Top 8 console games we want in 2012
As another calendar year of gaming comes to an end, we’ve been gazing into our crystal to see what 2012 holds for our consoles. It’s not even January, but already 2012 is shaping up to be another fantastic year for games.
With that thought firmly etched in mind, we’ve assembled a list of some of the most noteworthy releases already confirmed to arrive next year. Start saving right now.
Because there are so many arriving, we’ve been unable to list them all here. So take a look, and then leave us a comment telling us which games we’ve missed that you’re most looking forward to.
Max Payne 3
Max Payne returns in March 2012, this time taken over by developer Rockstar Games. The result is a sequel that delivers more over-the-top action game than its prequels. Back in October, we spent some time with the game Rockstar Games says is the best-looking it has ever made. Max Payne 3 continues the story, as Max is called to work as a bodyguard in the sunny climes of Sao Paulo Brazil, but this being Max Payne, trouble has a habit of following him. This has potential to be the best in the series yet. When has Rockstar Games ever made a bad game?
Grand Theft Auto V Another Rockstar Games title to add to our list. Announced out of the blue last month, Grand Theft Auto V throws the car-jacking franchise back into San Andreas. Rockstar has revealed very little, but it looks like players will play as one of the two protagonists that appeared in an earlier trailer. Maybe both. Sand-strewn beaches, golf courses, and mountains provide the backdrop to one of 2012’s most anticipated games. Expect to hear plenty more about it in 2012.
Originally teased at E3, Halo 4 is set in the aftermath of Halo 3, as series protagonist master Chief returns to take on a new enemy. The fate of the universe depends on it, don’t you know. This is the beginning of a new trilogy beginning in 2012 developed by 343 Industries, who have since taken over creative Halo duties from Bungie.
The third game in the series sees players explore a sprawling city up in the heavens, in a city suspended by giant balloons. BioShock Infinite swaps the its familiar dystopian underwater settings for the skies in what looks like being another trippy adventure full of suspense and scares. Hopes are understandably high.
Mass Effect 3
The seemingly forever-long wait for the series trilogy-maker finally ends in 2012. The future of Earth is under threat in the Microsoft Kinect-supported trilogy that for the first time will feature multiplayer modes. The addition of multiplayer has already caused controversy among fans fearful that it will detract from development of the single player campaign. BioWare insists that it hasn’t.
Street Fighter X Tekken
Pugilists from two of the fighting genre’s most popular series come together to fight it out for the first time. Expect epic match-ups between Street Fighter’s Ryu and Zangief versus Tekken’s Kazuya and King. Matches take place in tag-team format. Lose a character, and the round is lost, in a mechanic that encourages strategy, patience and skill.
Metal Gear Solid: Rising
The next game in the Metal Gear Solid series stars the sword-wielding mercenary Raiden. This one’s a little different. The signs are that developer Kojima Productions has exchanged the emphasis on stealthy espionage for close-quarter sword-slashing action. Gameplay-wise, little has been seen, but on past history, this could be an epic.
The latest Hitman game from developer IO Interactive finds Agent 47on the run from police after being betrayed and forced to find out some truths while on the run. Expect to hear plenty more in the coming months, but already Hitman Absolution is looking stunning. A new engine rebuilt from scratch will deliver the best looking game in the series. So even for non-Hitman fans, this is one to keep an eye on.
What games are you looking forward to in 2012? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.