It’s already March! And I realized with all of the upcoming games for 2012 I didn’t create my top anticipated games for 2012. Well, better late than never I suppose. These are the games I will be watching out for. Some of these are no-brainers, but others might be considered a surprise hit.
Already Released as of 3/2012
Although it was recently released this past week it still makes the list! Mass Effect 3 is the conclusion to the trilogy brought to you by Bioware and killer of all games everywhere Electronic Arts (long story… I’ll have to tell you later)
This PS3 exclusive was received with ho-hum sales, it was still a
highly anticipated game! Who doesn’t love a Death Race inspired driving game with guns and explosions though? I loved the original game for PS2 back in the day.
I was so pissed off at Square Enix for ruining the last game Final Fantasy XIII, I almost swore them off for life! But being a Final Fantasy fan… I will probably break down and give them another chance and buy this one too.
My Top Anticipated Games of 2012
These are the games that haven’t been released as of writing this article. I’ve put them in order of importance based on what I think they will be… but I could be wrong! :-p
Even with the continued delays, cancellation of Blizconn, and the possibility of being able to play this on a Console? Blizzard/Activision has finally given a release date of May 15th! Read my post about the lack of mention of the game for PS3 or Xbox!
Activision/Blizzard has been working on this for awhile now. You know the StarCraft fans are waiting for this one to come out. Although I was impressed with the game – I still look fondly back at the original. ZERG!
The almighty Master Chief needs to make another appearance to keep the Halo fans at bay. 343 Industries has taken over the development of this game as well as the reboot of the original Halo game. We will have to wait and see if the do it justice. I loved the Co-Op campaigns but couldn’t get into the multiplayer personally.
NCSoft’s highly anticipated sequel to the original Guild Wars has been in the making for a long, long time. You can pre-order the limited edition starting in April in anticipation of this game.
If you haven’t played the first two of the Bioshock series? Then you need to run out and go play them… NOW! Not only was the game gorgeous to look at visually with the Art Deco style – the gameplay was beyond awesome. With the third installment they have pulled out all the stops by taking you to before it all went to hell – so technically is this a Prequel? Either way the trailers online look awesome!
Assassin’s Creed III
Although I should probably put this higher up on the list as I’m hearing a ton of positive feedback from my fellow gamers. UbiSoft now has our favorite Assassin wreaking havoc with the American Revolution War. Well… a distant relative perhaps as the trailer shows the character to look like a Native American. This is one of the few games on my “must-have” list! If you pre-order now you get a free Collectors Tin for the game. (whee)
This sequel brought to you 2K Games and Gearbox want to bring you back to the land of Pandora. Think Space Western and Dungeons & Dragons married and gave birth to this game. With new characters, guns, and less cut scenes. Apparently they have re-vamped the AI, Weapon Systems, Character building, and Vehicles. If you played the first one – supposedly they fixed everything that was wrong with it. I looked at the trailer and I love the way it’s depicted. If you Pre-Order the game you will get some special weapons, a Golden Key for a loot chest, and a Vault Hunter’s Relic – to improve your loot.
That and up to a four party co-op make this game look pretty interesting!
He has been in hiding for over five years. This series (and the movie) was awesome! I personally can’t wait to see it released. EIDOS/Square Enix are working to get this game released and if the trailer gives you any type of indication of how it is going to play? It is going to be brutal!
Tomb Raider – Reboot
This isn’t your old man’s Tomb Raider! No more Angelina Jolie movies either! (Though I enjoyed them) This reboot presented by Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix promises to introduce Laura Croft in a whole new light. If you check out the trailer for it you will see they are trying to pull out all the stops on this one. I loved the puzzle/adventure game but always hated the combat system.
I’m on the fence about this one. I loved the original FarCry game but FarCry 2 lost me. I went to their site and checked out the trailer. The graphics look awesome as always – the story is just as flimsy as ever. I’m sure this game will still put the hurt on any Gaming PC out on the market when it’s released. Another game brought you by UbiSoft!
And.. yes I will most likely buy and play it (bah!).
You will need to go to their website to view the trailer. I couldn’t find a decent one on YouTube (btw.. Def NSFW so wear your headphones!)
The Last Guardian
I remember this trailer vaguely YEARS ago. But now I think? Maybe? Sometime in the near future? There might be a release date? Any ways enjoy the trailer. The game looked amazing a few years ago. It still looks amazing now. JAPAN Studio has been working on this game FOREVER – hopefully they realize true Zen is not Perfection but RELEASING THE F’ING GAME!
Max Payne 3
Although I wasn’t a fan of Max Payne 2 (or the Movie sorry Marky Mark.) I loved the first one – so I’ll have to give Max another chance and see what twisted thing they do to him in this go around! Rockstar Gaming hasn’t let me down yet. Bring it on it’s Bullet Storm time!
My Wish List
Half Life 2 Episode 3
I’m a HUGE Half Life fan. I’ve been waiting impatiently for Valve to get out another episode of probably one of the greatest games I’ve ever played!
Although I don’t think it will be in 2012 I really hope that Valve puts out another Chapter to the Portal series.
This is a PS3 Indie game recently released by THATGAMECOMPANY – the same people who brought you fl0w. If you have checked it out – it looks amazing and although it appears simple to play the way the game is presented is beautiful. You need to check out the trailer below to get a sense of the game.
I had fun researching this and am psyched at some of the titles coming out this year. Although it appears some are re-hashing of popular series, there are a few that get my blood pumping!
What games are you waiting for this year? What games do you think will make the top of the list? Leave a Comment Below with your predictions!