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Do you think 2011 (specifically during autumn) was one of the best
years for new games of all time? I'm sure you agree, and I don't even think I
could disagree with that. We got Portal 2, Gears of War 3, Uncharted 3, Skyrim,
Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Dark Souls,
Arkham City, Skyward Sword, and...man, I could go on! The point is that it's
going to be very hard for this year to be any better...or at least that's what
you would think. In 2012, we've got a line-up that's just as impressive. I have
my top 10 games that I'm looking forward to this year even though there are
more I can't include! So, you may be asking "What are your top 10 most
anticipated games of 2012, Dr. J?" I'll tell you, it was hard to come up with,
but I have a general idea of what those games are in order (from 10 to 1)
according to my "excitement level." These lists are always fun to make and I
hope you'll have just as much fun reading my first published one. Let's begin.
10. Call of Duty 9 -*- November 12, 2012 (?)-*- PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii
It's doubtful, but could this be the next CoD?
WAIT! Don't leave because this is on my list! Let me explain. I've been
an avid CoD player since Finest Hour and have immensely enjoyed the franchise
over the years. I do know that it has been getting repetitive and boring in the
past three years (trust me, I wrote a huge blog about it), but you have to
admit the games are still impressively good for yearly releases. Anyway, I'm
looking forward to a new campaign, an "upgraded" multiplayer to play with
friends, and hopefully zombies. I'd definitely say the latter is what I'm most
excited for the most because of its incredible replay value and immense fun it
can bring while playing with friends. I'm hoping a new engine will slightly
update the graphics and improve the AI for this year's CoD, but if not, it
still marks my list as something I'm looking forward to.
9. The Last Guardian -*- TBA 2012
(?) -*- PS3
mutant dog-vulture helping some boy to climb and navigate buildings? Makes sense.
recently finished both ICO and Shadow of The Colossus for the PS3. The reason
for this was from hearing about the accolades both titles earned. Impressive
graphics, unique storytelling, and massive scope are some things I could praise,
but I wouldn't call them masterpieces (specifically ICO). I'd say they're more
along the lines of an 8-9 (being really great/amazing). I am ready to be flamed
for saying this, but it's just my personal opinion.
It's been about 7 years now since SoTC was released, so where's TLG? As
of now, the development of the game is in question and is subject to
termination or continuation. I would really like to see the game come to light
because of the past creativity the developer has displayed. I could definitely
see this becoming a contender for GOTY, so I hope efforts are doubled to get
this intriguing, beautiful-looking game out of the doors.
8. Tomb Raider -*- Autumn 2012
-*- PS3, Xbox 360, and PC
Lara Craft doesn't look like a stereotypical video game chick!
We all know Tomb Raider has had a good run. Any franchise that maintains
a steady 7-8 score range with each release is impressive to me. However, it has
been dying out in the past few years due to fatigue. That's going to change
this year because Crystal Dynamics is getting their act together and rebooting
the franchise. The demo given last year at E3 was phenomenal and showed the
vulnerability of an ambitious young girl, rather than some (frankly speaking)
big-breasted goddess that can accomplish everything. The graphics look amazing,
the survival-focused gameplay looks fresh and interesting, and the more
realistic approach looks to make an impression on gamers this fall. It's definitely
on my radar and should be on yours as well...we might have a competitor to
7. Darksiders II -*- June 26,
2012 -*- PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC
the pinnacle of awesome a good definition for this guy? Yeah, it is.
The End Times, The Four Horsemen, and Heaven vs. Hell. These are
defining descriptions of Darksiders II. You play as Death, who's fighting to
clear his brother's name (War) after he was accused of inciting the end of
earth too early. I have the first Darksiders, but have yet to play much of it.
However, I can tell you it's a God of War/Zelda mash-up that pleased many critics
for its good story and fun gameplay. From the looks of it, the sequel is
bigger, more bad, and improving on every single thing from the first. The game
apparently lasts up to 20-40 hours and more RPG and customizable elements are
being added to gameplay. Darksiders II is probably going to feel familiar, but
it's definitely going to be wonderfully diverse. Get ready for this horseman.
He's coming to overtake War's reputation!
6. Dishonored -*-TBA 2012 -*-
PS3, Xbox 360, and PC
utterly unique title is still without a trailer...will it strike at E3?
Does anyone remember reading the GI magazine covering this game? I've
never read about a more unique game in my life. It's an Open-World Stealth RPG
FPS... or at least that's what I think it is. You play as a man named Corvo, who
was a direct assistant to the empress of Pandyssian. You are framed with
assassinating her, which leads you to clear your name and kill the real
murderers. There's a morality system, different ways to attack situations with
stealth or shoot-outs, and no restrictions as to what you can do. Dishonored is
a mess of a game in a great way; something we've rarely heard of in the gaming
world. Everything about it is lurking in the shadows waiting to surprise us,
which I bet will be at E3.
5. Halo 4 -*- Winter 2012 -*- Xbox
something undeniably epic about this picture that's unexplainable.
Bungie's marvelous run on Halo ended in 2010 as they departed for a new
IP with Activision. For a lot of people, any other Halo game attempted in the
future wouldn't be as good. I completely disagree with that because of Halo 4's
developer: 343 Industries. It's easy to tell that they absolutely love and respect the franchise; what
it is, what it should be, and how to make it awesome. This is why I have faith
that 343's take on the next big chapter of Halo will succeed, especially after
seeing a recent look on the inside of the game's development.
We're looking at a fresh, enthusiastic, passion-filled take on Halo
this year. It's going to be a great ride to watch this come to fruition, and I
want to be there when Master Chief finally returns.
4. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop
Distance -*- TBA 2012 -*- 3DS
yes. But where's Kingdom Hearts 3?
For those that have played Kingdom Hearts, you know it's amazing. The
complex story is phenomenal, the unique RPG/TPA gameplay works well, and the
music is beyond what words can describe. They're more than just games. Kingdom
Hearts is an experience.
Despite continued spin-off titles ever since the console release of
KH2, titles like Birth by Sleep and 358/2 Days have been absolutely wonderful.
Dream Drop Distance aims to succeed as well. The graphics look like Birth by
Sleeps' (which is impressive), new additions to the gameplay are welcome, and
the story is wrapping up loose ends for the long-awaited numero tres. Fans of
KH are in for a treat this year because the franchise will impress us once
again this year.
3. Assassin's Creed III -*-
October 30, 2012 -*- PS3, Xbox 360, and PC
reaction: "American Revolution? AWWWWW YEEEAAAUUUHHH!!!"
Ever since the first game, Assassin's Creed has continuously evolved in
an uphill direction. The graphics are continuously improved, new elements to
gameplay are added, the scope and openness of the worlds have been increasing,
the story has been becoming more mind-blowing, and so forth. One of the only
exceptions is Revelations, which I thought was a step back in terms of adding
questionable new gameplay elements over successful ones in past titles. This
year's game is looking to make up for that twofold. A completely different
environment, time period, characters, weapons, and more is just what the
franchise needs right now. Although unexpected, I am immensely excited to see
what's been at hard work for over two years at Ubisoft's Montreal developer.
2. The Last of Us -*- TBA 2012
(?) -*- PS3
new IP by Naughty Dog? Gamers rejoiced watching last year's SPIKE VGA.
The world is in chaos. A fungal virus of epic proportions has
devastated human civilization and has caused even the few survivors left to
turn on each other due to mistrust. You play as Joel, who has a young girl
named Ellie tagging along with you while running across North America. This is
The Last of Us: a TPS Survival-Horror title with incomprehensible expectations
to live up to. We've seen what Naughty Dog can do. They're going into beast mode
because they've said themselves this isn't just a video game, but an
experience. With true emphasis on survival, horror, and realism, gamers are in
no doubt going to be blown away (hopefully) by the end of this year.
1. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
-*- Fall 2012 -*- PS3 and Xbox 360
be like the Michael Bay movies...without the profanity, stupidity, and awful plots.
No one expects games under a license to be any good, which includes
Transformers. This was undeniably changed forever two years ago when War for
Cybertron was released. It was the "Arkahm Asylum of 2010." I personally
thought it was an astonishing game with great mechanics, an awesome story, and
a fantastic multiplayer component. It baffled me that less than 3,000 people
played multiplayer every day on PSN. To be honest, it was probably my GOTY for
2010. Everything about it impressed me; it shot past all of my expectations.
Now we have Fall of Cybertron. And boy oh boy, does it sound like a
perfect sequel. More diversity is being added to gameplay; the engine was torn
down from the last game and built from scratch to improve the AI and graphics;
the story is aiming to be not only action-packed, but emotionally charged, and
the multiplayer - my goodness - there's going to be a much more complex
customization system, new modes, and (hopefully) better servers. You better be
prepared for Fall of Cybertron because I believe it's going to be a GOTY
contender. How about the GOTY? Perhaps, but I'm certainly not excluding it from
the drawing. So, if you haven't played the first game, do yourself a favor and
pick it up. High Moon Studios (the developer) has an undeniable passion for
Transformers and wanted to introduce the franchise to new fans through a video
game. They're pouring all they've got into the sequel, so be prepared for
(quite possibly) the best game of 2012 that's more than meets the eye.
Thanks for checking out my picks for 2012. Again, the list isn't in
perfect order, but it's a general sense of what I'm looking forward to this
year. But enough about me, what are you looking forward to this year? Sound out
in the comments below and tell me if you agree with most of my list or not. Let's
hope for a great year of gaming for everyone!