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My Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2012

My Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2011

Man, as good as this year was it is going to be tough to match it.  Incredibly though, 2012 looks as good, if not better!  I've definitely got my eye on a few things, but here are the titles I'm personally most looking forward to.

10.  Syndicate:  I never played the original Syndicate, and I don't know overmuch about the new reboot, but everything I have seen about this game makes me want to play it so bad.  Starbreeze Studios has an excellent track record with titles like The Darkness and the Chronicles of Riddick games, so I have full confidence they can pull off the whole "near-future" FPS thing.  God knows we need more of those.

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9.  Darksiders 2:  As strange as it was, I enjoyed the first Darksiders.  It had a host of problems certainly, including one of the most ludicrous and confusing stories ever written, but the base gameplay worked well enough for me.  Darksiders 2 seems to be improving in almost every way, and I'm pretty excited to see if Vigil Games can capitalize on the promises of the first game, while forging its own identity this time.

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8.  THPS HD:  OMG, has Activision actually realized that the old Tony Hawk games are fun?!  Working like a sort of "greatest hits" compilation of the best of the franchises, Tony Hawk's HD Collection looks to remind us what made the series great in the first place.  What I'm most looking forward to?  Online competition.  If you get destroyed by Kareem Campbell in an online Tony Hawk match in the new future, you'll know what I mean.

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7.  Twisted Metal:  Twisted Metal practically defined my time with the PS1, and that's because of one reason:  Those games are just plain fun.  The incredible stage design and memorable characters don't hurt either.  Another title that promises online multiplayer, Twisted Metal shows every indication of having a destination multiplayer mode when it releases in February.  Mr. Grimm FTW! 

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6.  Beyond Good & Evil 2:  One of the most criminally overlooked games ever, the original Beyond Good & Evil released I late 2003 to great critical reviews...and poor commercial sales.  Thanks to a recent HD re-release, enough interest was drummed up for a sequel.  Creator Michel Ancel, of Rayman fame, is also leading up the development of the sequel, and every new detail I see ups my already morbid excitement.

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5.  Borderlands 2:  There have been some solid RPG shooters out there (Fallout 3 comes immediately to mind), but there was something special about Borderlands.  Maybe it was the incredible co-op, the absurd gun list or just the adorable antics of Claptrap, but that game didn't leave my console for like five months.  With the promise of an improved story and new characters, the sequel looks like it could even out do the original. 

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4.  The Witness:  Jonathon Blow is one of the few true visionaries in our industry.  Braid blew my mind, and is easily one of my favorite games of all time.  Even cooler, when you hear him talk you know that this guy understands good game design.  He just gets it, you know?  The Witness looks ten times as ambitious as anything Blow has done before, and man, I can't wait to play it. 

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3.  Final Fantasy XIII-2:  I'm a huge Final Fantasy fan.  Have been since the original.  While I wasn't as completely absorbed by XIII as I would have liked, it did have some compelling elements, especially the combat and leveling systems.  Square Enix seems to understand what the problems were in it, and are taking pains to address them in the upcoming sequel.  At least it can't be as bad as XIV...

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2.  BioShock Infinite:  I distinctly remember booting up BioShock for the first time.  Ten hours later, I was hungry and needed to pee really bad, but that didn't matter.  Fontaine was dead, son!  Featuring some of the best level design and ambient atmosphere I've ever seen, BioShock was more than a game to me.  It was an experience.  I even milked BioShock 2 for all 1000 achievement points, even though it didn't quite meet the expectations I had for it.  Infinite is going to be a strong contender for Game of the Year in 2012.

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1.  Mass Effect 3:  The Mayans were right.  My world is ending next year.  It's got nothing to do with calendars or gods though, its because I won't be able to do anything but play Mass Effect 3.  Seriously, my time is going to be spent between ME3, and everything else.  Maybe a spot of dungeon crawling in Skyrim, but that's it.  I mean, the Reapers are attacking Earth, and there's multiplayer!  I've got to stop writing about it now, my heart is starting to ache...

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