As gamers, especially those whom followed review sites, we’ve grown accustomed to hearing “This is the year gaming will be taken to the next level”. Coming of an impressive Quarter 4 featuring titles such as Assassins Creed: Revelations, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, and Battlefield 3 the gaming industry is poised to make a run for everyone’s wallet. From the start of 2012, there will be a roll call of notable games being released. Not surprisingly, added amongst the list, are games making their return before this generation of consoles makes their exit. Twisted Metal makes it’s triumphant return, while all the boys will be drooling as Lara Croft brings her milkshake back to the yard on PS3/360/PC. The surging Nintendo 3DS also unleashes a handheld exclusive version of both Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil causing a clamor of excitement amongst Nintendo enthusiasts.
When coming up with this list, although not as in depth as some, I focused on games that would cause excitement in the community, making your eye twitch and foot tingle with enthusiasm. After a stellar showing in the last few months, I’m sure 2012 will take you over the edge. No matter the console or preferred gaming route, there is something in store for you. That’s why I decided to focus more on cross-platform games, adding a few exclusives to the list that couldn’t be ignored. The Last of Us, PS3 exclusive, is making a statement that can’t be passed over. If you haven’t seen the trailers popping up, I suggest you Google or YouTube and be prepared to get your sick days ready.
With more big named titles being introduced earlier in the year, the anticipation (at least on my behalf) is unmatchable. Take a look at some of the titles coming your way in 2012:
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (360/PS3)
Soul Calibur V (360/PS3)
Resident Evil: Revelations (3DS)
Twisted Metal (PS3)
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (360/PS3/PC/3DS)
Mass Effect 3 (360/PS3/PC)
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (360/PC)
Far Cry 3 (360/PS3/PC)
Street Fighter x Tekken (360/PS3/PC)
Max Payne 3 (360/PS3/PC)
Ninja Gaiden III (360/PS3)
Guild Wars 2 (PC)
Halo 4 (360)
Assassins Creed (TBA)
Tom Raider (360/PS3/PC)
Animal Crossing 3DS (3DS)
Borderlands 2 (360/PS3/PC)
Diablo 3 (PC)
Grand Theft Auto V (360/PS3/PC)
Metal Gear Rising Revengeance (360/PS3)
Metal Gear Solid 3D Snake Eater (3DS)
BioShock Infinite (360/PS3/PC)
Silent Hill Downpour (360/PS3)
UFC Undisputed 3 (360/PS3)
StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm (PC)
The Last of Us (PS3)
Paper Mario (3DS)
Looking at that list, I’m sure I’ve left a few out but feel free to add and keep the snowball rolling! A lot of those titles are part of storied franchises such as the highly anticipated Halo 4 and the popular Grand Theft Auto series.
To say a bit of hype surrounds the launch of the next generation of consoles would be an understatement. PlayStation Vita makes its debut this year as well as the supposed launch of the Wii U making its appearance at the end of 2012. Not convinced yet this year will be groundbreaking? Rumors are swirling with reports that E3 will spotlight the announcement of the Xbox 720. Sony recently came out and announced the PS4 will not make its public debut at E3, but one console is game enough for me. Gamers will have their hands full, wallets empty, and consoles run ragged trying to keep up with the onslaught of games and next generation consoles being released.