A brand new year means brand new video games to salivate over. 2012 is no exception with tons of sequels, originals and mash-ups to keep gamers saving their paychecks and trading in their used video games. Here are the Top 10 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2012.
Street Fighter x Tekken
Normally we would be excited for just a new Tekken game or just a new Street Fighter game. This year we’re going to be getting an awesome mash-up fighter video game that looks to be a side scrolling, tag team throw down with character match ups that have only been found in fan fiction up until now. Get your quarter-circle forward moves ready, kiddos. 2012 is going to have at least one great fighter.
The Last Guardian
The Last Guardian is the latest entry into the gaming world by famed creators of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus developers, Team Ico. In it, you play follows that of a yet-to-be-named boy who is trying to escape from the ruins of a large expansive castle. The game will revolve around the developing friendship between the boy and a giant, feathered creature resembling a griffin named Trico. Through the game you have to car for, ride, fly and attempt to control Trico to solve several platforming puzzles and so forth, but based on Team Ico’s reputation, this game is one to look out for.
The first sequel on the list is definitely a strong one. 2K Games’ Borderlands became a critical and fan favorite by combining elements of RPGs and third person shooters into an addictive, XP-fest. Borderlands 2 promises to pick up where the first one left off and will include improvements such as a bigger customizable weapons system, reworked four-seat vehicles and vehicle physics, and dynamic quest systems that will alter future gameplay based on the player’s in-game choices.
I Am Alive
I Am Alive is set in the fictional American city of Haventon, one year after the Event, a worldwide cataclysmic event that wiped out most of the human civilization and left the world in ruins and barely inhabitable, with the ground now covered by a toxic cloud of dust and ash. I am Alive is a game that should appeal to a broad spectrum of gamers. Fans of Resident Evil will enjoy its third person survival horror aspect. Fans of Alan Wake and Heavy Rain should enjoy the compelling story and puzzle solving aspect of the game. This is one title that should get a lot of attention.
Imagine Elder Scrolls: Oblivion… but with dick and fart jokes. I’m sold. Obsidian entertainment is working with South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone to bring the world of South Park to consoles in a way that can do its gigantic world justice. Full of the shows inside jokes and foul-mouthed humor that South Park fans have loved for 15 years. South park has had other video games, but none have had the potential to be even close to as good as this latest action RPG looks like it will be.
We thought Halo 3 was the last chapter in the franchise. Then we thought the last one was going to be Halo Wars. Then it was ODST… and then Reach. But now there is a whole new Halo game coming out: Halo 4! Halo 4 is the first in a new trilogy of Halo video games titled the “Reclaimer Trilogy”. Master Chief and Cortana are back and so is the impossible to put down online multiplayer. So strap on your Halo hats in 2012 because this franchise is never going to die!
Mass Effect 3
I don’t think I need to convince any here that you should be excited for Mass Effect 3. If you’re not excited, go back and play the first two Mass Effects and then you’ll understand. The final chapter of Commander Shepard’s saga has all the goodies from previous installments, contains an improved cover and combat system and will even have a four player multiplayer co-op mode. Get ready for some interstellar fun!
Grand Theft Auto V
Every GTA game that comes out is bigger and badder than the previous one. GTA V appears to be no exception. Judging from the trailer, it looks like Rockstar has created a world that is more immense and immersive than Liberty City and Liberty City was one of the biggest open world settings of all time. Let’s put it this way: One of the rumored mini-games is supposedly a complete golf simulation. A mini-game that’s a game, within a game. Does that last sentence make sense? Did I just get incepted!?
Journey to me is most intriguing of all new games coming out in 2012. In Journey, you assume control of a robed figure with no name who must travel across a desert to your goal, a mountain in the distance. No instructions are given, no map is shown. You can see every other player playing in the world and they can help you or not and vice a versa. Journey exemplifies a new trend in video games of allowing the player to become completely immersed in the game world.
What do you do when you’ve made two incredible games that take place underwater? You go to the air of course! In Bioshock Infinite, you control a former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt, as he attempts to rescue a woman named Elizabeth trapped aboard the collapsing air-city Columbia in 1912. This game is full of high flying action and death defying drops due to the grappling hook based traveling railway system called The Skyline. Add in an eerily familiar propaganda-fueled storyline about immigration and segregation and you’ve got a title that everyone is anticipating to be a game of the year candidate.