2011 was an amazing year to be a gamer. Arguably offering the best software lineup this console generation with titles such as Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Gears of War 3, Killzone 3, and many more, 2012 has high expectations to live up to in order to please the demanding industry of gaming. While there are still games to be announced for this year, including one that I had to resist placing on my list due to a non-disclosure agreement, from what is confirmed for 2012, it’s looking to be yet another amazing year for gamers. Read more to see the top ten titles that have grabbed my interest and will certainly earn a purchase from me later this year.
10. Halo 4
I must admit, I am not the biggest fan of the Halo franchise and feel there are a plethora of better first-person shooter franchises out there, but with 2012 looking to lack a strong first-person shooter lineup unlike last year, I feel Microsoft has the opportunity to make another big splash with the release of Halo 4. Being the first true Halo sequel developed by a studio besides Bungie, 343 Industries looks to expand upon Halo’s massive scale and deliver an experience that will likely be Master Chief’s last on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console.
9. Resident Evil 6
When Resident Evil 6 was announced last month on January 19th, I immediately added Capcom’s upcoming release on my list of games to purchase in 2012. As one who fell in love with its predecessor, Resident Evil 5, I am hyped to see where Capcom takes the Resident Evil adventure and with Chris Redfield and Leon Kennedy co-starring for the first time in the Resident Evil franchise, I could not be more excited for what Capcom has in store for us later this year with the release of Resident Evil 6.
8. SSX: Deadly Descents
With SSX being the very first game I owned on the PlayStation 2, EA Sports will always have a spot in my heart as one of the first videogame titles to keep me up gaming for hours on end, so when SSX: Deadly Descents was unveiled during the 2010 Spike VGA’s , my excitement level nearly reached an all-time high. In fact, during E3 2011 I specifically remember leaving EA Sports’ booth after conducting an interview for Madden NFL 12 and hearing about a new SSX: Deadly Descents trailer being released. While I had another meeting in just 15 minutes, I instantly gravitated into multitasking mode and pulled the trailer up on my phone while racing to make my next meeting, let’s just say I may have upset a few people as I bumped furiously into many E3 attendees with all focus on what EA Sports’ had just released.
7. Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect is unquestionably one of the most innovative and entertaining videogame franchises to come to life since the launch of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Developed by the Canadian developing studio, Bioware, the science-fiction action role-playing game has grabbed worldwide publicity whether it was for the unforgettable lesbian scene during the original Mass Effect, the sex scene featured in Mass Effect 2 with Miranda Lawson, or the simple fact that Mass Effect is a truly remarkable videogame franchise. Knowing this, it’s easy to understand why the 2010 Spike VGA’s was a milestone event for me as if the announcement of SSX: Deadly Descents was not enough, here is where Mass Effect was given life as it was announced with a projected 2012 release.
As one who fell in love with the concept and gameplay style of Warhawk when it was rereleased on the PlayStation 3 in 2007, I was ecstatic when Sony confirmed that the ongoing rumors of a successor by the name of Starhawk were indeed true. As one who had the opportunity to witness Starhawk firsthand at E3 2011 while interviewing the Senior Producer of the title, Harvard Bonin (check it out here), Starhawk left me amazed and craving for more so when the Starhawk Private Beta launched and I was invited to take part, I jumped right in. Despite the bugs and balance issues that to be expected with any beta, Starhawk once again failed to disappoint and rightfully earned a number six spot on my top ten most anticipated games of 2012.
5. Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider has come a long way since its debut on the Sega Saturn in 1996. Becoming the first established female character within videogames, Lara Croft rapidly built a name for herself and looks to return to her ass-kicking ways later this year. Unveiled during Microsoft’s E3 2011 Press Conference, I must admit when they announced another Tomb Raider would be coming to current generation consoles all I could think of was the mediocre release of Tomb Raider Underworld, but this thought was quickly wiped when the gameplay footage began rolling. Set to provide no correlation to the previous Tomb Raider games, the 21-year old Lara Croft will journey an island off the coast of Japan in an adventure that appears to be more gruesome than ever before. While I have not had the opportunity to play the upcoming release of Tomb Raider, I have made it one of my missions when I attend E3 2012 later this year!
4. DUST 514
By now it may seem as if I am beating the fact that I attended E3 2011 dead horse, but having the opportunity to witness such amazing upcoming titles firsthand truly does develop a whole new perspective that I strive to bring to those unable to attend. With that said, DUST 514 is another game that was introduced to me during E3 2011, this time during Sony’s Press Conference. Set to take place within the Eve Online universe, DUST 514 is a massively multiplayer online first-person shooter where gamers will be forced to fight ground wars on planets that will determine the fate of the EVE universe. Scheduled to release exclusively on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita later this year, CCP Games, developer of DUST 514 has included PS3/Vita integration allowing PS3 and Vita users to seamlessly fight these wars together online while still impacting the EVE Online universe and its players.
3. Grand Theft Auto V
What gamer is not looking forward to Grand Theft Auto V? October 25th, 2011, the date Grand Theft Auto V was officially announced, the gaming industry went complete bonkers. Simply understanding that Grand Theft Auto is one of the largest videogame franchises of all-time and the fact that it never fails to obtain massive publicity from the nation’s largest news stations and leading politicians, Grand Theft Auto V is unarguably one of, if not the most popular videogame set to release later this year. While information on Grand Theft Auto V is severely lacking up to this point, gamers can look forward to hearing a lot more come E3 2012, and you know who will be there onsite to provide the audience with the latest news and details!
2. Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Uncharted + PlayStation Vita = Complete Epicness! For those who follow TheGamerAccess.com and what I do, knowing that Uncharted is my favorite videogame franchise of all-time should come as no surprise. With Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception delivering what I feel to be the best gaming experience this console generation, anything related to Uncharted instantly attracts my interest and Uncharted: Golden Abyss is no exception. Having the opportunity to play Uncharted on the PlayStation Vita at both E3 2011 and CES 2012, I am blown away by the visual fidelity being pulled off by a launch title on the PlayStation Vita. Combine this with the fact that Uncharted: Golden Abyss features a full featured-length campaign and offers the true PS3 experience within one’s hands, what more could you want? Sure online multiplayer for the title will not be available at launch for Uncharted: Golden Abyss, being a major letdown for many, but do not be surprised if this component releases sometime down the line 😉
1. The Last of Us
So what game takes the crown for my most anticipated game of 2012? What game is able to spike more interest in my gaming soul than Uncharted? None other than the new title coming straight from Uncharted’s developing studio, Naughty Dog. Unveiled during the 2011 Spike VGA’s, The Last of Us is a third-person survival horror action-adventure taking place in post-apocalyptic Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The concept of The Last of Us is said to develop from BBC’s nature documentary, Planet Earth featuring ants infested by fungus that was taking over their brains. Not many details have been provided up to this point, but I am sure we will continue to discover more as time goes on. As the one who runs TheGamerAccess.com, I must say I am very upset by my staff and it really makes me consider restructuring (hehehe just kidding), understanding that The Last of Us only made it onto one of the five lists, and that list is mine.