The lights are on
How do you follow up a year that saw the release of Portal 2, Batman: Arkham City, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Uncharted 3, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim? 2011 was one of gaming’s biggest years in recent memory. Let’s take a look at some of the confirmed titles for 2012. Your wallet is going to cry next year, too.We can't list every game. So tell us what your most anticipated of 2012 is in the comments below.
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Square Enix surprised many when it announced a sequel to Final Fantasy XIII. Taking place three years after the original, players this time will investigate the disappearance of Lightning, the main character from the first title.
Publisher - Square EnixDeveloper - Square EnixPlatforms - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3Release Date - January 31, 2012
Sony hopes to inject new life into its aging car-combat franchise with a new take from series creator David Jaffe's new studio, Eat Sleep Play. Originally pegged for release in 2011, Sony shifted the game out of the busy holiday months for a more appropriate Valentine's Day date.
Publisher - Sony Computer Entertainment AmericaDeveloper Eat Sleep PlayPlatforms - PlayStation 3Release Date - February 14, 2012
Mass Effect 3
Perhaps the biggest game coming out in the first quarter of the year, Mass Effect 3 will put the icing on the Commander Shepard's trilogy with the Reapers finally invading Earth. BioWare looks to refine the gameplay and combat further in hopes of putting out the best Mass Effect yet.
Publisher - Electronic ArtsDeveloper - BioWarePlatforms - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PCRelease Date - March 6, 2012
Max Payne 3
The originator of bullet-time is finally coming out. Baring Rockstar Games getting scared, the long-awaited action title is coming this March. The development team in Vancouver is promising a lot and will look to revolutionize action games with the game's impressive animations and physics.
Publisher - Rockstar GamesDeveloper - Rockstar VancouverPlatforms - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PCRelease Date - March 2012
Gearbox Software hopes to build upon its surprise hit Borderlands from 2009. The team hasn't revealed too much, but players can expect everything that made the original so great, see more wacky weapons, bigger environments, and new characters.
Publisher - 2K GamesDeveloper - Gearbox SoftwarePlatforms - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PCRelease Date - TBD 2012
Blizzard fans have been waiting forever for the third title in the popular Diablo series. Gamers have already gotten a taste of the game through the beta, however, and job listings point to Diablo III eventually making its way to consoles, but Blizzard has not confirmed the news just yet.
Publisher - BlizzardDeveloper - BlizzardPlatforms - PCRelease Date - TBD 2012
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Death takes center stage in the sequel to one of the most solid action titles we saw in 2009 with Darksiders. Darksiders II is one of the very few confirmed titles for the Wii U. THQ isn't sure if the game will be a launch title for the system, though.
Publisher - THQDeveloper - Vigiil GamesPlatforms - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii URelease Date - Summer 2012
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Fans were shocked to learn that Platinum Games was taking over development of Metal Gear Rising, a spin off title from the Metal Gear Solid series, which was re-unveiled at this past Video Game Awards show. Creator Hideo Kojima and his studio is still overseeing the project in a producer role.
Publisher - KonamiDeveloper - Platinum Games/Kojima ProductionsPlatforms - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PCRelease Date - TBD 2012
New Assassin's Creed
Ubisoft confirmed it will release a new Assassin's Creed title in 2012. Whether it will be Assassin's Creed III or some other spinoff title, fans of the series can expect to see another game this holiday.
Publisher - UbisoftDeveloper - UbisoftPlatforms - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PCRelease Date - TBD 2012
Halo fans will get to see what a Bungie-less game will look like with Halo 4. Microsoft's own internal studio, 343 Industries, took control of the series and has been assembling an all-star team of some of the best game developers in the country. A new trilogy begins this coming holiday.
Publisher - Microsoft Game StudiosDeveloper - 343 IndustriesPlatforms - Xbox 360Release Date - Holiday 2012
Irrational Games wants to create the same shockwaves in 2012 that it did when it released the original BioShock way back in 2007. Featuring an all-new setting and cast of characters, BioShock Infinite looks to take storytelling in games to another level.
Publisher - 2K GamesDeveloper Irrational GamesPlatforms - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PCRelease Date - TBD 2012
Other Notable Releases Confirmed For 2012
Dishonored - Bethesda - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Dragon's Dogma - Capcom - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Prey 2 - Bethesda - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Spec Ops: The Line - 2K Games - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
South Park: The Game - THQ - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Tomb Raider - Square Enix - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Call of Duty - Activision - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Ninja Gaiden III - Tecmo Koei - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U
Hitman Absolution, and Far Cry 3.
No Kingdoms of Amalur? Fail
Not to mention the sequel of one of the two games that brought me into console gaming (the other being Jak and Daxter): SSX. Getting really pumped about it.
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron :3
The game I'm am most excited for at the moment is The Darkness 2. I beat the first oen for the first time just a month ago and I am itching for more of that game. There was so much room for improvement with those powers.
Glad to see Darksiders on here. I initially thought it would be an underdog sleeper hit, but you guys are giving it great coverage. It looks as though it will get plenty of attention. I just hope it turns out as well as i think. Also -- that Kingdom of Amalur (sic?) game, though im not as optimistic about that one.
Bioshock Infinite, Halo 4, Borderlands 2 and Final Fantasy 13-2 are all big titles for me.
How 'bout the Eternity Clock and Kid Icarus?
Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning
Far Cry 3
Hopefully some new IP catches me by surprise this year, oh wait Dishonored would count for that
My most anticipated is in 2013, R6
2011 and 2007 were the best years in recent memory for gamers. That 2012 line up look pretty weak. I see a few good titles on that list. Nothing on that list will top Skyrim,Dark Souls,Portal,Batman,or BF3!
No Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning? It might not be as high profile as most of these but I'm looking forward to it every bit as much.
Borderlands 2 and bioshock infinite are my most wanted for the year, but there are alot of games I am looking forward to playing this year. Thank god I have a good paying job!!
This list is a lot shorter than I was expecting, I guess its one of those off the top of your head routines. I have a lot of games on my radar for 2012, some not mentioned here are Hitman, Dragon Quest X (curious about the Wii/Wii U connectivity) Resident Evil Revelations, Luigi's Mansion 2, Kid Icarus, Binary Domain, Monster Hunter 4? Street Fighter x Tekken, Aliens:Colonial Marines, The Witcher 2 and probably more I'm forgetting.
looks like the best game coming out next year is gonna be assassin's creed or prototype if it comes out
My most anticipated game of 2012 is definitely Kingdoms of Amalur.
Darksiders II! And Kingdoms of Amalur. Then tie in Twisted Metal and South Park (all the exclusive interviews finally got to me and I'm interested, mainly because of the JRPG style gameplay).
Once Diablo III is confirmed for consoles, I'll get excited about that too! Not that I am not excited, I just would love to see this hit consoles.
Most importantly, I am most anticipating the Skyrim DLC.