Untangling The Games Of 2010 From The Games of 2011

We've been hearing about all kinds of big, exciting games in the last few weeks, all seemingly on the horizon. But they're not all coming out that soon. Let's face reality and sort the 2010 games from the 2011s.

Some of the following 2011s are set to come out in early 2011. But they are still next year's games. Look on the left for games you will probably be able to play by Christmas. Look on the right for games you'll be playing after you practice your ability to count down to 1 and embrace the person next to you.

Note: These are North American release dates.

2010

  • Halo Reach
  • Fable III
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
  • Driver San Francisco
  • Call of Duty Black Ops
  • Medal of Honor
  • Crysis 2
  • Epic Mickey
  • Kirby's Epic Yarn
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns
  • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
  • Gran Turismo 5
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Mafia II
  • StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
  • Dead Rising 2
  • Castlevania Lords of Shadow
  • Castlevania Harmony of Despair
  • Dance Central
  • Final Fantasy XIV (PC version)
  • Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
  • GoldenEye
  • Vanquish
  • Civilization V
  • True Crime
  • Wii Party
  • Rock Band 3
  • God of War: Ghost of Sparta
  • Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep
  • L.A. Noire
  • Test Drive Unlimited 2
  • Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
  • NBA Jam
  • F.E.A.R. 3
  • DC Universe Online
  • Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions
  • Sonic 4
  • Sonic Colors
  • Splatterhouse
  • Metroid: Other M
  • LittleBigPlanet 2
  • Ghost Trick
  • Super Scribblenauts
  • Kinect
  • Move

2011

  • Gears of War 3
  • Infamous 2
  • Rage
  • Motorstorm Apocalypse
  • Dead Space 2
  • Bulletstorm
  • Portal 2
  • Killzone 3
  • Sorcery
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Okamiden
  • Twisted Metal
  • Brink
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Dragon Age II
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Red Faction Armageddon
  • Mortal Kombat 9
  • Marvel Vs. Capcom 3
  • Child of Eden
  • Final Fantasy XIV (console version)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • Homefront
  • X-Com
  • Guild Wars 2
  • Pokémon Black and White
  • Mario Sports Mix
Who-Knows-When
Max Payne 3 (any time after October 31, 2010)
Nintendo 3DS (before April 1, 2011)
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (2010ish?)
Metal Gear Solid Rising
The Last Guardian
Batman: Arkham Asylum 2
Diablo III

I didn't list every game that is slated to come out in the next two years. I skipped most of them, including most of the expected sports stuff. But hopefully this helps you sort out the games that are near from those that are far away.