2011 has been a good year for gamers, with the likes of Skyrim, Call of Duty: MW3, Gears of War 3, Battlefield 3 and many other award-winning games released this calendar year, and with the year almost out, it’s about time to start considering next year’s big releases. We’re not even in 2012 yet, but already many games have been announced for release in 2012, and this article lists just a few great games of what will surely be another great year for us gamers.
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
The latest game in Tom Clancy’s award-winning Ghost Recon series was announced to be in development by Ubisoft in January 2009, and is set for release on all platforms in March 2012. The story of GR:FS is to be set across Norway, Asia and the Middle East and follows a 4-man ghost team’s missions in combating an ultra-nationalist force that has taken control of Russia and is attempting to invade Russia’s neighboring countries. As with many other Tom Clancy’s games, a majority of the action is third-person, with some switches to first-person for more precise aiming. A major feature of GR:FS, as announced at E3 2011 is the incredibly deep weapon customization available to players, which allows them to change every detail of their weapon from sight and barrel attachments to the smallest details such as the gas management systems and firing chamber.
The third game in the BioShock ‘series’ is set for a vague 2012 release and is considered a prequel as the story is set at an earlier time than either of the other two BioShock games, but the game is not a direct sequel or prequel, as the events of Infinite are not related to BioShock 1 or 2. As with the previous BioShock titles, Infinite is to join the ever-expanding FPS/RPG genre, with many features similar to the previous games. A new feature to the series is the ability to move around areas by using a grappling hook connected to ‘railways’ that allow the player to slide around zip-line style to travel around quicker.
Mass Effect 3
Personally, I’m not a fan of the Mass Effect series, but I can’t deny that they have done incredibly well, receiving multiple ‘Game of the Year’ awards and selling millions of copies, and the third title in the series is sure to do just as well, if not better than the previous 2. Mass Effect 3’s story follows on the from events of the Mass Effect 2 DLC ‘Arrival’ and the events of the game will continue to be focused on Commander Shepard’s fight to save the galaxy from the Reapers. New to the series and a very welcome addition by fans, BioWare have created a multiplayer mode titled ‘Galaxy at War’ for ME3, which features co-operative missions for up to four players, and these missions can affect the players’ single player campaigns.