Most Anticipated Games of 2012
Last year was a great year for gaming; there’s no doubting that with a handful of games being blockbuster titles gamers have been waiting for. However, that wasn’t the case as we saw over a hundred games – most of which were sequels – with the majority delivering a memorable experience. 2012 will surely mirror the same effect 2011 had, so, we take a look at the top 10 anticipated games of 2012.
SSX is the only game of its kind that’s available in the market. Its presence in the current generation has been called for by fans and Electronic Arts finally answered their call by confirming SSX: Deadly Descents during the VGAs in 2012; the game later dropped the subtitle to reassure fans of the reboot’s direction. Bringing back the ‘tricky’ aspect of its predecessors, SSX aims to deliver another fun, action-packed snowboarding game.
Mass Effect 3:
BioWare’s action role-playing game franchise has paid off big time for the developer, as well as publisher Electronic Arts. The third installment has received and maintained a steady amount of hype since its VGA reveal during 2010 and it’s sure to deliver, judging by the gameplay we’ve seen so far, another Mass Effect blockbuster experience.
Max Payne 3:
When Rockstar took the development rights over from Remedy for Max Payne 3, it’s already certain to deliver a quality game; the Grand Theft Auto creator never fail to create anything below that standard and with the third installment improving on the series’ well-known aspect such as bullet-time, we can’t wait to see what’s in store come March 2012.
Borderlands brought a unique direction to the action RPG scene; an artistic outlook instilled into the shooter, the character progression and levelling up system, as well as the brilliant multiplayer mode lefts a lot to be desired in regards to the sequel. Gearbox has promised to double up on everything that made Borderlands 2’s predecessor a smash hit such as the scope and artistic take, so there’s no doubting fans are in for another stellar gameplay experience.
The longest running PlayStation franchise makes its long awaited return on the PlayStation 3 in form of the Twisted Metal reboot. Headed by God of War creator David Jaffe and his development studio, Eat Sleep Play, the crazy vehicular-based combat game should give gamers an over-the-top experience once again and it’ll be a sweet sight to see Sweet Tooth and co returning.
Street Fighter X Tekken:
Say what you want about Capcom and milking their franchises to death motive, the developer can still pump out quality fighting games. Proved already with the genre-defining Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter X Tekken sees a crossover between the Street Fighter franchise and Namco Bandai’s Tekken series.
DmC: Devil May Cry:
Initial reaction to DmC: Devil May Cry was the worst publisher Capcom and developer Ninja Theory could have imagined; the reboot was being slated due to changing protagonist Dante to a younger, ‘emo’ looking character. Still, the series has always given a solid experience in terms of both story and gameplay and based on the media released for the reboot, we’re confident fans and gamers alike will receive another solid experience.
Diablo will finally (!) make a return onto the PC scene with Blizzard’s anticipated third installment in the much-followed RPG franchise. Reaction from the beta that saw a release during the latter stages of 2011 resulted in a generally positive reaction which is sure to be the same result for the full game itself.
Warhawk still remains one of the best PlayStation 3 exclusives based purely on the fun players can experience with the multiplayer-only game. A team-oriented game at its core, Starhawk will give everything Warhawk did but in a more polished state and outside of Earth; one aspect we can’t wait for is hawks battling it out in space. Roll on February.
Hitman is one of the standout series in its genre; perfecting the stealth feel and instilling it into players’ gameplay experience, the franchise has acquired a massive following and it’ll finally make a return with Hitman Absolution. Powered by IO Interactive’s powerful Glacier 2 technology, Agent 47 is finally going to deliver his trademark stealth aspects on consoles.
The Last of Us
Naughty Dog’s surprised the gaming community at the VGAs last year by announcing a brand new IP that they’ve been secretly working on for the past two and half years – The Last of Us. A far cry from the Uncharted series, the Last of Us promises to deliver an experience like very few have been able to do so before. Focussing on an apocalyptic setting, it brings together two people in order to survive in a world which is no longer hospitable or pleasant. This is one PlayStation 3 exclusive we’ll be hearing a lot about this year.
Any other games that you’re looking forward to play this year? Which ones out of these are you looking forward to the most? Let us know below.