'll be more than ready for Assassin's Creed 3 when it finally comes around but that's thanks largely to Ezio and his story that's kept us wildly entertained in the meantime. We're eager to see how it all comes to a close.

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SAINTS ROW: THE THIRD

It's probably fair to say that you wouldn't expect to see a Saints Row title on a best of list. So far the franchise has been fun but nothing world beating. For Saints Row to be a part of this list, considering the titles it's sharing space with, is perhaps even more unexpected.

But if you've seen Saints Row: The Third in action you'll understand why it's here. Not only does the game world look massive and the graphics bright and rich but it also looks like some of the most insane fun gaming's had to offer for a while.

We're looking forward to some zany, childish, unadulterated fun in November.

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DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION

Deus Ex is still one of few games that are considered the best of all time. That's despite its near 12 year age. With such a legacy left behind, you can understand why there's such a keen anticipation surrounding Deus Ex: Human Revolution then.

But this isn't just about what happened over a decade ago. Square's reboot of the franchise is looking impressive in its own right, with a beautiful gold washed, Blade Runner world and a brilliant mix of stealth, sci-fi and straight up action.

Most importantly though, Human Revolution looks like it'll have an RPG element strong enough to give players a satisfying amount of choice with substantial consequence. It's exactly what Deus Ex is about.

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GEARS OF WAR 3

One of the biggest names gaming has to offer makes a much welcome return this year, Epic's Gears of War looking as big, brash and blood-thirsty as ever.

Marcus Fenix is a more nimble protagonist as he engages in more cover-based, third-person shootery with more fearsome weapons in a game-world bulging with the power of Unreal Engine 3.

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