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Video Games To Watch 2011

E3, the video game industry's yearly convention, is the ultimate tease for gamers.

They're shown well-polished bits of upcoming games that whet appetites and ramp up their enthusiasm, then told to wait – often for a couple of years. It is, in some ways, rather cruel.

Not every game is quite so far from its shelf date, though. And while it's a fool's mission to name one title the best of the show, given the limited look people get and the sheer volume of titles on display, it's a little easier to book odds on which games are likely to connect with players.

As we do each year, we've compiled a list of the games you can expect to be on people's wish lists this holiday season. Keep in mind, though, that while all of these games are currently slated for a 2011 release, delays are regular occurrences in the video game industry – and there's no guarantee they'll make it to store shelves on schedule.

By Chris Morris, Special to CNBC.com
Posted 9 June 2011

Photo: Sony